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  • Why Netanyahu is right and wrong about Palestinian ‘ethnic cleansing’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 13, 2016 | 3:35 am


    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right on principle: A demand that all Jews vacate Judea and Samaria when a Palestinian state is established is preposterous. Calling “ethnic cleansing” in the video clip that his office produced – and that resulted in praise and popularity,...

  • Probing Netanyahu, or overthrowing him by undemocratic means?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 11, 2016 | 3:42 am

    What does “preliminary examination” mean? The many reporters, politicians, pundits, and activists that are trying to uncover the truth and separate fact from fiction are mostly in the dark. What they know for certain is only this: Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, a...

  • Yes, Netanyahu’s days are ‘numbered’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2016 | 4:04 am

    I would not take former Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s recent promise that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s days in office “are numbered” too seriously. Barak himself does not take it quite seriously: “If it takes months or years, they are numbered,” he said. Well – isn’t that obvious?...

  • Is Netanyahu sincere about the window of opportunity in the Middle East?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 7, 2016 | 6:22 am

    In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of a breakthrough in the Arab-Israeli peace process. "The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians," Prime Minister Netanyahu said a few...

  • Is this really ‘the most right-wing Israeli coalition ever?’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 30, 2016 | 4:10 am

    Claiming that the new Israeli coalition is the “most right-wing ever” – as many people and institutions and media outlets did last week – is, by and large, the result of three things:

    1. Ignorance and herd mentality.

    2. Wanting to make it look bad – that is, if you believe that...

  • How bad is Israel’s coalition shakeup?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 23, 2016 | 4:16 am

    The bottom line is simple and undeniable: An honorable public servant, a fine defense minister, went home yesterday to recalculate his political route.

    His main sin: he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. His seat was needed to serve a political cause.

    If anyone in Israel...

  • Obama and Netanyahu: The last meeting?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 9, 2015 | 3:55 am


    The story of the animosity between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama is one that we have read – or written about – a thousand times. And while it is tempting to try to reveal a new angle, or put a new spin on the situation, whenever current events...

  • What to expect from the Obama-Netanyahu meeting

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 3, 2015 | 4:06 am

    There are three ways the Obama-Netanyahu meeting at the White House on Nov. 9 — the two leaders’ first meeting after more than a year of talking mostly past each other — can go wrong.

    1. If President Barack Obama decides to surprise the prime minister and ruin the meeting.


  • Temple Mount: The right thing or the smart thing?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 27, 2015 | 3:43 am

    If you are eagerly waiting for the video cameras to be installed on the Temple Mount, as Israel and Jordan agreed to do recently, in the hope that this act will help restore law and order at the holy site — don’t hold your breath. 

    First, because the cameras have not yet been...

  • Netanyahu just lost the Hitler card: Five comments

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 22, 2015 | 2:00 am


    PM Netanyahu did not intend to absolve Adolf Hitler from his responsibility for the Holocaust. I believe him when he says he did not. Most of the those who criticize him probably know that he did not. Still, they criticize him. It is worth remembering that the politicians...

  • Opinion: You’re also right

    September 27, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    There is a well-known story about a rabbi who was called upon to settle a dispute between two of his followers.  The first man poured out his complaints to the rabbi, and when he finished, the rabbi said, “You’re right.”  Then it was the second one’s turn.  When he finished,...

  • Reports shed new light on irrational Iran debate

    By Murray Fromson

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly two weeks ago, Ted Koppel contributed some desperately needed perspective to the irrational debate about Iran and its so-called nuclear threat. It was something we did not hear days before, listening to Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert at the General Assembly (GA) of the...
  • The Perception Gap

    By Helen Davis

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Who is the most distrusted and despised Israeli politician in the Arab world? The answer is not to be found among the usual suspects -- current and former Likud prime ministers Ariel Sharon and Binyamin Netanyahu. Rather, it is the dove incarnate: Shimon Peres.

    Amid the welter of...

  • Netanyahu’s Day in L.A.

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Netanayu and Kirk Douglas. Photo by Peter Halmagyi

    Netanyahu's Day in L.A.

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived at Los AngelesInternational Airport at 2 a.m. on Monday, met with business leadersat 8 a.m., and kept going until 11 p.m., when his plane left forLondon and a meeting with King...

  • Enter the New Prime Minister: Ehud Barak

    By Eric Silver

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Two decades ago, after hearing the then-Col. Ehud Barak deliver a eulogy for a fallen comrade, popular Israeli poet Haim Guri predicted: "One day, this man will be prime minister." On May 17, Israel's voters proved him right. Barak was elected by a landslide, his 56 percent to 44...
  • The Local Reaction

    By Tom Tugend

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There were decorous cheers and scattered thumbs-up signs as Ehud Barak's projected victory was announced at 12:30 p.m. Monday to some 20 people gathered in Sherman Oaks for an hour-long video conference with pundits in Israel, Washington and New York.

    There was another small stir when...

  • Arthur Finkelstein’s Problem, and Ours

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You've got to feel sorry for Arthur Finkelstein. The legendary Republican campaign consultant, slayer of liberals from North Carolina to New York, seems to have met his match this year, in Israel of all places. And all he wanted to do, he said in a recently published interview, was...
  • What To Do About Lebanon?

    By Eric Silver

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    A new coded message has entered the chilly lexicon of Israeli anxiety. "Heavy fighting is taking place in Lebanon," intones the news reader. Hundreds of mothers and fathers with soldier sons serving across the northern border know immediately what that means. There are casualties,...
  • Bibi’s About-face

    By Larry Derfner

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It's remarkable: Palestinian terrorists set off three bomb attacks in as many weeks, yet Binyamin Netanyahu, of all people, goes ahead with his plans to relinquish 13 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians.

    There was the grenade thrown at Beersheba's central bus station, the...

  • The Valley

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu's crises never come singly. One, of prime interest to American Jewry, was put on hold this week. Another, which hogged the headlines for Israelis, ended with blood on the saddle.

    Leaders of American Reform and Conservative movements reached an agreement, in...

  • Mideast

    By Larry Derfner

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu (left) is "a Titanic about to run into an iceberg," says Ehud Barak (right). Netanyahu photo by Peter Halmagyi


    Just after dawn two years ago today, May 29, 1996, the all-night vote count finally...

  • Breakfast with Mr. Security

    By Rob Eshman

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Arik Sharon,the last of the great Israeli war heroes/politicians.

    Photo by Peter Halmagyi

    Last Saturday morning, as the Middle East peaceprocess careened toward yet another crisis point, Ariel Sharon washolding court at a back table in the Peninsula Hotel in BeverlyHills.


  • David Remnick’s Profile of Prime Minister Binyamin

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

    Photo by Peter Halmagyi










  • Another Offer Arafat Can’t Refuse?

    By Eric Silver

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu has made peace, for the time being, with his own disaffected coalition by offering the Palestinians a further West Bank withdrawal that is vague, qualified and conditional. But in the atmosphere of distrust generated by the Israeli prime minister, few are convinced...
  • A Moment

    By Larry Derfner

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A key element in Labor Party leader Ehud Barak's strategy tobecome prime minister is to win support from Orthodox andultra-Orthodox (haredi) voters, who backed Binyamin Netanyahuoverwhelmingly in the last election. Now Barak is faced with adilemma: The price of wooing Orthodox votes...

  • Minister of Compassion

    By Tom Tugend

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai (center) in animated conversation with Federation President Herb Gelfand (right) joined by Israel Consul General Yoram Ben Ze'ev. Photo by Peter Halmagyi

    Minister of Compassion

    Yitzhak Mordechai, Israel's defense minister, delicately...

  • Compromise

    By Eric Silver

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu's crises never come singly. One, of prime interest to American Jewry, was put on hold this week. Another, which hogged the headlines for Israelis, ended with blood on the saddle.

    Leaders of American Reform and Conservative movements reached an agreement, in...

  • Smooth Sailing?

    By Eric Silver

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu this week put the Bar-On affair behind him. The Supreme Court endorsed as "not exceptionally unreasonable" the law officers' reluctance to indict the prime minister and Justice Minister Tzachi Hanegbi for the abortive appointment of an underqualified party hack as...