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Israeli Press Review of 31.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 31.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Lieberman sworn in as defence minister

Avigdor Lieberman was officially sworn in as Israeli Defence Minister in a Knesset ceremony on Monday evening, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The swearing in comes as a part of Prime Minister Netanyahu's broadening of the coalition government. Government ministers approved Lieberman’s nomination as defence minister in a meeting earlier Monday morning. In addition, Sofa Landver from Lieberman’s Yisrael Beyteynu party takes up the minister of absorption portfolio.

The vote comes following a protracted round of heated negotiations between Netanyahu's Likud party and Yisrael Beytenu. With the new agreement, Netanyahu will see the government grow from a narrow 61 seat majority in the Knesset to a 66-strong majority.

The approval was also facilitated after a crisis was resolved between Netanyahu and the Bayit Yehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett who had previously threatened to stymie Lieberman’s inauguration if a series of conditions were not first met by Netanyahu.

Later on Monday evening, the two new ministers were sworn into the government in the Knesset.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Palestinian teen stabs soldier in Tel Aviv

A soldier was lightly wounded on Monday evening during a stabbing attack in the centre of Tel Aviv, the Times of Israel reports.

Security forces arrested a Palestinian teenager near the scene of the attack, after he fled and tried to hide in a residential building. Police said the stabber likely had nationalistic motives and they were therefore treating the incident as terrorism.

The attacker was identified as a 17-year-old resident of the West Bank.

Medical personnel at the scene administered first aid to the 19-year-old soldier for injuries to his upper body before taking him to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital.

The hospital said the soldier was likely to be discharged within several hours.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Ya’alon hints at fundraising for new party in letter

Former defence minister Moshe Ya'alon gave an impression that he is already on the way to making a political comeback in a letter he wrote to his past campaign contributors in English that was obtained by The Jerusalem Post.

Ya'alon resigned on May 20 to protest Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to replace him with Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman.

In the letter he expressed some of the same frustration with the current state of Likud that he exhibited in his speech when he announced his resignation.

"I entered politics out of a sense of commitment to the State of Israel and its security and for this reason I am not considering quitting the public or political arena," he wrote to his donors. "I regard this period as a "time-out" after which I intend to return and run for Israel's national leadership."

Ya'alon wrote that he recently found himself in disagreement with Netanyahu and other ministers and MKs over a number of fundamental issues both morally and professionally. Ya'alon wrote that he did not regret the stand that he took and his decision to leave the cabinet.

"I am saddened to witness the fact that a small and extreme minority are taking over sectors of the Likud party and influencing parts of Israel's complex society," he wrote.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


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