Benjamin Netanyahu

The truth won’t out

November 9, 2012

If an ambassador is, as Henry Wotton put it, an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country, so the niceties of diplomacy require political leaders to, not to put too fine a point on it, lie through their teeth. Benjamin Netanyahu was, one assumes, among the world leaders who called President Obama to congratulate him on his re-election.

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National Religious Party to cause a headache for Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

The leadership primaries of the National Religious Party, Habayit Hayehudi, are likely to cause headaches for Benjamin Netanyahu as his former chief of staff, Naftali Bennett, was elected as the new party leader.

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Bibi's backing for Romney could cause him trouble now

By Jonathan Cummings, November 8, 2012

Until Monday evening, Benjamin Netanyahu’s election guru Arthur Finkelstein was reassuring the Prime Minister’s inner circle that he would be writing a congratulatory note to President Romney. While not a fatal miscalculation, Mr Netanyahu’s strong backing for the losing candidate in the US elections could cause him some trouble in the coming months.

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Mossad ‘defied Bibi order to prepare Iran strike’

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered military heads to prepare for a strike on Iran in 2010, according to a Channel 2 television investigation aired in Israel.

The investigation claims that Mr Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered military heads from the Israeli Defence Force and Mossad to get ready for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

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Tunisian Imam expelled from France

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2012

The French government has expelled Tunisian Imam Mohammed Hammami after accusing him of antisemitism, encouraging violence against women and promoting a holy jihad.

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Israel elections: Bibi’s right hook alliance with Lieberman

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

Three months before Israel’s general elections, all the polls had the Likud becoming the largest party in the next Knesset and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a clear course to form the next coalition.

So why did Mr Netanyahu surprise even his closest cabinet colleagues last week by announcing that Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu would be running on a joint candidates’ list?

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Revealed: why Israel delayed D-Day on Iran

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 31, 2012

When Benjamin Netanyahu stood up at the United Nations General Assembly last September with a cartoonish drawing of a bomb designed to show how close Iran was getting nuclear weapons, close observers of Israel’s posture wondered why suddenly Israel had extended the deadline for action against Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Netanyahu to meet Hollande, visit Toulouse

By Sandy Rashty, October 31, 2012

The Israeli prime minister arrived in Paris this morning for a two-day diplomatic trip to France.

Benajmin Netanyahu will meet the French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

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Netanyahu and Lieberman join forces for Israeli election

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman are to contest nest year's Israeli election on the same ticket.

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Tzipi Livni to challenge Bibi in her return to politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 25, 2012

Former deputy prime minister Tzipi Livni is planning a return to the political arena at the head of a new centrist party, challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and her former party, Kadima, in the upcoming elections.

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