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April 26, 2015 / 7 Iyar, 5775
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Netanyahu Expresses His Sorrow over Death of Rabbi Lichtenstein

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sorrow over the passing of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein Monday.

“Rabbi Lichtenstein’s knowledge found expression in his literary works. He served generations of students,” said the Prime Minister.

He added, “When I gave him the Israel Prize a year ago, I saw before my eyes a great rabbi, teacher and educator, a Zionist man, sharp-witted and a keen thinker. Rabbi Lichtenstein will be remembered as a Zionist-Torah leader of the highest order, who raised thousands of students at the Har Etzion Yeshiva in the Gush Etzion community of Alon Shvut.

“He loved the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and the Torah of Israel.”

Rivlin Gives Netanyahu Two More Weeks to Form New Government

Monday, April 20th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin granted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu two more weeks Monday morning to form a new government coalition after negotiations with different t parties have not produced a positive result.

Rivlin really had no other choice. He would like to see a national unity government with the Likud and the Zionist Union, the euphemism for the merged HaTnuah party headed by Tzipi Livni and Labor, chaired by Yitzchak Herzog.

Herzog and Livni do not want to be part of a Netanyahu-led government no more than he wants them on board.

The term “national unity” sounds terrific, but in this case it would be “national disunity” govern the deep ideological gap between the two parties.

Likud officials are to speak with the Hareidi Shas and Yehadut HaTorah parties today. Shas is the biggest obstacle for Netanyahu because of the threat by Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) to ditch the coalition if Shas heads the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Netanyahu Meets With Children of Fallen Soldiers

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with children of soldiers who died during their service in the Israel Defense Forces on Sunday evening, April 19.

The children, members of the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization, came to the Prime Minister’s office and told him about their memories of their parents.

The children are between the ages of eight and 16 years old. Their parents died when they were between 25 and 46 years old. The familes came from cities including Hod Hasharon, Eli, Hadera, Modi’in and Netivot.

The father of Shira Alkalai, 14 years old, Israel Prison Service Guard Rafael Alkalai, died during the 2010 Carmel fire, while trying to save prisoners, leaving behind a wife and four children, including Shira.

The IDFWO provides support and enrichment to the surviving family members of those who fell while serving their country. That support includes school supplies for first graders, bar and bat mitzvah celebrations, weekend retreats and summer camps, scholarships, wedding presents and enrichment classes.

When the meeting was over, the Prime Minister invited the children to tour his office.

The event took place during the lead up to Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, which takes place later this week.

Bennett Flexes Muscles and Threatens to Knock Out Coalition

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett used Twitter late Sunday night to warn Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he can forget about a right-wing coalition if he fulfills a pre-election promise to give the Shas Sephardi Hareidi party control of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Bennett was in charge of the ministry in the last government and is not willing to leave the national religious community out in the cold and let a Hareidi party reverse a trend to weaken the authority of the Hareidi establishment.

Bennett wrote:

Unilaterally taking the Ministry of Religious Affairs away from the national religious community and handing it over to Shas means the end of negotiations with Bayit Yehudi.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is asking President Reuven Rivlin for another two weeks to form a coalition.

The truth is that if the Prime Minister had run out of extensions, he and the potential coalition partners would have struck a deal now. As usual, everyone uses the clock to play chicken with each other.

Netanyahu knows that Bennett and Shas chairman Aryeh Deri are not prepared to force him into a corner without a coalition. And Bennett and Aryeh know that that if they do so, there always is the option of a national unity government with the dreaded Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni. Going that route would make the last Titanic coalition look like the Queen Elizabeth, so you can count on everyone finding common ground.

But how can Netanyahu get out of this mess created by promising the Religious Affairs Ministry to Shas when Bennett blocks it with a red line?

Easy.

Netanyahu can simply declare himself Minister of Religious Affairs and appoint two deputies – Bennett and Deri.

We wanted a Jewish country, right?

So we come up with Jewish solutions.

Two Jews, three ministers.

Netanyahu Warns of Increased Iran Aggression in Middle East

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that Iran is stepping up its aggression in the Middle East – and that world powers seem to be deliberately ignoring Tehran’s activities in the region.

In his opening statement to the weekly government cabinet meeting, Netanyahu noted how Iran proudly displayed the recent shipment of the S-300 missiles Tehran received from Russia in a military parade.

“Israel views with utmost gravity the supply of S-300 missiles from Russia to Iran, especially at a time when Iran is stepping up its aggression in the region and around the borders of the State of Israel,” the prime minister said.

“Israel also views with utmost gravity the fact that there is no reference to this aggression in the agreement being made between the major powers and Iran.

“There is no stipulation that this aggression be halted, whether at the start of the agreement or as a condition for the lifting of sanctions.

“Yesterday we saw the military parade in Tehran and Iran’s exhibition of weapons to the world. Every year the missiles are bigger and enhanced – in accuracy, strength and deadliness; however, one thing does not change.

“What does not change is the inscription ‘Death to Israel’ on the missiles. Against the threats that I have described, Israel will do whatever is necessary to defend the security of the state and its citizens,” Netanyahu added.

Liberman and Bennett Teaming Up Against Netanyahu

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) said that Bayit Yehudi will not let Shas get the Religious Affairs Ministry, even if it means blowing up the negotiations, according to Nana10.

Shaked said the Bayit Yehudi party would not abandon all the achievements it made on religion and state issues.

Channel 2 reports that Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) and Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) have reached an agreement so that Bayit Yehudi would stop demanding the Foreign Ministry from PM Netanyahu, which is the ministry that Liberman wants; in exchange Liberman would help Bennett get the Religious Affairs Ministry, which the Hareidi Shas party is demanding, and at this point is expected to get.

Bennett also wants either the Defense or Foreign Ministry, but would be willing to settle for less if properly compensated with additional, smaller ministries as well as an alternative senior position. Netanyahu supposedly promised Bennett the Defense Minsitry before the elections, when it was thought Bayit Yehudi would have at least 12 seats.

Liberman and Bennett would both work together to prevent Netanyahu from bringing the Zionist Union into the coalition.

Yitzchak Herzog (Zionist Union) again said that he would not be joining the coalition with Netanyahu, and will be in the opposition working to replace Netanyahu.

It appears that Netanyahu wanted to save negotiating with Liberman for last, after he had 61 seats on board from the other coalition partners. This would have given Liberman very little negotiating power.

But Netanyahu isn’t making his most natural partner, Bayit Yehudi, very happy at the moment, and the plan may have backfired.

One of the latest rumors says that Bayit Yehudi will receive four ministries, of which Naftali Bennett would receive both the Ministry of the Economy and the Intelligence Ministry.

The other two ministies they would get are Agriculture for Uri Ariel and Senior Citizens for Ayelet Shaked.

Yisrael Hayom, which is close to Netanyahu, says that the Likud will keep 12 ministries, including: Defense, Justice, Interior Security, Communications, Transportation, Social and Education.

Putin Warns Israel Against Weapons Sales to Ukraine as it Lifts Ban on S300 Sale to Iran

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Israel to not sell weapons to the Ukraine.

Putin said that the Israeli weapons in the Ukraine would raise the overall death toll, but in the end Russia would still win. He called any potential new sales “counterproductive”.

Last week, after Russia said it would remove the ban on the sale of the S300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran, PM Netanyahu reportedly called Putin to strongly express his concerns.

The S300 missile system is potentially capable of taking down Israeli or US planes attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. An option Israel is weighing as a means to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Russia had previously cancelled a sale of the S300 missile system to Syria at Israel’s request, but the sale to Iran is a far larger, and more important deal for Russia to ultimately give up on, in terms of both money and regional influence.

Israel has reportedly sold weapons to the Ukraine in the past, but stopped after a similar Russian request.

On Saturday, the Iranians displayed their supposed home-grown version of the S300, which they call the S373. But there’s very little chance they’ve developed anything equivalent.

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