Benjamin Netanyahu

Labour leader attacks 'radical' Netanyahu

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2013

Israel’s Labour party leader said she would not form a coalition with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to the “radicalisation” of his Likud party.

During a meeting that took place with Labour leaders and members of the Knesset yesterday, Shelly Yachimovich said: "I aspire to be elected prime minister, but if I'm not, I will head the opposition.

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Israeli President Peres defends Abbas on peace

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2012

Israeli President Shimon Peres has praised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for promoting “peace rather than terror”.

President Peres defended the Palestinian leader while implying that the more forceful approach of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was not conducive to peace.

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A re-elected Benjamin Netanyahu may face paralysis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2012

Right now, there is only one date that matters for Israel’s future: January 23 — the day after the general election.

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Security Council members blast Israel on settlement plan

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

Four Security Council members, including the United Kingdom, issued a joint statement on Wednesday attacking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to proceed with the E1 settlement plan.

The UK, France, Germany and Portugal said they “strongly oppose” the decision to build 2,612 housing units in East Jerusalem.

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Netanyahu uses Twitter to ‘strengthen’ dialogue with Arabs

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to launch a new Twitter account in Arabic in an attempt to develop his relationships in the Middle East.

The move will allow his office to contact respondents directly in Arabic. The idea, said Mr Netanyahu's Arab media spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, was "[to strengthen] dialogue with Arab media and public opinion”.

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Bibi needs America, not the Europeans

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 6, 2012

Israel has a problem. The E-1 corridor building decision is actually long overdue. Under any future agreement, Maale Adumim would have to remain under Israeli sovereignty – this is a consensus issue in Israel and no prime minister can evict its approximately 40,000 residents without facing a national upheaval.

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The proof is in the spanking

By Orlando Radice, December 6, 2012

If you were in any doubt that Bibi has made a boo-boo with the E1 settlement plan, here's the proof. Canada's Stephen Harper, probably the most pro-Israel prime minister in the world, has now also given Benjamin Netanyahu a spanking.

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UN ignored Israel’s security needs, says Netanyahu

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the United Nations “completely ignored Israel’s security needs” when it granted Palestine non-member status.

Mr Netanyahu made the statement during a diplomatic visit to Prague on Wednesday, in which he thanked the Czech Republic for voting against the Palestinian UN bid.

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Peer criticises US relationship with 'powerful Jewish community'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

A Liberal Democrat peer has referred to the role of the "huge and powerful Jewish community" in the United States' decision to vote against last week's Palestinian United Nations bid.

Despite opposition from the Obama administration and an abstention on the part of the UK, the Palestinians won observer status at the UN General A ssembly last Thursday.

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UK threatens to revisit EU trade agreements with Israel

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2012

Government sources have told Sky News that Britain has threatened to "revisit" EU trade agreements with Israel in the wake of Israel’s warning that it may build 3,000 new settlement homes east of Jerusalem.

Israel’s warning comes following the UN vote last week to upgrade the Palestinian Authority from ‘entity’ to ‘non-member observer’ status.

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