Obama And Netanyahu Spar On Settlements In Final Meeting

09/22/2016 - 12:26

JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Barack Obama continued to press the issue of halting construction in Israeli settlements during a closed-door meeting in New York with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. and Israeli officials said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel shaking hands with President Barack Obama at a bilateral meeting in NYC. JTA

Bibi Seeks New Ties In Visit To Africa

Netanyahu talks security and economic development with African leaders during Israel's first official visit to the continent in three decades.

07/05/2016 - 17:19
Editorial Intern

After a 30-year hiatus, Israel reunites with Africa.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at a press conference in Kenya. Getty Images.

Ya’alon Quits Post As Defense Minister Citing ‘Distrust’ For Netanyahu

05/20/2016 - 11:09

Following reports of his imminent replacement, Moshe Ya’alon resigned as Israel’s defense minister citing distrust in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in Jerusalem in 2015. JTA

Did Bibi Miscalculate?

03/09/2016 - 09:11

The news that Prime Minister Netanyahu will not be meeting in Washington next week with President Obama, with each blaming the other for the lack of contact, is another painful reminder of a vital relationship that went sour, and got much worse. One reason among many for that unfortunate reality was the perception in the White House that Netanyahu long ago threw in his lot with the Republicans, hosting Mitt Romney in Jerusalem when he was running for the presidency four years ago and, most notably, addressing Congress last March to oppose the nuclear arms deal in seeming defiance of Obama.

NGO Bill Stirring Up A Storm, Again

Renewed effort to label human rights groups is test of Netanyahu’s coalition.

01/12/2016 - 19:30
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv —  It’s not every day that Israel’s government gets a public slap on the wrist from the U.S. government and the Anti-Defamation League.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is pressing the NGO bill in the face of U.S. criticism. Getty Images

Distorted View Of Bibi-Obama Relationship?

Four times the two leaders got along that ‘Frontline’ skipped.

01/12/2016 - 17:49

PBS’ “Frontline” aired “Netanyahu at War” last Wednesday night, and there’s a lot of social media buzz about the nearly two-hour documentary, which chronicles Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s career and then veers into his relationship with President Barack Obama.

Benjamin Netanyahu, left, has had a nuanced relationship with President Barack Obama during the seven years. Getty Images

Bibi’s Missed Chance At UN

With fresh violence well underway, he should have pivoted more quickly from Iran deal to Israel’s terror fight.

10/07/2015 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

The sense of tragedy in Israel last weekend was stifling. On Friday, a young couple was laid to rest after being murdered in front of their four children, and by Saturday night there were further victims of this spate of terror that is gripping Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Nathan Jeffay

UN Speech As ‘Psychological Transition’ For Netanyahu?

Former State Department adviser senses a pivot on Iran deal.

10/06/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s blistering United Nations speech last week, in which he chastised the General Assembly for its “deafening silence” following Iran’s recent pledge to destroy Israel within 25 years, was also used as a signal that he wants to mend ties with President Barack Obama.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking last week at the U.N. in a speech that focused on the Iran deal. Getty Images

Netanyahu Denies Reported Negotiations With Hamas

08/18/2015 - 20:00

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office denied reports that Israel has been negotiating with Hamas.

A statement from his office Monday was in response to media reports claiming that direct talks took place recently and were in their final stages.

“Israel officially clarifies that there have been no meetings with Hamas. Not directly, not through another country and not through intermediaries,” the statement said, the Times of Israel reported.

Netanyahu Confidant To Direct Foreign Ministry

05/26/2015 - 20:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Dore Gold to serve as director general of the Foreign Ministry.

Syndicate content