Benjamin Netanyahu

Scattered Clashes As 30,000 Mark Jerusalem Day With Flag Dance

05/21/2012

 

 At least 30,000 people participated in the Jerusalem Day parade known as the Dance of the Flags, which led to some clashes between marchers and counter-protesters.

The route went in part through eastern Jerusalem before entering the Old City of Jerusalem through the Damascus and Jaffa gates and ending at the Western Wall, where participants sang and danced.

Hundreds of police and security personnel were deployed throughout the city for Sunday's Jerusalem Day festivities.

Netanyahu Recalls His Heroic Brother

05/15/2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, commenting on “Follow Me,” a documentary film opening here this week on the life of his heroic older brother, Yonatan, told The Jewish Week: “This film will show an American audience about Yoni’s humanity, his leadership, and his commitment to Israel.”

Yonatan Netanyahu, a highly decorated Israeli soldier, was killed leading the Entebbe rescue in Uganda in 1976 that saved the lives of more than 100 Israeli hostages.

Yonatan Netanyahu, with his wife Tutti, and dog, Lara, in new documentary, “Follow Me.”

Kadima Presses Netanyahu On Military Exemption Reform

05/09/2012

Just one day after joining Israel’s coalition government, the Kadima Party put Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on notice Wednesday that it would withdraw unless there is meaningful reform of the Tal Law, which exempts fervently Orthodox yeshiva students from military service.

“If he refuses to deliver on Tal Law reform, then Kadima will have to draw the political conclusion and we will not be able to continue this alliance,” said Yohanan Plesner, Kadima’s deputy chairman.

‘King’ Bibi Seen Having More Leeway

How he’ll move forward with unity coalition unclear.

05/08/2012
Staff Writer

Israeli columnists are calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the “King of Israel” after the new unity government he forged together early Tuesday gave him the political leverage he craved to remake parts of Israeli society.

“He has brought in [to his coalition government] a large centrist party, which tends to somewhat neutralize the right-wingers in his coalition and gives him more leeway to maneuver,” observed Yossi Alpher, an Israeli political analyst and co-editor of the Israeli-Palestinian online publication BitterLemons.net.

Bibi Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz: New coalition partners. getty images

Bibi’s Big Shakeup

05/08/2012
Editorial

The stunning, late-night move in Israel this week that cancels early election plans and creates a strong national unity government is an example of the best and worst in Israeli politics.

Israel Scraps Early Elections As Kadima Joins Unity Government

05/08/2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the new government coalition including the Kadima Party as the "broadest unity government in Israeli history."

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce Kadima's agreement to join the coalition government, Netanyahu said the new government would "benefit Israel" and is a way "to restore stability without elections."

Why French Jews Favored Sarkozy

 

Francoise Hollande, who was elected president of France yesterday, has been saying all the right things about issues of concern to Jews. He is against anti-Semitism, opposes boycotts of Israel, and talks tough on preventing Iran from building a nuclear bomb. He has never been to Israel, but says he hopes to visit soon.

Vote Early, Vote Bibi?

PM seeks to move election up a year; analysts speculate his next coalition would be more dovish.

05/01/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — With polls giving him a big lead over a fractured opposition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the odds-on favorite in Israel to win re-election if the Knesset decides to hold elections a year ahead of schedule at the end of the summer.

After months of denying speculation that he was mulling moving up a vote from October 2013, Netanyahu said early this week he would be discussing possible dates with party leaders.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Tzipi Livni Resigns From Knesset

05/01/2012

 

Former opposition leader Tzipi Livni resigned from Israel's Knesset.

Livni delivered a prepared statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing her departure from the legislature prior to a meeting with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin at which she submitted her letter of resignation. She did not take any questions from reporters.

"I shall continue to work for a different Israel; our children deserve no less," she told Rivlin upon submitting her resignation.

Netanyahu's Father Dies In Jerusalem At 102

04/30/2012

Ben-Zion Netanyahu, a noted Jewish historian and Zionist thinker, and the father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has died.

Netanyahu died early Monday morning at his home in Jerusalem. He was 102.

Benjamin Netanyahu visited his father for the last time on Sunday evening, according to a statement issued Monday from the Prime Minister's Office.

Netanyahu was born Ben-Zion Mileikowsky in Warsaw in 1910, and immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1920.

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