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    The White House steers a conciliatory course after strong initial comments:

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2...ngress-dispute

    White House chief of staff Denis McDonough moved to defuse a dispute over Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington on Sunday, calling relationships between the two countries “many faceted, deep and abiding”.

    Administration officials told Israel’s Haaretz last week Netanyahu had “spat” in Obama’s face by arranging with Republican House speaker John Boehner to speak before Congress in March without first informing the White House.

    The comment “does not reflect the views of this president or this White House”, McDonough told CBS. He said the importance of the relationship meant it was “above partisan politics”.
    The trick received heavy criticism in American media, including by two Fox News anchors.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/1/24/7884311...ehner-fox-news

    Fox News is not exactly known as an ally of the Obama administration, especially when it comes to disputes between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, or disputes between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Yet two prominent Fox News hosts, Chris Wallace and Shepherd Smith, harshly criticized Boehner and Netanyahu on Friday for secretly arranging a Netanyahu speech to Congress that is transparently aimed at undermining President Obama, and set up without the White House's knowledge.

    The White House, State Department, and many foreign policy observers, including prominent former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, expressed outrage over the move. And, in a sign of just how many lines Boehner and Netanyahu crossed, so did the two Fox News hosts.

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    http://www.vox.com/2015/2/5/7978375/...peech-congress

    When it was revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had accepted Republicans' invitation to speak to a joint session of Congress this March, it provoked a political firestorm. Netanyahu's speech would almost certainly focus on Iran's nuclear program, an issue on which he and President Obama are fundamentally at odds. Many observers saw the speech as a grave breach of protocol by Netanyahu and, by Congressional Republicans, a naked attempt to undermine Obama's foreign policy.

    Netanyahu's apparent goal was to bolster Republican opposition to Obama's Iran talks and to encourage along new US sanctions on Iran that would blow up the talks. But, now, it appears that Netanyahu's gambit is blowing up in his face. Congressional Democrats are furious with Netanyahu, and the speech may well have caused them to put off a critical vote on Iran sanctions, thus putting Netanyahu's goal further out of reach.
    I hope it will also backfire on him in the elections, but it is very uncertain that it actually will.

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    http://www.vox.com/2015/2/16/8048053...ngress-address

    sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned March 3 speech to Congress has infuriated the Obama administration and Democrats, creating a significant diplomatic incident that has become controversial in both countries. On Sunday, Netanyahu gave an address in Jerusalem defending his planned speech to Congress, and it perfectly illustrated why this issue has been so divisive.

    In his Monday speech, Netanyahu was unusually blunt about his intent to do an end run around the president. "Congress may very well have a say on the parameters of any final deal with Iran," he said. "That's why I'm going to Congress."

    Not mentioned anywhere in the speech: President Obama, who is actually in charge of American foreign policy.

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    So, Bibi has given his glorious little speech. With the casual comparisons to Da'esh and the Holocaust, I think "intellectually dishonest and unhinged" is the most charitable description possible.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/3/3/8143417/...-congress-five

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday was a comprehensive case against President Obama's approach to Iran. It's an issue over which of the two leaders have clashed repeatedly; tensions have gotten to the point where the long-term health of the US-Israel alliance could be compromised.

    Netanyahu's speech today laid out, very clearly, why he's willing to play such a dangerous game with his most important ally. Here are the five key moments to understand Netanyahu's case against a deal with Iran and his risky gambit in Washington.


    As Netanyahu's case is in fact incoherent ("let's cripple the maniacal radicals with whom can't be reasoned, to force a better deal on them!"), he's probably lying when he says he wants a better deal.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/3/3/8143429/...hu-speech-iran

    And that is an even better reason for concluding that he is being intellectually dishonest.

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    Oh, I so much hope for this trend to continue:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...gains-momentum

    Israel’s opposition leader, Yitzhak Herzog, appears to be gaining momentum in the runup to next week’s general election, triggering a rising sense of panic in Likud, the party of the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.

    Two new polls suggest a lead of three to four parliamentary seats for the Zionist Union, with internal polling from both parties indicating a wider gap.


    At the heart of Netanyahu's bizarre foreign policy fracas stands a belief in Israeli exceptionalism. It also features a deep depreciation of the Diaspora.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/3/4/8144895/...u-iran-history

    It's pretty easy to understand why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is so adamantly opposed to a nuclear Iran: Iran is hostile toward Israel and, if it got a bomb, would pose a greater threat than it already does. But, for many Americans, the vehemence of Netanyahu's opposition is harder to understand. Why does he seem to oppose even a nuclear deal that would allow Iran moderate nuclear enrichment capability — and thus seems willing to risk war?

    "Netanyahu's position is extreme and unworkable: Iran should yield completely, or there will be war," Mother Jones' David Corn wrote in response to Netanyahu's speech. Airstrikes on Iran's nuclear program would at best delay Iran's program and could risk sparking a wider war. Netanyahu's critics find the fact that he could even contemplate them dangerous and baffling.


    But the omnipresent double standard in American political discourse remains baffling. Check this article from a relatively clear-headed source. Apparently the Iranian foreign minister's point is "incredibly misleading" while Netanyahu's is just "certainly not fair", while the point Netanyahu makes is the one that is completely baseless (Haman is never described as a Persian - the most tenable interpretation is that he is 'Amalekite'; but we're talking fiction anyway).

    http://www.vox.com/2015/3/5/8157079/...tanyahu-esther

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    So, the big day is come for Israel. We can expect exist polls soon and the results will be known tomorrow:

    http://www.ibtimes.co.in/israel-elec...-resuls-626413

    On Tuesday, 17 March, starting from 7am Israel Standard Time, thousands of Israeli nationals will vote to elect the government that will rule them for the next four years.

    The polling stations will remain open till 10pm and on Wednesday morning the results will be announced, paving the way for the formation of the Knesset and the new government.

    Opinion polls have already predicted the ouster of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while the Zionist Union is expected to form a coalition government. The alliance comprises Israel's Labour party, led by Isaac Herzog, and Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah party, which backs peace talks with Palestinians.

    However, history shows elections in Israel are a tricky business.

    The 17 March Israeli elections are going to be one of the most closely watched events of 2015. The Voice of Israel will have a live marathon election coverage giving a minute-by-minute account of the polling on the Israeli General Elections 2015. VOI's extended live coverage will start from 7pm and will continue till 2am.

    The first exit poll result will be announced by VOI at 10pm and the election results coverage will then continue on 18 March starting 11am until 1pm.


    There have been some curious election promises from Netanyahu:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ction-campaign

    Israeli voters are heading to the polls at the end of a close-fought and bitter election campaign.

    With Binyamin Netanyahu trailing in the last opinion polls to his main rival, Yitzhak Herzog of the opposition Zionist Union, Tuesday’s election has been presented to Israelis – 5.8 million of whom are eligible to vote – as a choice over the country’s future direction.

    That was underlined on the eve of the polls when Netanyahu unequivocally ruled out the establishment of a Palestinian state and vowed to strengthen construction of settlements in occupied east Jerusalem should he be re-elected.
    Netanyahu’s comments reinforced his hardening message of recent days and confirmed the final abandonment of his at best tepid commitment to a two-state solution.

    His remarks were made in an interview with a website owned by the US casino magnate Sheldon Adelson – Netanyahu’s biggest backer – and were being viewed by his political opponents as a last-ditch effort to sway voters away from the rival far-right Jewish Home party of Naftali Bennett.

    “I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state and evacuate territory gives territory away to radical Islamist attacks against Israel,” Netanyahu said. “The left has buried its head in the sand time after time and ignores this, but we are realistic and understand.”

    When asked if that meant a Palestinian state would not be established if he is elected, Netanyahu replied: “Indeed.”


    Credible human rights organisations claim that the UN has not included the IDF to the list of children's rights violators because of pressure from the Israeli government.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ns-rights-list

    Senior UN officials in Jerusalem have been accused of caving in to Israeli pressure to abandon moves to include the state’s armed forces on a UN list of serious violators of children’s rights.

    UN officials backed away from recommending that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) be included on the list following telephone calls from senior Israeli officials. The Israelis allegedly warned of serious consequences if a meeting of UN agencies and NGOs based in Jerusalem to ratify the recommendation went ahead. Within hours, the meeting was cancelled.

    “Top officials have buckled under political pressure,” said a UN source. “As a result, a clear message has been given that Israel will not be listed.”

    Organisations pressing for the IDF’s inclusion on the list since the war in Gaza last summer – which left more than 500 children dead and more than 3,300 injured – include Save the Children and War Child as well as at least a dozen Palestinian human rights organisations, the Israeli rights organisation B’Tselem and UN bodies such as the children’s agency Unicef.


    This opinion by Avi Shlaim from a year ago gives an interesting perspective on Ariel Sharon. That Sharon was hawkish, though not as intransigent as Netanyahu, is undisputed and self-evident, but the unilateral disengagement always puzzled me. The picture is without doubt biased: Avi Shlaim is one of the post-Zionist New Historians and Israeli political history is a highly contentious, politicised field. Simply associating with the views of one of the two camps is a lazy and easy way to be wrong. But integrating the unilateral disengagement plan into Sharon's hawkishness makes a lot of sense.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...f-peace-israel

    Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday after eight years in a coma, was one of Israel's most iconic and controversial figures. His long and chequered career as a soldier and politician largely revolved around one issue: the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbours. As a soldier he was involved at the sharp end of this bitter conflict. As a politician he became known as "the Bulldozer" on account of his contempt for his critics and his ruthless drive to get things done. Sharon was a deeply flawed character, renowned for his brutality, mendacity, and corruption. Yet despite these flaws he holds a special place in the annals of his country's history.

    Sharon was an ardent Jewish nationalist, a dyed-in-the-wool hardliner, and a ferocious rightwing hawk. He also displayed a consistent preference for force over diplomacy in dealing with the Arabs. Reversing Clausewitz's famous dictum, he treated diplomacy as the extension of war by other means.

    The title he chose for his biography aptly summed him up in one word – Warrior. Like Shakespeare's Coriolanus, Sharon was essentially a fighting machine. His critics denounced him as a practitioner of "gun Zionism", as a perversion of the Zionist idea of the strong, fair-minded, and fearless Jew. To the Palestinians Sharon represented the cold, cruel, militaristic face of the Zionist occupation.

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    The exit polls indicate no clear winner yet.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31933326

    Neither Israel's governing Likud party nor the opposition Zionist Union has a clear lead in Israel's general election, exit polls suggest.

    Exit polls by two Israeli broadcasters gave both sides 27 seats each in the 120-seat parliament, the Knesset.

    Both would need support from other parties to form a governing coalition.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the vote as a "great victory" for his Likud party, which is credited with a better result than expected.

    Likud had trailed the centre-left Zionist Union in opinion polls last week, correspondents say.

    However, Zionist Union, headed by Yitzhak Herzog, said that the "spin" from Likud was "premature" and everything was "possible until the real results are in".

    Final results are not expected until Wednesday morning.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/liv...lition-knesset

    Some polls indicate a one-seat lead for Likud, which would be galling.

    Much depends on the preferences of Kulanu's leader Kahlon, who broke away from Likud.



    This article by Shlaim is a good follow-up to the one linked above:

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...ecurity-israel

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    Likud appears to have a relative majority by five seats.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31933326

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party has won a surprise victory in Israel's election.

    Exit polls had forecast a dead heat but with almost all votes counted, results give Likud a clear lead over its main rival, the centre-left Zionist Union.

    The outcome gives Mr Netanyahu a strong chance of forming a right-wing coalition government.

    The result puts the incumbent on course to clinch a fourth term and become Israel's longest-serving prime minster.

    The latest tally gives Likud 29 seats in the 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, with the Zionist Union on 24 seats.

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    The United States are not amused by the aggressive expansionist promises that Netanyahu made.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31953207

    The White House says it is deeply concerned at what it called the "divisive rhetoric" in the Israeli election, which ended in a surprise win for Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.

    During campaigning, Mr Netanyahu said he would not allow the creation of a Palestinian state if re-elected.

    The US, UN and EU have all urged him to continue with the two-state solution.

    Mr Netanyahu aims to build a new coalition government within two to three weeks, his party says.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said: "It has been the policy of the United States for more than 20 years that a two-state solution is the goal of resolving the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians."

    The US would "re-evaluate our approach" in the wake of Mr Netanyahu's comments ruling out a Palestinian state, he said.
    And you have to admit, his extremely nationalistic last-moment publicity bid made Netanyahu look hysterical.

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    For continuously keeping up and cataloging all of this for us, you have my respect. Even though I'm not reading it/haven't read it yet (you never can tell with these things), this is a commendable feat, and I applaud you for it.
    I suppose I might as well put one here, all the cool kids are doing it (not to judge, but so are some not-so-cool kids).

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    I'm not sure where I read it, but somewhere it clearly suggested that Kahlon had some preference for Likud, making a right-wing coalition very likely. This quote is not quite as strong however:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...amin-netanyahu

    Kahlon, who hedged his bets during the campaign over whether he would back Herzog or Netanyahu for prime minister, appeared to indicate on Wednesday morning that Kulanu – which won 10 seats – was actively considering joining a government led by Netanyahu.

    “I need to ensure that the Kulanu will be able to keep its promises to the voters. Ten seats is more than 320,000 people, people who voted for us and put their faith in us, and we must meet this challenge,” he said.


    Netanyahu has rejected his rejection of the two-state solution.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31968676

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has watered down a pre-election vow not to allow the establishment of a Palestinian state.

    In a US TV interview, Mr Netanyahu said he wanted a two-state solution, but said "circumstances have to change".

    The interview with MSNBC was his first since winning a clear election victory earlier this week.

    As the campaign ended Mr Netanyahu had appealed to supporters by saying he would not allow a Palestinian state.

    But that view was tempered in Thursday's interview, in which he also denied accusations that another last-minute campaign pronouncement amounted to racism.

    "I don't want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution, but for that circumstances have to change," Mr Netanyahu told MSNBC.

    "I never changed my speech in Bar Ilan University six years ago calling for a demilitarised Palestinian state that recognises the Jewish state. What has changed is the reality," he said.

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    Netanyahu has issued an apology for one of the more alarmist utterances of his during the final days of the election campaign: the one about Arabs being bussed to the poll booths (the one about conspiring Scandinavian governments is notably absent).

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32026995

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he "regrets" warning "the Arabs are voting in droves" during last week's elections.

    He said he had not meant to offend Israeli Arab voters.

    In a Facebook message directed at supporters on election day, he warned that "right-wing rule is in danger" as left-wing organisations were bringing Arabs to vote "in buses".

    The Joint List alliance of Arab-dominated parties rejected the apology.

    The prime minister had feared his voters would stay at home, but won against expectations.

    Mr Netanyahu now says he hopes to form a new governing coalition within two or three weeks.


    Obama rejected Netanyahu's rejection of his own rejection of the two-state solution. Sort of. Rather, he disbelieves that his U-turn is sincere.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ob...ing-two-states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said he takes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "at his word" for saying that an independent Palestinian state will never co-exist with Israel as long as he is in office, yet another sign of the strained relations between longtime allies.

    Netanyahu has backpedaled since he stunned the U.S. and the international community by announcing that dramatic policy reversal on the eve of his re-election Tuesday. But in his first public comments on the election outcome, Obama suggested that he does not believe the Israeli leader's softer position on the Palestinian state issue.

    "We take him at his word when he said that it wouldn't happen during his prime ministership, and so that's why we've got to evaluate what other options are available to make sure that we don't see a chaotic situation in the region," Obama told The Huffington Post in an interview released Saturday.


    Then there is this, based on allegations from the Wall Street Journal:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32030071

    Israel has denied a report that it spied on talks between Iran and the US over Iran's nuclear programme.

    A senior Israeli official told the BBC that the claims, reported in the Wall Street Journal, were "utterly false".

    The journal said Israel wanted details of the talks in order to build a case against a nuclear deal with Iran.

    Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the US Congress that a deal being discussed could "pave Iran's path to the bomb".

    The US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China are seeking to reach agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.


    We live in interesting times, that is certain.

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    The Israeli government will transfer tax income to the Palestinian Authorities again (those are Palestinian taxes collected by Israel):

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32092236

    Israel is to stop withholding tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), a move that has crippled the Palestinian economy.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the "deteriorating situation in the Middle East" and rise of extremists required him to "act responsibly".

    Israel's military had reportedly warned that the policy was fuelling violence.

    Mr Netanyahu halted payments in January in protest at the Palestinians joining the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    When their membership takes effect on 1 April, the Palestinians will be able to pursue Israel for alleged war crimes.

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    A former Kadima Prime Minister has been sentenced for corruption:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32112432

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of fraud and breach of trust after a retrial.

    He had been acquitted in 2012 of taking envelopes stuffed with money from a US-based supporter.

    However, a retrial was ordered after the emergence of recordings in which he referred to receiving the money.

    Olmert, who served as Israeli PM from 2006 to 2009, is currently appealing a conviction for bribery in 2014 for which he was sentenced to six years.

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    The building of a section of the Wall near Bethlehem has been scrapped by the Supreme Court of Israel.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32171577

    Palestinians are celebrating after Israel's Supreme Court rejected a plan to route the West Bank barrier through a beauty spot near Bethlehem.

    A long-running legal campaign against the proposal had drawn the attention of Pope Francis.

    The Israeli government wanted to build a section of its separation barrier between church properties in the scenic Cremisan Valley.

    Fifty-eight Christian families would have been cut off from their land.

    "This is a victory for everyone," the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fuad Twal said at a news conference. He suggested the announcement had special significance in the Holy Land ahead of Easter.

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    Abbas has rejected the offer from the Israeli government to restore the transfer of Palestinian taxes, minus deductions for utility debts (utilities are managed by Israel).

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32193371

    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he has refused to accept hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenues unfrozen by Israel.

    Mr Abbas says he returned the money because Israel deducted a third to cover unpaid Palestinian utility debts.

    He has threatened to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) unless the full amount is released.
    It's not as unreasonable as you may think. The Israeli management of utilities works like a cash cow, charging exorbitant rates. But how clever is it with a cash-strapped government?



    Now despite its date stamp, this article is reliable:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30744701

    The Palestinians have formally joined the International Criminal Court (ICC) - a key step towards being able to pursue Israel for alleged war crimes. However, the move could backfire by raising tensions with Israel and the United States - and risks exposing Palestinian officials to war crimes charges themselves.
    That Palestinian politicians and officials also run a risk is an interesting and noteworthy detail.

    I do not mind that per se. War crimes are war crimes and deserve persecution. Of course, asymmetry in outcome could be very damaging in a conflict as protracted as this one. That goes both ways.

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    The Palestinian boy who was murdered and burnt last year will be included in the Victims of Acts of Terror Memorial in Jerusalem.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ll-mount-herzl

    The name of a Palestinian boy who was murdered by Jewish extremists in east Jerusalem last summer has been added to an official memorial wall in the city’s Mount Herzl cemetery.

    The defence ministry announced the addition, which was criticised by an Israeli group representing victims of terrorism, as Israel prepared to mark its annual memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.

    Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped and burned to death last July, a day after the burial of three Israeli youths kidnapped and murdered by Palestinians from Hebron. His name has been added both to the memorial wall and the government website listing those who have died in terrorist attacks.

    The Victims of Acts of Terror Memorial, established in 1998, is in the civil cemetery on Mount Herzl and comprises a wall to which plaques are annually attached. Following the indictment of the three men accused of carrying out the boy’s killing, the defence ministry recognised Abu Khdeir as being the victim of a “hostile action”, giving his family the same compensation rights as Israeli victims of terrorism.
    The move is contested, both by the murdered boy's parents and by the far-right, but it's at least a more magnanimous gesture to the murdered on the 'other side' than the one offered by Hamas when news broke of the three Jewish murdered boys.

    It's advisable not to let this influence your political opinions too much, as it is after all a symbolical act.

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    After more than a month of radio silence in Western media, the misadventures of coalition forging re-enter the spotlight with a bit of fireworks:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...berman-defects

    Binyamin Netanyahu is still struggling to put together a new rightwing coalition government in Israel before a looming deadline at midnight on Wednesday.

    Although the prime minister is expected to scrape together a coalition by the thinnest of margins – with the key support of the far-right Jewish Home party led by Naftali Bennett – it appears it will be at the head of an unstable and vulnerable government.

    Failure to meet the deadline would mean that the Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin, would be required to ask another Israeli MP to try to form a government.

    The coalition talks were plunged into crisis on Monday by the surprise announcement by the foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, that he intended to resign and lead his party into opposition, unhappy with the shape of the emerging government. The announcement – made at a highly publicised press conference – has left Netanyahu, who won the largest number of seats in March’s elections, scrambling to seal a deal in the hours remaining.

    Before Lieberman bailed out, Netanyahu had hoped to forge a rightwing religious lineup with a majority of 67 of parliament’s 120 seats. Although he has signed coalition agreements with two ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties and the centre-right Kulanu, led by Likud defector Moshe Kahlon, Netanyahu still needs to bring on board the Jewish Home party. Bennett is reportedly demanding a higher political price for signing up following Lieberman’s departure.

    Even with Bennett, however, Netanyahu – who had counted on Lieberman joining his government in exchange for remaining foreign minister – would only, on current calculations, manage to put together a governing coalition with a majority of a single seat.

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    Oh, I never followed up to the above: Netanyahu did establish a coalition with the Jewish Home, giving them the smallest possible majority. Kulanu is also part of it.



    Netanyahu has cancelled a bus segregation pilot mere hours after it was initiated by the defence ministry.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32807783

    Israel has suspended new rules that would have had the effect of separating Palestinian and Jewish passengers on buses travelling to the West Bank.

    The defence ministry launched a three-month trial on Wednesday morning, but within hours Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was "unacceptable".

    Groups representing Jewish settlers have been campaigning for segregated travel on security grounds.

    But human rights groups described the measures as shameful and racist.

    About 500,000 Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

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    The new Israeli deputy foreign minister has held an incredibly expansionist inaugural speech that is remarkably at odds with Netanyahu's stated foreign policy goals.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-of-it-is-ours

    Israel’s new deputy foreign minister on Thursday delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts to back her belief that it belongs to the Jewish people.

    The speech by Tzipi Hotovely illustrated the influence of hardliners in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s new government, and the challenges he will face as he tries to persuade the world that he is serious about pursuing peace with the Palestinians.

    Hotovely, 36, is among a generation of young hardliners in Netanyahu’s Likud party who support West Bank settlement construction and oppose ceding captured land to the Palestinians. Since Netanyahu has a slim one-seat majority in parliament, these lawmakers could complicate any attempt to revive peace talks.

    With Netanyahu also serving as the acting foreign minister, Hotovely is currently the country’s top full-time diplomat.

    In an inaugural address to Israeli diplomats, Hotovely said Israel has tried too hard to appease the world and must stand up for itself.

    “We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country,” she said. “This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologise for that.”
    This might be an interesting complication for the coalition's stability.

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    An Amnesty International report elaborates on several illegal executions by Hamas during the Gaza War, beside a number of other cruelties.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...nflict-amnesty

    Hamas has been accused of using the cover of last summer’s war in Gaza to carry out summary executions, including to “settle scores” against opponents under the pretext they were “collaborators with Israel”.

    The claims that Hamas committed rights abuses amounting to war crimes are made in a damning report by Amnesty International highlighting abuses committed by Hamas during last summer’s 50-day war.

    It includes accusations that Hamas carried out the summary execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others, including members and supporters of Hamas’s political rivals, Fatah.

    Although Hamas described many of the summary executions as retribution against collaborators, according to Amnesty’s research some 16 were already in prison either serving sentences or in the midst of ongoing legal processes at the time the conflict broke out.

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    Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs must have been taken over by a halfwit:

    http://www.vox.com/2015/6/16/8788825/gaza-video-mfa

    On Monday, Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released this video: a kooky, animated 45-second spot about a fictional American reporter covering last summer's Gaza war. The reporter is shown lavishing praise on the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and on Palestinians generally, before putting on glasses and seeing how wrong he'd been.

    The video is cringe-worthy in its belittling tone, its fallacies (does anyone really believe the US media has reported that "there are no terrorists" in Gaza?), and its focus on slighting "Palestinian society." The message of the video appears to be that only an idiot would see any moral complexity in the Gaza war, which seems more likely to alienate viewers than to sway them to Israel's cause.

    This is what Israel's government actually believes a winning PR campaign looks like. And that speaks to a serious and growing problem for the country: stuck in an echo chamber of its own making, it is struggling to connect to anyone who doesn't buy its government's line.

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    Fatah and Hamas will pull the plug out of the Palestinian Unity Government because Hamas hampered its operation in Gaza.

    http://www.ibtimes.com/palestinian-u...widens-1970491

    The Palestinian unity government, formed in June 2014 after years of bad blood between Fatah and Hamas, is expected to tender its resignation within the next few days, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced late Tuesday, according to media reports. While the unity government theoretically has the power to govern over both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in practice, Hamas continues to be the sole governing body in Gaza.

    Amin Maqbul, general secretary of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, said that the government would resign in the next 24 hours “because this one is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to work in Gaza,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Tuesday.

    Abbas is expected to direct Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah -- who currently heads the unity government -- to form a new national government comprising various Palestinian factions, Haaretz reported, citing Palestinian sources. However, it is not yet clear if Hamas would be among these factions.

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    There have been a recent eruption of rancour on the Israeli right directed against Obama. This offers a sick but candid preview into the right's elite's putrid underbelly.

    http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/06/19/...-michael-oren/

    Days after jihadi gunmen slaughtered 11 staffers of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a policeman on January 7, hundreds of thousands of French people marched in solidarity against Islamic radicalism. Forty-four world leaders joined them, but not President Barack Obama. Neither did his attorney general at the time, Eric Holder, or Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, both of whom were in Paris that day. Other terrorists went on to murder four French Jews in a kosher market that they deliberately targeted. Yet Obama described the killers as “vicious zealots who … randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli.”

    Pressed about the absence of a high-ranking American official at the Paris march, the White House responded by convening a long-delayed convention on “countering violent extremism.” And when reminded that one of the gunmen boasted that he intended to kill Jews, presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that the victims died “not because of who they were, but because of where they randomly happened to be.”
    http://www.vox.com/2015/6/21/8820533...-obama-twitter

    Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes, an Israeli media personality and the wife of Israeli Vice Prime Minister and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, tweeted a racial joke about President Obama on Sunday:
    Although Shalom Nir-Mozes's crude racism is more readily offensive (about as crude as that Lega Nord oik who called a black an orang-utan - to remind us that this is not specific to the Israeli right), Oren's dishonest quoting and misframing reflects fallacies that are much more generally accepted among the Israeli right. You get similar hysteria in the Jerusalem Post. As if Orientalism is regarded as a foundational work among Democrats. >_>

    Yair Rosenberg destroyed that spun frame regarding the anti-Semitic Hyper Cacher massacre when it originated in February with some great work:

    http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/1889...s-anti-semitic

    In the wake of the shooting at the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris that left four Jews dead, French President Hollande immediately condemned the massacre as an “appalling anti-Semitic act.” These words were echoed last month by President Obama, who said that “Anti-Semitic attacks like the recent terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris pose a threat that extends beyond the Jewish community.” Obama’s ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power likewise emphasized that “all four [victims] were casualties of violent anti-Semitism–targets because they were Jews.” After all, the murderer himself, when asked by reporters over the phone if he was targeting the store for a reason, said “Yes, I am: Jews.”

    And yet, in an interview with Vox published this week, Obama seemed to say something very different. “It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris,” he told interviewer Matt Yglesias. To many readers, this implied that the massacre was not a specifically anti-Jewish act, and reporters quickly raised the issue at today’s press briefings.

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    This sent-in letter by British lawyers (and not the least of them) mentions horrible treatment of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...inian-children

    The conciliatory tone of the article (Israel’s people want peace too. Pressure doesn’t help, 13 July) by Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, contrasts interestingly with our experience. We were members of a Foreign Office-sponsored group of British lawyers (including the former attorney general, Baroness Scotland QC) which went to Israel and the occupied territories in 2011 to report on how the Israeli authorities were treating Palestinian children. Our unanimous report, Children in Military Custody, found that the uncontested facts (we did not rely on disputed ones) showed Israel to be regularly violating at least six important provisions of the UN convention on the rights of the child as well as the ban in the Geneva conventions on transporting prisoners across frontiers – something to which Israel, of all countries, should be sensitive.
    Yes, yes, yes, the PA's treatment of Israeli children probably leave much to be desired as well. Two wrongs still do not make right however.

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