Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu against vetting of Supreme Court judges

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2011

The political battle over new laws aimed at limiting foreign funding of human rights organisations and changing Israel's Supreme Court continued to rage this week, with no clear winner emerging.


Obama doesn't hate Bibi - it's Sarko, say Israeli officials

November 10, 2011

The Israeli government has refused to respond officially to the disparaging remarks made by the American and French presidents about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, but Israeli diplomats believe that they mainly reflect the tensions between Mr Netanyahu and senior European leaders.

"I can't bear him, he's a liar," President Nicolas Sarkozy was overheard saying to President Barack O


Beyond the Bibi-bashing

By Simon Rocker, November 10, 2011

Bibi Netanyahu may well have the last laugh after the eavesdropped conversation in which French President Nicolas Sarkozy described him as a liar and American President Barack Obama quipped: "You may be sick of him but… I have to deal with him every day."

Some Republicans are now demanding Obama offer the Israeli MP some diplomatic recompense for the distinctly undiplomatic revelations.


Obama faces criticism for Netanyahu gaffe

By Jennifer Lipman, November 9, 2011

A Republican presidential hopeful has called on President Barack Obama to apologise for his recent comments about Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu.

It emerged yesterday that the President and France's Nicolas Sarkozy had expressed their dislike of Mr Netanyahu during what they believed to be a private conversation.


Sarkozy and Obama in Netanyahu gaffe

November 8, 2011

President Sarkozy appears to have revealed his true feelings for Israel's Prime Minister - calling him a liar in private conversation picked up by microphones they thought were turned off.

The French leader was apparently overheard talking to President Obama about Benjamin Netanyahu at last week's G20 summit.


More arrests over 'price tag' Israel mosque attack

By Jennifer Lipman, November 7, 2011

Three people have been arrested in connection with the arson attack on a mosque in northern Israel last month.

In total, more than eight people have been arrested over the alleged "price tag" attack, which saw vandals set fire to a mosque in the northern Galilee village of Tuba Zangaria. The attackers scrawled graffiti on the walls and copies of the Koran were damaged.


Grapel reunited with family in Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

The US student who was held prisoner in Egypt for four months has thanked Israel for securing his release.

Ilan Grapel, a former IDF soldier who has dual Israeli and American citizenship, was detained on allegations that he was spying for Mossad. He was never charged and his family said he was in Cairo because he was working for an NGO.


Netanyahu on Gilad Shalit deal: Israel doesn't abandon its soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, October 17, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has written to the families of victims of terror as a group launched an appeal with Jerusalem's High Court of Justice to cancel the planned prisoner swap.

Benjamin Netanyahu, whose older brother was killed during the raid on Entebbe in 1976, said he understood and knew the pain of bereaved families.


Netanyahu: Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit days away from freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has confirmed that a deal is underway to bring home the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

According to Mr Netanyahu's official Twitter feed, the 25-year-old will be coming home within days.

"We have concluded arduous negotiations with Hamas to release Gilad Shalit. He will be coming home in the next few days," said a message posted on Twitter.


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.