Benjamin Netanyahu

Obama in Israel: now available for iPad

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2013

Interested citizens will be able to track President Obama's every move as he embarks on his much - anticipated Israel visit, thanks to a dedicated app.

The US leader is due to spend three days in Israel, arriving on March 20, in his first trip to the Jewish state since he was a presidential candidate in 2008.

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Tough timing, but plenty of muscle to spare

By Jonathan Cummings, March 7, 2013

Reports of Aipac’s demise are premature.

It is true that this is the first time for several years that neither the US President nor the Prime Minister of Israel will be addressing its policy conference.

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Haggling at fever pitch as Bibi seeks coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 7, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has one week left to form a government and, although the outlines of the new coalition are now becoming clear, he still has major differences with his two main future partners, Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi.

Last Saturday, Mr Netanyahu received a two-week extension from President Shimon Peres in which to build a coalition.

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Bibi nears deal with Bennett and Yesh Atid

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 28, 2013

Likud-Beiteinu negotiators achieved a breakthrough this week in discussions with the religious-right party Habayit Hayehudi — and were due to re-enter talks with the centre-right Yesh Atid on Thursday.

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With Hagel on side, Obama looks set for Middle East scrap

By Jonathan Cummings, February 28, 2013

President Obama’s nominee for Defence Secretary, former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, has been confirmed by the Senate, ending several weeks of deeply acrimonious hearings in Congress.

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Barack Obama to speak ‘directly to Israeli people’

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

President Barack Obama’s whirlwind visit to Israel next month will be full of symbolism and pomp — but there is little expectation that the trip will yield any diplomatic substance.

The president, however, is expected to “directly” address the Israeli nation.

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Lonely Netanyahu seeks stable coalition partner

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

The leaders of both of Likud’s largest potential coalition partners have said that talks have ground to a virtual standstill.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his own problems as his effective number two, Avigdor Lieberman, starts a lengthy fraud trial.

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Livni made justice minister

By Zoe Winograd, February 19, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday night that Tzipi Livni's new political party, Hatnua, will join the Israeli coalition.

Ms Livni has been appointed Minister of Justice and Chief Diplomatic Negotiator with the Palestiniain Authority in the next government.

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Netanyahu's ice cream budget gets frosty reception

By Anna Sheinman, February 15, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent NIS 10,000 (£1,750) buying ice cream in 2012 - a revelation that has caused anger and a backlash from political opponents in Israel.

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Israeli coalition games in full flow

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2013

Although The most high-profile event this week was the swearing-in of the newly elected Knesset on Tuesday, with a record 48 new MKs, the real action was behind the scenes.

After President Shimon Peres had officially tasked Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a government, coalition talks began in earnest.

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