Israel’s government appears to be on the brink of dissolving

Avigdor Liberman announces his resignation from the defence minister position in the Isreali government following the ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, during a press conference at the Knesset, on November 14, 2018. photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90
Avigdor Liberman announces his resignation from the defence minister position in the Isreali government following the ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, during a press conference at the Knesset, on November 14, 2018. photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90

Avigdor Liberman announces his resignation as defence minister position in the Israeli government following the ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, during a press conference at the Knesset, on November 14, 2018. photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90

(JTA) – Two senior Israeli cabinet ministers are calling for early elections following the resignation of Avigdor Liberman as defence minister.

Israel’s finance and interior ministers both want to dissolve the government. If they resign, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lose his majority in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. [Read more…]

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Fraud case against Sara Netanyahu goes to criminal arbitration

Sara Netanyahu at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sara Netanyahu at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The fraud case against Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is going to criminal arbitration.

The trial, which is scheduled to open in January, will continue to move forward in parallel, at the District Attorney’s request, according to the Israeli public broadcaster Kan. [Read more…]

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Moshe Lion wins runoff for Jerusalem mayor with backing of haredi Orthodox

Moshe Lion
Moshe Lion

Moshe Lion

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Moshe Lion, a right-wing candidate backed by the haredi Orthodox and shunned by Hasidim, will be the first Sephardic mayor of Jerusalem following a narrow victory in a runoff election.

Lion, an accountant and former director-general of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, was declared the winner of Tuesday’s election early Wednesday with 51.5 per cent of the vote to 48.5 per cent for Ofer Berkovitch, a secular activist. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu defends Gaza cease-fire, laments need to hide ‘sensitive information’ from the public

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the International Conference on Digital Diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Dec. 7, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the International Conference on Digital Diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Dec. 7, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the decision to reach a cease-fire with Gaza terror groups during his address at a state memorial ceremony for David Ben-Gurion, the country’s first prime minister.

“In normal times, a leader must be attentive to the hearts of the people, and our people are wise. But in times of crisis, when making critical decisions in the field of security, the public cannot always be a partner in the crucial considerations that must be concealed from the enemy,” Netanyahu said of his government’s decision to agree to the cease-fire, which was not unanimous. [Read more…]

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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman resigns over Gaza ceasefire

Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, speaking at a news conference at the Knesset, May 18, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, speaking at a news conference at the Knesset, May 18, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman resigned his post, saying the decision to agree to a ceasefire with terrorist groups in Gaza was “a capitulation to terror.”

Liberman announced his resignation at a news conference early Wednesday afternoon, after first informing his Yisrael Beiteinu Party, which he heads. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu, in Paris to mark end of WWI, called the war a ‘turning point’ for Zionism

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the end of World War I “a turning point in the history of Zionism.”

Netanyahu was in Paris on Sunday, one of 70 world leaders to mark the end of the Great War. The leaders marched to the foot of the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday morning, arriving there at 11:00 am, the exact moment that the cease-fire took effect on Nov. 11, 1918. [Read more…]

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Yair Netanyahu sues driver who made recording of his drunken ramblings

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with his son Yair in Jerusalem, March 18, 2015. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with his son Yair in Jerusalem, March 18, 2015. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Yair Netanyahu has sued a driver who made recordings in his limousine during which the prime minister’s son disparaged women and discussed a national gas deal.

Yair Netanyahu, 26, was apparently drunk and accompanied by a driver and a state-salaried bodyguard when he visited several Tel Aviv clubs with Nir Maimon, son of gas tycoon Kobi Maimon, and Roman Abramov, the Israeli representative of billionaire James Packer, on the night in 2015 that the recordings were made. [Read more…]

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