The government has approved by a phone vote the appointment of senior Likud official and member of Knesset Gilad Erdan as minister for Internal Security, Information, ...
The government has approved by a phone vote the appointment of senior Likud official and member of Knesset Gilad Erdan as minister for Internal Security, Information, and Strategic Matters. Eldan has compromised by giving up the Foreign Ministry and Interior ministries and agreeing to take these ministries. He will get an increased budget.
In order to allow Erdan to take up his appointments a domino affect will result. Benny Begin who is Minister without Portfolio will have to resign since only 12 Likud ministers can sit in the government, Zev Elkin was promised Internal Security and will now receive the Absorption ministry and possibly the ministry in charge of Jerusalem affairs.
Israel's former ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold has been appointed Director-General of the foreign ministry by his long-term mentor and confidant Prime Minister ...
Israel's former ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold has been appointed Director-General of the foreign ministry by his long-term mentor and confidant Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.
Gold is currently the head of the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs and he used to be Netanyahu's foreign policy advisor in 1996-1997. He will replace Nissim Ben Shitrit, who started in the administrative track and moved over to the diplomatic side. Ben Shitrit was told he was being fired by Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning. The Prime Minister is also the Foreign Minister
Anti-Trust Comissioner David Gilo is stepping down in August because of Prime Minister Netanyahu's government refusal to end an effective monopoly on gas extracted ...
Anti-Trust Comissioner David Gilo is stepping down in August because of Prime Minister Netanyahu's government refusal to end an effective monopoly on gas extracted in the Meditteranean Sea, according to a letter made public on Monday.
Gilo hopes to take another government job. Apparently Economics Minister Arye Deri tried to persuade him to stay in the job.
Gilo has expressed his opposition to the dominant position of American company Noble Energy and its Israeli partner Delek to drill for gas from the Leviathan and Tamar offshore gas fields. He sent a letter about this to Arye Deri saying that preserving the stranglehold of Noble and Delek on the natural gas market "undermines compention and the power of authority of the antitrust authority.
The size of the Leviathan field is estimated at 5 billion cubic metres of natural gas, making it the largest gas deposit found in the world for a decade. Noble and Delek also control the Tamar field which lies west of Haifa.
The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to eight months in jail in the case of the money envelopes that he received from US ...
The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to eight months in jail in the case of the money envelopes that he received from US financier Moshe Talansky. Olmert was also slapped with an eight-month period of probation, and was ordered to pay a fine of 100 thousand shekels.
In his decision, chief judge Yaakov Tzaban said that Olmert's behavior necessitated that he serve prison time.
"A public official, cabinet minister, receives cash, in dollars, holds onto them in a secret coffer, makes personal use of the money, and doesn't report it - is a sinner, leads astray the public service and causes a loss of public trust."
With that, the district court judges asserted that Olmert had made a great contribution to society and the state, and therefore the punishment should be toned down.
Olmert had been convicted of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from Moshe Talansky, when Olmert served as mayor of Jerusalem and Minister of Industry, Trade, and Employment.
The eight months that he has been given now will be added on to the sentence that was already handed down against Olmert of six years in the Holyland real estate scandal.
The Jerusalem district court will hand down the sentence on Monday of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in his conviction for fraud and breach of trust in the so-called ...
The Jerusalem district court will hand down the sentence on Monday of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in his conviction for fraud and breach of trust in the so-called Talansky "cash envelopes" affair. Olmert was found guilty of accepting envelopes full of cash from American businessman and fundraiser Morris Talansky in exchange for political favors. A previous acquittal in the trial was overturned following testimony from his former bureau chief, Shula Zaken, who turned state witness.
Prosecutors are asking that Olmert receive more than a year sentence, in addition to the six year jail-term he received for bribetaking in the Holyland real estate affair. His defense counsel has pleaded for leniency and a suspended sentence, calling on the court to take into consideration Olmert's public service.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanayhu has thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on an anti-Israel Middle East nuclear arms ban at a United Nations ...
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanayhu has thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on an anti-Israel Middle East nuclear arms ban at a United Nations conference. In a conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Netanyahu expressed his appreciation of US President Barack Obama, Kerry, and the American delegates to the monthlong nuclear non-proliferation conference in New York, which ended Friday amid disagrement on the issue of a Middle East nuclear arms ban.
A Jerusalem source said Washington kept its commitment to Israel by preventing a Middle East resolution that would single out Israel and ignore its security interests.
Israel also thanked Britain and Canada for joining the United States in blocking consensus at the conference.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in a statement expressed disappointment and regret state parties to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty were "unable to narrow their differences on the future of nuclear disarmament or to arrive at a new collective vision on how to achieve a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.
The funeral for Ariel Rones, a population and migration authority official who committed suicide after a Facebook post accusing him of racial discrimation against ...
The funeral for Ariel Rones, a population and migration authority official who committed suicide after a Facebook post accusing him of racial discrimation against a woman who sought service went viral, will take place on Monday in Kfar Saba. The Tel Aviv office of the population and migration authority, where Rones was director, will be closed to the public.
Rones, 47, a retiree of the General Security Service, wrote on his Facebook wall before killing himself that he was unable to deal with the unfounded accusation that sullied his name. He said he spent his life championing equality for all people. He was found with a gunshot wound to the head in his Hod HaSharon home.
His death was met with shock and grief at the population authority, where colleagues described him as a respected and deeply appreciated manager. A statement was also issued by the General Security Service, where Rones previously served for 20 years, describing him as an outstanding professional, who was recognized for his commitment and excellence.
The woman who levied the accusation offered a full apology yesterday. In a new Facebook post she explained that she has suffered from discrimination for years and this was the first time she complained.
The non-profit Ashnav organization for responsible internet use said that Israeli society has been exposed in the past year to dangerous phenomenon of displays of the "ugly Israeli" on social networks.
In Jerusalem's Old City, a firebomb was thrown on Sunday night at a Jewish residence. No one was hurt and no damage was caused. Police detained two Arab youths for ...
In Jerusalem's Old City, a firebomb was thrown on Sunday night at a Jewish residence. No one was hurt and no damage was caused. Police detained two Arab youths for suspected involvement.
Meanwhile, the remand in custody has been extended by eight days of the Arab youth suspected of stabbing and moderately wounding two Jewish men near the Damascus Gate over the weekend. The suspect was detained after he was identified on security camera footage.