Benjamin Netanyahu

Bibi, you could set my grandson free

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

The grandfather of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has sharply criticised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's effort to free his grandson, calling him the one obstacle to Sgt Shalit's freedom.

During a brief visit to London, Zvi Shalit, 85, admitted it was difficult to keep hope alive when nothing had been heard of Sgt Shalit since a short videotape was released by Hamas in 2009.

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Security up as Israelis celebrate Jerusalem Day

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Israeli security forces are on high alert today as the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem is marked.

Some 3,000 police officers will be patrolling the city as Israelis hold events celebrating Jerusalem Day and marking 44 years since the Six Day War.

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Grand words, but peace no closer

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave the most concessionary speech ever heard from a leader of Likud to the joint houses of the United States Congress on Tuesday in Washington.

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It's stalemate - and time is running out

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama have at least one thing in common. It would be hard to find two more accomplished orators on the international stage.

They instinctively read their audiences, are masters of the pregnant pause and the seemingly spontaneous quip, and expertly milk multiple standing ovations.

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The Binyamin Netanyahu Congress remix song

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011
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The Israeli Prime Minister's address at Congress - to the tune of Yolanda be cool & Dcup's We No Speak Americano

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Abbas says no to Netanyahu painful compromise on settlements

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

The Palestinian President and his aides have rejected Binyamin Netanyahu's proposal for a two-state solution in which some settlements would end up outside Israel's borders as part of a wider compromise reflecting "the dramatic demographic changes that have occurred since 1967".

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Netanyahu's address to Congress: full text

May 25, 2011

I am deeply moved by your warm welcome. And I am deeply honored that you have given me the opportunity to address Congress a second time.

Mr Vice President, do you remember the time that we were the new kids in town?

And I do see a lot of old friends here. And I see a lot of new friends of Israel here. Democrats and Republicans alike.

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Netanyahu: some settlements will end up outside Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has told US congressmen that Israel both wants and needs peace and a two-state solution, but that he would not accept a "return to the indefensible boundaries of 1967".

Echoing Ronald Reagan's famous speech in Berlin in 1987, the Israeli Prime Minister called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to "tear up your pact with Hamas and make peace with the Jewish state".

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Mixed response to Obama's '1967 lines' Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

President Barack Obama's call for a Palestinian state along 1967 lines has been met with mixed reaction from politicians and Jewish groups.

In a speech on the direction of US policy in the Middle East on Thursday, President Obama said a Palestinian state should be based on those lines with "mutually agreed swaps".

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President Obama makes Middle East speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama has begun his eagerly anticipated speech on the Middle East

The president, who will meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tomorrow in the White House, heralded "a new chapter in American diplomacy".

In his opening remarks, he referred to the blow America had dealt to al-Qaida with the death of Osama bin Laden, and US progress in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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