Netanyahu suspicious as the coalition-building race continues
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Verter - (Opinion) February 22, 2013 - 1:00am

As the stopwatch ticks toward the end of the coalition-building race, the glut of emotions and passions is surging. Usually in processes like these, time is a healer and relations of trust are created. Not this time.

Poll: Yesh Atid would crush Likud in new election
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gil Hoffman - February 22, 2013 - 1:00am

MK Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party would easily defeat Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud Beytenu if an election were to take place now, according to a Panels poll taken on Wednesday for Sof Hashavua, The Jerusalem Post’s weekend sister newspaper in Hebrew.

Math and the Israeli Election
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Linda Gradstein - (Editorial) February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

Why is it taking so long to form a government? It is now a full month since the Israeli public went to the polls, but the winner, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, is not even close to forming a new government. He needs to reach the magic number of 61 parliament members out of a total of 120, who will join his coalition government.

Israel's Netanyahu risks inclusion of Livni into government
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Faisal J. Abbas - (Analysis) February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

Israeli Prime Minister designee Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday announced that former foreign minister Tzipi Livni of the HaTnua (Movement) party will join his next government as justice minister. Thus, this is making the HaTnua the first party to join Netanyahu's coalition after the parliamentary elections on Jan. 22.

Yair Lapid's crucial choice
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Ari Shavit - (Opinion) February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

Yair Lapid, the chairman of Yesh Atid, wants to be prime minister. Okay, good. Lapid doesn’t have the experience necessary to be prime minister. Okay, good. But Lapid has impressive political skills, which he demonstrated during the election campaign. Okay, good. Therefore, in order to prove that he is indeed worthy of being prime minister in the future, the good Israeli needs to prove he is a good reader of the reality map. He has to prove he knows how to distinguish between what is important and what is not.

Through the back door
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Nahum Barnea - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

Netanyahu is letting people board his bus first through the back door: Tzipi Livni is the first one to board. The second will be Shaul Mofaz. Then the front door will open and Shas and United Torah Judaism will be invited in. Netanyahu hopes that by then Labor will be convinced to board as well.

Israel's Livni faces rough road in peace push with Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Jeffrey Heller - (Analysis) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

Tzipi Livni's coalition pact with right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu speaks volumes about the obstacles ahead for the moderate former Israeli foreign minister in her new task of pursuing peace with the Palestinians. Expectations of a new peacemaking initiative have been raised by a planned visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan next month by U.S. President Barack Obama, who has clashed with Netanyahu over the prime minister's policy of expanding settlements on occupied land Palestinians want for a state.

Israel's Dan Meridor on the future of the Likud Party
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

Israel's conservative Likud Party may have dominated last month's national elections, but it faces a historic identity crisis that could affect its survival and ability to govern, says longtime Likud member Dan Meridor.

Netanyahu seeks broad coalition to push forward Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - February 18, 2013 - 1:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to establish as broad a coalition as possible to promote an agreement with the Palestinians, he told a meeting of Likud ministers Sunday morning.

Rivals' pact in Israel blocks Netanyahu from forming coalition
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - February 17, 2013 - 1:00am

A new odd couple in Israeli politics has become the biggest obstacle to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's effort to form the next government.

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