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Excluded and threatened, ultra-Orthodox MKs turn bitter Branding the new coalition shameful, evil and un-Jewish

Shas and United Torah Judaism quickly get the hang of feisty opposition politics. [Photo: Benjamin Netanyahu seen with Shas’s Eli Yishai (back right) and United Torah Judaism’s Yaakov Litzman (foreground) in the Knesset on March 18, 2013. ] On Wednesday afternoon, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read out the details of his new government, prior to a lengthy debate and the eventual swearing in of its ministers, the members of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party demonstrated just how bitterly they resent being left out of the coalition: They got up and walked out of the plenum.

The Avenger ! Netanyahu and Mofaz join forces

By Ron Cantor I am committed to keeping this blog short! It’ll be tough given the content, but I’ll try.

Over the past few weeks there has been a massive earthquake in the Israeli political scene. And in the upcoming June issue of the Maoz Israel Report, Shira Sorko-Ram has written an outstanding article that will go much further in depth on this topic. However, before I tell you more details, you have understand the Israeli parliamentary system—which is not like the U.S. or even the UK.

Let’s do bullets…

There are 120 seats in the Knesset (Parliament). A government must consist of at least 61 seats—a simply majority. After elections, whichever party has the best chance of building a coalition is given the opportunity to do so… usually the party that wins the most seats (however in this last election, even though Likud (Netanyahu) came in second to Kadima (Tzipi Livni), Likud was summoned to form a government because Kadima had no chance of building a coalition. With between 10 and 15 parties represented in the Knesset (presently 12), the party seeking to build a coalition will often have to make huge concessions and back room deals (often centered on promises of position to party leaders… which leads to inept people in positions of power for which they have no experience… as when a former union boss was made defense minister.). Okay… so you’re getting a feel for how things work (or don’t work) here in Israel. Netanyahu has been leading a coalition government for three years with Kadima playing the role of the opposition. As Netanyahu felt he needed a new mandate from the people in order to move his agenda forward, he called for early elections. However in a stunning turn of events, after a marathon meeting with new Kadima head Shaul Mofaz, Israel now has the 3rd largest coalition government in Israel’s history—thanks to Netanyahu’s political savvy.

Israeli TV report shows air force gearing up for Iran attack, says moment of truth is near

IAF expects losses, and knows it can’t destroy entire Iranian program ’By Greg Tepper Five weeks not the end of the world on Iran, Israeli analysts say Netanyahu: West has given Iran ‘a freebie’ to keep pushing for nukesA major Israel TV station on Sunday night broadcast a detailed report on how Israel will go about attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities in the event that diplomacy and sanctions fail and Israel decides to carry out a military strike.

The report, screened on the main evening news of Channel 10, was remarkable both in terms of the access granted to the reporter, who said he had spent weeks with the pilots and other personnel he interviewed, and in the fact that his assessments on a strike were cleared by the military censor.

No order to strike is likely to be given before the P5+1 talks with Iran resume in May, the reporter, Alon Ben-David, said. “But the coming summer will not only be hot but tense.”

Netanyahu’s gift to Obama speaks volumes about Iranian threat

By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed U.S. President Barack Obama a gift on Monday that spoke volumes about Israel’s tensions with Iran – an ancient Hebrew tome about a Persian plot to annihilate Jews.

It’s called the Scroll of Esther, a tale of palace intrigue featuring a Jewish beauty who charms a Persian king into foiling an evil adviser’s genocidal plans for her people some 2,500 years ago.

“Then too, they wanted to wipe us out,” Netanyahu told Obama, according to an Israeli official.

Jews gather in synagogues on Wednesday to read the scroll, popularly known as Megillat Esther, on the Jewish costume holiday of Purim, a celebration of salvation and of turning the tables on one’s foes.

Obama focuses on unity, Netanyahu on sovereignty


The United States and Israel agree that diplomacy is the best way to resolve the crisis over potential Iranian nuclear weapons, President Barack Obama said Monday, an optimistic view that Israel’s leader declined to publicly endorse.

“Both the prime minister and I prefer to solve this diplomatically,” Obama said as he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began several hours of White House consultations. The U.S. will consider all options in confronting what it sees as the unacceptable outcome of an Iranian bomb, Obama said.

Netanyahu used a brief, cordial session in front of the White House cameras to remind his host that Israel will decide for itself how to confront a looming threat that both unites and divides the longtime allies.

Netanyahu re-establishes PM Bible class


Taking a page out of Ben-Gurion and Begin’s playbook, PM will begin hosting a regular Bible group in his official residence.

Taking a page out of David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin’s playbook, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will begin hosting a regular Bible study group in his official residence for researchers, public officials and invited guests.

Netanyahu announced the establishment of the study circle on Friday at a ceremony marking 30 days since the passing of his father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi. The study group will be named after Ben-Artzi, a noted poet and Bible teacher.

Both Ben-Artzi. The study group will be named after Ben-Artzi, a noted poet and Bible teacher.