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Coalition Crisis Looming Over Israel-PA Talks?

As the talks fall apart, Israel’s government coalition faces a crisis of its own.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
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There are no last-minute breakthroughs to report by either side in the Israel-Palestinian Authority negotiations, and PA representatives report no progress while Israeli ministers are squabbling.

PA sources told reporters Sunday night, “The crisis continues. During the entire meeting the Israelis threatened the Palestinians and no solution to the crisis was found.”

But as the “framework agreement” talks continue to fall apart, Israel’s government coalition is now facing a crisis of its own.

In a Knesset plenum session on Monday, Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) called on the Hatnua party led by chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni and the Yesh Atid party headed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid to leave the government. “The failure echoes in all areas,” Herzog charged. “This is a government of failure that does not provide peace, only depression.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beyteynu party, seems to be heaping his own fuel to the fire. Liberman opened the door to new elections yesterday (Sunday April 6) with incendiary comments at The Jerusalem Post’s Annual Conference in New York, saying he would rather face new elections than extend the talks with the PA in another “grand deal.”

Liberman opposes the proposal advanced by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that would have extended the current talks until the end of 2014. The proposal would have freed the last tranche of 30 terrorists – including 20 Israeli Arab citizens – as well as an additional 400 more PA prisoners chosen by Israel as well.

The proposal and the unilateral membership applications by the PA to 15 international United Nations agencies and organizations, have torn apart Netanyahu’s coalition.

Despite intense efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Special Envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk, absolutely no progress has been made in months. Both men appear to realize that there is not much more to be done, and now appear to be backing away from the process at this point.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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6 Responses to “Coalition Crisis Looming Over Israel-PA Talks?”

  1. Guy Peters says:

    The ” talks” only benefit the bogus ” palis” , done with them ,and ,done with the ” palis” if they don’t want peace ,in ISRAEL ,repatriate them to Jordan ,Syria ,wanted or unwanted there they are citizens !

  2. Mike Burke says:

    The faux “Middle-East Peace’ is the poisoned chalice of US foreign affairs and every Secretary of State and every President DREAMS of being the one to bring about ‘peace in our time’ and find that place in history as their ‘legacy.’

    The fact is, it is NEVER going to come. Why? Because the Islamised/Arabised peoples of the Middle East are reminded every second of every day that there was ONE people out of many peoples in the Middle East which held onto their ethnicity, language, culture and religion and did NOT submit to Arabisation and Islam.

    The Iranians fought their conquerors for 300 years to keep Farsi and not be made Arabic speakers…but the price was the destruction of their local religion (Zoroastrianism) and much of their heritage and culture. Egypt fell in 6 weeks.

    The Jews? Massacred, dispersed, broken up, made dhimmis…never lost their language, religion, culture or ethnicity. Sure, segments did (like the people of Hebron who were Arabised wholesale) but not most. And we not only stayed…we came BACK, reconstituted our country and prospered.

    None of that the Arabised Middle East will ever forgive, because it makes the Arabised peoples look at themselves and the civilisations they had and gave up, when the Jews never did.

  3. Jean Perles says:

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PALESTINIAN PEOPLE! THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS TO THE HOMELAND OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
    JERUSALEM, CAPITAL ETERNELLE ET INDIVISIBLE

    .

    Israel is God Almighty’s land
    Israel belongs to GOD given by GOD to the jews

  4. George Harsanyi says:

    To break up the present coalition government was the primary goal of the "Kerry-Obama peace" negotiations. They can hope for an Olmert or Barak kind new goverment that would dance exactly to their music. If there would be another election maybe a new coalition would even more patriotic and less intentioned to dance on the Obama music.

  5. Robert Daren says:

    Maybe now, Israel will stop trying to negotiate with people who don't want anything other than their destruction. Israel conquered territory from Jordan during the war and signed a peace treaty. It belongs to Israel now. If residents don't like it, leave. Start more wars and see how much Israel will grow when they conquer more attackers territories. I don't care who can date their existence back further. The people who conquered won the territory. It's how it works. Israel needs to stop trying to appease the arabs. It's Israel's territory now. No more restrained responses to attacks. If Israel is attacked by anyone, fight to the death. It won't be Israel's death. Maybe then the attacks will stop.

  6. Bibi — Please take your proposal of releasing 400 more murderers off the table – PLEASE do it now – call it dead and never allow it to come up again !

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