On Friday, May 20,the Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon,resigned from his post . On the way to the door, Yaalon blasted #Netanyahu, saying he has lost confidence in the prime minister’s decision-making and morals.
Who will succeed him? Avigdor #Lieberman, a West Bank settler. He is a former foreign minister and current leader of an ultranationalist political party built around the 1 million Russian-speaking immigrants to #Israel.Even the right-wing Jewish Home party approvingly described the new coalition as Israel’s “most right-wing government ever.” last week.
Israel has been “infected by the seeds of fascism,” said former Prime Minister Ehud Barak.”What has happened is a hostile takeover of the Israeli government by dangerous elements,” Ehud Barak, Israel’s most decorated soldier and a former defense minister following his spell as head of government, told Channel 10 TV.
Lieberman has pressed for Arab citizens of Israel to move to the West Bank and wants to implement the death penalty for terrorists. He also wants to increase pension payments for the Russian newcomers.
Les Palestiniens d’Israël, otages d'Avigdor Lieberman https://t.co/Rtb5cmVscU (accès libre)
— Le Monde diplo (@mdiplo) 23 mai 2016
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Amnesty International: In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Israeli forces committed unlawful killings of Palestinian civilians, including children, and detained thousands of Palestinians who protested against or otherwise opposed Israel’s continuing military occupation, holding hundreds in administrative detention. Torture and other ill-treatment remained rife and were committed with impunity. The authorities continued to promote illegal settlements in the West Bank, and severely restricted Palestinians’ freedom of movement, further tightening restrictions amid an escalation of violence from October, which included attacks on Israeli civilians by Palestinians and apparent extrajudicial executions by Israeli forces. Israeli settlers in the West Bank attacked Palestinians and their property with virtual impunity. The Gaza Strip remained under an Israeli military blockade that imposed collective punishment on its inhabitants. The authorities continued to demolish Palestinian homes in the West Bank and inside Israel, particularly in Bedouin villages in the Negev/Naqab region, forcibly evicting their residents. They also detained and deported thousands of African asylum-seekers, and imprisoned Israeli conscientious objectors.
In a news conference Friday, Yaalon, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, warned that Israel was drifting dangerously toward extremism.
“I fought with all my might against manifestations of extremism, violence and racism in Israeli society, which are threatening its sturdiness and trickling into the armed forces, hurting it already,” he said.
Yaalon appeared to be referring to support by Israeli leaders for a combat medic who fatally shot a wounded Palestinian attacker as he lay on a street in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian Administration reacted immediately with a statement saying that Avigdor Liberman joining the Israeli government demonstrates that Israel favors extremism and reinforcement of occupation and settlements over peace.
“The appointment of Liberman to serve as a minister in Netanyahu’s government is an answer to the regional, international and French efforts to reinvigorate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process,” the Palestinian foreign ministry statement read.
In February 2015, Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s new defence minister, who was serving as a foreign minister at the time, declared that; “a fourth operation in the Gaza Strip is inevitable, just as a third Lebanon war is inevitable.”
Since late 2008, Israel has carried out three major wars against Palestinians in Gaza. In July and August 2014, the Israeli army pounded Gaza from land, air and sea for 51 days. Of more than 2,200 Palestinians killed during that war, an estimated two-thirds were civilians, according to the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs. More than 18,000 housing units were severely damaged or destroyed in the July/August war.
With Mr Liberman in power, Israel preperes a new controversial bill allowing the death penalty of convicted terrorists — reportedly part of a deal for having incoming Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beytenu party join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition — would in practice only apply to Palestinians, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party told the Haaretz daily on Sunday, May 22.
According to TimesofIsrael, judges are only permitted to hand down capital punishments for crimes relating to the Holocaust war crime in Israel. The move to ease the restrictions in the application of the death penalty has sparked fierce debate in the country.
Some of Lieberman’s hawkish stands include calling for the execution of certain Israeli Arab politicians, repeatedly questioning the loyalty of Israel’s Arab minority, proposing the beheading of anyone who opposes the Jewishness of Israel, and suggesting that Palestinian prisoners be drowned in the Dead Sea.
A top official from the center-right Kulanu party, a member of Netanyahu’s coalition, earlier on Sunday said his party would oppose any legislation that would give any court — civilian or military — the power to hand down a death sentence.
For NYTimes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer last week of the post of defense minister to the ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman, is the latest act in the war between Mr. Netanyahu and the military and intelligence leaders, a conflict that has no end in sight but could further erode the rule of law and human rights, or lead to a dangerous, superfluous military campaign.
Mr Netanyahu sees the defense establishment as a competitor to his authority and an opponent of his goals. Putting Mr. Lieberman, an impulsive and reckless extremist, in charge of the military is a clear signal that the generals’ and the intelligence chiefs’ opposition will no longer be tolerated. Mr. Lieberman is known for ruthlessly quashing people who hold opposing views.
The Israeli soldier who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian at short range in Hebron on March 24 is symbolic of Mr Liberman’s extremism: The army arrested the soldier to put him on trial, but Liberman regularly visits the court to show his support for the soldier and his actions. Ya’alon, by contrast, backed up the IDF and its response to the shooting, including the investigation of the soldier. Liberman attacked the investigation and soon might be the minister in charge.
- International reaction.
On May 17, Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi did something Egyptian presidents have done many times before: he urged Israel and the Palestinians to renew negotiations for peace, this time by backing an international conference promoted by the French foreign minister.
For Egypt and the Sisi government adding Lieberman to Netanyahu’s coalition as an act of betrayal for Egypt . According to Al-Monitor as it has been quoted by a Western diplomat Sisi had put his prestige on the line by mobilizing in anticipation of the Zionist Camp joining the coalition . He agreed to externalize his relationship with Netanyahu for the chance of bringing Herzog into the government and facilitating an international conference in Paris. Instead, Netanyahu got Liberman in the Defense Ministry. All this is in addition to the departure of an experienced and popular defense minister in Ya’alon.
Security ties with the U.S. will be a key issue on Lieberman’s agenda as soon as he takes office. During his first term as foreign minister, Lieberman was somewhat of an unwelcome person in Washington. He only visited the U.S. capital twice and his relations with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were cold.
However, the expected appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister in place of Moshe Ya’alon is not anticipated to impede negotiations with the United States over a new, decade-long security aid package, senior White House officials have told Haaretz on Sunday.
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) 24 mai 2016
In 2007, Israel and the United States signed a military aid deal under which the latter promised Israel $30 billion over the next 10 years, or $3 billion a year. This deal will lapse at the end of 2018. American and Israeli officials have therefore been negotiating since November on a new 10-year deal that would define the level of military aid Israel will receive through the end of 2028.
Netanyhau told French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is visiting Israel and the West Bank to drum up support for his peace initiative, that direct negotiations are the only way to achieve peace. The Palestinians, unlike Israel, have voiced support for France’s conference.
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