January 3, 2024

Critics say High Court overstepped on judicial reform, government will respond

The Supreme Court hears petitions, Sept. 28, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90. by David Isaac (JNS) — Israel’s Supreme Court, by a one-vote margin, including two from justices who had effectively retired, on Jan. 1 overturned a Basic Law for […]
July 27, 2023

Why compromise is unlikely in demonstrations that aren’t really about judicial overhaul

Activists and protesters in Tel Aviv against the government’s proposed judicial overhaul, July 18, 2023. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90. by Melanie Phillips (JNS) — The night before the July 24 Knesset vote on the first of the government’s proposed judicial […]
November 4, 2022

Victory in fifth election gives Netanyahu chance to form strong, right-wing government

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters at party headquarters in Jerusalem on election night, Nov. 2, 2022. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90. by Alex Traiman (JNS) — Apparently in Israel, the fifth time is the charm. After repeated attempts by the opposition, […]
October 26, 2022

Why Itamar Ben-Gvir is gaining popularity, and why the left calls him a racist

Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir. Source: Twitter. by Alex Traiman (JNS) — The rise of Itamar Ben-Gvir is one of the major storylines of Israel’s fifth election cycle in little more than three years. The political firebrand from the right flank […]