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  • Netanyahu faces political crisis over Israel’s natural gas monopoly

    1 week ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday faced his first major coalition crisis since his re-election, with ministers withholding support for government plans for developing Israel's natural gas fields.

    At least three cabinet members cited conflicts of interest -...

  • One question for Michael Oren

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren is coming to Los Angeles this week to speak about his new book, “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,” and I’m going to miss him. 

    I was invited to be Oren’s on-stage interviewer at his appearance at the Richard Nixon...

  • France’s Fabius heads to Mideast to sell peace initiative

    2 weeks ago

    France's foreign minister heads to the Middle East this weekend with an initiative aimed at bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks under an international framework amid growing regional instability.

    U.S.-led efforts to broker peace for a two-state solution...

  • New minister launches uphill battle to rein in Israel’s housing costs

    June 11, 2015 | 9:03 am

    After huge success in slashing mobile phone rates, new Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon hopes to do the same with sky-high housing costs with reforms aimed at increasing supply and cooling demand by raising taxes on investment homes.

    The soaring cost of owning a home -- and...

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  • U.S. military chief seeks to reassure Israel on Iran threat

    June 9, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    America's top general sought to reassure Israel on Tuesday of "unshakable" U.S. military support, despite deep strains in political relations over the prospect of a U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran and differences over Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.

    U.S. General Martin Dempsey, on...

  • White House backs Israel’s right of self-defense following rocket attacks

    June 8, 2015 | 12:43 pm

    The White House said it supports Israel’s right to defend itself after Israel retaliated for strikes on the country from Gaza.

    “Clearly the U.S. stands with the people of Israel as they defend their people and their nation against these kind of attacks,” White House spokesman...

  • Where the Obama-Netanyahu relationship went wrong

    June 2, 2015 | 5:03 pm

    When David Axelrod, then a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, first learned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly had referred to him and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as “self-hating Jews,” he remembers feeling stung.

    “For people to suggest...

  • Obama talks on Israeli TV about Netanyahu, Israel and David Blatt [TRANSCRIPT]

    June 2, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Below is a transcript of an interview between President Barack Obama and Israel Channel 2's Ilana Dayan on May 29 released by the National Security office of the White House 


     

    Ilana Dayan: Mr. President, thank you so much for having us at the White House.

    PresI.D.ent Barack...

  • Obama: Netanyahu’s Palestine stance erodes Israel’s credibility

    June 2, 2015 | 11:57 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's terms for diplomacy that might lead to a Palestinian state meant Israel had lost international credibility as a potential peacemaker.

    Obama also suggested that continued U.S. diplomatic defense for...

  • Marchers at N.Y.’s Israel parade ‘standing up for what is right,’ Netanyahu says

    June 1, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told participants at the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York that they are “sending a powerful message of support for the essential justice of Israel’s cause.”

    Tens of thousands gathered on Sunday for the 51st annual parade, which this...

  • A message to centrist American Jews: Time to speak out

    May 21, 2015 | 3:20 pm

    We’ve just celebrated Israel’s 67th Independence Day —– a remarkable achievement that makes us proud. But more and more American Jews worry that the sharpening divisions in our community are hampering our efforts to help Israel achieve long-term security and peace.

    And...

  • Netanyahu renews support for two-state solution with Palestinians

    May 21, 2015 | 10:34 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his commitment on Wednesday to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after backtracking on that pledge during a heated campaign for a March election.

    Speaking as he met with European Union foreign policy chief...

  • Blatter proposes holding Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace match’

    May 19, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, visiting the Middle East to try to persuade the Palestine FA (PFA) to drop a proposal to suspend Israel from the world body, on Tuesday proposed a peace match between their national teams.

    Blatter appeared at a news conference in Jerusalem after meeting...

  • The culture war over Israel’s new minister of culture

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 18, 2015 | 4:03 am

    I should begin this article by admitting a certain affection for Israel’s new Minister of Culture and Sports. I should come clean and say that I worked under her command (as an IDF reservist) some years ago. I sat at meetings with her, I submitted recommendations to her, I argued...

  • Tough love for Israel: Outrage in Rehovot

    By David Suissa

    May 13, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    With the Celebrate Israel Festival coming up this Sunday at Rancho Park, I thought it’d be an ideal time to write a love letter expressing my unabashed and unconditional attachment to Israel. But as much as I’d still like to do that, that column will have to wait for another week,...

  • For Netanyahu and Obama, mistrust is personal — and cynical

    May 12, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Obama administration officials have long contended that the friction between the U.S. president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not personal and that American support for Israel remains as robust as ever — and arguably even more robust by some metrics.

    But a year...

  • Netanyahu: Still working to expand coalition

    May 11, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he plans to continue recruiting political parties for his governing coalition, which currently holds the minimum required for a majority.

    Netanyahu said Monday at a meeting of his Likud Party that he would work to build the “widest...

  • Netanyahu’s disastrous 61-member coalition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 5, 2015 | 2:47 am

    Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is an erratic and unpredictable politician. Yesterday he dropped a bomb by declaring that he will not be joining the fourth Netanyahu government. Netanyahu, Lieberman said, is guilty of flip-flopping. That is a laughable accusation from...

  • 5 short comments on Israel’s almost-a-coalition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 30, 2015 | 3:59 am

    1.

    Israel almost has a new coalition and a new government. Yesterday, Netanyahu completed the first round of negotiations and signed an agreement with two parties – Koolanu (Kahlon) and United Torah Judaism, the Ashkenazi Haredi party. Kahlon is easing himself into the role of...

  • Netanyahu’s Independence Day message praises troops’ ‘fighting spirit’ in Gaza

    April 23, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    (JTA) — In his Independence Day address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the fighting spirit of troops in Gaza.

    Netanyahu’s praises came in the Hebrew-language version of a video released by his office at the start of Israel’s 67th Independence Day, which this...

  • Rivlin, Netanyahu spurn meeting with Jimmy Carter in Israel

    April 20, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected invitations to meet with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

    The invitations reportedly were declined after consulting with the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council, Haaretz reported...

  • Israel sees migrant tragedy as validating policy of keeping them away

    April 20, 2015 | 2:36 pm

    Israel said on Monday the drowning of hundreds of Africans off Libya's coast was tragic but validated its own policy of having buffered its land barriers with Africa to keep migrants away.

    Yisrael Katz, transport minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outgoing cabinet,...

  • Netanyahu receives two-week extension to form government

    April 20, 2015 | 11:45 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have two more weeks to form a new government after he asked Israel's president on Monday to extend a 28-day period to form a coalition following his election victory.

    Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party came out on top in the March 17...

  • Is the Obama administration making nice with Israel?

    April 16, 2015 | 12:44 pm

    On Monday, President Barack Obama met with two sets of Jews, and from what we were told, essentially wondered aloud each time why his love for the Jewish people and for Israel is not more widely known.

    The second group comprised donors and strategic advisers, and their answer,...

  • Report: Violent anti-Semitic incidents worldwide soar by 40 percent

    April 15, 2015 | 8:46 am

    Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014, with the highest number of incidents occurring in France, according to an annual study published in Israel on Wednesday.

    The report, by Tel Aviv University's Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, said 766...

  • Israel happy at compromise deal on Iran between Congress-Obama

    April 15, 2015 | 8:33 am

    Israel is pleased at a compromise deal on Iran achieved between the United States Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday.

    In what was seen as a setback for Obama, the U.S. president agreed on...

  • The Iranian deal panic gap

    By Rob Eshman

    April 14, 2015 | 5:51 pm

    Last week, Foreign Policy magazine released a poll of 921 scholars of international relations at colleges and universities across the United States. By a 7-to-1 margin, the scholars agreed that the proposed deal with Iran will “have a positive impact on regional stability.”

    ...
  • Israel ‘dismayed’ at S-300 missile deal with Iran

    April 14, 2015 | 10:34 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed Israel's "dismay" to Russian President Vladimir Putin at Russia's decision to lift a self-imposed ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran.

    A statement from Netanyahu's office said he "expressed Israel's dismay at the decision... (and) told President Putin that this step will only increase Iran's aggression in the region and will destabilize security in the Middle East."

    Putin lifted the ban on delivering the air defense system to Iran on Monday.

  • Kerry to ask Congress for more time and space on Iran deal

    April 13, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case this week to skeptical Republicans and Democrats that the U.S. Congress should give him another two and a half months to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran.

    In closed briefings with the full House of Representatives on Monday...

  • Obama is selling us a lemon

    By David Suissa

    April 10, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    It’s easy to be lulled or seduced by President Barack Obama’s confident demeanor. He always appears so reasonable. 

    Obama will need all of his persuasive powers to sell us on his “framework” agreement with Iran because the agreement is a lemon — a dangerous lemon.

    At its best,...

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