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New bill seeks to grant rabbis immunity from incitement charges
August 2, 2020
The proposed legislation, put forward by ultra-Orthodox Israeli parties Shas and UTJ, charges law enforcement with trying to “persecute” and “muzzle” rabbis.
Tisha B’Av 2020
Israel to relax synagogue attendance restrictions ahead of Tisha B’Av, say ministers
July 28, 2020
The statement did not specify what the new attendance limit would be, and the ministry has yet to officially announce any change in policy.
July 23, 2020
Does Israel’s government chaos mean elections are coming?
The ultra-Orthodox parties are at a loss: Blue and White has proven unreliable, and they are troubled by Netanyahu’s ambiguity regarding early elections.
Center-left push for legislation to stop Netanyahu forming a government sparks outrage
March 4, 2020
“Why beat around the bush? Pass a law saying Gantz is prime minister—not for four years, but for 40,” says Yamina's Ayelet Shaked after Meretz head Nitzan Horowitz calls to pass a law barring an indicted prime minister from taking office.
Netanyahu appoints Likud, Shas MKs to ministerial posts
Yehuda Shlezinger and Ariel Kahana
January 6, 2020
Police have recommended charging Likud Knesset member David Bitan with bribery; if indicted, he will be forced to resign.
UTJ, Shas sign vote-sharing agreement as elections loom
September 4, 2019
Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties join forces to maximize their results; party leaders promise “full cooperation” in the new government.
Shas party tells High Court that women can become members, run for office
February 12, 2019
The announcement does not obligate Shas to appoint any female candidates to its electoral lists, but will open the door to the possibility.
Israeli Elections Knesset Insider: The divisions before the unions
January 6, 2019
Of the 22 parties currently running, 14 parties are currently all polling within one or two seats above or below the electoral threshold, many within a margin of error. Party leaders will be forced to make compromises and political alliances, or risk not making it through to the parliament.
Religious-services minister David Azoulay succumbs to cancer at the age of 64
October 31, 2018
“His greatness was that he would defer to sages and great religious leaders. In all the battles fought by the Chief Rabbinate, he was always on our side like a protective wall,” said Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef.
From Knesset floor, Israeli coalition member says Reform Jews are ‘not Jewish’
July 5, 2018
Knesset member Yinon Azoulay of the Shas Party said on July 4 that Reform Jews “are not Jewish” and then blamed non-Jews for an earthquake felt earlier that day in northern Israel.