An unnamed senior Israeli official told Hebrew media that while hosting Merkel for a private dinner at the end of her two-day visit to Israel, Bennett said that he had ordered a reexamination of the deal and that the defense establishment had concluded that the Dolphin-type submarines are necessary.
Abbas and Bennett agree on little ideologically. Abbas leads the United Arab List, a party that champions Palestinian self-determination, while Bennett comes from Israel’s right wing and has pledged that a Palestinian state will not arise on his watch. But they coalesced around the goal of removing Bennett’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, who they saw as divisive and corrupt.
“We’re putting diplomacy first and seeing where that takes us,” Biden said during an Oval Office meeting that was delayed by the suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. “But if diplomacy fails, we’re ready to turn to other options.”
Bennett arrived at the White House aiming to dissuade Biden from returning to the Iran nuclear deal that was brokered during the Obama administration and later scrapped by President Donald Trump.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is set to meet U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during his first visit to Washington since taking office. Later, he is set to meet with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan before a meeting with President Joe Biden on Thursday.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett heads to Washington Tuesday for talks with US President Joe Biden, seeking to „reset“ relations with Israel’s closest ally and reach common ground on arch-foe Iran.
She will hold talks with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on August 29, and meet with President Isaac Herzog and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, among others, deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said on Friday.
With tensions running high in the aftermath of the tanker attack off Oman, the defense minister says strikes in Lebanon were ‚warning shots‘
Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday condemned the Israeli air raids that targeted Lebanon’s southern villages earlier in the day, saying they constitute a flagrant and serious violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, according to a statement by Lebanon’s Presidency.
Heute seien erneut „Raketen aus dem Libanon auf israelisches Gebiet“ gefeuert worden, schrieb die israelische Luftwaffe auf Twitter.
Als Reaktion darauf hätten Kampfjets „Abschussrampen und für Terror genutzte Infrastruktur“ attackiert.
Hulata, 45, served as the head of the Mossad’s Department of Strategic and Political Planning and its Technology Department.
(31 March 2020)
Earlier in the day, in a series of tweets, Bennett had floated the idea of giving the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Unit 8200, along with NSO, access to highly personal data of Israeli citizens that had been collected by the Shin Bet security service and Health Ministry as part of an already contentious mass surveillance program.
Die israelische Zeitung „Haaretz“ schrieb, Bennett wolle dem 71-jährigen Netanyahu und dessen Familie eine „Anpassungsphase“ ermöglichen. Sie hatten zwölf Jahre lang in dem Gebäude gewohnt, das auch für offizielle Empfänge dient. Nach seiner Niederlage bei der Wahl im Jahre 1999 habe Netanyahu sechs Wochen gebraucht, um den Amtssitz zu räumen. Sein Nachfolger Ehud Olmert habe ihn dagegen vier Tage nach seiner Amtsniederlegung verlassen.
The material was kept in safes in the so-called ‘aquarium,’ where prime ministers and their most senior aides sit. It’s unclear which, or how many, documents were destroyed at Netanyahu’s orders
Dozens of private diplomatic conversations with world leaders, agreements and understandings that go unmentioned in meeting minutes, the Iranian nuclear issues or strategic ties with the American government about which private conversations were held with Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump: All of these remain in Netanyahu’s notebooks and his memory, as if they were his private possession. The heads of the intelligence community who briefed Bennett know only some of these issues – what they were told.
On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.
The long and divisive reign of Benjamin Netanyahu, the dominant Israeli politician of the past generation, officially ended on Sunday, at least for the time being, as the country’s Parliament gave its vote of confidence to a precarious coalition government stitched together by widely disparate anti-Netanyahu forces.
Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, approved the new government by just a single vote — 60 to 59, with one abstention.
Moments of announcement #Israel36gov
על-פי החלטת הוועדה המסדרת, הדיון יהיה דיון סיעתי – כשלכל אחת מ-13 סיעות הבית יוקצו 9 דקות לנאום.
בפתח הדיון יישאו דברים נפתלי בנט, יאיר לפיד ובנימין נתניהו.
Am Sonntag endet wohl die Ära von Benjamin Netanjahu – herbeigeführt durch ein Duo, das von ihm – fast – alles gelernt hat: In Israels Parlament, der Knesset, findet die Vertrauensabstimmung über die Links-bis-rechts-Koalition von Jair Lapid und Naftali Bennett statt.
– Labor inks coalition agreement with Yesh Atid
– Yisrael Beiteinu agreement includes intent to advance public transport on Shabbat
– UAL deal includes massive budget for Arab advancement
– UAL, Yisrael Beiteinu sign coalition deal
– Finalized coalition deal expected today
The leaders of the eight parties that compose the new coalition won’t be able to serve in any other government that might arise during the 24th Knesset, a clause in the emerging coalition agreements stipulates.
The exact wording of the clause is currently under negotiation between the incoming prime minister, Naftali Bennett, and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. Its purpose is to ensure the government will not fall before the rotation between the two leaders takes place.
Yamina lawmaker Nir Orbach on Tuesday told his party head, Naftali Bennett, that he intends to vote in support of the new government on Sunday’s confidence vote in the Knesset.
In recent days, Orbach has debated whether he should back the proposed Bennett-Lapid government.
Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin is slated to announce that Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid has succeeded in forming a coalition at the parliament’s meeting on Monday. This means that the government that Lapid has put together with Yamina’s Naftali Bennett will be sworn in by next Monday at the latest.
Asked by the anchor if she was not going too far, Golan replied, “No, and I’ll tell you why… They’re like terrorists who don’t believe in anything anymore, who go out on their suicide mission, and even if they know it’s their death sentence, they don’t care because they’re Shiites.”
new Israeli government may be sworn in as soon as Wednesday after securing a coalition to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ayelet Shaked is assigned protection detail after protesters outside her home called her a traitor and sent message threatening lives of her family after party chair Naftali Bennett announced he’s going to form government with Yair Lapid
Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett announced on Sunday he decided to join the so-called „change government“ led by Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.
“It’s my intention to do my utmost in order to form a national unity government along with my friend Yair Lapid, so that, God willing, together we can save the country from a crisis and return Israel to its course,“ Bennett said.
Wochenlang hatte Naftali Bennett taktiert, abgewogen, gezögert und politische Finten geschlagen. Als er sich nun in einer Fernsehansprache festlegte, wirkte der Vorsitzende der nationalreligiösen Jamina-Partei und Ex-Verteidigungsminister sehr entschlossen. Er sei bereit Verantwortung zu übernehmen, erklärte der 49-Jährige.
With Lapid apparently making strides in building government, New Hope leader nixes Likud offer for first slot in three-way rotation of premiership that would also include Yamina’s Bennett; ‚Our commitment is to replace Netanyahu,‘ Saar says
The coalition of parties seeking to form a new government without Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party have hammered out an agreement on the assignment of senior cabinet positions if the coalition actually comes into being.
Naftali Bennett: The Yamina party chairman would be prime minister first, then foreign minister. Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid leader, would first serve as foreign minister, then prime minister. Ayelet Shaked: interior minister. Avigdor Lieberman: finance minister. Benny Gantz: The Kahol Lavan chief will continue to serve as defense minister. Gideon Sa’ar: justice minister. Merav Michaeli: The Labor Party chairwoman would serve as transportation minister.
The tirade came as Bennett has reportedly secured a coalition deal with Yesh Atid party chief Yair Lapid, the de facto leader of the anti-Netanyahu bloc.
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin entrusted Lapid with the mandate to form a government following Netanyahu’s failure to do so in the aftermath of Israel’s fourth inconclusive election in two years.
Negotiations follow on from ‚progress‘ in discussions between Lapid and Saar
The people on the highway were of course for Yair Lapid and his apparent nearly hopeless attempt to form a “government of change.” He almost had that government two weeks ago when he and Naftali Bennett were deep in talks to build the right-center-left coalition that would have been supported from the outside by Mansour Abbas’ United Arab List party. Then came the rockets from Gaza and the rioting in Lod and Acre, and Bennett ran.
In an interview with US network MSNBC, Yamina head Naftali Bennett says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not using the fighting in Gaza for his own political ends.
When asked directly about the claim that the premier was using the situation to shore up political support, Bennett says: “No. I think the fundamental problem here is that Hamas wants to destroy [Israel].” He then reads sections of the Hamas charter aloud.
Gideon Sa’ar, head of the New Hope party, is looking into a power-sharing government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Haaretz has learned.
Sa’ar has agreed to advance the initiative by the leader of the far-right Religious Zionism party, Betzalel Smotrich, after Naftali Bennett announced that establishing a „government of change“ headed by him and Yair Lapid was off the table.
The facts are simple: Hamas is good for Netanyahu, and Netanyahu is fabulous for Hamas. He never intended to “topple” its rule. He keeps strengthening this organization, intentionally, to weaken Israel’s interlocutors in the PA.
Hamas-Gaza is a perfect exemplar of the basic concept Ehud Barak coined in his day, and which has kept the left in the political margins for the past 20 years: There is no partner for peace on the Palestinian side. This is exactly what Netanyahu wants. Hamas and Netanyahu are a long, stable, profitable romance.
But amid the pressure from the harsh state of current events, Bennett stated Thursday that a government of change was no longer on the agenda. Instead of standing in the breach during an emergency, he folded and paved the way for the worst option of all: The continued reign of the person responsible for the horrible state our country is in.
He said that given the state of emergency in mixed Arab-Jewish cities, the planned makeup of the government led by Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Bennett won’t be able to manage the situation because it has become necessary to deploy military troops and conduct arrests. He said that doing so would be impossible with Mansour Abbas and his United Arab List party.
Bennett said he now prefers a large unity government.
Abbas, ideologically is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
He cannot aid ti form a government which will involve itself in a war on his own people in #Gaza and one of the most sacred places to Islam.
Itamar Ben-Gvir, a convicted terrorist and now, shamefully, a member of the Knesset, has disclosed he told #Netanyahu that if there will be a war in #Gaza, Lapid won’t be able to form a government.
Netanyahu’s propagandists have said roughly the same, though not directly.
Lapid was supposed to meet on Monday with Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett and United Arab List leader Mansour Abbas, but the latter suspended coalition negotiations and put off the meeting due to the security situation.
Bennett made significant progress in a meeting with Ra’am (United Arab List) head Mansour Abbas on Sunday, and he will meet with him again with Lapid on Monday.
Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid are meeting with United Arab List chairman Mansour Abbas in order to secure Abbas‘ support for a unity government.
As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes last-minute efforts to secure a coalition, right-wing leader Naftali Bennett said „Netanyahu doesn’t have a government, and he’s trying to pin the blame on Yamina.“
Bennett’s remarks at a Yamina faction meeting come moments after Netanyahu said he had told Bennett he would agree to let him serve first as prime minister in a potential rotation agreement, which could end Israel’s ongoing political deadlock.
Meeting at the Knesset, the two leaders said the meeting „went well.“
A number of parties that form the the ‚anti-Netanyahu‘ bloc, Yesh Atid, Yamina and Tikva Hadasha, have been discussing coalition plans with „positive energy“ in recent weeks.
Despite promising before elections he will never form coalition backed by Islamist party, Yamina chief meets with Mansour Abbas at his office in the Knesset in an apparent bid to draft a plan to unseat Netanyahu
In addition, a few moments before Netanyahu announced his decision to back Gantz for the position, he apparently was made aware that Bennett held his first meeting with Mansour Abbas – the leader of the Islamist Ra’am party – in an effort to form a unity government.
The Lithuanian faction of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party is considering whether to abstain from voting against a government led by Yamina head Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid, Ynet has learned on Thursday, thus enabling the two to form a government and avoid a fifth election round in just two years.
„From the moment I realized that Netanyahu did not intend to choose one of the two alternatives for forming a right-wing government, I began striving to form a national unity government,“ Bennett wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.
„If such a government is indeed formed, all partners must show restraint in their conduct, and perhaps we can bring some peace to the Israeli public.“
Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett said on Monday that he told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his Likud party can count on his faction’s vote to form a right-wing government.
Netanyahu to speak with right-wing and religious allies from Shas, UTJ and Religious Zionist party
Netanyahu was recommended by 52 lawmakers, Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid was recommended by another 45 lawmakers, and Naftali Bennett was recommended by his party Yamina’s seven lawmakers
“The test for a leader is to take tough decisions in complex situations,” the centrist lawmaker said at the close of a long day of prime minister nominations by the Knesset’s (Israel Parliament) parties.
“We are committed to bringing about the change we promised to the people of Israel. To prevent a government led by a criminal suspect and dependent on racists and extremists,” Lapid stressed.
So far, Likud and the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism have thrown their support behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kahol Lavan and Yesh Atid recommended the latter’s chairman, Yair Lapid, and Naftali Bennett’s Yamina, courted by both blocs, put forth its own chairman as their candidate.
After consultations with Yamina, Rivlin, who stressed his difficulty to see a clear path to a stable coalition, said he may pass on the mandate to form a coalition to the Knesset.
The report cited sources close to Sa’ar as saying that the former rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Likud ranks is unlikely to team up with Lapid without Bennett.
Without Yamina chief onboard, Israel would be in for nothing but a „left-wing government,“ the sources told the outlet.
Such an arrangement, according to the Hebrew-language broadcaster, would possibly last for 12 months and followed by a new election.
But prospects for such a deal are being hampered by ideological and political differences, as well as a disagreement over who would serve as premier first, with Channel 12 reporting that Bennett is insisting he go first in the rotation.
The Islamist United Arab List party, headed by Mansour Abbas, and Naftali Bennett’s Yamina have not yet declared their support for either bloc.
Likud bleibt zwar mit 30 Mandaten die stärkste politische Kraft, aber selbst mit seinem ultrarechten Rivalen Naftali Bennett von der Jamina-Partei käme sein Lager nur auf 59 von 120 Mandaten. Die arabische Partei Ra’am schafft die 3,25-Prozent-Hürde und ist nun Zünglein an der Waage.
Ra’am erhält fünf Mandate.
Official final results are not expected before Friday. But the partial tallies suggested that both Mr. Netanyahu’s alliance and its opponents would need the support of a small, Islamist Arab party, Raam, to form a majority coalition.
Under the cover of the spreading coronavirus, the government is deepening its invasion of the lives of this country’s citizens. Defense Minister Naftali Bennett continues to use his temporary authority in order to promote plans that run roughshod over the right to privacy, while demolishing the distinction, so vital in a democracy, between the army and civil society.
The key to defeating the global pandemic of coronavirus is isolating the elderly population in the hope that young people who are not in the risk group for complications would develop herd immunity, Israel’s caretaker Defense Minister said Friday in a recorded statement.
„Unite now, fight later,“ Bennett said at a Tel Aviv press conference in which he proposed passing a bill to freeze the current political situation for six months.
Liberman suggested a government of only Likud and Blue and White to deal with the coronavirus on Thursday in an interview with the Russian-language Channel 9.
In a statement released by the party, it said that “The New Right will run as the party of the ideological and liberal Right. This is the only chance of the Right bloc to reach 61 seats and victory.”
Bennett’s party argued that running in parallel to the considerably more religious joint slate of Ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Rafi Peretz and nationalist hardliner Itamar Ben Gvir, would, in total, attract more votes to the parties of the right than unifying all into one slate.
„Once we have been forced to reach this situation, we will not hesitate to employ the full force of the IDF, even in the urban sphere where the enemy has chosen to act,” he said.
Israel’s aim is to deter potential enemies, he said. The “ultimate goal is to instill in our enemies the feeling of despair and doubt in their ability to achieve their aggressive aims.”
Lt.-Gen. Kochavi acknowledges in public for the first time that Israel has struck Iranian targets in Iraq.
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France, Germany and the United Kingdom said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Wednesday that Iran was developing „nuclear-capable ballistic missiles,“ which they say is in violation of a Securiy Council resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal.
The letter cites footage released on social media April 22, 2019, ..
According to Harel, Israel is afraid that the US will desert the Iran issue while America is worried Israel may carry out a unilateral attack against Tehran, forcing Washington into a war.
Harel warned that it is impossible to separate the internal Israeli chaos from the Iran issue; in particular with regards to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment and his failure to form a government.
A senior commander with the Gaza-based terror organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) was killed overnight Thursday in an IDF strike, leaving dead eight members of the same family.
A spokesperson for the Israeli military said that Rasmi Abu Malhous, apparently the head of Islamic Jihad’s rocket unit, was killed in a targeted attack on his home in Deir al-Balah, located the central Gaza Strip.
The prime minister’s assault kills minority government option and undercuts Joint List efforts to ally with the Jewish center-left
Until now, it seemed the entire political system was fumbling all the way to another election, and that perhaps this was our new system of government – elections and yet more elections, devoid of either victory or significance. But on Tuesday, Israelis woke up to a historic moment. A “crisis government” led by Netanyahu, with the participation of Benny Gantz and his Kahol Lavan party, now seems like the most probable outcome.
We’ve gotten used to the racist aroma that wafts from the written and oral statements of Israel’s prime minister about the Arab minority. The same goes for the naked cynicism of the man who is willing to kiss the feet of racist messianic politicians, Kahanists, xenophobes and persecutors of children, just so they’ll support his government. But it wouldn’t be too much to expect for him to calm down his campaign, knowing that in a few short hours, hundreds of missiles would rain down on people in the Gaza border communities and points north.
The Hayamin Hehadash and Union of Right-Wing Parties announced Monday they would run on a joint ticket in September’s election under the name United Right, following a meeting of party leaders Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennett, Rafi Peretz and Bezalel Smotrich.
(10.2.2019) The deal would involve Netanyahu resigning in exchange for not being put on trial, in which case Likud would have to elect a new leader before the elections, “an upheaval” whose results would be unpredictable, the Yisrael Beytenu chairman said.
However, the prime minister had to make it look like something was being done, in light of the fires that keep raging in Israeli border communities. The media and right-wing critics have already pushed Netanyahu into a military operation he didn’t want in the Gaza Strip, twice: Operation Pillar of Defense (2012) and Operation Protective Edge (2014). This time, he looked better prepared to stand firm in the breach, but not to take responsibility.
„Hezbollah = Lebanon,“ Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a rightist in the Israel’s conservative coalition government, said on Twitter on Monday.
„The State of Israel will not differentiate between the sovereign State of Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will view Lebanon as responsible for any action from within its territory.“
if Bennett were a concrete alternative, or even just a mensch, he would not have rushed to depict the absorption of 16,000 Africans in distress as “folding,” “capitulation to a campaign of lies” and “turning Israel into an infiltrators’ paradise.” But Bennett, like his partners in this pile-on, the miserable cowards Moshe Kahlon and Gideon Saar, recognizes that Israel has become something else: a cynics’ paradise.