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  • Netanyahu offers to resume peace talks with settlement focus, official says

    4 days ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians but with the initial focus on identifying those Jewish settlements that Israel would keep and be allowed to expand, an Israeli official said on Tuesday.

    Peace talks collapsed in April...

  • Joe Lieberman: Next U.S. president will bring warmer relations with Israel

    1 week ago

    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, in an interview with JTA, surmised that the next U.S. administration would be friendlier with Israel than the current one. He also expressed concern over America’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying they are “going in a bad direction,” and...

  • Obama: Disagreeing with Israel is necessary to defend it

    1 week ago

    Open disagreement with Israel on some of its policies is a necessary component of the U.S. defense of Israel in the international community, President Barack Obama said.

    Obama, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg posted Thursday on The Atlantic’s website, singled out Israeli...

  • Netanyahu tells EU’s chief diplomat he is committed to two-state solution

    1 week ago

     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the European Union’s top diplomat that he was committed to finding a two-state solution with the Palestinians, as long as they recognize the Jewish state.

    “I don’t support a one-state solution – I don’t believe that’s a solution at...

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  • Netanyahu tightens grip on Israel’s communications sector

    1 week ago

    Concerns about Israel's commitment to competition in the telecoms sector have grown after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the director-general of communications and took over the ministry himself.

    Netanyahu made himself communications minister when he formed a new...

  • Rivlin, Netanyahu pledge to repair relations with Ethiopian Israelis

    2 weeks ago

    Israel erred in its treatment of Ethiopian immigrants, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said at a state ceremony in memory of the Ethiopian Jews who died on their way to Israel.

    Sunday’s ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, which takes place annually on Jerusalem Day,...

  • Embattled from the outset, new Netanyahu government sworn in

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new rightist coalition government, hobbled by a razor-thin parliamentary majority, was sworn in late on Thursday amid wrangling within his Likud party over cabinet posts.

    The evening ceremony in the Knesset was postponed by two hours so...

  • Israel’s vulnerable governing coalition passes first test

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's emerging government scraped by its first parliamentary test on Wednesday, paving the way for the new cabinet to be sworn in after two months of difficult coalition building.

    By a narrow 61-59 vote, parliament ratified a legislative...

  • Proposal to add gov’t ministers narrowly advances in Israel’s Knesset

    3 weeks ago

    A proposal to expand the number of Israeli government members from the current 18 passed a first reading in the Knesset after a five-hour filibuster.

    The plan passed late Monday night by a vote of 61-59, with all 61 members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition...

  • Jerusalem Day and justice under siege

    3 weeks ago

    Rabbi Goren sounding the shofar of the just-captured wall is connected in our memory with General Moshe Dayan’s terse message – Har HaBayit BiYadeinu – “the Temple Mount is in our hands”. The hierarchy and progression seemed Messianically clear: First we take The Wall, then we rise...

  • Netanyahu clinches deal to form new Israeli government

    3 weeks ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a deal to form a new government on Wednesday, just before a deadline was to expire, but the coalition will rule by only the slimmest of majorities in Israel's turbulent parliament.

    "Israel now has a government," Naftali Bennett, the head...

  • Netanyahu’s concession to key party could push coalition over the top

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly agreed to concessions that would bring in a key party and allow him to form a new government.

    The Israeli media reported Wednesday morning that Netanyahu had agreed to make Naftali Bennett, who heads Jewish Home, either the...

  • Netanyahu’s efforts to form Israeli government go down to wire

    3 weeks ago

    Benjamin Netanyahu, locked in down-to-the-wire coalition talks, faces a midnight deadline to form a government or risk being denied a fourth term as Israel's prime minister.

    Nearly two months after a convincing election victory, Netanyahu is struggling to build a solid...

  • Netanyahu struggling to form coalition before deadline

    May 5, 2015 | 8:55 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scrambling to form a majority coalition before a Thursday deadline after his Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced he is resigning his post immediately and his party will not be...

  • Netanyahu meets with Ethiopian-Israeli soldier beaten by police

    May 4, 2015 | 9:29 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Ethiopian-Israeli soldier who was beaten by police officers for coming out against violence, calling it “true leadership.”

    On Monday, Netanyahu met with Damas Pakada, whose beating last week was captured on videotape. The...

  • National security adviser: U.S. expects next Israeli gov’t to recommit to two states

    April 30, 2015 | 10:50 am

     

    The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.

    “President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the...

  • Netanyahu signs first partners in new Israeli coalition

    April 30, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed up his first partners on Wednesday for a new coalition government, a lawmaker and spokeswoman said, putting him on course to lead a heavily right-leaning cabinet.

    The deals with the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party...

  • Israel approves construction of 77 Jewish homes in eastern Jerusalem

    April 27, 2015 | 8:47 am

    Israel invited tenders for construction of 77 new homes in Jewish sections of eastern Jerusalem.

    Citing Peace Now, an Israeli group opposed to settlements in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, i24 News reported that the tenders for Pisgat Zeev and Neve Yaakov on Monday were the...

  • Biden, seeking to ease U.S.-Israel strains, pledges delivery of new warplanes

    April 24, 2015 | 10:14 am

    WASHINGTON - Seeking to ease U.S.-Israeli tensions, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday promised Israel delivery of top-flight fighter jets next year to maintain its military edge and vowed that any final nuclear deal with Iran would ensure Israel’s security.

    Addressing an...

  • Obama: Meeting with Netanyahu only after nuke talks deadline

    April 23, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    (JTA) — President Barack Obama reportedly said he will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the June 30 deadline for the Iran nuclear talks.
    Obama told Jewish leaders last week that a face-to-face meeting with Netanyahu would probably end with Netanyahu...

  • UCLA Jewish Studies head stands behind keynote invitation to Cornel West for Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    April 21, 2015 | 7:16 pm

    Amidst objections from some leading Jewish voices at UCLA to an invitation to Cornel West—an author, academic and an outspoken critic of Israel—to serve as the keynote speaker at an upcoming UCLA conference to honor the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Todd Presner, director of...

  • Netanyahu phones Putin to object to missile sale to Iran

    April 14, 2015 | 2:57 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Russian President Vladimir Putin to express “grave concerns” regarding the potential future sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran.

    During the phone call on Tuesday, Netanyahu said the sale would encourage Iranian aggression in the...

  • Netanyahu offers alternatives to Iran deal following latest Obama criticism

    April 13, 2015 | 10:31 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel offered alternatives on the nuclear framework agreement with Iran.

    Netanyahu released a statement on Sunday with the changes to the deal signed earlier this month, a day after President Barack Obama told reporters that Netanyahu had not...

  • Iran deal spurs talk in Israel of national unity government

    April 13, 2015 | 8:55 am

    Concerns over Iran's nuclear negotiations and the need to repair relations with the White House may push Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek to form a national unity government with his center-left rivals.

    Political analysts pointed on Monday to a new position paper...

  • Letters to the editor: Trevor Noah, Koreatown transportation, JFS and more

    April 8, 2015 | 10:53 am

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    I am a recently retired baby boomer who turned to Jewish Family Service’s Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center and Eichenbaum Fitness Center for reconnection to the Jewish community, which is aiding me into this life transition of retirement (“JFS Expands Its...

  • U.S. and Israel escalate war of words over Iran

    April 7, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Israel and the Obama administration have stepped up their war of words over the framework agreement that aims to limit Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a gradual rollback of sanctions.

    President Barack Obama made his most detailed effort yet to persuade skeptics of the...

  • In Netanyahu’s fourth term, what’s next for Israeli settlements?

    April 6, 2015 | 8:41 am

    A day before his surprise election victory last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood against the backdrop of a construction site in Har Homa, a towering settlement in the West Bank, and pledged to go on building.

    The next week, however, his office ordered local...

  • Restarting the U.S.-Israel relationship depends on Palestinians too

    March 26, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    As someone who was critical of several steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the campaign leading up to his reelection, particularly his decision to address Congress and his statement seeming to reject a Palestinian state, I am even more troubled by statements...

  • Cutting losses on Iran nuclear deal, Israel eyes small print

    March 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed.

    The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu's contentious speech...

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