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  • Palestinian U.N. statehood bid at heart of Kerry-Netanyahu talks

    1 week ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before talks on Monday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he would defy any United Nations move to "dictate" a time frame for withdrawal from land Palestinians seek for a state.

    The pair met in Rome for nearly three hours....

  • What Israelis think about Herzog-Livni, Obama, US Jews, Netanyahu, Jewish-state law

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    Israelis and Herzog

    The big political news coming out of Israel's interesting election cycle is the official announcement that Labor's Herzog and Hatnuah's Livni will be running together. It was expected, it makes sense, and it was nevertheless surprising. Why? Because of...

  • Netanyahu makes cost-of-living promise ahead of Israeli election

    2 weeks ago

    In nearly nine years as Israel's prime minister spread over three terms, Benjamin Netanyahu has been a security hawk, promising to do whatever it takes to combat the threat from Palestinian militants or a nuclear-armed Iran.

    But as he opened his campaign for a fourth term ahead...

  • Israel’s elections: No ideological debates, just personalities

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    Israelis don’t vote directly for candidates for prime minister. In a parliamentary system like ours, one votes for a party — namely, an ideology. But, alas, Israel’s parties, except for very few, have little to offer as far as ideology is concerned.

    Some don’t have a distinct...

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  • Sunday Reads: ISIS comes to Egypt, How Netanyahu can still lose

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    US

    Michael Cohen takes on the idea that the US is ‘in retreat’:

    A nation actively retreating from the global stage would, for example, withdraw from international organizations, shed defense alliances, and cede power and influence to potential rivals. Quite the opposite is...

  • In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore

    3 weeks ago

    This government was supposed to be different.

    During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Barely anyone talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Long-simmering social tensions over...

  • Israel’s elections Q&A, week 1: Can anyone replace Netanyahu?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    In the next three months – until March 17, the day of Israel's election – I will try to answer the many questions I receive by mail and on social media in an orderly fashion. Here's the first batch of questions I collected in the last couple of days and my short answers. You can...

  • Israel’s ‘Jewish state’ proposal is cheap political posturing

    3 weeks ago

    In recent days, Israel’s Cabinet has engaged in an unedifying debate over proposed legislation for a new “Basic Law” that aims to enshrine Israel’s character as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The discussion has little to do with Israel’s essence and much to do with cheap...

  • Netanyahu: Lead, follow or get out of the way

    3 weeks ago

    The right of the Jews “to be a free people in our own land” should no longer be subject to debate. No effort should be spared in rendering challenges to Jewish nationhood and sovereignty entirely taboo. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed bill to enshrine Israel’s Jewish...

  • Israeli president criticizes divisive Jewish nation-state bill

    November 26, 2014 | 3:36 pm

    Israel's president has said a bill promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would anchor in law the status of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people runs counter to its founding fathers' vision of equality for Arab citizens.

    The bill comes at a time of high...

  • Is Mahmoud Abbas to blame for Jerusalem synagogue attack?

    November 19, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    After a gruesome attack by two Palestinian cousins left four dead at a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu singled out one person for blame: Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.

    In a statement issued by his office, Abbas denounced the...

  • Netanyahu accuses Abbas of incitement in Jerusalem

    November 17, 2014 | 9:38 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of incitement as the P.A.’s official media called for a day of rage in Jerusalem.

    Netanyahu pointed out the call at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday.

    On...

  • At D.C. confabs, U.S. and Israel present a united front

    November 11, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Joe and Bibi? Still buddies. U.S. and Israel? Still allies. Agreement on Iran and the Palestinians?

    Well.

    The governments of President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were back on joshing terms this week, but the deep differences that led to recent...

  • Netanyahu: Iran is U.S. enemy, not partner

    November 11, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    The United States should treat Iran as an enemy and not as a partner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jewish leaders.

    “Iran is not part of the solution, it’s a huge part of the problem,” Netanyahu said Tuesday, referring to reports that the United States may be...

  • Helping the disabled, Robbie Williams in Arabic, a soccer surprise and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 10, 2014 | 8:40 am

    A big blow to Israeli soccer

    Last Monday was a shameful day for Israeli soccer. During the 33rd minute of the derby between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Tel-Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium, with the score tied at 1-1, a Hapoel fan jumped out of the stands and ran onto the pitch to...

  • IDF generals try love where ‘chickenshit’ failed

    November 6, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    If there’s one thing we learned from the debacle last week in U.S.-Israel relations, it’s that swearing at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t persuade him to make peace.

    So now, 100 retired Israeli army generals are taking a different tack: They’re sucking up to...

  • Political, diplomatic uncertainty underlie snipe

    November 6, 2014 | 10:19 am

    What lies beneath “chickenshit”?

    The coarseness of the epithet for cowardice used by an anonymous Obama administration official to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seized the attention of Jerusalem and Washington. The snipe, reported by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey...

  • Kerry calls Netanyahu, apologizes for anonymous ‘chickenshit’ remark

    November 3, 2014 | 11:11 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call to Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for a U.S. official’s anonymous attack describing the Israeli prime minister as “chickenshit.”

    The conversation took place on Friday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters the...

  • Netanyahu, Abdullah met in Amman over Jerusalem violence

    November 3, 2014 | 11:02 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordanian King Abdullah II reportedly met in Amman to discuss tension in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount.

    The secret meeting took place Saturday, the Kuwaiti Arabic-language daily Al-Jarida reported Monday, citing “well-informed...

  • U.S. slams Israel’s reported approval of eastern Jerusalem housing plans

    October 27, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    The United States condemned the reported approval by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to plan construction of at least 1,000 new housing units in eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhoods.

    “If Israel wants to live in a peaceful society, they need to take steps that will...

  • No plans to change status quo on Temple Mount, Netanyahu says

    October 27, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there are no plans to make changes in the status quo on the Temple Mount.

    Netanyahu made the statement on Monday during a meeting to discuss the security situation in Jerusalem. His assurances came a day after Jordan warned that its...

  • The end of Israeli democracy is (not) coming this winter to the Knesset

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 27, 2014 | 4:07 am

    The Israeli Knesset is opening its winter session today, and it is already clear that this winter will be a stormy one. Early signs of possible elections quickly proved to be false alarms, yet the legislature is already gearing itself toward the next electoral test, possibly in...

  • Netanyahu slams Abbas over deadly rail attack in Jerusalem

    October 22, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the light rail attack in Jerusalem that killed a 3-month-old girl.

    The Prime Minister’s Office spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, on his official Twitter feed identified the driver of...

  • Netanyahu reportedly withdraws support for conversion bill

    October 21, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has withdrawn his support for a bill that would allow local rabbis to oversee conversions.

    The bill, sponsored by the Hatnua party led by Tzipi Livni, passed one reading in the Knesset plenum in the summer.

    The Orthodox Chief...

  • Indyck “cracks the whip” on Israel

    October 10, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    As Yom Kippur sermons go, Martin Indyk's was a doozy. Speaking at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C. on the holiest day of the Jewish year, the former U.S. envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations accused Israel of showing "total disrespect" for the Obama...

  • Netanyahu: No chance for peace deal if Israel sued for war crimes

    October 3, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    A Palestinian push to try Israeli officials for war crimes at a United Nations tribunal would end any chance of reaching a peace deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu spoke to Army Radio on Friday, a day after the Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the...

  • Obama-Netanyahu: Stop having these meetings

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 2, 2014 | 3:56 am

    The Washington Post rightly called it "another awkward Obama-Netanyahu meeting". The ritual is a bit tired, but we keep finding ourselves surprised by the inability of the parties to keep their differences to themselves and refrain from airing the grievances. 5 very short comments:...

  • P.A. peace negotiator Erekat compares Netanyahu to ISIS leader

    September 30, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel, compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of ISIS.

    Erekat’s comparison in an interview with the French news agency AFP came a day after Netanyahu in his speech to the U.N....

  • At U.N., Abbas attacks Israel, but Netanyahu’s mind is elsewhere

    September 30, 2014 | 10:01 am

    In the end, there was much to talk about at the U.N. General Assembly but few genuine surprises.

    With an eye on the jihadist group ISIS, President Obama focused on the need for the international community to counter the dangers of violent extremism. Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Doing the big men’s job.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 17, 2014 | 8:54 am

    Ask any person who’s been to Israel what’s it like, and they’ll tell you about the beautiful scenery, the warm people, the everlasting summer, the never-sleeping Tel-Aviv and the enchanting holiday season. A person who has never been to Israel but met an Israeli, will probably say...

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