Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel Facing Agonizing Choice On Iran Deal

Tough line against pact could further isolate Jewish state, as Netanyahu appears to gear up for congressional push.

07/15/2015
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reaction to the deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions announced on Tuesday in Vienna was swift and unambiguous.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in a tough spot on how to proceed in wake of Iran deal. Getty Images

Iran, World Powers Reach Final Nuclear Deal

07/14/2015

Tel Aviv — Iran and world powers including the United States reached a final agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program.

Six world powers; US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany reached a deal with Iran on limiting Iranian nuclear activity. JTA

Proposal To Add Gov’t Ministers Narrowly Advances In Israel’s Knesset

05/12/2015

Jerusalem — A proposal to expand the number of Israeli government members from the current 18 passed a first reading in the Knesset after a five-hour filibuster.

Netanyahu To Meet Rivlin, Seek Extension For Coalition Building

04/20/2015

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Reuven Rivlin to request an extension in forming a ruling government coalition.

The Framework - A Cul-De-Sac?

04/08/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

The framework tentatively agreed to by P5 + 1 world powers and Iran has been variously praised and condemned. The first thing a student in contract law learns is that an agreement to agree is not an agreement. What remains therefore is simply a draft that can be referred to as a guide for further discussion. 

Why The Iran Deal Makes Sense

04/07/2015

On Oct.2, 2002, President George W. Bush asked and received authorization from Congress to go to war with Iraq.  Just one month before, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Congress saying, “If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations in the region.”  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Are Israelis Prepared To Abandon ‘Mr. Security’?

When Bibi fired Lapid and Livni, he had no idea how close this contest would be.

03/10/2015
Editor and Publisher

Imagine if Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, at the moment he rose to the podium to address the U.S. Congress last week, had taken his prepared speech out of his breast pocket, torn it up in front of a startled global audience, and announced that since everyone knew his stand on Iran he was going to discuss another vital matter.

Gary Rosenblatt

Where Does Elizabeth Warren Stand On Israel?

02/20/2015

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has become a rising star in the Democratic Party through her focus on economic and social issues like income inequality and taking on Wall Street banks, triggering a groundswell of progressive support and calls for her to run for president. But less is known about her views on foreign policy and, by extension, Israel.

'Dear' Barack, It Wasn't Random

02/12/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Dear Mr. President:

Over the past two weeks, to the consternation of a good many of my colleagues and friends, I have strongly defended both the integrity of your office and the legitimacy of your dismay with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu by publicly, and unequivocally, calling upon him to cancel his forthcoming address to a joint session of our Congress. For a wide variety of reasons, chief among them the insertion of Israel as a wedge issue in American politics and the public contempt being shown for you and the material support that you have shown Israel throughout your presidency, I believed the Prime Minister to be making a serious mistake.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

On CNN, Shmuley Boteach Hurts Israel By Turning It Into A Partisan Issue

02/03/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

What is it about the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress that has us defying the norms of the 24-hour media cycle and still talking about it two weeks later?

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