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  • Israeli officials deny increased tensions with Germany following news report

    15 hours ago

    Israeli government officials have denied Spiegel Online magazine’s recent report of increased tensions with Germany.

    Ties between German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union Party and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are strong, according to Israel...

  • Netanyahu calls for ‘direct, bilateral negotiations’ with Palestinians

    5 days ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to start “direct, bilateral negotiations” with the Palestinians.

    The invitation, which Netanyahu has repeatedly extended, was included in a statement issued Thursday by the Prime Minister’s Office under the heading “Israel’s...

  • Cardin says Netanyahu’s declaration of Israeli claim to Golan not ‘timely’

    2 weeks ago

    Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said declaring Israeli ownership of the Golan Heights was not “timely” while Syria was mired in civil war.

    He counseled Israel to focus more on peace with the Palestinians.

    “Syria is in a state of war,...

  • Netanyahu, Putin meet to ‘avoid’ military mishaps over Syria

    2 weeks ago

    Amid tension between Israeli and Russian troops around Syria, Benjamin Netanyahu met with Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss ways to avoid friction.

    Israel’s prime minister and Russia’s president met Thursday in Moscow to “tighten security coordination between Israel and Russia...

  • US, Germany: Golan Heights not part of Israel

    2 weeks ago

    The United States and Germany both criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration that the Golan Heights “will forever remain part of Israeli sovereignty.”

    U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday that the Obama administration does not consider the Golan...

  • Cruz Endorses Netanyahu’s call to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    2 weeks ago

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Sunday endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

    Speaking at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting held on Israel’s border Sunday morning, Netanyahu said he...

  • Sanders: Netanyahu is ‘wrong on occasion’

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    2 weeks ago

    Bernie Sanders is not backing down on his claim that Israel used ‘disproportionate’ force against Hamas in the 2014 Gaza war.

    “You cannot ignore the needs of the Palestinian people,” Sanders said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday. “I think in the...

  • Netanyahu vows to keep Golan Heights forever

    2 weeks ago

    Israel will never give up the Golan Heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, a day after the Israeli leader said he delivered the same message to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    The meeting was held for the first time on the...

  • Alan Dershowitz discusses Jews in Europe, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” and more

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Alan Dershowitz, a retired Harvard law professor and staunch supporter of Israel, discussed a number of topics with the Journal, including Jews in Europe, his depiction in the television show, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson" and more during a recent appearance in Los Angeles. His...

  • After 10 years in power, Israel’s Netanyahu keeps rivals at arm’s length

    3 weeks ago

    When Benjamin Netanyahu first became Israel's leader two decades ago, few would have predicted a future in which he would be poised to pass founding father David Ben-Gurion as its longest-serving prime minister.

    In a country where no single political party has ever won an...

  • Will President Obama speak at J Street?

    March 31, 2016 | 8:29 am

    Speculation abounds that President Obama may refocus his attention, during the final year of his presidency, on the failed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Observers now wonder where and when?

    Election year initiatives are typically fraught with complications — in a world of...

  • Rabbi Marc Schneier: Netanyahu should take bold peacemaking trip to Saudi Arabia

    March 15, 2016 | 3:20 pm

    New York Rabbi Marc Schneier two weeks ago met with Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in the country’s capital city of Manama. A day earlier, the Gulf Cooperation Council, a six-state body composed of Bahrain and its neighbors, had adopted a Bahraini-sponsored resolution...

  • Obama in Atlantic interview talks Netanyahu, Syria and Iran strike

    March 10, 2016 | 8:21 am

    President Barack Obama once invoked his own unlikely trajectory to the presidency to make the case to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he understood what it took to overcome obstacles.

    The revelation of another wrinkle in the contentious relationship came during an...

  • A simple solution to the Obama-Netanyahu problem

    March 8, 2016 | 2:13 pm

    Things seemed to be going so well between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Then, one meeting falls through and it sounds like the Iran deal days again.

    According to the White House, the Israeli prime minister was ready to turn up for a...

  • Netanyahu’s office says White House knew meeting might not take place

    March 8, 2016 | 8:27 am

    The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an Obama administration official’s statement that the White House was “surprised” to learn that Netanyahu decided not to meet with the president in Washington, D.C., later this month.

    “Last Friday, during a meeting in the...

  • Netanyahu seeks approval to expel terrorists’ families to Gaza

    March 2, 2016 | 12:42 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to deport the families of Palestinians who attack Israelis from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip.

    Netanyahu asked Israel’s attorney general to approve the action in a letter sent Wednesday, according to Israeli media reports.


  • Biden returning to Israel 6 years after diplomatic row over building

    March 2, 2016 | 10:05 am

    Vice President Joe Biden will visit Israel for the first time since a 2010 trip set off a diplomatic row over Israeli building in eastern Jerusalem.

    Biden is scheduled to arrive for a two-day visit on March 8, and will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and...

  • In rare rebuke, Netanyahu schools Cameron on eastern Jerusalem

    February 26, 2016 | 9:05 am

    In an unusual rebuke, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his British counterpart forgot basic facts when he criticized Israel’s construction in eastern Jerusalem.

    “My friend David Cameron, who is without a doubt a friend of Israel, apparently forgot a few basic facts...

  • Kerry on MOU agreement: ‘The sooner the better’

    February 25, 2016 | 1:53 pm

    The sooner the post-Iran deal security package and the “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) between the U.S. and Israel on strategic cooperation is signed, the better it would be for both countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    “We are working on it now; we...

  • Italy summons US envoy over wiretaps, including Netanyahu-Berlusconi conversation

    February 23, 2016 | 3:32 pm

    The Italian government summoned the U.S. ambassador to complain about reports that the United States eavesdropped on a conversation between Israeli and Italian leaders, among others.

    John Phillips was called in to “clarify” the latest WikiLeaks revelation, the country’s foreign...

  • Netanyahu meets with US Reform leaders in wake of Western Wall decision

    February 23, 2016 | 8:56 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem with leaders of the American Reform movement, who thanked him for the decision to expand the egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall.

    The leaders, in Israel for the annual meeting of the Central Conference of...

  • Netanyahu, Herzog present divergent views of Israeli-Palestinian future

    February 18, 2016 | 8:33 am

    Speaking to a delegation of American Jewish leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset opposition leader Isaac Herzog struck divergent tones on the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations.

    Netanyahu suggested that a resolution to the conflict may come only...

  • Merkel calls on Israel to take small steps toward two-state solution

    February 16, 2016 | 12:48 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for Israel to take small steps toward a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

    Merkel was speaking to reporters in Berlin at a news conference Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following a joint session of their two...

  • Israel says has mended fences with EU in Netanyahu-Mogherini call

    February 12, 2016 | 2:07 pm

    Israel said on Friday it had resolved its differences with the European Union after weeks of diplomatic tension following an EU decision not to allow goods produced in settlements in the West Bank to be labeled "Made in Israel".

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone...

  • India close to $3 billion arms deal with Israel

    February 11, 2016 | 10:22 am

    India is nearing final approval to buy $3 billion worth of arms from Israel.

    The deal would make Israel one of the top-three arms suppliers to the world’s second-most populous country, according to the Times of India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who plans to visit Israel...

  • Israel planning to surround country with security fences

    February 9, 2016 | 11:27 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government is preparing a plan to completely surround the country with security fences.

    “At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all,” Netanyahu said Tuesday while on a tour of the...

  • Netanyahu raps statements by gov’t ministers, lawmakers attacking liberal Jews

    February 3, 2016 | 8:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed statements by government ministers and lawmakers disparaging liberal streams of Judaism in the wake of Cabinet approval to expand the egalitarian section at the Western Wall.

    “I reject the recent disparaging and divisive remarks...

  • Holocaust remembrance speeches: How Obama and Netanyahu’s worldviews differ

    January 28, 2016 | 8:32 am

    President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday evening at the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He exchanged warm greetings with Ambassador Ron Dermer, who noted that the speech was unprecedented. (Folks present said the last time a...

  • Amid criticism from right, Netanyahu defends decision to remove Hebron settlers

    January 22, 2016 | 12:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his defense minister’s decision to force settlers from two newly occupied homes in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron.

    After numerous right-wing politicians fiercely criticized Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Friday,...

  • Netanyahu says Israel and EU need to reset ties

    January 15, 2016 | 12:19 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the European Union on Thursday of holding his country to a double standard, and reserved special criticism for Sweden, saying its call to investigate Israel was outrageous, immoral and stupid.

    "There is a natural tendency in the...

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