Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu considers lie detector tests for his cabinet

By Anna Sheinman, September 5, 2012

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering lie detector tests for his security cabinet after leaks of sensitive information from a meeting on Tuesday.

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Netanyahu moves to boost his power over Israeli cabinet

By Ben Hartman, August 16, 2012

On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet approved procedural changes that will give Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu greater sway over ministerial decisions.

The changes will allow Mr Netanyahu to order or cancel ministerial committee meetings, veto committee decisions and overturn ministerial committee vetoes.

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Israel tests text message missile alert system

By Ben Hartman, August 16, 2012

Amid increasing talk of a possible war with Iran, on Sunday the IDF Home Front Command began sending out text messages to Israelis across the country to test a nationwide emergency alert system.

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Iran debate reaches boiling point in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2012

The debate about whether or not Israel should attack Iran has reached boiling point in the Jewish state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week said Iran’s programme “dwarfed” all other threats to the existence of Israel.

“Iran must not be permitted to obtain nuclear weapons,” he told an Israeli television station.

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Mofaz shaken as MKs threaten to leave Kadima

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 26, 2012

The leadership of Shaul Mofaz has been seriously weakened by attempts of Kadima Knesset members to leave the party and join either the coalition or a new party headed by former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni.
One of the party’s founders and a former minister has already announced he is joining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet.

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Desperate man's self-immolation reflects Israel social protests

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 19, 2012

The self-immolation by a marcher at one of the social protests in Tel Aviv last weekend has refocused public attention on the movement that began exactly a year ago.

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Israeli leaders speak on tragedy of self-immolating protester

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has described the case of a man who set himself alight at a social justice protest in Tel Aviv as a "great personal tragedy".

In an incident that resembled the self-immolation of a Tunisian man last year – seen by many as the catalyst for the Arab Spring – Moshe Silman set himself ablaze to highlight inequalities in Israel.

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Netanyahu all at sea over universal IDF draft

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 12, 2012

In the space of a week, Benjamin Netanyahu changed his mind twice. Two weeks ago, after promising Kadima in the coalition agreement that he would accept the recommendations of the special committee on national service, he bowed to the pressure of the Charedi parties and disbanded the committee.

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Israeli coalition crisis as Mofaz threatens to walk out over universal draft

By Ben Hartman, July 12, 2012

The future of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s 94-seat coalition could be in danger as talks on the universal draft broke down on Wednesday, with Kadima head Shaul Mofaz saying he would leave the government if a solution is not reached by Sunday.

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Plesner’s service plan for yeshivah students has Bibi beating a retreat

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 5, 2012

Yohanan Plesner has been a Knesset member for five years. But until very recently, few Israelis had heard of the Kadima backbencher.

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