Benjamin Netanyahu

Praise for Sharansky's indomitable spirit on freedom anniversary

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has marked 25 years since he escaped from behind the Iron Curtain.

Mr Sharansky, now the chairman of the Jewish Agency, spent almost ten years in a Siberian gulag as punishment for his political activism.

His lengthy struggle for freedom finally came to an end in February 1986, when he stepped across a bridge in Berlin and was then able to make aliyah to Israel.

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Lieberman: Arad won't replace Prosor as Israeli ambassador to UK

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2011

Israel’s Foreign Minister has ruled out Uzi Arad to replace Ron Prosor as the Israeli ambassador to the UK.

It was confirmed yesterday that Mr Prosor would be stepping down from his role after more than three years in it, in order to take the job of Israeli ambassador to the UN.

Sources suggested he would be succeeded by Mr Arad, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's current National Security Adviser.

But Avigdor Lieberman said today that this would not be the case and strongly criticised Mr Netanyahu for interfering in a Foreign Ministry decision.

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Netanyahu: After Egypt, we're ready for anything

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2011

Israel is prepared for “any possibility” in the Arab world following the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this morning.

Describing the events of the last month in the Middle East as an “earthquake”, Mr Netanyahu stressed the importance of maintaining the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, now that President Hosni Mubarak’s regime has been toppled.

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On this day: Israel goes to the polls

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

Israel’s voting system is prone to inconclusive outcomes – unsurprising in a country brimming with different opinions and outlooks.

The 2009 vote was already beset by controversy, called as it was after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was forced to step down because of a criminal investigation.

The Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, who took over from his as party leader after winning primary elections, but announced in October that she had been unable to form a coalition, prompting President Shimon Peres to call the election.

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Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt revolution not Islamist

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected the suggestion that there is an Islamist agenda to Egypt’s uprising.

A statement posted online by Khaled Hamza, editor of the Egyptian Islamist group’s English-language website, said: “The current uprising in Egypt is a revolution of the Egyptian people.

“It is by no means linked to any Islamic tendencies, despite allegations, nor can it be described as Islamic.”

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Praise for Israel's West Bank economic steps

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2011

The British government has praised Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that Israel is to take concrete steps to advance economic growth in Palestinian areas.

The Israeli Prime Minister, along with Quartet envoy Tony Blair, revealed on Friday plans to help Gaza become more independent by developing its sanitation and water treatment plants.

The proposals also included moving forward with plans for a gas supply for the Palestinians, the revenue from which would go to the Palestinian Authority, and boosting exports from Gaza.

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Cautious support for Egypt protests from Israel's Peres and Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed to the anti-government protesters to maintain Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel if they succeed in overthrowing the government of President Hosni Mubarak.

The Israeli Prime Minister expressed his support for democratic reform in Egypt as demonstrations in the Arab country continued for an eighth consecutive day.

Mr Netanyahu offered cautious backing to the protesters with a statement in which he said he encouraged “the advancement of free and democratic values in the Middle East”.

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Medvedev: Russia needs Israeli-style airport security

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2011

The Russian president has said that the country will adopt Israeli-style security procedures in order to prevent a repeat of yesterday’s devastating suicide bombing.

Speaking less than 24-hours after a bomber blew themselves up in the middle of Moscow's Domodedovo airport, Dmitry Medvedev said "comprehensive checks" as used in Israel would be the only solution.

At least 35 people were killed in the attack, and many more were injured. Islamist militants from the Northern Caucasus region of Russia, which includes conflict-zone Chechnya, are believed to be behind the attack.

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Alastair Campbell: what Brits really thought about Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu is an "armour-plated bull****ter" – or so was the view of Britain’s Foreign Office in 1998.

Alastair Campbell, the former Labour party spin doctor, has revealed that this was what “some of the Foreign Office guys” thought of Mr Netanyahu at the time of Tony Blair’s first official visit to Israel in April 1998.

At the time Mr Netanyahu was serving his first term as prime minister of Israel.

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Ron Prosor to Netanyahu: stop diplomat strike

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2011

The Israeli ambassador to Britain and twenty other veteran Israeli diplomats have called on Benjamin Netanyahu to take action over the ongoing Foreign Ministry workers' strike.

Ron Prosor was one of the signatories of the letter appealing on the Israeli Prime Minister to “save Israel's foreign service" and resolve a month-long dispute over salary levels.

Those striking claim that they should receive the same pay and benefits as Mossad staff and as workers for the defence ministry.

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