Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu victory as Ulpana challenge fails

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has won a legislative battle over the demolition of a West Bank outpost while at the same time approving the construction of 300 new units of housing in the West Bank.

The Israeli Prime Minister won praise from centrist and left-wing politicians after he threatened to fire any government minister who backed a bill that would have legalised housing in the Ulpana outpost.


Netanyahu warns 'no concessions' ahead of Iran nuclear meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, May 22, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has reiterated his belief that Iran intends to destroy Israel using nuclear weapons.

The Israeli Prime Minister, speaking the day before an international meeting , focused on Tehran's nuclear ambitions, takes place in Baghdad, called for steps to be taken to ensure Iran does not get an atomic bomb.


Israel rebooted: Bibi's coalition deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 10, 2012

The political earthquake that shook Israel in the middle of the night this week has sent shockwaves well beyond the confines of the Knesset.

Benjamin Netanyahu is now one of the most powerful prime ministers ever to lead Israel, and many commentators are wondering if he is now sufficiently empowered to alter the course of Middle East history.


Kadima joins Netanyahu's Likud in Israeli government

By Jennifer Lipman, May 8, 2012

Plans for early elections to Israel's Knesset have been cancelled after the Prime Minister announced that his Likud Party had formed a coalition with its main opposition party.

It was revealed early on Tuesday morning that Likud would bring the Kadima Party into government.


Bibi loses his ideological rock - his father

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2012

Benzion Netanyahu, the pre-eminent historian of Jewish medieval Spain, who died on Monday at his home in Jerusalem, aged 102, was the man who most influenced the political outlook and ideology of his son, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Born in Warsaw in 1910, Benzion Mileikowski was the son of a Zionist rabbi and writer who moved his family in 1920 to Jerusalem, where Benzion went on to stu


Israelis gear up for an electioneering summer

By Ben Hartman, May 3, 2012

Early elections could be on the way for Israel with some forecasts predicting elections as early as the end of the summer.

Elections were originally scheduled for October 2013, but talk of early elections began last week when sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began leaking to the press the possibility of an imminent poll.

Early elections would favour Mr Netanyahu, who remain


Israeli general election set for September

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

Israeli is to go the polls for a national election in September, more than a year before a vote was due to take place.

Following speculation earlier this week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to announce an earlier date, the election has now been scheduled for September 4.


Tributes to Israeli Prime Minister's father Benzion Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, April 30, 2012

Israeli politicians have paid tribute to the father of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his death early this morning.

Benzion Netanyahu, who was 102, was a personal aide of the r evisionist Zionist leader Ze'ev Jab o tinsky. A passionate Zionist and a professor of Jewish history, he was known for his academic research into the Spanish Inquisition.


MKs threaten walk-out over evacuation

By Ben Hartman, April 26, 2012

Following an emergency meeting on Monday night, an Israeli ministerial committee announced that it would ask the High Court to postpone plans for the evacuation of the West Bank outpost of Ulpana at the end of the month.


Carry on enriching: the Iran talks farce

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 19, 2012

The different views of the outcome of last weekend's talks between the international powers and Iran have already caused a public spat between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama.

Iran's delegation to last Saturday's talks in Istanbul with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (P5+1) refused to discuss the specifics of the demand that they curtail their uranium enric