Benjamin Netanyahu

Bibi needs America, not the Europeans

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 6, 2012

Israel has a problem. The E-1 corridor building decision is actually long overdue. Under any future agreement, Maale Adumim would have to remain under Israeli sovereignty – this is a consensus issue in Israel and no prime minister can evict its approximately 40,000 residents without facing a national upheaval.

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The proof is in the spanking

By Orlando Radice, December 6, 2012

If you were in any doubt that Bibi has made a boo-boo with the E1 settlement plan, here's the proof. Canada's Stephen Harper, probably the most pro-Israel prime minister in the world, has now also given Benjamin Netanyahu a spanking.

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UN ignored Israel’s security needs, says Netanyahu

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the United Nations “completely ignored Israel’s security needs” when it granted Palestine non-member status.

Mr Netanyahu made the statement during a diplomatic visit to Prague on Wednesday, in which he thanked the Czech Republic for voting against the Palestinian UN bid.

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Peer criticises US relationship with 'powerful Jewish community'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

A Liberal Democrat peer has referred to the role of the "huge and powerful Jewish community" in the United States' decision to vote against last week's Palestinian United Nations bid.

Despite opposition from the Obama administration and an abstention on the part of the UK, the Palestinians won observer status at the UN General A ssembly last Thursday.

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UK threatens to revisit EU trade agreements with Israel

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2012

Government sources have told Sky News that Britain has threatened to "revisit" EU trade agreements with Israel in the wake of Israel’s warning that it may build 3,000 new settlement homes east of Jerusalem.

Israel’s warning comes following the UN vote last week to upgrade the Palestinian Authority from ‘entity’ to ‘non-member observer’ status.

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Lieberman may surprise you

By David Landau, November 29, 2012

Is Avigdor Lieberman’s pencil-bearded, steely-grey-eyed visage Israel’s new face of moderation? Is the ex-Soviet immigrant leader with prime ministerial pretensions the next chain in Zionism’s long story of pragmatism triumphing — sometimes — over destructive dogmatism.

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Begin and Meridor fail in Likud primaries

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

The results of the Likud primary elections demonstrate a clear lean to the right ahead of Israel’s elections in January.

More moderate ministers Benny Begin and Dan Meridor did not make the list, whilst extreme right-wing politician Moshe Feiglin was placed in a solid middle spot.

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Hi-tech millionaire believes he can take on Netanyahu

By Nathan Jeffay, November 22, 2012

Naftali Bennett thinks he can burst Bibi’s bubble. Elected head of the main religious-Zionist party, Jewish Home, this month, the clean-shaven, 40-year-old hi-tech millionaire believes he can steal plenty of votes from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

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Positive signs from White House for Netanyahu

By Jonathan Cummings, November 22, 2012

President Barack Obama’s foreign policy “pivot” towards Asia, announced with an eye-catching visit to Myanmar and Cambodia at the start of his second term of office, appeared to be thwarted this week.

Operation Pillar of Defence derailed his visit, demanding attention he wanted to devote to advancing US trade relationships and encouraging political freedoms across Asia.

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Shimon Peres speaks about Israel's operation in Gaza

November 16, 2012

Israel's Prime Minister gives an update on the situation, followed by a speech by President Shimon Peres (from 1:17)

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