Rassegna Stampa Elezioni Israeliane 2009

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Ed ora, al lavoro

Posted by claudiacampli su 10 aprile, 2009


Israele ha un nuovo governo, il più affollato della sua storia con 30 ministri e sette vice ministri: un fatto inquietante, arrogante ma del tutto prevedibile. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Don’t fight in the mud, Livni

Posted by alicemarziali su 9 aprile, 2009


Tzipi Livni has taken on her new role as head of the opposition with characteristic enthusiasm, but it would be best for her to slow down and focus on what’s important: building Kadima into a centrist party that is the only alternative to a Likud government.

In a speech before the Knesset last week, shortly ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for the new government, Livni struck out at her political rivals, primarily Labor chairman Ehud Barak. She described him as a man “who made his political fortune by fundraising for nonprofit organizations and his private fortune through his political contacts.”

But Livni needs to avoid mudslinging of this sort so as not to undermine her credibility. After all, it was only last summer that she offered Barak a position as a “senior minister” in the government she tried to form. And if she finds herself on the cusp of power again, any coalition she forms will have to include at least some of the parties she sniped at from the podium.

The head of the opposition doesn’t have to express her views on every issue that bothers her or every problematic aspect related to the conduct of the government or its leader. That’s why there are back benches, where MKs thirsty for exposure and media attention are sitting. Livni should let them fight in the trenches, while she comments only on important national matters.

Livni’s decision to stay outside the government was the right step to take in order to present herself as an alternative to Benjamin Netanyahu. Now she must spend time in the opposition, without tarnishing her image as a politician who is fresh, reliable and not corrupt. She would do well to learn from Netanyahu, who in the previous Knesset relinquished immediate gains in favor of leading the government at a later stage. Netanyahu was statesmanlike; he avoided attacking Ehud Olmert, backed him up during the wars in the north and the south, and came to be seen as someone who could calm the security and economic anxieties of the public. Livni acted similarly when she said that opting for the opposition following her failure to form a government was a way of sticking to her principles. She must continue along this line.

If Livni wants to replace Netanyahu as prime minister in the next election, she must relegate the Labor Party to the history books, and she needs to draw the more moderate of Likud’s supporters to Kadima. And if Avigdor Lieberman is indicted and leaves the Foreign Ministry, she should take advantage of the opportunity and snap up voters from Yisrael Beiteinu. Achieving these goals depends not only on Livni, but also on the circumstances, and mostly on how the government acts. But Livni’s conduct will determine whether it is Kadima or another party that will reap the political benefits.

Livni must leverage Netanyahu’s weak points: the peace process and his dependence on the ultra-Orthodox. Just as Netanyahu gained from Olmert’s failures in his confrontations with Hezbollah and Hamas, Livni will gain from Netanyahu and Lieberman’s expected difficulties with U.S. President Barack Obama and the international community. The more the government tries to argue that it is less hated around the world than one would think based on press reports, the more Netanyahu will lose altitude, leaving Livni to look like the statesman who offers hope and is accepted by other countries.

On the home front, Kadima needs to lead the call for changing the method of government, which would position it as a party seeking reforms on an issue that matters to its secular voters. This would enable Kadima to break up the partnership of Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu and the ultra-Orthodox parties and to depict Netanyahu as someone who avoids taking steps that are important for the country, preferring instead to protect a failed and hated method of government because he is totally dependent on Shas.

In dealing with Labor, Livni must adopt the strategy she followed during the election campaign: ignore it. Labor’s ability to self-destruct is much more powerful than anything Kadima can do to it. Livni needs to let Yuli Tamir and Shelly Yachimovich attack Barak and depict him and his colleagues in government as spineless self-aggrandizers. If Labor splits, as it is expected to do, some of its parts will head toward Kadima at no cost.

Livni needs to preserve her image as the security hard-liner of Kadima. Therefore, she must back the military decisions of Netanyahu and Barak, especially if they attack Iran, rather than looking like she opposes the use of force. And if Netanyahu surprises with daring peace moves, the parliamentary majority provided by Kadima will enable him to pass any related legislation.

Kadima can live and prosper without being in government. The party has experienced opposition figures on board who have seen many ups and downs, like Haim Ramon and Tzachi Hanegbi. They will be in a position to remind Livni of the lesson of Ariel Sharon: Politics is a wheel, and those who wait their turn and don’t make too many mistakes will, in the end, find their way back to the top.


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Livni condemns new Israel leaders

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 2 aprile, 2009


02 April 2009

Israel’s former chief peace negotiator says the way the new government is talking shows it will not be a partner for peace with the Palestinians.

Tzipi Livni’s criticism follows the rejection by her successor as foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, of recent US-backed efforts towards a peace deal.

“What happened is that the government announced that Israel is not relevant, is not a partner,” she said.

New PM Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to seek peace but has not detailed how.

Ms Livni’s centrist Kadima party came narrowly ahead of Mr Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud in the February election, but he was asked to form a coalition as right-leaning parties predominated.

In his speech on Wednesday, at a foreign ministry handover attended by Ms Livni, the ultra-nationalist Mr Lieberman said Israel was not bound by the Annapolis accords agreed with the Palestinians and the Bush administration in November 2007.

He said the only legitimate document was another US-sponsored deal, the Road Map peace plan of 2003, because he said it was ratified by the Israeli government and the UN Security Council. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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US stands by two-state solution

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 2 aprile, 2009


02 April 2009

The Obama administration has renewed Washington’s commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

As a row raged over the new Israeli government’s stance, the White House said Barack Obama looked forward to working with Israel’s new leaders.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said the government will not be held by commitments made by its predecessors.

A US-hosted 2007 agreement had, he declared, “no validity”.

Each side had agreed at talks in Annapolis to further discussions aimed at creating an independent Palestinian state.

But Mr Lieberman, an ultra-nationalist, argues that the accord was never ratified either by the Israeli government or parliament.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the world should put pressure on the new Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We want to tell the world that this man doesn’t believe in peace and therefore we cannot deal with him,” he told an Arab summit in Qatar. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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‘Lieberman damaged our image’

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 1 aprile, 2009

Opposition members outraged by new FM’s statement saying Israel is no longer committed to Annapolis process. ‘He caused our international image irrevocable damage,’ MK Plesner says

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s statement that Israel is not obligated by the Annapolis conference, but rather, only by the Road Map initiative caused a ruckus amongst opposition ranks Wednesday.



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Livni: New government is bad for Israel

Posted by alicemarziali su 1 aprile, 2009


Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday wished success to the incoming coalition as it prepared to be sworn in at the Knesset in Jerusalem, but quickly added that the deal under which the government had been assembled would “not benefit the state at all.”

Livni, who lost out on the opportunity to form the new government despite her Kadima party’s slim win in the February elections, told lawmakers on Tuesday that the opposition under her leadership would act responsibly. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Netanyahu sworn in as Israel’s prime minister

Posted by claudiacampli su 31 marzo, 2009

By Haaretz Service

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in late Tuesday to lead Israel’s 32nd government, after cobbling together a coalition amid rising tensions within his own Likud party and with other leading political figures.

Lawmakers voted 69 to 45 with five abstentions in favor of Netanyahu’s right-wing government after a six-hour debate, making Netanyahu prime minister for the second time in 10 years.

The new coalition will comprise 30 ministers and seven deputy ministers. In addition to serving as premier, Netanyahu has also created a position for himself as financial strategy minister and appointed Yuval Steinitz (Likud) to serve as finance minister.

Lawmaker Silvan Shalom – Netanyahu’s chief party rival – agreed on Tuesday to enter the incoming government as vice premier and regional development minister, after days of a chasm many feared would divide the faction and hamper the ability of the new coalition to function.

Labor Party chairman Ehud Barak will retain his position as defense minister bringing with him into the government four other Labor ministers.

Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman, whose inflammatory statements about Israeli Arabs has had him branded as racist and raised ire both in Israel and abroad, will take on the unlikely position of foreign minister.

Shas Chairman Eli Yishai will now serve as interior minister.

Other Likud officials to join the coalition include Ya’akov Ne’eman (Justice Ministry) Gideon Sa’ar (Education), Yisrael Katz (Transportation), Moshe Ya’alon (Strategic Affairs), Gilad Erdan (Environmental Protection), Limor Livnat (Sports and Culture), and Yuli Edelstien (Media and Telecommunications).

Labor minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer will take on the Trade, Labor and Industry portfolio, Shalom Simhon will serve as Agriculture Minister, Labor No. 2 Isaac Herzog will head the Welfare Ministry, and Avishay Braverman has received Labor’s fifth ministerial post – minister without portfolio with responsibility for minorities.

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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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Israel MPs set to vote on cabinet

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 31 marzo, 2009


31 March 2009

Israel’s parliament has begun a special session to vote on the appointment of a new coalition cabinet led by Prime Minster-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mr Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, is expected to be sworn into office following the vote.

The cabinet is one of Israel’s largest, with hard-liner Avigdor Lieberman as foreign minister and Labour veteran Ehud Barak as minister or defence.

Analysts say Iran’s nuclear programme is likely to top its security agenda.

Western states have voiced concern at the coalition’s likely stance on a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Speaking to the Knesset before being sworn in, Mr Netanyahu said these were “not normal times” for Israel but asked the parliament to trust him “at this time of global crisis, the likes of which we have not had in years”.

“Israel finds itself facing two enormous challenges: an economic challenge, and a security challenge. These two crises have come at time of great international change,” he said. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Netanyahu and Shalom finally meet, just before coalition sworn in

Posted by valecardia su 31 marzo, 2009


The chasm between Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud MK and chief party rival Silvan Shalom grew ever wider Tuesday after a meeting scheduled to resolve the row over the latter’s role in the next government was postponed indefinitely.Meanwhile, Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman is threatening to pull his influential party out of the new coalition if the foreign ministry is returned to Likud in the event Lieberman is forced to resign. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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