Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu’s Office Says His Attack On Iran's Rohani’s Based On Bad Translation

08/01/2013 - 20:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office blamed an erroneous translation for his earlier call on westerners who believe Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani is a moderate to abandon their “illusion.”

Netanyahu’s office late Friday removed from the Twitter social media website tweets reflecting the statement and told the BBC that it was “based on a Reuters report with an erroneous translation.”

After Airstrikes Against Syria, Obama Says U.S. 'Coordinates' With Israel

05/04/2013 - 20:00

An airstrike on a military research center in Syria, the second attack on Israel's northern neighbor in three days, is being blamed on Israel.

Syrian state media accused Israel of the early Sunday morning attack on what it identified as the Jamraya military research center, located about ten miles from the border with Lebanon. Israel attacked the center in January, U.S officials said at the time of that strike.

Sharansky's Wall Plan Gets Green Light

04/21/2013 - 20:00

JERUSALEM -- Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky was given a green light by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pursue his plan for a permanent egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.

Unfortunate Apology To Turkey

04/09/2013 - 20:00

Most Jews, both in Israel and overseas love the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). We donate to its support services, we say special prayers regularly for the well-being of the soldiers, we feel grief when soldiers are injured and, tragically, killed, and we rejoice when they return safely from their missions.

Israel Apologizes To Turkey For 2010 Flotilla Incident

03/21/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In a move that had apparently been carefully choreographed by the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu picked up the phone today and called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with an apology for the 2010 Israeli raid on a Turkish flotilla that killed nine Turkish citizens. Erdogan accepted.

Nine Turks died during the 2010 flotilla incident when they attacked Israeli soldiers boarding their ship.

Knesset Approves 33rd Government Of Israel

03/17/2013 - 20:00

Israel's Knesset approved the country's 33rd government.

The lawmakers approved the new government on Monday by a vote of 68 to 48, with four absent.

Flag flies over the Knesset.

A Tilt To The Right?

As Obama trip nears, experts predict Israel’s government will be ‘more right wing’ than the previous one.
03/12/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

As the new Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took shape this week, one the eve of President Obama’s first visit to Israel, a prominent political science professor voiced concerns that, counter to most expectations, it would shift to the political right.

Experts see Yair Lapid as a right-wing, not a left-wing, centrist. Getty Images

Religious Freedoms Could Expand In New Coalition

Bibi may have to leave out haredim; civil marriage, increased conversions on horizon.
03/05/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

What if Israel had a coalition government that was not beholden to the fervently Orthodox parties’ hold on matters of marriage, divorce, conversion, and army exemptions for yeshiva students?

Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid and Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett say they won’t join a government with haredi parties. Getty Images

Bibi’s Coalition Grows

Haredi draft issue figures prominently in new agenda.
02/20/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

More parties are expected to join the third government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in coming days after former opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday became his first coalition partner.

Tzipi Livni at the swearing-in ceremony of the 19th Knesset in February. Getty Images

Obama To Visit Israel This Spring

02/04/2013 - 19:00

President Barack Obama will visit Israel for the first time as president this spring, reports on Monday said.

Obama visited Israel last as a senator seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2008. The New York Times quoted White House Spokesman Jay Carney saying that the president accepted an invitation to visit Israel during a Jan. 28 conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that the trip will be a chance to “discuss the way forward” on problems in the region, including the civil war in Syria and Iran's production of nuclear materials.

Sen. Barack Obama visits Western Wall during 2008 trip to Israel.
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