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  • Ariel Sharon in critical condition

    January 2, 2014 | 8:48 am

    The life of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon “is definitely in danger,” according to the medical director at Tel Aviv’s Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv.

    Sharon’s condition has been classified as critical, Zeev Rotstein confirmed to reporters on Thursday.

    The...

  • Israel says it will respond with force to any attack from Syria

    August 27, 2013 | 9:03 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel was not involved in Syria's civil war, but would respond forcefully to any attempts to attack it.

    "The state of Israel is prepared for any scenario," Netanyahu said in a statement after holding security...

  • Egypt receives Arab billions, names prime minister

    July 9, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Egypt named an interim prime minister on Tuesday and rich Gulf states poured in $8 billion in aid, as the biggest Arab nation sought ways out of a crisis a day after troops killed dozens of Islamists.

    Interim head of state Adli Mansour announced a faster-than-expected timetable...

  • Ron Dermer officially named Israel’s U.S. ambassador

    July 9, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Ron Dermer as Israel’s next ambassador to the United States.

    The Prime Minister’s Office announced Tuesday in a statement that Netanyahu had decided to appoint his former senior adviser to the post.

    “Ron Dermer has all the qualities...

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  • Netanyahu takes flak over bed on a plane

    May 13, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu is changing his mid-air sleeping arrangements after a public flap over a $127,000 custom-built bedroom for the Israeli prime minister and his wife on a flight to London last month.

    Israel's Channel 10 television reported the sum was tagged onto the $300,000...

  • Israeli officials welcome Arab League peace plan

    May 1, 2013 | 9:27 am

    The Prime Minister's Office of Israel said it was ready to restart negotiations without preconditions after welcoming the Arab League's Middle East peace plan allowing for agreed-upon land swaps.

    In a statement issued late Tuesday on behalf of Israeli diplomatic officials, the...

  • April 25, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 25, 2013 | 3:20 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry pushes economic plan for peace

    To Read: Leon Wieseltier writes about America's obsession with 'Moving on':

    Moving on is of course one of the quintessential expressions of the American spirit, and of the American shallowness. Our religion is the...

  • P.A.’s Fayyad hospitalized

    April 2, 2013 | 6:17 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was hospitalized with abdominal pain.

    Fayyad, who is also acting finance minister, was taken to the hospital Monday evening from his office in Ramallah. He was kept overnight in a local hospital for observation.

    An anonymous source told the Associated Press that Fayyad has an infected pancreas.

    It is believed Fayyad wants to replace Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority.

  • App to track Obama’s Israel visit

    March 11, 2013 | 6:23 am

    Israel's Prime Minister's Office launched an app to follow President Obama's visit in real time.

    The app, which is available though Israel's Apple store, will assist journalists covering the visit and allow Israelis to receive real-time updates, including video streaming. It will...

  • Prisoner X affair raises charges of dual loyalty for Australian Jews

    February 20, 2013 | 10:00 am

    As more details have seeped out about the mysterious life and death of Israel’s Prisoner X -- identified last week by an Australian TV program as Ben Zygier -- the wall of silence surrounding those who knew him has begun to show some cracks.

    On Tuesday, Israel released parts of a...

  • Voters to Netanyahu: Get new friends

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 22, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    These were the most interesting-boring elections one could ever hope for. Boring – as the top job was secured early on by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fascinating – as the parties, unburdened of having to compete for the top job, were free to combat one another for votes....

  • The no-alternative Israeli elections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 16, 2013 | 11:09 am

    The story of the upcoming Israeli elections, which will take place on Jan. 22, can be written in many different ways. 

    One is with an eye to the small numbers, a story of preserving the political status quo: Back in 2009, the Kadima Party got 28 mandates. In 2013, if polls are to...

  • Donald Trump endorses Netanyahu in video

    January 16, 2013 | 11:00 am

    American billionaire Donald Trump endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video released on YouTube.

    “My name is Donald Trump and I’m a big fan of Israel,” Trump says at the start of the 36-second video.

    “You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin...

  • Diskin: Netanyahu untrustworthy on Iran

    January 4, 2013 | 9:40 am

    Yuval Diskin, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, said he distrusts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s motives in dealing with the Iranian threat.

    “I and my colleagues were not confident of the ability of Netanyahu and Barak to lead a move on Iran,”...

  • Polls: Netanyahu set to win Israel election but rightists gain

    December 28, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is set to win a parliamentary election on January 22 although the popularity of a far-right party opposed to Palestinian statehood is growing, polls showed on Friday.

    Two out of three surveys showed the right-wing Likud...

  • Netanyahu: Israel will build in Jerusalem despite criticism

    December 19, 2012 | 8:59 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday his government would press ahead with expanding Jewish settlements around Jerusalem despite Western criticism of its plan to build 6,000 more homes in territory Palestinians seek for a state.

    In addition to several...

  • Israel says U.N. vote won’t hasten Palestinian state

    November 29, 2012 | 3:44 pm

    A U.N. General Assembly vote on Thursday recognizing a Palestinian state will do nothing to make it a reality, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Israel had fiercely opposed the Palestinian bid to become a "non-member state" at the United Nations, but had been unable...

  • Gaza militants use Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to launch 21 rockets into Israel

    November 16, 2012 | 7:50 am

    Palestinian militants reportedly fired 21 rockets from Gaza into Israel during a unilateral ceasefire called by Israel to facilitate a visit to Gaza by Egypt’s prime minister.

    Israel briefly suspended its attacks on Gaza on Friday -- the third day of Israel’s operation Pillar of...

  • Egypt’s Morsi condemns Israel, orders prime minister to Gaza

    November 15, 2012 | 11:42 am

    President Mohamed Morsi condemned Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as unacceptable aggression on Thursday and ordered Egypt's prime minister to visit the besieged enclave in a show of support for the Palestinians.

    Facing his biggest test since becoming Egypt's first...

  • What happened to Rabin’s memorial day?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 29, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Yesterday, we mention the 17th annual Memorial Day for the murder of the Israeli Prime Minister, Izhak Rabin. Rabin was murdered by an Israeli, Jewish assassin, during an assembly for peace on November 4th, 1995. Moments after the end of the assembly, right after joining the...

  • Netanyahu says Hezbollah sent drone downed over Israel

    October 11, 2012 | 9:08 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday a drone aircraft, which flew some 35 miles into Israel before being shot down last weekend, was sent by Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.

    In a statement from his office, Netanyahu said during a tour of the southern...

  • Ehud Olmert considers political comeback as early vote looms

    October 10, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has just received a slap-on-the-wrist sentence in a corruption case, is considering staging a political comeback in an election early next year, a former aide said on Wednesday.

    Such a move could shake up a race that opinion polls suggest...

  • Netanyahu announces early Israeli election

    October 9, 2012 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early national elections.

    In a news conference on Oct. 9, Netanyahu announced that elections for the 19th Knesset will be held a year early. Although a date has not yet been announced, it is expected the vote will be held in...

  • Netanyahu’s other bomb

    By Rob Eshman

    October 3, 2012 | 11:37 am

    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled out a cartoon drawing of a bomb during his speech to the 67th United Nations General Assembly Debate on Sept. 27, the world laughed. But I didn’t.

    I thought he was one bomb cartoon short.

    Netanyahu’s Wile E. Coyote-worthy...

  • Olmert gets probation, fine for breach of trust

    September 24, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to one to three years of probation and fined about $19,000 for a breach of trust conviction.

    Olmert was sentenced Monday in Jerusalem District Court. He could have faced up to three years in jail. The state had recommended a...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan says Israel sent ‘richest Jew’ to intercede

    September 20, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a Turkish newspaper that Israel sent "the richest Jewish man in the world" to create better relations between the two countries.

    Erdogan said in an interview with the daily Hurriyet published on Sept. 17 that Israel only has ties...

  • Palestinian PM responds to unrest with economic program

    September 11, 2012 | 9:39 am

    Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the key target of nine days of socio-economic protests throughout the West Bank, responded on Tuesday to some of the demands that have been prominent during the course of demonstrations that have become increasingly violent in recent days....

  • Ex-Malaysian PM reasserts Israel ‘rules world by proxy’

    August 16, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said there is substance to allegations that he made nearly a decade ago that Israel rules the world by proxy.

    Mohamad wrote in his blog at chedet.cc that American candidates must pledge loyalty to Israel or risk losing the elections,...

  • Sinai border attack seen as test in Egypt-Israel relationship

    August 7, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    The attack this week along the Israel-Egypt border poses dilemmas both for Israel and for the new Egyptian president.

    Should Israel accede to pressure to modify its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt and allow more Egyptian troops into the Sinai to quell the unrest there?

    For Egyptian...

  • London memorial remembers Israelis killed at Munich Olympics

    August 6, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    British Prime Minister David Cameron at a memorial event said the world should “stop and remember” the 11 Israelis killed 40 years ago at the Munich Olympics.

    “It was a truly shocking act of evil. A crime against the Jewish people. A crime against humanity. A crime the world must...

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