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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Links to texts of coalition agreements

Links to texts of coalition agreements
Dr. Aaron Lerner - 17 March 2013
The following are the links to the original Hebrew texts as filed with the
Knesset.

Principles of the government
http://www.knesset.gov.il/docs/heb/coalition2013_3.pdf
Coalition agreement with Yesh Atid
http://www.knesset.gov.il/docs/heb/coalition2013_2.pdf
Coalition agreement with Habayit Hayehudi
http://www.knesset.gov.il/docs/heb/coalition2013_1.pdf
Coalition agreement with Hatnua
http://www.knesset.gov.il/docs/heb/coalition2013.pdf

The quality of the images - many apparently fax copies - is of a quality
that makes OCR conversion difficult (to facilitate a quick Google
translation for editing to English).

For those who can read Hebrew, its worth the effort to go through the
documents.

On the question of negotiations with the Palestinians - only the agreement
made with Livni's Hatnua has much detail - with her handling the
negotiations under the direction of PM Netanyahu and without there being
"parallel talks" = PM Netanyahu can't engage in talks with Abbas while
Livni engages in the official talks (the last time Livni negotiated as FM,
PM Olmert was engaged in the real talks in parallel with Abbas). PM Livni
has a staff to handle the talks etc.

Stay tuned for leaked working papers from Livni's staff if she has a dispute
with PM Netanyahu over the negotiations?

On legislation - the MKs in the coalition are not able to submit private
bills not supported by the coalition/government.

Besides raising the minimum for entry to the Knesset for a party to 4% of
the vote (effectively 5 seats minimum), legislation designed to make it
harder to remove a government is slated.

MKs who leave their factions (except for arrangements like the Likud-Yisrael
Beteinu that only joined in order to run together in the Knesset with the
idea a priori of splitting after the elections) cannot take party financing
with them.

The arrangements for Yeshiva students over age 22 today who did not serve is
that on 1 August 2013 they will be given the choice to serve or be released.
If they opt not to serve they are apparently out of the system forever. It
would appear that this means that the Ultra Orthodox community is about to
deal with a very interesting and exciting situation with the obvious
question: how many of these Yeshiva students will remain in the study
halls?

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