Israel Political Brief March 19, 2013: Israel’s Defense Ministry officially passes from Ehud Barak to Moshe Ya’alon

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Israel’s Defense Ministry officially passes from Ehud Barak to Moshe Ya’alon

Source: Haaretz, 3-19-13

Israel’s Defense Ministry officially passes from Ehud Barak to Moshe Ya’alon. Moshe Ya’alon – a former IDF chief, strategic affairs minister, and vice premier – replaced Ehud Barak after six years on the job….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 15, 2013: Ehud Barak bids the Defense Ministry goodbye

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Ehud Barak bids the Defense Ministry goodbye

Source: Haaretz, 3-15-13

Reflections on the almost six years Ehud Barak spent in his most recent spin in the Defense Ministry, during which he chalked up no few successes even as his electoral clout plummeted….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 26, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Changeover Ceremony for his Military Secretary

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Changeover Ceremony for his Military Secretary

Source: PMO, 11-26-12

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, made the following remarks at the changeover ceremony for the post of Prime Minister’s Military Secretary:

“First, I would like to express personal appreciation to Defense Minister Ehud Barak. We have known each other operationally for many decades. I am familiar with your great contribution to the IDF and the security of Israel, and your contribution in the Government, in both counsel and action, on matters that are very important to the security of Israeli citizens and the state. Therefore, I would like to thank you.

I have great faith in all of you – generals, commanders, soldiers, in the IDF and in the Israeli people. It is becoming more and more clear in the annals of the Jewish People that the great difference is not in those who wish to destroy us. Anti-Semitism exists, it changes its forms – and the Jewish People have still not found rest, and it is doubtful if it will come in the form that our prophets hoped it would. The only thing that separates the fate of our people from that of the dark periods in our past is the IDF, the security services and our ability to realize the mighty potential that there is here in order to defend our people. The power is great, the achievements are very great and so is the mission. I have no doubt that we will meet it together.”

Israel Political Brief June 26, 2012: Evacuation of Ulpana neighborhood of the Beit El settlement begins

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Evacuation of Ulpana neighborhood begins

Source: JTA, 6-26-12

Residents and supporters of the Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank held a morning prayer service as moving vans arrived to evacuate them from the disputed properties.

The first 15 families living in the outlying neighborhood of the Beit El settlement moved to trailer homes set up at a nearby army base on Tuesday. The other 15 families will move Thursday, according to Israel’s Ministry of Defense.

The five apartment buildings are to be moved to 4.5 acres of state land that was a Border Police base and will be annexed to the settlement. Three hundred other dwellings also will be built there.

Movers hired by the Defense Ministry began packing up the families Tuesday morning. Four families said they would passively resist the evacuation, and all the families are asking media outlets to report that they are being forced from their homes and refrain from saying that the evacuation is by agreement. An agreement to evacuate and move the buildings was struck between the government and Beit El Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed.

A statement from the Ministry of Defense said “The operation is being carried out in full coordination, and with the agreement of community leaders and the residents themselves.”…READ MORE

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