Netanyahu’s latest electoral gamble may backfire

By:Jonathan Eyal The date has been set for Israel’s fourth general election in a decade: March 17, 2015. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims the ballot will be about principles, about the “very survival of Israel in its current shape”; in fact, the upcoming election is merely a referendum on his continued rule. And while all […]

Israel’s government on verge of collapse as PM Netanyahu’s ratings continue to fall

Israel’s government was on the verge of collapse Sunday night as a split over a controversial new law designating the country as a Jewish state deepened into an all-out assault by cabinet rivals on Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister. Mr. Netanyahu signalled that he was ready to call an early general election to stifle the […]

Israel’s Cabinet approved a bill that defines Israel as Jewish state

Israel’s Cabinet has approved a contentious bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The bill still needs to be passed in parliament to become a law, but Sunday’s vote looks to further inflame tensions with Arab Israelis and Palestinians. It could also shake up Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government due to […]

South Africa approves ‘Made in Palestinian Territories’ tags

South Africa’s cabinet on Wednesday said it had approved the placing of Occupied Palestinian Territory labels on imported goods from Jewish settlements. The trade minister was given the nod to issue a notice requiring that products are marked so that buyers knew their origin is not Israel