Raoul Wootliff, The Times of Israel

Raoul Wootliff

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Past articles by Raoul:

Shas party leader Aryeh Deri indicted for tax offenses after plea deal

Agreement expected to see opposition lawmaker, who has previously been jailed for bribery, resign from Knesset but possibly return as soon as next elections → Read More

Aryeh Deri admits to tax offenses as part of plea deal, will resign from Knesset

Attorney-general confirms agreement won’t see Shas party leader charged with moral turpitude, allowing him to run again for office; good-governance group vows High Court appeal → Read More

Plea deal reached for Shas chief to admit tax offenses, resign from Knesset

Ex-con MK Aryeh Deri to pay a fine of some NIS 180,000 and admit to two tax offense charges that won't bar him from running for office in next election → Read More

Netanyahu told to return $900,000 in gifted legal funds from US billionaires

Mandelblit tells High Court former premier should give back $300,000 given to him by cousin Nathan Milikowsky and $600,000 he received from real estate mogul Spencer Partrich → Read More

Knesset passes first reading of bill to limit PM’s term to 8 years

Coalition legislation wins vote 66-49, with opposition Joint List lending support; justice minister bemoans 'harm' of prolonged rule → Read More

Nir Hefetz: Bezeq owner said he gave news site ‘as a gift to the Netanyahu family’

Ex-PM's former top aide provides key testimony on link between favors Netanyahu allegedly received to benefits he gave Bezeq → Read More

New Hope MK threatening to buck coalition if ‘cannabis committee’ not formed

Sharren Haskel accuses Meretz of holding up panel to discuss medical marijuana, legalization and other cannabis-related matters, in violation of coalition deal → Read More

Netanyahu slams term limit bill as ‘Iranian’; Sa’ar: Ex-PM once agreed to pass it

Opposition leader rails against proposal to limit premier's tenure to 8 years; Justice minister: Netanyahu begged me to join his coalition in return for introducing the same law → Read More

Ministers approve bill setting term limits for prime ministers

Proposal limiting a premier to 8 years in office unanimously backed by committee; if passed by Knesset, wouldn’t apply retroactively to Netanyahu → Read More

Ministers set to okay term limits for PM; Sa’ar also seeks ban on indicted MKs

Likud MK says party could support the term-limit bill provided it isn't retroactive and thus can't apply to Netanyahu → Read More

Senior Likud officials admit Netanyahu can’t form alternate government

Party sources say it can't get enough voters to attain 61-seat majority, only hope is for new right-wing party to draw those unhappy with Bennett and Sa'ar → Read More

Even with budget test passed, challenges threaten unity of diverse coalition

A number of potentially contentious issues are stirring passions within the government as it attempts to forge a 'stable' life beyond the budget → Read More

Coalition passes 2021 budget, first in years, as rest of vote-a-thon awaits

After staying up until 5 a.m. to approve one part of package, MKs will reconvene later to pass arrangements bill and 2022 budget, in major test for Bennett's government → Read More

In key test for government, Knesset votes on state budget, the 1st in 3.5 years

MKs will need to approve or reject hundreds of clauses of economic plan for 2021-2022; process expected to last until Thursday evening at the earliest → Read More

Netanyahu trial turns to alleged benefits he provided Bezeq telecom company

Former Communications Ministry chief become first witness in Case 4000 to tell court that the former PM abused his position as premier → Read More

Coalition increasingly split on left-right lines as budget deadline looms

Meretz decries ‘unilateral steps’ in West Bank, says they undermine government; Labor says it was left out of key decisions → Read More

‘He didn’t own a shredder’: Wife backs minister slammed for sex assault remarks

Dorit Stern, whose husband boasted ignoring anonymous complaints against officers in IDF, says media gave husband raw deal, airing decades-old accusations without verification → Read More

Elazar Stern drops Jewish Agency candidacy amid burgeoning controversy

Intelligence minister withdraws candidacy, apologizes as outcry snowballs over his remarks about trashing anonymous harassment complaints → Read More

Coalition members assail minister Stern over sexual harassment comments

Intelligence minister sparked outcry by implying he'd trashed anonymous complaints; Labor chief expresses doubt he can head Jewish Agency; Meretz head calls remarks 'unacceptable' → Read More

Lapid backs ally Stern amid outcry over sexual assault comments

Intelligence minister sparked outcry by implying he'd trashed anonymous complaints; party leader says: 'If Stern had said he'd shredded assault claims, we would say goodbye to him' → Read More