Israel Musings October 29, 2014: US-Israel crisis reactions: Obama official calls Netanyahu coward, chickenshit

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US-Israel crisis reactions: Obama official calls Netanyahu coward, chickenshit

By Bonnie K. Goodman

United States Israel relations have gone downhill fast. At the beginning of the month, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a friendly meeting at the White House, but in four weeks, the fragile personal relationship has…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 12, 2014: EU Parliament President Martin Schultz’s address to the Knesset causes uproar and walkout

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EU Parliament President Martin Schultz’s address to the Knesset causes uproar and walkout

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz adresses the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on February 12, 2014.  (Photo credit: Flash90)

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz addresses the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on February 12, 2014. (Photo credit: Flash90)

Leaders from Israel’s Right leaning parties, including Economics Minister Naftali Bennett and his Bayit Yehudi party left as European Parliament President Martin Schulz addressed the Knesset on the last day of his Israel visit and made incorrect statements about Palestinian freedoms and access to water.

The comment that caused Knesset members to be upset was when Shulz asked; “One of the questions these young people asked me which I found most moving – although I could not check the exact figures – was this: how can it be that an Israeli is allowed to use 70 litres of water per day, but a Palestinian only 17?”

Bennett demanded that Schulz apologize for his ‘lying propaganda,’ and PM Benjamin Netanyahu stated it was “selective hearing” on the part of the EU President.

Sources:

“Lawmakers walk out of European Parliament president’s Knesset address,”  JTA, 2-12-14

“Netanyahu accuses EU Parliament chief of ‘selective hearing’ after Bennett walkout,” Haaretz, 2-12-14

Jewish Brief August 26, 2013: Ahead of High Holidays, Naftali Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

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Ahead of High Holidays, Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

Source: JTA, 8-26-13

Ahead of High Holidays, Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

Amid continuing protests over non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall, Israel’s religious services minister unveiled a new platform for egalitarian worship at Robinson’s Arch….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 4, 2013: West Bank settlements join Israel’s list of national priority communities

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West Bank settlements join Israel’s list of national priority communities

Source: JTA, 8-4-13

Fifteen West Bank settlements were added to the list of communities approved by Israel’s Cabinet that are entitled to extra government benefits….READ MORE

Israel Musings August 1, 2013: Israeli Knesset passes first reading of referendum bill key to peace deal

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Israeli Knesset passes first reading of referendum bill key to peace deal (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Wanting to finish their summer legislative agenda Israel’s Knesset worked into the morning of August 1, 2013 to pass the first reading of the referendum bill. The debate over the bill became heated between Jewish and Arab members…READ MORE

Israel Musings July 24, 2013: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu promises referendum on any peace agreements

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu promises referendum on any peace agreements (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces that there will be a referendum for any peace deal with the Palestinians at the weekly cabinet meeting held this week at the the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, July 21, 2013
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his plans in a Knesset press conference on Monday, July 22, 2013 that any peace agreement with the Palestinians that would be reached would have to be approved by a referendum, with the public…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 16, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Informs President Shimon Peres: We have a government

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Netanyahu to Peres: We have a government

Source: Ynetnews, 3-16-13

Prime minister informs president he’s succeeded in forming a government after signing coalition deal with Yesh Atid, Habayit Hayehudi; government to be sworn in Monday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 15, 2013: Yair Lapid & Naftali Bennett Signs Government Coalition Agreement with PM Benjamin Netanyahu & Likud לפיד ובנט חתמו על הסכם קואליציוני עם הליכוד

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לפיד ובנט חתמו על הסכם קואליציוני עם הליכוד

Source: Walla, 3-15-13 

יש ממשלה: לפיד ובנט חתמו על הסכם קואליציוני עם הליכוד. מאת: יהושע בריינר ויאיר אלטמן, מערכת וואלה! חדשות. יום שישי, 15 במרץ. אחרי המחלוקת סביב תפקיד סגן ראש הממשלה, ובתום משא ומתן ארוך ומתיש, חתמו יש עתיד והבית היהודי על הסכמים לכניסתן לממשלה ה-33 של ישראל. נתניהו: “נעבוד למען ישראל”. תגיות: יאיר לפיד,בנימין נתניהו,נפתלי בנט,מו”מ קואליציוני. צילום: שלומי גבאי, דניאל בוק, עריכה: מיכאל ברגמן. סוף-סוף, יש קואליציה: מפלגות הבית היהודי ויש עתיד חתמו בצהריים (שישי) על הסכמים קואליציוניים עם הליכוד-ביתנו, שסוללת את דרכן לממשלה…

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Israel Political Brief March 14, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid expected to sign government coalition agreement Thursday

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Netanyahu, Bennett, Lapid expected to sign coalition agreement Thursday

Source: Haaretz, 3-14-13

Israel’s new government expected to be sworn in Monday; universal IDF draft a top priority; Ze’ev Elkin in line to become deputy foreign minister.

Netanyahu, right, and Lieberman at a Likud-Beiteinu faction meeting on March 14.

Netanyahu, right, and Lieberman at a Likud-Beiteinu faction meeting on March 14. Photo by Emil Salman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to meet with Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid on Thursday to sign a coalition agreement after a breakthrough the day before following weeks of negotiations.

The 33rd government of Israel is expected to be sworn in on Monday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 14, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Reaches Coalition Deals for Israel Government

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Netanyahu Reaches Coalition Deals for Israel Government

Source: Bloomberg, 3-14-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has reached agreements with other parliamentary factions to form a new government, according to a spokeswoman for his Likud party.

“We expect that the coalition agreements will be signed by the party leaders later today,” Likud spokeswoman Noga Rappaport said in a phone interview….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 13, 2013: Likud, Bayit Yehudi & Yesh Atid Negotiating Teams Meet to Finalize Government Coalition Agreement

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Negotiating Teams Meet to Finalize Coalition Agreement

Negotiating teams of the Likud, Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid are working into the night to finalize the wording of the coalition agreement.

Source: Arutz Sheva, 3-13-13

Lapid, Netanyahu, Bennett

Lapid, Netanyahu, Bennett

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According to the agreement being formed, Israel’s new government will look as follows:

Likud Beytenu
Avigdor Lieberman – Foreign Minister
Zeev Elkin – Deputy Foreign Minister
Moshe Yaalon – Defense Minister
Yair Shamir – Agriculture Minister
Yitzhak Aharonovitch – Minister of Internal Security
Sofa Landver – Immigration Absorption Minister
Uzi Landau – Tourism Minister
Gideon Saar or Gilad Erdan – Interior Minister
Yuli Edelstein – Knesset Speaker

The Likud will also get the Communications, Infrastructure, Strategic Affairs and Home Front Defense Ministries. The identity of each of these ministers has yet to be determined.

Yesh Atid
Yair Lapid – Finance Minister
Rabbi Shai Piron – Minister of Education
Yaakov Peri – Minister of Science
Meir Cohen – Welfare Minister
Yael German – Health Minister

Some reports indicated that MK Ofer Shelah may be appointed Deputy Defense Minister.

Bayit Yehudi
Naftali Bennett – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economics and Trade, the Diaspora and Jerusalem
Uri Ariel – Housing and Construction Minister who will also be in charge of the Israel Lands Administration
Uri Orbach – Pensioners’ Affairs Minister
Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan – Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs

Bayit Yehudi will also receive the chairmanship of the Knesset’s Finance Committee (to be given to either MK Nissan Slomianski or Ayelet Shaked), and one of its MKs will be appointed Deputy Minister of Education.

Hatnua
Tzipi Livni – Justice Minister
Amir Peretz – Environment Minister

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 13, 2013: Habait Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett Statement on Government Coalition Agreement

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Bennett: ‘I wish to congratulate my friend Yair Lapid for his leadership’

Source: Ynetnews, 3-13-13

Habait Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett commented Wednesday about the imminent formation of the government:

“I wish to congratulate my friend Yair Lapid for his display of leadership and resolve, and also Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman. At this time the government is being forged in friendship and mutual responsibility. This next government will look out for all of Am Israel.”

Israel Political Brief March 13, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government coalition one concession after another נתניהו מציג: ויתור אחר ויתור ונחמה אחת גדולה

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נתניהו מציג: ויתור אחר ויתור ונחמה אחת גדולה

Source: Walla News, 3-13-13

בנט השתווה אל לפיד כמנצח הגדול והשאלה כעת היא אם השניים יצליחו לבנות יחסי אמון עם נתניהו. ראש הממשלה נפרד גם מתיק החינוך, אך מבט על התמונה הכוללת עשוי לספק אותו

בזו אחר זו נפלו בשבועות האחרונים הבטחות והצהרות הבחירות של בנימין נתניהו. הממשלה הקטנה שנכפתה עליו לא אפשרה לו לשלב שרים שנבחרו במקומות לא-ריאליים בליכוד; ההתעקשות על השוויון בנטל מצד יאיר לפיד השאירה את החרדים, השותפים הנאמנים, מחוץ לממשלה; והערב נפלו המשלטים האחרונים – תיק החינוך, שעליו הצהירו בליכוד שוב ושוב בימים האחרונים שיישאר בידי המפלגה – עבר לידי יש עתיד. מה עוד שכעת, גם אם משה כחלון יחזור מהארוורד המפנקת למנהל מקרקעי ישראל, כפי שהבטיח נתניהו, הוא יעשה זאת תחת אחריותו של שר השיכון החדש, אורי אריאל, תיק נוסף שראש הממשלה התחייב שיישאר בידי הליכוד.

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Israel Political Brief March 12, 2013: Yair Lapid gets his way: New government limited to twenty ministers

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Lapid gets his way: New gov’t limited to twenty ministers

Source: Haaretz, 3-12-13

Yesh Atid had initially demanded a cabinet of 18 ministers, but has tentatively conceded to including eight deputy ministers as well….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 11, 2013: Agreement: Next government coalition will be 20 ministers & 8 deputy ministers

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Agreement: 20 ministers, 8 deputy ministers in next gov’t

Source: Ynetnews,  3-11-13

Likud-Beiteinu sources said that negotiations over the coalition between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and representatives of Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi have reached agreement that the next government will include 20 ministers, as Yesh Atid demanded. Additionally, the government will name eight deputy ministers. Likud-Beiteinu agreed to fewer ministers on the condition that most of the ministers would be from their party….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 11, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition talks enter final stage

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LIVE BLOG: Netanyahu’s coalition talks enter final stage

Source: Haaretz, 3-11-13

Party leaders, including Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid, are expected to work out the final details of a coalition deal after a late-night meeting fails to yield consensus on on all issues of contention.

Yair Lapid, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Naftali Bennett

Yair Lapid, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Naftali Bennett. Photo by Archive

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett on Monday afternoon, after a late-night negotiations marathon failed to yield resolution on some of the final disagreements delaying the formation of the next Israeli government.

The issues left on the agenda include the appointment of an education minister, the number of ministers and deputy ministers who will compose the next government, and the distribution of portfolios among the coalition partners. A final agreement between the three parties is expected to be announced by Monday night…..READ MORE

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 7, 2013: Yesh Atid, Habayit Hayehudi & Kadima parties form bloc

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Yesh Atid, Jewish Home and Kadima parties form bloc

Source: JTA, 3-7-13

The Yesh Atid, Jewish Home and Kadima parties have formed a bloc and say they will enter Israel’s government coalition only if their demands are met….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 5, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu facing tough choices with time running out to form a government

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With time running out to form a government, Netanyahu facing tough choices

Source: JTA, 3-5-13

With prospective coalition partners making tough demands, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be in for a rough ride….READ MORE

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