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

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 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 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 January 25, 2013: Hareidi Parties May Form ‘Blocking Bloc’ to Yair Lapid

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Hareidi Parties May Form ‘Blocking Bloc’ to Lapid

Source: Arutz Sheva, 1-25-13

Shas and United Torah Judaism may work together to prevent Lapid from drafting yeshiva students….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 11, 2012: Leading haredi Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, in Israel: Say no to national military service

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Leading haredi rabbi in Israel: Say no to national service

Source: JTA, 12-11-12

The senior rabbi of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox, Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, said yeshiva students should not agree to enlist in National Service….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 9, 2012: Israeli Cabinet approves temporary military draft exemption for yeshiva students

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Israeli Cabinet approves temporary draft exemption for yeshiva students

Source: JTA, 12-9-12

Israel’s Cabinet approved a temporary exemption for haredi Orthodox yeshiva students from the military draft….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 9, 2012: Israeli Military Begins Drafting Haredi Orthodox

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Israeli military begins drafting haredi Orthodox

Source: JTA, 8-9-12

The Israeli military has begun drafting haredi Orthodox 18-year-olds without encountering significant protests one week after a new law requiring haredi military service took effect….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 1, 2012: Ehud Barak Orders Israeli Defense Forces to Draft Haredi Orthodox Men

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Barak orders haredi Orthodox conscription

Source: JTA, 8-1-12

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft haredi Orthodox men as it does other Jewish Israelis….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 18, 2012: Israeli Knesset Rejects Proposed Universal Military Draft Law

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Israeli Knesset rejects proposed universal draft law

Source: JTA, 7-18-12

Israeli lawmakers voted down a bill that would have required all Israelis to enlist in the army or perform national service at the age of 18, including the haredi Orthodox and Arabs….READ MORE 

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: Israeli Political Constellation Realigns as Kadima Quits Government

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Israeli political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government

Source: JTA, 7-17-12

For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition.

Kadima’s departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s military draft law to include haredi Orthodox Jews, shatters the 94-seat super-majority that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu controlled in the 120-seat Knesset.

It also raises questions for the future of Kadima, Israel’s draft and the timing of new elections….READ MORE

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