How Israel’s missing constitution deepens divisions between Jews and with Arabs

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(The Conversation) — Renewed fighting has erupted again between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, endangering a ceasefire instituted after an 11-day war in May. The conflict in Gaza is an early test of Israel’s new coalition government. Recently, parties across the political spectrum united to remove Israel’s scandal-plagued prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power, … Read more

Will Naftali Bennett’s diverse coalition lead Israel to recognize Jewish diversity?

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JERUSALEM (RNS) — For most of the past 12 years, Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalitions depended on the highly leveraged participation of small Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, political parties, who helped keep Israel’s longest-serving prime minister in power as long as he resisted reforms that would promote religious pluralism and provide legitimacy to non-Orthodox Jews.    Now … Read more

EXPLAINER: What will change under Israel’s new government?

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JERUSALEM (AP) — If all goes according to plan, Israel will swear in a new government on Sunday, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s record 12-year rule and a political crisis that inflicted four elections on the country in less than two years. The next government, which will be led by the ultranationalist Naftali Bennett, has … Read more

EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new leader?

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel’s new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He’s a religious Jew who made millions in the mostly secular hi-tech sector; a champion of the settlement movement who lives in a Tel Aviv suburb, and a former ally … Read more

How do we talk to young people about Israel and the Palestinians?

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(RNS) — “You lied to us!” Few sentences wound me, and other rabbis and educators, quite as deeply. Who is saying those words? Young Jews — college kids and young adults. About what did we supposedly lie to them? Israel. “Lied?” As in: “deliberately deceived?” Hardly. “Didn’t give them a larger, more nuanced picture of the … Read more

Mixed city of Arabs and Jews remains on edge after violence

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LOD, Israel (AP) — Israeli security forces guard the streets of Lod, weeks after rioters torched patrol cars, synagogues and homes. Attackers who killed an Arab and a Jewish resident are still at large. And a mayor whom some blame for setting the stage for some of the worst domestic unrest in Israeli history remains … Read more