Obama To Visit Israel In Spring, Says White House

02/04/2013 - 19:00

President Barack Obama will visit Israel for the first time as president this spring, the White House said.

Bibi, Weakened, Needs A Wider Coalition

Unclear foreign policy direction; Lapid’s party surges.
01/22/2013 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu almost certainly will remain in his post but he suffered a painful blow at the ballot box on Tuesday, after exit polls suggested that his Likud Party lost about a quarter of its seats in parliament, leaving him the weakened leader of a potentially fractious government. 

Yair Lapid, left, head of the Yesh Atid party, is likely to join a coalition government. Getty Images

Bibi’s Choice: Work With Or Defy Obama

01/22/2013 - 19:00

With a new Congress convening as Israel holds its national elections, it’s hard to miss the parallel narratives taking place in Washington and Jerusalem, and particularly between the Republican Party here and the dominant Likud Party there.

400-plus Jewish Clergy Press Netanyahu On E1 Construction

12/17/2012 - 19:00

More than 400 American Jewish clergy asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to go ahead with new construction in a corridor connecting eastern Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim.

Emanuel Blasts Netanyahu For 'Betraying' Obama

Chicago mayor criticizes Israeli PM for construction plans, tax cutoff to Palestinians.
12/02/2012 - 19:00

Rahm Emanuel said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed the Obama administration by announcing a new settlement expansion and the cutoff of tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama's chief of staff in his first term, delivered the assessment over the weekend at the Saban Forum, an off-the-record Washington event.

President Barack Obama chats with Netanyahu and Emanuel in 2009. Photo courtesy the White House

Netanyahu Praises EU For New Iran Sanctions

10/15/2012 - 20:00

 (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the European Union for adopting new sanctions against Iran.
Netanyahu, speaking Tuesday at the start of a meeting in Jerusalem with European Union member state ambassadors, called the sanctions “tough” and said Iran was “the greatest threat to peace in our time.”

Bibi’s U.S. Rebuke Questioned With Election In Sight

Tough words on administration’s Iran policy; Obama denies request for meeting.
09/10/2012 - 20:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stinging rebuke of the Obama administration Tuesday regarding its policy towards Iran was seen by many observers as correct but impolitic — especially in the midst of an election campaign.

“Substantively he may be right, but politically he’s dead wrong,” said Alon Pinkas, a former Israeli consul general in New York. “This is too sensitive and important an issue to be reduced to statements in the media. It should be dealt with in discreet negotiations.”

Netanyahu: Blasts “international community” for not putting “red lines before Iran.”getty images

If Israel Strikes Iran, How Would U.S. React?

An ‘October Surprise’ could affect the election, upset Washington.
09/03/2012 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Is Benjamin Netanyahu looking for a way to defuse his public debate over Iran with President Obama, or is he ratcheting up pressure for a U.S. military intervention?

That was the question analysts were grappling with after the Israeli prime minister issued a public call Monday for the U.S. to lay down a clear red line for Iran’s nuclear development that would trigger American military attacks. Such a call, the Israeli prime minister said, would reduce the possibility of conflict.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, top, said the U.S. will not be “complicit” in an Israeli attack on Iran.

Netanyahu Vows Probe Of Self-Immolator's Circumstances

07/14/2012 - 20:00

A social justice protester who set himself on fire at a Tel Aviv demonstration is the victim of "a great and personal tragedy," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, while ordering the relevant ministries to look into the case.

Moshe Silman, 57, of Haifa, poured gasoline on his body and set himself alight Saturday night during a demonstration in Tel Aviv to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of social justice protests last summer.

Bibi Faces Crisis Over Draft Law

Struggles to chart course between haredi and centrist parties on delicate issue of national service.
07/02/2012 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — In his first election after immigrating to Israel from Los Angeles, Avi Cohen, 26, voted for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But now, amid a swirling national debate over integrating the fervently Orthodox into the army, Cohen says he’s reconsidering.

That’s because Netanyahu on Monday dissolved the Plesner Committee, a panel formed with the centrist Kadima party to formulate new legislation aimed at ending a universal draft exemption for fervently Orthodox yeshiva students.

Social protestors say Netanyahu, above, must confront haredi parties on yeshiva deferments. getty images
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