Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Kerry affirms Israel’s right to defend self, says region must avoid further escalation

In a phone conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu late Thursday night, US Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed his “strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself” against terrorist acts, but he also emphasized avoiding further escalation. Kerry further highlighted US support for the “restoration” of the 2012 cease-fire with Hamas, the US’s commitment […]

Netanyahu says Israel will hit Hamas hard

Israel’s leader says the country will exert “great force” against Gaza’s Hamas rulers after the Islamic militants rejected a truce agreement. Israel halted its fire for six hours Tuesday after accepting an Egyptian truce proposal. But with Hamas continuing to launch rockets into Israel, it resumed strikes in the afternoon. Benjamin Netanyahu said in an […]

Netanyahu rips Hamas, calls for ‘demilitarization of Gaza’ amid exhange of rockets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday called on the international community to condemn the militant group Hamas for committing a “double war crime” of firing barrages of rockets at Israelis while using Palestinians as human shields. Netanyahu, speaking at a news conference, said “Israel will continue to do what it needs to do to defend […]

Unilateral Gaza ceasefire collapses

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the Israeli Air Force to resume strikes over Gaza Tuesday afternoon, six hours after a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, accepted by Israel and rejected by Hamas, was due to go into effect. During those hours, dozens of Hamas rockets raked town after town and village […]

Kerry condemns Hamas rocket fire ‘in face of a goodwill effort to secure ceasefire’

“But if Hamas does not accept the ceasefire proposal, as would now seem to be the case, Israel would have all international legitimacy to broaden the military operation to achieve the required quiet.” Hamas rejected the Egyptian proposal, saying Cairo did not consult the group over the deal. The organization’s armed wing, the Izz ad-Din […]

Netanyahu vows ‘any means necessary’ to stop Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he will use “any means necessary” to stop Islamic militant group Hamas from bombing civilians but declined to say when his military action will stop or whether he will continue using ground troops.   Netanyahu said on “Fox News Sunday” that his objective was to reach “sustained quiet” […]

Netanyahu urges international community to condemn Hamas

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the international community on Tuesday to condemn Hamas, and call on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dismantle his unity government with the Islamist movement… Read More: Netanyahu urges international community to condemn Hamas – Israel News, Ynetnews

Netanyahu, Rivlin vow to repair their strained ties

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President- elect Reuven Rivlin began working through their past problems and settling their differences in an effort to build a positive working relationship Wednesday in a meeting at Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem. The two-hour meeting was the first in more than a year between the two men. It came a day […]

Netanyahu’s bitter enemy to replace Shimon Peres after ugly contest for influential post

Israel’s parliament has elected Reuven Rivlin, an ardent Jewish nationalist with a reputation as a staunch democrat, as the country’s next president, replacing Shimon Peres, the internationally respected statesman who in recent years provided a dovish foil to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr Rivlin, a former speaker of parliament from the ruling Likud party, gained 63 […]

Further ugly vibes from the Obama administration

The gloves are off. The White House has now unequivocally designated Israel as the scapegoat and is meting out punishment for the disastrous outcome of the peace negotiations it initiated. The process began in March when President Barack Obama publicly lambasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a brutal and offensive manner the day before their […]