Is Israel ready for religious prime minister?

Israel never had a religious prime minister, but popular Yamina leader Naftali Bennett is adamant in trying to get hold of the job.

Ben Caspit | Israeli elections | Aug 11, 2020
al-monitor Naftali Bennett, Israeli economy minister and head of the far-right Jewish Home party, gestures as he gives a speech during a debate on the economy, Tel Aviv, Israel, March 11, 2015. Photo by GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP via Getty Images.

After barrage of explosive balloons, Israel closes crossing point with Gaza

Signaling to Hamas it won’t tolerate more incendiary balloons, Israel announced it will close the Kerem Shalom goods crossing for an undetermined period, allowing only the entry of fuel, food and humanitarian supplies.

Rina Bassist | Israeli-Palestinian conflict | Aug 11, 2020

Gantz calls Hezbollah chief Nasrallah 'Lebanon’s biggest problem'

On the backdrop of the explosion in Beirut, Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned that Hezbollah has the habit of stocking ammunition in homes of civilians.

Rina Bassist | | Aug 10, 2020

Despite COVID-19, Israel allows foreign yeshiva students to enter country

After a weekslong battle, foreign yeshiva students will be allowed to enter Israel with lenient quarantine requirements.

Mordechai Goldman | Coronavirus | Aug 9, 2020

Israel shoots down drone near Lebanon border

The drone incident comes as the Israeli military braces for retaliation from Lebanese militant group Hezbollah along its northern border.

Al-Monitor Staff | | Aug 7, 2020