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Haaretz: ‘Don’t preach about Zionism’: Labor MK’s attack on Israeli right goes viral
The right-wing parties are 'scared because in the past two years we have exposed [their] corruption,' says Stav Shaffir in video of a Knesset speech that is making the rounds of social media.
TOI: New poll finds Likud, Zionist Camp neck and neck
Survey gives both parties 25 seats; Jewish Home stable at 16, new united Arab list to receive 12.
NYTimes, Jodi Rudoren: Israeli Arab political factions join forces to keep place in parliament
Facing an increased electoral threshold that threatens to bar small parties from Parliament, Israel’s Arab political factions announced on Friday the formation of a single ticket for the March elections.
+972, Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man: The ‘anti-Zionist’ camp goes mainstream in Israeli elections
Both Netanyahu and Livni are leveraging their international influence for electoral gain: Netanyahu in Congress and Livni at the United Nations. And, will the real Zionist camp please stand up?
+972, Mairav Zonszein: Arab parties announce joint slate for upcoming election
In a bid to remain relevant with an increased electoral threshold, the three Arab parties and Communist party Hadash are to run on one list in the March 17 elections.
Al-Monitor, Shlomi Eldar: Will a united Arab party survive elections?
Despite huge ideological gaps, Arab parties in Israel are trying to form a joint list for the election, but their traditional voter base might not follow.
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: Instead of reform, Israeli candidates offer gimmicks
The current Israeli election campaign is stocked with politicians visiting the Jerusalem market, populist declarations after the Tel Aviv terror attack and embarrassing video clips, but no proposals for reform or any consolidated agenda.
JPost: Report: US officials warn breach of protocol could have consequences for Netanyahu
No indication of Netanyahu's visit or even the invitation by US house speaker John Boehner was mentioned in a recent meeting with the Israeli ambassador, a US source says.
Al-Monitor, Laura Rozen: Obama, Kerry freeze out Bibi over impromptu Hill visit
The upcoming meeting to reach an Iran nuclear deal raises tensions between the Obama administration and Israel.
BBC: The lost sons
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+972, Yael Marom & Nadav Frankovich: Arab parties likely to announce historic joint election slate in coming days
Islamists, Marxists, women and Jews: The Arab parties have done the seemingly impossible and are likely announce a united election slate in the coming days.
Haaretz, Barak Ravid: Inviting Netanyahu to congress: a political blow to Herzog, Bennett and Obama
Netanyahu will use the speech to boost his election campaign while helping his Republican allies undercut Obama's efforts to secure an agreement with Iran.
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: Israeli party lists show new names, little experience
Ahead of Israel's elections, many publicly unknown figures have been promised slots on different party lists, while the esteemed former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz was rejected and no leading municipal leader and few former generals were willing to join.
YNet, Orly Azoulay: With a little help from Netanyahu’s billionaire friends
The Republicans, who control the US Congress, have organized a visit for Israel's prime minister which is worth more than 1,000 political strategists and copywriters' brilliant ideas.
Vox, Max Fisher: John Boehner’s outrageous plan to help a foreign leader undermine Obama
House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress in February, on the topic of Iran. On the surface, this might seem innocent enough. Israel is a close American ally. Surely he should be welcome in Congress, particularly to discuss an issue that concerns his country.
Haaretz, Zvi Zrahiya: Knesset approves increase in minimum wage
Monthly salaries will rise to minimum of $1,270 a month by 2017; Histadrut: This is huge news for the 25% of salaried employees who will be affected.
TOI, AP & Lazar Berman: Obama won’t meet Netanyahu during Washington visit
After cold response to news of Congress address, White House cites principle of not meeting with world leaders before elections
Ma’an: Palestine, Russia sign bilateral agreements
Palestine and Russia signed two bilateral agreements on Thursday, Palestinian ambassador to Russia Faed Mustafa said.
Forward, David Goldiner: 6 things Barack would rather do than meet Bibi
It’s no secret that Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu don’t like each other. Not one little bit.
PNN: Security coordination with Israel hit zero, says PLO executive
PLO National and Central Council member, Ahmed Majdalani, today told PNNthat there was nothing left of the security coordination with Israeli occupation authorities, except for the civil related issues, for the benefit of the people, as in patient referrals and officials.
JPost, Niv Elis: Parties vie for credit as Knesset readies final minimum wage bill
Chaos erupted in the Knesset session as players from across the political spectrum lashed out at one another.
JPost, Gil Hoffman: Yesh Atid aims to woo Orthodox voters
Kahlon promises party won't be anti-religious.
Haaretz, Ravit Hecht: Zionist Camp’s ambiguity leaves Meretz a chance to shake its stupor
Labor-Hatnuah is maintaining an Israeli statesmanship-like stance, which unfortunately includes utter obeisance to the Moloch of security.
Haaretz, Chaim Levinson: Habayit Hayehudi candidate sought to block hiring of Arabs
Bezalel Smutrich, No. 9 on list, was co-founder of NGO that unsuccessfully pressured settlement council not to employ Arabs in 2011.
Haaretz, Jack Khoury: Israeli Arab parties poised to forge joint ticket for Knesset election
Any showing below 12 or 13 seats in the 120-seat parliament would be a failure, one party official says.
Forward, Elana Sztokman: A political tipping point for Ultra-Orthodox women?
There is a new feminist revolution happening in Israel, and it is emerging from one of the most surprising places: Ultra-Orthodoxy.
JPost, Lahav Harkov: Livni: Israeli citizens deserve to live safely in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and near the Gaza border
Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni reacted to the terror attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, saying "Israeli citizens deserve to live safely in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and near the Gaza border – everywhere in Israel and outside of it.
Al-Arabiya, Yossi Mekelberg: Israeli primaries are over, welcome to the main show
In less than two months Israeli citizens will once again have the privilege of electing representatives for their next parliament - the Knesset.
+972: Netanyahu blames Abbas for Tel Aviv stabbing attack
Palestinian man boards public bus during rush hour, stabbing at least 10 before being shot in the leg and apprehended.
Al-Monitor, Shlomi Eldar: Israeli Bedouin call for inquiry over police conduct
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Talal al-Krenawi, mayor of the Bedouin town Rahat, accuses the Israeli police of using unnecessary force in riots that erupted over the past two days instead of trying to calm the situation.
+972, Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man: Is the ICC running against Netanyahu in Israeli elections?
It’s election season: Israeli politicians are peddling pure spin about the ICC and possible war crimes investigations.
YNet, Nehama Duek: Meretz politicians discuss party’s future
Ilan Gilon, Michal Rozin, and Avi Dabush talk about the faction's image problem, why they don't want a united left-wing bloc, and what they hope to achieve
TOI, Ben Sales: Candidates ask: Who answers the call?
Likud ad recalls 2008 HIllary Clinton spot, but Zionist Camp and Kulanu respond
JPost, Lahav Harkov: Analysis: Meretz plays inside baseball and strikes out
Opening up the party primary beyond its central committee could have brought fresh faces to the party's recycled list.
JPost, Lahav Harkov: Yisrael Beytenu tries to rebrand itself as ‘social’ via Levy-Abecasis
Levy-Abecasis denied that she is simply a fig leaf covering up for the party's lack of focus on such matters.
Haaretz: Israel’s pre-election aerial bombing
Evidence indicating that the strike on Syria stemmed from electoral considerations is weighty.
BBC, Yolande Knell: How Palestinian democracy has failed to flourish
In the main market of Qalqilya there is still the smell of spices and all the hustle and bustle that I remember from my first visit to the West Bank town 10 years ago.
Haaretz, Aaron Magid: A crisis in U.S.-Palestinian ties
Unlike the United States' harmless verbal attacks against Israel, its hostile actions against the Palestinians comprise a strategic threat, spawning an ever-low point in their relationship.
TOI, AFP: Abbas: Israel must choose between settlements and peace
In press conference with Japan’s Shinzo Abe, PA president condemns ‘despicable’ Islamic State threats against Japanese hostages
PNN: Foreign ministry condemns Israel’s calls to liquidate ICC
Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned, in a statement Monday, statements made by Israeli cabinet ministers, in which they called for liquidating the assets of the International Criminal Court upon its launching of a preliminary investigation into potential Israeli war crimes committed against Palestinians,WAFA news agency said.
+972, Noam Sheizaf: Election analysis: A shared Netanyahu-Herzog government?
Herzog and Bibi’s political interests and the fragmented Knesset that is likely to emerge after the elections might force Likud and Labor into a power-sharing deal. Avigdor Liberman and President Rivlin already support the idea.
YNet: New polls put center-left bloc ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud
Channel 10 poll gives center-left Zionist Camp 24 Knesset seats as opposed 20 for Likud; Channel 2 report gives bloc 25 and Likud 23; polls also says tides shifting against Netanyahu regards to personal choice for prime minister.
Haaretz: The danger is too great: Arab parties must unite
Arab representation in the Knesset is threatened - and rising Jewish nationalism and racism may endanger Israeli Arabs' very future.
JPost, Gil Hoffman: Labor takes three-seat lead over Likud in latest ‘Post’ poll
Both Labor and Bayit Yehudi received boosts from their primaries this week.
TOI, Marissa Newman: Livni hints Zionist camp may not sit in coalition with Likud
Party’s No. 2 says unity government must have unified approach, and Netanyahu and Bennett’s way ‘is not our way’
JPost: Herzog, Livni vow to fight war crimes probe if elected
The joint Labor-Hatnua campaign headed by Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog released a statement on Friday vowing to resist any attempts by the International Criminal Court to haul Israeli officials and soldiers onto the dock for war crimes if elected.
Wafa: Abbas hints at dissolving PA should status quo persist
In response to financial crisis gripping the Palestinian Authority, President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday hinted that he would dissolve the PA.
WaPo, William Booth & Ruth Eglash: In Israel, debate over whether French Jews should come—or stay home
Soon after four Jewish men were killed in a hostage-taking siege at a kosher market in Paris last week, the Israeli leadership leapt to offer refuge.
Al-Monitor, Daoud Kuttab: Palestinians to give UNSC bid another shot
The Arab League has backed Palestinian calls for another attempt at the UN Security Council, with the Palestinians confident they can secure the needed votes after the changeover of seats.
TOI, Justin Jalil & AFP: FM calls to dismantle ICC after launch of ‘war crimes’ probe
Liberman slams ‘scandalous’ decision; Netanyahu accuses International Criminal Court of being ‘part of the problem’
JPost, Lahav Harkov: Analysis: The National Religious party by any other name
Despite Bennett's best efforts, the Bayit Yehudi's new list is one in which legendary party leader and education minister Zevulun Hammer wouldn't feel uncomfortable.
Haaretz,Zvi Zrahiya: Social justice issues taking center stage in Israel election campaign
Labor, Kulanu and Yesh Atid place socioeconomic policies at top of priorities
Haaretz, Jonathan Lis: Netanyahu joins Bennett’s attack: Labor list is radical left, anti-Zionist
Habayit Hayehudi published a series of posters with the images of top Labor Knesset candidates along with quotes against symbols in the Zionist consensus.
Al-Monitor, Akiva Eldar: Meretz party: Victim of its own convictions
The left-wing Meretz Party suffers from a negative image among Jewish voters, but its greatest problem is speaking the truth and daring to criticize the government even at times of military conflict.
Haaretz, Jonathan Lis: Lieberman reveals campaign slogan: ‘Ariel for Israel; Umm al-Fahm for Palestine’
New party list to be revealed next week, Yisrael Beiteinu chairman announces.
TOI, Haviv Rettig Gur: The dark side of Labor’s upbeat primary
Isaac Herzog has led Labor to impressive heights in national polls ahead of the March elections. So why didn’t he get his own way with his party’s shrinking base?
Al-Jazeera: UN asks Israel to unlock Palestine tax funds
Senior UN official says Israel's freeze of $127m owed to Palestinian Authority is in violation of Oslo peace agreement.
Al-Arabiya, Reuters: Arab states endorse new Palestinian move at U.N. Security Council
Arab foreign ministers on Thursday endorsed a Palestinian plan to resubmit a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council calling for Israel to withdraw from occupied territories by late 2017.
Ma’an: Arab League to push for new Palestinian UN resolution
The Arab League said on Thursday it will seek to shore up international support for another attempt to obtain a UN resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands.
YNet, AFP & Itamar Eichner: Swedish foreign minister not welcome in Israel, official says
'The Swedish foreign minister would not have been given any official meetings in Israel if she had traveled here. What Sweden did was an utterly unfriendly action,' Foreign Ministry spokesperson says.
PNN: Israel approved 16, 716 settlement units in 2014
"The Israeli government approved schemes for building 16,716 new settlement units in 33 settlements during 2014," the officer in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, said.
Ma’an: Hamas official: Abbas part of the blockade on Gaza
Palestinian MP Fathi Hammad said Wednesday that the unity government and President Mahmoud Abbas are part of the siege on Gaza and an obstacle for reconstruction of the war-torn territory.
Al-Jazeera, Megan O’Toole & Konstantinos Antonopoulos: Anatomy of a Gaza smuggling tunnel
As Egypt destroys tunnels linking the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula, Al Jazeera examines the economic impact.
TOI, Avi Issacharoff: Hamas hardliner runs secret Gaza terror cells targeting Fatah
Islamist terror group’s former interior minister, Fatahi Hamad, seen behind recent series of bombings, aims to prevent Palestinian unity progress
Haaretz, Ilan Lior: Kahlon: There is no Palestinian partner for peace, Jerusalem will remain unified
Kulanu leader has recently portrayed himself as the real, moderate Likud, but in an interview with Haaretz he outlines a hawkish agenda.
JPost, Gil Hoffman: Analysis: Labor members send Palestinians a memo
In Tuesday's primary, Labor members made it clear: We are back dealing with ourselves and our wallets again. Socioeconomic issues will come first.
JPost, Gil Hoffman: Labor renames itself after choosing socioeconomic list
They decided that the combined list would be called Hamahane Hatzioni in Hebrew. Its English name has not been decided yet.
JPost, Lahav Harkov: Long lines of Bayit Yehudi members wait to elect new party slate
Voter turnout rate for the primary was fifty seven percent.
JPost, Niv Elis & Lahav Harkov: Kahlon wants to be finance minister
Koolanu leader won't agree to pre-67 lines or divide Jerusalem and says Abbas not a partner for peace; "Likud abandoned social issues – I am a Begin Likudnik."
+972, Sinai Peter: Should a join Arab list trump Jewish-Arab unity? Not so fast
The temptation of the Arab parties to unite in order to form a stronger political bloc is great. Everyone wants to give Liberman the election surprise of a lifetime. But what is the cost?
YNet, Roee Mendel: Kahlon: Netanyahu, Lapid, and Bennett to blame for high living costs
Kulanu party chairman explains in interview with Ynet that Likud 'moved away from its social position', slams Netanyahu for not doing enough to resolve social difficulties: 'We are measured by the results we achieve, not by words or Facebook posts'.
YNet, Ariella Ringel-Hoffman: ‘Zionism is over, Israel at critical juncture’
Avraham Burg, once speaker of the Knesset and deputy president, is voting for the communist Hadash party in the next elections; in 20 years, he says, Israel will be in a confederation with Palestine or a fundamentalist religious republic.
TOI, Itamar Sharon: High court rejects bid to annul 3.25% Knesset threshold
Justices cite proximity to general election and suggest petitioners make fresh attempt ahead of next election
TOI, Lazar Berman: Kahlon says his party will back peace, but there’s ‘no partner’
Kulanu chairman blames Netanyahu, Lapid, and Bennett for economic woes, promises party will sit in next government
TOI, AFP: Hamas MPs meet, slam Abbas in sign of Palestinian rifts
Representative of Gaza-based group emphasizes that president has no authority to forbid assembly of parliament
Ma’an: Israel extends administrative detention orders of 30 detainees
Israeli authorities renewed the administrative detention orders of 30 Palestinian detainees on Wednesday, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said.
YNet, Itamar Eichner: US consulate to arm Palestinian guards in spite of Israeli law
Plan to give 35 Palestinian security guards weapons draws fire from Israeli guards, who quit in protest.
Ma’an: Hamas officials reactivate separate parliament in Gaza
Hamas-affiliated parliament members in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday reactivated the coastal enclave's parliament, which had been suspended since a unity deal between Fatah and Hamas was agreed upon in April.
TOI, AFP: Hamas official warns Gaza becoming ‘ripe for terrorism’
Islamist group MP says international community must accelerate rebuilding of Strip or else extremism will spread.