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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

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Ramzy Baroud: Netanyahu and the Future of the Peace Process

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 28, 2009

“The leaders of Israel’s major parties are almost interchangeable: even their language is the same, archaic and confrontational. Why then the panic over the future of the peace process. As far as Gaza is concerned, it matters little whether the over 1,400 people killed in 22 days were blown up by a Likud revisionist, a Labour dove or a Kadima peacemaker. This, though, is something an envoy like Blair doesn’t seem to understand.”

For full article, visit http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14953

EU calls on Netanyahu to accept Palestinian state

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009

“We Europeans are insisting that whatever the weighting is in the two governments (Israeli and Palestinian), the creation of a two-state solution must stand first and foremost,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0327/breaking58.htm