Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu Among 13 Leaders Obama Calls Post-Election

11/08/2012 - 19:00

-- 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.
11/06/2012 - 19:00
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.
11/05/2012 - 19:00

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

10/22/2012 - 20:00
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

10/16/2012 - 20:00

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.
10/15/2012 - 20:00

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

10/13/2012 - 20:00

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.

Will Iranian Nukes Re-Elect Netanyahu?

The Tehran threat could yield political gains for Israel’s PM — or it could blow up his campaign.
10/02/2012 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For weeks the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran threatened to upend the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. But now, it looks more likely that Iran will figure prominently in Israel’s elections next year.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed the cloud of possible war with Iran from the U.S. election when he told the United Nations last week (with the help of his by now famous bomb chart) that it would be take at least until spring 2013 to reach the “red line” for a military attack.

Netanyahu with his UN prop: Red-line diagram could be green light for campaign. Getty Images

Missing The Point At The UN

10/02/2012 - 20:00
Editorial

The shallowness of mainstream media was evidenced last week in its reporting on the major addresses to the United Nations General Assembly by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Reading The ‘Red Line’ Tea Leaves

Reaction to Bibi’s UN speech; Jewish leaders who met with Abbas disappointed in his UN speech.
09/27/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

By using a Wile E. Coyote-style stick drawing of a bomb and a red marker in his United Nations speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time clarified the difference between Israel’s red line and President Barack Obama’s when it comes to stopping Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb.

It’s the difference between enriching uranium to weapons-grade purity — Netanyahu’s red line — vs. the U.S. position that it will wait to see if Iran develops a trigger mechanism to create such a bomb.

Benjamin Netanyahu and his visual aid at the United Nations.
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