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  • December 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 24, 2012 | 12:29 am

    In-depth

    Hagel and Israel

    Despite the claims of his detractors, former senator Chuck Hagel is neither anti-Israel nor anti-Semitic, writes Alon Pinkas in Al-Monitor

    ...many of these same critics are those who consider Obama as fundamentally anti-Israel. They believe that...

  • Lieberman resignation takes effect as indictment postponed

    December 18, 2012 | 9:57 am

    Avigdor Lieberman's resignation as Israel's foreign minister officially took effect, and Israel's attorney general postponed filing an indictment for fraud and breach of trust against him.

    Lieberman ceased being the country's foreign minister on Tuesday morning, two days after he...

  • Three notes on Israel’s themeless, excitement-free elections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 18, 2012 | 6:40 am

    We must apologize for bombarding you with election-related news and views. Back in September-October it was all about the U.S. election, and now it's all about Israel's. Back to post-election normality around March.


    1. What are the elections about?

    Note this: We've had three...

  • Israeli foreign minister Lieberman resigns following indictment

    December 14, 2012 | 9:14 am

    Avigdor Lieberman has resigned as Israel’s foreign minister following his indictment for fraud and breach of trust.

    “I have committed no offense but I wish to put behind me this issue, which is what remains of many years of investigation,” Lieberman said in a statement Friday.

    ...
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  • December 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 14, 2012 | 2:50 am

    In-depth

    The Hagel Haters

    Eli Lake of the Daily Beast investigates why the possible next secretary of defense has riled so many Israel supporters. 

    While the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) never takes formal positions on nominees, if the group is asked by...
  • Israel to withhold Palestinian Authority funds until March

    December 12, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Israel will withhold tax revenues from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's administration until March at least in response to his statehood campaign at the United Nations, Israel's foreign minister said.

    Under interim peace deals, Israel collects some $100 million a...

  • November 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 28, 2012 | 12:37 am

    In-depth

    Hamas’ Lifeblood: Money

    Money is flowing into the Hamas coffers from all over the Muslim world, often via charities operating in the West, writes Gary M. Osen in Tablet Magazine. 

    Whatever one imagines about Jabari’s true aims, one thing’s for certain: His life’s...

  • Should Israel have agreed to a cease-fire? The complex answer

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 21, 2012 | 10:02 am

    I moderated a conversation last night between two book authors whose books were published fairly recently by the Publishing House for which I work as head of non-fiction. The host was Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem, the crowd surprised and showed up, disregarding the rockets (why are...

  • Netanyahu is gaining (even before the Gaza op)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 19, 2012 | 8:21 am

    Our updated Israel Poll Trends tracker, aggregated and configured by Prof. Camil Fuchs, puts a possible Likud-right-religious political bloc (and possible coalition) at 69 mandates, compared to a center-left bloc that is at 51 mandates out of the 120 available in the Knesset. This...

  • A call from the shelter, and other stories

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 18, 2012 | 10:52 am

    A. Worried father in Santa Monica

    Here’s a link to my IHT-NYT article from Friday:

    My five-year-old daughter Yael just called from Tel Aviv to say that she’s doing fine. She’s a bit scared, but that’s only because I’m not there to watch her — if I were home, she would not be...

  • Palestinians release draft of statehood bid

    November 9, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Palestinian diplomats have circulated a draft resolution to U.N. member states that calls for recognition of "Palestine" as an observer state.

    The draft resolution could be put to a vote in the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly later this month, Reuters reported this week.

    If...

  • The meaning of Bieberman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 31, 2012 | 10:30 am

    It was another last-minute political bombshell from the Benjamin Netanyahu shock-factory. Without anyone expecting it, last Thursday the prime minister and his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, astonished Israelis with the announcement that their parties – the ruling Likud Party...

  • Likud Party approves election list merger with Yisrael Beiteinu

    October 29, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The Likud Party reportedly voted overwhelmingly to approve merging its candidates list with the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party.

    Likud members gathered Monday at a party convention in Tel Aviv to vote on the proposal floated last week by the Likud chairman, Prime Minister...

  • October 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 29, 2012 | 3:07 am

    In-depth

    Netanyahu’s Big Gamble

    The prime minister's decision to run alongside Yisrael Beiteinu in the January elections has not been uniformly embraced within both parties, writes Carl Vick for Time.

    Likud in fact came into existence as an blending of right-wing parties,...

  • Yisrael Beiteinu: Merger with Likud won’t make Lieberman PM

    October 26, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Yisrael Beiteinu has denied reports that party leader Avigdor Lieberman would become prime minister under a secret pact between his movement and Likud.

    “There is no pact for rotation in the role of prime minister,” Yisrael Beiteinu Chairperson Faina Kirschenbaum told Channel 10...

  • Confused about the Bibi-Lieberman merger? You’re not alone

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 26, 2012 | 5:43 am

    Yes, Prime Minister Netanyahu, once again, was able to surprise us all with a new political move – the sudden announcement yesterday that the Likud Party and the Yisrael Beiteinu Party will be running together in this election cycle. Problem is, we don’t know yet what Netanyahu and...

  • October 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 26, 2012 | 1:08 am

    In-depth

    In Saudi Arabia and Israel, Signals That Iran Has Retaliation in Works

    With the drone over Israel and a cyberattack on a Saudi oil company, Iran is sending a clear message to its foes, writes Bruce Riedel in the Daily Beast.

    Iran’s capabilities to inflict...

  • By merging with Liberman, Netanyahu knocks out the left and casts his lot with the right

    October 25, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Political pundits long have debated who is the real Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Is he a pragmatist handcuffed by his right-wing support base and, until his father’s recent death, fealty to his father’s nationalist vision?

    Or is he a true right-wing ideologue whose apparent concessions,...

  • Netanyahu, Lieberman to merge party lists for election

    October 25, 2012 | 11:46 am

    The Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu parties will run in the upcoming Israeli elections on one list, ensuring that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forms the next government.

    Netanyahu, of Likud, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beiteinu reportedly will announce the...

  • 15 short comments about politics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 25, 2012 | 10:06 am

    1.

    Say what you want about Netanyahu the statesman, or Netanyahu the politician – Netanyahu the magician, the man that always has a surprise up his sleeve, has done it again. The decision to merge the Likud Party with the Yisrael Beiteinu Party – Netanyahu and Lieberman dancing...

  • September 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 30, 2012 | 1:00 am

    In-depth

    Hate-Speech Hypocrites

    William Satelan of Slate asks why it is acceptable to ban hate speech against Jews while defending mockery of Muslims. 

    This debate between East and West, between respect and pluralism, isn’t a crisis. It’s a stage of global progress. The...

  • August 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 26, 2012 | 2:15 am

    In-depth

    Where Will Morsi’s Embrace of Ahmadinejad Lead?

    Writing in Algemeiner, Dore Gold warns that any renewed warmth between Cairo and Tehran could endanger Egypt’s ties in the Arab world.

    [T]here are presently a number of challenges that will make any Sunni-Shiite...

  • In letter to Quartet, Lieberman calls for Abbas’ ouster

    August 22, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman asked countries working for Israeli-Palestinian peace to call for new elections to remove Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from office.

    The letter, sent to the Mideast Quartet—the grouping of the United States, Russia, the...

  • August 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 22, 2012 | 2:06 am

    In-depth

    Time to Authorize Use of Force Against Iran

    Obama must make it very clear to Tehran that the US is prepared to use military force to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, writes Elliott Abrams in the Weekly Standard.

    At the moment, no one is persuaded that the United...

  • Lieberman: Annan resignation shows world cannot influence Syria

    August 3, 2012 | 11:21 am

    Kofi Annan’s resignation is a “stark demonstration” of the international community’s failure to influence events in Syria, according to Israel’s foreign minister.

    Avigdor Lieberman made the comments Thursday in Tirana, Albania, according to Israel Army Radio.

    Earlier...

  • EU refuses to call Hezbollah a terrorist organization

    July 25, 2012 | 11:19 am

    European Union President Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis said Tuesday said that the EU would not grant Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s request to declare Iran-funded Hezbollah as a terrorist organization because “Hezobollah is a political party in Lebanon which also runs...

  • ‘No reason’ to apologize for Mavi Marmara incident, Lieberman tells Turkish journalists

    July 24, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Turkish journalists that Israel has “no reason to apologize” for the Mavi Marmara incident.

    Lieberman in a meeting Sunday with the journalists in Jerusalem said that Israel is ready to discuss the incident and would consider the issue...

  • Clinton meets with Israeli leaders on Iran, Syria, Egypt and peace process

    July 16, 2012 | 10:03 am

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she and Israeli President Shimon Peres spoke about “Egypt and Syria, peace efforts, Iran and other regional and global issues” during their meeting in Jerusalem.

    Clinton arrived in Israel Monday for a day of meetings with Israeli leaders....

  • Avigdor Lieberman told he might be indicted

    June 8, 2012 | 8:09 am

    Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has been told that he may soon be indicted on charges of fraud, money laundering and break of trust.

    The punishment for money laundering alone could be up to a 10-year prison sentence.

    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein informed the Kadima...

  • June 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 6, 2012 | 2:18 am

    Noteworthy

    Mideast game-changer

    Marking 30th anniversary of the start of the first Lebanon War, Amir Taheri ‎writes in the New York Post that the Israel’s defeat of Arafat ‎and the PLO in Lebanon served to give rise to darker powers in the country, thanks to ‎Syria and Iran....

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