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  • Lapid: Israel Owes Its Citizens an Apology

    12/20/2014 3:51:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/12/14 | Orly Harari
    Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid has reached out to Israel's youngest voting population Saturday night, holding a question-and-answer session with 200 members of Yesh Atid at Tel Aviv's Tailor Made club in a pre-election appearance. Lapid was joined by MKs Yaakov Perry, Mickey Levi, Ronen Hoffman, Aliza Lavie, Pnina Tamano-Shata, and Boaz Toporovsky. "Israel owes you an apology," Lapid stated in opening remarks, "because for 20 years it hasn't been working for you." "You are the ones who are here today, you decide to take your destiny in your hands and lead the change," he added. "Yesh Atid came to...
  • Norquist Rallies Conservatives, Libertarians to Oppose Online Gambling Ban

    11/22/2014 7:01:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Neil McCabe
    Conservative advocates, including Grover Norquist and Lawson Bader, joined the fight to stop Congress from banning internet gambling, through H.R. 4301 and S. 2159, companion bills both titled “Restore America's Wire Act” with a blistering coalition letter. “The real intention of this bill is to remove the states' 10th Amendment authority to regulate online gambling as states see fit within their own borders,” the letter said. “We hope you will not allow RAWA to become yet another instance where the federal government expands its encroachment into the states’ purview,” the letter said. “State governments are more than capable of making...
  • Netanyahu to Tell Party Heads: Compromise or Else...

    10/21/2014 11:31:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/10/14 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to warn the heads of the parties in his coalition that unless they compromise on issues of religion and state, the coalition will fall apart and new elections will be held, Channel 2 News reports. According to the report, Netanyahu plans to relay this message in a meeting with the heads of the coalition parties that will be held on Wednesday. The latest crisis in the coalition is centered around Netanyahus sudden decision to drop his support for the Conversion Bill, which was introduced by Hatnua. Mondays decision is being perceived as Netanyahus way of...
  • Isis now 'just one mile from Baghdad' as al-Qaeda joins militants' fight against West

    09/29/2014 7:36:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 09/29/2014 | Jack Moore
    Isis fighters are reportedly just one mile away from Baghdad as reports emerge of al-Qaeda militants bolstering their ranks in Syria. According to the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, Isis was approaching the Iraqi capital on Monday morning, report The Independent. "The Islamic State are now less than 2km away from entering Baghdad," a spokesperson said. "They said it could never happen and now it almost has. Obama says he overestimated what the Iraqi Army could do. Well you only need to be here a very short while to know they can do very very little."...
  • Russia to join coalition against ISIS in Iraq?

    09/26/2014 5:50:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    So they say… kind of. According to state-run TASS, Sergei Lavrov met with new Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi during the UN General Assembly currently taking place in New York, and pledged to support them against ISIS: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed Russia is ready to support Iraq in its efforts to fight the terrorist threat, first of all the one from the Islamic State (IS). Lavrov had meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. …“During the meeting, Lavrov confirmed Russia’s support for Iraq’s independence, territory integrity and sovereignty,” the ministry said....
  • WH: Turkey to join coalition against ISIS

    09/24/2014 1:12:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 24, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Turkey is expected to join a handful of Muslim nations supporting the U.S. fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the White House said Wednesday. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Turkey faced a "complicated situation" but that the NATO ally bordering Syria had a mutual interest in defeating ISIS. "There is a clear interest for Turkey to be involved in this and we do anticipate that they will be working constructively with the broader international coalition to combat ISIL," Earnest said on MSNBC, using an alternate acronym for the group. Turkey has been reluctant to...
  • How Qatar is funding the rise of Islamist extremists

    09/23/2014 7:26:49 PM PDT · by xzins · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 20 Sep 14 | David Blair and Richard Spencer
    From Hamas in the Gaza Strip to radical armed movements in Syria, Qatar's status as a prime sponsor of violent Islamists, including groups linked to al-Qaeda, is clear to diplomats and experts. Qatar's promotion of extremism has so infuriated its neighbours that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates all chose to withdraw their ambassadors from the country in March. Take Syria, where Qatar has been sponsoring the rebellion against Bashar al-Assad's regime. In itself, that policy places Qatar alongside the leading Western powers and much of the Arab world. But Qatar has deliberately channelled guns and cash towards...
  • The muddled strategy of Jubilation T. Obama

    09/20/2014 10:52:32 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 20, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Obamacontinues to insist on leading from behind; that's the most He can do. Who in his right mind would follow Him were He to try to lead from the front?"Moderate" IslamistsCommander in Chief Juilation T. Cornpone Obama, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Hero of the Obama Nation, has His own ideas about the "non-Islamic" Islamic State (IS) with which He is or isn't at war (or going to war) with the help of "moderate" Islamists. It is not out of ignorance that President Obama and Secretary Kerry are denying the Islamic roots of the Islamic State jihadists. As I argued...
  • Kerry 'Won't Rule Out' Military Cooperation With Iran

    09/15/2014 3:00:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/9/14 | Ari Yashar
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Reuters US Secretary of State John Kerry has waffled on his position from last Friday, when he ruled out Iran's participation in a global coalition against Islamic State (ISIS) - on Monday, he said in an interview that he would be open to military cooperation with Iran. Asked in a Yahoo interview whether the US would cooperate militarily with Iran, Kerry did not rule out the option, saying "lets see what Iran might or might not be willing to do before we start making any pronouncements." Kerry elaborated saying "I think we are open...
  • President Obamas Broad Coalition of One

    09/14/2014 7:07:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/14/14 | Dave Huntwork
    If President Obama quickly waffles, loses interest, and walks away from this tough talking but shallow commitment as well, we can then rename it the "Broad Coalition of None." With great fanfare and a nationwide, prime time presidential address to the American people, President Obama announced the formation of a broad coalition that would wage war together to destroy the Islamic State also known as ISIS or ISIL. Although few other details were given about the coalition, a senior administration official said on Wednesday we are very confident that this will be a broad-based coalition with countries from the Arab...
  • Mark Steyn: The Coalition of the Unwilling

    09/13/2014 4:55:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 09/13/2014 | Mark Steyn
    I was overseas when Obama gave his momentous Isis address, but figured I could pretty much guess how things would go. Despite being the greatest orator of the last thousand years, he's a complete bust at selling anything but himself, as comprehensively demonstrated in his first couple of years: see his rhetorical efforts on behalf of ObamaCare, or Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley, or Chicago's Olympics bid. When it comes to war, he suffers from an additional burden: before he can persuade anybody else, he first has to persuade himself. And he can't do it. So he gave the...
  • Britain, Germany: We wont take part in Syria air strikes

    09/11/2014 9:12:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Last night, Barack Obama promised America that he would take the fight to ISIS/ISIL, using a four-pronged strategy that he laid out in his much-anticipated war speech. In each phase of this strategy, Obama insisted, we would be “joined by a broad coalition of partners,” emphases mine: Obama ISIS Speech [FULL] 9/10/14: Outlining a Battle Plan | The New York Times First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces...
  • [Watch] Obama Taking Credit for Building a Coalition That Already Existed Is Not Him....

    09/10/2014 11:42:28 AM PDT · by blueyon · 2 replies
    gopthedailydose.com ^ | 9/09/14 | Rick Wells
    [Watch] Obama Taking Credit for Building a Coalition That Already Existed Is Not Him Putting One Together Hussein Obama is no stranger to assigning unearned blame or to taking undeserved credit for the deeds of others. To hear him tell it, youd almost think he was the one who personally fired the shots that took out Osama bin Laden. Hes been a spectator on the sidelines as the situation deteriorated in Iraq, but now hes publicly positioning himself as being behind the creation of a coalition in the Middle East and North Africa to deal with ISIS. David Rothkopf, CEO...
  • Why is the media committed to the lie that Bush went it alone in Iraq?

    09/03/2014 10:47:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/03/2014 | Noah Rothman
    In spite the Islamic State’s ritualistic beheadings of American citizens, President Barack Obama remains committed to addressing the threat posed by ISIS by internationalizing the response. “If we are joined by the international community,” Obama said on Wednesday, “we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem.”“The question is going to be making sure we’ve got the right strategy but also making sure we’ve got the international will to do it,” he added. “And what we’ve got to do is make sure that...
  • John Kerry: Lets put together a coalition of the willing to defeat ISIS [Cites Bush 41 as model]

    09/02/2014 12:34:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, this sounds a bit like a strategy, does it not? John Kerry’s essay in the New York Times this weekend (in one of the more sleepy news cycles of the year) raises echoes from both Bush administrations in dealing with a clear threat to global security, and in fact explicitly cites the first Bush coalition to repel Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. That has its own irony, but we’ll get back to that in a moment. Kerry prefaces this call for a global coalition on the imminent and clear threat from ISIS, which Kerry argues exceeds that of any...
  • Jewish Home Isn't Leaving Government

    08/28/2014 2:49:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/8/14 | Gil Ronen
    Minister of Construction and Housing, Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home, estimated Thursday that his party will not leave the government anytime soon. Regarding the differences of opinion within the Security Cabinet in the course of the war, Ariel told IDF Radio: I do not think our criticism was illegitimate. Every minister has his opinions and his points of interest and I think that after we voiced our support for the operation, if there are opinions, they should be stated. "There are so many things that we still have to do, that I believe we will not leave the government,...
  • Ukraine prime minister resigns over coalition break up

    07/24/2014 9:09:10 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 7 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 07/24/2014
    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday resigned in a shock move in protest at the disbanding of the ruling parliamentary coalition, plunging the strife-torn nation into political uncertainty. Yatsenyuk said the "government and the prime minister must resign" after the withdrawal of several parties triggered the break up of the European Choice parliamentary majority in a move that paved the way for long-awaited early legislative elections. The formal dissolution of the majority coalition in Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada gives President Petro Poroshenko the right over the next month to announce a fresh parliamentary poll. Poroshenko had pledged...
  • Lapid Slams Annexation Plan, Calls for Resumption of Talks

    06/08/2014 3:44:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/6/14 | Elad Benari
    Finance Minister Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, on Sunday threatened that he would topple the government if it annexes any areas of Judea and Samaria. Speaking at the Herzliya Conference, Lapid said that Israel should prepare maps for the next round of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA). An agreement with the PA...would prevent Israel from being "internationally isolated", will increase personal safety, will help the economy "and above all - will remove from above our heads the threat of becoming a bi-national state, the only meaning of which is the end of Israels existence as...
  • 75,000-member-strong Restoring America Together Network seeks to unite conservatives

    04/26/2014 8:39:45 AM PDT · by forty_years · 6 replies
    Restoring America Together Network ^ | April 25, 2014 | Restoring America Together Network
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Greenville, South Carolina April 25, 2014: Dont tell me whats wrong, we know that; what are we going to do about it to get it fixed? says Rollan Ross passionately, CEO of the 75,000-member-strong, pan-conservative grassroots Restoring America Together Network (RAT). He adds, Everybody complains about our country and the direction in which it is going. We know that. What are we going to do about it? Our groups are focused on that goal! RAT adds hundreds of members each day as many U.S. citizens are naturally drawn to the groups simple yet succinct and elegant...
  • Bennett dismisses land swaps with Palestinians for peace, security

    01/07/2014 8:12:13 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/1/14 | Tovah Lazaroff, Gil Hoffman
    Bayit Yehudi chairman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett dismissed on Tuesday the possibility of swapping land with the Palestinians for peace or security. The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations "have only brought us terror," Bennett said at an Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference. He further warned that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state under any future peace deal will lead to terror. The Palestinian children who were born at the time the 1993 Oslo accord was agreed upon are now 21 and have grown up on incitement, he said. "No piece of paper will change this." Bennett turned...
  • Lib Dems have held us back, says Cameron: PM says Britain deserves a more accountable Government

    12/10/2013 11:46:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:20 EST, 10 December 2013 | James Chapman
    Britain deserves a more accountable, more decisive Government than the coalition that would do more to cut tax, go further on welfare reform and reform human rights law, David Cameron has said. The Prime Minister said he very passionately wants to lead a single party administration after the election, complaining that the Liberal Democrats have held the Conservatives back in a series of key areas. He hinted that he would ultimately like to cut the top rate of income tax to 40 percenta move said to have been vetoed by the Lib Dems, who wanted it reduced from 50p to...
  • Again? Third of Germans want fresh elections

    10/10/2013 12:08:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Oct 2013 16:30 CET | (The Local/jlb)
    One in three Germans want a second election, a survey released on Thursday showedjust hours before talks were set to start between Merkels Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) and the Green Party to explore a potential coalition partnership. Merkels CDU/CSU, despite securing its most convincing win since German reunification, was caught out by the dramatic events of election night. Not only did her party just fall short of an absolute majority needed to rule alone, but the chancellors previous coalition partners, the Free Democrats (FDP) were booted out of parliament. In the 30-44 age bracket, 40 percent would support fresh...
  • Morning Bell: Will Unions Want to Repeal Obamacare?

    09/16/2013 2:40:27 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    http://blog.heritage.org ^ | September 16, 2013 | Chris Jacobs
    In a typical Friday afternoon news dump, the Treasury Department announced it could not grant unions request for another special Obamacare break. This time, unions had lobbied the Administration to let union-run, multi-employer plans receive taxpayer-funded insurance subsidies on the new exchanges. These subsidies would be in addition to the tax break that multi-employer plans, like health plans offered by all employers, already receive. Union leaders wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in July asking for the Obamacare fix, stating that their progressive vision has come back to haunt us:
  • Why can't the community organizer organize a community?

    09/07/2013 11:35:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9-7-13 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    As you may recall, much of Senator Obama's message in 2008 was about international coalitions. He mocked President Bush for "going at it alone." I guess that 40-something countries in Iraq was not a big enough coalition. Or, having UK, Canadian and other NATO soldiers take bullets in Afghanistan was not enough either. Today, President Obama stands alone in the world. He can't even get the UK in Syria. He has found some "moral support" but no one is offering airplanes or missiles. President Obama is saying that the world drew a "red line." However, no one seems ready to...
  • Abbott to govern with 30-seat majority (official - conservative victory in Australian election)

    09/07/2013 5:24:25 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 62 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 7th September 2013 | Paul Osborne
    THE federal Liberal-National coalition is likely to govern with a majority of at least 30 seats after a swing of just over three per cent against Labor. The ALP has become the first two-term federal government to be thrown out of office since Gough Whitlam's regime in 1975. Tony Abbott's coalition is on track to pick up 90 seats, with Labor holding 57, in the 150-seat parliament, but it won't have a majority in the Senate.
  • LIVE THREAD: Australian Federal Election Count as it happens

    09/07/2013 12:49:49 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 124 replies
    7th September 2013
    We have had Live Threads here at Freerepublic for the count for the last three Australian Federal elections - in 2004 which ended in conservative victory, then again in 2007 which ended in defeat for the conservatives and a Labor government, and then again in 2010 which gave us a hung Parliament, where Labor continued governing with the support of the Greens and independents. This is the live thread for 2013 - polls close and the count begins in about 10 minutes. Polls and exit polls indicate a victory for the conservative coalition under Tony Abbott is highly likely. A...
  • UK, Germany, Italy out, France still in on Syria strike (Where's the coalition of the willing?)

    08/30/2013 7:18:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2013 | BRUCE MCQUAIN
    After the stunning “no” vote in the UK Parliament, President Obama’s “coalition” partners have pretty much dwindled to … France. The British parliament voted late Thursday against military action in Syria, whittling down the core of the planned coalition to the United States and France. Italy and Germany have said they won’t take part in any military action.The British ‘no’ vote raised questions about France’s participation — and ratcheted up pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama, who is also facing domestic skepticism about military intervention in Syria.Amid the resistance, the U.S. administration shared intelligence with lawmakers Thursday aimed at convincing...
  • What's So Great About Coalitions?

    08/30/2013 4:33:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    This week the United Kingdom, with the support of the U.S. and France, scrambled -- in vain -- to get the approval of the United Nations Security Council for a military strike on Syria. I can certainly understand why some see this as a legal or political necessity. International law says that nations should seek approval of the Security Council before attacking other nations. That means if the United States attacks Syria without U.N. approval, President Obama will open himself to the charge from the left of being even more of an international war criminal than George W. Bush, who...
  • Australia's Abbott on track for election victory: poll

    08/13/2013 9:41:12 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon, Aug 12, 2013 | AFP News
    Australia's conservatives led by Tony Abbott are maintaining an election-winning lead over Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a poll showed Monday, after a first leaders' debate was widely called a draw. As the race to September 7 elections entered its second week, a Newspoll published in The Australian had Abbott's coalition leading Labor 52 percent to 48 percent on a two-party basis, the same as a week ago.
  • The saddest, albeit possibly most accurate short message you will read

    06/03/2013 10:44:45 PM PDT · by Alaska Wolf · 44 replies
    The Coffee Shop ^ | March 25, 2013 | a USMC Vet
    The saddest, albeit possibly most accurate short message you will read The American Dream ended (on November 6th) in Ohio . The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind. A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Gays, Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media, Hollywood , uninformed young people, the "forever needy," the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other "fellow travelers" have ended Norman Rockwell's America . The Cocker Spaniel is...
  • Assad: Syria transition talks are internal matter

    05/18/2013 4:36:54 PM PDT · by haffast · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2013 4:36pm | KARIN LAUB and Bassem Mroue
    BEIRUT (AP) Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a newspaper interview Saturday he won't step down before elections and that the United States has no right to interfere in his country's politics, raising new doubts about a U.S-Russian effort to get Assad and his opponents to negotiate an end to the country's civil war. In the capital Damascus, a car bomb killed at least three people and wounded five, according to Syrian state TV. It said bomb experts dismantled other explosives in the area. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group, said eight people were killed,...
  • Bloomberg coalition mayor under investigation for gun crime

    03/18/2013 8:45:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 3/18/13 | David Codrea
    "Marcus Hook mayor under investigation over gun incident, a Saturday Philly.com report revealed. The mayor of tiny Marcus Hook, who just last year was a guest at the President's State of the Union address, is under investigation for allegedly shooting a gun in his house and giving alcohol to a 20-year-old whom he threatened to hold hostage, the report continues. On top of that, the report says Mayor James D. Schiliro ordered a borough police officer to pick up the 20-year-old, who was at a friend's home, in a police vehicle and bring him to Schiliro's home. What his authority...
  • After days of haggling, PM strikes coalition deal

    03/14/2013 6:43:54 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/13/2013 | LAHAV HARKOV
    Likud Beytenu, the Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid reached the final stages of coalition talks Wednesday night, with Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett negotiating to break the impasse between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid. After days of arguing over the Education and Interior portfolios, the number of ministries in the government, the Knesset Finance Committee, and changing Hatnua's coalition deal, the parties reached an apparent compromise brokered by Bennett on Monday evening, meeting late at night to iron out the final details. Shai Piron of Yesh Atid will be Education Minister, while the Likud's Gideon...
  • Likud Responds to Bennett: 1st to Receive Offer to Join

    03/02/2013 3:41:43 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/13
    A Likud source responded Saturday night to a claim made by the Jewish Home party's Naftali Bennett, alleging that, "In the days immediately following the elections, Likud refused to speak with the Jewish Home," The source claimed otherwise. "The Jewish Home party was the first party to receive an offer to join the government led by Netanyahu,"...
  • Netanyahu Before the Election: Livni Won't Lead Peace Talks

    02/21/2013 4:16:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/2/13 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will allow Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni to lead the peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, as part of the coalition agreement between the two, but just several months ago Netanyahu made statements that said exactly the opposite. During the election campaign, Netanyahu had reportedly made clear to several of his senior staff that no talks were taking place with Livni or other members of her party, and that the chances of her joining the next government with him as Prime Minister were nil. Livni managed the negotiations with the Palestinians poorly, Netanyahu was quoted in December...
  • Op-Ed: The Lapid Factor in the Coalition Equation

    01/26/2013 3:59:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/1/13 | David Rubin
    After Likud Beytenus Pyrrhic victory in the Israeli elections, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will most likely be confronted with the formidable task of piecing together a new coalition. Given the diverse group of potential partners, this will be no easy task. First and foremost in this cast of characters is Yesh Atid, led by popular TV personality Yair Lapid, who surprised everyone by becoming the second largest party in the incoming Knesset. It now seems clear that the key to the new coalition is in its hands. Defining his party as Center rather than Left, Lapid has been quite clear...
  • Bennett: Greater Israel is Not Our Main Issue

    01/14/2013 4:45:41 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/13
    Chairman Naftali Bennett and members of Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) want to be members of a government led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to a Monday report by the Ha'aretz daily. The newspaper quoted Bennet as saying, "We'll be responsible partners." He made it clear, "We're not coming to explode the government two months after we join it. We're not coming to bring the government for any reason." Bennett said, "As long as there's o decision to give away land, we have no reason to leave the government. On the contrary, we are coming with a...
  • Lapid : If Livni Stays Out of Coalition, So will

    01/05/2013 2:31:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Yesh Atid (Future) chairman Yair Lapid shot down on Saturday the idea of forming an anti-Likud bloc with Labor and Tzipi Livni's party, but then gave it his conditional consent. The idea was floated Friday night by Livni in a live Channel 2 television appearance, then seconded by MK Shelly Yechimovich, who heads Labor. .... Lapid wrote on his Facebook page that he would meet Yechimovich and Livni, but added, "I have no interest in joining a 'blocking bloc' because it is not my habit to boycott people and parties." "In the meeting, I will suggest to them that, in...
  • Poll: Likud Beyteinu-39, Labor-19

    12/06/2012 5:34:59 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    A Panels Politics Institute poll...predicts the following elections results were they to take place today, before the resignation of Amir Peretz: Likud Beyteinu-39, Labor-19, Jewish Home-12, Shas-10, Yesh Atid-8, The Movement-6, UTJ-5, Meretz-5.
  • Explosions, shooting heard at U.S. base in Afghanistan

    12/01/2012 8:34:21 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 1, 2012 | (Reporting by Rafiq Shirzad; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Ron Popeski)
    (Reuters) - Two explosions and shooting were heard at a U.S. base in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, a Reuters witness said. The Taliban said they carried out an attack on the compound and inflicted casualties. NATO officials were not immediately available for comment. Security forces surrounded the area. "We can confirm there have been multiple explosions in the vicinity of the Jalalabad airfield," the U.S.-led coalition said in a statemen. "Currently, ISAF officials are on the scene gathering facts, and as more information becomes available, we will release it as appropriate."
  • As November election nears, splits in Democratic coalition resurface

    06/11/2012 2:37:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/11/12 | Niall Stanage
    As November election nears, splits in Democratic coalition resurfaceBy Niall Stanage - 06/11/12 05:00 AM ET Divisions in the Democratic coalition have burst into view, endangering both President Obama and his party colleagues in Congress as Novembers election nears. Fissures have opened over everything from tax policy and former President Bill Clintons off-message comments to recriminations following the partys fiasco in the Wisconsin recall, which some say should have been avoided. Democrats disagree over the wisdom of Obamas attacks on Republican Mitt Romneys private equity background at Bain Capital and are split over the proposed construction of the Keystone XL...
  • Netanyahu to Abbas: 'Give Peace a Chance'

    05/30/2012 4:14:25 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he believes his 94-seat super-coalition is a historic opportunity and mandate for peace. "On the peace process," Netanyahu told attendees at an Institute for National Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv. "We are 94 Members of Knesset. This is an opportunity to advance the peace process, an opportunity which may not repeat itself, in my opinion, in the next ten years." "Waiting and inaction lead to the mere illusion of quiet. We're on borrowed time," Netanyahu warned. "We will get stuck in a corner, or we'll arrive at a wall, and...
  • Coalition for American Values

    05/11/2012 12:07:56 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 1 replies
    Website ^ | 5/11/2012 | Self
    Just got a call from these guys looking for cash for Joe the Plumber. Is this legit?
  • My old friend PM Netanyahu has done the impossible!

    05/09/2012 8:55:07 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Prayer Team ^ | 5/9/12 | Mike Evans
    More than 30 years ago, I anointed a young man named Benjamin Netanyahu and prophesied that he would be the Prime Minister of Israel. At the time, he was not involved in politics, and I went to Prime Minister Menachem Begin and recommended Netanyahu for his first appointment. Today my old friend is indeed the Prime Minister, and he has just accomplished something never before seen in Israels history. Israels government is a parliamentary system (like Englands) with many political parties. The Prime Minister has just created the strongest coalition government Israel has ever known by bringing the largest opposition...
  • First coalition attempt fails in Greece

    05/08/2012 1:20:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 08.05.12 @ 08:40 (May 8) | Valentina Pop
    Greek Conservatives failed to cobble together a coalition on Monday (7 May), with leftist leader Alexis Tsipras set to try and form a government opposing the "barbaric" bailout, a move that would put into question the country's future in the eurozone. "I tried to find a solution for a government of national salvation, with two aims: for the country to remain in the euro and to change the policy of the bailout by renegotiation," Conservative leader Antonis Samaras said in a televised address on Monday. "We directed our proposal to all the parties that could have participated in such an...
  • Governments Fate Rests on Samaria Town

    04/20/2012 12:55:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/4/12 | Maayana Miskin
    The government will stand or fall in the next two weeks depending on what happens in the Israeli community of Beit El, north of Jerusalem. Ministers have informed Netanyahu that if the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El is destroyed, his coalition will follow. The warning came during a cabinet meeting in which the timetable for Judea and Samaria demolitions was revealed. Ulpana is scheduled to be demolished on May 1, the Givat Assaf community several weeks later, and Migron on August 1. Ministers told Netanyahu that the timetable is irrelevant, because if the May 1 destruction of Ulpana were to...
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    Ralph Reed speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
  • Jewish Home Party Will Quit Over Migron Demolition

    01/11/2012 4:35:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/1/12
    Members of the Jewish Home Party met on Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and told him that if any houses in Migron are forcibly evicted and demolished, they will pull out of the government coalition. They met with PM Netanyahu to discuss a new bill which would lead to the legalization of new development communities in Judea and Samaria such as Migron. Prime Minister Netanyahu informing them that he opposed legislation...
  • New Democrat Coalition to release white paper on health policy priorities (Obamacare $$$)

    12/11/2011 11:47:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/09/11 | KATE NOCERA
    New Democrat Coalition to release white paper on health policy prioritiesBy KATE NOCERA | 12/09/11 9:27 AM EDT NEW DEM COALITION: CH-CH-CHANGEEESSS A group of centrist House Democrats are set to release a white paper today laying out some policy priorities and goals they have for reforming pieces of the health care system. Among them: a new Medicare payment system that rewards quality, new delivery models that increase efficiency, an FDA approval process that moves more quickly and widespread adoption of health IT systems. New Democrat Coalition health care task force co-leader Rep. Allyson Schwartz said the goal is to...
  • Why Obamas 2008 Coalition Wont Save Him This Time

    11/08/2011 6:02:58 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 3 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 11-8-11 | William Galston
    The latest Gallup report, based on a massive sample of more than 39,000 adults, contains troubling news for Democrats. Individuals identifying with the Democratic Party are a smaller share of the American people than they were early in 2008, and their views are less representative of the people as a whole. This means that the Obama team, which faces the crucial choice of either doubling down on its 2008 winning mix of professionals, young people, and minorities or rebuilding support among Independents in the heartland, should emphasize the latter option. Any general election strategy that relies solely on mobilizing the...