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‘Bibi’s Brain,’ Arthur Finkelstein, Dead at 72

Known in Israel as “Doctor Fear,” the political strategist gave the prime minister his 1996 upset victory

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Bad Dog Takes a Bite Out of Israeli Politics

Snoopy, she ain’t: Meet Kaya Netanyahu, the Prime Minister’s mouthy mutt who brought the Knesset back from summer vacation for a special urgent vote

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Avi Gabbay, Israel’s Emmanuel Macron, Wins Labor Party Top Spot in Surprise Victory

A sophisticated social media campaign propelled the newcomer past the party’s elite and its candidate, Amir Peretz

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Labor’s Love Lost

Once Israel’s biggest party, Labor, which elected a new head this week, is losing ground, offering left-leaning parties everywhere a lesson on how not to do politics

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Dina Dayan Wants To Be Israel’s Next Prime Minister

The Haredi, Mizrahi feminist from Mitzpe Ramon wants to upend the Labor Party, and her campaign video is going viral

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The Kotel Compromise: An Opportunity Not to Be Missed

How a failure to come to an agreement to allow equal access to the holy site for the non-Orthodox would reverberate across world Jewry

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Israel’s Next Female Prime Minister

Who could be the first woman to lead the Jewish state since Golda Meir? And why is it taking so long?

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Female Knesset Members Break the Silence About Sexual Harassment

Following an Israeli news report that 88 percent of Israel’s female lawmakers experienced harassment, MKs who told their stories hope they sent an empowering message to women

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Moshe Ya’alon Says He’ll Challenge Netanyahu in Next Election

In Herzliyah, the former Israeli defense minister announced he’d run for prime minister against his former boss, whose leadership has ‘ceased to function’

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Is Bogie Ya’alon the Next Ariel Sharon?

Why a ‘political earthquake’ may be in store for Benjamin Netanyahu—and how his former Defense Minister could trigger it

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Far-Right Movement’s Campaign Names Israeli Cultural ‘Moles’

After Im Tirtzu’s new McCarthyesque campaign was slammed across the Israeli political spectrum, its chairman called it a ‘mistake’

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James Bond and Bibi, Men Past Their Prime

The Israeli prime minister’s office, like the 007 franchise, could use a reboot

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Knesset Deputy Speaker Denies Allegations of Pimping, Drug Use

Likud MK Oren Hazan suspended, then threatens to dig up dirt

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Bibi Tabs Dore Gold as Foreign Ministry Chief

Netanyahu tightens his grip

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Naftali Bennett Skewers Left-Wing Hipsters

Jewish Home party’s cheeky new video kicks off Israeli election ad season

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Power to the Workers!

On the streets with the guerrilla organizers who may breathe life into Israel’s moribund left

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In Protests Against Prawer Plan, Signs of ‘Palestinization’ in Israel’s Bedouin Minority

Long seen as allies of the Jewish state, Bedouins may be embracing their neighbors’ identity—as a way of expressing their own

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How Isaac Herzog Could Tilt Israeli Politics to the Left—Even If He Won’t Be Prime Minister

By building a new center-left coalition, Labor’s new leader has an opportunity to play kingmaker and restore his party’s influence

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A Loyal Ally to Netanyahu Moves to Center Stage as Iranian Talks Heat Up

Yuval Steinitz, a philosopher-turned-politician and former peace activist, is Netanyahu’s point person on Iran

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In Tel Aviv’s Mayoral Elections, It’s the Left Versus the Far Left

Young, progressive voters are accusing liberal paragons like Gideon Levy of selling out. Will their split have national implications?

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Israel Has a Marriage Problem. One American-Born Lawyer Is Trying To Solve It.

Susan Weiss started out trying to win divorce cases, but now her mission is pushing Israel’s Orthodox rabbinate to change its ways

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How Nir Barkat’s Lack of Poetry Brought Jerusalem Back From the Dead

Can the mayor hold on in the next elections and continue his drive to pull the ancient city into the 21st century?

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Menachem Begin Lives

Avi Shilon pens a masterful biography of the man who irrevocably bound Israel to the Diaspora and the Holocaust

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What Makes Asma Run

How Asma Agbaria-Zahalka is turning a socialist party of Arabs and Jews into a political phenomenon in Israel

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On the ‘Bieberman’ Super Party

What it means for Israeli politics

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Summer Heat

The protests in Israel these last two months were nothing short of a revolution. But can the political hope continue through the fall chill?

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Smokescreen

The Israeli right paints Ben-Gurion University as a haven for radical leftists. But the charges, meant to counter similar rhetoric from the left, are unfounded, and potentially damaging.

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In the Middle

In the recent tent-city protests, middle-class Israelis took to the streets to protest a political system that ignores them. Without a clear message, will these demonstrations have any effect?

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Breaking Free

Let’s call this a party

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Ehud Agonistes

Ehud Barak should forsake his arrogance, take a page from Moses, the hero of this week’s parasha, and recognize that leading can require giving up power

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