Benjamin Netanyahu

Time names Netanyahu one of top 100 most influential

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has been included in Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for the second consecutive year.

Benjamin Netanyahu was described as an iconic Israeli in a biography written for the magazine by Eric Cantor, the House Majority leader and the only Jewish Republican in congress.

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Israeli officer suspended over protest violence

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2012

The Israeli president and prime minister have publicly condemned an officer who was filmed striking an unarmed protester.

The senior officer has been suspended by the Israeli military pending an investigation. Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner was captured on film hitting with his rifle a Danish activist who was demonstrating against Israeli government policies in the West Bank.

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Gunter Grass 'not welcome in Israel' after Iran poem sparks hate charges

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

Nobel Prize-winning writer Gunter Grass has criticised Israel for "endangering the already fragile world peace".

Mr Grass, 84, is known for his left-wing political views.

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Obama's inside track on Israel

By Joel Braunold, March 29, 2012

In Peter Beinart's new book, The Crisis of Zionism, Beinart tracks, the relationship between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama, whom he terms the first "Jewish President". It's not a reference to Obama being a crypto-Jew, but rather that the intellectual and moral milieu within which Obama made his meteoric rise was entirely Jewish.

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Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.

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Spent, shocked and beaten: Livni defeat leaves Kadima in freefall

March 29, 2012

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, what is it? That's right: it's a lame duck political party. It's Kadima.

This is the sorry state of Kadima now: on paper, it is the largest political party in the Knesset, but in reality has lost much of its electoral support to a resurgent Labour Party and newcomer Yair Lapid.

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Trouble for Netanyahu's IDF son who went home for dinner

By Jessica Elgot, March 21, 2012

The irresistible pull of his mother’s home cooking landed a young IDF soldier a courtmartial, when he skipped home to the Prime Minister’s residence for a meal with his family.

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Shocking and false slur on Bibi

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 15, 2012

In last week's Independent Dr Avi Shlaim, emeritus professor of international relations at the university of Oxford, unburdened himself of his views on Benjamin Netanyahu and the prospects for peace in the Middle East.

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Did Netanyahu come out of the talks on top? Not yet

By Uri Dromi, March 8, 2012

If I were a fly on the wall in the Oval Office when president Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed the door behind them to talk tachlis, I guess that the following happened.

Mr Netanyahu, who has a record of domineering meetings of heads of states (ask Tony Blair), probably started by giving Mr Obama a "we told you so" speech.

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Obama has not changed his position on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 8, 2012

The moment that, in his Aipac speech on Sunday, President Obama began reeling off all the instances over the past three years when his administration had stood firmly by Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's advisers went into crisis mode.

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