Benjamin Netanyahu

Obama's Aipac promises on Iran threat welcomed by Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2012

President Barack Obama has vowed that all options will remain on the table when it comes to US action against a nuclear Iran.

The US leader, speaking at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) conference in Washington DC, said he would be willing to consider "all elements of American power" to counter the Iranian threat.


Deep in Bibi's inner circle, fear and mistrust rule

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 1, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu's administration will not be three years old until the end of this month, but he is already onto his fifth press secretary.

That's less than nine months' service for each of them - hardly job security. The last press secretary, Dr Yoaz Hendel, lasted only six months before being forced out in less than auspicious circumstances, replaced by his deputy, Liran Dan.


Israel and US set for crisis talks on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 1, 2012

All three of Israel's most senior leaders are visiting the United States in attempt to reach an understanding with the Obama administration over a possible strike on Iran's nuclear programme.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak conferred this week with the heads of the Pentagon while President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will both meet President Barack Obama.

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Palestinians will be free says activist Barghouti

By Simon Rocker, March 1, 2012

Palestinian political activist Mustafa Barghouti has no doubt where to put the blame for the latest unproductive round of Mid-East peace talks.


Netanyahu: I will block laws that threaten Israel's courts

By Jennifer Lipman, February 29, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to block legislation that could threaten the independence of Israel's judicial system.

The Israeli prime minister's comments, at the swearing-in ceremony of the new president of the Supreme Court, Asher Grunis, were made after months of criticism about allegedly anti-democratic laws passing through the Knesset.


Netanyahu office meltdown as aides quit

February 23, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet Office is in a state of disarray after the resignation of two of his top aides, with another expected to step down shortly.

Ha'artez reports that Mr Netanyahu rebuked the three after they took sexual harassment allegations about another colleague directly to the Attorney General.


Netanyahu: Iran 'undermining global stability'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

Israel's Prime Minister has condemned Iran as "the number one exporter of terror around the world".

Benjamin Netanyahu's comments came following a string of attacks believed to be directed at Israel this week, in India, Thailand and Georgia, although the third was thwarted.


Israeli PM: Iran to blame for Delhi embassy car explosion

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has blamed Iran for an attack on an Israeli diplomat's car in Delhi.

A woman, believed to be the wife of a diplomat, was injured in the blast near the Israeli embassy. The car went up in flames on Monday afternoon, Delhi time.

The explosion in India occurred as staff at Israel's embassy in Georgia managed to disable a device before it could do any damage.


US election hands Netanyahu giant dilemma on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 9, 2012

The strategic timetable for the next nine months is becoming increasingly clear. Israel's apparent plans to strike Iran this year are limited by one crucial date: November 6 - the day of the US presidential elections.

Although he wishes with all his heart for a Republican victory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is predicting the re-election of Barack Obama.


Netanyahu won Likud poll, but is more shackled now

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 2, 2012

This is not the way Benjamin Netanyahu planned his Likud leadership primary. It was all supposed to be over very quickly - a month or so of low-profile campaigning, voting day by the end of January, polling stations closed at 10pm. Then a swift tallying of his overwhelming majority, with everything wrapped up before midnight.