Just one day after joining Israel’s coalition government, the Kadima Party put Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on notice Wednesday that it would withdraw unless there is meaningful reform of the Tal Law, which exempts fervently Orthodox yeshiva students from military service.
“If he refuses to deliver on Tal Law reform, then Kadima will have to draw the political conclusion and we will not be able to continue this alliance,” said Yohanan Plesner, Kadima’s deputy chairman.
How he’ll move forward with unity coalition unclear.
Israeli columnists are calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the “King of Israel” after the new unity government he forged together early Tuesday gave him the political leverage he craved to remake parts of Israeli society.
“He has brought in [to his coalition government] a large centrist party, which tends to somewhat neutralize the right-wingers in his coalition and gives him more leeway to maneuver,” observed Yossi Alpher, an Israeli political analyst and co-editor of the Israeli-Palestinian online publication BitterLemons.net.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the new government coalition including the Kadima Party as the "broadest unity government in Israeli history."
At a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce Kadima's agreement to join the coalition government, Netanyahu said the new government would "benefit Israel" and is a way "to restore stability without elections."
Francoise Hollande, who was elected president of France yesterday, has been saying all the right things about issues of concern to Jews. He is against anti-Semitism, opposes boycotts of Israel, and talks tough on preventing Iran from building a nuclear bomb. He has never been to Israel, but says he hopes to visit soon.
PM seeks to move election up a year; analysts speculate his next coalition would be more dovish.
Tel Aviv — With polls giving him a big lead over a fractured opposition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the odds-on favorite in Israel to win re-election if the Knesset decides to hold elections a year ahead of schedule at the end of the summer.
After months of denying speculation that he was mulling moving up a vote from October 2013, Netanyahu said early this week he would be discussing possible dates with party leaders.
Former opposition leader Tzipi Livni resigned from Israel's Knesset.
Livni delivered a prepared statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing her departure from the legislature prior to a meeting with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin at which she submitted her letter of resignation. She did not take any questions from reporters.
"I shall continue to work for a different Israel; our children deserve no less," she told Rivlin upon submitting her resignation.
Former prime minister calls for caution on Iran and more respect for Obama at Jerusalem Post conference here.
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There was a time when “Israeli politics stopped at the Mediterranean,” Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, told the large crowd Sunday morning at the first annual Jerusalem Post conference in New York.