Israel-Palestine News Compiler

Livni: Lieberman ruined years of peace efforts in just 20 minutes

Posted in Government, Internal Israeli Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

In an interview with Israel Radio, the Kadima chairwoman said she had expected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce that he did not share Lieberman’s expressed sentiments, and was disappointed that such clarification was not made.

Meanwhile, outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert said on Thursday that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process kick-started in Annapolis bolstered international recognition of Israel. Speaking at a farewell event organized by his Kadima party, Olmert responded to Lieberman’s disparaging that Israel was not bound by the framework of the U.S.-sponsored summit.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076196.html

Likud in turmoil after Netanyahu-Shalom meeting canceled

Posted in Government, Internal Israeli Affairs by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

The chasm between Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud MK and chief party rival Silvan Shalom is growing ever wider Tuesday after a meeting scheduled to resolve the row over the latter’s role in the next government was postponed indefinitely.

Hours before Netanyahu’s government is to be sworn in at the Knesset in Jerusalem, it is unclear if and when the two will meet to patch up their differences.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1075193.html

Israel Beiteinu warns it may leave gov’t

Posted in Government, Internal Israeli Affairs by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

Israel Beiteinu on Tuesday denied reports that Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman had agreed that if the latter is charged with any crime and forced to leave the Foreign Ministry, the portfolio would go to the Likud, warning that if that were to happen, the party would leave the government.

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Netanyahu ‘to present new cabinet’

Posted in Government, Internal Israeli Affairs by beyondtheborder on March 30, 2009

“Mr Netanyahu will present Tuesday night his cabinet for a  Knesset [parliament] vote,” the official was quoted as saying.

Netanyahu will preside over a 69-seat coalition in the 120-member parliament that leans heavily to the right.

Egypt has already voiced its concern over Netanyahu's likely cabinet

Egypt has already voiced its concern over Netanyahu's likely cabinet

For full article, visit http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/03/200933055037318365.html

MK Yisrael Katz is rumored to be the leading candidate for the Transportation Ministry, MK Gilad Erdan is likely to be named to the Environmental Protection Ministry, MK Moshe Kahlon is in the lead for the Communications Ministry and MK Limor Livnat for the Science, Culture and Sport’s Ministry.

For full article, visit http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3694139,00.html

Sources close to Netanyahu said he had no intention of appointing someone who would become acting prime minister in case of emergency. That post, and finance minister, are precisely the positions Silvan Shalom had sought; Shalom has communicated to Netanyahu over the past few days that he would prefer no ministerial post at all if Netanyahu does not keep his promise to appoint Shalom to a senior position. It is believed Netanyahu intends to appoint Shalom as his vice premier and minister for regional development, or minister for economic peace and deputy prime minister, hoping this satisfies Shalom.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074818.html

Israel Election Results

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 25, 2009

Labor votes in favor of joining Netanyahu coalition

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 24, 2009

“680 of the central committee members voted in favor of joining the coalition, while 570 voted against. The voter turnout stood at 78 percent of the committee members.”

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Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1073550.html

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Barak, Netanyahu agree on draft coalition deal

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 24, 2009

Labor chairman Ehud Barak and Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu reached understandings on Tuesday morning for a coalition deal between their two parties.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1073506.html

Likud and Labor launch coalition talks ahead of fateful vote

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 23, 2009

“Coalition talks between Labor and Likud negotiations teams kicked off Monday morning in Kfar Hamaccabiah in Ramat Gan in order to formulate a draft of a coalition agreement ahead of a Tuesday Labor party convention that is set to decide the fate of the party.”

Source: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1237727512219&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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