Responding to Minister Bennett’s claim that 2-state concept reached ‘dead end,’ Erekat deflects blame, says Israel ‘determined to make Kerry’s efforts fail’.
Yesh Atid, Livni also had criticism for Minister Bennett.
By Elior Levy, Moran Azulay
“Israel has officially declared the death of the two-state solution,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Monday in response to Economy Minister Naftali Bennett’s claim that the two-state solution had reached a “dead end.”
Erekat blamed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for matching such statements in policy, and said the “Israeli government is determined to make (US Secretary of State) Kerry’s efforts fail.” Continue Reading »
UK’s Foreign Secretary in interview with Sky News says window for 2-state solution closing fast, adding failure to progress may jeopardize Israel’s Jewish, democratic character.
As the minister charged with negotiations with the Palestinians, Livni said that the next few weeks will be critical for negotiations. “I hope the Palestinians realize that the goal is to restart talks and be focused,” she added. British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who is currently visiting Israel, said in an interview with Sky News that Israel has lost some support in Britain and in other European countries due to its settlement construction policy. Continue Reading »
John Kerry returns to Jerusalem pushing new American initiative, but there’s deep divides in Israel’s new gov’t over how to handle peace process with Palestinians.
By Ryan Jones
Israel’s government this week heatedly debated how and if to restart peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, as US Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the region to continue pushing the two sides back to the table.
Meeting with Kerry in Jerusalem on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel “wants to restart the peace talks with the Palestinians. …I hope the Palestinians want [this] as well…we ought to be successful for a simple reason: When there’s a will, we’ll find a way.” Continue Reading »
Both Justice Minister & Interior Security Minister to introduce to the cabinet an initiative where ‘price tag’ crimes be recognized under the law as terror acts
By Attila Somfalvi
An initiative to change the legal standing of “price tag” attacks to that of an act of terror will be brought before the cabinet next week, according to a resolution devised by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and representatives from the police and security forces.
Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich
The initiative is part of a larger shift intended to bolster police and Shin Bet action against “price tag” offenses in the West Bank and Israel. Continue Reading »
Tzipi Livni says she won’t allow Naftali Bennett to decide on Women of Wall.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni announced Wednesday that she will not allow Minister of Religion, Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home party), to solve the Women of the Wall (WoW) controversy by promulgating new regulations for Kotel prayer.
“I am informing you of my principled stand on the matter, before you make any new regulations,” she announced, in what she said was a letter that she sent to Bennett. “I accept the court’s decision and I, too, believe that it will make a meaningful contribution to the advancement of women in Israeli and religious society.” Continue Reading »
Members of Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu suggested that Netanyahu may try to build a coalition of 57 MKS – including Shas, United Torah Judaism, Kadima & Hatnuah and then present Naftali Bennett with an ultimatum.
Likud officials in charge of coalition negotiations said that Hatnuah Chairman Tzipi Livni‘s consent to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government was the “first domino” to fall, believing that more parties would now follow.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett. – Photo by Archive
Shas and Kadima are expected to join the coalition quickly, but the Likud officials also expect that Livni’s move will apply pressure on Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi, as well. Continue Reading »
Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni, will reportedly be appointed as Justice Minister in Netanyahu’s new coalition & will hold a key position in peace talks with the Palestinians.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, frustrated with the Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid parties, has reportedly once again turned to Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni. Reports several weeks ago indicated that the two had been holding talks.
Channel 10 News reported on Sunday that Livni’s party is probably the closest to joining Netanyahu’s coalition. The report indicated that Livni is in constant touch with the Likud Beytenu’s number 2, Avigdor Lieberman, and that understandings between the two parties are beginning to emerge. Continue Reading »
Former Foreign Minister Liberman was questioned yesterday for 40 minutes by police.
Report says representatives for Livni and the PM are in talks over Foreign Ministry position.
Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni has her sights set on returning to her former post, and has already sent messengers twice to speak to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s confidants about joining forces in the coalition he is expected to form following the upcoming election, Israel Radio diplomatic analyst Chico Menashe reported on Tuesday.
Binyamin Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni – Photo: Reuters
The report came amid increasing indications that Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman would not be able to be a minister for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing legal investigation against him. Continue Reading »