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Posts Tagged ‘Livni’

WATCH: Syria envoy to U.S. says he prefers Lieberman to Livni

Posted by alicemarziali su 13 aprile, 2009


The Syrian ambassador to Washington told CNN on Sunday that the election of Barack Obama gave him reason to be optimistic that Israel and Syria could clinch a peace deal, and that he was not deterred by the prospects of working with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

“Personally I believe it is better to deal with someone like Lieberman than it is to do deal with someone like [former foreign minister Tzipi] Livni,” Imad Moustapha told CNN on Sunday. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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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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The Region: A pretty solid team

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 6 aprile, 2009

Apr. 5, 2009

In the Israeli political game, there are some things too important to play with. Has Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu safeguarded the country’s security and foreign relations while meeting party and coalition needs, and what is the likely result of this new government’s policies internationally?

Netanyahu had to put together a complex web of parties and personalities to get a Knesset majority. The result is a cabinet with more ministers than Jerusalem has rabbis. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Cómo se gestó el giro a la derecha en Israel

Posted by valentinabalzati su 4 aprile, 2009


Cómo es posible que la derecha siga ganando terreno en Israel, en detrimento de la izquierda? ¿Cómo se ha logrado formar la coalición gubernamental del trío Netanyahu-Barak-Lieberman? En las elecciones legislativas de febrero, el partido Kadima (de centro derecha), presidido por Tzipi Livni, obtuvo los mejores resultados, con 28 diputados. A primera vista, el presidente Simón Peres debía confiarle a ella la tarea de formar gobierno. Sin embargo, al contar los resultados de Kadima y Likud (derecha nacionalista y anexionista), que sacó 27 diputados, se dio cuenta de que Livni contaba con el apoyo de menos de la mitad de los 120 escaños de la nueva Knesset. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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”Se vuoi la pace prepara la guerra”

Posted by Folco Zaffalon su 3 aprile, 2009

Naoki Tomasini



Il nuovo ministro degli Esteri israeliano chiude le porte al processo di pace e esclude la restituzione delle alture del Golan

Appena preso possesso del ministero degli Esteri del nuovo governo di Bennjamin Neranyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, il leader del partito dell’estrema destra isreliana, ha dettato la nuova linea politica. Già mentre si porfilava il suo incarico nel delicatissimo ministero, c’erano molte perplessità su quello che una figura radicale come lui avrebbe potuto fare. Ma giovedì i timori si sono trasformati in realtà. Sono bastate poche frasi nel discorso di isediamento, per spazzare via anni di processo di pace. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Who killed Annapolis?

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 3 aprile, 2009

Apr. 2, 2009

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has made a stormy entrance. The “ultra-nationalist” (BBC and al-Jazeera); is “blunt and belligerent” (The New York Times); “aggressive” (Haaretz) and a “racist” (Yasser Abed Rabbo). This new government will make “no concessions for peace” (Guardian) and “spurn the peace process” (CNN)

Why the uproar? Because Lieberman announced: “The Israeli government never ratified the Annapolis accord.” Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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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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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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