Israeli government

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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‘Dual loyalty’ charge over Prisoner X

By Dan Goldberg and Anshell Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

The explosive revelations surrounding the apparent suicide of a Melbourne-born man in a maximum-security Israeli jail has gripped Australian Jewry since Ben Zygier was identified last week as the elusive “Prisoner X” by an ABC investigation.

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Danny Danon’s big ideas? Draft Arabs and reject two states

By Jenni Frazer, February 21, 2013

Likud Knesset member Danny Danon is nothing if not bullish. His political opinions are, to put it mildly, at odds even with his own party leader.

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Tzipi Livni’s return divides opinion

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

Tzipi Livni’s imminent appointment — providing Benjamin Netanyahu can form a coalition — as minister in charge of negotiations with the Palestinians hardly means that peace is about to break out. For a start, a strategy for talks is yet to be agreed.

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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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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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Bibi faces coalition pressure from Yesh Atid and Jewish Home

By Sandy Rashty, February 4, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he is looking to form a “national unity” government of right-wing and centre parties.

The prime minister, who was formally invited to form a government by President Shimon Peres on Saturday night, commenced talks with Yesh Atid - the second-largest party in the Knesset - and Jewish Home in Ramat Gan yesterday.

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Netanyahu announces fence for Syrian border

By Anna Sheinman, January 7, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that Israel will build a fence along its frontier with Syria, warning that extremist forces have taken over on the other side of the border.

Speaking at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting, Mr Netanyahu said that the Syrian regime was “unstable” and that the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons was worrying for Israel.

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Could it be end of the line for Lieberman?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 3, 2013

Ex-foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is putting on an unconcerned face over the beefed-up indictment served against him on Sunday.

The amended charge-sheet accuses him of seeking to secure the appointment of Israel’s ambassador to Latvia in return for information on a previous investigation into his activities. If this allegation is proved, it would amount to a serious breach of trust.

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Why Israel has become a backbench obsession

By Martin Bright, January 3, 2013

What are we supposed to make of last week’s JC story by my colleague Jennifer Lipman, which showed that MPs had signed up to 21 early day motions about Israel, compared to just eight on Iran, three on Egypt, two on Syria and just one on Libya?

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