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Labor Party Threatens to Walk Out of Israeli Government

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Posted on Oct 31, 2010
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Avishay Braverman (foreground), shown here in 2007, announced the Labor Party’s intent to leave Israel’s coalition government if peace talks with Palestinians were not soon under way.

Motivating by either a renewed hope for peace in the Middle East or a desire for political power, Israel’s Labor Party has threatened to walk out of the country’s coalition government unless serious negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis get under way in the coming weeks. —JCL

The Guardian:

Israel’s Labor party will walk out of the rightwing-dominated coalition government unless serious negotiations with the Palestinians get under way in the coming weeks, according to cabinet minister Avishay Braverman, an expected challenger to Ehud Barak for his party’s leadership.

“We need to move as soon as possible. The only way to guarantee the state of the Jewish people is to move boldly after the US election,” Braverman, the minister for minorities, said in an interview.

If Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu missed the opportunity, “Labor will not be in the coalition government. If there are the beginnings of serious negotiations, Labor stays; if not, Labor leaves.”

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By Robert, November 2, 2010 at 8:40 am Link to this comment

October 29 - 31, 2010

Israeli Police Shoot Arab Legislator in the Back
Protest Met With Rubber Bullets

By JONATHAN COOK

Nazareth.

Israeli police injured two Arab legislators yesterday in violent clashes provoked by Jewish rightwing extremists staging a march through the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm.

Haneen Zoubi, a parliament member who has become a national hate figure in Israel and received hundreds of death threats since her participation in an aid flotilla to Gaza in the summer, was among those hurt.

Ms Zoubi reported being hit in the back and neck by rubber bullets as she fled the area when police opened fire. In an interview, she said she believed she had been specifically targeted by police snipers after they identified her.

Police denied her claims, saying they had used only tear gas and stun grenades.

Some 1,500 police were reported to have faced off with hundreds of Arab and Jewish demonstrators in the town yesterday.

Shimon Koren, the northern police commander, admitted special paramilitary forces had been used against the Arab counter-demonstration, as well as an undercover unit more usually deployed at Palestinian protests in the West Bank.

An officer disguised as an Arab demonstrator, from the so-called “mistarvim unit”, was among the injured, apparently after police fired a stun grenade at him by mistake.”

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http://www.counterpunch.org/cook10292010.html

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By driving bear, November 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

To AmishEcstasy
First off in Israel you don’t vote for a person you vote for a party. Israel has 120 seats in it’s parliament . The Kadima party lead by Tzipi Livni ( the woman you are thinking of )has 29 seats and the lukud lead by Bibi Netnayahu has 28 seats. however to form a goverment a party leader must cut deals with the smaller parties to control 61 out of the 120 seats . BiBi could do this , but Tzipi livni could not

However labor pulling out of the goverment is a very bad idea for the labor party because Bibi has the option of calling for new elections and according to latest polls the left wing parties would lose seats
and the right would gain seats.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment

Arabian Sinbad,

-Recognize Israel’s right to exist and stop lobbing thousands of rockets at civilians.

-Hold open elections in all surrounding nations and treat woman as equals.

-Allow just one church or synagogue inside Saudi Arabia.

-Erect one open and free media outlet in both Syria and Iran.

There will be the peace so many seek.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 1, 2010 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

AS:

But COULD they make peace with the Palestinians if they followed the steps the current leader of Labor is proposing?

COULD that be a reasonable basis to get them both to stop killing each other?

I know it sounds like a fantasy, but this has been the first indication of ANY hopeful sign from the Israeli side I’ve seen since this coalition-from-hell was formed.

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By AmishEcstasy, November 1, 2010 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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I have a question. How is Netanyahu the Prime Minster? Didn’t thatf woman I can’t remember her name get the most votes?

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By Arabian Sinbad, October 31, 2010 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment

So what’s new?! And what false hope can there be if the Zionist Labor Party walks out of the Israeli government?!

The 1948 Israeli war against Palestine was conducted under the Labor Party’s leadership of David Ben Gurion.

The 1967 war launched under a a so-called Unity Government of Labor and Likud.

And the 1973 war was launched under the Labor Party’s leadership of Golda Meir.

The cancer is not in Labor or Likud parties, or left- wingers versus right-wingers; the cancer is in fascist, racist, colonial Israel. Talking about Israel as a so-called democracy is the most laughing thing and the greatest disgrace for democracy!

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By Inherit The Wind, October 31, 2010 at 11:19 pm Link to this comment

Why is Labor in the Netanyahu Government at all, especially if Kadima is out?

Yes, Walk out.  Push your peace agenda.  You KNOW it’s do-able and even Rat-and-Yahoo knows it. Avigdor Lieberman should be arrested.  I’m sure he’s violated a dozen Israeli laws and treaties.

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By gstoddard, October 31, 2010 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

I recall an interview of King Abdullah of Jordan a few weeks ago by Jon Stewart. It
was a sober and serious discussion during which King Abdullah was very emphatic
about the importance of the current peace efforts in the Middle East. He was very
emphatic about the risks for a future devastating military conflict if these talks
fail.

There are real and genuine threats in the world that have little or no impact on the
political process in our nation.

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By PatrickHenry, October 31, 2010 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment

Lets hope more cooler heads prevail.

Recognizing Israel as “the state of the Jewish people” is a non starter.  A quarter of the population is non-jewish, what about them?

To be a real democracy Israel has to be inclusive, not exclusive.

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