Tag Archive for Shelly Yachimovich

Israel’s State Comptroller Rules Lieberman’s Secret Vienna Meetings ‘kosher’


After MK Shelly Yachimovich lodged complaint that Israel’s foreign minister held unreported meetings on previous European trip, the State Comptroller’s inquiry concluded the ‘secret’ meetings would have been approved.

By Aviel Magnezi



The State Comptroller has concluded that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s secret trip to Vienna was justified, after former Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich complained the Lieberman conduct secret meetings that were not reported to the media during the September visit.

Lieberman's secret Vienna meetings okayed. (Photo: AFP)

Lieberman’s secret Vienna meetings okayed. – Photo: AFP

In the report sent to Lieberman by the State Comptroller retired judge Yoseph Shapira, who sent Lieberman the report before its publication in order to get his comments, states that after an inquiry by the State Comptroller’s office and after a meeting conducted with Lieberman, Shapira and the senior advisor to the State Comptroller on special matters were “convinced by the words of the minister and accepted them.” Continue Reading »

MK Bennett at Jerusalem protest: “Terrorists should be eliminated, not freed”


Family members of the Israelis murdered in terrorist attacks demonstrated before the cabinet votes on Netanyahu’s proposal to free 104 Palestinian prisoners as gesture to Abbas.

The crowd chanted, ‘Bibi is a coward’.

By Moran Azulay


The cabinet was expected to convene Sunday morning to vote on the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority ahead of the expected resumption of US-brokered peace talks.

Ahead of the vote, relatives of Israelis who were killed in terror attacks gathered outside the government complex in Jerusalem to protest against the release of prisoners.

The protesters chanted: “This is a day of mourning,” “You do not release murderers of children” and “Bibi is a coward.” Continue Reading »

Netanyahu: Natural Gas exports to yield $60 billion in revenue over 20 years


Israel stands to become one of the world’s top-25 gas exporters. PM Netanyahu says Israel will export 40% of its natural gas, keeping 60% for domestic use.

Opposition Leader Yachimovich: Bill is a shameful capitulation to the tycoons, a major blow to Israel’s economy.

By Zeev Klein, Hezi Sternlicht, Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that Israel will keep 60 percent of the natural gas it harvests from its offshore gas fields for domestic use, setting export levels at 40%. The cabinet will vote on a bill to that effect next week.

Tamar offshore gas field – Photo: Albatross

Continue Reading »

Lapid now knows where the money is & needs to plug the hole

PM Benjamin Netanyahu is giving Finance Minister Lapid his full support even if some of Lapid’s own party supporters are not.

Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini is pleased, although, ‘Ricky Cohen from Hadera’ now has to deal with harsh austerity measures, i.e. higher taxes.

By Mati Tuchfeld


It is okay to say that Finance Minister Yair Lapid has good intentions. More than a year has passed since he quit his job as the anchorman of the Channel 2 news magazine and began traveling the country from end to end, carrying the flag of the middle class, vowing to do everything to protect the middle class, and criticizing all those “old politicians” that turned the middle class into the country’s “ATM,” as he said in one of his campaign speeches.

Continue Reading »

MK Yachimovich declines luxury car (about $420,000), again


Labor’s chairwoman favors Knesset members’ Mazda vehicle over Audi A6 and prefers a female driver.

‘The opposition & the public can be served very well even with a Mazda,’ Yachimovic said.

By Moran Azulay

Opposition Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich (Labor) informed the Knesset on Monday that she was not interested in the armored A6 Audi car she is entitled to as part of her position, and asked to keep using the Mazda car given to her as a Knesset member.

Opposition Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich (Labor) - Photo Hagai Aharon

Opposition Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich (Labor) – Photo: Hagai Aharon

This is the second time Yachimovich relinquishes a luxury car, which is said to cost around NIS 1.5 million (about $420,000). Continue Reading »

Lieberman says lead by example, calls for MK pay cut

Before the special plenum session dedicated to  budget cuts, MK Yachimovich attacks decision to slash higher education funding: ‘Have you no shame?’

In his support of Lapid, Lieberman calls on MKs to take responsibility & shoulder burden by a 10% cut in salary. 

By Ynet

Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman, Avigdor Leiberman, called Tuesday on Knesset Members (MKs) to waive 10% of their salary and “lead by example in this difficult period.”

On the other hand, Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich , who was elected Opposition Head, opened the plenum discussion with an onslaught of criticism on Lapid and his plans to slash higher education funding and raise tuition fees, asking Lapid: “Have you no shame?”. Continue Reading »

ex-Labor MK: Rebellion within Labor to occur “within the next few days.”

Leadership fight brewing as Labor’s MK Eitan Cabel realize Yachimovich refuses to admit Labor into gov’t coalition.

By Gil Ronen


A leadership fight is brewing in the Labor party as the party’s Knesset members realize that Chairperson MK Shelly Yachimovich will not lead them into the next Coalition. Yachimovich has stated that in order for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to accept her into his coalition, he would have to make policy changes that would be tantamount to “renouncing his religion.”

Shelly Yachimovich

Labor Chairperson MK Shelly Yachimovich

MK Eitan Cabel stated openly in a Channel 2 interview Tuesday that he is considering running against Yachimovich for the post of party chairperson. Continue Reading »

Amid opposition & hacking fears, National Biometric Database is launched

Knesset approves use of national biometric identification database for a trial period of 2 years.

Volunteers can submit their face scans & fingerprints to receive “smart” passports and/or identification cards

Knesset opposition leader Yachimovich warns: All databases can be hacked.

By Gideon Allon


The Knesset approved the launch of a national biometric identification system on Wednesday, which will be tested at the beginning of 2013. The decision to begin using the system was made by a joint committee comprising the Science and Technology Committee, Internal Affairs and Environment Committee and Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

The biometric database trial is launched.

Continue Reading »

Everything you always wanted to know about the upcoming Israeli elections

With early elections to be held within 3 months, here’s a comprehensive guide to the most pertinent questions & issues.

Next Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to submit to the Knesset plenum a bill to dissolve the current Knesset. Immediately following the first reading, the Knesset Committee will formulate the wording of the bill, so that the plenum will swiftly approve the second and third readings that same night.

knesset indoors

The Knesset.

When will the elections take place?

The government will determine the exact date for the election. Netanyahu began consultations on Tuesday with the leaders of the various parties and has already discussed the issue with the leaders of the opposition, including Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) and Zahava Gal-On (Meretz), with the hope of finding an agreed date. Continue Reading »