Israel Political Brief March 11, 2013: Likud Beitenu seek to hold on to education portfolio

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Likud Beytenu seek to hold on to education portfolio

Source: Jerusalem Post, 3-11-13

Likud Beytenu on Monday said they “insist” on retaining the Education portfolio during talks with their potential coalition partners….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: 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 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 19, 2013: Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua Party first to sign coalition deal with PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Livni’s Hatnua signs first coalition deal with Netanyahu

Source: JTA, 2-19-13

Hatnua, led by Tzipi Livni, became the first party to sign a coalition deal with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Tzipi Livni: Iran, Palestinians, as important as equal share of burden

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Livni: Iran, Palestinians, as important as equal share of burden

Source: Ynetnews, 2-19-13

Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni spoke at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announcing her decision to join his coalition….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Yair Lapid extends an olive branch to PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Lapid extends an olive branch to Netanyahu

Source: Jerusalem Post, 2-19-13

Yair Lapid sent a message to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, reassuring him that he could be trusted if he includes Yesh Atid in the coalition, sources close to Lapid said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 18, 2013: ‘PM Benjamin Netanyahu livid at Lapid-Bennett conspiracy to push haredim out’

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‘PM livid at Lapid-Bennett conspiracy to push haredim out’

Source: Jerusalem Post, 2-18-13

Netanyahu tells ministers Lapid and Bennett are advancing themselves at the country’s expense, according to Likud sources, who allege that the pair are aiming to break the 36-year-old bond between Likud and the haredi parties….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 February 15, 2013: Labor’s Shelly Yachimovich meets Benjamin Netanyahu, says will remain in opposition

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Yachimovich meets Netanyahu, says will remain in opposition

Source: The Times of Israel, 2-15-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday hosted Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich for coalition talks at his official residence, but Yachimovich reiterated her insistence that Labor would not join a Netanyahu government….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Israeli parties squabble over plum coalition jobs

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Israeli parties squabble over plum coalition jobs

Source: Jewish Chronicle, 2-14-13

Talks between Likud Beiteinu and the two main potential coalition partners – Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi – were bogged down this week over disagreement between the sides on the new government’s policies and ministerial appointments….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 10, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with Naftali Bennett after latter apologizes for joke about PM’s wife

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Netanyahu to meet with Bennett after latter apologizes for joke about PM’s wife

Source: Haaretz, 2-10-13

Amid much speculation about the relationship between them, the prime minister and Habayit Hayehudi’s leader will meet for coalition negotiations on Monday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 8, 2013: No real progress in coalition talks with Yair Lapid; PM Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with Naftali Bennett next week

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No real progress in talks with Lapid; PM to meet with Bennett next week

Source: Haaretz, 2-8-13

Despite saying he wants the Habayit Hayehudi leader in his government, Netanyahu has found time to meet with everyone else but him; ‘He’s humiliating him,’ says Likud source….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 7, 2013: Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu tackles tricky government coalition-building

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Israel’s Netanyahu tackles tricky coalition-building

Source: Reuters, UK, 2-7-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Yair Lapid, the surprise runner-up in an election last month, to try to draw him into a broad government….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 28, 2013: President Barack Obama congratulates PM Benjamin Netanyahu on election victory in phone call

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Obama congratulates Netanyahu in phone call

Source: JTA, 1-28-13

President Obama congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on winning the most seats in the next Knesset and said he looked forward to working with the new government.

Readout of the President’s Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

“President Obama spoke today by telephone with Prime Minister Netanyahu to congratulate him on his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats in Israel’s recent election.  The President indicated that the United States looks forward to working with the next government.  He also reiterated his commitment to the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and pledged to work closely with Israel on our shared agenda for peace and security in the Middle East.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Meets Yair Lapid for 2.5 Hours, Puts Naftali Bennett on Back Burner

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Netanyahu Meets Lapid for 2.5 Hours, Puts Bennett on Back Burner

Source: Arutz 7, 1-24-13

Prime Minister was quick to call other potential coalition partners, but extra-slow to call Bayit Yehudi head Bennett.

Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has phoned Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett and spoken to him. The two exchanged congratulations on their respective achievements in the elections.

However, the timing of the phone call is significant. Netanyahu was quick to call the heads of hareidi-religious parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, as well as Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, once exit poll results were known Tuesday evening. By early Thursday afternoon, he had already met with Lapid. Yet he procrastinated in calling Bennett until Thursday afternoon….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Likud leads, but rise of Yesh Atid, Jewish Home bode bumpy road ahead for PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Likud leads, but rise of Yesh Atid, Jewish Home bode bumpy road ahead for Netanyahu

Source: JTA, 1-22-13

The prime minister’s list fell to 31 seats in the voting from its current representation of 42, while the biggest election surprise was the ascendance of Yair Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid party, which won 18 seats….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Winners and losers: Ten insights on Israeli election exit poll results

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Winners and losers: Ten insights on Israeli election exit poll results

Source: Haaretz, 1-22-13

According to the polls, Benjamin Netanyahu is the only man who can form the next government, though it will be a tough job….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks on Facebook on Election Exit Poll Results ‘Now Time to Create As Broad a Government as Possible’

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PM: Now Time to Create As Broad a Gov’t as Possible

Source: Arutz Sheva, 1-22-13

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote Tuesday night on his Facebook:

“I want to thank the millions of citizens of Israel who exercised today their democratic right. According to the sample results it is clear that the people of Israel have decided they want me to continue to serve as Prime Minister of Israel, and that I should create as broad a government as possible.”

“The results which are emerging are a great opportunity to many great changes for the good of all Israeli citizens. The elections are behind us and we have many complex challenges ahead. Already tonight I will begin efforts to create as broad a coalition as possible,

אני מבקש להודות למיליוני אזרחי ישראל שמימשו היום את זכותם הדמוקרטית. על פי תוצאות המדגמים ברור שאזרחי ישראל קבעו שהם רוצים שאמשיך לכהן בתפקיד ראש ממשלת ישראל, ושארכיב ממשלה רחבה כלל האפשר.

התוצאות המסתמנות הן הזדמנות גדולה לשינויים רבים לטובת כלל אזרחי ישראל. מערכת הבחירות מאחורינו ואתגרים רבים ומורכבים לפנינו. כבר הערב אתחיל במאמצים להרכבת הממשלה הרחבה ביותר שניתן.

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Reaches out Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu Reaches out Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid

PM Benjamin Netanyahu indicated on Facebook that he had already spoken to Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid and told him that “we have an opportunity to do great things for Israel.”

רה”מ בנימין נתניהו שוחח הערב עם יו”ר מפלגת יש עתיד יאיר לפיד.

רה”מ אמר ללפיד: ”יש לנו הזדמנות לעשות דברים גדולים מאוד לטובת מדינת ישראל. מערכת הבחירות מאחורינו ועכשיו נוכל להתמקד בעשייה למען כלל אזרחי ישראל.”

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