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Ehud Barak quits Labour to form new Israeli party

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2011

Ehud Barak and four other former members of Israel’s Labour faction have announced they are to form a new centrist political party.

Mr Barak, who currently serves as defence minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government and was Israel’s 10th prime minister, revealed the creation of the “Independence” party in an open letter to parliament.

The letter said: "The new independent faction will be a centrist Zionist and democratic faction and will advance these ideas in the Knesset and the coalition, and in the future in public.”

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Netanyahu: More cash for Birthright

By Jessica Elgot, January 13, 2011

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that the government will give more than £64m to Taglit-Birthright so that more young Jews can visit Israel for the first time.

UJIA, which co-ordinates the British tours, said the money would have a direct impact on extra places for British participants, although it could not confirm how much extra funding the UK would receive.

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Why Netanyahu met Mossad Shark-slur man

By Nathan Jeffay, January 13, 2011

A few weeks ago, South Sinai governor Mohamed Shousha claimed that Mossad was behind a series of shark attacks in the Red Sea. Last Thursday, he sat down to lunch with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials.

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Netanyahu: paid less than David Cameron

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu is paid less than both David Cameron and footballer Yossi Benayoun.

The Israeli Prime Minister revealed his monthly salary of 15,027 shekels (£2,700) by posting his pay slip on his Facebook page.

Personal information was blurred on the slip, but the document suggests that Mr Netanyahu makes more than £90,000 a year.

Writing in Hebrew, Arab and English, Mr Netanyahu told his 3,750 Facebook fans that he had posted the document online “to provide total transparency concerning my monthly pay slip”.

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PM Netanyahu speaks to Birthright-Israel

January 11, 2011
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Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced the government will give more than £64m to fund more Taglit-Birthright places for young Jews to visit Israel for the first time.

Eighty British students and young professionals were part of 3,000 Birthright participants who heard the prime minister make the announcement of an extra $100m in funding over three years.

The speech was part of a Birthright "Mega Event" in Jerusalem last week to mark the movement's tenth anniversary, and also included young Jewish adults from the US, Brazil, Argentina, Poland and Russia.

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US realised settlement freeze was wrong tactic

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 6, 2011

The Israeli government was prepared to extend the settlement freeze by three months but the American administration decided at the last moment to change course, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week.

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Netanyahu heckled, chaos at Carmel fire memorial

By Jennifer Lipman, January 6, 2011

A memorial for the victims of the Carmel forest fire descended into chaos as the crowd shouted at the Israeli Prime Minister, causing his bodyguards to intervene, and forced another government minister to leave the service.

Friends and relatives of the 44 people who died heckled Benjamin Netanyahu as he made a tribute speech at Kibbutz Beit Oren, one of the sites damaged in the blaze.

The crowd raged that they blamed the prime minister for the way in which he coordinated the response to the devastating fire last month.

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Bibi asks US to free Pollard. Why now?

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2010

For the first time since spy Jonathan Pollard started serving a life sentence for his espionage in 1987, Israel is formally calling for his freedom.

A US court found Pollard guilty of passing military secrets to Israel while working as an intelligence analyst for the US Navy. He is incarcerated at a federal jail in North Carolina.

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Netanyahu: I will push Obama to release Pollard

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2010

Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he will push President Barack Obama for the release of a Jewish American jailed by the US for spying in 1987.

The Israeli prime minister said in a statement that he would press for the release of Jonathan Pollard "in a formal and public manner".

However White House officials dismissed the possibility of letting the former Navy intelligence analyst out of prison early.

President Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said: "I am not aware that that's something that the president is looking at doing.”

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This could be the end of Netanyahu's coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 16, 2010

The press was invited on Wednesday afternoon to cover a meeting between Binyamin Netanyahu and IDF soldiers undergoing a military conversion course. An hour before the reception, the Prime Minister's Office changed its mind: the event would be closed to the media.

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