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

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: 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: 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 8, 2013: Israeli coalition to be announced early next week, sources say

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Israeli coalition to be announced early next week, sources say

Source: Haaretz, 3-8-13

Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid will likely take the finance portfolio, sources said Friday, while Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett will be Israel’s next Labor, Trade and Industry minister….READ MORE

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

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: US, Israeli officials: President Barack Obama’s visit is on

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US, Israeli officials: Obama visit is on

Source: JTA, 3-6-13
U.S. and Israeli officials said President Obama would not delay his trip to Israel in the event that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unable to form a government….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 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 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 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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