Benjamin Netanyahu

Bibi tells Aipac: US and Israel are like a family

By Orlando Radice, March 2, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Aipac conference in Washington today that the US and Israel were “like a family, practically a mishpacha”.

Mr Netanyahu, whose decision to address Congress tomorrow has caused a deep rift between the White house and Jerusalem, told the gathering of 16,000 delegates: “Our alliance is sound, our friendship is strong.”

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Was Netanyahu right to urge mass-immigration to Israel?

By Uri Dromi, February 19, 2015

It is too easy to dismiss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appeal for a "mass-immigration" of European Jews to Israel, following the recent terrorist attacks, as another one of his election campaign gimmicks.

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Israeli premier needlessly offended European Jews

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's call on Sunday for a "mass-immigration" is a direct extension of his personal belief that he is the "representative of the entire Jewish people".

That is how he described his role at an election event with French-speaking Likud members two weeks ago.

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Fury in US over Netanyahu speech plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 12, 2015

The shockwaves caused by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to Congress in three weeks continue to reverberate, with senior Democrats announcing their intention to be absent.

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Germany and Israel: a very special relationship

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 5, 2015

In a recent New Yorker profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, interviewees who know her well said that nearly all her principles were "negotiable". They also said that one of the few values on which she is unbending is her support for Israel.

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Bibi calls for UN to drop Gaza report after investigator resigns

By Naomi Firsht, February 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the UN Human Rights Council to drop its report on the 2014 Gaza war following the resignation of the man who led the inquiry, William Schabas.

“After the resignation of the committee chairman, who was biased against Israel, the report must not be published,” Mr Netanyahu said in a statement.

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So, you wanted a Bibi-sitter?

February 2, 2015
Watch Netanyahu's new campaign video, ahead of Israel's general election in March.

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Bibi, the guest in by the back door

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 29, 2015

In some ways, Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to Congress, bypassing the normal protocol of co-ordinating head of state visits through the White House and State Department, is testimony to the strength of those ties.

What other world leader could imagine organising such a trip with the House Speaker while keeping the President out of the loop?

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Bibi seems happy to pay the price over aliyah call

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 15, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under fire for urging French Jews in the wake of the terror attacks last week in Paris to emigrate to Israel.

While his remarks were certainly undiplomatic, he is not the first Israeli leader to ruffle feathers with such calls.

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