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.


How to understand Yisrael Beiteinu

By Liam Hoare, July 14, 2011

Yisrael Beiteinu - the party of Russian Jewry - has in the 12 years since its founding become the third largest party in the Knesset, with its leader, Avigdor Lieberman, now Foreign Minister and the kingmaker in Israeli politics.


Herzog plan for UN vote

July 7, 2011

Labour Member of the Knesset Isaac Herzog suggested this week that Israel should offer to vote in favour of an independent Palestinian state at the UN this September, in exchange for starting talks over borders.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Mr Herzog told a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee meeting: "The government's attitude is defeatist and unoriginal.


Settler rabbi arrested for 'incitement'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2011

The arrest this week of the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba, Dov Lior, on suspicion of incitement has provoked outrage from the religious right and a rare statement by the Attorney General that "no one is above the law".

Rabbi Lior, one of the spiritual leaders of the settlers, had already been questioned by police five months ago.


'Nakba Law prevents free expression'

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

On Tuesday the Knesset passed two laws: one to protect Israel's Zionist history, and another allowing small towns to prevent certain families from becoming residents.

Both laws have been attacked by left-wing parties and human rights groups as being targeted at Israel's Arab minority.