Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu wins primary after concessions

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has overwhelmingly beaten his right-wing rival in the Likud Party primaries.

As expected, Moshe Feiglin, leader of the "Jewish Leadership" faction of Likud, picked up just a quarter of the votes. The Israeli Prime Minister now has a strong mandate from his party to go forward to the national elections, due by next year.

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Netanyahu awaits victory in Likud primary

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Likud members are voting in the primary elections for the party's leadership today.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to win the vote by a majority, although he faces a challenge from Moshe Feiglin, head of the ultra-right wing Likud faction, "Jewish Leadership".

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Bibi agrees new settlement deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 26, 2012

A last-minute agreement between the settlers and the government over the future of the largest outpost in the West Bank may avert a violent confrontation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored the settlers on Sunday to accept the government's previous offer to rebuild the homes of 50 families of the Migron outpost at a site nearby, enabling it to comply with the court order to dismantle th

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Netanyahu: Palestinians are delaying talks

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister has said that he is prepared to engage in peace negotiations at any time.

But Benjamin Netanyahu told Knesset members that Palestinian intransigence was preventing progress in the talks in Jordan.

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Netanyahu: Don't generalise about Charedim

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has urged citizens not to demonise Charedim in the light of incidents of extremist violence and discrimination.

Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at a Cabinet meeting following large-scale protests in Beit Shemesh about strictly Orthodox segregation of women, said that although harassment would not be tolerated, Israelis should not generalise.

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Netanyahu puts NGO funding law on hold

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 15, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has temporarily halted the passage of the NGO funding law following the opposition of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

In a rare intervention, Mr Weinstein wrote to the Prime Minister last week saying that the new law was "unconstitutional" and therefore would be "indefensible in the Supreme Court".

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Netanyahu: Extremist attackers not representative

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Israeli prime minister has pledged to devote more resources to investigations into extremist activity in the West Bank as part of a crackdown into the groups behind the rash of so-called "price tag" attacks.

Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that administrative detention orders, usually reserved for Palestinians under suspicion, could now be issued for Jewish extremists.

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Netanyahu calls early primaries to 'stay one step ahead'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 8, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised his party colleagues on Sunday by announcing that Likud leadership primaries will take place in less than two months.

The move is seen as an indication that the prime minister expects early elections and is trying to get the leadership contest over while he believes he is popular within his party.

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Netanyahu moves Likud primary to January

By Eti Shechtman, December 5, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netany a hu has rescheduled the elections to the Likud party's leadership to take place next month, two years before the general election.

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Sarkozy 'explains' Bibi insult

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The French president has attempted to smooth the waters after his comments criticising Israel's Prime Minister were overheard by reporters.

Earlier this month, Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama were left red-faced when it emerged that the former had complained that Benjamin Netanyahu was a liar.

During the private conversation at a G20 summit in Cannes, Mr Sarkozy said he could n

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