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Israelis will return to the ballot box for the third consecutive national election in 11 months on March 2 after its top politicians failed yet again to build a governing coalition, in the latest twist in a sprawling and unprecedented crisis that has left the country in political limbo for a year. According the law, the Knesset was automatically dispersed at midnight on Wednesday, December 11, but lawmakers continued debating until early Thursday on the date of the vote.

Last month, far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted for bribery, breach of trust and fraud in three corruption cases, which could damage his bid to stay in office after the next elections. In a video posted online only hours before the 22nd Knesset was...

Yet another hate-crime “Price Tag” attack took place in East Jerusalem’s Palestinian Shu’afat neighborhood early Monday morning, December 9. At the scene, Arab residents found more than 160 damaged vehicles, including racist graffiti spray-painted by far-right assailants on cars as well as on homes in the area. Hate-inspired slogans included: “Arabs=enemies,” “No place for enemies in our...

A new poll shows far-right that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rivals gaining ground on him as he faces corruption charges and the prospect of leading the country to a third election in less than a year, having failed twice to secure a ruling coalition.

The poll published on Friday night, December 6, by Channel 12 News finds that 52% of the public said they believed Netanyahu should...

The Knesset approved on Wednesday, December 4, the first reading of a proposal to stop the arrest and deportation of Israel-born children of migrant workers. The proposal, which was submitted by MKs Ofer Cassif (Hadash – Joint List), Miki Haimovich (Blue & White), and Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), passed its first reading almost unanimously with 14 votes for, and one against.

MK Cassif...

Israel’s newly installed far-right defense minister, MK Naftali Bennett, announced on Sunday, December 1, his approval for the planning of a new settlement in the flashpoint Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron. The decision was quickly praised by the right and condemned by Hadash, Israeli peace movements and Palestinians.

The settlement in Hebron is now made up of several enclaves located...

Thirteen Israeli notables published an open letter on Friday, November 15, saying they welcomed the European Court of Justice’s ruling earlier this same week that settlement products need to be labeled as such, but said the move is insufficient and the European Union must ban the import of settlement goods altogether.

“Israeli settlements are the leading cause of human rights violations against...

The Israeli Communist Party and the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (Hadash) condemn US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on Monday, November 18, that Israel’s settlements in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 do not contravene international law.

This statement plainly reaffirms the US administration’s unequivocal support for the policy of the Netanyahu government...

Omar Haitham al-Badawi, 22, was shot and mortally wounded by Israeli security forces as he approached a fire with a towel, intending to extinguish it last Monday, November 11, in the Al-‘Arrub refugee camp, 15 km south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.

The fatal shooting took place adjacent to clashes between youths from the refugee camp and Israeli occupation forces...

Peace and Communist activists and two Knesset members from the Joint List participated in a protest demonstration organized by Hadash in Central Tel Aviv Tuesday evening, November 12, near the headquarters of the Likud in the heart of the city.

The protest was called after Israel conducted a targeted assassination of a senior Islamic Jihad official in Gaza early Tuesday morning, an attack...

Hadash Lawmakers accused far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of authorizing the assassination of an Islamic Jihad leader, Baha Abu al-Ata, in Gaza on Tuesday, November 12, for political advantage but, in most cases, were met by sharp criticism for their remarks from other opposition MKs.

One exception, however, was Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev who accused Netanyahu of deciding to kill the...

The leading far-right Likud party of PM Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed a racist bill which would prevent Joint List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) from becoming the head of the opposition if and when a unity government is eventually formed between the Likud and other rightwing parties and the Zionist center-left.

Currently, the opposition leader receives regular diplomatic and security updates...

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