Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu Reassures: Status Quo On Temple Mount Will Stay

11/06/2014
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Jerusalem — The status quo on the Temple Mount will not change, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated.

Worst Ever? Not Quite

There's much talk about how relations between the United States and Israel, especially between the two leaders, are worse than ever. 

Not quite.  For all the personal animus between Barack Obama and Bibi Netanyahu, and there certainly is a lot of it, they are at least still speaking to each other, which is more than could be said of George H.W.Bush and Yitzhak Shamir.  President Bush felt the prime minister had lied to him and refused to take his phone calls for quite a while.

Learning To Play Well With Others

When Bibi Netanyahu was in grade school, his teachers probably did not check the box on his report card where it said, "plays well with others."  He has a long history of clashes with political colleagues and others.  Two of his stronger critics and rivals inside his own Cabinet and are former senior aides who broke with him.

So it comes as no surprise that he also has a long history of difficulty in getting along with foreign leaders – French, German and British but most notably Americans.

White House Calls Netanyahu ‘Chickenshit’ Comment ‘Inappropriate’

10/29/2014
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A White House spokesman said a U.S. official’s anonymous attack describing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as cowardly was inappropriate.

The Case For The ‘Water-First’ Approach

Forget the settlements and deal with issues of water supply and sewage.

10/08/2014
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In Israel and the Jewish world, there are two common reactions to the crisis in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Both are waterlogged, so to speak.

Nathan Jeffay

Thorny Legal Questions At Play In E. Jerusalem

Beyond latest rift between Israel and U.S. over housing, differing interpretations of local, international laws.

10/08/2014
Israel Correspondent
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Jerusalem — The latest tiff between the U.S. and Israel over the purchase by Jews of homes in the overwhelmingly Arab neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem, and the final approval of a new Jewish neighborhood in Givat Hamatos in southern Jerusalem, near Bethlehem, begs a fundamental question: Can Jews be legally prohibited from living anywhere in Jerusalem? 

New dustup over E. Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama at the White House last week.

Slamming The Door To Peace

In a pair of dueling speeches at the United Nations, Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the door shut on future peace talks between two leaders who neither trust nor like each other. 

Setting The Stage For Third Intifada?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, unlike his predecessor Yasser Arafat, meant it when he renounced terrorism and publicly pursued negotiations as the path to peace with Israel, but sometimes his rhetoric makes you wonder.

Israel On The Outs Over Iran?

U.S. talk of thawing relations with Rouhani highlights rift with Jewish state.

10/01/2014
JTA
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Washington — Obama administration officials and Iran skeptics, chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are presenting starkly different outlooks of what the world would look like should negotiators meet a Nov. 24 deadline and strike a nuclear deal.

A view of the reactor at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in Southern Iran as the first fuel is loaded in 2010.

Bibi At The UN: Grim But Accurate Worldview

10/01/2014
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Mahmoud Abbas took a bit of the pressure off of Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli prime minister’s speech to the United Nation’s General Assembly on Monday. As least some of those who had hoped Netanyahu would make a bold gesture toward renewed peace negotiations understood that after the Palestinian president’s slanderous accusations against Israel in his own UN speech last Friday, Abbas was making the case for Jerusalem’s reluctance to proceed along the same old, unsuccessful path toward reconciliation with the Palestinian Authority.

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