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Attention, Israelis in power: Stop treating us like morons!
We must demand more than just feeble rationalizations of a truce. We need to restore our power of deterrence, as it used to be our principal strength but now appears to have lapsed.
Coming to a Supreme Court near you … Khan al-Ahmar #2
It has become clear that another Bedouin outpost, built with European Union funding a few hundred feet away from Khan al-Ahmar and the subject of two separate High Court petitions, is about to become the newest front in the protracted battle for control of the Adumim region.
‘Pinpoint operations won’t work on Hamas’
In an interview with Israel Hayom, Education Minister Naftali Bennett explains why he withdrew his demand to be made defense minister • According to game theory, the first one to blink loses.
Netanyahu scrambles to stabilize a narrow coalition after calling Bennett’s bluff
Early elections remain a likely scenario if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to stabilize his now-narrow coalition, following the resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and a threat by Education Minister Naftali Bennett to bring down the government if he didn’t receive the vacant defense post.
Latest political turmoil paints clear picture of winners, losers
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s demand and appointed himself defense minister, thereby nearly guaranteeing Likud a bump in the polls in the next elections, scheduled for November 2019.
Amid political uncertainty, Netanyahu urges government responsibility
After Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s resignation sparks a potential political crisis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu names himself defense minister and explains that early elections would be unwise at this time, given the complex security threats facing Israel.
Netanyahu engaged in last-ditch effort to save coalition, as early Israeli elections loom
Ahead of the recent Gaza flare-up, the idea of early elections had already been floated by members of the government, as well as by members of the opposition.
Lieberman’s sudden resignation exposes deep rift over Gaza strategy
Benny Miller, professor of international relations at the University of Haifa, said “this is a classic case of tension between the view of the professional security chiefs, supported by the prime minister, and public sentiments, supported by the defense minister, following a bombing of civilian population by a hostile force.”
Netanyahu may appoint Bennett as defense minister to avoid early elections
Hours after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announces his resignation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins intense talks to ensure government stability.
Slogans don’t win wars
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had to learn what any other candidate will have to wrap his head around quickly: National security is sacred.
Is the situation with Gaza ‘the problem from hell?’
Like everything in Israel, a thousand opinions revolve around what can be done about Gaza. Everyone has an idea, especially when Hamas attacks and the response appears muted.
Prelude to early Israeli elections?
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigns over opposition to Gaza ceasefire
His move to pull his six-member Yisrael Beytenu Party out of the government leaves Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the slimmest of ruling majorities, with a coalition of only 61 members out of 120.
The death penalty as an instrument of victorious justice
If Israel wants to end victorious over its enemies, then the death penalty must remain an option against those who commit atrocities against us.
Israel approves building 31 new homes in Hebron
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman approved a plan to build a new housing complex for the Jewish community of Hebron, the first major building project in the city in two decades.
Israeli border crossing with Syria to reopen for UN staff
Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel was ready to reopen the Quneitra crossing, closed in 2014 after Syrian rebels overran it. Syrian forces have regained control of the area.