Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu to receive Auschwitz plans

By Jessica Elgot, August 26, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be presented with the original architectural plans for Auschwitz-Birkenau, to keep at Yad Vashem, during his trip to Germany.

Mr Netanyahu will attend a special ceremony in Berlin where the German newspaper Bild will present the plans to him, along with Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev and the director of the Yad Vashem archives, Haim Gertner.

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Netanyahu and Mitchell: 'positive' outcome to talks

By Jenni Frazer, August 26, 2009

Israeli officials were upbeat and optimistic today that a framework for resumed peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would be announced "between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur," almost certainly at the UN General Assembly session in New York.

Speculation on a positive outcome to the ongoing talks between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the American special envoy in London, George Mitchell, rose as the four-hour discussions concluded.

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Netanyahu meets Brown at Downing St

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his British counterpart Gordon Brown have held Downing Street talks on the future of the Middle East peace process.

The leaders discussed the future development of West Bank settlements and the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Protests over Binyamin Netanyahu's London visit

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2009

Hundreds of protesters greeted Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu outside Downing Street as he met Gordon Brown.

Police detained a number of people in the crowds, and activists waved Palestinian flags and banners which said “Free Palestine”.

The protesters attempted to block the entrance to Downing Street, where security was tight as members of the press arrived for a briefing with both politicians.

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Binyamin Netanyahu arrives in London

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in London last night for a meeting on Wednesday with US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell.

Last night Mr Netanyahu met senior UK media figures for a private briefing.

He will meet Gordon Brown at noon today, after a meeting this morning with Jewish community leaders.

Mr Netanyahu has a scheduled four hour meeting with George Mitchell tomorrow morning, where the two men will reportedly attempt to ease the current tension between their states over settlement construction.

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Analysis: Mr Netanyahu’s London visit could be a summer break he would prefer not to take

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2009

Binyamin Netanyahu is hardly looking forward to his visit to Britain next week. Relations between the two governments are going through a rocky period and Israel does not consider Gordon Brown a critical partner given his current political situation.

The meetings at Downing Street and the Foreign Office will have little diplomatic value. They will consist mainly of lectures by the hosts on the evils of settlements and attempts by Mr Netanyahu — mostly unsuccessful —to move the debate on to the Iranian threat.

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Changes to Fatah boost pragmatists

By Ben Lynfield, Bethlehem, August 13, 2009

The election of new blood to the Fatah movement’s top ranks has brought hope that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will gain ground against political rivals Hamas.

“Those Israelis who really want a peace process that will last should be happy with the congress. Those like Netanyahu who want everything and to give up nothing should be unhappy,” said Nabil Shaath, a veteran peace negotiator and one of the few members of the movement’s old guard re-elected to Fatah’s central committee.

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A word in your ear, Prime Minister

August 13, 2009


Vivian Wineman, president of the Board of Deputies:
“We are delighted you are coming. It is symptomatic of the very firm ties that exist between Israel and this country and we wish you every success at this momentous time.”

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Netanyahu to visit London

August 10, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to make his first visit to Britain since being elected earlier this year.

He will arrive for a two-day visit at the end of August and will hold talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Downing Street.

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Bibi is proving his worth this time

By David Hazony, July 9, 2009

During Israel’s intense 2009 election, Binyamin Netanyahu embarked on a campaign to fix his reputation of being fickle and slippery.

His first term as PM had ended in failure, with his party routed in 1999, and Mr Netanyahu himself hurled into the political wilderness. This time he was promising Israelis that he had changed.

“Strong on security, strong on the economy” was his blunt slogan.
This was, we were told, a new Bibi.

One hundred days into his second stint as premier, how is he doing?

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