Israeli government

Israel's social justice dream 'laid to rest'?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 29, 2011

The Knesset this week authorised additional funding for the Defence Ministry in Israel's state budget.

The decision to reverse plans to cut military spending calls into question the implementation of the recommendations of the Trachtenberg Commission, which advised increased spending on social programmes.

The joint finance and defence sub-committee voted in favour of the government's request


Is democracy in Israel really under assault?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 1, 2011

Almost three years ago, when Benjamin Netanyahu was forming his new government, the leader of the second largest party in his coalition, Avigdor Lieberman, demanded Yisrael Beiteinu receive the justice portfolio.

It was a red-herring.


Israeli Ambassador meets the Queen

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub was formally welcomed to the UK by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.


Netanyahu against vetting of Supreme Court judges

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2011

The political battle over new laws aimed at limiting foreign funding of human rights organisations and changing Israel's Supreme Court continued to rage this week, with no clear winner emerging.


Battle on for control of Israel's Supreme Court

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 10, 2011

Left and right are fighting it out in the Knesset over the future composition of the senior bench of Israel's judiciary.

Next week, the Judiciary Appointments Committee will select three new judges for the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and the politicians are trying to influence its decisions.


Israel's social justice rally fails to make waves

November 3, 2011

The social protest movement that swept Israel during the summer tried to revive itself last weekend in Tel Aviv, but despite a star-studded line-up of supporters, it was a far smaller affair.

According to police estimates, the rally drew around 20,000 and much smaller numbers at simultaneous protests in Jerusalem and Haifa.


General in Israel for secret Iran talks

November 3, 2011

High-level defence talks - with Iran at the top of the agenda - took place this week in Britain and Israel as reports of a possible strike against Iran's nuclear programme intensified.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak arrived in London on Wednesday for talks with his UK counterparts, immediately after a visit to Israel by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards.


Female journalist elected as new leader of Israel's Labour party

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

A former journalist and television presenter has been chosen as the next leader of Israel's Labour party.

Shelly Yachimovich triumphed over former Defence Minister Amir Peretz on Wednesday with 54 percent of the vote.

Ms Yachimovich, 51, has been in politics for just six years and before that hosted various current affairs programmes.


Israel's tent city protesters begin packing up

By Jessica Elgot, September 5, 2011

After the largest protest since the “tent city” protests in Israel began, activists are beginning to pack up their tents, promising to move on to the “next phase”.

On Saturday, more than 400,000 Israelis demonstrated across the country. Around 250,000 gathered in Tel Aviv's Kikar Hamedina.


'No ceasefire' yet between Israel, Hamas

By Jessica Elgot, August 22, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has denied that any cease fire has been agreed with Hamas to stop operations in the Gaza Strip, following cross-border violence over the last five days.