Full Text Israel Political Brief March 16, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu to President Shimon Peres: I have formed a government & US President Barack Obama’s Congratulation Statement

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Netanyahu to Peres: I have formed a government

Source: GPO, 3-16-13

PM Netanyahu: “As you know, I formed a government. We face a decisive year in the fields of security and economy, in efforts to promote peace and in Israelis’ desire to effect change.”

 

President Peres and PM Netanyahu

Photo: GPO/Kobi Gideon

Following the signing of coalition agreements with Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Shimon Peres on Saturday evening, March 16, to inform him that he has succeeded in the task of forming a government. The new government is scheduled to be sworn in on Monday at the Knesset.

PM Netanyahu: “As you know, I formed a government. We face a decisive year in the fields of security and economy, in efforts to promote peace and in Israelis’ desire to effect change. There is cooperation in this government and I believe we will bring change to all Israeli citizens in all areas. That is my mission.”

President Peres: “The task of forming a government is complex and requires great efforts and resourcefulness. There were difficulties in the creation of this government and I congratulate Prime Minister Netanyahu that succeeded in forming the government in time. There are problems pending but they are also full of opportunities in the fields of security, welfare and in making peace in progressing the peace process. The country needs it and the people need it. The time has come.

Good luck and my blessings to Prime Minister Netanyahu and the new government.”

The White House issued the following statement: “President Obama congratulates the Israeli people, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the new members of the Prime Minister’s governing coalition on the successful formation of Israel’s new government. President Obama looks forward to working closely with the prime minister and the new government to address the many challenges we face and advance our shared interest in peace and security. The United States places a high value on its deep and enduring bonds with Israel and the Israeli people. The President looks forward to further strengthening those bonds when he travels to Israel next week to meet with Israeli officials and to speak directly with the Israeli people.”

Israel Political Brief March 16, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Informs President Shimon Peres: I Have Formed a Government נתניהו הודיע לפרס: הרכבתי ממשלה

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נתניהו הודיע לפרס: הרכבתי ממשלה

Source: NRG, 3-16-13, במעריב

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו הגיע לבית הנשיא בירושלים והודיע לנשיא המדינה שמעון פרס: הצלחתי להרכיב ממשלה. “אנחנו עומדים בפני שנה מכרעת”, אמר נתניהו

הנשיא פרס וראש הממשלה נתניהו

הנשיא פרס וראש הממשלה נתניהו צילום: קובי גדעון / לע”מ

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נועד הערב (שבת) עם נשיא המדינה שמעון פרס והודיע לו כי הצליח במלאכת בהרכבת הממשלה.זאת בהתאם לחוק יסוד הממשלה, הדורש ממנו לעשות כן.

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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 16, 2013: After arduous negotiations, PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced the establishment of the 33rd government to President Shimon Peres בתום משא ומתן מפרך, נתניהו הודיע לנשיא פרס על הקמת הממשלה

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בתום משא ומתן מפרך, נתניהו הודיע לנשיא על הקמת הממשלה ה-33

ראש הממשלה, בנימין נתניהו, הודיע הערב (שבת) לנשיא המדינה שמעון פרס כי עלה בידו לכונן ממשלה. ביום שישי חתמו ראשי יש עתיד והבית היהודי על ההסכמים …

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 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: Likud succeeded in keeping top ministry portfolios נתניהו: השארנו את התיקים החשובים אצלנו

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נתניהו: השארנו את התיקים החשובים אצלנו

נתניהו: “השארנו את התיקים החשובים אצלנו”. ראש הממשלה שיחרר הצהרה ראשונה על אופי הממשלה בישיבת סיעת הליכוד בכנסת. לדבריו המפלגה שמרה על תיק

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.”

Israel Political Brief March 13, 2013: Government Coalition Agreement: Yesh Atid Gets Education Portfolio, Likud Interior Portfolio בדרך לממשלה: החינוך ליש עתיד, הפנים לליכוד

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בדרך לממשלה: החינוך ליש עתיד, הפנים לליכוד

Source: Ynet, 3-13-13

בדרך לממשלה: החינוך ליש עתיד, הפנים לליכוד. מתווה בנט יעניק את תיק החינוך לתנועתו של יאיר לפיד ואת תיק הפנים לליכוד. הבית היהודי תעמוד בראש ועדת הכספים והסיכום עם לבני על מינוי שר נוסף מהתנועה יאושר. נתניהו, בנט ולפיד ייפגשו בהמשך הערב. גורמים ביש עתיד: הכיוון חיובי. אולטימטום, איומים והצהרת כוונות נגמרו בהצעת פשרה: יו”ר יש עתיד יאיר לפיד יקבל את תיק החינוך עבור שי פירון ויוותר על דרישותיו לתפקיד שר הפנים. כך עולה מהצעת הפשרה שהציג הערב (יום ד’) יו”ר הבית היהודי נפתלי בנט, בתום פגישה בביתו של לפיד.

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Israel Political Brief March 13, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government coalition one concession after another נתניהו מציג: ויתור אחר ויתור ונחמה אחת גדולה

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נתניהו מציג: ויתור אחר ויתור ונחמה אחת גדולה

Source: Walla News, 3-13-13

בנט השתווה אל לפיד כמנצח הגדול והשאלה כעת היא אם השניים יצליחו לבנות יחסי אמון עם נתניהו. ראש הממשלה נפרד גם מתיק החינוך, אך מבט על התמונה הכוללת עשוי לספק אותו

בזו אחר זו נפלו בשבועות האחרונים הבטחות והצהרות הבחירות של בנימין נתניהו. הממשלה הקטנה שנכפתה עליו לא אפשרה לו לשלב שרים שנבחרו במקומות לא-ריאליים בליכוד; ההתעקשות על השוויון בנטל מצד יאיר לפיד השאירה את החרדים, השותפים הנאמנים, מחוץ לממשלה; והערב נפלו המשלטים האחרונים – תיק החינוך, שעליו הצהירו בליכוד שוב ושוב בימים האחרונים שיישאר בידי המפלגה – עבר לידי יש עתיד. מה עוד שכעת, גם אם משה כחלון יחזור מהארוורד המפנקת למנהל מקרקעי ישראל, כפי שהבטיח נתניהו, הוא יעשה זאת תחת אחריותו של שר השיכון החדש, אורי אריאל, תיק נוסף שראש הממשלה התחייב שיישאר בידי הליכוד.

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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: 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 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

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