ISRAEL MUSINGS: OP-EDS & ARTICLES
- December 7, 2014
Posted by bonniekgoodman on December 8, 2014
Posted by bonniekgoodman on December 26, 2013
Source: JTA, 5-2-13
Danny Ayalon testified that former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman advanced a diplomat’s appointment in return for information….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 2, 2013
Source: Arutz Sheva, 3-18-13
Yisrael Beyteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman made it clear Monday afternoon that the agreement between his party and the Likud would continue….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on March 18, 2013
Source: JPost, 3-14-13
Liberman and Netanyahu at Likud Beytenu faction meeting, Feb 5 2013 Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
Likud Beytenu succeeded in retaining the most important portfolios for itself in coalition negotiations, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday as he neared signing a final agreement on the next government.
Speaking at a Likud Beytenu faction meeting, Netanyahu stated that he was finishing the work of building the coalition for the upcoming term which he said would be “one of the most difficult ever.”…
“I insisted that Likud Beytenu have a majority of ministers in government so we can get things done,” he stressed….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on March 14, 2013
Posted by bonniekgoodman on March 6, 2013
Source: JTA, 2-17-13
Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman pleaded not guilty on all counts at the opening of his trial for fraud and breach of trust….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on February 17, 2013
Source: JTA, 12-30-12
Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was formally charged with fraud and breach of trust….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on December 30, 2012
Posted by bonniekgoodman on December 18, 2012
Posted by bonniekgoodman on December 16, 2012
Source: JTA, 12-13-12
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was indicted on fraud and breach of trust while other cases against him were closed. Read more »
Posted by bonniekgoodman on December 13, 2012
Source: PMO, 11-21-12
Photo by GPO
“Citizens of Israel,
Eight days ago, Israel embarked on operation Pillar of Defense. The Government decided to launch the operation after the frequency of the terror attacks originating from Gaza increased over the last few months. I announced that we would respond forcibly to these attacks when we see fit. I said that we would exact a heavy price from the terror organizations.
The terror organizations assumed that we would avoid offensive action against them; they were wrong. We hit their senior commanders, we destroyed thousands of rockets which were aimed towards the South and most of those aimed towards central Israel, and we crushed Hamas’ control facilities. I must say that we did this with the strong support of the leading authorities of the international community.
In particular, I wish to thank President Obama for his resolute support for Israel’s actions, for this operation and for Israel’s right to defend itself. I also thank him for supporting the Iron Dome systems. I thank Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and express my gratitude to the Egyptians for their efforts in achieving this cease-fire.
In a phone call I had this evening with President Obama, I agreed with him that we should give the cease-fire a chance in order to enable a lull in the situation and allow for the citizens of Israel to return to routine. However, Israel obviously cannot sit idly while our enemy reinforces itself with weapons of terror. Therefore we decided, President Obama and myself, that the United States and Israel would work together to fight the smuggling of weapons to the terror organizations – weapons, virtually all of which come from Iran.
From the day the State of Israel was established, it has had to deal with complex challenges in the Middle East, and we can all see that these challenges have become even more complex in the last few years. Under these conditions we are required to navigate this ship, the State of Israel, wisely and responsibly while taking into account all considerations – military and political alike. This is what a responsible government does, and it is what we did here: we made use of our military might while applying political considerations.
Now, I realize that there are citizens who expect a harsher military action and we may very well need to do that. But at present, the right thing for the State of Israel is to exhaust this possibility of reaching a long-term cease-fire. As Prime Minister, I have the responsibility, and it is the highest responsibility, to make the right steps to ensure our security. That is what I have done and it is what I will continue to do.
During the last week, Israel has lost several victims. On behalf of the entire population, I send condolences to the families, and wish the wounded a speedy recovery.
I would like to thank my colleagues, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. We worked together as a team, in full agreement. I also thank the Nine-Member Ministerial Forum, the Cabinet and the Government, for working – each in its field of responsibility – for the citizens of Israel. I also appreciate the factions of the Opposition and the factions in Knesset for standing with us and proclaiming their support.
I thank the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, the Chief of Shin Bet, Yoram Cohen, the Director of the Mossad, Tamir Pardo, and all of their people for their exceptional efforts in reaching our accomplishments in Pillar of Defense. On behalf of the people of Israel, I thank the IDF commanders and soldiers, the pilots, the Iron Dome operators and developers, the members of the intelligence services, all the members of the security services and to the reservists, who left their families and immediately signed up for duty.
I appreciate the mayors and heads of regional councils for displaying leadership and level-headedness at the Home Front, and above all – I salute you, the citizens of Israel. We have a strong army; we have a strong people. I am proud to by your Prime Minister
Posted by bonniekgoodman on November 21, 2012
Source: YNet News, 11-15-12
Ban to meet Netanyahu, Barak and Abbas in hopes of restoring ceasefire between Israel, Hamas. France says President Hollande in talks with Israeli PM, other world leaders to avert escalation of violence. Lieberman to counterparts: We won’t agree to fragile truce.
Efforts to end Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza are underway: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to visit the region on Tuesday in order to advance a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Ban is expected to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah, but he will apparently not visit Gaza. The UN chief is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The visit was coordinated following a closed-door meeting of the Security Council following the escalation in Gaza. …READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on November 15, 2012
Posted by bonniekgoodman on October 26, 2012
Source: JTA, 10-25-12
The Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu parties will run in the upcoming Israeli elections on one list, ensuring that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forms the next government….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on October 25, 2012
Source: JTA, 10-21-12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the finalizing of a plan to build nearly 800 apartments in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on October 21, 2012
Posted by bonniekgoodman on July 24, 2012