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  • Liberman may join coalition as soon as Thursday, officials say

    05/18/2016 1:49:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has accepted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s offer to join the coalition in return for the Defense and Immigration ministries, senior Yisrael Beytenu officials said on Wendesday. According to senior officials, the Prime Minister’s meeting Wednesday afternoon with Liberman has already laid the groundwork for Yisrael Beytenu’s entry into the government. Shortly after the meeting, Netanyahu reportedly called Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, informing him that Liberman had requested the Defense Ministry in exchange for his support of the Likud government. Senior officials have leaked details of the meeting, including Netanyahu’s offer to Liberman, which includes two...
  • Herzog fires back: It's either me or Liberman

    05/18/2016 6:06:01 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/5/16 | Ari Soffer
    Opposition leader and Zionist Union party chief Yitzhak Herzog has announced he is suspending unity government talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, after the premier issued an invitation to begin talks with Yisrael Beytenu party head Avigdor Liberman. n a markedly abrupt, pithy press conference, Herzog said Netanyahu faced a choice between "going to war and funerals, and the victory of (Avigdor) Liberman and (Naftali) Bennett, or the track of hope" - namely, inviting the Zionist Union party to join the coalition instead. "These are the choices - there are no other options," he added. "We won't continue negotiations at...
  • Ex-Mid East Adviser: 'Combative' Rice Harmed Israel Relations

    10/08/2015 10:29:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    inn ^ | 10/8/15 | Ari Yashar
    Dennis Ross, who served as US President Barack Obama's Middle East adviser from 2009 to 2011, has revealed in a new book to be published next week that national security adviser Susan Rice is largely responsible for worsening ties with Israel amid the controversial Iran nuclear deal. In his new book "Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship From Truman to Obama,” excerpts of which were posted by Politico on Thursday, Ross writes that Rice's "combative mind-set" made relations between Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu even worse than they were. For one thing, the ex-Middle East adviser reveals that Rice...
  • Netanyahu Speaks with Freed Hostage about Jewish Man's Heroism

    01/10/2015 4:02:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/15 | Hezki Ezra, Gil Ronin
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Saturday evening that he spoke by phone with Celine Charki, who was one of the histages held at the kosher supermarket in Paris Friday. “Celine told me about the terrorist's unfathomable cruelty and the heroism of a Jewish youth who tried to take his gun and shoot him,” he said. The heroic action was apparently taken by hostage Johan Cohen, who was killed. .....
  • Netanyahu Calls on French Jews: Come Home to Israel

    01/10/2015 3:36:36 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 50 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/15 | Ari Soffer
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has led calls in Israel for French Jews to "come home to Israel" Saturday, after 17 people were killed in France during three days of Islamist attacks. "To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home," he said in a televised statement, referring to the Jewish practice of facing Jerusalem during prayer. "Unless the world comes to its senses, terror will continue to strike in other places," he added...
  • Is Obama compromised by his ties to Hamas?

    07/30/2014 7:53:51 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 22 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 7/30/2014 | Steve Berman
    A number of blogs have reported how Obama yelled at Binyamin Netanyahu on the phone on Sunday.  I have to question why Obama is so upset at Israel’s current operation to eliminate terror tunnels, when he usually stays so calm. When he speaks with world leaders like Vladimir Putin, French PM Hollande, and British PM David Cameron, Obama doesn’t yell.  And when those leaders speak with Netanyahu, they don’t presume to yell at him.  Only Barack Hussein Obama yells at Netanyahu, scolding him like a schoolmaster to a student. What possible motivation could Obama have? Back in 2008, candidate then-Senator Obama had lots of...
  • Olmert: Only an idiot prime minister would not make peace with Palestinians

    01/06/2014 12:36:36 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 44 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/1/14 | Noa Amouyel
    Former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Monday insinuated that his successor Binyamin Netanyahu was an “idiot” and that his predecessor Ariel Sharon was revered only after lapsing into a coma. “In times of peace, even an idiotic prime minister can come out looking good,” he said during a lecture at Hebrew University on Monday. “Of course, an idiot prime minister cannot make peace, and if he makes peace he’s not an idiot,” after the audience laughed at his veiled tongue-in-cheek reference to Netanayhu, Olmert was quick to backtrack and added, “I mean that only generally, of course. Really!” The Prime...
  • PM Netanyahu says Iran deal a "historic mistake"

    11/24/2013 6:43:55 AM PST · by Amerisraelhere · 28 replies
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu characterized the agreement signed with Iran early Sunday morning as a historic mistake. Directly contrasting US President Barack Obama who praised the agreement as opening a "new path toward a world that is more secure," Netanyahu – speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting -- said the world has become more dangerous as a result.
  • Third 'Positive' Peace Meeting Concludes; Hours after a second secret meeting, Israeli and PA

    08/20/2013 5:49:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 8/21/13 | Elad Benari
    Israeli and Palestinian Authority negotiators on Tuesday night concluded a third meeting as part of the renewed peace talks between the sides. The meeting, reportedly held at an undisclosed location in Jerusalem, was described as “serious”. The sides agreed to meet again soon. As usual, Israel was represented at the meeting by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzhak Molcho. The PA side was represented by chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Shtayeh. The late evening meeting, which ended shortly before midnight, was the second meeting of the day between the sides. Earlier Tuesday, a senior...
  • Israel: The Happy Little Country

    04/20/2013 6:53:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | April 20, 2013 | Caroline Glick
    As Independence Day celebrations were winding down Tuesday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a guest appearance on Channel 2's left-wing satire show Eretz Nehederet. One of the final questions that the show's host Eyal Kitzis asked the premier was how he would like to be remembered after he leaves office. Netanyahu thought a moment and said, "I'd like to be remembered as the leader who preserved Israel's security." On the face of it, Netanyahu's stated aspiration might seem dull. In a year he'll be the longest-serving prime minister in the state's history, and all he wants is to...
  • Biden to Address AIPAC Policy Conference

    02/27/2013 6:33:36 AM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 2/27/2013, 4:09 PM | By Arutz Sheva staff
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference next Monday, it has been confirmed. His speech comes just ahead of President Obama's anticipated visit to Israel later in the month and amid renewed concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The 2013 conference, which will be held March 3-5, in Washington, D.C., will also feature addresses by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, House of Representatives, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD),...
  • Bush Snubs Netanyahu on Israel Visit

    01/07/2008 11:11:37 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 85 replies · 61+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/08 | Hana Levi Julian
    U.S. President George W. Bush has declined to meet with former Prime Minister and current Likud Opposition Leader MK Binyamin Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to Israel, slated to begin on Wednesday, according to the Jerusalem Post. Sources in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima party quoted in the report offered this explanation: “At the White House, they think [Mr. Netanyahu] is a liar because of his behavior when he was prime minister.” Outraged Likud officials accused Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of sabotaging what would normally be a routine meeting between a visiting U.S. President and an Israeli Opposition Leader, a...
  • Israeli lawmaker: Obama is no friend of Israel

    10/09/2012 9:56:52 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:10 PM EDT | unattributed
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A lawmaker from the Israeli prime minister's party is in the United States ahead of the presidential election and has said that President Barack Obama has "not been a friend of Israel." Danny Danon, chairman of Likud's international outreach branch, said in Chicago on Tuesday that Obama's policies have been "catastrophic." Danon said he will also travel to Florida and New York to...
  • Barak vs. Lieberman on Concession to Turkey

    07/22/2011 2:59:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    While the government has thus far refused to apologize to Turkey over a clash aboard a Gaza-bound boat in 2010, senior cabinet ministers are divided on the matter. Foremost among them are Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak; the former staunchly opposes an apology, while the latter supports it. “This is not a legal matter, but rather a political issue, and is not a question of defending IDF soldiers but of neglecting them, of irresponsibility on the diplomatic level,” Lieberman said Thursday. “If there is an apology, that means admitting defeat on the battlefield and the political...
  • Israel wants F-35s despite snubbing Obama

    12/17/2010 8:50:57 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/17/2010 | UPI
    Despite torpedoing U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East peace drive, Israel is still trying to sweet-talk Washington into providing 20 F-35 stealth fighters it promised free of charge in return for a settlements freeze in the occupied West Bank. Washington withdrew the offer after the government of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, dominated by right-wing parties, refused to extend a 10-month halt in settlement building for 90 days, the Palestinian condition for continuing the talks. In the face of Israel's refusal, the U.S. administration withdrew the offer of free F-35s worth $3 billion, along with other incentives it had put...
  • Netanyahu, the anti-Obama

    08/17/2010 5:42:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | 8/17/2010 | George Will
    Two photographs adorn the office of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Together they illuminate a portentous fact: No two leaders of democracies are less alike -- in life experiences, temperaments and political philosophies -- than Netanyahu, the former commando and fierce nationalist, and Barack Obama, the former professor and post-nationalist. One photograph is of Theodor Herzl, born 150 years ago. Dismayed by the eruption of anti-Semitism in France during the Dreyfus Affair at the end of the 19th century, Herzl became Zionism's founding father. Long before the Holocaust, he concluded that Jews could find safety only in a national homeland....
  • Obama's diplomacy, not fully engaged

    05/03/2010 11:10:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 658+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 3, 2010 | Jackson Diehl
    Barack Obama's foreign policy has been defined so far by his attempts to "engage" with adversaries or rivals of the United States, such as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran and Dmitry Medvedev of Russia. The results have been mixed. But now the president's focus is visibly shifting. In the next 18 months, Obama's record abroad will be made or broken by his ability to do business with two nominal U.S. allies: Hamid Karzai and Binyamin Netanyahu. Both men are prickly and somewhat inscrutable... And Obama has not done well. In fact, his treatment of the Israeli and Afghan leaders during...
  • Arab Paper: Iran to target Netanyahu if nuclear sites attacked (note muslim obama not on hit list)

    12/17/2009 10:38:28 AM PST · by Tigen · 26 replies · 1,233+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec 17, 2009 | Reported
    The Kuwaiti newspaper al-Sayissa reported Wednesday that Iran has urgently summoned either Syrian Vice President Farouk Sharaa or Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah. They are apparently being called to the Iranian capital to receive orders to be carried out in the event of Iranian nuclear sites being targeted in war, Israel Radio reported. The newspaper quoted a Gulf state diplomat as saying that Nasrallah will travel to Teheran in the coming days in order to receive his marching-orders. Iranian opposition organizations in Paris told the newspaper that the Iranian intelligence apparatus has established a bank...
  • Gulf war jitters (After Israel's attack on Iran)

    04/14/2009 12:52:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1,703+ views
    United Press International ^ | April 14, 2009 | Arnaud De Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
    Gulf Cooperation Council members -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman -- are getting ready for what many now assume will be retaliation from Iran following Israeli bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities later this year. Up and down the Persian Gulf, Patriot missile batteries have been quietly deployed around key oil installations. The Patriot system is designed to detect, target and then hit incoming missiles that may be no more than 10 to 20 feet long and flying at three to five times the speed of sound. Iran has hundreds of missiles and rockets. There is also...
  • Netanyahu: They vilified me, but I created growth

    05/17/2006 12:08:41 AM PDT · by anotherview · 3 replies · 324+ views
    Globes ^ | 16 May 2006 | Globes’ correspondent
    Netanyahu: They vilified me, but I created growth Likud chair Benjamin Netanyahu: Everyone's taking credit for my economic policies. Globes’ correspondent 16 May 06 12:48Likud chairman MK Benjamin Netanyahu accuses politicians and journalists of collaborating to vilify him and blacken his reputation, even though they knew the truth that his economic doctrine was right.In an interview with IDF Radio (Galei Zahal) this morning, Netanyahu said, “I was targeted because I opposed the disengagement plan. They made political capital out of me and my policies. For months, they presented me as an evil man. Those who viciously and venomously attacked my...
  • Low turnout mars Sharon-less Likud committee event

    11/24/2005 12:17:29 PM PST · by anotherview · 1 replies · 357+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 24 November 2005 | Gil Hoffman
    Nov. 24, 2005 18:47 | Updated Nov. 24, 2005 21:25 Low turnout mars Sharon-less Likud committee event By GIL HOFFMAN The Likud central committee convenes Minister without portfolio Tzahi Hanegbi Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski The first Likud central committee meeting without Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was intended to be a showcase of party unity in the post-Sharon era, but instead it will be remembered for its low turnout. When the event was supposed to start at 5 p.m., the room was nearly empty. It started an hour late and finished shortly thereafter. Organizers said after the event that 911 central committee...
  • Likud To Choose New Leader. Committee approves December primaries

    11/24/2005 9:27:13 AM PST · by anotherview · 14 replies · 410+ views
    Yediot Ahranot ^ | 24 November 2005 | Attila Somfalvi
    Likud to Choose New Leader Likud Committee approves December primariesAmid growing tension among candidates for Likud leadership, ominous polls ahead of March general elections, Likud Central Committee convene in Tel Aviv Thursday to approve December 19 as date for leadership contest Attila Somfalvi Closing in. Mofaz Photo: Gil Yohanan A positive campaign. Netanyahu Photo: AFP Amid the growing tension among the candidates for Likud leadership and the ominous polls ahead of the March general elections, the Likud Central Committee is convening in Tel Aviv Thursday to approve the date for primary elections for party chairmanship and to determine the ordering...
  • Labor ministers sign resignation letters (Israeli Knesset to vote on dissolution)

    11/14/2005 11:24:54 AM PST · by anotherview · 3 replies · 345+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 14 November 2005 | SHEERA CLAIRE FRENKEL AND GIL HOFFMAN
    Nov. 14, 2005 14:29 | Updated Nov. 14, 2005 20:24 Labor ministers sign resignation letters By SHEERA CLAIRE FRENKEL AND GIL HOFFMAN Netanyhau and Peretz, future rivals for top post? Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski [file] In a move signifying their support for Labor Party head Amir Peretz, all eight Labor Party ministers submitted to Peretz letters of resignation from the government Monday evening as per his request. In order for the resignations to take effect, the letters must be submitted to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Peretz, who refused to comment on the resignations, was expected to lead his party out of...
  • The Spies Who Pushed For War

    07/17/2003 5:34:31 AM PDT · by Brian S · 7 replies · 585+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 07-17-03
    Thursday July 17, 2003 The Guardian As the CIA director, George Tenet, arrived at the Senate yesterday to give secret testimony on the Niger uranium affair, it was becoming increasingly clear in Washington that the scandal was only a small, well-documented symptom of a complete breakdown in US intelligence that helped steer America into war. It represents the Bush administration's second catastrophic intelligence failure. But the CIA and FBI's inability to prevent the September 11 attacks was largely due to internal institutional weaknesses. This time the implications are far more damaging for the White House, which stands accused of politicising...
  • (Israeli) PM (Sharon) sees vote against him as 'tantamount to impeachment'

    09/22/2005 9:05:38 PM PDT · by anotherview · 10 replies · 388+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 23 September 2005 | TOVAH LAZAROFF AND JPOST STAFF
    Sep. 23, 2005 0:30 | Updated Sep. 23, 2005 6:05 PM sees vote against him as 'tantamount to impeachment' By TOVAH LAZAROFF AND JPOST STAFF Prime Minister Ariel Sharon considers a loss of support within the Likud Central Committee over the impending leadership race as being "tantamount to political impeachment," one of Sharon's top political aides told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. It is unlikely that Sharon will remain in the Likud if he loses its support this Monday, said the aide, Eyal Arad, and if he does leave he may create a new party. Such an eventuality was not...
  • (Defense Minister Shaul) Mofaz to Bibi (Netanyahu): You’ll destroy Likud

    09/22/2005 8:47:56 PM PDT · by anotherview · 15 replies · 529+ views
    Yediot Ahranot ^ | 22 September 2005 | Attila Somfalvi
    Mofaz to Bibi: You’ll destroy Likud Defense Minister calls on Likud Central Committee members to reject Netanyahu’s initiative to bring the party’s primary elections forward, says, ‘Bibi, if your battle (to push up the primaries) succeeds, you will be remembered as the person who destroyed Likud’ Attila Somfalvi Says Bibi hurt Likud voters. Mofaz Photo: Tzafrir Aviyov Defense minister attacked his economic policy. Netanyahu Photo: Hagai Aharon Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz called Thursday on Likud Central Committee members to reject the proposal to bring the party’s primary elections forward. Mofaz, who spoke during a New Year’s toast, launched a scathing...
  • 24 (West Bank settlement) outposts to be removed

    03/13/2005 9:39:55 PM PST · by anotherview · 4 replies · 384+ views
    Yediot Aharanot ^ | 13 March 2005 | Doron Sheffer and Attila Somfalvi
    24 outposts to be removed Israel will evacuate unauthorized outposts built in March 2001 and later, as stipulated by the road map, Prime Minister Sharon tells United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan; U.N. head is in Israel for new Holocaust museum’s inauguration By Doron Sheffer and Attila Somfalvi Annan, Sharon in good spirits Photo: GPO JERUSALEM - Israel will remove unauthorized outposts built in March 2001 and later, as stipulated by the “road map” peace plan, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan during their meeting Sunday. Sharon’s decision conforms with the position advanced by senior...
  • (Israeli Politics:) A new political map

    03/02/2005 6:59:53 PM PST · by anotherview · 321+ views
    Yediot Ahronot ^ | 9 January 2005 | Yaron London
    A new political map Separate existence of Labor and Likud does not represent new consensus Ehud Barak Photo: AP Benjamin Netanyahu Photo: Alex Kolomoisky Institutions last long after they have stopped being relevant. Some come crashing down suddenly, while others die a slow death. The Labor Party is an example of an institution dying a slow death. It is true some political parties replace their old platform with a newer one, draw younger supporters and offer updated leadership, but there is no sign of this occurring in Labor, which is led by an 81-year-old man, while his apparent successors are...
  • 13% tax break for settlements (within Israel proper) bordering Gaza Strip

    01/19/2005 2:17:34 PM PST · by anotherview · 2 replies · 199+ views
    Globes ^ | 19 January 2005 | Zeev Klein
    13% tax break for settlements bordering Gaza Strip The tax credit will be granted to residents of communities within seven kilometers of the Gaza Strip. Zeev Klein 19 Jan 05 13:58Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu today announced that residents in areas adjacent to the Gaza Strip would soon receive a 13% tax break, similar to the tax break given to residents of Sderot. The ministerial legislation committee this week approved Netanyahu's proposal to grant a 13% tax credit, up to a ceiling of NIS 129,840 a year, for residents of communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip. A draft bill will...
  • Bibi (Israeli Finance Minister Netanyahu) interrupted at Economic Forum by activists

    12/08/2003 1:25:30 PM PST · by anotherview · 3 replies · 156+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 8 December 2003 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Dec. 8, 2003 Bibi interrupted at Economic Forum by activists By JPOST.COM STAFF Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, addressing the closing session of the 2003 Economic Forum, was interrupted social activists who accused him of destroying Israeli society, Monday. Netanyahu told audience members that although his economic program was a painful one, it was the only way of returning the economy to growth. He called upon Bank of Israel governor David Klein to continue lowering interest rates, in order to help the business sector - on one hand - and overdrawn lower classes - on the other. Histadrut Chairman Amir Peretz...
  • S&P confirms Israel rating. Netanyahu: vote of confidence in the government's economic policy

    11/24/2003 2:48:06 PM PST · by anotherview · 152+ views
    Globes ^ | 24 November 2003 | Globes' correspondent
    S&P confirms Israel rating Finance Minister Netanyahu: S&P's decision is a vote of confidence in the government's economic policy. Globes' correspondent 24 Nov 03 17:28Credit rating company Standard & Poor's (S&P) has left its rating for Israel unchanged. The rating will remain at A- for short-term foreign currency debt, and A-1 for long-term foreign currency debt. For local currency debt, the rating is A+ for short-term, and A-1 for long-term. The outlook for Israel's rating remains negative. Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu, who held meeting with the ratings companies in New York two weeks ago, said that S&P's decision was...
  • Israel: Budget, economic arrangement bill goes to Knesset Tuesday

    11/03/2003 1:10:45 PM PST · by anotherview · 125+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3 November 2003 | NINA GILBERT
    Nov. 3, 2003 Budget, economic arrangement bill goes to Knesset Tuesday By NINA GILBERT In spite of the ongoing labor strife, Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's 2004 budget and economic arrangements bill are to be presented before the Knesset on Tuesday. The government is expected to easily win approval for the first reading of the legislation on Wednesday. The NIS 254.7 billion spending package is 3.5 percent less than the 2003 budget. The Knesset opposition announced Monday it would launch a parliamentary and public campaign to provoke negative public opinion against the approval of the budget on December 31. Under an...
  • (Israel) Finance Ministry-Histadrut talks break down -- general strike on November 3rd.

    10/23/2003 3:15:09 PM PDT · by anotherview · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Globes ^ | 23 October 2003 | Sapir Peretz
    Finance Ministry-Histadrut talks break down The Histadrut stands by its decision to launch a general strike on November 3rd. Sapir Peretz 23 Oct 03 15:16This morning's meeting between Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu and Histadrut chairman MK Amir Perez at Kfar Hamaccabi ended without results. The Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) decision to launch a general strike as of November 3 stands. After the meeting, Netanyahu told the media that it was the government job to decide what to do, but it was prepared to negotiate over how to do it. "As for what to do, we...
  • Israeli Defense chiefs agree NIS 2.25b cut in 2003 budget

    03/11/2003 12:38:46 PM PST · by anotherview · 275+ views
    Globes ^ | 11 March 2003 | Zeev Klein and Zvi Lavi
    Defense chiefs agree NIS 2.25b cut in 2003 budget The cut amounts to 40% of the amount originally planned. A top-level meeting will discuss the cut tomorrow. Zeev Klein and Zvi Lavi 11 Mar 03 16:35The Ministry of Defense has consented to a NIS 2.25 billion budget cut, 40% of the NIS 5.5 billion cut passed by the cabinet and the Knesset two months ago. Following sharp disputes between the parties, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon summoned Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz to another discussion tomorrow in Sharon’s office. The Ministry of Finance is demanding...
  • “Decisive” meeting on (Israeli) defense cuts to continue

    03/10/2003 12:27:45 PM PST · by anotherview · 1 replies · 215+ views
    Globes ^ | 10 March 2003 | Zeev Klein
    “Decisive” meeting on defense cuts to continue Finance Ministry insists on NIS 5.5 billion in defense budget cuts. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz is opposed. Zeev Klein 10 Mar 03 16:57Prime Minister Ariel Sharon convened a meeting to discuss the Ministry of Finance’s demand for a deep cut in the defense budget. The meeting, attended by Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz, ended without results. It was agreed that Minister without portfolio Meir Sheetrit would meet Ministry of Defense director general Amos Yaron and other defense establishment officials tonight to try to resolve matters. It was...
  • No decision on aid yet, Rice tells Netanyahu (U.S. aid to Israel)

    03/10/2003 12:17:44 PM PST · by anotherview · 9 replies · 285+ views
    Globes ^ | 10 March 2003 | Zeev Klein
    No decision on aid yet, Rice tells Netanyahu Israel’s minister of finance told the US national security advisor: Don’t forget we support you over Iraq. Zeev Klein 10 Mar 03 09:54Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone with US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice last night about the loan guarantees Israel is requesting from the US. Rice called Netanyahu and told him that the US administration had taken no decision as yet on the aid package Israel is requesting. Netanyahu told Rice that “Israel’s economic situation is extremely difficult.” He pointed out that Israel was supporting the US over...
  • (Israeli Finance Minister) Netanyahu withholds NIS 37m from PA for unpaid sewage bills

    03/10/2003 12:06:32 PM PST · by anotherview · 5 replies · 297+ views
    Globes ^ | 10 March 2003 | David Hayoun
    Netanyahu withholds NIS 37m from PA for unpaid sewage bills This is the first time the Ministry of Finance has withheld tax payments to the Palestinian Authority for unpaid sewage treatment bills. David Hayoun 10 Mar 03 16:16Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu made his first operational decision yesterday since taking office. Sources inform “Globes” that he signed an order withholding NIS 37 million from tax payments to the Palestinian Authority (PA) for unpaid sewage treatment bills. The Ministry of National Infrastructures recommended the measure. This is the first time the Ministry of Finance has withheld money from the PA for...
  • Netanyahu gives TASE (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange) a shot in the arm ("The Bibi Effect")

    02/27/2003 11:11:48 AM PST · by anotherview · 1 replies · 320+ views
    Globes ^ | 27 February 2003 | Yaron Friedman
    Netanyahu gives TASE a shot in the arm For several days, I’ve been predicting that options expiration day would restore the 305-310 level, and that was before one man grabbed the spotlight - Benjamin Netanyahu. Yaron Friedman 27 Feb 03 18:12The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) indices rose today. The Tel Aviv 100 rose 3.18% to 323.63 points, the Tel Aviv 25 index rose 4.37% to 319.02 points, and 3.8% for the week, and the Teltech rose 0.99% to 170.60. Turnover was NIS 537 million. After months of depression, there was a surge of optimism today on the battered local...
  • (Former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu Considering Taking Ministry Of Finance

    02/26/2003 10:23:56 AM PST · by anotherview · 293+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 26 February 2003
    Netanyahu Considering Taking Ministry Of Finance "If Sharon tries to depose Netanyahu, it will lead to World War III in the party." So said Uzi Cohen, a leading member of the Likud Central Committee, to Arutz-7 today. A few minutes later, it was reported that Ariel Sharon had in fact decided to replace Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with Silvan Shalom. Netanyahu, after rejecting Sharon's offer to name him Finance Minister in place of Shalom, apparently changed his mind a few hours later and was considering accepting the post. But let's start at the beginning: Once the Likud completed its negotiations...
  • Sharon's prospective new cabinet

    02/25/2003 1:21:02 PM PST · by anotherview · 2 replies · 220+ views
    Feb. 25, 2003 Sharon's prospective new cabinet By THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF Assuming the rightist National Union goes ahead with plans to sign a coalition agreement tonight with the Likud, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new cabinet will have a number of new players with just several top ministers remaining the same. Binyamin Netanyahu will likely stay on as foreign minister, and Shaul Mofaz will continue as defense minister. Also expected to continue in her post is Education Minister Limor Livnat. The rest of the lineup is likely to be different, according to media reports. Ehud Olmert, the former mayor...
  • (Israeli) Attorney-General slams Belgian court ruling on war crimes (UPDATE)

    02/13/2003 1:00:31 PM PST · by anotherview · 4 replies · 297+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 13 February 2003 | DAN IZENBERG
    Feb. 13, 2003 Attorney-General slams Belgian court ruling on war crimes (UPDATE) By DAN IZENBERG Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein on Thursday blasted the Belgian Supreme Court decision paving the way for the immediate trial of three senior reserve army officers and of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon after he leaves office for their alleged involvement in a 1982 in two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. "The criminal indictment in Belgium regarding (refugee camps) Sabra and Shatilla against Sharon, [Raphael] Eitan, [Amir] Drori and [Amos] Yaron is an injustice, not a search for justice," said Rubinstein. "Anyone who examined this case knows...
  • Sharon mulls offering Netanyahu finance portfolio

    02/06/2003 2:28:03 PM PST · by anotherview · 5 replies · 249+ views
    Globes ^ | 6 February 2003 | Stella Korin-Lieber and Yoav Yitzhak
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  • Sharon to offer Netanyahu foreign ministry after elections

    11/25/2002 3:00:24 PM PST · by anotherview · 4 replies · 229+ views
    Ha'Aretz ^ | 26 November 2002 | Yossi Verter and Avirama Golan
    Tuesday, November 26, 2002 Kislev 21, 5763 Israel Time: 00:54 (GMT+2) Sharon to offer Netanyahu foreign ministry after elections By Yossi Verter and Avirama Golan, Ha'aretz Correspondents, and Ha'aretz Services Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday evening that he would be happy if Benjamin Netanyahu would continue as foreign minister after the elections. "Bibi is a wonderful foreign minister and spokesman, and I hope that he will continue to fulfill these duties within the framework of a broad unity government as long as I am leading it," Sharon said while attending a Likud activists' meeting in Be'er Sheva. At a...
  • FM: Close Jihad offices in Syria (Netanyahu: Just Bad Terrorist)

    11/18/2002 11:32:10 AM PST · by TLBSHOW · 1 replies · 134+ views
    jpost ^ | 11/18/2002 | HERB KEINON
    FM: Close Jihad offices in Syria Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on the diplomatic corps Sunday to demand Syria close the offices of Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations in Damascus as part of the international campaign against terrorism. Netanyahu, who briefed some 80 ambassadors and heads of delegation Jerusalem in light of the attack in Hebron on Friday night that killed 12 people, urged the diplomats to also place diplomatic pressure on Iran, which funds Islamic Jihad. Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the attack. "Only a clear cut and coherent position by the international community can contribute to putting...