Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu sues over freebie claims

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has filed libel suits against Channel 10 and Ma'ariv newspaper over allegations that he accepted a series of expensive freebies from wealthy associates.

Last week, a Channel 10 report alleged that, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Mr Netanyahu took lavish foreign trips at the expense of Jewish organisations and private philanthropists.

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Speculation as Sarah Palin plans meeting with Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

The American politician and Tea Party leader, Sarah Palin, is expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem today.

Mrs Palin, who arrived in Israel on Sunday after a trip to India, is on a private visit, but her trip has fuelled speculation that she is planning her own White House bid.

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Netanyahu to unveil new diplomatic plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning a major policy speech next month in which he is expected to unveil his new diplomatic plan.

The venue and the timing of the speech has yet to be determined but it is already being dubbed "Bar-Ilan Speech Two," after the speech in June 2009 in which Mr Netanyahu accepted the principle of a two-state solution.

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Palin to meet Netanyahu in Israel

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Sarah Palin will meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Israel this weekend for a "private visit", Israel media has reported.

The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate is due to arrive on Sunday with her husband Todd for a two-day visit, according to Yediot Aharonot. She is also expected to meet with other right-wing Knesset members.

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Netanyahu to answer your questions live on YouTube

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be grilled by a global interview panel when he appears on the virtual series YouTube World View next week.

Mr Netanyahu will be only the third world leader after Barack Obama and David Cameron to answer questions put to him on the YouTube programme.

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Netanyahu: Solid basis seized weapons were for terrorists

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

The weapons on board a ship seized near to the Gaza Strip this morning were “destined for terrorist forces”, Israel’s Prime Minister has said.

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McCain calls on rival Obama to free Jonathan Pollard

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2011

Former presidential candidate John McCain has added his voice to a growing number of high-profile US politicians demanding the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Senator McCain offered his support for the cause during a telephone conversation yesterday.

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Netanyahu to Chilean miners: welcome, come back for the barmitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the Chilean miners for their “strength and faith” during their time trapped below the desert as they came to the end of a week - long trip around Israel.

The Israeli Prime Minister also invited the South Americans back in 13 years' time to mark the “barmitzvah” of one of the miners’ sons, who earlier this week was baptised in the Jordan River.

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Netanyahu's coalition starts to crumble

February 24, 2011

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remained silent last week after his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, publicly vetoed his plan to appoint the National Security Council chairman, Professor Uzi Arad, as the next ambassador to London.

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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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