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

 

Full Text Israel Political Brief October 7, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of Today’s Cabinet Meeting on Attack in Northern Israel, Budget and Sukkot — Transcript

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of Today’s Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 10-7-14 
יום שלישי י”ג תשרי תשע”ה

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today, made the following remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting:

“I would like to express my appreciation to the IDF soldiers who foiled an attack in the north today. I would also like to send my best wishes for a quick and complete recovery to our wounded. We have proven that we respond strongly to any attempt to attack us be it in the south, the north or any other sector. We have also witnessed the threats that are gathering round us, threats that the entire world is aware of and some of which it is dealing with. These threats require us to invest considerable sums in security and in the communities close to the confrontation line. For this reason, I have asked that the tax benefits for these communities be extended; I have spoken about this with Finance Minister Yair Lapid and I think that the matter has been resolved.

I would like to wish all of you and all of Israel a Happy Sukkot. This is your opportunity to travel around the country on the highways, interchanges, bridges and rail lines that we are building in our country.”

Israel Political Brief September 1, 2013: Finance Minister Yair Lapid Adds Reform Judaism to ‘Jewish Identity’

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Lapid Adds Reform Judaism to ‘Jewish Identity’

Source: Arutz Sheva, 9-1-13

There was a heated debate in Cabinet on Sunday morning as Finance Minister Yair Lapid surprised the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party with a new demand: Include the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements in a government initiative for “Jewish Identity”….READ MORE

Israel Brief July 14, 2013: Thousands rally in Tel Aviv for social justice protests

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Thousands rally in Tel Aviv for social justice

Source: JTA, 7-14-13

More than 3,000 Israelis marked the two-year anniversary of the social justice protest movement and protested current government economic policy during a rally in Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 28, 2013: Knesset Finance Committee approves VAT increase

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Knesset Finance Committee approves VAT increase

Source: Jerusalem Post, 5-28-13

The Knesset Finance Committee on Monday approved Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s plan to increase the value added tax to 18%, as committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) announced plans to seek a differentiated VAT in order to make the tax….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 27, 2013: Haredi draft debate spurs Yair Lapid threat to bring down government

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Haredi draft debate spurs Lapid threat to bring down government

Source: JTA, 5-27-13 

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid threatened to bring down the Israeli government if a bill requiring the enlistment of haredi Orthodox men does not include their imprisonment for avoiding conscription….READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief May 23, 2013: Housing cabinet approves 150000 rental apartments

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Housing cabinet approves 150000 rental apartments

Source: Globes, 5-23-13

Finance Minister Yair Lapid: We have a housing emergency, which threatens an entire generation of young people….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 21, 2013: Poll: 66% Say Yair Lapid Shouldn’t be Prime Minister

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Poll: 66% Say Lapid Shouldn’t be Prime Minister

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-21-13

Just a few weeks ago he was the most popular politician in Israel, but according to a new poll released Tuesday, two thirds of Israelis do not believe that Yair Lapid has what it takes to lead the country….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 19, 2013: Yair Lapid: Fresh Israeli Face Plays Down Dimming of Political Star

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Fresh Israeli Face Plays Down Dimming of Political Star

Source: New York Times, 5-19-13

To say Yair Lapid has been on a roller coaster would be an understatement. One recent headline blared about his “meteoric rise and fall,” another said he had gone from “political darling to national whipping boy….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 13, 2013: Israel’s Austerity Budget Draws Citizen Protests

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Israel’s Austerity Budget Draws Citizen Protests

Source: New York Times, 5-13-13

The Israeli government was debating the final points of a two-year austerity budget early Tuesday that would cut spending and raise taxes, outraging many Israelis who voted in a new government this year after promises of economic relief….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2013: Yesh Atid to oppose referendum on land-for-peace bill

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Yesh Atid to oppose referendum on land-for-peace bill

Source: Israel Hayom, 5-7-13

Yair Lapid’s faction poised to vote against bill demanding referendum and a special Knesset majority for any cabinet decision involving ceding territory in future peace deal despite coalition agreement • Likud: Lapid-Bennett alliance is disintegrating….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 3, 2013: Finance Minister Yair Lapid Agrees to Raise Deficit to 4.65%

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Lapid Agrees to Raise Deficit to 4.65%

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-3-13

Finance Minister Yair Lapid agrees to increase the deficit target to 4.65% for 2013, after originally planning to increase it to 4.9%….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 18, 2013: Yair Lapid pushes PM Benjamin Netanyahu off the Time 100 list

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Yair Lapid pushes Netanyahu off the Time 100 list

Source: Haaretz, 4-18-13

Finance Minister Yair Lapid may have to wait until 2016 for another shot at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s seat, but he can boast a more modest victory right away: He has replaced Netanyahu as Israel’s lone representative on Time Magazine’s list….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 11, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu said to push back against Yair Lapid austerity measures

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Netanyahu said to push back against Lapid austerity measures

Source: The Times of Israel, 4-11-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked Finance Minister Yair Lapid to go back to the drawing board after being presented with a package of austerity measures aimed at shrinking the country’s NIS 39 billion deficit Thursday….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 15, 2013: Yair Lapid: If I fail as Finance Minister Netanyahu also Fails יאיר לפיד: אם אכשל בתפקיד שר האוצר – גם נתניהו ייכשל

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יאיר לפיד: אם אכשל בתפקיד שר האוצר – גם נתניהו ייכשל

Source: 3-15-13 כלכליסט

יו”ר מפלגת יש עתיד, יאיר לפיד, מגיב הערב (ו’) להסכמים הקואליציוניים שנחתמו מוקדם יותר אחר הצהריים. לאחר החתימה כתב לפיד בדף הפייסבוק שלו: “התגובות על המינוי שלי לשר האוצר התחלקו לשלוש קבוצות:ההקבוצה הראשונה היתה של אנשים שפשוט בירכו אותי. הם עשו זאת בזהירות, הביעו חשש מסיכויי ההצלחה, אבל אמרו שהם סומכים עלי ומעריכים את העובדה שאני הולך בעיניים פקוחות למקום הקשה ביותר בפוליטיקה הישראלית. אני מודה להם. קראו עוד בכלכליסט: הממשלה ה-33 יוצאת לדרך: יש עתיד והבית היהודי חתמו על ההסכמים הקואליציוניים · ההסכם הקואליציוני עם יש עתיד – המסמך …

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