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Monday, March 13, 2023
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IDF chief says military can only function in a ‘Jewish democratic state’
Herzi Halevi walks back comment to reservists that ‘secure dictatorship is better than an unprotected anarchy,’ warns army won’t be able to act during a ‘disintegration of society’
Daily Briefing Mar. 13: IDF head’s corrected gaffe underscores conflicted military
In US, Smotrich walks back Huwara remark, touts unity, as hundreds protest; 7 arrests
Finance minister again says call to destroy Palestinian town ‘created a mistaken impression,’ claims to embrace Israelis of all types, as ex-pats and others rally outside DC hotel
Overhaul or occupation? Smotrich trip dredges up Israeli-Diaspora rift at DC protest
Hundreds demonstrate in New York, London against Israeli judicial shakeup plan
Live updates (closed)
As Knesset debates latest overhaul bills, president warns situation ‘very serious’
Plenum set for first readings of a bill to shield Netanyahu from removal from office, and another to allow parliament to override High Court rulings
Herzog: Devoting all my time to finding solution to judicial overhaul crisis
Education minister says National Library deal reached amid threat to independence
Ex-top Jordan official, jailed in plot against king, hospitalized amid hunger strike
Worried about Israel? Five options to consider
Israel’s founder and first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion famously said, “The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.” Read Doug Seserman’s post on the Israeli judicial reform.
He was jailed for threats to kill his wife. A rabbinic court wants to reconcile them
David* was sent to jail last year for eight months for violating a restraining order against his wife and threatening to kill her. Lital* wants a divorce, which David (not their real names) refuses to grant, withholding the get, or Jewish writ of divorce, necessary to end a marriage under both Jewish and Israeli law....
Woman shot dead in front of her children at their home in northern town
Ministers delay by 6 months bill on electronic tagging of domestic violence offenders
Bill to shield Netanyahu from recusal cleared for plenum vote after fiery debate
Special Knesset panel advances bid to prevent PM being forced aside over conflict of interest; opposition says bill would place PM ‘above the law’; 1st reading set for later Monday
Bill sharply curbing court’s powers to strike down laws said headed for Knesset vote
Hearing for controversial E1 settlement project postponed once again
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The deep democratic instinct of patriotic Israelis
Together, we protect our democracy, our values, and ourselves from a government of bigots and extremists with unchecked power
Herzog pushes Rothman on judicial compromise; ex-AG warns Israel faces ostracization
Lawmaker leading legislative push says he disagreed with president’s speech in which he blasted current bills, but door not closed on talks
Netanyahu swipes at AG: In a democracy, government is responsible for police, army
Pro-Israel stalwart Miriam Adelson joins chorus criticizing judicial overhaul push
255 US investors warn Netanyahu overhaul may dampen cash infusions from abroad
Over 250 US-based financial investors warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his government's planned judicial overhaul could chill new infusions of cash into Israel, the latest signal of potentially devastating economic fallout should the controversial legislation go through. "Many leaders in the business community will feel compelled to...
Powerful labor union warns government of action if no judicial compromise reached
Israel mutual fund withdrawals moderate, after public pulls NIS 8.5b in February
Iraq’s new online content regulation is a big step backward
Freedom of expression is a basic human right, even when offensive, and blocking people from opining on social media violates it
The hidden economic costs of the judicial upheaval
The damage of what may happen to harm the economy is nothing compared to the damage of all the things that won’t happen
Spielberg’s personal movie ‘Fabelmans’ flops at the Oscars, despite 7 nominations
Dramatization of his upbringing loses out to multiverse ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’; Jewish producer of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ sees movie take home four honors
‘Everything, everywhere’ all over the Oscars, winning Best Picture, 6 more
Tel Aviv police crisis presages potential constitutional showdown
The government is charging ahead with its controversial plan to remove key judicial checks on political power, the coalition and opposition have yet to engage in constructive dialogue, and mass protests grow from week to week. Presuming Justice Minister Yariv Levin meets his self-imposed deadline to pass the first tranche of reforms into law within...
Ben Gvir demands independent counsel, says he can’t rely on attorney general
Ben Gvir, AG tensions spike over High Court petitions, Tel Aviv police chief affair
Israel expresses frustration as delegation is barred from UN event in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh failed to issue visas to residents of Kfar Kama, a Circassian Muslim town picked as global ‘tourist village’; Tourism Ministry accuses UN of failing to meet own standards
Iran-Saudi Arabia deal casts China in unfamiliar, but growing, global role
US promises Silicon Valley Bank customers can recoup funds after stunning collapse
New York’s Signature Bank follows California institution in being seized as Fed scrambles to contain fallout from liquidity crunch, head off more bank runs
US regulators shut down crypto-friendly Signature Bank as financial crisis grows
Iran says supreme leader pardoned 22,000 arrested in anti-regime protests
Number cited by head of judiciary offers glimpse at scale of crackdown on demonstrations since September, but also suggests regime feels secure in quelling movement
Iran claims prisoner swap with US imminent; Washington calls it a ‘cruel lie’
Iran says rapprochement with Saudi Arabia will help end war in Yemen
'Israelis can easily marry without leaving their homes'
Why a county in Utah could play a role in Israel’s judicial crisis
Israeli Supreme Court ruling recognizes US virtual marriage process, letting Israelis bypass the rabbinate and angering a ruling coalition that seeks controversial judicial change
Coin with oldest depiction of Temple menorah displayed for first time
An ancient coin bearing the oldest-known depiction of the Temple menorah will go on display to the public for the first time on Monday with the opening of the recently renovated Davidson Center in Jerusalem’s Old City. The coin dates to around 40 BCE, during the Roman times and the reign of the...
Israel rallies to top Nicaragua in first game of 2023 World Baseball Classic
Team with high expectations after surprise 2017 performance comes from behind to win 3-1, as it looks ahead to tougher competition in opening round robin stage
'The role was more moving than I thought it would be'
In episode of ‘The Equalizer,’ Adam Goldberg tackles antisemitic hate crimes in NYC
The actor known for iconic Jewish roles like the Hebrew Hammer draws on real experience as a wave of hate crimes strikes Brooklyn in this past Sunday’s episode titled ‘Never Again’
Military pilots said angry at Netanyahu for using them as pawns in deception tactic
Man seriously wounded in car explosion in north; terror motive suspected
Cops questioned for throwing stun grenades at Tel Aviv protesters
BBC reinstates ex-soccer star who likened MPs’ language on migrants to Nazi Germany
Company aiming to create oxygen on moon finds process to make steel plants cleaner
Qatar spied on top Swiss prosecutor probing FIFA for corruption — report
UN buys ship to begin removing oil from decaying tanker off Yemen
Are Jews a racial group? US government ponders the meaning of race and ethnicity
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