By Isi Leibler
In the aftermath of the Holocaust, successive German governments have meticulously upheld their obligations to the Jewish people. Study of the Holocaust is a mandatory component of the German state education curriculum, Holocaust denial is classified as a crime and restitution commitments were honored and even exceeded.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is a genuine friend of the Jews and despite intense political pressures and occasional minor vacillations, has consistently supported Israel, describing its security as “part of my country’s raison d’etre.” However in recent years, as in other European countries, German public opinion has turned against Israel, perceiving it as the principal threat to global stability and peace. This hostility has increasingly assumed overt anti-Semitic tones.
By Ted Belman
I pointed out, in Strange Bedfellows what Lapid and Bennett have in common but also what their differences are. But according to Gil Ronen who just wrote, Bennett Vindicated as Coalition Crafting Enters Overtime, Bennett has obtained a very important commitment from Lapid,
What Naftali Bennett did was to make Lapid an offer he couldn’t refuse. He would enable him to square the circle and force a true change as regards hareidi enlistment. For this, Bennett would be willing to weather the storm of accusations that he was “selling out” his hareidi brethren and joining a secularist to do so.
Yityish Aynaw was crowned Miss Israel 2013 (or Israel’s Queen of Beauty 2013) on February 27, 2013 at the Haifa International Convention Center. The beauty is 21 years old and stands 1.82 m. She will represent Israel in the upcoming Miss World 2013 Pageant, scheduled to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 28. Yityish Aynaw made history in Israel as the first black winner in the history of the Miss Israel Pageant (she is of Ethiopian descent).
By Ted Belman
Both Lapid ande Bennett are reformers and both want to cut the Hareidi down to size by shifting authority to the religious Zionists and by integrating the hareidi into the IDF and the workforce.
But on key matters they are unalterably opposed. Bennett wants to annex Area C and Lapid wants to give it all up accept for the settlement blocs. Lapid would settle for most of the settlement blocs rather than all.
Lapid wants negotiations with Abbas to start within 6 months. Bennett prefers that there be no negotiations.
This is believable for me. Remember that a few weeks ago UTJ amended its platform to allow for removal of some settlements and I suggested that Bibi must have asked them to. I believe that Bibi wants to be able to cut a deal with Abbas, or at least to offer one, where Israel keeps all the settlement blocs and E1 and gives up on much of the rest. Since that has no chance of being accepted, I am concerned that Bibi will show good faith by abandoning some settlements in advance. God forbid.
Representatives of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Chairman Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party, Thursday, that if he agrees to join the government without Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party), he will get progress in diplomatic talks, according to sources involved in coalition talks, cited Friday by the Yediot Acharonot daily. Lapid and Chairman Naftali Bennett of Habayit Hayehudi have said that the coalition must take both parties or neither one of them.
Representatives of Likud-Beyteinu told Yesh Atid representatives, “You have to give up Bennett, because [until] then we cannot advance the peace process and evacuate communities [in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) -ed].” Referring to the fact that Habayit Hayehudi is not yet in the government, the Yesh Atid representatives responded by asking, “Have you evacuated communities until now?”
Sources in Yesh Atid told Maariv Likud promised to tear down Jewish communities in coalition deal.
By Gil Ronen, INN
Sources in Yesh Atid told Maariv’s Ze’ev Kam that Likud promised the party’s representatives to tear down Jewish communities in Israel’s Biblical heartland if Yesh Atid joins its coalition independently of Bayit Yehudi.
Likud Beytenu tries to break Bennett-Lapid pact; Channel 10: Obama may cancel Israel trip if coalition not formed by March 16.
Yesh Atid has made it clear that it sees no place for haredim in the next government, Likud Beytenu said following talks between the two factions on Thursday, encouraging Bayit Yehudi to abandon its pact with Yesh Atid and join the coalition.
Meanwhile, Channel 10 reported that US President Barack Obama would cancel his trip to Israel this month if a coalition were not formed by March 16.
Following the coalition talks at the Kfar Maccabiah hotel in Ramat Gan, attorney David Shimron, head of the Likud Beytenu negotiating team, said his list and Yesh Atid “discussed a lot of issues, and dedicated a large part of the meeting to clarifying Yesh Atid’s stance about haredi parties joining the government.”