Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Jerusalemites express overwhelming support for Netanyahu’s speech

Citing existential fears – coupled with the perceived naiveté of the Obama administration – residents in the capital’s Zion Square on Monday said they overwhelmingly supported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right to address Israel’s perspective on a nuclear Iran.   Despite conceding the diplomatic fallout that such a polarizing Congressional speech would engender, a cross-section […]

Netanyahu ready to take Iran case to Congress in controversial speech

From the White House to Capitol Hill, anticipation was mounting Tuesday over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress which he plans to use to make his case against a pending nuclear deal with Iran.   The prime minister, who previewed his speech a day earlier during remarks to the pro-Israel lobby, warns that […]

Netanyahu using US Congress speech to assail Iran talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using the U.S. Congress’ podium to warn against trusting Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, even as President Barack Obama’s negotiators meet anew with the Iranians in hopes of closing a deal this month.   Netanyahu insists he is privy to emerging details of a potential agreement and is […]

Israel Will Never be ‘Passive in the Face of Threats to Annihilate Us’

A record crowd of 16,000 received Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a long standing ovation on Monday at the 2015 AIPAC (America-Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference.   “Reports of the demise of the United States-Israel… You’re here to tell the world that our alliance is stronger than ever,” the Israeli Prime Minister told […]

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is Purim on the Potomac

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress on Tuesday, he will likely make reference to Purim, that holiday that will begin Wednesday night commemorating the Jews’ salvation from the hands of Haman and the Persians thousands of years ago.   How could he not; it’s a slam dunk.   Then the Persians wanted to destroy […]

On Eve of Speech, Obama Smears Netanyahu

President Barack Obama took a stab at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with Reuters on Monday, on the eve of Netanyahu’s controversial speech to a special joint session of Congress on Tuesday morning. Obama said that Netanyahu “made all sorts of claims” about the interim nuclear deal with Iran that turned out […]

Netanyahu Takes Center Stage in GOP Battle With Obama

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday will address a Congress featuring divisions not only over his likely message, but on the very nature of his trip to the nation’s capital.   At least 50 Democrats plan to skip Netanyahu’s speech. Many of them feel his appearance is little more than a Republican-led effort to […]

Netanyahu relations never promised happily-ever-after

The president and the prime minister have stark differences in personality, politics and world view. Still, few could have predicted the downward spiral of lecturing and name-calling. Start with the differences between Obama and Netanyahu, add in disagreements over Iran’s nuclear program, a Republican-led Congress trying to assert itself and the coming Knesset elections, and […]

Iran nuclear deal threatens Israel’s security

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that his plans to address Congress are not aimed at disrespecting President Barack Obama, even as he assailed the U.S. leader’s bid for a nuclear deal with Iran as a threat to his country’s survival. “I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these […]

Why Binyamin Netanyahu is giving a speech to Congress

For a country that has sadly been all too often mired in war and conflict with its neighbours, the question of a speech in a foreign capital ought to barely merit much attention. Yet few recent acts by Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, have been quite as controversial as his decision to accept […]