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  • Peres, Bibi bringing up Pollard release with Obama

    March 5, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres asked President Obama to release convicted spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    Peres told Pollard’s wife, Esther, on Monday that he discussed the possibility of releasing Jonathan Pollard, who has been jailed for 27 years since being convicted of...

  • Obama offers Netanyahu assurances over Iran

    March 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    President Barack Obama, aiming to head off any premature Israeli strike on Iran, sought to assure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that the United States would always “have Israel’s back” but said there was still time for diplomacy.

    Netanyahu, in a show of unity with an...

  • Barak to meet with Panetta in Washington

    February 27, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is traveling to Washington to meet with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, and other key U.S. security officials.

    Barak, who left Israel on Monday, is arriving just days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet...

  • Arab Spring inflating Israel’s defense costs, Bibi tells U.S. Jewish leaders

    February 21, 2012 | 10:48 am

    The Islamization of the Arab Spring movement has placed “enormous pressure” on Israeli defenses and progress in the peace process, Benjamin Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders.

    The Israeli prime minister, speaking Sunday night to the Conference of Presidents of Major American...

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  • Don’t strike Iran before Madonna concert, Facebook page begs Bibi

    February 13, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    A new Facebook page is calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to refrain from striking Iran’s nuclear sites until after Madonna performs in Israel.

    A day after Madonna announced last week that she is launching her new world tour in Israel in support of her latest...

  • Bibi bypassing Cabinet on extending yeshiva students’ military service law

    January 26, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will bring a vote on extending a law that allows yeshiva students to delay their military service directly to the Knesset floor, bypassing his Cabinet.

    Netanyahu’s office said Thursday that the Cabinet will not vote on extending the Tal Law at its...

  • Bibi praises EU oil sanctions on Iran

    January 23, 2012 | 5:56 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Monday a European Union decision to place sanctions on Iranian oil exports, but said it was unclear if the move could thwart Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

    “I think this is a step in the right direction,” Netanyahu said at a meeting of...

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators agree to meet again

    January 4, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met face to face for the first time in more than a year and agreed to meet again.

    Yitzhak Molcho, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy to the negotiations with the Palestinians, and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat...

  • Bibi expresses pride in Israel’s rights record

    December 8, 2011 | 10:33 am

    Ahead of international Human Rights Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu burnished Israel’s credentials.

    Netanyahu issued a video statement ahead of the annual Dec. 10 commemorations and campaigning set by the U.N. Office of the High Commission for Human Rights.

    “The State of...

  • Bibi calls for tougher sanctions on Iran

    November 23, 2011 | 10:05 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Wednesday for stronger sanctions on Iran than those imposed this week by the United States, Britain and Canada to try to curb its nuclear ambitions.

    “Iran is developing nuclear weapons. If anyone had any doubts, the IAEA...

  • Bibi and Abbas share Photoshopped smooch in Benetton ad

    November 17, 2011 | 10:44 am

    A new Benetton ad campaign depicts Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas kissing each other.

    The clothing company’s “Unhate” campaign launched Tuesday withdrew an ad the following day depicting Pope Benedict XVI kissing an imam following a complaint from the Vatican, according to...

  • Netanyahu comments on protests get music remix [VIDEO]

    August 1, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has become the latest target of Israeli musician Noy Alooshe and his satirical music videos.

    In the clip released this week, Alooshe takes comments by the prime minister claiming that there would be no protests in Israel akin to those in the Arab...

  • Bibi in Arab TV interview: Peace talks can be in Ramallah

    July 20, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an interview on an Arabic-language television station suggested Ramallah as a possible site for the immediate restarting of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    “I’m prepared to negotiate with President [Mahmoud] Abbas directly for peace...

  • Why isn’t J Street supporting Bibi?

    July 13, 2011 | 2:03 pm

    A little-noted announcement has slipped by everyone’s radar: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he is ready immediately to restart negotiations without preconditions with Israel but that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has “refused to return” to the peace...

  • Bibi warns protesters planning new border breach

    June 2, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    Palestinian protesters planning to breach Israel’s borders again will be halted, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu, speaking Thursday evening at a conference in Jerusalem, said Syria and Iran and the Hezbollah and Hamas terrorist groups are behind the planned...

  • Netanyahu: Israel cannot prevent UN recognition of Palestinian state

    May 30, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that no one can prevent the recognition of a Palestinian state in the United Nations in September.

    “No one has the power to stop the decision to recognize a Palestinian state in the UN General Assembly in September,” Netanyahu said. “It...

  • Bibi’s Heckler: To Seize or Not to Seize

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 25, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    Halfway through Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Monday I was confronted by a moral dilemma. A woman protester two seats away from me had infiltrated the speech, pulled out a red anti-Israel flag, and started hurling curses about Israel. The...

  • U.S.: Hamas can’t be peace partner until it recognizes Israel

    May 24, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    The White House declared on Tuesday that a two state solution would be in the interest of both Israel and the Palestinians, but stressed that it would not view Hamas as a partner for peace until the Islamist movement recognizes Israel.

    “The U.S. very clearly believes that Hamas is a...

  • For Obama, Bibi tensions subside, political problems begin

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 24, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    That Israel problem President Obama had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Old news.

    That Israel problem Obama has with Congress? And with his party?

    That’s just beginning.

    In two successive speeches—one to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday and...

  • At AIPAC, effort to shift focus back to agenda: Iran, foreign aid, Capitol Hill relationships

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 24, 2011 | 8:14 am

    Let’s get past this U.S.-Israel relationship thing, so we can get on with important stuff, like the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    That seemed to be the message this week at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    With a record 10,000 people and...

  • Netanyahu at AIPAC: ‘Israel is America’s indispensable ally’

    May 23, 2011 | 9:27 pm

    Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke at AIPAC Policy Conference Monday night, reassuring the public that Israel remains the United States’ ‘indespensible ally’, despite his rejection of U.S. President Obama’s call for a peace deal based on 1967 borders last week.

    Netanyahu began his...

  • Is Obama good or bad for Israel?

    By David Suissa

    May 23, 2011 | 5:46 pm

    During this latest episode of the long-running Israel-America reality show – which began May 19 with President Barack Obama’s infamous “1967 lines” speech, followed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defiant response at the White House the next day, and, finally,...

  • Jewish groups plan ads for Bibi visit

    May 19, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    A number of Jewish groups are planning wide-reaching ads timed for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington.

    J Street paid for a full-page advertisement in Thursday’s New York Times featuring an appeal by about 90 leading Israelis, including retired generals, noted...

  • Speeches vs. reality

    By Uri Dromi

    May 17, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    As I write these lines on May 17, the Middle East is caught between events and speeches. The events are the Arab spring, which actually started in December 2010, when a man burned himself to death in Tunisia, sparking a chain of pro-democracy uprisings all over the region; the...

  • Obama and Bibi appear on same page

    May 17, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    Crush terrorists and then make peace.

    Through quirks of timing, it’s a narrative that President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally can agree on when they meet this week in Washington.

    There remains a critical difference, however, between the two over what...

  • Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

    May 1, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    “Israel is the historical commemoration to the victims of the Holocaust,” President Shimon Peres said at a Yad Vashem ceremony marking Yom Hashoah.

    Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, began Sunday night in Israel with the national ceremony, where...

  • Letters to the Editor: Ryan vs. Obama, Bibi, Palestine and dancing rabbis

    April 26, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    Paul Ryan vs. Barack Obama

    It is very telling that in both of the articles criticizing Paul Ryan’s courageous budget proposal, many words (and much hand wringing) are expended defending existing entitlements that are bankrupting our nation but not one word addresses the...

  • Bibi needs a plan, fast

    By David Suissa

    April 12, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    I had a lively debate with the founder of J Street, Jeremy Ben-Ami, April 11 at Temple Israel of Hollywood, and as much as we disagreed sharply on many issues relative to Israel, there was one item on which we were in complete agreement: The Palestinians’ steady march toward...

  • Justin Bieber Didn’t Decline Meeting with Israeli Children

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    I just got a call from a spokesperson for Justin Bieber, who said the teenaged superstar appreciated my defending him in my previous post, “Justin Bieber Israel Drama:  Give Bieber a Break.”  But, the spokesperson added, the facts reported by some of the Israeli press (which I...

  • Bibi cancels Bieber meeting over reported snub of beleaguered kids

    April 12, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has canceled a meeting with pop star Justin Bieber after the singer refused to meet with children from southern Israel.

    Netanyahu, who was scheduled to meet Bieber on Wednesday night, a day before his concert in Tel Aviv, invited...

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