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Ayelet Shaked to lead Union of Right Wing Parties following last-minute deal
July 29, 2019
Citing a sense of “national responsibility,” URWP leader Rafi Peretz cedes top spot to Shaked • Moshe Feiglin announces that his Zehut Party will not join alliance, says “ask Shaked” why.
Former Israeli Justice Minister Shaked calls for right-wing unity ahead of September elections
July 16, 2019
The split in the right-wing bloc prior to April’s elections contributed to the coalition failure, as Ayelet Shaked’s newly formed New Right Party failed to cross the electoral threshold, gifting several Knesset mandates to Israel’s left.
July 16, 2019
Evan Cohen: Netanyahu’s perfect pick for foreign press adviser
Even the prime minister’s enemies at home are fully aware that it takes weeks of bureaucracy to fill public-servant posts, so they had to limit their baseless accusations to the “suspicious timing” of the announcement.
Education minister Peretz clarifies remarks on gay conversion therapy
July 15, 2019
Former chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces’ Rafi Peretz insists that he “does not support” such therapy and claims that his remarks were misrepresented in a way that “deepens the rift in Israeli society.”
Israeli education minister’s stance on gay conversion therapy sparks controversy
July 14, 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Rafi Peretz’s remarks are “unacceptable and do not reflect the position of the government”; Meretz leader calls former IDF chief rabbi a “minister of darkness.”
Jonathan S. Tobin
July 11, 2019
The difference between intermarriage and the Holocaust
Assimilation is a daunting challenge for American Jews, but it doesn’t help when an Israeli rabbi/politician inappropriately compares the intermarried to the Six Million.
Otzma Yehudit accuses Jewish Home leader of reneging on election deal
June 20, 2019
Jewish Home leader Rafi Peretz agreed prior to the April elections to resign if appointed as a minister. Now that he’s education minister, not only is he not doing so, they say he’s not even answering the phone.