DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 2, 2016
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s revived bid to bring opposition leader, Labor’s Yitzhak Herz, into his coalition government as foreign minister is not acknowledged by either side – the latest exchange messages took place Sunday night, Aug 1. But its undercurrents are sending squalls to the surface of apparently unrelated issues.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2016
debkafile has discovered a group coming together to counter the opposition to defense minister’s handling of the Hebron soldier affair and using it as a fulcrum for overturning the Netanyahu’s government. The plan calls for a no-confidence vote, followed by a general election. Moshe Ya’alon would head a new right-of-center party as its leader and candidate for next prime minister. The defense minister has not made any commitments to this initiative.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 2, 2015
Israeli leaders and media indulged in knee-jerk responses - ‘We’re all to blame” and “”We all ignited the flames” - to two separate, individual Jewish hate crimes, repulsive though they were. Israelis universally condemned the crimes, but that should have been a far cry from collective self-flagellation and loud laments that “The whole house is on fire.” The whole house is not on fire and we are not all guilty, although this was the message President Reuven Rivlin offered the nation Saturday night, July 1, in an outpouring of raw emotion instead of constructive remedies.
Information about the US-Iranian nuclear dialogue is no longer “sensitive.” For Obama it’s a done deal
DEBKAfile Special Report February 17, 2015
Accusing Binyamin Netanyahu of leaking “sensitive” information on US nuclear negotiations with Iran skews the fact of an almost done deal between US President Barack Obama and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. It wants only Iran’s paramount leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsement. In attempting to bring him round, Washington is using media spin tactics which Netanyahu’s opponents have seized on to accuse him of sabotaging relations with Washington. Netanyahu is not alone in objecting to Obama’s Iran policy. So too do the Saudis, some Gulf emirates and Egypt.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 14, 2015
The scandals and slurs his rivals floated against the Netanyahu couple ahead of March 17 voting-day have become boomerangs. Likud is lengthening its lead in the polls, as once determined non-voters rally around the victims. The early opposition slogan: “Just not him,” made way this week for: “It’s either Likud or them” - after the prime minister successfully harnessed the social media to reach new voters. His rivals’ bid for the premiership is now a scramble for top posts in Netanyahu’s next government. Still, 30 days of hard campaign are still ahead.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 17, 2014
President Shimon Peres, who hails from the dovish Labor party, has not just been running his own political foreign policy track against Netanyahu’s, but quietly intriguing with the prime minister’s foes on a plan to remove him and his Likud from power. Although two foes have fallen, Peres is served by Netanyahu’s predilection for sitting on the fence on vital issues - including calling him to order for stepping out of the bounds of his presidential authority. Netanyahu is now hunting for a dependable ally to place in the presidential residence.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2013
The shakeup produced by Israel’s national elections has produced more than a new breed of political leaders and lawmakers. If the effect is sustained, it will break up traditional party frameworks and bring a new generation to power.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 26, 2012
Israel’s political parties are on the move and eyeing new alliances in the wake of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s surprise announcement of a merger between his Likud and Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beitenu ahead of the general election in January. Netanyahu is eying the brand new Future party headed by ex-journalist Yair Lapid as a third prospective partner in his post-election cabinet. Labor under its new leader Shelly Yachimovich is resurgent and on the lookout for satellites. But the new Likud Beitunu list is still front-runner.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 3, 2012
Less than a week after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu struck Iran with a red marker, the dire Iranian nuclear threat is thrust aside in Israel by an acute case election fever. debkafile: None of the politicians citing Feb. 13, 2013 as the date of an early election is privy to the prime minister’s carefully calculated agenda. Will that date see a poll followed by messy cabinet-building, or presage a decisive step for preempting Iran’s advance to the threshold of a nuclear bomb? And what other surprises are in store?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly August 14, 2012
Barack Obama’s quarrel with Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak is becoming more intense and personal the closer Israel comes to attacking Iran’s nuclear program before the US Nov. 6 vote. Read the coming DEBKA-Net-Weekly out next Friday, and find out how that feud fires up certain opposition political circles at home and fuels their virulent campaign to tie the Netanyahu government’s hands and so push it out of office.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 10, 2012
Acquitted of two corruption charges, Ehud Olmert leapt agilely Tuesday, July 10 from the pit of disgrace into the political limelight. He is apparently preparing for the role of great unifier of the left-of-center opposition, shaping a new bloc from disparate groupings and disaffected security and military chiefs to potentially hammer Binyamin Netanyahu’s ruling right-of-center coalition.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 8, 2012
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader explained why they agreed to form a national unity government at a joint news conference in Jerusalem Tuesday, May 8. Netanyahu said the new lineup would provide a solid basis for addressing key issues: Legislation to replace the Tal Law with a more equitable distribution of national burdens; approval of a responsible state budget; reform of the electoral system and government structure for greater political stability; promotion of a responsible peace process.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2012
The government has tabled a bill for dissolving the Knesset. The date is still not confirmed, but would-be candidates for seats at the post-election cabinet table are lining up. Defense Minister Ehud Barak launched his bid to carry on in defense at a news conference Wednesday, May 2. Other bidders, on the assumption that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will head the next government, aim to cut Likud’s current right-wing and religious partners out of his coalition and push Likud into a centrist role.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 29, 2012
Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are facing another of the periodic opposition campaigns to unseat them. New faces have joined the opposition lineup, including a fledgling party, “There is a Future.” They are campaigning against an Israeli attack to preempt a nuclear Iran, questioning both leaders’ credentials for leading one and calling for an early election. However, before peaking, the opposition campaign is starting to backfire, debkafile reports. Netanyahu may count on a successful operation against Iran boosting him at the polls.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 28, 2012
Yuval Diskin has a point about an Israeli attack’s potential for halting Iran’s race for a nuclear bomb – but not when he argues it would accelerate that race. Without an Israeli attack Tehran doubled the pace of its nuclear development in the past year. It is important to examine the ex-Shin Bet’s motives for echoing left-wing rhetoric against current Israeli leaders - especially as most Israeli left-of-center parties and protest groups are funded by foreign political interests.
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