Benjamin Netanyahu

The Backstory Behind Netanyahu's Absence

Jewish Week Online Columnist

The absence this week of Israel’s two leading political figures, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, at the massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa was both painful and sad.  Whether or not illness made it impossible for President Peres to attend is something we cannot know, although surely, it would not have been an easy trip for a man of Peres’ age. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Netanyahu To Skip Mandela Memorial


JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not attend a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela due to the high cost of transportation and security.

Iran, Major Powers Achieve Interim Deal On Nuclear Program

Deal “a historic mistake,” Netanyahu says.


Iran and the major powers achieved an interim deal to freeze some nuclear activity in exchange for some sanctions relief.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, shakes hands with Secretary of State John Kerry Nov. 24. Getty Images

Negotiation With Iran Leads To Threat of War

Bibi: 'If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.'

Recent reports of the status of negotiations with Iran to resolve the risk of Iran's threat to become a nuclear power have alarming implications.  The U.S. is apparently supporting a deal where existing sanctions on Iran will be relaxed against an Iranian pledge to freeze its progress towards achieving nuclear weapon capability.

Bibi's Hardline Speech ‘Lifts Veil On The Wolf’

Leaders, analysts largely agree on that Netanyahu had no choice but to take a tough stance in speech on Iran.
Staff Writer

Jewish leaders and analysts here largely applauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sobering speech Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly in which he called for the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, although some were critical.

Netanyahu speaking Tuesday at the UN: No softening of his position. Getty Images

Netanyahu In D.C. Salutes Lawmakers For Iran Efforts


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their support in working to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

Obama, Netanyahu To Meet At White House


President Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House to discuss the peace talks with the Palestinians and developments in Syria.

With Deal Struck, Pro-Israel Groups Suspend Lobbying For Syria Strike


Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speak during a Sept. 12 press conference. Getty Images

Netanyahu Denies Urging Kerry To Reach Deal On Syria


JERUSALEM — The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office is denying a report that Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to talk to Russia about a deal to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons.

Jewish Agency Plans $300M Initiative To Boost Birthright, Teen Programs And Aliyah

Assistant Managing Editor

At a time when Jewish organizations that offer Israel youth trips are struggling to compete with the free Birthright Israel experience, the Jewish Agency For Israel is working to boost participation even higher, the quasi-governmental agency told Haaretz.

A Jerusalem conference will unveil the initiative, a project of the Jewish Agency and the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that could ultimately cost $300 milion, in October. The target for implementation is early 2015.

Some 350,000 college-age youths have participated in Birthright Israel. Photo via
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