Benjamin Netanyahu

Obama, Netanyahu Talk ‘De-escalation’

11/18/2012

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "de-escalation" of the Gaza conflict.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza," said a White House statement released late Frdiay.  "The Prime Minister expressed his deep appreciation to the president and the American people for the United States’ investment in the Iron Dome rocket and mortar defense system, which has effectively defeated hundreds of incoming rockets from Gaza and saved countless Israeli lives."

Warning Signs For Israel In Vote

Narrowing base of support for Jewish state seen; coalition-building at risk as demographics shift.

11/14/2012
Washington Correspondent

Israel could be a big loser in last week’s presidential and congressional elections — and not because of the re-election of a president whose middle name happens to be Hussein.

Obama’s new coalition includes young people, blacks, Hispanics and Asians. Can the Jewish establishment adjust? getty images

Behind The Curve

Old-school Jewish leaders need to replace instincts and anecdotes with numbers.

11/13/2012
Editor And Publisher

“Moneyball” has entered the political scene, big time, and old-school Jewish leaders here and in Israel better take note.

President Barack Obama’s re-election ushered in a new era of successful, highly sophisticated campaigning that is certain to be duplicated in the future, replacing punditry and prognostication with the kind of mathematics-based analytics that the Oakland A’s front office used a decade ago to make the team competitive in the American League West despite low salaries for the players.

Gary Rosenblatt

Netanyahu Among 13 Leaders Obama Calls Post-Election

11/09/2012

-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of 13 world leaders that President Obama called to thank for congratulatory messages following his reelection.

"In each call, he thanked his counterpart for their friendship and partnership thus far and expressed his desire to continue close cooperation moving ahead," the White House said Thursday in a statement.

In his own statement, Netanyahu said he told Obama that his reelection was "a vote of confidence in your leadership."

Israelis Brace For A Second Term

Despite their distrust of Obama, Isrealis acknowledge the president’s support for its security.

11/07/2012
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — The moment President Barack Obama declared victory, Israelis — both pundits and private individuals — began pondering what it could mean for Israel-U.S. relations.

“We want the best for the U.S. because we love the American people, but I hope we won’t need their government because, while I respect Obama, I don’t trust him,” said Michal Yehoshua, a 21-year-old government employee, sipping hot coffee during a break.

Will Israel lose leverage with Obama now that the Jewish vote is no longer an issue? Getty Images

Microsoft, Israel Finalize Cooperation Deal

CEO Ballmer meets with Netanyahu sign memo defining joint efforts in teleprocessing technology.

11/06/2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz met with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Jerusalem on Monday morning to discuss cooperation in the field of teleprocessing technology, Israel Hayom reported.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft/Wikimedia Commons.

Netanyahu Needs His Own Etch-a-Sketch

10/23/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given in to the temptation he has felt all this year — to shatter the gridlock in his sprawling, multi-party cabinet by calling an early election for Jan. 22. If he can win a bigger majority in the Knesset, he can handpick more of his own ministers.

That election date comes about four months before Netanyahu’s deadline for a fateful decision on how to stop Iran’s steadily advancing uranium enrichment — the “red line” he drew with a magic marker at the United Nations in New York two weeks ago.

Dan Raviv. Photo CBS News

Netanyahu’s Election Decision: He Needs His Own Etch-a-Sketch

10/17/2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given in to the temptation he has felt all this year, to shatter the gridlock in his sprawling, multi-party cabinet by calling an early election for January 22.  If he can win a bigger majority in the Knesset, he can handpick more of his own ministers.

That election date comes about four months before Netanyahu’s deadline for a fateful decision on how to stop Iran’s steadily advancing uranium enrichment – the “red line” he drew with a magic marker at the United Nations in New York two weeks ago.

Dan Raviv

Israeli Knesset Approves New Elections

Law dissolves 18th Knesset, sets polling date for Jan. 22.

10/16/2012

Legislation to dissolve the Israeli Knesset and go to national elections was approved unanimously.

Israeli lawmakers voted unanimously early Tuesday morning on the bill's final reading to dissolve the 18th Knesset and hold elections for a new government on Jan. 22.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces upcoming elections. Getty Images

'Hezbollah' Drone May Have Captured Images Of U.S.-Israel Exercise

10/14/2012

A drone shot down by Israel over the Negev desert transmitted photos of preparations for a military drill between Israel and the United States, and of key weapons sites in Israel, a British newspaper reported.

The unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, was shot down by Israeli troops on Oct. 6, after entering Israeli airspace near the Mediterranean Sea.

The drone was launched from Lebanon, in a cooperation between the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, the Sunday Times of London reported, citing unnamed sources.

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