Israel's Central Elections Committee ruled on Friday it was illegal for the Labor Party to operate public buses on Saturdays, amid ongoing debate in Israel over public services on Shabbat.
Jerusalén, 6 feb (EFE).- El primer ministro israelí Benjamín Netanyahu encabeza automáticamente la lista electoral de su partido Likud para las elecciones del 9 de abril, que hoy quedó conformada tras las primarias celebradas este martes y que han situado a sus rivales entre los más votados.
El primer ministro israelí, Benyamin Netanyahu, ha urgido este lunes a los países europeos reconocer a Al-Quds (Jerusalén) como la capital israelí.
Netanyahu, durante una rueda de prensa conjunta con la jefa de la Diplomacia de la Unión Europea (UE), Federica Mogherini, ha urgido a los países europeos “reconocer la realidad” y reconocer a Al-Quds como la capital del régimen de Israel, algo que, ha insistido, facilita un acuerdo de paz.
The Knesset on Monday passed the first reading of a controversial NGO transparency bill which seeks to force groups to declare foreign funding.
The draft legislation passed with 50 lawmakers voting in favor and 43 against.
The Likud’s election committee decided Thursday to endorse a decision by the party’s internal court to cancel the February 23 leadership race and declare Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the uncontested winner.
The decision ended a legal dispute over whether to hold a single candidate Likud primary once it emerged that Netanyahu was running unchallenged.
Committee chairman, former Haifa District Court judge Menahem Neeman, said Netanyahu would be the party’s candidate for prime minister in the next election and no leadership contest could be held beforehand.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took action on Sunday to encourage changes in the electoral system and to enable absentee balloting in Israel for the first time.
Netanyahu has supported absentee balloting for 20 years. He appointed Tourism Minister Yariv Levin to head two coalition task forces, one of which would lay the groundwork for absentee balloting and the other for other electoral reforms.
The Knesset late Monday approved the second and third readings of a bill which effectively postpones a previous law mandating ultra-Orthodox conscription into the IDF.
The new law was voted in by a count of 49 in favor and 36 opposed.
Likud MKs Sharren Haskel and Yoav Kisch did not take part in the vote.
MK Merav Ben-Ari (Kulanu) also skipped the vote, but made sure to find an opposition MK to offset her absence.
If former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz ran for prime minister, more Israelis would support him than current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a Chanel 2 poll broadcast Saturday.
The poll conducted by Dr. Mina Tzemach and Mano Geva pitted Netanyahu against various candidates for prime minister, and only Gantz surpassed him, with 44 percent choosing him rather than 32% for Netanyahu.
JTA — In April 2014, nearly 60 percent of Israel’s 1.7 million Arab citizens said they felt “part of the state and its problems.” The 11 months that followed saw the nationalistically motivated murders of four teenagers — three Jewish and one Arab — a two-month war in the Gaza Strip, a wave of terror in Jerusalem and a tense election campaign.
By March 2015, the month of the election, only 28 percent of Arab-Israelis felt part of the country and its problems.
Ultra-Orthodox lawmakers threatened a coalition crisis Wednesday over comments made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the previous day, in which he expressed support for the Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism in Israel.
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will not vote Sunday on a controversial bill that would enshrine Israel’s status as the Jewish state, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the measure off the agenda.
The bill, which has come up for debate in various forms over the last few years, will instead be discussed by a special committee comprising Knesset members from the various coalition parties, Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party said in a statement.
New legislation by MK Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union) may create an awkward situation for the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, as it calls to implement the ideas in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2009 Bar-Ilan speech, calling for a two-state solution with a demilitarized Palestinian state.
Sunday’s vote on the bill to implement the principles of the Bar-Ilan speech is the first time the speech will be brought to a vote in the Knesset or cabinet. The bill is unlikely to be approved by the ministers.
The Joint List, which spent much energy campaigning in Hebrew during the last election using words such as ‘democracy’ and ‘equality,’ has failed to clearly condemn the surge in terrorism, instead blaming the Israeli government and the “occupation.”
Ayman Odeh, who heads the Arab-Jewish communist Hadash Party and who identifies as secular, has failed to live up to his election campaign rhetoric, in which he frequently quoted Martin Luther King.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing coalition will not be expanded beyond its 61 MKs, despite the terror raging across the country, the heads of opposition factions indicated in the Knesset Monday night.
There were hopes in the Likud that the terrorist attacks could be used as a catalyst to widen the razor-thin majority the coalition has in the parliament.
Netanyahu even invited the Zionist Union to enter the government at a press conference last Thursday.
The Oslo peace process is not the only export from Norway to Israel that is facing tough times ahead of Monday’s return of the Knesset from its extended summer and holiday recess.
So is the so-called Mini-Norwegian Law, which allows ministers and deputy ministers to quit the Knesset and enable the next candidate on their party’s list to enter, but permits the ministers to return to the legislature if they quit the cabinet.
Former IDF chief of staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz can legally enter politics and challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the premiership, despite a law requiring a three-year cooling-off period for former senior security officials, according to a report Thursday in The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew sister publication Ma’ariv Sof Hashavua.
The law, which was passed in 2007, has prevented IDF chiefs of staff and other generals from going straight from the army to the Knesset like many of their predecessors.