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Benjamin Netanyahu Seeks Ultranationalists for Coalition in Israel

 
 
Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 04:02 pm
Benjamin Netanyahu Seeks Ultranationalists for Coalition in Israel

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In a sharp turnaround, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Wednesday to bring the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party into his governing coalition by offering to name its leader, Avigdor Lieberman, defense minister, according to politicians across Israel’s political map.

An Israeli government official confirmed that Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Lieberman had met and formed negotiating teams with the aim of reaching a coalition deal “in the coming days.”

Just hours before meeting Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Netanyahu seemed to have been closing in on a coalition agreement with Isaac Herzog, the leader of the center-left Zionist Union and the head of the opposition in the Knesset, or Israeli parliament. After days of intense back-room negotiations, Mr. Herzog, whose party advocates accommodation with the Palestinians, had been expected to serve as foreign minister, an appointment that was partly intended to ease international pressure on Israel.

By contrast, Mr. Lieberman, 57, foreign minister in two previous governments led by Mr. Netanyahu, is known as a blunt-talking, polarizing figure. He demands the death penalty for Palestinians convicted of acts of terrorism; has called in the past for the toppling of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza; and once suggested that Israel could bomb the Aswan Dam in any future military confrontation with Egypt. Israel signed a peace treaty with Egypt in 1979.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 04:03 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Very sad to see, Avigdor Lieberman is an idiotic thug, and this is another step back for Israel and any chance at restarting the peace process.

Some more articles:

http://forward.com/news/israel/341077/six-reasons-that-avigdor-lieberman-being-named-israels-defense-minister-is/

http://www.newsweek.com/tel-aviv-diary-coalition-talk-leaves-israelis-unnerved-461257
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 04:55 pm
The problem isn't just Avigdor Lieberman. It's Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud, the center-leftists and the leftist Zionists. The problem is the ridiculous Two State Solution that was as dead when it was first proposed as it is now. The problem is Zionism itself.

What is needed is the end to the Zionist state and the implementation of a singular pan-Palestinian one that incorporates and enfranchises all of the peoples therein.
Foofie
 
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Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 06:31 pm
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:


What is needed is the end to the Zionist state and the implementation of a singular pan-Palestinian one that incorporates and enfranchises all of the peoples therein.

Didn't the Romans do that 2,000 years ago, except all were pan-Roman?
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2016 03:55 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Israel’s defense minister abruptly resigns in slap at growing ‘extremism’

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In a press conference Friday, Yaalon, a fellow member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, warned that Israel was drifting dangerously toward extremism.

“I fought with all my might against manifestations of extremism, violence and racism in Israeli society, which are threatening its sturdiness and trickling into the armed forces, hurting it already,” he said.

Yaalon appeared to be referring to widespread support by Israeli leaders for a combat medic who shot to death a wounded Palestinian attacker as he lay on a street in Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

Thousands of Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv and proclaimed the soldier a hero. Israeli human rights activists called it a cold-blooded execution. The killing was captured on video.


Outgoing Defense Minister Ya'alon: Extremists Have Taken Over Israel

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'I recently found myself in strong disagreement with the prime minister on moral and professional issues,' Ya'alon says of his resignation from politics.
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2016 07:36 pm
@Robert Gentel,
An honourable man.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2016 08:03 pm
@dlowan,
Yes. First I'd heard of him, but glad I did.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2016 10:35 am
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:
Very sad to see, Avigdor Lieberman is an idiotic thug, and this is another step back for Israel and any chance at restarting the peace process.

Israel starting to stand up for themselves is a step forward.

As for the peace process, you must be kidding. If the world wanted the peace process to happen, they shouldn't have undermined it with their endless hostility towards Israel.
RABEL222
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2016 11:30 pm
@oralloy,
Yes, 10 to 20 billion dollars worth of hostility a year.
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