Benjamin Netanyahu

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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There will be no escalation with Syria, says Israel

By Zoe Winograd, May 7, 2013

Israel has downplayed the possibility of escalation following its air strikes on Syrian targets over the weekend.

Yair Golan, head of the IDF northern command, told Israeli reporters: "It is always right to prepare and train, but there are no winds of war.”

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There will be no escalation with Syria, says Israel

By Zoe Winograd, May 7, 2013

Israel has downplayed the possibility of escalation following its air strikes on Syrian targets over the weekend.

Yair Golan, head of the IDF northern command, told Israeli reporters: "It is always right to prepare and train, but there are no winds of war.”

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Recognition not a pre-condition for Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2013

Mr Netanyahu has repeatedly said that he is willing to sit down with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas without preconditions and, at the same time, has said that Israel will insist at the start of any talks that security arrangements are discussed and that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state.

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Natan Sharansky and Benjamin Netanyahu to attend Thatcher funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2013

Israel will be represented by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a prominent former Soviet dissident at Margaret Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday.

The Israeli leader will be joined by former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky, who is now the chairman of the Jewish Agency.

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Opinion divided over Kerry peace talks visit

By Zoe Winograd, April 10, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has left Israel feeling optimistic – but the Palestinians less so - after a three-day shuttle diplomacy visit.

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Israel’s blaming of the ‘shrew’

By Miriam Shaviv, March 24, 2013

Where does the buck stop in the new Israeli government? You might think it was with the prime minister. Not so. Judging by the hysterical media reports over the past six weeks, it stops with Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, who is apparently responsible for most of his bad decisions in the coalition negotiations.

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Chaos and low confidence afflict Foreign Ministry

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 21, 2013

Only a couple of weeks ago, Israel’s diplomats were on cloud nine.

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Top three cabinet posts to change hands

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

All three top ministers in the Israeli cabinet below the Prime Minister — defence, finance and foreign affairs — are about to change. What does this mean for Israeli policy in the coming years?

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