Benjamin Netanyahu

Jitters over Israel’s new head banker

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to reassure the money markets on Sunday when he announced that veteran economist Jacob Frenkel had agreed to return to the post of governor of the Bank of Israel, replacing Professor Stanley Fischer.

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Are peace talks imminent? Rumours fly in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, June 25, 2013

Speculation is rife in the Israeli media that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of serious peace talks.

According to Israeli television, Mr Abbas has threatened to take unilateral action at the United Nations if Mr Netanyahu does not make a serious proposal during the meeting.

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Netanyahu in dismay after EU refuses to classify Hizbollah as terrorists

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his dismay at the European Union’s refusal yesterday to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation.

Mr Netanyahu, who was speaking at a meeting with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton in Jerusalem today, told reporters: “If Hizbollah isn't a terrorist organisation, I don't know what is a terrorist organisation.”

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Don’t get too excited about Iran vote, says Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

Israel is trying to curb the West’s enthusiasm at the election of cleric Hassan Rouhani as the new president of Iran in the hope that the diplomatic pressure and sanctions will not be weakened until Tehran abandons its nuclear ambitions.

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As crunch nears, Israeli leaders divided on peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

As the Israelis and the Palestinians prepare their response to the framework proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry to renew talks, the Israeli government is split over the basic tenet of a peace solution: the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

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Danon says Israel opposes two-state solution

By Zoe Winograd, June 10, 2013

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has “given up” on Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon after he told reporters that the Israeli government opposes a two-state solution.

Last week, Mr Danon told the Times of Israel: “Look at the government, there was never a government discussion, resolution or vote about the two-state solution.”

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Hague says UK ready to 'assist in any way' in quest for Middle East peace

By Zoe Winograd, May 24, 2013

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the UK “stands ready to assist in any way” in advancing the peace process.

The two leaders met as part of Mr Hague’s visit to Israel this week alongside US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Expense probe won’t let Bibi sleep easily

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 23, 2013

The Israeli State Comptroller is investigating the sharp rise in the taxpayer-funded expenses of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family.

The investigation was prompted by the emergence of new details on the costs of maintaining the Prime Minister’s family.

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Bibi held secret talks with Palestinians

By Zoe Winograd, May 13, 2013

The head of the PLO Executive Committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo, has revealed that secret discussions about peace talks took place between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the PLO two years ago.

According to the Times of Israel, Mr Netanyahu and Mr Abed Rabbo met several times in 2010 and 2011 at the house of Israel chief negotiator Yitzhak Molcho.

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Israel quietly agrees to settlement freeze

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 9, 2013

The Israeli government has unofficially frozen settlement building in the West Bank following a request from US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Mr Kerry has visited Israel twice in the past two months and has since held two more meetings with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is in charge of talks between Israel and the PA.

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