Israel Political Brief March 12, 2013: Yair Lapid gets his way: New government limited to twenty ministers

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Lapid gets his way: New gov’t limited to twenty ministers

Source: Haaretz, 3-12-13

Yesh Atid had initially demanded a cabinet of 18 ministers, but has tentatively conceded to including eight deputy ministers as well….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief March 11, 2013: Agreement: Next government coalition will be 20 ministers & 8 deputy ministers

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Agreement: 20 ministers, 8 deputy ministers in next gov’t

Source: Ynetnews,  3-11-13

Likud-Beiteinu sources said that negotiations over the coalition between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and representatives of Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi have reached agreement that the next government will include 20 ministers, as Yesh Atid demanded. Additionally, the government will name eight deputy ministers. Likud-Beiteinu agreed to fewer ministers on the condition that most of the ministers would be from their party….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: Coalition talks between PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Yair Lapid & Naftali Bennett end

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Coalition talks between Netanyahu, Lapid and Bennett end

Source: Jerusalem Post, 3-10-13

Coalition talks between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Yesh Atid Leader Yair Lapid, Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett and former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman came to an end just before midnight on Sunday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 10, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu calls urgent meeting with Yair Lapid, Naftali Bennett to resolve coalition crisis

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PM calls urgent meeting with Lapid, Bennett to resolve crisis

Source: Ynetnews, 3-10-13

Six days before deadline for forming government expires, Yesh Atid, Habayit Hayehudi leaders meet with Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss differences over equal share of burden….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 7, 2013: Yesh Atid, Habayit Hayehudi & Kadima parties form bloc

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Yesh Atid, Jewish Home and Kadima parties form bloc

Source: JTA, 3-7-13

The Yesh Atid, Jewish Home and Kadima parties have formed a bloc and say they will enter Israel’s government coalition only if their demands are met….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 March 6, 2013: Israeli Knesset discusses jailed spy Jonathan Pollard

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Israeli Knesset discusses jailed spy Jonathan Pollard

Source: Haaretz, 3-6-13

Israeli Knesset discusses jailed spy Jonathan Pollard. Israel made mistakes in handling of the case, says public diplomacy minister; Lapid signs petition calling for Pollard’s release….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 5, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu facing tough choices with time running out to form a government

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With time running out to form a government, Netanyahu facing tough choices

Source: JTA, 3-5-13

With prospective coalition partners making tough demands, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be in for a rough ride….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Rivals’ pact in Israel blocks PM Benjamin Netanyahu from forming coalition

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Rivals’ pact in Israel blocks Netanyahu from forming coalition

Source: LAT, 2-19-13

The surprise alliance between Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett puts a twist in talks on forming Israel’s next government.

Israeli politicians' alliance poses obstacle to Netanyahu's efforts to form coalitionRivals Yair Lapid, left, leader of the Yesh Atid party, and Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, attend a reception this month in Jerusalem. Both support a military draft for the ultra-Orthodox. (Uriel Sinai / Getty Images / February 4, 2013)

A new odd couple in Israeli politics has become the biggest obstacle to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus effort to form the next government.

The surprise alliance between Yair Lapid, 49, the rising star of Tel Aviv’s secular elite, and Naftali Bennett, 40, the yarmulke-wearing head of a religious-nationalist party, has added an unexpected wrinkle to coalition talks….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 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 11, 2013: In first Knesset speech, Yair Lapid highlights Israel’s ‘crisis of governance’

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In first Knesset speech, Yair Lapid highlights Israel’s ‘crisis of governance’

Source: Haaretz, 2-11-13

Yesh Atid Chairman says public ‘has lost faith in the ability of the state to make decisions;’ urges new government to restart peace negotiations….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

Israel Political Brief January 29, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu offers Yair Lapid Foreign Minister post or Treasury portfolio

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PM offers Lapid FM post or Treasury portfolio

Source:  YNet, 1-29-13

Netanyahu offers Yesh Atid chairman one of two top cabinet posts, sources say. Analysts believe Lapid in fact keener on housing, internal affairs portfolios

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid a choice between the foreign affairs or finance portfolios, sources close to the two said.

The two met at the prime minister’s residence on Thursday away from the public eye in a meeting that kicked off the coalition negotiations….READ MORE 

Israel Political Brief January 25, 2013: Hareidi Parties May Form ‘Blocking Bloc’ to Yair Lapid

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Hareidi Parties May Form ‘Blocking Bloc’ to Lapid

Source: Arutz Sheva, 1-25-13

Shas and United Torah Judaism may work together to prevent Lapid from drafting yeshiva students….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

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