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Campaign Videos Stir Controversy in Israel

As Knesset elections near, online ads get heated—and some get banned

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Israel’s Knesset Votes to Formally Dissolve

General election scheduled for March 17, 2015

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Why Is Israel Heading for an Election?

It’s not because of the economy or the “Jewish State” bill—it’s because Netanyahu’s coalition members just can’t get along

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“Jewish State” Bill Delayed Until Next Week

A cabinet sponsored bill reinforces the Jewishness of the state

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Yair Lapid Calls for Recognition of Non-Orthodox Judaism

Israeli leader also accuses settlers of ‘a distortion of the essence of Judaism’

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Lihi Lapid Talks Pajamas, Champagne, and Sufganiyot

The wife of Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid promotes her new book in New York

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Massive Protest Against Haredi IDF Conscription

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews rally against proposed new law

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Meet Isaac Herzog, the Israeli Politician Who Speaks English With a Democratic Accent

Labor’s new leader wants to mend ties with Washington, and he’s looking at Obama and de Blasio for inspiration

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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 Guide to Today’s Labor Party Elections

Incumbent Shelly Yachimovich faces off against party royalty Isaac Herzog

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A Guide to Israel’s Municipal Elections

The potential new mayors of Tel Aviv, Haifa,  and Jerusalem

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Jews Safer in New York Than Israel, Lapid Says

Israel’s finance minister talked politics and life in Knesset with Charlie Rose

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Second Bank of Israel Chief Nominee Opts Out

Economist Leo Leiderman withdraws his candidacy over privacy concerns

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Netanyahu, Lapid Name New Bank of Israel Chief

Pending approval, economist Leo Leiderman will lead Israel’s central bank

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Tomorrow There Will Be No More Two-State Solution—and Then What?

Ex-Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin warns that Israel’s leaders appear to be dangerously detached from reality

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Get Detective: Meet the Elusive, Intrepid P.I. Who Frees Chained Jewish Women

He’s the expert who specializes in finding ‘disappeared’ husbands—men who leave their wives without Jewish divorces, or hope

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Could Divisive New Israeli Military-Draft Laws Lead to an Ultra-Orthodox Intifada?

As Israel debates conscription for Haredi Jews, one rabbi may decide whether the community peacefully integrates

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VIDEO: Watch Yair Lapid Get Beat Down

It’s a good thing the Finance Minister’s boxing days are over

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Raider of the Lost Arak

Yair Lapid taxes cheap booze in Israel, mayhem ensues

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Video: Lapid to Haredim: “We Need You”

Yair Lapid appeals to Israel’s ultra-Orthodox, says he does not seek to destroy their way of life, but rather to include them in the state’s defense.

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Religious Labor

Israeli society debates the value of Haredi jobs, but Patrick Leigh Fermor saw the ultra-Orthodox hard at work

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Video: Yair Lapid Spars with Ultra-Orthodox

In tense Knesset debate, Yesh Atid head critiques Haredi society and defends using Facebook on Shabbat

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Bring Back the Men in Black

My ancestor, an ultra-Orthodox rabbi, was nearly killed by Zionists. Anti-haredi animosity still drives Israel mad.

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What Can the New Israeli Government Do?

Following the electoral upheaval, some clarity

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Daybreak: Vatican Denies Francis Stayed Silent

Plus Lapid and Bennett relinquish requests for Deputy PM titles

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Israel’s Covert Operator?

It’s becoming impossible to ignore the rumors about Sara Netanyahu’s involvement in her husband’s decisions

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Daybreak: Sara Netanyahu Nixes Coalition Deal?

Plus Jewish Indian food for Passover

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At Last, the Israeli Coalition Deal Is Done

Reports say there will be a swearing-in tomorrow or next week

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Daybreak: Bibi Issues Yair Lapid an Ultimatum

Plus last conspirator to kill Hitler dies at age 90