Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu battles all sides to boost welfare state

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has persuaded his cabinet to back the Trachtenberg recommendations, which include tax relief for low earners and subsidised kindergartens for children from the age of three.

But he still has an uphill struggle to gain Knesset approval for the report, which was produced by a committee of economists set up in reaction to the summer's massive social protests.


Outrage over Jaffa cemetery vandalism

By Jennifer Lipman, October 9, 2011

Jewish groups have condemned an attack on a cemetery in Jaffa as "unconscionable" and "a disgrace" to the religion.

Israeli police found smashed headstones and graffiti scrawled on Muslim and Christian graves calling for "death to Arabs" on Friday evening, as Jews around the world marked the Day of Atonement.


With reluctance, Netanyahu accepts Quartet proposals

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

The Israeli Cabinet this week accepted, with reservations, the Quartet's proposal for renewed negotiations with the Palestinians.

On Sunday, the Cabinet approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to accept the framework for negotiations proposed two weeks ago by the Quartet.

The proposal includes the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians without pre-conditions.


The Woody view of Bibi

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

One man who would not have given Benjamin Netanyahu a standing ovation in America earlier this year is Woody Allen.

The veteran film-maker, whose new movie Midnight in Paris is said to be his best in years, told the Sunday Times that Netanyahu was a "poor leader" and he wished Israel had a more enlightened government.

But he also hit out at the Arabs' "extremely destructive attitude" over ye


Netanyahu condemns 'outrageous' mosque attack

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has issued a severe condemnation of the people behind an arson attack on a mosque near the northern Israeli town of Safed.

Vandals set fire to the building in the Tuba-Zangria village early this morning, damaging copies of the Koran and scrawling graffiti on the walls.


Cameron condemns Egypt Israeli embassy attack

By Jennifer Lipman, September 11, 2011

David Cameron has condemned the storming of the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Friday.

A violent mob attacked the Cairo site on Friday evening, necessitating Israel and Egyptian commandos to conduct an emergency airlift to bring the Israeli ambassador and his family to safety.


Benjamin Netanyahu: The protest remix

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011
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As Israel's social protests at "tent city" continued for another week, veteran remix artist Noy Alooshe placed his comments on the situation into this catchy tune.


Netanyahu digs in as tent city protest grows

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2011

The leaders of the social protest movement in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week entrenched themselves in their opposing positions.

Mr Netanyahu established on Monday a committee of experts to talk to the protesters, who last week published a detailed list of economic and social demands.


Netanyahu forms panel to tackle tent city unrest

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

Israel's Prime Minister has created a panel to explore the demands of the protesters who have gathered in Tel Aviv in recent weeks to highlight a number of social problems.

Benjamin Netanyahu said the panel of experts would sit down with the leaders of the so-called "tent city" protests, as they showed no sign of subsiding.


It makes little difference what the border plan is

By Robin Shepherd, August 4, 2011

It was always on the cards that Benjamin Netanyahu would make some sort of diplomatic push in August to forestall Palestinian attempts to get recognition for statehood at the United Nations the following month.

While much is being made of whether Bibi's apparent acceptance of the 1967 lines as the basis for proposed talks represents a climb-down, the real issue, as ever, is whether the Palestin