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ANALISI/Is this the leadership we deserve?

Posted by alicemarziali su 5 aprile, 2009


In the coalition negotiations after the Yom Kippur War, the demands made of prime minister Golda Meir became more and more extravagant. At one point, Golda made clear there was a limit to the humiliation she was ready to accept, recalling that her mother once told her that when the Lord wishes to punish someone He takes away his sense of shame.

In forming the new government, the politicians have made clear there is no limit to the humiliation; they have been stripped of all sense of shame. True, this is not Israel’s first bloated government, but this time all lines have been crossed and all limits of good taste have been breached. The way the government was put together, the total disregard of reasonable criteria in appointing ministers and their number, the cynical and absurd way ministries were split even though the ministries should never have been established, the long line of Likud members begging for portfolios, and the maddening waste of taxpayers’ funds – all this can be summed up by what the prophet said of the concubine in Gibeah: “No such deed has been done or seen from the day that the Children of Israel came up from the land of Egypt.” It’s hard to overstate the public’s sense of disgust, anger, insult and rejection given this embarrassing spectacle. Leggi il seguito di questo post »


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ANALISI-Size does matter

Posted by alicemarziali su 1 aprile, 2009


Yossi Peled, one of the six ministers without portfolio in Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, said Monday that he is happy to be serving in the government because this is where the decisions are taken. Yossi is no longer a young man, yet he has still not grasped how the government works. For years now, Israeli governments have been a platform for symposiums. The decisions are taken, assuming they are taken, in other forums.



The problem is not the financial cost of each minister; in relative terms this is small change. The problem is that when there are so many government ministers, there is no government at all. It’s just like the value of money during a period of crazy inflation, when the currency looks like money and smells like money, but you can’t buy anything with it at the market.

And of course, there is the damage inherent in cheapening democracy. The regime in Israel has no constitution to lean on. It is able to maintain its authority thanks to mutual restraints over the years, thanks to external enemies, and thanks to the belief that decision-makers see the nation’s welfare before them.



Yet the restraints and the welfare of the nation are gone. What remains is for us to count on our external enemies – they will guarantee the continued stability of the regime in the State of Israel.



Everything apparently started with Netanyahu’s fear that Lieberman would join forces with Livni and form a government behind his back. It is doubtful whether this fear had any basis in reality – Lieberman looks to take over Likud, not to disengage from it – but it is difficult to argue with fear. Netanyahu paid Lieberman unreasonable prices to bring him into the government, and by doing so made the expectations of other coalition partners skyrocket.



But perhaps the root of the problem is not Netanyahu’s weakness, but rather, the collapse of Israel’s party system. Not only did the government stop performing its role, the coalition also ceased to exist as a framework that backs the government. Only Knesset members who were appointed as ministers or deputy ministers will vote in favor of the government. The others will be sitting on the fence, with one leg in the coalition and the other in the opposition. The prime minister does not win his post; he buys it.



Dubious symbol

The man who has become the symbol of this dubious process is Professor Avishai Braverman. He was highly successful when he served as the president of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. He then sought to make a switch to politics. He received offers to run for the post of Beersheba’s mayor, but he was interested in the national political scene.



Ever since then, he goes from one mistake to another. When he received an offer to become minister without portfolio in Olmert’s government he rejected the offer, because it didn’t seem respectable enough for him. After all, his strength lies in his execution ability. He joined forces with Ami Ayalon’s effort to take over the Labor Party and failed. Only a week ago, in an impassioned speech before the Labor Party committee, he declared that it must not become a secondary member of a rightist government. We have to go to the opposition, he said. Yet on Tuesday he was appointed as minister without portfolio in a government that he forbade his party to join.



Netanyahu drew one important lesson from his past failures: When you’re in trouble, shut up. There are some things that cannot be explained. However, Braverman went from one station to another Monday, from one channel to another, and in each one he humiliated himself all over again.


 Yet perhaps the greatest joke is Michael Eitan, one of our most distinguished Knesset members, who has been entrusted with improving the service offered by the government to its citizens. How can one make the service more efficient when one minister is in charge of incoming mail and another minister is in charge of outgoing mail; when one minister is responsible for tactical threats while another is in charge of strategic threats?



Niccolo Machiavelli, the father of aggressive politics, taught us that the best method for assessing a leader it to examine the people he gathered around him. Netanyahu apparently did not read this chapter in Machiavelli’s book, and if he did read it, he forgot it.

Nahum Barnea  


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A failure foretold

Posted by alicemarziali su 1 aprile, 2009


Israel’s 32nd government, which was sworn in last night, is destined to fail. In putting this government together, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has demonstrated sophisticated political skills and impressive tricks of wheeling and dealing, along with a total lack of vision, courage and practical judgment.

The fate of the State of Israel was not on the agenda in forming this government, but rather the lust for power of a handful of politicians and the creation of power for their boss. Israel has received the largest government in its history and one of its most meager. Its makeup bodes ill. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Analysis: Israel’s new coalition

Posted by alicemarziali su 1 aprile, 2009


Israel’s centre-left Labor party has voted at a conference to join a coalition government led by Benyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister-designate and Likud leader.

The move provides the parliamentary majority necessary for government, which will include the nationalist Yisrael Beitenu, led by Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister-designate, and the orthodox Jewish Shas party.

Ehud Barak, the Labor leader, says that his party will provide balance to a right-wing government, while others argue that Labor itself is moving to the right.

Al Jazeera spoke to three political analysts to get their view on the new coalition and the prospects for the region. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Israel’s 32nd government sworn in at Knesset plenum

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 31 marzo, 2009

Mar. 31, 2009
Shelly Paz and Tovah Lazaroff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Israel seeks peace with the entire Arab and Muslim world but continues to be threatened by the forces of Islamic extremists, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said several hours before he was sworn in Tuesday evening.

He took the oath of office just before midnight, after the Knesset voted 69-45 to approve the new government. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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ANALYSIS / How absurd can Netanyahu’s government get?

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 31 marzo, 2009

By Yossi Verter
Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition negotiations have rewarded us with many absurdities: Avigdor Lieberman as foreign minister; Yisrael Beiteinu in charge of the Public Security Ministry; and the reverse somersault of Ehud Barak.

But we may not have witnessed the grand finale yet: If last night’s prognoses become reality and we wake up this morning to a cabinet of 29 ministers and six deputy ministers (for parts of ministries and new ministries), we will know that this is not the dawn of a new day, and that nothing has changed. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Lieberman: We’ll quit coalition if we don’t keep foreign ministry

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 31 marzo, 2009

By Mazal Mualem, Haaretz Correspondent and Agencies
As Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to see his government sworn in later Tuesday, 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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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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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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Lieberman inches closer to foreign ministry as coalition deal cements

Posted by alicemarziali su 16 marzo, 2009


Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman, a far-right politician whose policies have raised Arab ire and international concern, was designated on Monday as foreign minister in a governing pact with Benjamin Netanyahu.

Enlisting his first coalition partner as prime minister-designate, Netanyahu signed up Yisrael Beitenu, a widely expected move that left the right-wing Likud party leader still short of a governing majority in parliament. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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