Benjamin Netanyahu

Bibi the misunderstood PM

By Chas Newkey-Burden, November 28, 2011

In a sense, it is only fitting that the Prime Minister of the world's most misunderstood country should himself be a much misunderstood man. Benjamin Netanyahu is routinely described as the hardest of hardliners, a man utterly opposed to conciliation, and a warmonger. The trouble is, none of these anti-Netanyahu cliches are supported by the facts.


Sarkozy: Netanyahu 'liar' gaffe was misunderstood

By Jennifer Lipman, November 25, 2011

The French president has attempted to smooth the waters after his comments criticising Israel's Prime Minister were overheard by reporters.

Earlier this month Nicolas Sarkozy and President Barack Obama were left red-faced when it emerged that the former had complained that Benjamin Netanyahu was a liar.


Bibi softens stance on 'anti-democratic' laws

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 24, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to "soften" the controversial laws passed in the Knesset over the past couple of weeks.

Mr Netanyahu is trying to convince the public that, contrary to the accusations of the opposition - and even some of the members of his own party - he is not pushing an "anti-democratic" agenda.


Pressure on Netanyahu to hand cash to PA

November 24, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was facing down demands this week from international leaders to release £63 million in tax revenues owed to the Palestinian Authority.

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly urged Mr Netanyahu in a telephone call on Monday to transfer the money, withheld last month after UNESCO recognition of Palestinian membership.

Tony Blair, the Q


Israel withholds £63m in Palestinian Authority tax

By Jessica Elgot, November 21, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue to withhold more than £63 million in Palestinian Authority tax money because of the latest attempts to establish a unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas.


Netanyahu and Abbas: the kiss

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

Israelis reacted with amusement to the latest campaign by clothing brand Benetton, which shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas locked in a passionate embrace.


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.