Knesset

'British Jews have new confidence' leaders tell Knesset

By Nathan Jeffay, May 24, 2012

Israelis should stop sensationalising the problems facing Jews in the UK, a British Jewish leader urged in the Knesset on Tuesday.

Mick Davis, head of the Jewish Leadership Council and chairman of the UJIA, said: “The hyperbole and headlines which dominate the discourse in Israel about the UK often harm our community and bilateral relationship.”

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Israeli general election set for September

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

Israeli is to go the polls for a national election in September, more than a year before a vote was due to take place.

Following speculation earlier this week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to announce an earlier date, the election has now been scheduled for September 4.

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Kadima's Tzipi Livni resigns from Israel's Knesset

By Jennifer Lipman, May 1, 2012

Tzipi Livni is to step down from the political frontline, she announced today.

The former Kadima leader handed in her resignation from the Knesset to Speaker Reuven Rivlin, following speculation in the Israeli media.

It is thought that Ms Livni will maintain a central role in Israeli politics, but do so from outside Israel's parliament.

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Israel bans too-slim models

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

Until now, Israel's best-known contribution to the catwalk has been supermodel Bar Refaeli, but that may be about to change.

The Knesset passed a law this week that will prevent Israeli advertisers from using underweight models, including those who appear underweight, and force publications to acknowledge when photographs are airbrushed to make models appear slimmer.

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Israel bans underweight models from fashion ads

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

Until now, Israel's best-known contribution to the catwalk has been supermodel Bar Refaeli, but that may be about to change.

The Knesset passed a law this week that will prevent Israeli advertisers from using underweight models, including those who appear underweight, and force publications to acknowledge when photographs are airbrushed to make models appear slimmer.

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Noam Shalit: We kidnapped soldiers too

By Jennifer Lipman, March 16, 2012

The father of the IDF soldier captured by Hamas and released five years later last October has given a controversial interview expressing a level of understanding of the terrorist groups' actions.

Noam Shalit, whose son Gilad was just 19 years old when he was kidnapped during a cross border raid, revealed his ambitions to become a Labour Party Knesset member in January.

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Draconian 'illegals' law

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 19, 2012

A new law allowing the authorities to detain, for up to three years, illegal immigrants caught in Israel, was passed by the Knesset last week.

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Knesset speaker in Ireland to meet president

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2012

Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin is to visit Ireland today at the invitation of his Irish counterpart.

Mr Rivlin will be meeting senior Irish politicians including President Michael D Higgins, who took office late last year, as well as members of the Ireland-Israel Friendship League.

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Water fight Israeli politician suspended

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2012

An Israeli politician has been suspended after a heated debate in the Knesset ended with a water fight.

Anastassia Michaeli, a politician from the right-wing Yisroel Beitenu party, threw a glass of water over a Labour backbencher.

She also shouted "shame on you" to the MK, Raleb Majadele, during a routine debate.

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Gilad Shalit's father Noam announces Knesset run

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

Gilad Shalit's father is planning a bid for political office in Israel.

Noam Shalit, who spent much of the last two years camped outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem to encourage political action to secure his kidnapped son's freedom, is hoping to become a Knesset member for the Labour Party.

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