56 MKs back Lapid for PM, including right-wing New Hope, as Rivlin resumes talks

By Times of Israel Staff—- Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party said Wednesday that it would tell President Reuven Rivlin that it recommends that Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid form the next government, greatly increasing the opposition chief’s chances of being handed the mandate after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to muster a majority coalition…

Israel’s New Defense Minister Begins Protecting Israel With Morning Prayers

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News— Israel’s newly appointed Defense Minister’s first week was challenging with over 400 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza but he began it in proper fashion. After being sworn in on Tuesday morning, Bennett spent the night in the ministry dealing with the Islamic Jihad attacks. Yeshiva World reported…

Bennett orders closure of Hamas-run east Jerusalem school

By Daniel Eisenbud, JPost— Following a protracted joint probe by the Education Ministry, Israel Police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), a Hamas-funded east Jerusalem elementary school teaching a violent, anti-Israel curriculum was ordered to close immediately on Thursday. According to a statement from Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the al-Nukhaba Elementary School, located in Sur…

‘There will be no concessions, no withdrawals; it is simply irrelevant’

By MATI TUCHFELD, ISRAEL HAYOM— “There will be no concessions and no withdrawals. It is simply irrelevant,” the Likud party said in a statement on Sunday regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s outlook on the peace process with the Palestinians. The Likud statement came after Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely told a brochure distributed at religious Zionist…