Israeli government

Obama will not visit Israel if coalition talks unsuccessful

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

US President Barack Obama will cancel his visit to Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a government by March 16, Israel’s Channel 10 has reported.

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Shift to the centre could help lefty voices in the diaspora

By Ray Filar, February 28, 2013

It's tough out there for a left-wing Zionist. You can scarcely enter a student union without tripping over lefty Jews, but those of us who identify at all with Israel have to keep very quiet about it. I've lost count of the number of times I've heard Zionism wildly equated with racism, apartheid, Nazism and the perpetuation of all world evils.

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Bibi nears deal with Bennett and Yesh Atid

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 28, 2013

Likud-Beiteinu negotiators achieved a breakthrough this week in discussions with the religious-right party Habayit Hayehudi — and were due to re-enter talks with the centre-right Yesh Atid on Thursday.

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Barack Obama to speak ‘directly to Israeli people’

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

President Barack Obama’s whirlwind visit to Israel next month will be full of symbolism and pomp — but there is little expectation that the trip will yield any diplomatic substance.

The president, however, is expected to “directly” address the Israeli nation.

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‘Dual loyalty’ charge over Prisoner X

By Dan Goldberg and Anshell Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

The explosive revelations surrounding the apparent suicide of a Melbourne-born man in a maximum-security Israeli jail has gripped Australian Jewry since Ben Zygier was identified last week as the elusive “Prisoner X” by an ABC investigation.

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Danny Danon’s big ideas? Draft Arabs and reject two states

By Jenni Frazer, February 21, 2013

Likud Knesset member Danny Danon is nothing if not bullish. His political opinions are, to put it mildly, at odds even with his own party leader.

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Tzipi Livni’s return divides opinion

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

Tzipi Livni’s imminent appointment — providing Benjamin Netanyahu can form a coalition — as minister in charge of negotiations with the Palestinians hardly means that peace is about to break out. For a start, a strategy for talks is yet to be agreed.

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Lonely Netanyahu seeks stable coalition partner

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

The leaders of both of Likud’s largest potential coalition partners have said that talks have ground to a virtual standstill.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his own problems as his effective number two, Avigdor Lieberman, starts a lengthy fraud trial.

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Netanyahu's ice cream budget gets frosty reception

By Anna Sheinman, February 15, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent NIS 10,000 (£1,750) buying ice cream in 2012 - a revelation that has caused anger and a backlash from political opponents in Israel.

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Bibi faces coalition pressure from Yesh Atid and Jewish Home

By Sandy Rashty, February 4, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he is looking to form a “national unity” government of right-wing and centre parties.

The prime minister, who was formally invited to form a government by President Shimon Peres on Saturday night, commenced talks with Yesh Atid - the second-largest party in the Knesset - and Jewish Home in Ramat Gan yesterday.

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