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Analysis: Israel’s unwieldy government

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 1 aprile, 2009


01 April 2009

By Paul Wood
Middle East correspondent

Some political analysts have been known to call Israel’s electoral system the worst-designed in the democratic world.

It took Benjamin Netanyahu a marathon seven weeks of negotiating to stitch together his governing coalition.

It was no surprise that he looked a little weary at the podium in the Knesset, or parliament, last night.

The last two weeks of that effort was concerned with bringing the Labour party into the government.

Mr Netanyahu knew that an administration perceived as narrowly right-wing would cause Israel problems internationally.

The result has been one of the biggest governments in Israel’s history. They even had to bring carpenters into the Knesset to enlarge the cabinet meeting table.

Not everyone is happy, including members of his own Likud party who have seen their own ministerial ambitions shunted aside.

Last-minute meetings were held through the early hours of the previous night so Mr Netanyahu could assuage his colleagues’ bruised feelings.

As he announced the long, long list of his new ministers to the Knesset, he was heckled by those who think the government is just too big.

Opposition MKs ironically called out, “seven, eight, nine… ” each time Mr Netanyahu added a new minister to the list.

“Oh, they know how to count,” he fired back. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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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 Promises Peace Effort

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 25 marzo, 2009

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Wednesday that the coalition he is forming would be a “partner for peace,” offering a pledge that seemed designed to reshape his reputation as a foe of the peace process with the Palestinians.

The promise brought a muted response from some Palestinians.

Mr. Netanyahu, the leader of the conservative Likud party, was delivering a speech to an economic conference in Jerusalem one day after the deeply divided Labor Party voted to join the government he is forming under a coalition agreement that seemed vague on issues pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

On Wednesday, Tzipi Livni, the foreign minister and leader of the centrist Kadima party, called the prospective coalition a government “conceived in sin,” according to The Associated Press. Kadima, which narrowly beat Likud in February elections but did not have enough support to form a governing coalition, declined Mr. Netanyahu’s offers to join his because he has refused to commit to negotiating the creation of a Palestinian state.

Labor’s agreement to join Mr. Netanyahu’s government paved the way for a broader government than the narrow and hawkish one that Mr. Netanyahu would otherwise have had to settle for, increasing his chances of gaining international acceptance and possibly avoiding friction with the Obama administration. 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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Israeli right joins coalition bid

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 26 febbraio, 2009


26 February 2009

Israel’s Likud party has met parties of the far right and religious right for talks on forming the next government.

Earlier talks with Likud’s centrist rivals could not agree on terms, though Likud leader and one-time PM Benjamin Netanyahu is sill hopeful of a deal.

The centrist Kadima party won one more seat than Likud in the 10 February poll but Likud was asked to form a coalition as it had more support from other MPs.

The coalition makeup is seen as crucial in securing Palestinian-Israeli peace.

Analysts say a government of right-wingers and Orthodox Jews who champion settlement-building and oppose land-for-peace deals might jeopardise prospects for peace.

A more moderate-looking government which included Kadima and the centre-left Labour party might find more favour with Israel’s international backers, they say. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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By indictment or by upheaval?

Posted by claudiacampli su 25 febbraio, 2009


Amit Segal

Look at them, the 120 people who will stand at the Knesset assembly this afternoon. Their finest suits will be adorned with decorative flowers. Their ranks will include 21 women, eight journalists, two converts. Statistics hint to us that somewhere there are also three future indictments, 10 investigations and an undisclosed number of regretful ethical embarrassments. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Is it the system, dummy?

Posted by claudiacampli su 24 febbraio, 2009


The photograph by Tess Sheflan says it all. No matter which way you comb it, there is not quite enough to go round. The election results of February 2009 have left us in the awkward position of two victors for one crown.

Kadima is the largest party, but leads the smaller ‘bloc’. Likud leads the larger ‘bloc’, but is beginning to find that the closer one looks at it, the seemingly-monolithic right-wing bloc is made up of many opposing magnets.

While experts abound, no one really knows what kind of  government will emerge. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Netanyahu closing in on the prime minister’s seat

Posted by claudiacampli su 20 febbraio, 2009


Friday, February 20, 2009

JERUSALEM: Benjamin Netanyahu looked poised to become Israel’s next prime minister after earning the endorsement on Thursday of Avigdor Lieberman, head of the far-right party Yisrael Beiteinu.

President Shimon Peres has yet to decide who should form Israel’s next government. After conferring with Peres, Lieberman expressed support for a government led by Netanyahu’s conservative Likud Party but also urged that the government include Kadima, the centrist party led by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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Not only in his handkerchief

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 16 febbraio, 2009


16 February 2009

By Ze’ev Segal

The Israeli presidency’s symbolic role drove the post’s first occupant, Chaim Weizmann, to say bitterly that the only place he could stick his nose was his handkerchief. Nevertheless, the president has two important powers: pardoning criminals and deciding whom to ask to form a government. His responsibility for establishing the government, along with the need for his consent should a prime minister seek to dissolve the Knesset, occasionally put the president at the center of the public/political stage.

The Basic Law on Government, which dictates the procedure for establishing a government, gives the president broad discretion. All it requires is that he consult with representatives of every party elected to the Knesset before deciding who should form the government. Not only is the president immune to the dictates of 61 or more Knesset members, he is also immune to judicial review by the High Court of Justice. As far back as the early 1950s, the court, responding to a petition against president Weizmann by MK Ari Jabotinsky, ruled that the way the president exercises his discretion may not be adjudicated. In that case, Weizmann’s refusal to ask another MK to form a government after David Ben-Gurion resigned led to elections. Leggi il seguito di questo post »

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