Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

US watching to see if Netanyahu’s actions match words on 2 states

The White House continued to express its displeasure with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, as US President Barack Obama’s chief-of-staff, Denis McDonough, criticized the premier for saying a more stable region is a precondition to the establishment of a Palestinian state.   McDonough, in an address to J Street’s annual conference in Washington, referred […]

US ambassador to Israel ‘confused’ by Netanyahu’s statements on Palestinian

Shapiro’s comments came the morning after President Barack Obama said he did not believe Netanyahu supports the establishment of a Palestinian state. Obama was referring to comments made by Netanyahu during the last few days of his election campaign in which he hard-lined his position and said that there would be no Palestinian state if he […]

Israeli Ambassador: Israel Committed to Peaceful Two-State Solution

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to walk back his claim before the Israeli election that there would be no Palestinian state, Ambassador Ron Dermer on Sunday morning denied that Israel has changed its opinion on a two-state solution.   When asked to respond to President Obama saying he would take Netanyahu at his pre-election […]

It’s now ‘hard to find path’ on Mideast peace process

President Barack Obama said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes it “hard to find a path” toward serious negotiations to resolve the issue.   In an interview with the Huffington Post that was conducted on Friday and published on Saturday, Obama described his Thursday phone call […]

Commit to two-state solution with the Palestinians

Following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Netanyahu on Friday and urged him to renew Israel’s commitment to a “two-state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to clarify on Thursday comments made during his election campaign that a Palestinian state would not emerge under […]

‘Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President’ and focus on ISIS

Sen. John McCain said Sunday that President Obama is letting his personal issues with newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affect his decision-making and shared policy goals.   “It’s time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem the tide of ISIS and Iranian movement throughout the region, which is […]

Obama congratulates Netanyahu, stresses commitment to two-state solution

After election spat, leaders agree to continue consultations on difficult path forwards to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Jlem diplomatic sources say US must not impose a deal on Israel that jeopardizes the safety of Israelis.   WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to congratulate him on his reelection, while […]

Obama may agree to UN resolution on ’67 borders after Benjamin Netanyahu campaign rhetoric

In the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s resounding victory in Tuesday’s election, the White House has expressed severe concern regarding the Likud leader’s campaign rhetoric and noted turnaround against the establishment of a Palestinian state.   According to several administration officials, the Obama administration is now seriously considering agreeing to the passage of a […]

Why Netanyahu? It’s more than just nationalism

It’s a mystery to many: Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign gained steam when he ruled out the creation of a Palestinian state, and he seems determined to continue settling occupied land with Jews.   So why would Israelis again back policies that promise friction of all kinds — and will dramatically dilute the Jewish character of their […]

‘I don’t want to clean up after Benjamin Netanyahu’

In his first interview after elections, Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog spoke to Army Radio Thursday morning about his defeat in the 20th Knesset elections and Israel’s political outlook in light of the results.   Herzog said he had gone to bed around 2 a.m. Wednesday after polls had closed, believing his party had tied […]