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

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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.

 

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Yair Lapid extends an olive branch to PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Lapid extends an olive branch to Netanyahu

Source: Jerusalem Post, 2-19-13

Yair Lapid sent a message to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, reassuring him that he could be trusted if he includes Yesh Atid in the coalition, sources close to Lapid said….READ MORE

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