Tag Archive for Yesh Atid

Knesset to decide on limited public transport on Saturdays

Yesh Atid Knesset members seek to allow minibuses to run to & from city centers on Shabbat and holidays, allowing the economically weaker sector travel, not just car-owners.

By Gideon Allon


Yesh Atid MKs Yael German, Karin Elharrar and Yoel Razvozov intend to put forth a private member’s bill that would allow local authorities to operate public transportation on Saturday. The bill would permit minibuses to run within each locality and on intercity roads.

Will the No. 5 bus run down Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv on Saturdays, too? – Photo: Yehoshua Yosef

According to the bill, making public transportation available on Shabbat is designed to give some mobility to sectors that cannot drive or afford to drive, such as the elderly or youth. Continue Reading »

Knesset receives bill to make Declaration of Independence a Basic Law


MK Ruth Calderon (Yesh Atid) wants to enshrine the principles of Israel’s Declaration of Independence as a Basic Law.

Calderon: ‘The concept of a Jewish state does not refer to Judaism as a religion, but rather as a culture & nationality.’

By Israel Hayom Staff

Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon has proposed a bill in the Knesset that would enshrine the principles of Israel’s Declaration of Independence as one of the country’s Basic Laws.

David Ben-Gurion reads the Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv – Photo: GPO

Israel does not have a written constitution. Instead, there is a system of Basic Laws. Continue Reading »

Yesh Atid’s bill promotes division of Western Wall equally between men & women

MK Aliza Lavie says current situation must change, where the men’s section at the Kotel can no longer be 3 times larger than the women’s.

Gideon Allon


Chairwoman of Knesset’s Committee on the Status of Women MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) has presented a bill promoting equally dividing the Western Wall plaza between men and women in terms of physical space.

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Yesh Atid deal makes $millions for Holocaust survivors available

Coalition agreement signed with Yesh Atid guarantees major increase in funds for the treatment of survivors. MK Kariv: It’s our duty.

Omri Efraim


The coalition agreement between Yesh Atid and Likud-Beiteinu calls to increase the services package for Holocaust survivors by NIS 110 million (about $30M) in 2013 and by an additional NIS 500 million ($135M) in the next four years.

Ynet has learned that in light of the agreement, the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel will announce later this week the cancellation of its decision to cut nursing hours for some 6,000 Holocaust survivors with various disabilities. Continue Reading »

Just Reported: Yesh Atid to Receive Education Ministry

According to latest updates, Rabbi Shai Piron has just bee appointed Education Minister by Netanyahu.

By Gil Ronen

According to latest updates from the intensive negotiations between Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Yesh Atid’s MK Rabbi Shai Piron will be the next Minister of Education.

Bayit Yehudi will be in charge of the Knesset’s Finance Committee.

There are conflicting reports about other details agreed between the parties. According to one report, Gideon Saar, who wanted to stay on as Education Minister, will be appointed Minister of Interior. According to another report, Yesh Atid will receive the Interior Ministry, too. Continue Reading »

Yesh Atid keeps making more demands

Once again, coalition negotiations at a standstill after Yesh Atid and Likud disagree over the Education Ministry portfolio.

‘Demand is audacious,’ says MK Regev

By Moran Azulay


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted a new government will be announced on Wednesday, but the optimistic forecast may be delayed by the latest clamoring over the coveted Education Ministry and other portfolios.

Yair Lapid and Naftali BennettYesh Atid sources said Tuesday that Chairman Yair Lapid is not likely to give up the Education portfolio, strongly featured in the party’s election campaign.

Conversely, Likud-Beiteinu are adamant that the portfolio should remain with the incumbent Gideon Sa’ar. Continue Reading »

MK Akunis: Likud accepts Yesh Atid’s ultra-Orthadox draft plan

Likud MK close to Netanyahu says the  Haredim won’t be part of next coalition gov’t & Foreign Ministry portfolio is reserved for Liberman.



Likud Beytenu accepted Yesh Atid’s plan for haredi draft into civil service, according to Likud MK Ofir Akunis, who is close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

MK Ofir Akunis (Likud)

MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

“Regarding equality in the national burden, there’s definitely an agreement. We accepted the Yesh Atid plan, and unfortunately it appears like the haredim will not be a part of the next government,” Akunis told Channel 10.

A Yesh Atid source confirmed to The Jerusalem Post that Likud Beytenu’s negotiating team accepted the detailed plan for haredi enlistment, which would require them to join the IDF or national service at age 18, following a five-year period in which the ultra-Orthodox would be encouraged to join the workforce.

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Bayit Yehudi Vindicated as Coalition Planing Goes into Overtime

Political Analysis: Likud’s strategy reflects the reasoning behind Naftali Bennett’s decision to enter into a pact with Yair Lapid was appropriate.

By Gil Ronen


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet President Shimon Peres Saturday evening and ask him for a two-week extension in which to put together a coalition of parties and form a new government.

Peres will grant Netanyahu the two-week extension.

If Netanyahu fails to cobble together a coalition within a fortnight, however, he will be in serious trouble. Peres could decide to task someone else with creating a coalition, or new elections could be called.

We are, therefore, entering the “money time” of coalition crafting. Continue Reading »

Yesh Atid initiates a new Knesset Bible study group

Having been labeled anti-religious by some ultra-Orthodox leaders, Yesh Atid has since been the most dominant party getting  Israelis to study the Bible.

By  Israel Today Staff


We have already reported several times on Benjamin Netanyahu’s revival of the Prime Minister’s Bible Study group in Israel. Now the Knesset is getting in on the trend with the establishment of its own weekly sessions of scriptural enlightenment.

Bible – israeltoday.co.il

The initiative came from one of the new Knesset parties, the centrist Yesh Atid, which fields both secular and religious lawmakers.

Despite running an election campaign that emphasized an end to army exemptions for and exaggerated welfare payouts to the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sector, and subsequently being labeled anti-religious by ultra-Orthodox leaders, Yesh Atid has since the election been the most outspoken party about getting more Israelis to study the Bible. Continue Reading »

Lapid to ‘Time’: “You make peace with foes, not with friends.”

Yesh Atid chief Lapid says he believes Netanyahu wants a 2-state solution, but until now, hasn’t had the right coalition to advance any peace process.



Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid voiced his support for resuming peace talks with the Palestinians in excerpts of a Time magazine interview released Thursday, stating that “you make peace with foes, not with friends.”

Yair Lapid“Israelis convinced themselves that there is no use in talking to the Palestinians because they’re not to be trusted. I think they’re wrong. I think the Palestinians are not to be trusted and this is exactly why we should talk to them,” Lapid said in the interview. Continue Reading »

Yair Lapid says in Ariel address, he won’t join cabinet that stalls peace talks with PA

Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid, attacks Netanyahu for saying Palestinians were not a ‘partner’ for peace & says Israel must retain control of an undivided Jerusalem.

By Revital Hovel


The Yesh Atid party won’t join a government that continues to avoid resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, party head Yair Lapid said in a speech at the Ariel University Center of Samaria on Tuesday.

Yair Lapid speaking in Beit Shemesh

Yair Lapid speaking in Beit Shemesh, Oct. 28, 2012. – Photo by Olivier Fitoussi

Lapid’s comments and criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies came a day after Netanyahu’s Likud party voted to approve a merger with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu, finalizing the move first announced by the two party leaders last week. Continue Reading »