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  • Lapid Says Elections Are a 'Very Bad Idea'

    11/16/2014 9:46:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/14 | Ido Ben Porat & Elad Benari
    Finance Minister Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, sought to calm tensions on Sunday, amid reports that the tensions in the coalition are great and that elections are imminent. "I never threatened to leave the government, so this threat is not serious," Lapid told Channel 10 News, adding, “People with interests, members of central committees of parties” are stirring up trouble and trying to block the state budget from passing in the Knesset. "We submitted to the government a budget, perhaps the most social budget we’ve had here in years,” he continued. “Additional budgets to health, education, welfare,...
  • John Kerry’s Jewish Best Friends

    04/29/2014 8:57:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | April 29, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Anti-Semitism is not a simple bigotry. It is a complex neurosis. It involves assigning malign intent to Jews where none exists on the one hand, and rejecting reason as a basis for understanding the world and operating within it on the other hand. John Kerry’s recent use of the term “Apartheid” in reference to Israel’s future was an anti-Semitic act. In remarks before the Trilateral Commission a few days after PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas signed a unity deal with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups, Kerry said that if Israel doesn’t cut a deal with the Palestinians soon, it...
  • Jewish Home Unfazed by Lapid's Threat

    12/08/2013 12:45:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    The Jewish Home party responded coolly Sunday to a thinly veiled threat by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, the head of the Yesh Atid party, to remove the Jewish Home from the Coalition and replace it with another party if negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) make progress. "The person who assembles the Coalition is the prime minister," said Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked, "and he will decide who will be in the Coalition." When she was asked by Channel 2's reporter about the negotiations with the PA, Shaked replied, "As we have already said in the past, as long as...
  • Israel will make 'dramatic decisions' for peace, negotiator says

    08/20/2013 10:01:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 20, 2013 | by Jeffrey Heller
    U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will result in dramatic Israeli decisions, the chief Israeli negotiator predicted on Tuesday. Tzipi Livni coupled her forecast with acknowledgement that at least one partner in Israel's right-wing coalition opposed the goal set by the United States, which is brokering the talks, to create a Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel. Livni, speaking on Israel Radio, said "there will be dramatic decisions" by Israel at the end, and negotiators had agreed not to disclose details about their deliberations in order to build trust. "We are arguing, but we are arguing inside the...
  • Minister Ariel the New Target for Far-Left Anger

    08/11/2013 3:59:49 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/8/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) has become a target for left-wing anger. Ariel’s encouragement of housing projects built for Jews in Jerusalem has led various groups to accuse him of trying to “mess up the peace talks.” The latest such project is an initiative to build 63 housing units between the majority-Jewish neighborhood of Armon Hanetziv and the majority-Arab Jabal Mukaber neighborhood. The new homes will be marketed to Israelis. Ariel will be at the site on Sunday for the inauguration of the new project, as will Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Leftist activists published statements expressing their frustration with...
  • Israeli, Palestinian leaders to resume long-stalled peace talks Monday in Washington

    07/28/2013 5:56:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2013 | Fox News
    Israeli and Palestinian leaders will resume face-to-face peace talks on Monday in Washington, the State Department said Sunday. The restart of the long-stalled talks is being attributed to Secretary of State John Kerry's six months of frenetic shuttle diplomacy. Agency spokeswoman Jen Psaki said both sides had accepted invitations from Kerry to come to Washington "to formally resume direct final status negotiations" that are scheduled to begin Monday evening and continue Tuesday. Psaki said in a statement that Kerry on Sunday called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and that the leaders agreed the talks would...
  • Happy birthday, Mr. President (Peres/Israel - Left love-fest/Barf Alert)

    06/18/2013 5:45:07 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 19, 2013, 2:21 am | Jessica Steinberg
    It was a love fest at Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday party Tuesday night, as world leaders, beloved performers and regular folk spoke, sang, and sent their messages of love and affection for the president, former prime minister, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Peres sat flanked by former US president Bill Clinton and Jewish stage diva Barbra Streisand on his right, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on his left. Behind them was an auditorium full of who’s who in Israel and abroad, from actors Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone, Prince Albert of Monaco and Chicago mayor...
  • Amid uproar, deputy defense minister stands by rejection of two states (Danon - Israel)

    06/09/2013 6:13:35 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 9, 2013, 12:20 pm | Ilan Ben Zion
    Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) on Sunday stuck to his guns and defended statements he’d made to The Times of Israel last week in which he claimed that most of those in the coalition are opposed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Oy vey! Is it such a criminal offense to oppose a two-state solution?” he said in an interview with Army Radio. snip Coalition members voiced outrage Sunday at Danon’s statements, while opposition MKs called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remove the deputy defense minister from his post. Labor Party MK Nahman Shai told Israel...
  • Tel Aviv celebrates gay pride festival with record-breaking participation of 100,000

    06/07/2013 6:22:32 PM PDT · by haffast · 32 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 7, 2013, 8:05 am | Ricky Ben-David and Yoel Goldman
    Tel Aviv hosted its 15th annual Gay Pride Festival on Friday, with a record-breaking 100,000 spectators and participants attending the celebrations, including droves of tourists from all over the world. The Festival began at 10 a.m. at Gan Meir park, home to the city’s gay community center, and featured performances, speeches and music. A massive parade of tens of thousands of participants started at 1 p.m., making its way from the park through central Tel Aviv and culminating at the iconic Gordon Beach. Attendees at the event included Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Minister of Culture and...
  • Israel’s gay immigrants are short on language but long on pride

    06/05/2013 5:10:12 AM PDT · by haffast · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 4, 2013, 6:55 pm | Debra Kamin
    A few years ago, a gay English-speaking immigrant to Israel was standing in line at the post office for the very first time. Wary of using his limited Hebrew at the counter, the man, Phil, turned to a gentleman standing behind him and asked him if he spoke Hebrew and could help. That man didn’t just speak Hebrew. He was also gay, and friendly, and within days of that chance meeting waiting in line for postage stamps, Phil found himself completely tapped into the LGBT community in Israel. snip “If this group didn’t exist, I don’t know how I would...
  • US, Israel raise hopes for Mideast peace restart

    05/23/2013 7:35:59 AM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5-23-2013 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and JOSEF FEDERMAN
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States and Israel raised hopes Thursday for a restart of the Middle East peace process, despite little tangible progress so far from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's two-month-old effort to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. As they met in Jerusalem, Kerry praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the "seriousness" with which he is looking at ways to revitalize peace hopes. Kerry expressed optimism without outlining any concrete strategy for ending a stalemate between the two sides that has seen them hardly negotiate one-on-one at all over the last 4½...
  • Kerry to return for a new effort on Mideast peace

    05/08/2013 2:02:50 PM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5-8-2013 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    ROME (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he would depart in two weeks on another trip to the Middle East to push peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Speaking to reporters alongside Israeli peace negotiator Tzipi Livni, Kerry said he'd depart on his fourth trip to the Jewish state as America's top diplomat around May 21 or 22. He will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. "We are working through threshold questions," Kerry said, ahead of his private talks with Livni in Rome. "We're doing it with a seriousness of purpose that...
  • Canada's FM Meets Livni in Eastern Jerusalem, PA Fumes

    04/12/2013 6:39:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 4/13/13 | Elad Benari
    The Palestinian Authority is fuming after Canada’s Foreign Minister, John Baird, met Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni in her eastern Jerusalem office this week. Such a move is normally avoided by visiting diplomats since world countries do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over eastern Jerusalem, which it liberated during the 1967 Six Day War. "The visit is a slap in the face to the Palestinian people," former Palestinian Authority foreign minister Nabil Shaath wrote in a commentary published by Canada's daily Globe and Mail on Friday.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu Overplayed Hand in Talks With Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett

    02/27/2013 6:14:58 AM PST · by haffast · 3 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | February 27, 2013, issue of March 08, 2013 | Geoffrey Levin
    It could have been easy. January 22 was not a good day for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it could have been far worse. The 2013 parliamentary elections meant that for the first time in his long political career, he would be leading the largest in the Knesset. Though his joint Likud-Beitenu list won only 31 seats — around 23% of the vote — Israel’s center-left was fractured and it always appeared certain that Bibi would keep his job. After all, despite his party’s underwhelming performance, there appeared to be two options for coalitions he could easily form. The...
  • Livni quits Knesset, vows to stay in public life

    05/01/2012 9:22:47 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/1/2012 | LAHAV HARKOV
    Former opposition and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni resigned from the Knesset and her party on Tuesday, saying she will continue working to better Israel’s future. “My principles and my values require me to leave the Kadima faction in the Knesset,” she explained. “I have always said a seat is not everything, and at this point I must leave my seat in the Knesset.” Livni’s resignation came a month after her loss to Shaul Mofaz in the Kadima leadership race. In the weeks following Mofaz’s victory, Livni hid from the public eye, making few statements only on Facebook or Twitter and...
  • Livni: Building Decision Could Backfire on Israel

    11/02/2011 5:58:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/11 | David Lev
    The announcement by Israel that it is to build several thousand homes in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Ma'ale Adumim is a “punishment” against the Palestinian Authority for its being accepted into UNESCO as a full member, Kadima head Tsipi Livni said Wednesday – and this will not help Israel retain the blocs in a final status agreement. Livni met with Palestinian Authority head negotiator Sa'eb Erekat during a security conference in Tel Aviv Wednesday. Speaking at the conference, Livni said that “construction as a method of punishing the Palestinians will simply not be understood. It won't help keep the blocs...
  • After Livni Trashes Religious Jews, MK Eichler says Livni is Upset Because of Bad Polls

    09/04/2011 1:59:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Baltimore Jewish Life ^ | 9/4/11 | Gil Ronen
    UTJ Chairman says Chareidi Jews are the ones hardest hit by Likud and Kadima's "disastrous" policies. MK Rav Yisrael Eichler, Chairman of the hareidi United Torah Judaism faction in the Knesset, lambasted Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni over the diatribe she directed Saturday night at hareidi Jews and settlers in Judea and Samaria. "The angry outburst by Kadima chairwoman Mrs. Livni, according to which hareidim get everything through blackmail and therefore do not take part in the social protest, stems from Kadima's drastic downturn in the polls, with a loss of ten Knesset seats." "The protesters know that Kadima and Netanyahu...
  • Q&A: Tzipi Livni-The Kadima leader says Israel is not the safest place in the world for Jews

    10/10/2010 9:50:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | October 8, 2010 | David Samuels
    When Tzipi Livni is uncomfortable with a question, she shifts in her chair. When she is called upon to lie or evade, she blushes. If something strikes her as funny, she laughs. She is not naturally inclined toward paradox or irony. Her patent lack of interest in deception makes politics seem like an odd career choice. In a country and a region led by men with outsize egos and florid personality disorders, the leader of Israel’s opposition Kadima party is an anomaly because she seems so resolutely normal—the hard-working child of ideologues who devoted their lives to building the state....
  • Has Obama Joined Hands With Livni's Kadima To Topple Netanyahu?

    03/29/2010 9:28:51 AM PDT · by JLWORK · 13 replies · 825+ views
    David Horowitz's ^ | March 29, 2010 | John L. Work
    Over in Israel Caroline Glick makes a strong case that the Obama Administration has joined hands with Tzipi Livni’s (photo with Obama above) liberal, jihad-conciliatory Kadima party to topple Binyamin Netanyahu from power. On her blog Glick, a former Captain in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) for over five years, and Deputy Managing Editor of The Jerusalem Post, lays out the carefully-planned sequence of events that led up to the beginning of Obama’s diplomatic assault on Israel and his snubbing of Netanyahu at The White House. It is a convoluted, complicated, and believable scenario construct worthy of an Academy Award-quality...
  • Obama's Jewish Defenders

    03/28/2010 9:32:56 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 14 replies · 642+ views ^ | March 28, 2010 | Caroline Glick
    Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama opened a diplomatic war on Israel. The proximate cause of his offensive was the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Board's decision to approve the future construction of 1,600 housing units in northern Jerusalem. The goal of the assault is twofold. First, it seeks to undermine the legitimacy of Israel's control over Jerusalem in order to weaken Israel's standing among the American public. As Obama advisor Martin Indyk mocked, Obama's onslaught against Israel has made the Netanyahu government "supersensitive," about Jerusalem. Second, as Obama's advisors explained to The Atlantic, through his unprecedented attacks on Israel's...
  • Outraged Jerusalem says Livni warrant threatens ties with UK

    12/15/2009 10:49:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 633+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/15/09 | HERB KEINON
    British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called Kadima head Tzipi Livni and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Tuesday evening in an apparent effort to prevent the diplomatic crisis stemming from a British arrest warrant issued against Livni from spinning completely out of control. Israeli officials react to Livni's UK arrest warrant According to a statement put out by Livni's office, Miliband expressed his "shock" at the arrest warrant and promised to work immediately to ensure that a similar occurrence would not happen in the future against Livni or other Israeli leaders. Miliband told Lieberman that the warrant was "completely unacceptable."
  • Israel confirms U.K. arrest warrant against Livni

    12/14/2009 1:31:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 894+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 12/14/09 |
    Senior officials in Israel confirmed reports on Monday that a British court issued an arrest warrant against opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni for her role in orchestrating Israel's military offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip nearly a year ago. The request for the warrant was submitted by a pro-Palestinian organization. Livni served as foreign minister alongside Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak during the Israel Defense Forces offensive in Gaza. The three figures comprised the "troika" of top decision-makers who charted the course of the war. A Earlier Monday, Arab-language media reported that Livni canceled her participation...
  • Can Wine and Fruit Promote Truth?

    09/16/2009 3:17:18 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 5 replies · 287+ views
    "Postcards from Israel - Postcards from America" ^ | September 16, 2009 | Norma Zager
    Can Wine and Fruit Promote Truth? By Norma Zager “That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.” Lise Hand In today’s world it seems more difficult than ever to maintain a civil discourse. The meeting of minds is often no more civil than ten rounds at Madison Square Garden, with all the blood and sweat necessary to exert a knockout punch. The other evening, Soraya and Isaac Nazarian invited us to...
  • Lieberman unruffled by Abbas comments

    07/13/2009 2:44:30 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 1,012+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jul 13, 2009 | GIL HOFFMAN AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman disregarded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's provocative statements on how he would have constructed the Israeli government, were he prime minister, as an attempt by an illegitimate leader to gain ground by extreme declarations. "Abu Mazen [Abbas] isn't exactly legitimate, hence neither is his new demand, or suggestion, to replace Lieberman with Tzipi Livni. I see such advice as a blessing. His demand to cease settlement construction is nothing more than an expression of his distress and incompetence," he told Israel Radio on Monday, noting that the lower Abu Mazen's legitimacy drops, the harsher his demands...
  • Livni: Netanyahu doesn't really believe in two-state solution

    07/06/2009 8:58:25 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 33 replies · 1,346+ views
    ha'aretz ^ | 18:42 06/07/2009 | haaretz
    Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Monday questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a highly anticipated foreign policy address at Bar-Ilan University last month, Netanyahu said he would be ready to agree to a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside Israel, a reversal of the premier's longstanding opposition to a two-state solution. In remarks to lawmakers at the Knesset, the former foreign minister accused the premier of paying lip service to the concept of a Palestinian state. In remarks to lawmakers at the Knesset, the former foreign minister accused the premier of paying lip...
  • One Roadmap, Two Opinions: Livni vs. Lieberman

    05/26/2009 12:43:21 PM PDT · by Tzvi · 3 replies · 411+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 26. 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) and his predecessor, Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni, looked at the American Roadmap Tuesday and found two different directions.
  • A Profoundly Different Livni

    02/23/2009 9:57:13 AM PST · by Jbny · 12 replies · 537+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | February 23, 2009 | Shmuel Rosner
    Coalition talks in Israel seem to be headed in what most Israeli voters consider the wrong direction — that is, the negotiation of a right-wing Netanyahu government with no Kadima and no Labor. This is troubling to many Israelis, whose primary concern is accountable leadership. Political columnist Sima Kadmon explained in his plea to Livni last week:
  • Netanyahu, Livni hold first post-election talks (Bibi: says can work with Obama)

    02/22/2009 5:32:09 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 14 replies · 618+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/22/09 | Allyn Fisher-Ilan
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's political rivals Benjamin Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni agreed to hold further talks about a future government at their first meeting on Sunday since an inconclusive February 10 election. Netanyahu, head of the hawkish Likud party, whom President Shimon Peres asked on Friday to form a new ruling coalition, vowed to press on with efforts to persuade centrist leader Livni, Israel's foreign minister, to join him in a government. He called it "the challenge of the hour and the will of the Israeli people" for Israel's two largest political forces to rule jointly to confront what they...
  • Netanyahu Wins - Obamacrats, AP, U.N., Europe, Hamas, Livni Lose

    02/21/2009 5:45:39 AM PST · by joeclarke · 16 replies · 940+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 02/20/2009 | JoeClarke.Net
    The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the Obama administration is "worried" over the selection of "right-winger" Benjamin Netanyahu over the softer, gentler lady Zippy Livni. I am not certain, but she possibly obtained her nickname from her habit of wanting to zip away from Israel's enemies when they attack - as Barack seemed to favor, before he was in favor of the of the war which he opposed. Sorry, for the unclear jargon as the new Democrat administration tends to prevaricate every issue. "Bebe" Netanyahu miraculously won this election against Zippy, who actually won a majority of the Parliamentary...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed as Israel PM

    02/19/2009 5:28:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 1,137+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/19/2009 | Dina Kraft in Tel Aviv
    Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of Israel's Right-wing Likud party, has won the endorsement of Israel's 'kingmaker' in a crucial step towards becoming prime minister. Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, formally recommended that President Shimon Peres send for Mr Netanyahu and make him prime minister. Consequently, Israel may soon have a hardline, Right-wing government that may prove an exceptionally difficult partner for America's new administration. Mr Lieberman, who won the balance of power in the Knesset, or parliament, in the general election on Feb 10, had been careful to maximise his bargaining power. Having thrown his...
  • Anatomy of an Aftermath

    02/17/2009 7:21:41 AM PST · by chaimke · 175+ views
    Freedom's Cost ^ | 02/17/2009 | Chaim
    Israeli elections have produced strange results, while the intention of the majority of the Israeli electorate is rather obvious, the candidate with the most votes is not the one who will be able to form a stable coalition. In fact, though there was a sharp turn to the right, the election results show the electorate being fed up by the shenanigans of both Tzippi Livni and her left wing allies, as well as Bibi Netanyahu’s heavy-handed changing of the rules after the internal party’s elections in order to kick Moshe Feiglin down to an unrealistic position, just because Bibi was...
  • Livni: Give up half of 'Land of Israel'

    02/16/2009 1:50:05 PM PST · by johnjameson · 61 replies · 1,504+ views
    JERUSALEM – Tzipi Livni, who hopes to be appointed Israel's prime minister-designate, said Monday Israel must give up considerable territory in exchange for peace with the Palestinians, drawing a clear distinction with her rival, Benjamin Netanyahu. She told a convention of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Organizations, "we need to give up half of the Land of Israel," using a term that refers to biblical borders that include today's Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. She explained that such a withdrawal would be for the good of Israel, to maintain it as a Jewish state. Livni told the...
  • Livni: Give up half of 'Land of Israel'

    02/16/2009 10:20:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 82 replies · 2,292+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/16/9 | ARON HELLER, Associated Press Writer
    <p>ERUSALEM, Israel (AP) -- Tzipi Livni, who hopes to be appointed Israel's prime minister-designate, said Monday Israel must give up considerable territory in exchange for peace with the Palestinians, drawing a clear distinction with her rival, Benjamin Netanyahu.</p> <p>She told a convention of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Organizations, "we need to give up half of the Land of Israel," using a term that refers to biblical borders that include today's Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.</p>
  • Livni refuses Netanyahu-led coalition

    02/15/2009 6:17:13 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 6 replies · 503+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 15, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is refusing to join in a coalition government with Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu. This increases the possibility the the right wing Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu will form the next government in coalition with other smaller right wing parties. Don't expect any negotiations with Hamas anytime soon.
  • Livni, Netanyahu to begin unity talks

    02/15/2009 9:47:07 AM PST · by Dawnsblood · 4 replies · 718+ views ^ | 2/15/09 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu and Kadima head Tzipi Livni will hold talks aimed at forming a national-unity government after President Shimon Peres, as expected, appoints Netanyahu to put together a coalition, senior officials close to the two party leaders said on Saturday night. The head of the Central Elections Committee, Supreme Court Justice Eliezer Rivlin, will visit Beit Hanassi at 6 p.m. Wednesday to officially inform Peres that the results of the election had been published in the government registry. Peres has invited the Kadima and Likud factions to his residence that night and the other factions the following day...
  • Israel Turns Right—With a Hitch

    02/12/2009 4:39:11 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies · 592+ views ^ | February 12, 2008 | P. David Hornik
    Israel Turns Right—With a Hitch   By P. David | Thursday, February 12, 2009 Center-Left voters showed more prudence in the Israeli elections Tuesday than Center-Right voters. Enough of the former switched from Ehud Barak’s Center-Left Labor Party and the smaller left-wing Meretz to enable Tzipi Livni’s centrist Kadima to beat—possibly—Bibi Netanyahu’s Center-Right Likud by 28 Knesset seats to 27 (out of 120). The still-uncounted soldiers’ and other votes could yet push Likud into a tie or even, just possibly, a lead over Kadima. But the Center-Left voters’ prudence came at the price of very poor showings by...
  • Inconclusive election puts Israel, peace in limbo (Bibi Has to win or Israel is screwed)

    02/11/2009 10:05:57 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 9 replies · 717+ views via (AP) ^ | 2/11/09 | Karin Laub
    JERUSALEM – Inconclusive election results sent Israel into political limbo Wednesday with both Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and hard-line leader Benjamin Netanyahu claiming victory and leaving the kingmaker role to a rising political hawk with an anti-Arab platform. Livni's Kadima Party won 28 seats, just one more than Netanyahu's Likud, in Tuesday's election for the 120-member parliament, according to nearly complete results. Both held victory rallies, but without a clear majority neither can govern alone. Hard-line parties won a majority of the votes, meaning that Netanyahu has more natural allies and a better chance of forming a coalition. The results...
  • Netanyahu, Livni declare win in Israeli election (Israeli Left Loses, Demands Shared Power Anyway)

    02/11/2009 3:13:50 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 30 replies · 2,073+ views
    My Way News and Drudge ^ | 10 Feb 09 | STEVEN GUTKIN
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and hard-line rival Benjamin Netanyahu both claimed victory Tuesday in Israel's parliamentary election but official results suggested the race was too close to call. Right-wing parties - including Netanyahu's Likud Party - appear to have won a clear majority of 64 seats in the 120-seat parliament, which would give Netanyahu the upper hand in forming the next government. However, with more than two-thirds of the votes counted, Livni's centrist Kadima Party had 29 seats, while Likud had 28. Those results could change by a seat or two when soldiers' votes are tallied Thursday...
  • Lieberman: I prefer right-wing coalition

    02/10/2009 7:47:54 PM PST · by sofaman · 34 replies · 1,257+ views
    JPOST ^ | Feb 11, 2009 0:57 | Updated Feb 11, 2009 4:36 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Israel Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman refused to endorse either Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni or Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night, saying rather his party would be open to hearing from all parties involved in the formation of the next coalition, but his party would never give up its core principles. Israel Beiteinu leader... "We truly hope that one of the dramatic changes that will be in the next government will be a change in the method of governing," Lieberman said following the exit polls which predicted Livni the winner of the election. "We will be open to hearing what...
  • Livni may not be able to form gov't due to large right-wing bloc

    02/10/2009 12:59:19 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 699+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 10, 2009 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    With voting stations officially closed, exit polls at 10 p.m. suggested that Kadima would win Tuesday's general elections. However, due to the dramatic rise in support of the Likud and Israel Beiteinu compared with the previous election, it seemed that Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu would have a better chance than Kadima head Tzipi Livni of forming the next coalition. According to Channel 1, the right-wing bloc won 63 Knesset seats and the left wing 57; Channel 2 predicted 64 for the right and 56 for the left; and Channel 10, like Channel 1, predicted 63 and 57
  • Exit polls: Livni's Kadima winner in 2009 elections

    02/10/2009 12:20:41 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies · 1,671+ views ^ | Feb. 10, 2009 | Haaretz Staff
    Exit polls by Israel's three main television stations on Tuesday night showed Kadima as the clear winner in the 2009 general elections, with Likud coming a narrow second. Channel 1, Channel 2 and Channel 10 polling of voters as they left the ballot box all showed victory for Kadima, headed by Tzipi Livni.
  • Kadima wins; Labor crashes

    02/10/2009 12:11:09 PM PST · by Victory111 · 141 replies · 7,439+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 2-10-09 | Ynet Staff
    Kadima wins elections, but will it form the next government? Kadima and its Chairwoman, Tzipi Livni, are the big winners of the 2009 general elections, according to a Rafi Smith exit poll commissioned by Ynet, with Likud finishing a disappointing 2nd. Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu delivered at crunch time to become Israel's third-largest party, while Ehud Barak's Labor party sustained a harsh blow. Exit polls by Israel's major television channels showed similar results
  • Israelis Vote With Livni, Netanyahu In Close Race

    02/10/2009 11:20:31 AM PST · by edpc · 22 replies · 1,195+ views
    AP via MyWay News ^ | Feb 10, 2009 | Steve Weizman
    JERUSALEM (AP) - The two front-runners in the race to rule Israel made last-minute appeals to voters as polls opened Tuesday in a close general election whose outcome could determine the course of Mideast peace negotiations.
  • Israel's Livni woos female voters ahead of poll

    02/09/2009 8:33:18 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 428+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 8, 2009 | Allyn Fisher-Ilan
    JERUSALEM, Feb 9 (Reuters) - With Israeli pollsters predicting a close national election on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is wooing female swing voters whose support could help her clinch victory. Campaign ads for Livni's centrist Kadima party splashed over billboards and across websites promise a "different kind of prime minister" and urge Israelis to elect the country's first woman prime minister in three decades. Livni, 50, an ex-Mossad agent, had avoided playing the "gender card" for fear of appearing weak in a male-dominated society where frequent wars with Arab neighbours tend to make generals and other military figures more...
  • Livni: Men Work Inefficiently to Tally Up Extra Hours

    02/01/2009 10:44:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies · 1,145+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 2/1/09 | Gil Ronan
    ( Kadima leader Tzipi Livni said over the weekend that men work inefficiently to tally up extra hours at work. "Women don't work inefficiently and tally up extra hours, while men are inefficient, they have time, and a lot of extra hours. They make more money, and I fought to change that,” she said in a speech at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo. The attack on men's work habits was an attempt by Livni to explain the wage gap between the average salaries of men and women in public service, which studies have shown is largely caused by a...
  • Cabinet Passes Unilateral Ceasefire

    01/17/2009 1:00:37 PM PST · by Cindy · 47 replies · 1,167+ views ^ | Reported: 22:50 PM - Jan/17/09 | n/a
    ( The cabinet has voted to accept a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza. Two ministers voted against the proposal and one abstained from voting.
  • High-level Iranian cleric calls for shooting Livni, says "shame" on Obama for looking for a dog

    01/17/2009 12:18:58 PM PST · by van_erwin · 22 replies · 1,027+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | January 17, 2009 | Associated Press
    A high-level Iranian cleric has called for the shooting of the Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in a speech before worshippers, it was reported Saturday. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said during Friday prayers that he wanted someone to shoot Livni. "Every time the picture of this woman is shown, I really wish that somebody would expend a bullet on her," he said according to a recording of the sermon obtained by the Associated Press. A copy of the speech was also translated and published by the Middle East Media Research Institute, a Middle Eastern press monitoring service. Jannati is the head of...
  • Livni, Rice sign 'memorandum of understandings' on Gaza

    01/16/2009 10:18:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 684+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/16/09 | staff
    With only four days remaining until the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama - a date widely regarded by Israeli analysts as the cut-off date for Israel's Operation Cast Lead against Hamas in Gaza, the prospects for a mutually agreed ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist terror group seemed slimmer than earlier in the week. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, center, Islamic Jihad head Ramadan Shallah and Ahmad Jebril, Secretary General of the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine-General Command attend the emergency Arab summit on Gaza in Doha, Qatar on Friday. An official statement from the Defense Ministry remained mum...
  • A Hard Look at Ehud, Ehud, Tzippi, Bibi and Company

    12/14/2008 3:03:55 PM PST · by chaimke · 3 replies · 289+ views
    Freedom's Cost ^ | 12.14/2008 | Chaim
    A country, any country, has to maintain a rule of law. Failure to do so leads to eventual anarchy and a modern version of the Wild West; no civilized country could survive that without either becoming a dictatorship and/or a nation run by corrupt thugs. Barak, Olmert, Livni, and Netanyahu have unequivocally shown that their main concern is not what is best for their country but what is best for each of them. Their actions, their greed, make a mockery of Israel’s national anthem. The last stanza of the anthem goes: Od lo avda tikvatenu, hatikvah shnot alpayim lihyiot am...
  • FM takes heat over Israeli Arab remark

    12/11/2008 2:36:13 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 365+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec 11, 2008 | ABE SELIG
    Kadima leader Tzipi Livni signalled on Thursday that she believed Israeli Arabs could best fulfill their nationalist goals by moving to a future Palestinian state. "My solution for maintaining a Jewish and democratic State of Israel is to have two nation-states with certain concessions and with clear red lines," Livni told a group of students at a Tel Aviv high school. "And among other things, I will also be able to approach the Palestinian residents of Israel, those whom we call Israeli Arabs, and tell them, 'your national solution lies elsewhere.'" Livni went on to emphasize that she preferred Israeli...