Two highly critical state comptroller reports detail how the creation of new ministries in 2009, at the Foreign Ministry’s expense, hobbled Israel’s battles against boycotts and global anti-Semitism.
Barak Ravid is the diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz newspaper. He joined Haaretz in April 2007, covering the Prime Minister's Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defense, dealing with issues such as U.S.-Israeli relations, EU-Israeli relations and the peace process.
Before joining Haaretz, Barak Ravid worked for two years for Maariv daily newspaper, spending a year covering the Palestinian Authority and a year as a diplomatic correspondent.
Ravid has a BA in the history of the Middle East from the University of Tel Aviv. He served for six years as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, and concluded his service with the rank of captain. He and his wife live in Tel Aviv.
Yisrael Beiteinu deadlocks with Finance Ministry over conditions for joining government; as part of pending agreement, legislation on religion and state must garner support from all ultra-Orthodox parties to advance in Knesset.
Israeli prime minister tells French counterpart that regional summit merely provides Palestinians with an excuse not to negotiate, says open to bilateral meeting with Palestinian president.
In Political Switcheroo, Netanyahu Sends Export Institute Chief to Rome Embassy, Replaces Him With Crony
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White House Officials: Appointing Lieberman as Defense Minister Won't Harm Military Aid Talks With Israel
U.S. officials believe that Lieberman will have good relationship with American counterpart, continuing the approach he took when working opposite Kerry.
Proposed legislation would only apply to military courts, where Jewish suspects are rarely charged. Kulanu says will oppose any such legislation.
Prime minister tries to get some credit for his part in the framework agreement, but opposition leader Herzog gets a mention instead.
The prime minister and Yisrael Beiteinu's chairman may sign the coalition agreement that would bring the latter’s right-wing party into the government on Sunday.
The designated defense minister will find it harder to go to the mat with the generals and berate them as a bunch of weaklings the way he did with Foreign Ministry staff.
Phone conversation between Netanyahu and Egypt's Sissi takes place after EgyptAir plane carrying 66 passengers and crew disappears over Mediterranean.