Benjamin Netanyahu

Irreparable

March 26, 2015

Senior advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have described the relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government as irreparable.

The war of words between the two leaders over the last few days has focused on Mr Netanyahu's remarks on the establishment of a Palestinian state and Israel's Arab citizens, but officials in Jerusalem say they are convinced the

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Bibi at the wheel, but prepare for a surprise left turn

March 26, 2015

On Monday morning, Moshe Kahlon arrived at the president's office in Jerusalem and recommended Benjamin Netanyahu as the head of a new government.

With the support of Mr Kahlon's Kulanu party, which brings 10 newly elected Knesset members, Mr Netanyahu crossed the threshold of a 61-MK majority and President Reuven Rivlin was no longer left with any choice but to hand him the mandate.

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West Bank settlement building will hasten Palestinian state, warns Malcolm Rifkind

By Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2015

If Benjamin Netanyahu’s new Israeli administration pushes an aggressive policy of settlement building it could hasten the creation of an independent Palestinian state, former British Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has warned.

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Cameron congratulates Netanyahu on Israeli election victory

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

David Cameron has congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on his re-election as Israeli Prime Minister.

The men spoke on the telephone on Monday evening.

Mr Cameron said he was looking forward to working with the new Israeli administration once a new coalition was formed in the country.

A statement from Downing Street said Mr Cameron had reinforced his belief in a two-state solution.

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Netanyahu grabs victory - now the hard work begins

March 19, 2015

Don't let anybody tell you that they saw this coming.

Not the advisers who crafted the campaigns of the leading parties, not even the expert pollsters. No one was predicting an eight-seat leap for Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud in the final days of the contest.

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The hard work starts now as Netanyahu builds coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 18, 2015

Israel President Reuven Rivlin has called on Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog to work together to form a national unity government, but it does not seem likely they will join together in the same cabinet.

Mr Netanyahu repeatedly said throughout the election campaign that he would not sit in government with Mr Herzog and his partner in the Zionist Union leadership, Tzipi Livni.

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Benjamin Netanyahu grabs victory against the odds

By Orlando Radice, March 18, 2015

Don’t let anybody tell you that they saw this coming.

Not the advisers who crafted the campaigns of the leading parties, not even the expert pollsters. No one was predicting an eight-seat leap for Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud in the final days of the contest.

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White House rethink on peace talks after Netanyahu election victory

By Rosa Doherty, March 18, 2015

The White House is concerned by what it said was "divisive rhetoric" used by Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli election campaign.

On Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu went back on his commitment to a Palestinian state and earlier promised to continue building settlements in the West Bank.

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Huge turnaround as Netanyahu snatches victory

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

In a remarkable last-minute turnaround, Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved a resounding victory in the Israeli elections.

With 99 per cent of ballots counted by 6am this morning local time, Likud emerged with 30 seats, six ahead of the next largest party bloc, Zionist Union, which won 24 seats.

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Exit polls: Likud closes gap with Zionist Union

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

Exit polls conducted by Israeli TV channels indicate that the leading party blocs are likely to win the same number of seats in the next Knesset.

This means that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have a legitimate claim to form the next government, even though both groupings will seek coalitions on the left and right.

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