Ehud Barak meanwhile says he hasn’t ruled out joining forces with Labor and is willing to be second on a joint slate
Chaim Levinson is Haaretz's political correspondent.
Previously, he was the Yedioth Ahoronot correspondent for Religious Affairs and the Orthodox communities.
Levinson has a B.A. in Social and Humanities Studies at the Open University and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Democracy Studies.
Edelstein blames lack of political cooperation for initiative's failure, even though legal counsel said disbanding parliament is 'point of no return'
The incoming transportation minister had promised Netanyahu that he would not start fights over the issue of working on Shabbat before he was appointed
Former prime minister hints at collaboration with opposition party Kahol Lavan: 'Our enemy is Netanyahu'
A Likud initiative to cancel the September 17 election would likely be struck down by the Supreme Court ■ Premier denies he offered Kahol Lavan a rotation agreement ■ Gantz: There is no going back on Knesset dissolution
'I experienced criticism that culminated in cooperation with Likud's top officials to weaken me and remove me from the party's spheres of influence,' Ayoub Kara writes in resignation latter
Netanyahu needs 61 Knesset seats, made up of Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and the other ultra-Orthodox parties, or he will bid his seat goodbye
The premier fired Ayelet Shaked, who failed to pass the electoral threshold with her Hayamin Hehadash party leader, Naftali Bennett
After firing Shaked and Bennett, the premier said they would be replaced within 48 hours, but Likud says it wants to discuss with other parties before making a decision
Tzachi Hanegbi says he has 'no doubt' the premier would agree to a coalition with Kahol Lavan, but Likud brushes off his comments
Election will be held on September 17 ■ Netanyahu, Lieberman trade accusations on triggering second election in two months ■ Knesset dissolved
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Knesset special panel approves another step towards snap election ■ Likud secretariat okays merge with Kahlon's Kulanu ■ Netanyahu working to ensure majority to dissolve Knesset
The prime minister says he will convene all party heads in 'last-ditch effort' to stave off new election. Likud says the ultra-Orthodox have accepted the prime minister's proposal and that the ball is in Lieberman's court
Lieberman says he would vote against a 60-seat government: 'It's an ultra-Orthodox government that, instead of preserving Israel as a Jewish nation, will turn it into a halakha state'
The Union of Right-wing Parties, which includes Kahanist Otzma Yehudit, called to establish gender-segregated army units for religious men in coalition negotiations
The amendment could help not only the prime minister, but also additional coalition members who face possible prosecution on corruption charges
In coalition talks, ex-Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman refuses to concede on bill that would draft the ultra-Orthodox while Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon will not join coalition until Lieberman does
The party’s central committee will convene next month to set a date for the primaries after the party reached an all-time low, falling short of its projected 15 Knesset seats with six
The prime minister's planned bill will allow the Knesset and government ministers to ignore rulings of the High Court of Justice - such as a potential revocation of his immunity
President Reuven Rivlin is expected to approve the request, meaning Netanyahu must complete the task by May 28
President Reuven Rivlin tells the new lawmakers that their task is to form a 'joint home,' sounding criticism over racism aimed at Israel's Arab citizens
United Torah Judaism hopes to push its religious agenda, as Netanyahu signals he has no intentions of naming far-right settler leader Bezalel Smotrich as justice minister
From the far right, Rafi Peretz to be education minister, while Netanyahu hopes Bezalel Smotrich will agree to an expanded housing porfolio as coalition talks continue
Sources say an unusual number of oil tankers have been sailing between the two countries, and that their alliance will provide Iran's economy with a source of oxygen
Former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who says he won't join government unless ultra-Orthodox men are drafted, could vote against amended bill - which is expected to pass even without his support
Prime minister said before election that Likud would hold the education portfolio, but is now expected to renege and give it to Union of Right-Wing Parties
Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman is making legislation requiring ultra-Orthodox conscription a condition to joining the government
Israel (Srulik) Einhorn tells Haaretz it wasn't a dirty trick to brand Benny Gantz as mentally ill and that critics were 'hypocritical' for focusing on Likud's attack videos
Contradictory reports by elections committee cause confusion about whether or not Hayamin Hehadash passes threshold; Bennett demands recount
Benjamin Netanyahu couldn't have hoped for a better outcome, while Avi Gabbay signed the death certificate for Labor