Israel Political Brief March 7, 2013: Coalition deal said to be near as sides come together

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Coalition deal said to be near as sides come together

Source: The Times of Israel, 3-7-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aims to present his coalition to Shimon Peres when the president returns next Wednesday from his current trip to Europe, and to have it sworn in at the Knesset on Wednesday or Thursday, media reports said Thursday….READ MORE

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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 March 3, 2013: Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu gains more time to build coalition

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Israel’s Netanyahu gains more time to build coalition

Source: Deutsche Welle, 3-3-13

Israeli President Shimon Peres has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a two-week extension to form a new coalition government….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 26, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party close to coalition deal with Jewish Home / Habayit Hayehudi Party

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Likud close to coalition deal with Jewish Home

Source: JTA, 2-26-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party said it was close to a coalition agreement with the Jewish Home party….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 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 13, 2013: Habayit Hayehudi rejects PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s portfolio offer

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Habayit Hayehudi rejects PM’s portfolio offer

Source: Ynetnews, 2-13-13

Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett has reportedly rejected the portfolio offers made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to his party as part of the coalition talks….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 11, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett meet for first time in five years

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Netanyahu, Jewish Home’s Bennett meet for first time in five years

Source: JTA, 2- 11-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett for the first time in five years….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

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