Israel Musings December 3, 2014: Israeli Knesset votes sets election date after Netanyahu fires cabinet minister

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Israeli Knesset votes sets election date after Netanyahu fires cabinet ministers

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The Israeli Knesset voted 84 to 0 with only one abstention on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 to dissolve the Knesset and set an election date for March 17, 2015. The vote comes a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired…READ MORE

 

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Israel Political Brief September 1, 2013: Finance Minister Yair Lapid Adds Reform Judaism to ‘Jewish Identity’

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Lapid Adds Reform Judaism to ‘Jewish Identity’

Source: Arutz Sheva, 9-1-13

There was a heated debate in Cabinet on Sunday morning as Finance Minister Yair Lapid surprised the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party with a new demand: Include the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements in a government initiative for “Jewish Identity”….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 May 27, 2013: Haredi draft debate spurs Yair Lapid threat to bring down government

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Haredi draft debate spurs Lapid threat to bring down government

Source: JTA, 5-27-13 

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid threatened to bring down the Israeli government if a bill requiring the enlistment of haredi Orthodox men does not include their imprisonment for avoiding conscription….READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief May 23, 2013: Housing cabinet approves 150000 rental apartments

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Housing cabinet approves 150000 rental apartments

Source: Globes, 5-23-13

Finance Minister Yair Lapid: We have a housing emergency, which threatens an entire generation of young people….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 21, 2013: Poll: 66% Say Yair Lapid Shouldn’t be Prime Minister

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Poll: 66% Say Lapid Shouldn’t be Prime Minister

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-21-13

Just a few weeks ago he was the most popular politician in Israel, but according to a new poll released Tuesday, two thirds of Israelis do not believe that Yair Lapid has what it takes to lead the country….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 19, 2013: Yair Lapid: Fresh Israeli Face Plays Down Dimming of Political Star

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Fresh Israeli Face Plays Down Dimming of Political Star

Source: New York Times, 5-19-13

To say Yair Lapid has been on a roller coaster would be an understatement. One recent headline blared about his “meteoric rise and fall,” another said he had gone from “political darling to national whipping boy….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 13, 2013: Israel’s Austerity Budget Draws Citizen Protests

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Israel’s Austerity Budget Draws Citizen Protests

Source: New York Times, 5-13-13

The Israeli government was debating the final points of a two-year austerity budget early Tuesday that would cut spending and raise taxes, outraging many Israelis who voted in a new government this year after promises of economic relief….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 13, 2013: Israeli Cabinet approves reduced defense cuts

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Israel’s Cabinet approves reduced defense cuts

Source: JTA, 5-13-13

Israel’s Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to moderate a cut to the defense budget, as part of sweeping austerity measures proposed for the 2013-2014 budget….READ MORE 

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2013: Yesh Atid to oppose referendum on land-for-peace bill

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Yesh Atid to oppose referendum on land-for-peace bill

Source: Israel Hayom, 5-7-13

Yair Lapid’s faction poised to vote against bill demanding referendum and a special Knesset majority for any cabinet decision involving ceding territory in future peace deal despite coalition agreement • Likud: Lapid-Bennett alliance is disintegrating….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 3, 2013: Finance Minister Yair Lapid Agrees to Raise Deficit to 4.65%

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Lapid Agrees to Raise Deficit to 4.65%

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-3-13

Finance Minister Yair Lapid agrees to increase the deficit target to 4.65% for 2013, after originally planning to increase it to 4.9%….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 18, 2013: Yair Lapid pushes PM Benjamin Netanyahu off the Time 100 list

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Yair Lapid pushes Netanyahu off the Time 100 list

Source: Haaretz, 4-18-13

Finance Minister Yair Lapid may have to wait until 2016 for another shot at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s seat, but he can boast a more modest victory right away: He has replaced Netanyahu as Israel’s lone representative on Time Magazine’s list….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 11, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu said to push back against Yair Lapid austerity measures

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Netanyahu said to push back against Lapid austerity measures

Source: The Times of Israel, 4-11-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked Finance Minister Yair Lapid to go back to the drawing board after being presented with a package of austerity measures aimed at shrinking the country’s NIS 39 billion deficit Thursday….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 15, 2013: Yair Lapid: If I fail as Finance Minister Netanyahu also Fails יאיר לפיד: אם אכשל בתפקיד שר האוצר – גם נתניהו ייכשל

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יאיר לפיד: אם אכשל בתפקיד שר האוצר – גם נתניהו ייכשל

Source: 3-15-13 כלכליסט

יו”ר מפלגת יש עתיד, יאיר לפיד, מגיב הערב (ו’) להסכמים הקואליציוניים שנחתמו מוקדם יותר אחר הצהריים. לאחר החתימה כתב לפיד בדף הפייסבוק שלו: “התגובות על המינוי שלי לשר האוצר התחלקו לשלוש קבוצות:ההקבוצה הראשונה היתה של אנשים שפשוט בירכו אותי. הם עשו זאת בזהירות, הביעו חשש מסיכויי ההצלחה, אבל אמרו שהם סומכים עלי ומעריכים את העובדה שאני הולך בעיניים פקוחות למקום הקשה ביותר בפוליטיקה הישראלית. אני מודה להם. קראו עוד בכלכליסט: הממשלה ה-33 יוצאת לדרך: יש עתיד והבית היהודי חתמו על ההסכמים הקואליציוניים · ההסכם הקואליציוני עם יש עתיד – המסמך …

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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.”

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