dinsdag 18 januari 2011

Likoed en Barak's nieuwe partij Atzmaut onderhandelen over coalitie akkoord

Een jonge Barak (midden) bij de IDF

 
Voor wie het nog niet weet: na lang gerommel is de Israelische Labor partij gesplitst, en minister van defensie Barak is met vier andere leden uit Labor gestapt om een nieuwe partij te vormen: Atzmaut (onafhankelijkheid). Wat precies de programmatische verschillen zijn is me nog niet helemaal duidelijk, behalve dat Atzmaut in de coalitie wil blijven en de meeste leden van Labor niet. Persoonlijke strubbelingen spelen echter ook een grote rol, waardoor de Labor fractie niet goed meer kon functioneren. Ik hoop van harte dat Atzmaut een krachtige partij zal worden die een oprechte vredeswens en bereidheid tot concessies combineert met het opkomen voor Israels bestaansrecht en recht op zelfverdediging, ook naar buiten toe. En tegelijkertijd hoop ik dat de Laborpartij wat van haar oude kracht terugwint, en wat minder zal worden verscheurd door interne problemen. De kans is echter wellicht groter dat beide partijen elkaar vooral zullen bevechten.....
 
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Likud, Atzmaut negotiating new coalition agreement
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/likud-atzmaut-negotiating-new-coalition-agreement-1.337604
Government wants to push forward agreement with Barak's newly formed faction quickly to replace three Labor ministers who resigned from government on Monday.
By Jonathan Lis
 
 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and Defense Minister Ehud Barak's newly formed Atzmaut faction have been conducting intensive negotiations in an attempt to present a coalition agreement as early as Monday.

The government is interested in replacing the Labor ministers who quit the government earlier Monday as quickly as possible, and plans on doing so by next Wednesday, when the ministers' resignation becomes valid. In order to vote on new appointments by Wednesday, a coalition agreement must be presented to the Knesset secretary by Monday.

Coalition chairman MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) has been heading the negotiations with Atzmaut, the faction Ehud Barak formed on Monday after he quit the Labor Party.

"The coalition agreement with the Labor Party will serve as a base for the agreement with Atzmaut. The fundamentals of the government will not change. Atzmaut's goal is to preserve the clauses of the former coalition agreement ," said Elkin.

Elkin said that the Labor Party had eight positions in the coalition and now that number will be reduced, since the new Atzmaut faction consists of only five Knesset members.

"For us, there is no great change in the support of the collation. Atzmaut has five supporters of the coalition and the Labor Party had seven or eight supports - the rest of the members didn't always vote with us," he said.

The agreement between Netanyahu and Barak is expected to lead to the appointment of Shalom Simchon (Atzmaut) to the post of Industry, Trade, and Labor minister instead of Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Matan Vilnai (Atzmaut) to the post of Minority Affairs minister instead of Avishai Braverman, Orit Noked as Agriculture minister and Einat Wilf as deputy defense minister.

Earlier Monday, Barak announced that he is stepping down as Labor Party chairman to set up a new party, following months of turmoil within the weakened faction.

After Barak's announcement, all of the Labor Party's remaining ministers decided to exit the government on Monday.

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