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Two right-wing ministers form new party ahead of Israel polls

Naftali Bennett Forms Secular-Religious ‘New Right’ Party

TEL AVIV – Education Minister Naftali Bennett and leader of the Jewish Home and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Saturday announced they were quitting the party to set up a new secular-religious platform called HaYamin HeHadash (“The New Right”).

Israel's Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked speaks to members of Ethiopia's Jewish community, during a visit to a synagogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, April 22, 2018. Shaked visited the synagogue in a rare visit from the high office of Israel's government and her first trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Israeli Official: Trump’s Syria Pullout ‘Strengthens’ Erdogan

In the latest expression of Israel’s concern over US President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement that he was pulling US troops from Syria, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Sunday warned the move “doesn’t help us,” but insisted Israel would still be capable of defending itself.

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Netanyahu Coalition Crisis Eases as Naftali Bennett Walks Back Threats to Resign

TEL AVIV – Education Minister and head of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett on Monday walked back on a promise to quit the coalition if he is not made defense minister, saying he would back Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the role and ensure Israel goes back to “winning” its wars.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the opening of an exhibition showcasing the 1976 Israeli commando rescue raid that freed hostages from a hijacked plane at Entebbe, Uganda, as he attends the event at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

Report: Netanyahu Tells Allies He May Face Early Elections

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly told ministers in his coalition that he will not be able to appoint Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home party to the defense minister post because of opposition to the move from other coalition partners, a development which likely puts Israel on course for early elections.

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Poll: Majority Of Israelis Support LGBTQ Surrogacy Protests

TEL AVIV – A majority of the Israeli public across the political spectrum were in support of the recent protests against legislation denying surrogacy rights for gay couples, a recent poll by Channel 2 news found.