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Likud MK Silvan Shalom to Lead Israeli Negotiating Team

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Likud Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has been appointed to become Israel’s new lead negotiator in any talks with the Palestinian Authority, as well as in strategic dialogue with the United States.

Palestinian Authority officials made it clear they were not happy with the appointment.

“He does not believe in a Palestinian state,” a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) source told the AFP news agency on condition of anonymity. “He’s against a two-state solution. It’s not an issue of names. It’s an issue of policy.”

Leftist politician Tzipi Livni, head of the Hatnua party and a justice minister in the prior government was the last minister to head Israel’s negotiating team.

Shalom said Monday that he is “ready to review every subject in every area from the most weighty issues of the United Nations, to smaller matters such as managing joint day-to-day life.”

Having served as foreign minister from 2003 to 2006 (during the second intifada and the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza), Shalom is no novice to the role. He will also be responsible for strategic talks with officials from the United States as well, according to a report broadcast on Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

Likud members are expected to raise some opposition as well, because party member and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was expected to be given the appointment.

Hotovely evaded reporters’ questions on Monday, saying only that until she is told otherwise, she will “work diligently to fulfill [her] duties faithfully in every sector in which Israel must act.”

Although it is usually the foreign minister who manages the issue of negotiations, at present Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is holding that post. Yisrael Beytenu party chairman Avigdor Liberman, the previous minister of foreign affairs, quit the coalition and withdrew his party as well.

Shalom’s new role is also likely to bring him in to security cabinet discussions on strategic issues such as how to deal with the Iranian nuclear issue vis a vis any dialogue with the United States.

Hana Levi Julian

Danny Danon ‘Going Where No Minister Has Gone Before’

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Danny Danon ‘Going Where No Minister Has Gone Before’

Likud activist Danny Danon has received what could be the most creative appointment in the entire government – at least, according to several thousand Facebook members.

Danon has become Israel’s new Minister of Science, Technology and Space.

That last especially has inspired a plethora of posts, and at least one Hebrew page on Facebook entitled “Danny Danon – Minister of Space” by creative artists Nimrod Zook, Raz Tzipris and friends.

The page had garnered at least 13,000 Likes by 11 pm Sunday night.

“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of Danny Danon. His mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Sound familiar?

Yes indeed, Trekkers, and Danon is Photoshopped straight into a blue Star Trek uniform and Spock persona, no less.

Another Photoshop special shows the ubiquitous Israeli leader enthusiastically looking ahead with his new “deputy minister,” Yoda of Star Wars, peering over his shoulder from behind.

A third depicts Danon as David Bowie from the wildly psychedelic pink-and-orange album cover of “Aladdin Sane.”

And then of course there is Danon-as-Astronaut…

Danon brushed off concerns about the memes in a radio interview Sunday for Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

“If I bothered to look at every single thing people were saying about me on social media each day I wouldn’t be able to get up in the morning,” Danon said.

“There’s a lot being said, a lot of criticism about the new government… but we were given a mandate by those who elected us, so let’s get down to work. If in a few months from now you tell us that we’ve failed – well, then you’ll have a case.”

Hana Levi Julian

Liberman Calls for Terrorist Death Penalty Like Massachusetts, and Opens Door to Joining the Coalition

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

PM Netanyahu is probably beginning to realize that 61 to 59 is going to be difficult to maintain over a long period of time. Not because members of his coalition are going to vote against coalition positions, but because it means that everyone will have to be in the Knesset for every single vote, including the Prime Minister. No sick days, no vacations, and no important meetings in the White House.

MK Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) is probably realizing how lonely it is in the opposition, sitting with MKs he has no ideological connection with, but is still upset with how the PM treated him.

Liberman has begin sending out trial balloons. He said on Saturday that he would join the coalition if there were specific changes to the coalition’s guidelines. His position now isn’t that different from the position he took when he turned down the Prime Minister’s offers of various high-level ministries. But he also made sure to point out how poorly Netanyahu is mistreating his allies, even within the Likud.

One guideline change Liberman suggested is the death penalty for terrorists. He pointed out that even Massachusetts, a capital of liberalism and higher education, decided on the death sentence for the Boston Marathon bomber.

Liberman wants the guidelines to include: having the “Jewish-National State” law passed, equal sharing of the security burden (draft), the death penalty for terrorists, and building in Jerusalem and the Settlement blocks.

Will this power couple two realize they need each other to succeed, or will they let everything fall apart?

Jewish Press News Briefs

List of Likud Ministerial Appointments

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The following is the list of Likud ministerial positions:

Moshe Ya’alon – Defense Minister
Yuval Steinitz – Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Water
Yisrael Katz – Minsiter of Transportation and Intelligence Ministry
Ze’ev Elkin – Minister of Absorption
Yariv Levin – Minister of Tourism
Miri Regev – Culture and Sports Minister
Danny Danon – Science, Technology and Space Minister
Benny Begin – Either Strategic Affairs Minister or a Minister without Portfolio
Haim Katz – Minister of Welfare and Social Services
Ofir Akunis – Minister of Communications
Gila Gamliel – Minister of Senior Citizens
Silvan Shalom – offered the Interior Ministry, but Shalom hasn’t yet accepted it, as he wants the Foreign Ministry.
Gilad Erdan – Either Minister of Interior Security or Temporary Foreign Minister
Tzipi Hotovely – Deputy Foreign Minister

Jewish Press News Briefs

Druze MK Ayoub Kara Taken to Hospital, Might Miss Swearing in Ceremony

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Druze MK Ayoub Kara (Likud) was taken by ambulance to the hospital today after complaining of chest pains.

Kara might end up missing the government’s swearing in ceremony tonight.

Kara had previously demanded from Netanyahu that he be appointed a minister in the government. In the end he is likely to receive a Deputy Minister of the Interior.

Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) is also running a high temperature, and may also miss tonight’s swearing in ceremony.

Hotovely has been appointed Deputy Foreign Minister.

According the @arikbender, the official photo with the President and the new ministers will be pushed off until next week.

Refuah Shleimah to the both of them.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Netanyahu Names 3 Likud Ministers in Agonizing Path to New Government

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has named three Likud Knesset Members as minister, but nine other posts remain vacant only a few hours before the scheduled launch of the new government at 7 p.m. (Noon EDT) Thursday.

The re-appointment of Moshe Ya’alon as Defense Minister is no surprise. He also will be the Deputy Prime Minister, taking Netanyahu’s place when he is out of the country. Ya’alon is a safe pick because he has not shown any ambition to become Prime Minister and is not one of those Likud members who cause Netanyahu trouble.

Yuval Steinitz, a close friend of Netanyahu and who was Minister of Strategic Affairs and Intelligence in the last government, will be Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. He also will be Netanyahu’s’ pivot for coordinating the campaign against nuclear Iran, one of Steinitz’s pet activities.

Yisrael Katz has been re-appointed as Transportation Minister and Intelligence Minister. Whether anyone likes him or not – he one of the old-guard party hacks – few question his outstanding work in expanding Israel’s railroad and highways.

Katz also will sit on the Security Cabinet

There are more Likud Knesset Members hungry for a ministry post than there are ministries.

Miri Regev, who was near the top in the Likud primaries, will most certainly receive a Cabinet post.  Benny Begin, son of the late Prime Minister, will be a Minister without Portfolio.

Ofir Akunis officially will be Minister without Portfolio but in effect will head the Communications Ministry, a post that is Netanyahu keeping vacant.

Other Likud MKs in the running for other ministries are Tzipi Hotovely, Yariv Levin, Silvan Shalom, Gila Gamliel, Gilad Erdan, Ze’ev Elkin, Danny Danon and Chaim Katz.

Erdan has been a long-time nemesis to Netanyahu, and it is possible he will be left out of the Cabinet. He wanted to be Education Minister, but that post was given to Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett. Then he wanted to be Foreign Minister, but that is a non-starter. Netanyahu also refused Erdan’s request to be Public Security Minister of Interior Minister, posts which Netanyahu has reserved for others.

If Prime Minister Netanyahu can finish the puzzle by 7 p.m., the Knesset will meet in special session.

If not, there always is another day.

New elections are four years away, or maybe tomorrow.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Shades of 2003, Vote Fraud in the Knesset Already! [video]

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

In 2003, Likud MK Michael Gorlovsky double-voted in the Knesset. He voted once for himself, and once for the absent Likud MK Gilad Erdan. He lost his seat in the 2006 elections, and in 2007 received a suspended sentence and community service for the double-vote.

Also in 2003, Likud MK Yehiel Hazan double-voted – twice, in place of the absent Likud MK Inbal Gavrieli. After being accused, he then tried to tamper with the voting equipment, and was caught in the act on the Knesset’s camera. Hazan was convicted and sentenced to 4 months community service and a 6 month suspended prison sentence. He also lost his seat in the 2006 elections.

Yesterday, while voting on the expansion of the number of government ministers, the Knesset ran a voice vote.

After Knesset Secretary Yardena Miller-Horovit called out the name of Zionist Camp MK Xenia Svetlova to vote, you hear a male voice yell out in response, “in favor”.

Whoever called out was not on camera at the time, which was run live on the Knesset Channel.

There was some confusion at that point, as it was clear that Svetlova wasn’t present.

The secretary then said whoever voted in her place was not right, and a discussion ensued between her and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who said he will deal with it.

The Knesset secretary continued the discussion, “What’s this? Someone voted in her place. Someone’s impersonating. It’s as if he voted for her. Just, they shouldn’t attack Oren.” That reference was to current Likud MK Oren Hazan, the son of Yehiel Hazan, mentioned above.

After a discussion by Knesset officials and legal advisers, it was decided that the Knesset would not investigate and try to discover who attempted to vote in place of MK Svetlova.

They made their decision based on the MK was not being visually caught on camera, and it would be difficult to firmly identify him, even though there’s only around 15-20 possible suspects (most likely from the Opposition), and second, since it’s a brand new Knesset, it was decided that whoever did it, did so “in good faith”.

Whoever it was, got very lucky yesterday.

But how does that bode for the rest of us?

Shalom Bear

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