Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

PM Benjamin Netanyahu to warn US Defense Secretary Mattis against Iran base in Syria

Israel’s concern about Iran establishing a permanent base in Syria the day after the civil war there ends will feature prominently when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday, senior diplomatic officials said on Thursday. Netanyahu is expected to meet with Mattis, who arrived in Israel on Thursday for his […]

Obama to Netanyahu, 2014: Don’t go into Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed in a Knesset committee meeting that former US President Barack Obama requested Israel not send ground forces into Gaza during 2014’s Operation Protective Edge. The meeting’s purpose was to critique how Israel fought Operation Protective Edge, and use that to see how to make the progress of the next […]

Benjamin Netanyahu: Gaza war unavoidable, Hamas blocked humanitarian efforts

The 2014 Gaza war was unavoidable and the humanitarian situation could not be improved because of Hamas’ constant exploitation of foreign aid, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset State Control Committee in his fullest explanation yet to criticism of his conduct of the war. “We wanted to do more to help, but Hamas makes […]

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel backs US attack on Syria on ‘moral’ basis

Israel supports the recent US missile attack in Syria because it is morally right and because it makes clear there is price for the use of chemical weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. Speaking before the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that Israel “fully supports” the Israeli action. World leaders praise strike on […]

MK Smotrich: ‘We can’t let Netanyahu let building plans fade away’

MK Betzalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) is bothered by the Security Cabinet’s agreement to restrain building in Judea and Samaria and build only within the boundaries of existing communities except for extenuating circumstances. “The decision of the Cabinet is very worrying,” he said. “Although it does leave some maneuvering room during the test of action in […]

Netanyahu vows to work with Trump on peace deal between Israel and Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was committed to working with U.S. President Donald Trump to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians and with the broader Arab world. Netanyahu made the pledge in a speech to the largest U.S. pro-Israel lobbying group at a time when the Trump administration is seeking agreement […]

Benjamin Netanyahu assesses allowing ministers and MKs to visit Temple Mount

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided on Monday to assess past policy which disallowed lawmakers and ministers to visit the Temple Mount. According to a Channel 2 news report, the measure will only come into force after considering the security situation in three months time, once the Jewish holidays and the Muslim month of Ramadan month […]

Washington talks end without agreement on Israeli settlements

The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without agreement over limiting future construction on land the Palestinians want for a state. The four days of high-level meetings in Washington marked the latest step by President Donald Trump’s aides aimed at […]

Netanyahu: ‘Significant progress’ in settlement talks with US

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that “significant progress” has been made toward an understanding between Israel and the US on settlement construction. “The talks have not been completed, but there is progress and we will hear about it when we reach Israel,” he told reporters in China, where he was on a state visit, […]

Like Ancient Persia, Modern Iran Will Fail To Destroy Jews

Just as the Persians failed to wipe out the Jewish nation some 2,500 years ago, the Iranians of today will also fail, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday night on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Purim. The prime minister made his remarks before the reading of the Scroll of Esther at the central […]