Israel Political Brief August 20, 2013: Justice Minister Tzipi Livni wants constitutional proposal balancing Israel’s Jewish, democratic identities

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Livni wants constitutional proposal balancing Israel’s Jewish, democratic identities

Source: JTA, 8-20-13

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni appointed Israel Prize winner Ruth Gavison to draft a constitutional proposal that would reconcile the country’s democratic and Jewish characters….READ MORE

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Israel Musings August 1, 2013: Israeli Knesset passes first reading of controversial governance bill

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Israeli Knesset passes first reading of controversial governance bill

By Bonnie K. Goodman

During a busy last day before their summer recess on July 31, 2013, Israel’s Knesset passed the first reading of the controversial Governance Bill, which most notably will raise the electoral threshold from two percent to four percent…READ MORE

Israel Musings August 1, 2013: Israeli Knesset passes first reading of referendum bill key to peace deal

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Israeli Knesset passes first reading of referendum bill key to peace deal (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Wanting to finish their summer legislative agenda Israel’s Knesset worked into the morning of August 1, 2013 to pass the first reading of the referendum bill. The debate over the bill became heated between Jewish and Arab members…READ MORE

Israel Musings July 24, 2013: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu promises referendum on any peace agreements

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu promises referendum on any peace agreements (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces that there will be a referendum for any peace deal with the Palestinians at the weekly cabinet meeting held this week at the the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, July 21, 2013
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his plans in a Knesset press conference on Monday, July 22, 2013 that any peace agreement with the Palestinians that would be reached would have to be approved by a referendum, with the public…READ MORE

Israel Musings July 10, 2013: Israeli Cabinet approves ultra-orthodox haredi conscription law

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Israeli Cabinet approves ultra-orthodox conscription law

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On Sunday, July 7, during the Israeli cabinet’s weekly meeting, the cabinet approved the Peri Bill, a new law that would end Haredi, ultra- orthodox military exceptions. The bill had its first reading in the Knesset on Wednesday…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 7, 2013: Israeli cabinet approves reforms to IDF conscription law

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Israeli cabinet approves reforms to IDF conscription law

Source: Haaretz, 7-7-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday approved a proposal for reforms to Israel’s military conscription law which would abolish wholesale exemptions from military duty granted to ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 27, 2013: Israeli Supreme Court orders halt to construction in West Bank settlement

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Israeli court orders halt to construction in West Bank settlement

Source: JTA, 6-27-13

Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the state to halt construction of 40 homes in the West Bank settlement of Nokdim….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 26, 2013: Knesset bills define Israel as a Jewish state

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Knesset bills define Israel as a Jewish state

Source: JTA, 6-26-13

Two bills submitted to the Knesset would legislate Israel’s Jewish character….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 29, 2013: Israel ends controversial military exemptions for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

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Israel ends controversial military exemptions for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Source: India Today, 5-29-13

Israel clinched a deal on Wednesday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military service for Jewish seminary students, ended a brief crisis that divided the ruling coalition parties….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 29, 2013: ‘Historic’ haredi draft bill ends coalition crisis

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‘Historic’ haredi draft bill ends coalition crisis

Source: Jerusalem Post, 5-29-13‎

Clause allows exemption of 1,800 yeshiva students; Lapid says in 3 years 70% of haredim will be drafted. Lapid, Perry and Shelach hold press conference, May 29, 2013…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 27, 2013: Haredi draft debate spurs Yair Lapid threat to bring down government

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Haredi draft debate spurs Lapid threat to bring down government

Source: JTA, 5-27-13 

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid threatened to bring down the Israeli government if a bill requiring the enlistment of haredi Orthodox men does not include their imprisonment for avoiding conscription….READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief May 23, 2013: Knesset committee advances bill on haredi military service

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Israeli panel advances measure on haredi military service

Source: JTA, 5-23-13

A Knesset committee advanced a bill requiring 18-year-old haredi Orthodox men and women to register for military service, with a deferral of up to three years….READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief May 9, 2013: Justice Minister Tzipi Livni moving to make public exclusion of women illegal

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Livni moving to make public exclusion of women illegal

Source: JTA, 5-9-13

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni ordered her ministry to draft legislation that would make the gender-based segregation of women illegal….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2013: Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein accepts Women of the Wall court decision

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Israeli attorney general accepts Women of the Wall court decision

Source: JTA, 5-7-13

The activist group Women of the Wall will face no more legal challenges after Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided not appeal a court decision favoring the group….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 2, 2013: Danny Ayalon testifies against former boss Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman in fraud trial

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Ayalon testifies against former boss Liberman in fraud trial

Source: JTA, 5-2-13

Danny Ayalon testified that former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman advanced a diplomat’s appointment in return for information….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 25, 2013: Judge rules women should not have been arrested at Western Wall

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Women should not have been arrested at Western Wall, judge rules

Source: JTA, 4-25-13

Women praying together out loud at the Western Wall in prayer shawls did not disturb the public order and should not have been arrested, an Israeli court found….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 7, 2013: Gaza rocket fired at Israel, no wounded: police

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Gaza rocket fired at Israel, no wounded: police

Source: The Daily Star, 4-7-13

A rocket fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday, without causing casualties or damage, shortly after the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kelly on a peace bid, police said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 6, 2013: Haredi media personalities call for settlement boycott

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Haredi media personalities call for settlement boycott

Source: JTA, 3-6-13

Israeli haredi Orthodox media personalities are calling for a boycott of West Bank settlement products in response to the Jewish Home party’s position on drafting yeshiva students….READ MORE 

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Prisoner X hanged himself with a bed sheet, Israeli report says

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Prisoner X hanged himself with a bed sheet, Israeli report says

Source: JTA, 2-19-13

Ben Zygier, the Israeli-Australian citizen known as Prisoner X, hanged himself in his Israeli cell’s bathroom using a bed sheet, an Israeli investigation into his death concluded….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Israel releases report on Zygier’s death, concludes he hanged himself in shower

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Israel releases report on Zygier’s death, concludes he hanged himself in shower

Source: Haaretz, 2-19-13

Court orders a partial lifting of gag order on causes of Zygier’s death after state agrees to publication; judge finds evidence of alleged negligence by prison authorities.

Dual Israeli-Australian citizen Ben Zygier, who was later known as Prisoner X, hanged himself with a bed sheet in the shower of his solitary confinement cell, according to Israel’s first publicly released report into the circumstances of his death….READ MORE

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