Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fought in the country's war of independence and was one of the dominant figures in Israel's history. So why did so few people show up to pay their respects when his coffin was on display this weekend? Reporter Daniel Estrin has some possible reasons.
The World's Lisa Mullins speaks with Gregory Levy, a former speech writer for the Israeli government and author of the book "Shut Up, I'm Talking - and other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government."
Israelis laid its former prime minister Ariel Sharon to rest on Monday. The military commander-turned-politician stunned Israelis by making a political turnaround in 2005 and pulling thousands of Jewish settlers out of the Gaza Strip. To some, though, the move was totally in line with his focus on the country's security.
The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that the deal between the government and settlers at Migron is null and void; settlers have to leave by summer. We'll look at another settlement evacuated by a court order.
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that a settlement outpost that was constructed illegally must be evacuated this year, and not on a timeline that could keep people there though 2015. That could mean some 100 other illegal outposts will have to evacuated, and soon.
Israel's electoral system for parliament has people voting for parties, not people. In order to get seats, a party needs to win at least two percent of the vote. Some 34 parties are running this year and some parties that are on the fringe of Israeli politics are on the verge of winning enough support to actually secure seats.