Israel Musings December 7, 2014: Netanyahu makes last-ditch effort to form new coalition to avert elections

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Netanyahu makes last-ditch effort to form new coalition to avert elections

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made one last effort to form a new coalition government and avert early elections. On Saturday evening, Dec. 6, 2014 Netanyahu met with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who also chairs the Yisrael Beytenu Party at…READ MORE
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Israel Political Brief December 26, 2013: PM Netanyahu, Liberman raise electoral threshold, compromise could keep Arabs out of Knesset

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Netanyahu, Liberman compromise could keep Arabs out of Knesset

Source: Jerusalem Post, 12-26-13

PM, foreign minister decide to raise electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%, which would make factions have minimum of 4 MKs….READ MORE

Israel Musings August 1, 2013: Israeli Knesset passes first reading of controversial governance bill

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Israeli Knesset passes first reading of controversial governance bill

By Bonnie K. Goodman

During a busy last day before their summer recess on July 31, 2013, Israel’s Knesset passed the first reading of the controversial Governance Bill, which most notably will raise the electoral threshold from two percent to four percent…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 7, 2013: Embarrassing media leak forces Avigdor Lieberman to declassify Knesset defense committee discussions

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Embarrassing media leak forces Lieberman to declassify Knesset defense committee discussions

Source: Haaretz, 6-7-13

Furious chairman makes decision after highly sensitive comments made by Shin Bet security service chief about PA President Mahmoud Abbas were leaked to the press….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 2, 2013: Danny Ayalon testifies against former boss Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman in fraud trial

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Ayalon testifies against former boss Liberman in fraud trial

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

Israel Political Brief March 18, 2013: Avigdor Lieberman: Likud-Beiteinu Unity to Remain

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Likud-Beyteinu Unity to Remain

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

Israel Political Brief March 14, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Likud succeeded in keeping top ministries

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PM: Likud succeeded in keeping top ministries

Source: JPost, 3-14-13

Netanyahu says preserving Foreign, Defense portfolios a victory; Lapid, Bennett holding up coalition deal over deputy PM row.

Liberman and Netanyahu at Likud Beytenu faction meeting, Feb 5 2013

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

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Israel Political Brief March 6, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu can hold Foreign Ministry for Avigdor Liberman, Attorney General says

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Netanyahu can hold Foreign Ministry for Liberman, AG says

Source: The Times of Israel , 3-6-13

Netanyahu’s agreement with Liberman has been put to the test in coalition talks with Yesh Atid, whose leader Yair Lapid has his eyes set on the foreign minister position….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 17, 2013: Avigdor Liberman pleads not guilty at opening of fraud trial

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Liberman pleads not guilty at opening of fraud trial

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

Israel Political Brief December 30, 2012: President Shimon Peres praises Mahmoud Abbas, rips PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman

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Peres praises Abbas, rips Netanyahu and Liberman

Source: JTA, 12-30-12

Israeli President Shimon Peres praised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a partner for peace while slamming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ex-Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 30, 2012: Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

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Liberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

Source: JTA, 12-30-12

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was formally charged with fraud and breach of trust….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 18, 2012: Avigdor Liberman resignation takes effect as indictment postponed

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Liberman resignation takes effect as indictment postponed

Source: JTA, 12-18-12

Avigdor Liberman’s resignation as Israel’s foreign minister officially took effect, and Israel’s attorney general postponed filing an indictment for fraud and breach of trust against him….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 16, 2012: It’s official: Avigdor Liberman’s out as foreign minister

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It’s official: Liberman’s out as foreign minister

Source: JTA, 12-16-12

Avigdor Liberman officially stepped down as Israel’s foreign minister following his indictment for fraud and breach of trust….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 13, 2012: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman indicted for fraud and breach of trust

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Liberman indicted for fraud and breach of trust

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 »

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 21, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement at Press Conference with Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense – Operation Pillar of Defense – Cease-Fire

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PM Netanyahu’s Statement at November 21 Press Conference with Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense  – Operation Pillar of Defense – Cease-Fire

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

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: UN chief to visit Israel as part of truce efforts

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UN chief to visit Israel as part of truce efforts

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

Israel Political Brief October 26, 2012: Yisrael Beiteinu: Merger with Likud will not make Avigdor Lieberman Prime Minister

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Yisrael Beiteinu: Merger with Likud won’t make Lieberman PM

Source: JTA, 10-26-12

Yisrael Beiteinu has denied reports that party leader Avigdor Lieberman would become prime minister under a secret pact with Likud….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 25, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman to merge Likud & Yisrael Beiteinu party lists for election

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Netanyahu, Lieberman to merge party lists for election

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

Israel Political Brief October 21, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman defend new Gilo housing

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Netanyahu, Lieberman defend new Gilo housing

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

Israel Political Brief July 24, 2012: Avigdor Lieberman Tells Turkish Journalists: ‘No Reason’ to Apologize for Mavi Marmara Incident

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‘No reason’ to apologize for Mavi Marmara incident, Lieberman tells Turkish journalists

Source: JTA, 7-24-12

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Avigdor Lieberman told Turkish journalists that Israel has “no reason to apologize” for the Mavi Marmara incident….READ MORE

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