Full Text Israel Political Brief May 15, 2015: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at first meeting of the 34th Government

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PM Netanyahu’s remarks at first meeting of the 34th Government

Source: PMO, 5-15-15

We will work with determination, responsibility and vigor in the face of attempts to test our borders and our security. We will continue to promote a diplomatic settlement while upholding the vital interests and security of the citizens of Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Copyright: GPO/Avi Ohayon

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the first meeting of the 34th Governmentearlier today (Friday, 15 May 2015):

“Despite all the ups-and-downs we had to go through to reach this moment, I am still moved by the position and I am certain that you are too. From this moment on we must leave disagreements outside this room and focus on good work for the citizens of Israel – all citizens of Israel.

We will work with determination, responsibility and vigor in the face of all attempts to test our borders and our security from both near and far. Israel’s enemies must know that any threated directed at us has red lines. This has been our policy under previous governments and will be under the current government as well.

We will continue to promote a diplomatic settlement while upholding the vital interests and security of the citizens of Israel. At the same time and perhaps in assistance, we will try to realize the opportunity of regional developments and new possibilities of action with the moderate and responsible countries around us.

We will work to improve social welfare with emphasis on lowering the cost of living in general and housing costs in particular. We will work to continue to reduce the gaps in Israeli society. We will continue to link the Negev and the Galilee with the center and to strengthen employment there and throughout the country. We are attentive to the cry of immigrants from Ethiopia and their families and next week we will form a special ministerial committee, under my chairmanship, to deal with this problem. We are obligated to work for the good of all Israeli citizens and we will do everything we can to justify the confidence the nation has vested in us.

Now the time has come to roll up our sleeves and get to work. May our efforts be successful.”

The 34th Government of Israel

(Knesset website)

Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister, Minister of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Communications, Minister of Regional Cooperation
Silvan Shalom – Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs

Ofir Akunis – Minister
Uri Yehuda Ariel – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
David Azoulay – Minister of Religious Services
Ze’ev Binyamin Begin – Minister
Naftali Bennett – Minister of Education, Minister of Diaspora Affairs
Danny Danon – Minister of Science, Technology, and Space
Aryeh Machluf Deri – Minister of the Economy, Minister of the Development of the Negev and Galil
Zeev Elkin – Minister of Immigration and Absorption
Avi Gabai – Minister of Environmental Protection
Yoav Galant – Minister of Construction
Gila Gamliel – Minister for Senior Citizens
Moshe Kahlon – Minister of Finance
Haim Katz – Minister of Welfare and Social Services
Yisrael Katz – Minister of Transportation and Road Safety, Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy
Yariv Levin – Minister of Tourism, Minister of Internal Security
Miri Regev – Minister of Culture and Sport
Ayelet Shaked – Minister of Justice
Yuval Steinitz – Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water
Moshe Ya’alon – Minister of Defense

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Israel 34th Government Cabinet Members List

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The 34th Government of Israel

Ministers and Senior Officials

Source: MFA, 5-14-15

The new government of Israel headed by PM Benjamin Netanyahu was approved in the Knesset with 61 MKs voting in favor, and 59 opposed, and its ministers were sworn in on May 14, 2015.

President

Government Ministers

Senior Government Officials


34th Government Cabinet Members

Portfolio Minister Party
Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Communications
Minister of Regional Cooperation
Minister of Health
Benjamin Netanyahu Likud
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely Likud
“Ministerial Post” in Communications Ofir Akunis Likud
Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara Likud
Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman United Torah Judaism
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel The Jewish Home
Minister of Construction Yoav Galant Kulanu
Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev Likud
Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon Likud
Deputy Minister of Defense Eli Ben-Dahan The Jewish Home
Minister of Economy
Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee
Aryeh Deri Shas
Minister of Education
Minister of Diaspora Affairs
Naftali Bennett The Jewish Home
Deputy Minister of Education Meir Porush United Torah Judaism
Deputy Minister of Education Meshulam Nahari Shas
Minister of Energy and Water Yuval Steinitz Likud
Minister of Environmental Protection Avi Gabai Kulanu
Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon Kulanu
Deputy Minister of Finance Yitzhak Cohen Shas
Minister of Immigrant Absorption
Minister of Strategic Affairs
Zeev Elkin Likud
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of the Interior
Silvan Shalom Likud
Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked The Jewish Home
Minister of Pensioner Affairs
Minister of Gender Equality
Gila Gamliel Likud
Minister of Religious Affairs David Azulai Shas
Minister of Science, Technology and Space Danny Danon Likud
Minister without Portfolio Benny Begin Likud
Minister of Tourism
Minister of Public Security
Yariv Levin Likud
Minister of Transportation
Minister of Intelligence[9]
Yisrael Katz Likud
Minister of Welfare and Social Services Haim Katz Likud

Security cabinet

Minister Party
Yuval Steinitz Likud
Naftali Bennett The Jewish Home
Yisrael Katz Likud

Committee chairs

Committee Chairman Party
Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Yisrael Eichler United Torah Judaism
Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Unnamed Shas
Science and Space Committee Unnamed United Torah Judaism
Finance Committee Moshe Gafni United Torah Judaism
Education Committee Unnamed Shas
Labor and Welfare Committee Unnamed Kulanu
Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Ayelet Shaked The Jewish Home
Committee of Nuclear Energy Yuval Steinitz Likud
Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defense
Coalition Chair
Tzachi Hanegbi Likud

Government agencies and special committees

Agency / Committee Chairman Party
Israel Land Administration Yoav Galant Kulanu
World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division Uri Ariel The Jewish Home
Israel Atomic Energy Commission Yuval Steinitz Likud

Full Text Israel Political Brief May 10, 2015: Last Cabinet meeting of the 33rd Government

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Last Cabinet meeting of the 33rd Government

Source: MFA, 10 May 2015

In the over two years of this government’s existence, since its first meeting, the region around us has been roiling and stormy. And despite the many attempts to challenge us on our borders, we rebuffed all of these attempts.

Israel Cabinet meeting

Israel Cabinet meeting
Copyright: PMO webcast
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Sunday, 10 May 2015), made the following remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting:

“Today we are holding the last Cabinet meeting of the 33rd Government and we are preparing for the first meeting of the new government. I always regard the task of leading the country as being entrusted with a valuable asset – the country – and my responsibility as Prime Minister, and ours as a government, is to return to the public a more secure, prosperous and developed country.

As I summarize the activity of the 33rd government, I can certainly say that despite the difficulties, and there were many, we advanced – during these years – the State of Israel on three main axes. In the over two years of this government’s existence, since its first meeting, the region around us has been roiling and stormy. And despite the many attempts to challenge us on our borders, we rebuffed all of these attempts bar none: From Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, through Iran’s attempts to develop a new front against us on the Golan Heights, to the unceasing efforts to bring advanced weaponry from Syria to Lebanon, and including Hamas’s efforts to perpetrate strategic attacks against us in the south. In Operation Protective Edge, we hit Hamas as hard as it has ever been struck since its founding.

Above all, we have acted unceasingly against Iran’s attempts to arm itself with nuclear weapons. This effort is at its peak. We will not relent. We will continue to maintain Israel’s right to defend itself under any conditions and in any situation.

In the diplomatic sphere, we made another effort to move forward on an agreement with the Palestinians, but once again when there was a need to make tough decisions; Abu Mazen decided to abandon the negotiations. He appealed unilaterally, and in contravention of all the agreements, to the international arena. He abandoned the negotiations and entered into an alliance with Hamas.

In the diplomatic arena, we started to develop new markets for the Israeli economy – in both the diplomatic and the economic arenas – vis-à-vis the giant economies of Asia: India, China and Japan. We joined the Latin American Pacific Alliance as an observer.

We are developing a new industry that is essential to the future of humanity – cybersecurity. This is developing very quickly and dramatically. We are devoting many resources to it, including a special IDF unit and my instructions are to not only develop this ability for the security of the State of Israel, but to integrate it with Be’er Sheva and the Negev, with our academic ability and with industrial development for Israeli and foreign companies. This is happening before our eyes and is changing the face of the Negev and – in effect – the face of the country. It will turn – it is already turning – Be’er Sheva into a global cyber capital.

We raised the minimum wage again. Unemployment continues to be low. Israel’s credit rating is stable, which is no small feat given the economic upheavals that are continuing to rock the world. Additionally, we have continued the accelerated link between the Negev and the Galilee and the center of the country. In the past six years, we laid twice as much railroad track as in the previous six years. We did likewise with highways and interchanges and we are still busy.

We completely blocked illegal migration across our borders, something that no other country in the western world has succeeded in doing. The fence that we built has completely proven itself. We added to this legislative and enforcement measures, as well as others, and in this context I note the opposite trend that is now taking place in Western Europe. As Europe notes an increase of hundreds of percent in the influx of illegal migrants, thousands of illegal migrants are leaving Israel per annum. This is a very important achievement for assuring Israel’s image and character as a Jewish and democratic state.

There is no doubt that much work is yet before us and I promise to do everything so that the next government continues to do it and will even add many more important actions in various areas for the security and welfare of Israel’s citizens.

I would like to thank the members of the outgoing government once again and may we continue to work on behalf of the State of Israel in order to build its security, assure its prosperity and – of course – continue its development.”

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Source: Jerusalem Post, 6-29-13

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Israel Political Brief May 27, 2013: Haredi draft debate spurs Yair Lapid threat to bring down government

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Source: JTA, 5-27-13 

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Israel Political Brief March 18, 2013: New Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein swears in 33rd Israeli government

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New Knesset speaker swears in 33rd Israeli government

Source: Jerusalem Post, 3-18-13

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Israel Political Brief March 18, 2013: The Knesset approved the guidelines of the new government, ministers are sworn-in הכנסת אישרה את קווי היסוד של הממשלה, השרים נשבעו אמונים

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הכנסת אישרה את קווי היסוד של הממשלה, השרים נשבעו אמונים

Source: Nana 10, 3-18-13

ממשלת נתניהו השלישית יוצאת לדרך באופן רשמי, אחרי ש-68 חברי כנסת אישרו את קווי היסוד בהצבעה שמית במליאה. 48 חברי כנסת מהאופוזיציה התנגדו, ו-4 נעדרו מההצבעה. לאחר מכן 21 השרים עלו אחד-אחד לבימת הכנסת ונשבעו, רגע …לפני ישיבת הממשלה הראשונה והתמונה הקבוצתית המסורתית בבית הנשיא…

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Source: Jerusalem Post, 3-18-13

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Source: Haaretz, 3-17-13

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Full Text Israel Political Brief March 16, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu to President Shimon Peres: I have formed a government & US President Barack Obama’s Congratulation Statement

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Netanyahu to Peres: I have formed a government

Source: GPO, 3-16-13

PM Netanyahu: “As you know, I formed a government. We face a decisive year in the fields of security and economy, in efforts to promote peace and in Israelis’ desire to effect change.”

 

President Peres and PM Netanyahu

Photo: GPO/Kobi Gideon

Following the signing of coalition agreements with Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Shimon Peres on Saturday evening, March 16, to inform him that he has succeeded in the task of forming a government. The new government is scheduled to be sworn in on Monday at the Knesset.

PM Netanyahu: “As you know, I formed a government. We face a decisive year in the fields of security and economy, in efforts to promote peace and in Israelis’ desire to effect change. There is cooperation in this government and I believe we will bring change to all Israeli citizens in all areas. That is my mission.”

President Peres: “The task of forming a government is complex and requires great efforts and resourcefulness. There were difficulties in the creation of this government and I congratulate Prime Minister Netanyahu that succeeded in forming the government in time. There are problems pending but they are also full of opportunities in the fields of security, welfare and in making peace in progressing the peace process. The country needs it and the people need it. The time has come.

Good luck and my blessings to Prime Minister Netanyahu and the new government.”

The White House issued the following statement: “President Obama congratulates the Israeli people, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the new members of the Prime Minister’s governing coalition on the successful formation of Israel’s new government. President Obama looks forward to working closely with the prime minister and the new government to address the many challenges we face and advance our shared interest in peace and security. The United States places a high value on its deep and enduring bonds with Israel and the Israeli people. The President looks forward to further strengthening those bonds when he travels to Israel next week to meet with Israeli officials and to speak directly with the Israeli people.”

Israel Political Brief March 16, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Informs President Shimon Peres: I Have Formed a Government נתניהו הודיע לפרס: הרכבתי ממשלה

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נתניהו הודיע לפרס: הרכבתי ממשלה

Source: NRG, 3-16-13, במעריב

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו הגיע לבית הנשיא בירושלים והודיע לנשיא המדינה שמעון פרס: הצלחתי להרכיב ממשלה. “אנחנו עומדים בפני שנה מכרעת”, אמר נתניהו

הנשיא פרס וראש הממשלה נתניהו

הנשיא פרס וראש הממשלה נתניהו צילום: קובי גדעון / לע”מ

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נועד הערב (שבת) עם נשיא המדינה שמעון פרס והודיע לו כי הצליח במלאכת בהרכבת הממשלה.זאת בהתאם לחוק יסוד הממשלה, הדורש ממנו לעשות כן.

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

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Source: Ynetnews, 3-16-13

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בתום משא ומתן מפרך, נתניהו הודיע לנשיא על הקמת הממשלה ה-33

ראש הממשלה, בנימין נתניהו, הודיע הערב (שבת) לנשיא המדינה שמעון פרס כי עלה בידו לכונן ממשלה. ביום שישי חתמו ראשי יש עתיד והבית היהודי על ההסכמים …

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לפיד ובנט חתמו על הסכם קואליציוני עם הליכוד

Source: Walla, 3-15-13 

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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

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