Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will approve development plans for four West Bank settlements. The Defense Ministry confirmed to the Israeli media on Monday that Barak will approve the plans for Rotem, Hemdat, Eshkolot and Nofim, and already has approved plans for two other settlements, Kiryat Netafim and Halamish.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak talked about the unrest in Egypt with U.S. officials. The Americans "stressed the United States' unshakeable commitment to Israel's security, including through our continued support for Israel's military, and the unprecedented security cooperation between our two governments," according to a statement Wednesday from Tom Donilon, the U.S. national security adviser, describing Barak's meeting with Donilon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in Washington meeting top administration officials and Congress members. Barak is meeting Wednesday with Dennis Ross, the top Iran policy official in the White House; Tom Donilon, the national security adviser; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, as well as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee and other Congress members.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the four other lawmakers that split from the Labor Party will remain in the government with ministerial positions. The Labor lawmakers who joined Barak in forming a new faction on Monday are Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai; Deputy Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Orit Noked; and freshman Knesset member Einat Wilf. The new ministerial positions were announced Tuesday.