Israel Political Brief February 28, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu sets meeting to request extension in forming government coalition

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Netanyahu sets meeting to request extension in forming government

Source: JTA, 2-28-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Shimon Peres to request an extension in forming a government….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief February 28, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Responds to Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Statement on Zionism

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PM Netanyahu Responds to Turkish PM Erdogan’s Statement

Source: PMO, 2-28-13
יום חמישי י”ח אדר תשע”ג

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharply condemns Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement about Zionism and its comparison to fascism. “This is a dark and mendacious statement the likes of which we thought had passed from the world,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said.

Israel Political Brief February 27, 2013: European Union diplomats recommend economic sanctions against settlements

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EU diplomats recommend economic sanctions against settlements

Source: JTA, 2-27-13

European Union diplomats in eastern Jerusalem have recommended economic sanctions against Jewish settlements in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 27, 2013: Iron Dome tested near Jerusalem

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Iron Dome tested near Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 2-27-13

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was tested near the city of Modi’in, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 26, 2013: No President Obama or PM Benjamin Netanyau, but AIPAC conference still looking to make noise

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No Obama or Bibi, but AIPAC conf. still looking to make noise

Source: JTA, 2-26-13

President Obama, shown addressing the AIPAC policy conference in Washington in March 2012, will not be attending this year's conference for the second time in his presidency.  (Robert J. Saferstein)

President Obama, shown addressing the AIPAC policy conference in Washington in March 2012, will not be attending this year’s conference for the second time in his presidency. (Robert J. Saferstein)

Next week’s annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington may be as notable for what — and who — is missing as what’s planned.

For the first time in at least seven years, neither the U.S. president nor the Israeli prime minister will attend. In addition, for the second year in a row, no mention of the Palestinians, negative or positive, appears on the conference’s legislative agenda….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 26, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party close to coalition deal with Jewish Home / Habayit Hayehudi Party

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Likud close to coalition deal with Jewish Home

Source: JTA, 2-26-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party said it was close to a coalition agreement with the Jewish Home party….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 26, 2013: Israel secretly repatriated 1,000 Sudanese citizens

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Report: Israel secretly repatriated 1,000 Sudanese citizens

Source: JTA, 2-26-13

Israel secretly repatriated at least 1,000 Sudanese citizens via a third country, an Israeli newspaper reported….READ MORE

Israel Brief February 26, 2013: Southern Israel hit by Gaza rocket for first time in 3 months

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Southern Israel hit by Gaza rocket for first time in 3 months

Source: JTA, 2-26-13

A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel for the first time in three months….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 25, 2013: Israel calls test of Arrow 3 missile defense system successful

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Israel calls test of Arrow 3 missile defense system successful

Source: JTA, 2-25-13

Israel said it conducted a successful live test of the Arrow 3 interceptor missile defense system….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 24, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu rejecting apology to Turkey for now

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Netanyahu rejecting apology to Turkey for now

Source: JTA, 2-24-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for now has rejected a bid to apologize to Turkey for a fatal raid on a 2010 Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza….READ MORE

Israel Brief February 22, 2013: Riots break out in Jerusalem & West Bank over Palestinian prisoners

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Riots break out in Jerusalem, West Bank over Palestinian prisoners

Source: JTA, 2-22-13

Palestinian protesters reportedly fired flares and hurled stones at Israeli troops in the Old City in Jerusalem amid violent protests in the West Bank….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief February 20, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Meeting with US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

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PM Netanyahu Meets with US Sen. (R-FL) Marco Rubio

Source: PMO, 2-20-13
יום רביעי י’ אדר תשע”ג

Photo by GPO

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met with US Senator (R-FL) Marco Rubio. The Prime Minister said: “I appreciate your support. I appreciate the tremendous support of the American people, bipartisan support for our security and our quest for peace. It’s a daunting task, both security and the quest for peace, but we know we have your support and we appreciate it. I look forward to talking with you about our challenges.”

Sen. Rubio said: “Well, you live in a challenging neighborhood but the Israeli-American relationship is one of the most important ones we have, and certainly our commitment to that partnership is bipartisan and it should remain that way. And that’s why I’m pleased the President is coming here in March

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Rivals’ pact in Israel blocks PM Benjamin Netanyahu from forming coalition

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Rivals’ pact in Israel blocks Netanyahu from forming coalition

Source: LAT, 2-19-13

The surprise alliance between Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett puts a twist in talks on forming Israel’s next government.

Israeli politicians' alliance poses obstacle to Netanyahu's efforts to form coalitionRivals Yair Lapid, left, leader of the Yesh Atid party, and Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, attend a reception this month in Jerusalem. Both support a military draft for the ultra-Orthodox. (Uriel Sinai / Getty Images / February 4, 2013)

A new odd couple in Israeli politics has become the biggest obstacle to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus effort to form the next government.

The surprise alliance between Yair Lapid, 49, the rising star of Tel Aviv’s secular elite, and Naftali Bennett, 40, the yarmulke-wearing head of a religious-nationalist party, has added an unexpected wrinkle to coalition talks….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua Party first to sign coalition deal with PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Livni’s Hatnua signs first coalition deal with Netanyahu

Source: JTA, 2-19-13

Hatnua, led by Tzipi Livni, became the first party to sign a coalition deal with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Tzipi Livni: Iran, Palestinians, as important as equal share of burden

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Livni: Iran, Palestinians, as important as equal share of burden

Source: Ynetnews, 2-19-13

Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni spoke at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announcing her decision to join his coalition….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: US President Barack Obama to receive presidential medal from Israeli President Shimon Peres

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Obama to receive presidential medal from Israel’s Peres

Source: JTA, 2-19-13

President Obama will receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Israeli President Shimon Peres….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Prisoner X hanged himself with a bed sheet, Israeli report says

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Prisoner X hanged himself with a bed sheet, Israeli report says

Source: JTA, 2-19-13

Ben Zygier, the Israeli-Australian citizen known as Prisoner X, hanged himself in his Israeli cell’s bathroom using a bed sheet, an Israeli investigation into his death concluded….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Israel releases report on Zygier’s death, concludes he hanged himself in shower

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Israel releases report on Zygier’s death, concludes he hanged himself in shower

Source: Haaretz, 2-19-13

Court orders a partial lifting of gag order on causes of Zygier’s death after state agrees to publication; judge finds evidence of alleged negligence by prison authorities.

Dual Israeli-Australian citizen Ben Zygier, who was later known as Prisoner X, hanged himself with a bed sheet in the shower of his solitary confinement cell, according to Israel’s first publicly released report into the circumstances of his death….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Australian Jewry’s council praises opening of probes into Zygier’s death

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Australian Jewry’s council praises opening of probes into Zygier’s death

Source: JTA, 2-19-13

Australian Jewry’s highest body welcomed the announcements by the Australian and Israeli governments of further inquiries into the death of Ben Zygier, the Australian-Israeli national known as Prisoner X….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Official Logo for US President Barack Obama’s Israel Visit

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Official Logo for US President’s Visit

Source: PMO, 2-19-13
יום שלישי ט’ אדר תשע”ג

Following the voting, on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page, which continued for approximately 48 hours, the logo that combines the Israeli and US flags was chosen (see attachment). The official logo was selected from among three which were designed by graphic artists chosen by the Government Advertising Agency.

The winning logo received 66.8% of the thousands of votes; the remaining votes were divided among the other two possibilities. The winning logo will appear on all official signs and documents pertaining to the visit.

 

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