Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Obama campaign interference backfired

US president Barack Obama inadvertently helped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election by interfering in the March 17 race, Democratic and Republican strategists who advised Israeli parties said in recent days.   The Obama administration has been increasingly critical of Netanyahu since he won the election. The statements by the strategists indicated that the president only […]

Is Obama strong-arming Benjamin Netanyahu into unity deal with the left?

The Obama administration’s most recent threat to “re-evaluate” the US approach toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to be exposed for what it is: a backhanded attempt to influence the composition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s forthcoming ruling coalition and pressure him into a unity deal with left-wing parties.   Read More: Is Obama strong-arming Benjamin […]

Benjamin Netanyahu to receive mandate on Wednesday to form government

President Reuven Rivlin will entrust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming his fourth government at the President’s Residence on Wednesday night, after Rivlin receives the official results of the March 17 election from the head of the Central Elections Committee, Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran.Netanyahu will have 28 days to form a government – until […]

Obama says prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are ‘dim’

Mr Netanyahu’s statements angered the White House, even though he has since tried to soften his remark. Tensions between the US and Israel have been growing as the leaders have wrangled over a number of issues. But Mr Obama described his relationship with Mr Netanyahu as “businesslike.” “I’ve met with him more than any other […]

Obama says differences with Benjamin Netanyahu not personal

US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace.   Obama said it was hard to envision a path to a two-state solution to the conflict – long sought by the […]

Report: Cameron leans on Benjamin Netanyahu to pursue two-state solution

British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to adhere to a policy that advances a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, The Guardian reported late Monday.   The British premier congratulated Netanyahu on his election victory while emphasizing that a peace agreement yielding a Palestinian state remained the best way to “achieve […]

Benjamin Netanyahu scores majority needed to form government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured the requisite majority of parliamentary members to form a government, according to reports from the country’s media. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin continued to meet with factions Monday.   Representatives from Kulanu — a crucial centrist swing party — met with Rivlin to recommend that the Likud party’s Netanyahu […]

Israel’s Netanyahu apologizes to country’s Arab minority

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Israel’s Arab citizens on Monday for remarks he made during last week’s parliament election that offended members of the community.   The move appeared to be an attempt to heal rifts and mute criticism at home and in the United States. Netanyahu drew accusations of racism in Israel, especially […]

Netanyahu Playing Both Sides of the Game?

Rightists may have something to fear after all as Channel Ten reports Monday evening that rumors of a potential unity government between Likud and the Zionist Union 9Labor-Hatnua -ed.) are alive and well.   Associates of the Prime Minister said Monday that Binyamin Netanyahu would not exclude the addition of Yitzhak Herzog and the Zionist Union party to […]

‘Occupation Must End’

The White House on Monday bluntly warned Israel that its “occupation of Palestinian land” must end, dismissing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges.   In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Israel, AFP reported, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.” […]