Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $71,048
80%  
Woo hoo!! And now less than $17k to go!! Thank you all very much!! Let's git 'er done!!

Keyword: kadima

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Ex-Israeli PM Ehud Olmert Sentenced for Taking Bribes From U.S. Businessman

    05/26/2015 2:48:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon May 25, 2015 | Mike Schwartz
    Jerusalem (CNN)Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for taking cash from an American businessman. He was also fined $25,700. Police said Olmert received the money from 1993 through 2006, during his tenure as Jerusalem's mayor and while holding ministerial positions under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He took over as prime minister in 2006 after a stroke incapacitated Sharon. The new sentence is in addition to the six years in prison Olmert is already facing for taking bribes related to a controversial Jerusalem housing project -- also while he was mayor. Olmert was...
  • Bibi Accuses Lapid, Livni of Leading a 'Putsch'; Calls Elections

    12/02/2014 1:35:05 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/14 | Ari Yashar & Ari Sofer
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the nation on Tuesday night shortly after 8 p.m., less than two hours after firing coalition members Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua), effectively disbanding the government. "I turn to you tonight because in the current situation, in the current government, it is impossible to lead the nation," said Netanyahu, saying the impasse is preventing him from fulfilling his role as prime minister. While Netanyahu called it "one of the best governments, one of the most stable governments in the history of Israel," adding it was "a true unity...
  • Netanyahu Accuses Lapid and Livni of Leading a 'Putsch' (calls for new elections)

    12/02/2014 11:11:14 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/2/2014, 8:32 PM | Ari Yashar and Ari Soffer
    PM says he took a 'personal risk' firing Lapid and Livni, but said they had made it impossible to govern; calls for snap elections. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the nation on Tuesday night shortly after 8 p.m., less than two hours after firing coalition members Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua), effectively disbanding the government. "I turn to you tonight because in the current situation, in the current government, it is impossible to lead the nation," said Netanyahu, saying the impasse is preventing him from fulfilling his role as prime minister. While Netanyahu...
  • Livni: New elections are to replace extremist, provocative, paranoid government

    12/02/2014 9:15:28 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/2/2014 | Yonah Jeremy Bob
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday let loose at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the impending elections will "not be over zero value added tax," but over replacing a government she accused of "extremism, provocativeness and paranoia" without knowing how to fight terror while also "upholding freedom and Zionism."
  • Livni Welcomes Rivlin's Criticism of Jewish State Law

    11/25/2014 5:01:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/14 | Elad Benari
    ustice Minister Tzipi Livni, head of the Hatnua party, welcomed on Tuesday evening President Reuven Rivlin’s criticism of the controversial Jewish State Law. Rivlin, who spoke at a conference earlier Tuesday, said, "The State of Israel is the national state of the Jewish people. A small, abhorred minority, undermine this fact, both from within our own and from outside, and so, we must ask ourselves seriously, what is the point of the proposed law - Israel: The National State of the Jewish People." "Does the promotion of this law, not in fact, question the success of the Zionist enterprise in...
  • Livni tells Kerry his cease-fire proposal 'completely unacceptable' for Israel

    07/30/2014 5:13:47 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/27/2014 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Justice Minister tells US secretary of state that his one week truce proposal would strengthen extremists in region. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) told US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday that his proposal for a week long cease-fire of Israel's Gaza campaign was "completely unacceptable" and that it "would have strengthened extremists in the region." The justice minister told Israel Radio on Sunday that over the course of the day on Friday, Kerry's proposal had improved. By Friday afternoon, just before Shabbat, the security cabinet unanimously rejected Kerry's proposal which the ministers believed did not sufficiently ensure either...
  • Livni: Bennett Speaks for 'Settlers' - Not the Common Israeli

    01/20/2014 7:07:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/1/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni sharply criticized Economics Minister Naftali Bennett Monday, after the Jewish Home party leader remarked at a faction meeting that a Palestinian state would "crush" the Israeli economy. "The Economics Minister must decide if he represents the Israeli people, or just the residents of isolated settlements," Livni insisted. "In these trying times, when both left-wing and right-wing businessmen are deeply concerned about the future of the Israeli economy, the person in charge of that economy actually prefers to listen to extremist Rabbis," Livni claimed. "The role of a responsible, Zionist leader is not to side with policies...
  • Livni: Ignore the Terrorists and Keep Talking

    12/22/2013 10:45:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is heading the Israeli team for peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, said Sunday that Israel should ignore the terrorists who carried out the bus bombing in Bat Yam and continue with the peace process. Livni, who spoke at a special conference marking Quality Government Day, said that the Palestinian Authority with whom she is negotiating is not behind the terror attack. "Those who tried to harm us today are not those with whom we are conducting or will conduct negotiations," she insisted. “We will not allow criminal terrorists to determine Israel's future. Israel continues...
  • Livni Warns: No Peace Talks May Lead to EU Boycott

    07/01/2013 6:44:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 7/2/2013, 3:14 AM | Elad Benari
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warned on Monday that Israel runs the risk of a European economic boycott if it fails to advance peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. "You cannot deal only with economic issues and ignore the political issue and the importance of a two-state solution," she told delegates at an accountancy conference in Eilat, according to AFP. "Europe is boycotting products. And, true, it is starting with the settlements but their problem is with Israel, which is perceived as a colonial state, so it won't only stop with the settlements, but will (reach) Israel as a whole," warned...
  • Livni: European boycott of settlement goods could spread to all of Israel

    07/01/2013 8:31:21 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/01/2013 13:14 | By JPOST.COM STAFF
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni fears the potential disaster facing Israel if nothing is done to combat the European boycott of Israeli goods, she told an accountant's conference in Eilat on Monday. "If we do not take action regarding the European boycott of goods coming from the settlement areas, the boycott will eventually extend to all of Israel," Livni warned. Livni claimed that some European countries see Israel as a colonizing nation, and this has affected economic relations with those countries. Recently the fast food chain McDonald's made headlines for refusing to allow its restaurant to be built in an up-and-coming...
  • Livni: Delaying ‘Two-State Solution’ is an Historical Mistake

    06/03/2013 7:23:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 6/4/2013, 5:16 AM | Elad Benari
    Delaying the so-called “two-state solution” is an historical mistake, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni claimed on Monday. Livni, who is in charge of the peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, spoke at the American Jewish Committee 2013 Global Forum in Washington, D.C. She warned in her speech of “devastating consequences” for Israel in case U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest attempt to renew peace talks fails. “Time is working against those who believe that two states is the only Zionist way to maintain our identity,” Livni said. “There are those who want to postpone this decision, but it would be...
  • Livni Mulling Release of Terror Murderers

    06/01/2013 2:11:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/6/13 | Gil Ronen
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is considering the release of terrorist murderers and has received, for this purpose, the files of 120 Arab terror prisoners currently held in Israel. There is international pressure on Israel to carry out “gestures” toward the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a prelude to “peace talks” with it. The Almagor terror victims' organization has asked Livni to meet with its representatives before she decides on recommending the release of any terrorists. Almagor head Meir Indor voiced concern that a release is becoming more likely, following an interview in which President Shimon Peres said that he favors a...
  • Livni, Kerry meet in bid to renew peace talks (5-3-2013 Israel Palestine)

    05/05/2013 3:55:52 PM PDT · by haffast
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/03/2013 | HERB KEINON
    In a further indication of stirrings in the long-stagnant Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met Thursday in Washington with US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said for the second time in a week that he supports a public referendum on any agreement with the Palestinians. Yitzhak Molcho, Netanyahu’s envoy on the Palestinian issue, accompanied Livni to her meeting with Kerry, where they discussed the peace process as well as regional developments, particularly Syria. The meeting came three days after an Arab League delegation met with Kerry and US Vice President Joe Biden. Kerry...
  • Canada's FM Meets Livni in Eastern Jerusalem, PA Fumes

    04/12/2013 6:39:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 4/13/13 | Elad Benari
    The Palestinian Authority is fuming after Canada’s Foreign Minister, John Baird, met Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni in her eastern Jerusalem office this week. Such a move is normally avoided by visiting diplomats since world countries do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over eastern Jerusalem, which it liberated during the 1967 Six Day War. "The visit is a slap in the face to the Palestinian people," former Palestinian Authority foreign minister Nabil Shaath wrote in a commentary published by Canada's daily Globe and Mail on Friday.
  • Report: Livni Undermining Netanyahu on Recognition

    04/08/2013 3:12:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/13 | Gil Ronen
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is also in charge of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, is going behind Prime Minister Netanyahu's back and expressing positions that undermine his conditions for negotiations, according to Maariv. Livni has shown willingness to retreat from Netanyahu's position, that in order for negotiations to begin, the Palestinian Authority (PA) must accept that Israel has a right to exist as the Jewish state. The newspaper quoted a Western source who is well-versed in the diplomatic contacts as saying that Livni "has become convinced that Israel's insistence on this condition could prevent the resumption of negotiations, and...
  • Livni Blasts Bayit Yehudi

    03/16/2013 1:07:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    The intended Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, attacked the partnership between Bayit Yehudi head MK Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid head MK Yair Lapid at week's end. "The disagreements between me and the Bayit Yehudi are very deep," Livni told Channel 10. "Regrettably, the pact between Lapid and Bennett inserted those elements into the government." "I hope that on the diplomatic subjects, Lapid won't adopt Bennett's views," she added. "I expect that in this government, at least on diplomatic matters, we will receive support from Bayit Yehudi and the pact will not lead to substantive issues being blocked. It is not...
  • Netanyahu Before the Election: Livni Won't Lead Peace Talks

    02/21/2013 4:16:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/2/13 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will allow Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni to lead the peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, as part of the coalition agreement between the two, but just several months ago Netanyahu made statements that said exactly the opposite. During the election campaign, Netanyahu had reportedly made clear to several of his senior staff that no talks were taking place with Livni or other members of her party, and that the chances of her joining the next government with him as Prime Minister were nil. “Livni managed the negotiations with the Palestinians poorly,” Netanyahu was quoted in December...
  • Livni blocks bill limiting foreign gov't donations to far-left NGOs

    12/15/2013 11:32:13 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 15/12/13 | Lahav Harkov
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni appealed a bill declaring donations to anti-Israel non-governmental organizations from foreign governments no longer exempt from tax, after it was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday. Eight ministers from Likud, Yisrael Beytenu and Bayit Yehudi approved the bill in the ministerial committee, while Hatnua and Yesh Atid ministers voted against it. The legislation proposed by Bayit Yehudi faction chairwoman Ayelet Shaked and MK Robert Ilatov (Likud Beytenu) amends the Income Tax Law so that NGOs will have to pay 45 percent tax on donations from foreign governments if the organization or members of...
  • Livni to Meet with Terror Victims' Families

    03/17/2014 7:30:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/3/14
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will meet on Tuesday with representatives of the Almagor terror victims’ organization. The meeting comes ahead of the next scheduled release of terrorists as a “gesture” the Palestinian Authority (PA). Lt. Col. (ret.) Oren Tamam, brother of Moshe Tamam who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists, said on Monday that the meeting was finally scheduled after months of repeated requests. “We're going with a broken heart and hopefully she will listen to us willingly,” said Tamam, adding, "The past few months have created among us a distrust in the justice system for which she is responsible,...
  • As Livni Meets Abbas, Bibi Says She Represents Only Herself (and not Israel government)

    05/17/2014 3:44:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    INN ^ | 5/17/2014, 9:26 PM | Hezki Ezra, Ari Yashar
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu distanced himself from the meeting last Thursday in London, held between Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, stating that Livni represented only herself. Livni, who was chief negotiator for Israel in the talks that failed after the PA unity deal with Hamas last month, told Netanyahu about the meeting last week two days before it took place. Sources in the prime minister’s office said Saturday night that Netanyahu made it clear to Livni that she would be representing only herself, and not the Israeli government. …
  • Livni: 'No real option for cease-fire now'

    07/22/2014 12:05:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    Left-wing justice minister says IDF operation in Gaza is "unavoidable"; Kerry meets Egyptian leaders in Cairo in attempt to forge resolution to conflict between Israel, Hamas. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni dismissed on Tuesday the possibility of an imminent halt in fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, adding that the IDF ground incursion in the Strip was impossible to avoid. Related: • US, UN pushing hard for immediate cease-fire in Gaza "There is no real option for a cease-fire now. This operation is unavoidable," the left-wing minister told Army Radio. "Hamas is not close to a cease-fire in terms of...
  • Livni: Israel is Becoming More and More Right Wing

    11/19/2014 5:12:30 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/14
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Wednesday said that Israeli society is becoming more and more right-wing and religious. Speaking at a conference of the leadership of the Kibbutz movement, Livni said that while she served as foreign minister, one of her colleagues told her that in the past there were only a few countries that were not sympathetic to Israel, but in the present there are only two or three European countries that are still ready to stand up for Israel, but are finding it difficult to do so...
  • Panicked Livni, Lapid Lash Out at Bennett Amid Jewish Home Rise

    09/11/2014 4:55:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/9/14 | Moshe Cohen
    As polls show strong support for Jewish Home among the electorate – and rapidly slipping support among voters for her Hatnua party – Justice Minister Tzippy Livni said Thursday that as far as she was concerned, the party headed by Nafatali Bennett had no place in the coalition. “Jewish Home is a party based on deep ideological and religious ideas which will never allow Israel to sign a peace treaty with the Palestinians,” Livni said. “They have no place in the government.” ..... A new poll released Monday shows that if elections were held today, Jewish Home would get 19...
  • Livni: Netanyahu Should Thank Me for Turning to Kerry

    12/20/2014 3:57:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni insisted that she turned to US Secretary of State John Kerry and urged him not to allow the Palestinian Authority (PA) draft resolution to go to vote before elections "with Israel's interests in mind" during a Channel 10 interview Saturday night. "I turned to Kerry to safeguard the interests of the State of Israel, to prevent the world's coercion of Palestinian demands on Israel," Livni insisted. "I'm glad I did it and I'm glad that things I do have an impact on the world, what can not be said about Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu." Livni...
  • Israel will make 'dramatic decisions' for peace, negotiator says

    08/20/2013 10:01:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 20, 2013 | by Jeffrey Heller
    U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will result in dramatic Israeli decisions, the chief Israeli negotiator predicted on Tuesday. Tzipi Livni coupled her forecast with acknowledgement that at least one partner in Israel's right-wing coalition opposed the goal set by the United States, which is brokering the talks, to create a Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel. Livni, speaking on Israel Radio, said "there will be dramatic decisions" by Israel at the end, and negotiators had agreed not to disclose details about their deliberations in order to build trust. "We are arguing, but we are arguing inside the...
  • Bush Snubs Netanyahu on Israel Visit

    01/07/2008 11:11:37 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 85 replies · 61+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/08 | Hana Levi Julian
    U.S. President George W. Bush has declined to meet with former Prime Minister and current Likud Opposition Leader MK Binyamin Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to Israel, slated to begin on Wednesday, according to the Jerusalem Post. Sources in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima party quoted in the report offered this explanation: “At the White House, they think [Mr. Netanyahu] is a liar because of his behavior when he was prime minister.” Outraged Likud officials accused Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of sabotaging what would normally be a routine meeting between a visiting U.S. President and an Israeli Opposition Leader, a...
  • Poll Shows Kadima isn't Dead Yet

    01/14/2013 4:53:34 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    A Panels Politics poll conducted for the Knesset Channel predicts that Kadima – until recently the Knesset's largest party with 28 seats – will receive 3 seats in the next Knesset. Most other polls predict that Kadima, which was created by Ariel Sharon following the Gaza Disengagement, will completely disappear from the Knesset. Otzma Leyisrael, headed by MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari, also receives three seats in this poll. The poll is largely consistent with most other polls in showing that Likud / Yisrael Beytenu will receive 35 seats, whereas Labor would receive 17 seats. Bayit Yehudi would...
  • Livni Slams Likud and Jewish Home 'Extremists'

    01/10/2013 3:57:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/13 | Elad Benari
    Tzipi Livni, who chairs the Hatnua party, slammed on Wednesday what she termed "the extremists" in her former party, the Likud. Livni, who visited a bar in Tel Aviv, warned that a coalition between these Likud extremists and the Jewish Home would be a threat to Israel. "Extremists are taking over our lives and if we do not stop them today - we'll end up in a situation that is dangerous for Israel," Livni said. "These extremists are now in the Likud in the form of (Moshe) Feiglin, (Tzipi) Hotovely, (Yariv) Levin and others - they are in the same...
  • Livni Blames Bennett for Violence. Bennett: Huh?

    12/29/2012 1:49:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Tzipi Livni, who is running for Knesset at the head of an independent party, blamed Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett for the violence at the Oz Tzion outpost near Beit El Friday. "Bennett and the extremist rabbis led people to that hilltop on purpose, in order to create friction with IDF soldiers and a situation in which they would refuse orders," Livni wrote on her Facebook page. "These extremists led the people there on Sabbath eve in the knowledge that our children, the IDF soldiers, would have to evict them," she explained. "Netanyahu, who continues to wink toward the extremist...
  • Mofaz: Following Orders Are Essential to our Survival

    12/22/2012 1:36:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/12
    Shaul Mofaz, Kadima chaiman responded to remarks made by Bennett to Channel 2 during an interview in which he said, "If I would receive an order to remove a Jew from his house and expel him, me personally, my conscience would not allow it. I would ask the commander for an exemption." Mofaz reacted, saying, "There is no place in Israel, not in the regular army and not in the reserve army, to disobey orders. One's political views should not affect his ability to perform a task. An evil spirit calling for disobedience in exchange for a handful of votes...
  • Livni Announces New Party: 'The Movement'

    11/27/2012 2:57:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Kadima chair Tzipi Livni held a news conference at 12:00 noon to announce that she is running for the 19th Knesset at the helm of an independent party, "The Movement – Headed by Tzipi Livni." Livni met Monday with another former Kadima chair, Ehud Olmert, and informed him of her decision. According to a Maagar Mochot poll published Thursday, a list headed by Livni would garner nine Knesset seats and "steal" seats from Labor, which would get only 19, and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (Future) party, which would get 4 seats. Lapid has offered Livni the Number Two position...
  • Livni Set to Announce She is Running

    11/24/2012 12:14:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will announce that she is running for Knesset at the helm of a political party this week – most likely on Tuesday, according to reports. Livni will not form a new party but rather take over a non-functioning party, Hetz, which was registered several years ago by ex-Shinui minister Avraham Poraz. Leftist pundits are unanimous in estimating that Livni's party will further split the already fractured left wing in the next election. Polls project that Livni's party will receive as many as 10 seats, and according to a Maariv poll it is expected to take...
  • Mofaz: Third Intifada if No Peace Deal

    11/04/2012 3:35:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/11/12
    Chairman Shaul Mofaz of the Kadima party said, Sunday evening, that it was possible to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Addressing the forum of deputy mayors, the former defense minister said, "If we do not reach reach an agreement during this period, we will reach a third intifada [Arab uprising -ed.]." .....
  • Disgruntled Kadima-ites Discuss Return to Likud

    08/03/2012 7:49:36 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Tzachi Hanegbi of Kadima, a former minister, announced several days ago that he plans to return to his first political home – Likud. In an event Thursday night, he started to gather disgruntled Kadima members in an attempt to bring as many party members as possible back to Likud with him. Hanegbi addressed those at the event and explained his disapproval for current Kadima head MK Shaul Mofaz, and his disagreement with Mofaz’s decision to leave the coalition. Mofaz’s hasty exit from the coalition just weeks after joining upset many of his own MKs. He made the decision to leave...
  • Kadima’s Departure Leaves Netanyahu’s Coalition at Odds with Itself

    07/20/2012 2:58:28 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 1 replies
    Time ^ | July 17, 2012 | Karl Vick
    Elections may be imminent as the debate over the draft--and whether the ultra-orthodox are exempt--leads to the end of Netanyahu's grand coalition Well, that didn’t last long. The newest and largest member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition voted to leave it on Tuesday, ankling the government not quite 10 weeks after joining. Kadima, the center-right party that averted elections by joining Netanyahu’s coalition in May, voted overwhelmingly to return to opposition after Netanyahu chose to side with religious parties in the divisive question of a universal draft. Kadima’s departure does not guarantee new elections. Netanyahu’s remaining coalition members continue to...
  • Unity Coalition Crumbles, Mofaz Shuns Netanyahu

    07/03/2012 1:11:31 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Kadima party chairman Shaul Mofaz angrily rejected a planned meeting to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday after the Prime Minister dissolved a panel, led by Kadima, for a new draft law. Prime Minister Netanyahu disbanded the committee, headed by Kadima Knesset Member Yochanan Plesner, without Cabinet approval, a move that could be a political ploy to put Mofaz in a corner and force him to quit the national unity coalition that is only several weeks old. The committee was working on legislation to replace the “Tal Law,” which focuses on the enlistment of hareidi religious youth, with an...
  • Vote 'Aye' and It's Bye-Bye, Netanyahu Tells Ministers

    06/05/2012 11:58:42 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Prime Minister's Bureau has contacted all ministers and deputy ministers and made clear that the government opposes the proposed Regulation Law that will come up for a vote Wednesday. The law would make it possible to compensate land owners who were wronged in construction of communities in Judea and Samaria, without having to hand over the land or tear down homes built upon it. Channel 2 News reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's men made clear to the ministers and deputies that if any of them vote in favor of the Regulation Law, they will be fired from the...
  • Echoes of '67: Israel unites

    05/12/2012 12:12:57 AM PDT · by gunsequalfreedom · 29 replies
    JWR ^ | May 11, 2012 | Krauthammer
    In May 1967, in brazen violation of truce agreements, Egypt marched 120,000 troops to the Israeli border, blockaded the Straits, abruptly signed a military pact with Jordan and Syria. Pledged to destroy Israel. On June 5, Israel launched a preemptive strike. The Six-Day War. Less remembered. The nationalist opposition was brought into the government. Emergency unity coalition. Forty-five years later, May 7, Netanyahu has done the same thing.
  • Seven Possible Explanations For the Israeli Political Revolution

    05/08/2012 9:00:28 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 8, 2012 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    The largest opposition party in Israel, Kadima, just joined Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's coalition, obviating the need for elections in September, and turning Bibi into something akin to what only Iran has previously had: a Supreme Leader. (Granted, one supreme leader came to power democratically, and the other did not.) Bibi now stands to be the strongest prime minister of Israel in recent history. The newly-elected leader of Kadima, Shaul Mofaz, recently said he would never in a million years join a coalition with Netanyahu, so this was inevitable, I guess. Speculation is rampant about why Bibi brought in Mofaz....
  • Netanyahu suddenly cancels new elections, forms unity government

    05/08/2012 6:43:21 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 27 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/8/2012 | Edmund Sanders
    In a surprise turnabout, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to cancel the early elections he had called just 24 hours before and instead form a unity government with the opposition party Kadima, Israeli officials said Tuesday. The decision shocked much of Israel's political establishment, which was gearing up to dissolve the parliament, or Knesset, and launch campaigns for a Sept. 4 vote. By joining the government coalition, newly elected Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz avoids facing voters amid polls indicating that his centrist party would lose more than half its Knesset seats. Just a month ago, Mofaz declared he...
  • Livni quits Knesset, vows to stay in public life

    05/01/2012 9:22:47 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/1/2012 | LAHAV HARKOV
    Former opposition and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni resigned from the Knesset and her party on Tuesday, saying she will continue working to better Israel’s future. “My principles and my values require me to leave the Kadima faction in the Knesset,” she explained. “I have always said a seat is not everything, and at this point I must leave my seat in the Knesset.” Livni’s resignation came a month after her loss to Shaul Mofaz in the Kadima leadership race. In the weeks following Mofaz’s victory, Livni hid from the public eye, making few statements only on Facebook or Twitter and...
  • Mofaz: Give the Palestinians 100% of Yesha

    04/07/2012 3:40:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) told the The New York Times that he would "respond to 100% of the territorial demands of the Palestinians" if elected Prime Minister. “I intend to replace Netanyahu,” Mr. Mofaz, 63, said. “I will not join his government.” Mofaz said that he believed Israel should keep the main settlement blocs, but that he would give the Palestinian Authority as much land from sovereign Israeli ground as he kept from Judea and Samaria. He added that he believes it is possible to reach an agreement on the borders and security within one year. When asked about...
  • Mofaz Wins Kadima Leadership

    03/27/2012 5:40:25 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/3/12 | Elad Benari
    MK Shaul Mofaz was elected on Tuesday to be the new chairman of the Kadima party. Mofaz beat his rival MK Tzipi Livni, who has headed the party since 2008, and will assume the position of opposition leader. According to final results reported by Army Radio, Mofaz won 64.5 percent of the vote while Livni received only 35.5 percent. The poll closed at 10:00 p.m. Israel time and as of 9:00 p.m. only about 38 percent of party members exercised their right to vote in the primary. Analysts predicted earlier that a low turnout would likely play out in Mofaz’s...
  • Kadima Co-Founder: Break Up the Party and Start Again

    01/02/2012 2:40:55 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/12 | Ernie Singer
    Avigdor Yitzchaki, one of the founders of the Kadima party, expressed support, Monday, for Member of Knesset Meir Sheetrit's attempts to divide the party. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva, the former Knesset member said, "I wish him success." Referring to the other candidates for the party chair, he said, "Both Mofaz and Dichter crowned with glory and courage of their military service and security but they are not demonstrating it in politics." The Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office during Ariel Sharon's tenure as prime minister had harsh criticism for incumbent Tzipi Livni's conduct, saying she "has made very big mistakes....
  • Livni: Building Decision Could Backfire on Israel

    11/02/2011 5:58:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/11 | David Lev
    The announcement by Israel that it is to build several thousand homes in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Ma'ale Adumim is a “punishment” against the Palestinian Authority for its being accepted into UNESCO as a full member, Kadima head Tsipi Livni said Wednesday – and this will not help Israel retain the blocs in a final status agreement. Livni met with Palestinian Authority head negotiator Sa'eb Erekat during a security conference in Tel Aviv Wednesday. Speaking at the conference, Livni said that “construction as a method of punishing the Palestinians will simply not be understood. It won't help keep the blocs...
  • Shas Responds: What did Livni Expect?

    09/04/2011 10:24:49 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/9/11 | Maayana Miskin
    Opposition leader Tzipi Livni knows the real reason that the hareidi-religious community avoided Saturday night's protests to lower the cost of living, MK Nissim Zev (Shas) said Sunday, speaking to Arutz Sheva. Unfortunately, he added, she preferred to hurl unfounded allegations. “This is not the first time that Livni slams the hareidi community, and the settler community, as if they are the state of Israel's problem,” he noted. “It is a shame that she doesn't look around to see that the entire world is against us,” he continued. “At a time like this we must unite; her approach is neither...
  • ‘Social Justice’ May Boomerang at the Polls

    09/03/2011 10:57:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/9/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A new poll shows that the reaction at the polls could be a slap in the face to center-left Kadima without hurting nationalist and religious parties and clearly illusrates that the protest movement has not made a political dent in the government coalition. The results of the Panorama poll, released on Voice of Israel government radio last week, are a blow to the ”social justice” protest movement that has tried to set up the Netanyahu government as the source of most of Israel’s social and economic problems. If elections. were held now, the Likud party would maintain its 27 seats,...
  • When raw ambition puts your career before your country's security

    07/22/2011 8:51:04 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 2 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/22/2011 | Caroline B. Glick
    Saying that Israel faces daunting challenges today and that those challenges will multiply and grow in the near future should not be construed as a partisan or ideological statement. Rather, it is a statement of fact. It is also a fact that the greatest dangers facing Israel stem from US President Barack Obama's rapid withdrawal of the US from its position as the predominant power in the Middle East on the one hand, and from Iran's rise as a nuclear power and regional power on the other. These power shifts along with the Muslim Brotherhood's rising power in Egypt; Turkey's...
  • Caroline Glick: We Are Not for Sale

    11/08/2010 5:58:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2010 | Caroline Glick
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is playing with fire. And Israel is getting burned. Over the past week, it has been widely reported that the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government are conducting secret negotiations regarding future Israeli land surrenders to the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem. According to the reports, the Obama administration has presented Netanyahu with a plan whereby Israel will cede its rights to eastern Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley to the Palestinians and then lease the areas from the Palestinians for a limited period. The reports on the length of the lease vary. Some claim...
  • Kadima MK Sees Tea Party Brewing in Israel

    10/27/2010 6:57:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) ^ | 10/27/10, 5:07 PM | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    No sooner than Kadima Knesset Member Ronit Tirosh said this week that over taxation will spawn an Israeli version of the anti-big government American Tea Party, English-speaking Israelis were sooner than Kadima Knesset Member Ronit Tirosh said this week that over taxation will spawn an advancing plans to open an American branch in Tel Aviv. The grass roots Tea Party has rocked the American political system, dividing the Republican party and attracting former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as its undeclared candidate to run in the 2012 presidential election.