Benjamin Netanyahu

Could Bennett be PM?

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

It was no coincidence that as the report emerged that a senior American had called Benjamin Netanyahu a "chickenshit", the first member of the prime minister's cabinet to leap to his defence was the man often portrayed as his main rival.


Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’, says top US official

By Josh Jackman, October 29, 2014

A senior US government official has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit”, while another has accused him of being a “coward.”

In an interview with The Atlantic, unnamed figures in the Obama administration said that fear and political self-interest was preventing the prime minister from making peace.


Netanyahu approves fresh settlements

By Josh Jackman, October 27, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has authorised the construction of more than 1,000 houses in East Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line.

Around 660 homes will be built in Ramat Shlomo, with 400 more slated for construction in Har Homa. If the process goes ahead, it will end an unofficial freeze on settlement building which was enacted in May last year.


Bibi battles to stop collapse of coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 23, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu held emergency meetings with the leaders of the coalition parties on Wednesday in an attempt to ward off early elections.

Some Yesh Atid and Hatnuah MKs are calling for their parties to leave the coalition over the lack of any progress in the peace talks and the prime minister's decision not to back conversion reform.


Netanyahu plans early elections

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for early elections, most likely in late 2015, two years before his government is due to complete its full term.


Peace Now spoils Bibi's US party

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

The venerable Israeli left-wing organisation Peace Now has lost a lot of its steam in recent years.

The failure of the Oslo process and other diplomatic initiatives has led to public apathy over the group's efforts to push for a two-state solution.


Islamic State crisis salvaged Bibi's coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

The war between the West, moderate Arab states and the Islamic State (IS) is only in its early stages and no-one can predict how it will turn out, but so far there is only one tangible result - it has stabilised Israeli politics.

Only a few weeks ago, the various components of Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition were at loggerheads with the prime minister.


Abbas buries hope for fresh peace talks

By Uri Dromi, October 6, 2014

The good news is that Israelis are still willing to sit down and talk with the Palestinians.

The Peace Index, a monthly survey run by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, has just found out that “the rate of those who favour renewing the talks (50 per cent) is a bit higher than the rate of opponents (44 per cent)”.


Middle East's new map?

By Orlando Radice and Anshel Pfeffer, October 2, 2014

A series of new strategic alliances between Israel and its Arab neighbours were outlined this week by Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to the UN General Assembly.


Netanyahu puts spotlight on ‘fanatical’ Iran in UN speech

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 30, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world yesterday that the battle against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria must not deflect attention from the necessity of denying Iran a nuclear weapon.