Israeli government

Lieberman graft probe may redraw Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 31, 2014

With every day bringing new revelations in an alleged embezzlement scandal engulfing dozens of public officials, including senior Yisrael Beiteinu politicians, two questions are paramount.

First, did the party leader, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, know anything? Second, how will this affect the party’s prospects in the upcoming elections?


High-tech helps us all click, say Israel’s Arabs

By Nathan Jeffay, December 23, 2014

Meet Amal Ayoub, the Arab woman who is developing a way to make cancer treatment more effective — and still finds time to raise two children and improve Jewish-Arab relations.


Could Herzog haul Labour back to top?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Israel's Labour Party has rarely seen such a demonstration of unity in recent years.

For an hour on Sunday evening, those sitting on the party's central committee hid their reservations over the agreement party leader Yitzhak Herzog had reached with former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.


Split may decimate Shas

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Shas is facing its biggest crisis since the Sephardi-Charedi party first ran for Knesset 30 years ago.

Scarcely a year after its founder and spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadya Yosef, passed away, an irrevocable rift at the top of the party has meant that in the next elections there will be two parties claiming the mantle of the late rabbi.


West inches towards confrontation over lack of progress on two states

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

There is concern in the Israeli government that the US, the UK, France and Germany are planning fresh diplomatic initiatives and punitive measures in response to continued settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Among the plans being mulled is a joint European proposal for the United Nations to set a clear deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state.


Israel passes controversial law on illegal migrants

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

In its last session before dissolving itself this week, the Knesset passed a new version of the "infiltrators law", which has twice been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The new law, which will allow for the Holot detention centre to remain open, was pushed through the Knesset at the last moment with a 47-23 majority, even though some Labour members claimed later they voted "for" by


Epic rift sends Israel to polls

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 4, 2014

Israel was set on the path to early elections this week after relations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leaders of the two centrist parties in his coalition, Yesh Atid and Hatnuah, collapsed amid a storm of recrimination.


MPs call for economic sanctions on ‘apartheid’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Backbench MPs have called for a series of economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

During a debate in Parliament they said a major shift in British foreign policy was also needed to bring about a two-state solution to end the conflict.


Diaspora rattled as Israel's 'Jewish-state' crisis grows

November 27, 2014

Israel's planned "Jewish-state law" has pushed its governing coalition to the edge of collapse and prompted unprecedented criticism from President Reuven Rivlin, the US administration and major Jewish organisations around the world.


Does Israel need the nation state law? No

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

There has been a lot of wailing and hand-wringing over the "nation-state" bill which the Knesset may or may not be voting on next week.

At the heart of the furore is the claim that if the bill becomes law, it will transform Israeli Arabs into "second-class citizens".