Israel Musings December 3, 2014: Israeli Knesset votes sets election date after Netanyahu fires cabinet minister

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Israeli Knesset votes sets election date after Netanyahu fires cabinet ministers

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The Israeli Knesset voted 84 to 0 with only one abstention on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 to dissolve the Knesset and set an election date for March 17, 2015. The vote comes a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired…READ MORE

 

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Israel Musings September 3, 2013: Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue this week in secrecy & little progress

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Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue this week in secrecy & little progress

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On Sept. 1, 2013, Nabil Sha’ath, a senior Palestinian leader leaked to Israel Radio that Israel and the Palestinians met the evening before, Saturday Aug. 31, 2013 for the fifth peace talks meeting. The next day on Sept…

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Israel Musings August 22, 2013: Israel meets with Palestinians for third peace talks meeting

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Israel meets with Palestinians for third peace talks meeting

By Bonnie K. Goodman

This week without much media fanfare, the Israeli-Palestinians peace talks continued with two unannounced meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2013. Israel’s chief negotiator Tzipi Livni revealed that the meetings took place. Both meetings were held in Jerusalem…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 20, 2013: Justice Minister Tzipi Livni wants constitutional proposal balancing Israel’s Jewish, democratic identities

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Livni wants constitutional proposal balancing Israel’s Jewish, democratic identities

Source: JTA, 8-20-13

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni appointed Israel Prize winner Ruth Gavison to draft a constitutional proposal that would reconcile the country’s democratic and Jewish characters….READ MORE

Israel Musings July 23, 2013: Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird weighs-in on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumption

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John Baird weighs-in on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumption (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has weighed in on the announcement that Israel and the Palestinians will begin peace talks after a three-year hiatus. On Sunday, July 21, Baird phoned Israeli and Palestinian officials to state his support of…READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief June 3, 2013: Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni Delivers Impassioned Address at AJC Global Forum

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Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni Delivers Impassioned Address at AJC Global Forum

Source: AJC, 6-3-13

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Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni Delivers Impassioned Address at AJC Global Forum

Tzipi Livni, who serves as Israel’s Justice Minister and is also in charge of negotiations with the Palestinians, told an audience of over 1500 at AJC’s Global Forum that “the only way to keep Israel as both a Jewish state and a democratic state” is to create a “Palestinian state for the Palestinians.”…

Minister Livni argued for pursuing a two-state settlement as being “not a favor to the Palestinians, but rather as a necessity for Israel” and reflecting “core Jewish values.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 9, 2013: Justice Minister Tzipi Livni moving to make public exclusion of women illegal

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Livni moving to make public exclusion of women illegal

Source: JTA, 5-9-13

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni ordered her ministry to draft legislation that would make the gender-based segregation of women illegal….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 3, 2013: Israel rejects 1967 borders ‘precondition’

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Israel rejects 1967 borders ‘precondition’

Source: JTA, 5-3-13

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni reportedly refused to accept the 1967 border as the basis for a final Israeli-Palestinian border prior to negotiations….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 8, 2013: Justice Minister Tzipi Livni: I Was Educated to Remember and Never Forget at the Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust

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Livni: I Was Educated to Remember and Never Forget

Source: Arutz Sheva, 4-7-13

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni attended a ceremony marking Yom Hashoah at the Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 7, 2013: Justice Minister Tzipi Livni: Holocaust Survivors Deserve Free Legal Help

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Livni: Holocaust Survivors Deserve Free Legal Help

Source: Arutz Sheva, 4-7-13

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni announced Sunday that she would sponsor a law that would provide free legal help to Holocaust survivors who are seeking to reclaim property or benefits they were supposed to have received, but didn’t….READ MORE

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 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

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