Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos: Best to hope for in Syria is ‘benign Balkanization’

The EU should adopt policies toward Israel similar to those taken by the moderate Arab states in the region, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini at a meeting in Davos on Thursday.   His comments came just days after the European Union Foreign Affairs Council adopted resolutions on the Middle […]

EU slams illegal Israeli settlements but insists it is not boycotting the state

The EU has reiterated its commitment to a two-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis, and criticised Israel’s settlement policies, which are illegal under international law. On 18 January, the EU unanimously adopted a resolution asserting that deals and agreements with Israel can only apply to its pre-1967 internationally recognised borders.   Despite fierce opposition from […]

Netanyahu sets off for World Economic Forum in Davos

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu departed Wednesday morning for the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos where he will speak before about 2,500 participants in the annual World Economic Forum. Netanyahu is leading an economic delegation that does not include Finance Minister Moshe Kachlon or Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug. The main topics at this year’s event are […]

Benjamin Netanyahu, US envoy trade jabs over ‘two-standards’ of law in West Bank

The Prime Minister’s Office dismissed as “unacceptable and wrong” an uncharacteristically sharp public criticism of Israel’s legal standards leveled Monday by US envoy Dan Shapiro, who said there seems at times to be one standard of law in the West Bank for Israelis, and another for Palestinians.   “As Israel’s devoted friend and its most […]

Netanyahu Asserts Israel Will Be Iran’s Watchdog

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel warned on Sunday that his nation would ensure that Tehran never obtains nuclear weapons, while also taking credit for keeping Iran from already having them.   Mr. Netanyahu has been an open and vocal opponent of the deal with Iran. Speaking at the start of the regular weekly cabinet […]

Benjamin Netanyahu on Swedish FM’s remarks: Outrageous, immoral, unjust and stupid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on Thursday, characterizing her recent statements calling for an investigation of Israeli “extrajudicial killings” as “outrageous, immoral, unjust and just wrong.”   He later added another adjective – “stupid” – though he stopped short of endorsing comments made a day earlier by National Infrastructure, Energy […]

U.S. Church Puts 5 Banks From Israel on a Blacklist

Palestinian advocates, both in and outside the church, described the step as an important advance in the Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign, or B.D.S., an international effort to pressure Israel economically over the Palestinian issue. Others within the church, however, called those claims misleading, noting that the church remains invested in other Israeli companies and […]

It’s too late for a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine

Many obstacles stand in the way of a two-state solution to the conflict in Israel and Palestine.   At the moment, negotiations are a nonstarter for all parties.   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has only a razor-thin majority in one of the most right-wing Knessets in Israeli history. President Barack Obama has tossed the […]

Jerusalem Arabs planned to assassinate Netanyahu

The attorney’s office on Friday submitted indictments against two Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem for running an explosives lab, providing aid to an enemy in wartime, and being in contact with a foreign agent – and planning to assassinate the prime minister.   The two terrorists were named as 22-year-old Hazam Sanduka and 19-year-old Fahdi […]

How US Jewish groups got spied on by Obama

At first blush, it appears like a bombshell: The United States listened in on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s phone calls.   But on closer examination, the revelations reported Dec. 29 by The Wall Street Journal might not be so far reaching. Spying on allies is both routine and legal in the United States, though […]