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  • Internal Row in Labor over Platform, Talk of Split

    12/01/2012 2:43:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Amir Peretz, who occupies the Number Three spot in the Labor party's list for the Knesset, mounted an attack on party leader Shelly Yechimovich on Channel 2's Meet the Press Saturday. He demanded that Yechimovich state clearly that she will never sit in the Netanyahu government, and insisted that she spell out a detailed plan for peace with the Palestinian Authority. The presenter, political reporter Rina Matzliah, asked him if it was true that he was considering splitting off from Labor after the election along with six other MKs. He did not confirm or deny this, but said that at...
  • A Sadly Wary Misunderstanding of Muslim-Americans." But Really Is It (No 1st Amendment for Muslims)

    09/08/2010 5:09:14 AM PDT · by tlb · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 4, 2010 | Martin Peretz
    Actually, no one has shown that a single serious demonstration against Muslims and Arabs, against their beliefs and behavior can be raised in this country. And, if you think Glenn Beck's rally at the Lincoln Memorial was its equivalent please quote to me sounds of hatred directed from the platform. There has not been a single rally or demonstration in America aimed at Muslim or Arab interests or more likely, to foreign insurgencies and, yes, quite alien philosophies. I suggest that this is largely the case because Americans are so fearful of being accused of bias. Muslims and Arabs do...
  • Bigoted Religious Extremists [Guess which religion's bigotry Ft. Hood demonstrates]

    11/16/2009 3:58:06 PM PST · by SJackson · 33 replies · 1,003+ views
    Time ^ | 11-16-09
    There are today several odious attempts by Jewish extremists, like this one by Martin Peretz and this one by La Pasionaria of the Neocons, to argue that the massacre perpetrated by Nidal Hasan was somehow a direct consequence of his Islamic beliefs as opposed to a direct consequence of his insanity. To be sure, extreme religious beliefs and violent insanity are not mutually exclusive. Indeed, they tend to track--among fanatics of all religions. There was, for example, the lunatic Jewish settler, Baruch Goldstein, who opened fire on Muslims praying at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron in 1994, killing...
  • Rio, 1 -- Chicago, 0. The Politics of Narcissism and General McChrystal

    10/05/2009 6:00:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 1,454+ views
    New Republic ^ | 10-5-09 | Marty Peretz
    Frankly, I don't care that Chicago lost its bid for the Olympics. Really, I don't. But maybe the president's trip to Copenhagen was useful since his top battle commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, traveling from England to Denmark, had the opportunity to meet Barack Obama on Air Force One. Their talking with each other is, after all, a rarity. In fact, Obama and McChrystal had spoken but once since the general took on AfPak as his turf in early June 2009. With whom, then, is Obama conversing? And how independent of mind on military matters are they? Or are...
  • Dennis Ross,Out As Special Envoy To Iran;Was He Ousted Because He's A Jew Or A Bit Hawkish On Nukes?

    06/15/2009 1:14:46 PM PDT · by NavySEAL F-16 · 19 replies · 1,304+ views
    The New R epublic ^ | June 15, 2009 | Marty Peretz
    Dennis Ross, Out As Special Envoy To Iran; Was He Ousted Because He's A Jew Or A Bit Hawkish On Nukes? The news that Dennis Ross, long time State Department strategist and peace processor, is being bounced as special envoy to Iran comes from an article by Barak Ravid in the reliable (at least on these matters) Ha'aretz. The story seems to assume that Ross was declared persona non grata by Tehran either because he was a Jew or because he believes that Iran should not be permitted to acquire nuclear weapons. If the Obama administration so readily capitulated to...
  • A Break From Star-Gazing [Obama's Cairo Speech]

    06/04/2009 4:31:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 766+ views
    The New Republic ^ | June 4, 2009 | Marty Peretz
    Well, almost everyone blogging today for TNR on the president's Cairo speech seems to have been overwhelmed by its power. Forgive me: I was overwhelmed in a more-than-slightly different way. I am writing on the speech and its implications for next week's print edition (which will also be published online). But I wanted my readers to grapple with material other than that of the star-gazers. So here's David Frum who always calls it like he sees it. Yes, he is a conservative. But these are matters that cut across both liberalism and conservatism: The president’s Cairo speech: worse than feared....
  • The Depression Sets in at the Boston Globe and the NYT

    04/20/2009 1:53:13 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 1,366+ views
    New Republic ^ | April 20, 2009 | Marty Peretz
    Earlier this week, the Boston Globe ran what was virtually an epitaph, a very long epitaph for itself. The author blamed the paper's owner--the New York Times Company--for most of its troubles. There was a lot of nostalgia for the old publishing family, the Taylors, who sold the newspaper to the Sulzbergers. (The Times is actually a public company dominated by the family because of two classes of stock, one with power, one without. The Sulzbergers own the controlling stock. But the family trust is being ripped apart: its beneficiaries no longer are getting dividends.) In any case, the Taylors...
  • NYT 'House Conservative' Comes Close to Endorsing Obama

    10/18/2008 9:02:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies · 702+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | October 18, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    David Brooks, the "House Conservative" of the New York Times, should seriously consider putting his self-description as "conservative" in quotes at all times in order to comply with truth in packaging. I mean how conservative can you be when liberal sources are quoting you favorably, especially when you sound like, without quite saying so, you are endorsing Barack Obama? The liberal New Republic cites Brooks favorably for his almost endorsement of The One: Has David Brooks Endorsed Obama? Not in so many words, but please continue: Well, not exactly. After all, he has one paragraph in his column in Friday's...
  • How the Progressive Left Also Fights Dirty, Really Dirty (Intimidation of Donors-Must Read!)

    08/08/2008 3:22:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies · 816+ views
    The New Republic ^ | August 8, 2008 | Marty Peretz
    Actually, I don't think the right has played as dirty as this. A Times article by Michael Luo this morning unveils a new netroots enterprise, Accountable America, the unabashed purpose of which is to terrify conservatives from giving campaign money to Republican causes and Republican candidates. It's actually ingenuous. You get a list of past Republican donors and send each of them one, two, many e-mails with the explicit warning that contributing to conservative campaigns may be dangerous to the donor's health. Or, as Luo puts it, "The warning letter is intended as a first step, alerting donors who might...
  • Peretz to begin 'free Barghouti' drive

    04/03/2008 6:59:02 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 12 replies · 77+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr 3, 2008 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Former defense minister Amir Peretz will begin a campaign after Pessah, which celebrates freedom, to bring about the release of Fatah terrorist Marwan Barghouti. Barghouti was convicted of murder and sentenced to five life sentences in prison for killing Jews and a Christian monk during the second Intifada. But he is also a rising star in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah and his likely successor. In a speech at a pre-Pessah toast for Labor activists loyal to him, Peretz said that after the holiday, he would visit the families of Barghouti's victims and ask them to publicly press for...
  • Israel - Ehud Barak named new Israeli defence minister

    06/15/2007 12:46:55 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 579+ views
    Excerpt - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday appointed newly elected Labour party chairman and former premier Ehud Barak as defence minister to replace Amir Peretz, an official told AFP. "The prime minister had a one-on-one meeting with Barak today, after which Barak sent Olmert an official request to be named defence minister as soon as possible," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. ~ snip ~
  • Israel News Agency: Keep Olmert, Fire Peretz

    05/02/2007 9:56:42 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies · 308+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | May 2, 2007 | Israel News Agency Editorial Staff
    Israel News Agency: Keep Olmert, Fire Peretz (Photo) Israel Defense Minister Amir Peretz, right, seems to be viewing a military drill through binoculars, apparently without realizing the lens caps were left on. The army's chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi is at left. An actor on the right, a professional on the left. By Israel News Agency Editorial Staff Jerusalem ----May 2...... A few have described the present political environment in Israel as one which has been swept up by a tsunami. Politicians, defense personnel, journalists, foreign diplomats, business people and a vast majority of the general public in...
  • The Hapless Israeli Defense Minister (Amir Peretz)

    02/24/2007 11:32:30 AM PST · by LtdGovt · 6 replies · 396+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 23, 2007 | Michael Goldfarb
    Israel's political and military leaders are facing a crisis of confidence. The consensus view in Israel, as Peter Berkowitz wrote in THE WEEKLY STANDARD just a few weeks ago, is that Prime Minister Edhud Olmert, "and even more his hapless defense minister, Amir Peretz, as well as Lieutenant General Dan Halutz, an honorable man who only two weeks ago resigned as chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces--had proved themselves in the Lebanon war last summer unfit to continue to lead the nation." Hapless indeed. Yesterday Peretz was inspecting troops in the Golan Heights alongside the IDF's new chief...
  • Report: Olmert plans to remove Peretz

    01/04/2007 12:56:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 411+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/4/7 | staff
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has decided to remove his defense minister, Amir Peretz, two TV stations reported Thursday. Citing sources in Olmert's office, Israel TV and Channel 2 said Peretz would be asked to resign and take another cabinet position, and if he refused, he would be fired. Olmert's spokesman, just before takeoff from Sharm e-Sheikh Thursday night, denied the Channel 2 report. "Olmert has not decided to remove Peretz from his post and the issue has not even been discussed," he said. Channel 2 speculated that Peretz would not be offered the finance portfolio, currently occupied by Avraham Hirschson...
  • Israel - Olmert aides: PM plans to remove Peretz from Defense Ministry

    11/20/2006 9:15:36 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 553+ views (Excerpt) ^ | November 20, 2006
    Excerpt - 07:09 Report: PM mulling Ehud Barak, Gabi Ashkenazi as new defense minister (Army Radio) 07:07 Olmert aides: PM plans to remove Peretz from Defense Ministry (Army Radio
  • Peretz okays transfer of 5,000 rifles to Abbas [bows to US pressure]

    11/01/2006 11:28:48 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies · 359+ views
    IMRA ^ | 11-1-06
    Peretz okays transfer of 5,000 rifles to Abbas [bows to US pressure] Peretz okays transfer of 5,000 rifles to Abbas Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST Nov. 1, Defense Minister Amir Peretz has authorized the transfer of 5,000 rifles to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Presidential Guard, Channel 2 reported Wednesday night. [Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: According to the report, DM Peretz bowd to heavy pressure from U.S. Secretary of State Rice to approve the transfer of weapons from Egypt and other sources to the PA. It should be noted that while Mr. Abbas swears he will not...
  • Peretz to Yesha Residents: Leave Outposts Peacefully – or Else

    10/16/2006 8:28:11 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 2 replies · 259+ views ^ | 23:32 Oct 16, '06 / 24 Tishrei 5767 | Hana Levi Julian
    Peretz to Yesha Residents: Leave Outposts Peacefully – or Else 23:32 Oct 16, '06 / 24 Tishrei 5767 by Hana Levi Julian Defense Minister Amir Peretz announced Monday afternoon that residents of unauthorized outposts in Judea and Samaria would be forced out of their homes, one way or the other. Peretz told members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that he has given the Yesha Council leadership two weeks to convince outpost residents to leave their homes voluntarily. After two weeks, he said, the IDF would forcibly expel Jewish residents from their homes in unauthorized communities. During Sunday’s...
  • Peretz: We have no partner for peace

    09/26/2006 2:46:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 379+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/27/6 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    Defense Minister Amir Peretz, who was one of the early leaders of the Left's "peace camp," rejected one of its most basic tenants on Tuesday when he told a gathering of activists, "It's not the case that Israel has rejected partners for peace. It's more correct to understand that every time Israel sought a partner over the past year, there wasn't one available." The audience, which represented about half of the 100 organizations that compose the Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum, sat quietly through his half-hour speech in Tel Aviv. It was his first meeting with activists from the left-wing "peace...
  • Peretz: Prepare for negotiations with Syria

    08/15/2006 11:20:45 AM PDT · by NinoFan · 13 replies · 572+ views
    ynet ^ | August 15, 2006 | Vered Luvitch
    Defense minister says that 'every war creates opportunities for wide-scale diplomatic process'; calls on Israel to renew talks with Palestinians, prepare for contacts with Damascus Vered Luvitch Defense Minister Amir Peretz said that "every war creates opportunities for an extensive diplomatic process," and that "we need to hold negotiations with Lebanon and lay the groundwork for negotiations with Syria." Peretz made the statements during a Bar Mitzvah party for 65 IDF orphans that was held in Tel Aviv. Peretz said: "I'm certain that our enemies understand they cannot defeat us. I plan to do whatever I can to restore the...
  • Middle East crisis : Peretz sued in Morocco for terrorism

    08/04/2006 4:20:56 AM PDT · by Republicain · 2 replies · 154+ views
    Morocco Times ^ | 08/02/2006
    Israeli Defense Minister and labour party leader Amir Peretz was sued yesterday in Rabat by three well-known Moroccan lawyers for terror crimes in Lebanon. The Moroccan lawyers, Khalid Sefiani, Abderrahim Jamai and Abderrahmane Benameur, known for their activism in human rights, organised a press conference in the headquarters of the Moroccan National Press Syndicate (SNPM) in Rabat to reveal the details of their initiative. “It is not at all a symbolic act. We want Amir Peretz to pay for the war crimes he has committed in Lebanon,” Sefiani told the Moroccan paper Maroc Soir. The lawyers' choice of the Rabat's...
  • Olmert: Netanyahu is Israel's best spokesman

    07/30/2006 1:13:23 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 44 replies · 1,542+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 30th, 2006 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert briefed opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu on recent developments in the operations in Lebanon in an 80-minute meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Jerusalem on Friday. A spokesman for Netanyahu said that no political matters were discussed at the meeting but that Olmert thanked Netanyahu for his recent appearances defending Israel on American and European television networks. He said Olmert told Netanyahu that he was Israel's "best spokesman in the foreign press" - a compliment that could potentially cause a dispute between Olmert and his vice premier, Shimon Peres. Netanyahu condemned a Foreign Ministry official...
  • NATO belongs in Lebanon

    07/25/2006 8:54:12 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 51 replies · 775+ views
    National Post (Toronto, Canada) ^ | July 25, 2006 | Staff
    We have a lot of respect for Condoleezza Rice. For the U.S. Secretary of State, who is currently in the midst of a whirlwind Middle East tour, the path of least diplomatic resistance would have been to echo the widespread call for an immediate ceasefire in the war between Hezbollah and Israel. But to her great credit -- and that of her boss, President George W. Bush -- she didn't. Instead, this week, she told Lebanese officials that any ceasefire would have to be part of a broader deal that included Hezbollah's withdrawal from Lebanon's border with Israel, and the...
  • Peretz says Israel intends to 'break' Hizbullah

    07/13/2006 8:57:19 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 78 replies · 2,978+ views
    Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Thursday night that, "We expected Hizbullah to break the rules, and now we intend to break them. "We do not mean for this event to end when the situation returns to how things were a few days ago," he said. Peretz's comments came before his meeting with Assistant Secretary of State David Welch.
  • AL GORE IN 2008. Prime Choice

    07/04/2006 11:10:37 AM PDT · by Torie · 67 replies · 2,283+ views
    The New Republic ^ | June 22, 2006 | Martin Peretz
    …The first pragmatic reason to be for Gore, then, is that he is electable. He won once. {SCOTUS stole the election.] He can win again. … That Bush has been such a clot as a president, such a golem magnifies Gore's stature as a thinking person with beliefs he can defend honestly and persuasively. … Hillary starts out with so many in the electorate--left, far left, right, far right, center--nearly half of the public … She is just disliked. The phenomenon is actually volcanic. The more she shifts her ground the more shaky it is, and she has shifted her...
  • Peretz: No Hamas member immune

    06/29/2006 6:11:11 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 9 replies · 333+ views ^ | Latest Update: 06.29.06, 14:47 | Hanan Greenberg
    Peretz: No Hamas member immune Defense minister approves further ‘Summer Rain’ operation plans during meeting with top security officials, but stresses: Diplomatic effort not yet lost cause. 'We are in decisive moment with respect to deciding rules of game between us and terrorist elements in Palestinian Authority,' he adds Hanan Greenberg Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Thursday, “We are in one of the most significant moments with respect to deciding the rules of the game between us and terrorist elements in the Palestinian Authority in the coming period." The defense minister was speaking during a meeting convened with top security...
  • Peretz: I am man of peace, not combat [Stalin Look-alike Admits Utter Incompetence]

    06/27/2006 1:27:30 PM PDT · by Alouette · 11 replies · 589+ views
    YNet ^ | June 27, 2006 | Aviram Zino
    Defense Minister defends his restraint: Palestinians our neighbors for always. I greatly desire peace, but will not permit Israeli bloodshed. Great IDF force and capabilities behoove restraint, for moral and political reasons Defense Minister Amir Peretz responded Tuesday to critics claiming that the IDF response was not harsh enough, saying, "I hear many remarks decrying my restraint, and it doesn't affect me. Israeli national security will not be built impetuously. Blind rage may be a very bad advisor in crisis situations." Peretz spoke during a ceremony for national security prizewinners at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, in the presence of...
  • Peretz: No decision to delay outpost evacuation

    06/26/2006 3:43:52 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 3 replies · 180+ views ^ | (06.26.06, 22:19) | Ronny Sofer
    Peretz: No decision to delay outpost evacuation Police, IDF continue preparation for outpost evacuation, and thus far Defense Minister Amir Peretz has not postponed the plan; but Gaza incursion could cancel evacuation Ronny Sofer Despite the rising tensions with the Palestinians and the IDF's large-scale preparations for incursions into Gaza, Defense Minister Amir Peretz has not decided to cancel next week's evacuation of illegal outposts in the West Bank. However, defense officials said, "The evacuation is dependent on a possible incursion into the Gaza Strip." Officials estimated that should a large-scale offensive be launched to free abducted IDF soldier Gilad...
  • DM Peretz: We Will Not Attack Gaza Because of Demonstrations

    06/21/2006 10:49:09 AM PDT · by APRPEH · 5 replies · 191+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Jun 21, '06 / 25 Sivan 5766 | unattributed
    Minister of Defense Amir Peretz said today that the government will not be moved to order military strikes on Gaza because of protests and demonstrations by Israeli citizens who are under threat from the Palestinian Authority. His comments were made during an address at the Caesaria Conference on Israeli domestic and foreign policies. Peretz was referring to the ongoing protest actions taken by the citizens of Sderot, who have suffered more than 1,000 PA rocket attacks since Israel's August 2005 unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. Residents have held protest vigils, hunger strikes and have closed down their city in recent weeks....
  • Sderot: Qassams land during president's visit ("Restraint has run its course")

    06/19/2006 9:14:58 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 10 replies · 361+ views ^ | 06.19.06, 17:49 | Shmulik Hadad
    Sderot: Qassams land during president's visit Two rockets land in Sderot area as Katsav, Peretz visit Qassam-battered town. 'I have no intention of making restraint part of my work plan; restraint has run its course,' defense minister says. President: PA leadership directly responsible for rocket attacks. Leaders set to meet with hunger strikers in show of sympathy for residents' distress. Meanwhile, residents agree to end hunger strike at president's request Shmulik Hadad Hunger strikers in Sderot complied Monday with President Moshe Katsav's request and agreed to end their strike, nine days after it was first declared. However, residents said they...
  • Peretz: Outpost pullout plan ready within 2 weeks

    06/15/2006 12:44:29 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 2 replies · 183+ views ^ | 22:38 15/06/2006 | Yuval Azoulay
    Last update - 22:38 15/06/2006 Peretz: Outpost pullout plan ready within 2 weeks By Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz Correspondent Defense Minister Amir Peretz instructed the Israel Defense Forces on Thursday to conclude preparations for the evacuation of unauthorized West Bank outposts within two weeks. On Peretz's orders, the first stage of the outpost evacuation will encompass sites considered to have the greatest potential for violent confrontation, outposts whose settlers have in the past physically assaulted soldiers, policemen, and Israeli and Palestinian civilians. The defense minister issued his instructions after consulting on the matter with IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, Deputy...
  • Peretz signals end of military restraint

    06/13/2006 6:12:19 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 4 replies · 289+ views ^ | (06.13.06, 14:49) | Hanan Greenberg
    Peretz signals end of military restraint Shortly after IAF air strike against Qassam cell in Gaza, defense minister says 'restraint shown after incident on Gaza beach has ended' Hanan Greenberg Defense Minister Amir Peretz on Tuesday signaled the end of Israel's military restraint after the recent incident in which seven Palestinian civilians were killed. "We showed restraint in the face of the international outcry over the incident on Gaza beach but this has come to an end," he said on a tour in the north. Peretz spoke minutes before an air strike in Gaza in which 9 Palestinians were killed...
  • Peretz signs evacuation order for 12 settlements

    05/17/2006 3:01:03 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 1 replies · 153+ views ^ | May. 17, 2006 | Yaakov Katz
    Peretz signs evacuation order for 12 settlements Yaakov Katz, THE JERUSALEM POST May. 17, 2006 Defense Minister Amir Peretz signed an evacuation order on Wednesday night for 12 illegal outposts in the West Bank. The orders were originally signed by former defense minister, Shaul Mofaz, but they since expired, and Peretz's decision on Wednesday was to reinstate them. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also gave his approval for the evacuation orders.
  • Peretz´s First Mission as Defense Minister: Destroy Outposts

    05/08/2006 5:35:09 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 5 replies · 195+ views ^ | 10:19 May 08, '06 / 10 Iyar 5766 | Hillel Fendel
    Peretz´s First Mission as Defense Minister: Destroy Outposts 10:19 May 08, '06 / 10 Iyar 5766 by Hillel Fendel Only one day into the job, DM Peretz has already set one of his main priorities for the coming months: the destruction of Jewish outposts throughout Judea and Samaria that have been deemed illegal. Brig.-Gen. Kamil Abu-Rokon, the head of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria, informed the Supreme Court Sunday night that he has a plan underway to map out all the unauthorized outposts, with an eye to their destruction. He said the goal is to complete the list,...
  • Peretz, Olmert meet on ministers (Labour MKs in Revolt Over Coalition Agreement)

    04/25/2006 10:56:51 AM PDT · by anotherview · 1 replies · 174+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 25 April 2006 | Sheera Claire Frenkel and JPost staff
    Apr. 25, 2006 1:43 | Updated Apr. 25, 2006 19:12 Peretz, Olmert meet on ministers By SHEERA CLAIRE FRENKEL AND JPOST STAFF Labor Party chairman Amir Peretz and Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the proposed reduction of ministers and the elimination of deputy ministers in the new coalition government. Senior Kadima officials said that they expected Olmert to reduce the number of Kadima ministers by one, for a total of 11 Kadima ministers in the government. Kadima sources saw the move as a way of encouraging the rest of the coalition partners to make...
  • [Incoming Israeli Defense Minister Amir] Peretz 'will have to learn quickly'

    04/22/2006 10:38:55 PM PDT · by anotherview · 10 replies · 304+ views
    Yediot Ahranot ^ | 23 April 2006 | Hanan Greenberg
    Peretz 'will have to learn quickly' Peretz. 'It doesn't matter who stands at the head of the security system.' Photo: Eli Elgarat Members of the defense establishment are not afraid of expressing themselves over the probable new incoming boss, Amir Peretz. His future conduct is regarded as a 'mystery,' and he is being given a chance, but under the carpet, a lack of faith is hiding Hanan Greenberg If Labor Chairman Amir Peretz becomes minister of defense, as is looking increasingly likely, he will have a lot to learn in his new position, senior security figures told Ynet. "I don't...
  • {New Israeli Governing Coalition:] Olmert, Peretz agree on largest government ever

    04/22/2006 10:31:27 PM PDT · by anotherview · 4 replies · 403+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 22 April 2006 | Gil Hoffman
    Apr. 22, 2006 11:23 | Updated Apr. 22, 2006 23:32 Olmert, Peretz agree on largest government ever By GIL HOFFMANOlmert and Peretz - partnersInterim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Labor Chairman Amir Peretz talk in the Knesset during its inaugural session. Photo: Associated PressIsrael will have its largest government in history with 27 ministers by the end of the week, according to an agreement reached on Thursday night between Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Labor chairman Amir Peretz, sources close to both men said Saturday. Olmert and Peretz met after 11 p.m. at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and...
  • [Israel's] President Katsav to kick off coalition talks

    04/01/2006 11:00:52 PM PST · by anotherview · 1 replies · 212+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 2 April 2006 | GIL HOFFMAN AND JPOST STAFF
    Apr. 2, 2006 3:02 | Updated Apr. 2, 2006 9:10 President Katsav to kick off coalition talks By GIL HOFFMAN AND JPOST STAFF President Moshe Katsav will begin holding consultations with party representatives on Sunday ahead of his decision this week on whom he should ask to form Israel's next government. The consultations will kick off at noon when Kadima representatives Haim Ramon, Avraham Hirchson, Roni Bar-On, Dalia Itzik, Avigdor Yitzhaki and Marina Solodkin visit Beit Hanassi. They will be followed by MKs from Labor, Shas, Israel Beiteinu and the Likud. Katsav will meet Monday with representatives from the National...
  • “Negative repercussions if Kadima surrenders finance portfolio”

    03/29/2006 2:07:04 PM PST · by APRPEH · 5 replies · 304+ views
    Globes Online ^ | 29 Mar 06 | Uri Shuster
    Goldman Sachs Associate Global Markets Economist Michael Vaknin, who covers Israel says, “The economic repercussions are negative, and worse than we expected. The coalition will be less stable. Pre-election polls gave the impression that Kadima will link up with the Labor Party to create a majority bloc, but on the basis of the results, Kadima will have to bring in more parties, which will undermine stability, especially as there is no common denominator between the parties. “The election results indicate that the next government will focus on a social agenda, and we hope that the government will be able to...
  • Israel - Exit polls: Kadima 29-32 Labor 20-22 Likud 11-12

    03/28/2006 12:11:50 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 1,026+ views ^ | March 28, 2006
    Excerpt - Exit polls released as polls closed at 10 P.M. Tuesday showed Kadima gaining from 29 to 32 seats, Labor from 20-22, and the Likud 11-12. ~ snip ~
  • Israeli Election - Live Thread

    03/27/2006 9:12:18 PM PST · by furquhart · 89 replies · 2,505+ views
    I'm probably a little early, but I see on Fox that they're already showing the ritual votes of the leaders, etc.
  • Who will best deal with poverty? (FREEP Ha'aretz poll)

    02/22/2006 8:13:15 AM PST · by APRPEH · 4 replies · 258+ views
    Ha'aretz online ^ | february 22, 2006 | none
    Who will best deal with poverty? Peretz 31% Olmert 18% Netanyahu 27% None 24% Votes: 370

    02/08/2006 10:59:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 47 replies · 2,351+ views
    New Republic Online ^ | 2-8-06 | Martin Peretz
    aybe you remember, back in 1989, the controversy over Piss Christ, a piece of art by the now fashionable artist Andres Serrano. He himself had been living on a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his brave break-out work (a crucifix immersed in urine) was hung in various public museums and was debated and mostly defended by the high culture elites until it became part of the canon. So much part of the canon that I suspect almost no one any longer blanches or even blinks when he sees the image anywhere. Then you may remember that...
  • Peretz: We'll pay settlers who leave

    01/24/2006 5:49:16 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 190+ views ^ | (01.23.06, 22:11)
    Peretz: We'll pay settlers who leave Labor party leader presents 'moral road map,' says he will favor unilateral withdrawals should peace talks with Palestinians fail, offer fair compensation to any settler who wishes to leave West Bank Ronny Sofer Labor won't hesitate to evacuate more settlements: The Labor party will favor unilateral withdrawals should negotiations with the Palestinians fail, and offer compensation to settlers willing to voluntarily leave the West Bank, Chairman Amir Peretz said during his speech at the Herzliya Conference Monday evening. "Every citizen who wants to leave his home in Judea and Samaria will be fairly compensated....
  • ‘Peace’ after Sharon--Warning shots

    01/05/2006 5:45:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies · 296+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1-5-06 | Martin Peretz
    "The only thing that's going to solve this," Steven Spielberg told Time magazine, "is rational minds, a lot of sitting and talking until you're blue in the gills." This, I suppose, is what goes for heavy thinking in Hollywood. Imagine Dreamworks negotiating with Paramount if the latter were continually shooting up the former. So maybe before the Israelis and Palestinians sit down with each other — as they've done innumerable times over the years, at Camp David and Oslo and secret hideouts for very long periods, even producing hopes that many credulous folk took for real — the Palestinians should...
  • Warning Shots

    01/04/2006 1:00:57 AM PST · by mal · 17 replies · 657+ views
    he only thing that's going to solve this," Steven Spielberg told Time magazine, "is rational minds, a lot of sitting and talking until you're blue in the gills." This, I suppose, is what goes for heavy thinking in Hollywood. Imagine Dreamworks negotiating with Paramount if the latter were continually shooting up the former. So maybe before the Israelis and Palestinians sit down with each other--as they've done innumerable times over the years, at Camp David and Oslo and secret hideouts for very long periods, even producing hopes that many credulous folk took for real--the Palestinians should sit down just with...
  • (University President) Braverman joins Labor, not Kadima (blow to Sharon's party)

    11/24/2005 8:54:17 AM PST · by anotherview · 1 replies · 323+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 24 November 2005 | Gil Hoffman and Sheera Claire Frenkel
    Nov. 24, 2005 0:49 | Updated Nov. 24, 2005 14:33 Braverman joins Labor, not Kadima By GIL HOFFMAN AND SHEERA CLAIRE FRENKEL Ben Gurion University President, Professor Avishay Braverman Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski Ben Gurion University President Avishay Braverman announced Thursday his enlistment in the Labor Party, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who sought to enlist him to his new party. The move was announced at a joint press conference conducted together with Labor Party Chairman Amir Peretz. While Prof. Braverman officially joined the party, no prospective position was mentioned. Braverman and Peretz publicly exchanged kind words. The...
  • Top Labor politician defects to Sharon's new party

    11/24/2005 4:46:48 AM PST · by Crackingham · 3 replies · 394+ views
    Daily Star ^ | 11/24/5
    A prominent politician from the moderate Labor Party joined Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new party Wednesday, the first such defection, adding impetus to a movement that could break a decades-long electoral stalemate over peace policies. The move by Cabinet minister without portfolio Haim Ramon came hours after President Moshe Katsav signed a decree for the dissolution of Parliament, paving the way for a general election on March 28. For procedural reasons, the order will only take effect on December 8. Sharon will stay on as prime minister until elections and should have a free hand to change his Cabinet before...
  • Polls: Sharon beats Labor, secures third term as PM

    11/22/2005 11:51:02 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 2 replies · 487+ views
    Haaretz ^ | November 22, 2005 | Yossi Verter
    Major opinion polls released on Tuesday showed that if elections to the 17th Knesset were to be held now, Ariel Sharon would win a third term in office as prime minister, and could set up coalitions with as many as 71 seats in the 120-seat house. The Haaretz-Dialog survey, conducted by Prof. Camil Fuchs Monday night among a representative sample of 600 Israelis from all sectors of the population, showed that Sharon could set up a center-left coalition with Labor, Shinui and Meretz-Yahad with a margin of 66 seats. Sharon would also be able to set up a coalition with...
  • Sharon To Leave Political Party

    11/20/2005 5:49:45 PM PST · by DallasMike · 7 replies · 402+ views
    WJZ Baltimore ^ | November 20, 2005 | Associated Press
    AP) JERUSALEM Israel's dovish Labor Party voted Sunday to pull out of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government, and Sharon reportedly decided to quit his Likud Party to set up a new movement — beginning a campaign for elections expected in March. Sharon is expected to take several prominent Likud Cabinet ministers with him to his new party, along with some from Labor — possibly including its ousted chairman Shimon Peres. Advancing Israel's election from the original November 2006 date would likely sideline Mideast peace moves and counter whatever momentum was gained from Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and part of the...
  • Sources close to him: Ariel Sharon to leave Likud.Will announce Mon., 11/21 and dissolve Knesset.

    11/20/2005 4:42:03 PM PST · by strategofr · 9 replies · 452+ views
    debka ^ | November 21, 2005, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
    Sources close to Israeli prime minister: Ariel Sharon has finally decided to leave Likud. He will make the announcement Monday, Nov. 21, and is expected to ask President Katzav to dissolve the Knesset. This means a general election in 90 days unless another MK can form a viable government. Earlier, defense minister Shaul Mofaz said he would not follow Sharon out of Likud to form a centrist party. He is joining the Likud leadership race against half a dozen contenders led by Sharon's archrival Binyamin Netanyahu. New Labor leader Amir Peretz broke up Sharon’s government coalition by ordering the party’s...