Benjamin Netanyahu

New York Mayor Bloomberg wins $1million award honouring “Jewish achievements and values”

By Charlotte Oliver, October 21, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was announced today as the first ever recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, to be presented next May in Israel by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Netanyahu to meet the Pope and John Kerry in Italy

By Charlotte Oliver, October 17, 2013

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Pope Francis I in Italy next week, before holding discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Mr Netanyahu will visit Pope Francis in the Vatican next Wednesday, ahead of the pontiff's anticipated trip to Israel in March. This follows President Shimon Peres's recent meeting with the head of the Catholic Church earlier this year.


Netanyahu’s new ‘big’ Bar Ilan speech reassures Likud hawks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regretted agreeing to address the Bar-Ilan conference on Sunday, almost as soon as the university’s publicists began talking up the “big” speech.


When it comes to Iran, facts get a rough ride

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2013

In the delicate diplomatic game going on between Washington, Jerusalem and Tehran, both in plain sight and beneath the radar, facts and official statements are important but the interpretation of those facts are of equal importance.


Even military action will not remove the danger of Iran

By Azriel Bermant, October 10, 2013

It is understandable why Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used his UN address to warn the international community not to fall for the charm offensive of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.


J Street eyes the political big time with Biden, Livni and Indyk

By Dan Friedman, October 3, 2013

Ever since its founding a mere five years ago, America’s main progressive Israel advocacy group, J Street, has aimed to join the big time.

With Vice President Joe Biden giving the keynote address at this year’s annual convention in Washington DC, the organisation may just have made it.


With a smile, Rouhani has forced an Israeli strike off the table

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The past two weeks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York have been a carefully choreographed dance between three performers.

In the first act, the American and Iranian presidents both set out the very basic parameters of a potential agreement on Iran’s nuclear pr+ogramme and warily made their first contact.


Netanyahu: Rouhani is ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

By Charlotte Oliver, October 2, 2013

The Israeli prime minister hit out at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in his speech to the United Nations yesterday, calling him a “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Mr Netanyahu warned the General Assembly that Mr Rouhani’s sweet-talking visit to the USA last week was a “ruse”, designed to buy time while his country builds its nuclear weapons.


Israelis arrests suspected Iranian spy

By Charlotte Oliver, September 30, 2013

An Iranian businessman with Belgian citizenship has been arrested for spying on Israel, it has been revealed.

Ali Mansouri was detained at Ben-Gurion International Airport on September 11 as he attempted to leave Israel for Belgium.

He had been spotted photographing the United States embassy in Tel Aviv and filming activity around the city.


Rouhani's UN speech is a 'cynical PR stunt', says Netanyahu

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's UN speech was nothing more than a public relations stunt, according to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mr Rouhani told the UN General Assembly that Iran’s nuclear programme posed no threat, and that sanctions imposed against his country violated its human rights. He added that his wished to engage with the West to ease tensions.