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Netanyahu Strikes Conciliatory Note

Posted by claudiacampli su 31 marzo, 2009



Published: March 31, 2009

JERUSALEM — Israel’s incoming prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, struck a somewhat conciliatory tone toward the Palestinians in an address to Parliament on Tuesday, promising negotiations toward a permanent accord. But Mr. Netanyahu, the leader of the hawkish Likud Party, stopped short of endorsing a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a point of potential friction with the United States. President Obama has called the advancement of the two-state solution “critical.” Mr. Netanyahu opposes the idea of a sovereign Palestinian state, proposing a more limited form of self-rule instead. Hours before he was to be sworn into office, Mr. Netanyahu said his new government “will work toward peace on three tracks — economic, security and political.” “We do not want to exercise our power over the Palestinians,” he said. “Under the final settlement, the Palestinians will have all the rights to govern themselves except those that endanger the security and existence of the state of Israel.” Mr. Netanyahu said his government would seek peace with the Arab and Muslim world. He also spoke of the dangers of extremist Islam. “The biggest threat to humanity and to Israel is that of a radical regime armed with a nuclear weapon,” he said, alluding to Iran. Mr. Netanyahu’s governing coalition is dominated by right-wing and religious parties but also includes the Labor Party, which represents the center-left. Mr. Netanyahu replaces Ehud Olmert, whose centrist Kadima Party will now lead the opposition. Mr. Netanyahu, 59, who is Israeli-born and earned a bachelor’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has a rich past in Israeli politics. He was prime minister from 1996 to 1999, but his government fell apart after he reluctantly forged agreements with Yasir Arafat, the late Palestinian leader, for Israeli land transfers in the West Bank. Ehud Barak, the leader of the Labor Party, will remain defense minister in the new government. The appointment of Avigdor Lieberman, an outspoken politician and the leader of the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu Party, as foreign minister has alarmed many abroad. Mr. Lieberman is best known for his contentious policies — and at times insulting remarks — toward Arabs. In Israel, however, public criticism focused on the sheer size of the new cabinet, swelled by Mr. Netanyahu’s attempts to satisfy his coalition partners’ competing demands. With some 30 ministers and eight deputy ministers, the cabinet has grown into the largest in Israel’s history, prompting charges that it will prove unmanageable and constitute a waste of public funds during a recession. In 1996, Mr. Netanyahu prided himself on his establishment of a lean cabinet of 18 ministers. The government established by Mr. Olmert in May 2006 numbered 25. In her first speech as chairman of the opposition, Tzipi Livni, the leader of Kadima, described Mr. Netanyahu’s government as “bloated” and stuffed with “ministers of nothing.” Of more pressing international concern is the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The result of Israel’s February elections was a marked shift to the right, injecting a degree of uncertainty over the future of this round of talks, which began at an American-sponsored conference in Annapolis, Md., in November 2007. Mr. Netanyahu said Tuesday that his government will support a “Palestinian security apparatus that will fight terrorism” — an apparent reference to the forces being trained in an American-backed program under the Annapolis framework. Mr. Netanyahu has so far emphasized his plans for economic development in the West Bank. His refusal to endorse the two-state solution has led to skepticism and despondency on the Palestinian side, exacerbated by fears that his government will expedite Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank. Khalil Shikaki, a prominent Palestinian political analyst, said that economic development will not provide any guarantee against an eruption of Palestinian violence down the road. Briefing reporters in Jerusalem on Monday, Mr. Shikaki noted that the last two intifadas, or uprisings, broke out in 1987 and 2000 when economic conditions in the Palestinian territories were relatively good. Palestinian politics are also complicated and in flux, with Hamas, the Islamic militant group, governing Gaza and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s control confined to the West Bank. Mr. Abbas’s mainstream Fatah movement was expected to start a new round of reconciliation talks with Hamas in Cairo on Wednesday. A previous round ended without results. Meanwhile, not all Israelis buy into the gloomy forecasts of strained relations with Washington. “As long as Hamas is in power in Gaza, we are off the hook,” said Efraim Inbar, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University. Under these circumstances “nobody can pressure Israel to do anything,” he said in a telephone interview. Mr. Inbar argued that the two-state solution is an “obsolete paradigm,” and that the Palestinian territories should revert to Egyptian and Jordanian control.


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Biberman & Co.

Posted by valentinabalzati su 30 marzo, 2009

Uri Avnery,  Miftah

IS THIS the government of Biberman (Bibi Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman) or perhaps of Bibarak (Bibi and Ehud Barak)?

Neither. It is the government of Bibiyahu. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Netanyahu struggles with paucity of portfolios for Likud

Posted by claudiacampli su 27 marzo, 2009


Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu intends to inform senior figures in his party Sunday which of them will be ministers after continuing consultations with his advisers on how to overcome the paucity of portfolios for Likud. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Netanyahu to be ‘partner for peace’

Posted by alicemarziali su 26 marzo, 2009


Benyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister-designate, has said his government will be a “partner for peace” with the Palestinians and take action to shore up their economy.

In a speech on Wednesday, a day after he secured the support of the rival Labor party to form a coalition, Netanyahu said that peace was a “common and enduring goal for all Israelis and Israeli governments, mine included”.

“This means I will negotiate with the Palestinian Authority for peace,” he said. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Jewish extremists’ march sparks clash

Posted by Folco Zaffalon su 25 marzo, 2009

Omar Karmi

Foreign Correspondent- The National

March 25. 2009

Israeli police clashed with Palestinian demonstrators in Umm al Fahm north-west of the West Bank yesterday, after an Israeli court had allowed a far-right demonstration to go ahead at the edge of the town. Dozens were arrested and about 30 people needed medical treatment after police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to disperse crowds which had arrived to protest against the far-right march. Israeli officials said 2,500 police officers had been deployed to prevent clashes, Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Barak: A party of 13 MKs will have no voice in the opposition

Posted by alicemarziali su 24 marzo, 2009


In a last ditch effort to convince Labor Party member to support a coalition deal with Likud Chairman and Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, Labor leader Ehud Barak on Tuesday declared that a Party of 13 MKs can have no real room to express its voice in the opposition.

During the last election, held on February 10, the Labor party garnered a disappointing 13 seats in the Knesset out of the total 120. In the previous Knesset, the Labor Party had 19 seats.

The coalition deal struck early Tuesday between Barak and Netanyahu was to be brought before the Labor Central Committee for a vote later in the day.


As part of his efforts to rally support for the deal, Barak met with the representatives of the party’s Kibbutzim sector on Tuesday, telling them that “the choice is not whether or not to lead the opposition, but rather it is a choice between being a fifth wheel on the opposition wagon, crushed uncomfortably between Kadima and Meretz, or being a central force in a right-wing government and influencing a policy that is suitable for the state of Israel.”

“Life is not a movie, nor is it a reality show,” the Labor leader went on to say. “We must ask ourselves what is right for the country and what is right for the party, and for us.”

Should the party join the coalition, Barak continued, “we will ensure that we don’t miss diplomatic opportunities and that we don’t get dragged into irreversible military adventures.”

The Labor leader also addressed the global economic crisis in his speech, saying that “if we promise the people real solutions, there is a moral question of why we aren’t providing them. Think honestly what will happen if we remain outside [of the coalition].”

Barak lashed out at those within his party who feel that Labor can only rehabilitate itself in the opposition, arguing that he does not understand the reasoning behind this belief.

The Kibbutzim sector representatives who attended that conference voiced their criticism over the coalition deal, calling it an “act of deception.” One of the representatives said that “it looks like a draft for a change committee in the kibbutz. An initial draft for a closed forum. It’s not serious, it is political deception.”

During a debate ahead of the vote, one of the opponents of the deal, lawmaker Shelly Yacimovitch, warned that joining the coalition would further erode Labor’s already flagging support by making it an accessory to a hard-line government.

“We are entering this government as a third wheel, as a wagging tail, not more than that,” she said.

Netanyahu has been a vocal critic of the outgoing government’s peace talks with the Palestinians, saying conditions are not ripe for a deal.

But he appears to be softening his line as he courts moderates. A broader coalition would bring stability to the government because it would not be hostage to the demands of smaller partners. It also would enjoy more international credibility with some members committed to peace talks.

Netanyahu has so far wrapped up deals with two hard-line coalition allies. Without Labor, he is projected to have no more than 65 of parliament’s 120 lawmakers in his coalition.

Under the proposed coalition deal with Labor, Israel would draft a comprehensive plan for Mideast peace, resume peace talks and commit itself to existing peace accords, Labor officials said. Barak would continue serving as defense minister and other veteran Labor lawmakers would be assured ministerial jobs.

Barak initially declared the party would serve outside the government as a responsible, serious and constructive opposition.

But with his own personal fortunes inside the party in question and Netanyahu eager to soften the hard-line edge the current coalition lineup projects, Barak has switched gears. He says Israel would be better served by a broad government including Labor than a narrow coalition of hard-liners.

Labor dominated Israel’s political and economic life for the first half of its history and was the party that signed peace accords with the Palestinians and Jordan

By Ofra Edelman, Haaretz Correspondent


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Labor vote / Money time

Posted by alicemarziali su 24 marzo, 2009


The scenes at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds today may feel familiar. For a decade the Labor Party has repeatedly crawled into every conceivable government under any prime minister.

From one election to the next, the party has weakened, its values have faded, and its leaders have fallen like ducks in a shooting gallery. All that remains is the greed for power at any price.

“Opposition” has become a four-letter word, “soul searching” is a joke. This party has lost 31 Knesset seats in 17 years and has never stopped to ask itself what went wrong. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Barak’s flip-flop

Posted by alicemarziali su 24 marzo, 2009


Politics is the art of the long-distance runner. One of the few to know that was Ariel Sharon. When his wife died he thought about retiring from politics, but he was not a man to quit. In the ensuing years, he managed to oust Ehud Barak from the prime minister’s seat, block Netanyahu’s return to the helm of Likud and – most importantly – drop the disengagement bomb.

The man who took Likud apart while scrapping the “Greater Land of Israel” dream founded Kadima, the only new “secular” party since Democratic Movement for Change (1977) to cross the 15-Knesset-seat threshold. To sum up, he smote Bibi [Netanyahu], Barak and the left wing. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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ANALYSIS / Netanyahu made an offer Barak couldn’t refuse

Posted by alicemarziali su 24 marzo, 2009


There is no debate over two of the achievements of the Labor-Likud coalition agreement that initialed on Tuesday morning: It was reached after negotiations unprecedented in their brevity ? taking less than 24 hours ? and it grants Labor a scandalous package of positions for its mere 13 Knesset seats, almost out of generosity. The deal gives the party five cabinet posts, including two of the most senior ? Defense Minister and Trade and Industry Minister – and another two deputy ministerial positions. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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ANALISI / L’accordo di Governo sancisce la fine del partito laburista

Posted by claudiacampli su 24 marzo, 2009

Il Sole 24 Ore

di Ugo Tramballi

24 marzo 2009

E’ ancora difficile capire a cosa porterà l’accordo di governo fra Bibi Netanyahu e Ehud Barak riguardo alla pace, alla stabilità regionale e interna, alla forza della maggioranza in Parlamento. La cosa più probabile, al momento, sembra solo la fine del partito laburista. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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