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  • Is Mahmoud Abbas to blame for Jerusalem synagogue attack?

    6 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Netanyahu following Briton’s beheading: ISIS, Hamas ‘branches of same poisonous tree’

    September 15, 2014 | 11:59 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called ISIS and Hamas “branches of the same poisonous tree” after ISIS released a video showing the beheading of a British aid worker.

    ISIS, or the Islamic State, on Saturday released a video showing the apparent murder of David Haines,...

  • The virtues of isolation

    September 3, 2014 | 9:11 am

    By accepting a ceasefire with Hamas, Israel's leaders have revoked Israeli citizens' inalienable right to live free within secure borders. Choosing shame over victory, the government in Jerusalem has allowed the terrorist group ruling Gaza to dictate the timing and terms of the...

  • Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

    September 2, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left.

    He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met...

  • Netanyahu: Hamas ‘begged’ for cease-fire

    August 27, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    Hamas did not achieve any of its demands in the wake of Israel’s operation in Gaza and “begged” for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday in his first public statements since an open-ended cease-fire went into effect the...

  • All you need to know about the state of the Gaza war in 7 very short notes

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 26, 2014 | 3:56 am

    1.

    Last week I asked: so you want to know what happens next? My updated answer, based mostly on what I’ve been hearing from Israeli officials: a renewed cease fire. It can take a couple of days to get there (update: it only took a few hours until a cease fire was announced early...

  • Netanyahu: ‘No immunity’ for those who fire at Israel

    August 24, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that any building from which Hamas carries out terrorist activities is a target for Israel.

    Netanyahu, speaking at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, said the Gaza operation will continue “until its goals are...

  • Six days of quiet in Israel: A brief look back

    By Jared Sichel

    August 19, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    Now back in Los Angeles, I'm more convinced than ever that my shuttle journalism peacekeeping mission to Israel was a great success. Let it be noted for the record that:

    a) The rocket fire ended just before I arrived on Aug. 12 and resumed shortly after I departed on Aug. 19, and...

  • More rockets fired on Israel as communities open bomb shelters

    August 19, 2014 | 10:59 am

    A barrage of rockets was fired from Gaza at southern Israel after a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian groups was broken.

    The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two of the rockets fired Tuesday evening. Earlier in the day, rockets were fired at Beersheba in...

  • For Israelis in the western Negev, each day is ‘Russian Roulette’

    By Jared Sichel

    August 18, 2014 | 3:47 am

    When the tzeva adom, red alert, screams its siren as Yasmine Parda eats out in Ashkelon at her favorite restaurant, she waits and hopes for the best—no rocket shelters are reachable by foot within the siren’s reported 15-second warning interval.

    “We sit in the restaurant and...

  • What a dying business in Sderot looks like, even during cease-fire

    By Jared Sichel

    August 15, 2014 | 7:24 am

    In a narrow alleyway just next to Begin Square in the center of this Israeli city, shops, cafes and bakeries are so tightly packed together that with every few steps brings a new business.

    These merchants have, for years, been accustomed to the inhospitable reality of life in...

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