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.


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.


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.


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.


Israeli journalist Yair Lapid planning political run

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

A prominent Israeli journalist and broadcaster has decided to enter the political fray.

Yair Lapid, whose political aspirations have long been the subject of speculation, announced on Sunday that he was planning to embark "on a new path".

The 48-year-old told his Facebook fans that he was "doing something that he believed in.


Bibi softens stance on 'anti-democratic' laws

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 24, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to "soften" the controversial laws passed in the Knesset over the past couple of weeks.

Mr Netanyahu is trying to convince the public that, contrary to the accusations of the opposition - and even some of the members of his own party - he is not pushing an "anti-democratic" agenda.


Shek for the knesset?

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

Could former Bicom head and Israel's ex-ambassador to France, Danny Shek, be shortly to swap the diplomatic bag for the ballot box?

Friends say that he has intimated of late that he would not be averse to seeking a Knesset seat with Kadima.

When we caught up with him, he said he was a party member and on leave of absence from the Foreign Ministry, but he would not confirm any electoral ambit


Netanyahu digs in as tent city protest grows

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2011

The leaders of the social protest movement in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week entrenched themselves in their opposing positions.

Mr Netanyahu established on Monday a committee of experts to talk to the protesters, who last week published a detailed list of economic and social demands.


Olympics countdown: UK envoy tells Knesset door is open

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

With one year to go before the London 2012 Olympics, British ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould has extended an open invitation to Britain to Israeli athletes, students, sports fans and business people, calling the UK "a natural partner for Israel".

During a speech at the Knesset on Wednesday, Mr Gould said that Israelis would be welcome in the UK, both for the Olympic Games and after.


Israeli left takes on boycott law

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

The law passed last week by the Knesset that places sanctions on those who call for a boycott of settlement produce is now heading for the legal arena - and the marketplace.

Activists from the left-wing party Meretz have launched a campaign on the web and in supermarkets to enable the public to identify products made in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.