Benjamin Netanyahu

Bennett threatens to leave Bibi coalition over peace talks

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

Naftali Bennett, the Jewish Home party leader, has threatened to leave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government if Israel’s 1967 borders are used as a basis for peace talks.

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Spokesman denies Israel agreed to pre-1967 borders as basis for talks

By Alexandra Krendel, July 18, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson has denied that Israel is prepared to use the pre-1967 borders and agreed land swaps with the Palestinians as a basis for peace talks.

An Israeli official had earlier stated that if the Palestinians agreed to the formula, the US Secretary of State John Kerry, could relaunch the peace talks which stopped in 2010.

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Netanyahu phones Abbas to call for peace talks

By Zoe Winograd, July 15, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telephoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday in an effort to “start negotiations”.

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Far-right Likud politicians causing a headache for Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2013

Likud politicians representing the far-right faction in the party were elected on Sunday to most of the senior positions in the party establishment causing a serious headache for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is trying to prepare the ground for the renewal of the peace process with the Palestinians.

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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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