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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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Resetting the Countdown

The Likud and Blue and White partnership isn’t working and doesn’t seem likely to ever work.

Israeli Cabinet Meeting Canceled Amid Ongoing State Budget Dispute

Likud Party: Blue and White is blocking a $2.5 billion economic aid program. Blue and White: Likud is refusing to honor the coalition agreement.

Netanyahu Plans to Bring Down the Government for New Elections in November, Haaretz Reports

JERUSALEM (JTA) — If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has his way, Israelis will be headed to the polls again in November for their fourth...

Benny Gantz Won’t Support Annexation of West Bank Territory With Large Palestinian Population, Israeli TV Reports

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said he will not support the annexation of West Bank territory that is home to “many...

Netanyahu, Gantz Form Unity Government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz on April 20 signed an agreement to form a unity government. Under...

Israel’s Unity Government: Netanyahu Signs Off On His Own Expiration Date

It was not easy, but they finally signed the agreement. Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz agreed to form a government. Likud and Blue and...

We Must Unite In Israel’s New Coalition! (So We Can Separate)

The Hebrew word for coalition is “Ya’chdah” — from the word “Ya’chad.” Together. A coalition of parties is supposed to find a sense of...

In Israel, Utilizing Coronavirus for Political Gain

The expression was most recently popularized by Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff to former  President Barack Obama. “You never want a serious crisis to...

Coronavirus Test: Trusting the Politician You Distrust

A lot remains unknown about the coronavirus, but like all diseases, it has no political preference. It doesn’t afflict President Donald Trump’s supporters or...

Israel’s (Third) Election: A Short Guide

Let me begin by stating the obvious: One doesn’t lose sleep over something that happens often and is likely to happen again soon. So...

What’s Left of Bipartisan Support for Israel?

The week after next, three events will reflect and/or impact the bipartisan nature of the U.S.-Israel alliance. On March 1, AIPAC will hold its...

Israel’s Next Coalition: Pick Your Poison

Heba Yazbek will be a member of the next Israeli Knesset. Likud member and Minister of Public Safety Gilad Erdan thinks this is an...

The Cyrus Parameters: Trump and Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the morning of Jan. 28, Israel time, that he was no longer seeking immunity from indictment and trial. However,...

Netanyahu Pledges to Apply Israeli Sovereignty to All West Bank Settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised on Jan. 21 to apply Israeli sovereignty to every settlement in the West Bank. Speaking to Likud activists in...

A Rabbi’s Fighting Words

Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef probably isn’t a complete idiot although at times what he says might imply he is. On Jan. 7 Israelis...

Political Chaos and the Tzadik

Every year on the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk, thousands of Jews journey to pray at his grave. He was...

Israel on the Edge

It’s crazy to think about it. With a predatory regime like Iran on its doorstep and more than 100,000 terror missiles pointed at its...

Episode 168: Middle East Breakdown Vol. III

In mid October, the IDF chief of staff, Aviv Cohavi, briefed both Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz on the state of...

A Year Without a Government

I’m sorry, but I can’t write a column this week about Israel’s politics. I can’t write on a Tuesday (my deadline) and be certain...

Pompeo’s Settlement Statement: Facts on the Ground

The Bluff Note the double negative in the statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank...

Clear Your Calendars for a March Election

Something dramatic happened this week: For the first time in a full decade, a person other than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was handed the...

Yes, Unity! (Just Sign Here…)

Suppose you are forced to choose from among four options: a Likud plus Blue and White unity government, a right-wing plus ultra-Orthodox government, a...

I Did the Math, and I Don’t See a Coalition

In the midst of all the promises of “coalitions” after the razor-close Israeli elections, who’s doing the actual math? On one side, you have a...

A Coalition for the Days of Awe

It shouldn’t be too controversial that the best thing for Israel in the wake of these latest elections would be a grand coalition between...

Loser and Questions: What Happens When a Prime Minister Fails, Twice, to Win 

As I write this story, everything is too close to call. As I write this story, everything is too soon to call. And too...

Israel’s Election Handbook: A Guide for Tuesday

On the eve of Israel’s second election this year, against the backdrop of issues with Iran, Syria and Gaza, and a conversation-changing vow by...

Bibi and Gantz Should Put Their Country First and Unite

If there’s one thing that has done significant damage to Israel, it is a parliamentary system that gives inordinate power to small, extremist parties...

Vote Is a Fresh Start

And the results are … confusing! Israel’s election day ended with no clear indication of who would be the country’s next prime minister and...

Two Nice Jewish Boys: Episode 134 – 24 Hours to Israeli Elections

The day after tomorrow, Tuesday the 9th of April, all of Israel will have the day off. Elections are upon us. About 4 million...

Israel’s Election Handbook: Netanyahu’s Leverage

We call this format a Timesaver Guide to Israel’s Coming Elections. This will be a usual feature on Rosner’s Domain until April 9. We...

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