Israel Political Brief March 10, 2013: Coalition talks between PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Yair Lapid & Naftali Bennett end

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Coalition talks between Netanyahu, Lapid and Bennett end

Source: Jerusalem Post, 3-10-13

Coalition talks between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Yesh Atid Leader Yair Lapid, Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett and former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman came to an end just before midnight on Sunday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 10, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu calls urgent meeting with Yair Lapid, Naftali Bennett to resolve coalition crisis

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PM calls urgent meeting with Lapid, Bennett to resolve crisis

Source: Ynetnews, 3-10-13

Six days before deadline for forming government expires, Yesh Atid, Habayit Hayehudi leaders meet with Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss differences over equal share of burden….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 10, 2013: Likud-Beiteinu: Yesh Atid reneged on ‘equal share’ deal

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Likud-Beiteinu: Yesh Atid reneged on ‘equal share’ deal

Source: Ynetnews, 3-10-13

“This morning we reached an agreement with Yesh Atid on the issue of ‘equal share of the burden,’ but this afternoon they withdrew their approval to the outline that was devised on the issue,” a Likud-Beiteinu source said Sunday evening….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 10, 2013: Israel: US President Obama in Jerusalem March 20

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Obama in Jerusalem March 20: Israel

Source: AFP, 3-10-13

US President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories will begin on March 20, Israel said on Sunday, in the first official announcement of the much-anticipated visit….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 10, 2013: Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin: PM Benjamin Netanyahu plans to dismiss me

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Knesset speaker Rivlin: PM plans to dismiss me

Source: Ynetnews, 3-10-13

Netanyahu sends clear messages regarding lack of intention to support Reuven Rivlin for 3rd term as Knesset speaker. ‘The two have had a complicated relationship… Rivlin already understands – Netanyahu is dismissing him,’ source says….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 10, 2013: US President Barack Obama’s Israel Visit Schedule

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Preparatory Meeting Ahead of US President Obama’s Visit

Source: PMO, 3-10-13

10/03/2013
יום ראשון כ”ח אדר תשע”ג

The Prime Minister’s Office held a preparatory meeting ahead of US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel. In addition to personnel from the PMO, representatives from the President’s Residence, the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the Israel Police, the Jerusalem Municipality, Ben-Gurion International Airport and other agencies also attended the meeting.

The general outline of the visit was presented:

Wednesday, 20 March 2013
* Welcoming ceremony at BGI Airport
* Presentation of Iron Dome (may be moved to the end of the visit)
* Welcoming ceremony and meeting at the President’s Residence
* Meeting, press conference and dinner with the Prime Minister

Thursday, 21 March 2013
* Visit the Shrine of the Book (home of the Dead Sea Scrolls) at the Israel Museum
* Visit exhibition of innovative technology at the Israel Museum
* Visit the Palestinian Authority
* State dinner with the President

Friday, 22 March 2013
* Wreath-laying ceremony at Herzl’s grave
* Wreath-laying ceremony at Rabin’s grave
* Visit Yad Vashem
* Departure ceremony at BGI Airport

National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror said: “It is very important that the visit be marked by three points: One, that it go smoothly from start to finish. It is important for us that the Prime Minister and the President have fruitful and productive talks – this is the basis for the continuation of work over the next four years. It is important to us that the President and all those who watch the visit see the beautiful Land of Israel as much as possible given the short schedule. Cooperation between all elements – among all the Israelis, and between us and the Americans – is also vital for the success of the visit.”

Gil Sheffer, the head of the Prime Minister’s bureau, said: “Arrangements by the Israel Police, the ISA, the Foreign Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Office, the President’s Residence and staff at the official sites that the US President will visit are all in their final stages. Tomorrow, according to the schedule, we will go to the sites that the President will visit. In this context, we have already completed preparations ahead of the exhibit that will be held at the Israel Museum at which technological developments will be presented in the fields of – inter alia – renewable energy, search and rescue technology, and robotics. The exhibit will present Israel as a technological leader. National Economic Council Chairman Prof. Eugene Kandel chaired the committee that selected the items in the exhibit.”

Edna Halabani, head of the Prime Minister’s Office department for international visits and liaison, said: “There is excellent cooperation with the Americans and with the various agencies: The Foreign Ministry, the President’s Residence, the ISA, the Israel Police, the Jerusalem Municipality and the various branches of the Prime Minister’s Office, including the Deputy Director General and the National Information Directorate. The cooperation is very good.”

Head of the National Information Directorate, Liran Dan, said: “We are prepared for the arrival of hundreds of journalists ahead of US President Obama’s visit. Our goal is to give these hundreds of journalists the best service possible. We will set up media centers to provide information to journalists 24 hours a day. Emphasis will be given to providing information via social networks; to this end, we have launched a PMO application for smartphones. Our goal for the visit is to emphasize two things: One is the deep and abiding connection between Israel and the US. The second is that we want to utilize the international attention that will be on the State of Israel for the 48 hours of President Obama’s visit in order to stress Israel’s status as a technological leader.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 10, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting — Thanks 32nd Government Cabinet Ministers

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 3-10-13
יום ראשון כ”ח אדר תשע”ג

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“Apparently, this will be this Cabinet’s last meeting. I would like to thank the ministers for their excellent work over the past four years. These were four years of continuous action, of setting goals and achieving them. I think that with the perspective of time, this Government will be remembered as one of the governments that achieved more than almost any other in the history of the State of Israel. The achievements are many, they are all-embracing. We will take a moment and discuss them during this meeting, but I think that we have led the State of Israel to a situation in which it is more secure, more prosperous, and has made more progress in all the areas in which we have been active. I think that this is our foremost goal; to lead the country to a better situation that the one in which we received it, and there is no doubt that this was done.

We did all of this while the world around us was changing for the worse. The regional situation is changing for the worse. The global economy is wobbly and unstable, and the State of Israel, in this sense, is in a better situation. We still face very great challenges; of course, in lowering the cost of living and housing, in equality in sharing the burden, and above all, the major security challenges, there are no other words, the major security challenges that are piling up around us. We will, of course, need to deal with these in the next government.

I expect that the ministers in the next government will take your actions as an example, ministers and deputy ministers. Your work will serve as an example for the next government and if we act with the same focus, the same cooperation, we will, in the next government, I am sure, be able to overcome the challenges that we face.”

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