Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu to Nasrallah: ‘Stay in the Bunker’

02/18/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders -- and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah -- that Israel is strong and can defend itself.

Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday evening at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations meeting in Jerusalem, responded to Nasrallah's threat earlier in the day that Hezbollah would take over Israel's Galilee region in a future war. Nasrallah also threatened to harm senior Israeli leaders.

For Washington, lose-lose UN settlements flap

Update: the always thorough Ron Kampeas debunks the claim from the Republican Jewish Coalition and echoed by others that "the United States has historically opposed U.N.

Netanyahu Welcomes Egyptian Military Reassurances

02/13/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed statements by Egypt's military that it would honor the peace treaty with Israel.

"The longstanding peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has greatly contributed to both countries and is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East," Netanyahu said Saturday night in his first comments since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on Feb. 11, ceding power to the military.

Netanyahu: Israel Must Prepare for Any Egypt Outcome

02/03/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel must be prepared for any outcome in Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset, "by reinforcing the might of the State of Israel."

While an Egypt that fully embraces democracy and democratic reform would be a welcome neighbor, Netanyahu said Wednesday, it is also possible that Egypt could come under the rule of parties that are answerable to Iran.

Israel Denies Sending Riot Gear to Egypt

01/31/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has denied an Al Jazeera report that Egypt had requested Israel to send riot-dispersal gear and that two airplanes had landed in Cairo with the equipment.

Israel's Foreign Ministry on Monday denied both that Egypt had made the request and that Israel had sent the equipment.

Some 250,000 protesters gathered Monday in Tahrir Square in Cairo as Egypt entered its seventh day of protests against the government of President Hosni Mubarak.

Hoenlein: ElBaradei a ‘Stooge’ for Iran

01/31/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The director of the U.S. Jewish foreign policy umbrella called Mohammed ElBaradei, the opposition leader emerging from the Egyptian ferment, a "stooge of Iran."

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, accused ElBaradei of covering up Iran's true nuclear weaponization capacities while he directed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Holocaust Day Programs Snowed Out in N.Y.

01/27/2011

(JTA) -- Heavy snow in New York caused the postponement of a special U.N. General Assembly meeting commemorating International Holocaust Day.

The United Nations building was shut down due to the bad weather. Other Holocaust commemoration events planned for Thursday in New York also were postponed, according to reports.

The General Assembly in 2005 designated Jan. 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual day to honor the victims of the Nazi era.

Media Watch: Al Jazeera’s Media Intifada Against The PA

Leaked secrets blow up old story lines.

01/25/2011
Associate Editor

Nothing is as it seems. The promise of Oslo and the two-state solution has collapsed into the equivalent of the honky tonk song in which a young couple dreams of living in a big two-story house. After years of cheating, secrets and small hurts, they get it. She’s got her story, he’s got his story, there’s not much peace in a two-story house.

Work Resumes at Shepherd Hotel Site

01/19/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Work on the construction of a Jewish housing project at the site of the Shepherd Hotel in eastern Jerusalem resumed following the dismissal of a halt work injunction.

An Interior Ministry appeals committee said Wednesday that work could continue on the site after rejecting a complaint filed Sunday with the Jerusalem municipal building committee by The Muslim Committee, a new nongovernmental organization that describes itself as seeking to preserve Muslim sites in Israel. Work was ordered stopped after the complaint was filed, pending Wednesday's hearing.

With Stuxnet Delaying Iran’s Bomb, Is the Urgency Gone?

01/19/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In the wake of revelations that a computer virus may have set back Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the Western groups and analysts that track the Islamic Republic are saying “More of the same, please.”

The benefits of a nonviolent program that inhibits Iranian hegemony by keeping the country's nuclear weapons program at bay are obvious: Better to stop Iran with cyber warfare -- in this case, the Stuxnet computer virus, which reportedly caused Iran’s nuclear centrifuges to spin out of control -- than actual warfare.

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