Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is Purim on the Potomac

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress on Tuesday, he will likely make reference to Purim, that holiday that will begin Wednesday night commemorating the Jews’ salvation from the hands of Haman and the Persians thousands of years ago.   How could he not; it’s a slam dunk.   Then the Persians wanted to destroy […]

On Eve of Speech, Obama Smears Netanyahu

President Barack Obama took a stab at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with Reuters on Monday, on the eve of Netanyahu’s controversial speech to a special joint session of Congress on Tuesday morning. Obama said that Netanyahu “made all sorts of claims” about the interim nuclear deal with Iran that turned out […]

Netanyahu Takes Center Stage in GOP Battle With Obama

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday will address a Congress featuring divisions not only over his likely message, but on the very nature of his trip to the nation’s capital.   At least 50 Democrats plan to skip Netanyahu’s speech. Many of them feel his appearance is little more than a Republican-led effort to […]

Netanyahu relations never promised happily-ever-after

The president and the prime minister have stark differences in personality, politics and world view. Still, few could have predicted the downward spiral of lecturing and name-calling. Start with the differences between Obama and Netanyahu, add in disagreements over Iran’s nuclear program, a Republican-led Congress trying to assert itself and the coming Knesset elections, and […]

Iran nuclear deal threatens Israel’s security

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that his plans to address Congress are not aimed at disrespecting President Barack Obama, even as he assailed the U.S. leader’s bid for a nuclear deal with Iran as a threat to his country’s survival. “I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these […]

Why Binyamin Netanyahu is giving a speech to Congress

For a country that has sadly been all too often mired in war and conflict with its neighbours, the question of a speech in a foreign capital ought to barely merit much attention. Yet few recent acts by Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, have been quite as controversial as his decision to accept […]

Netanyahu to lay out elements of Iran deal, urge pushing back deadline

During his upcoming speech to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lay out the details of what he understands to be the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran, hoping it will prompt lawmakers to question the administration and delay the March 24 deadline for a political agreement.   A senior Israeli official traveling […]

On Iran, a Question of Whether Obama and Netanyahu Really Have the Same Goal

When it comes to nuclear negotiations with Iran, President Obama has said America’s goal is to prevent Iran from ever producing a nuclear weapon, while Israel has described a different one: denying Iran the capability of ever getting there.   “Our goal here is to be able to verify that Iran does not have a […]

Benjamin Netanyahu set to reveal new details to Congress about emerging Iran deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Washington late Sunday, ahead of his controversial speech to Congress where he is expected to warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday but policy differences between the two allies over the negotiations with Iran […]

Kerry to avoid Benjamin Netanyahu speech by meeting with Iran FM in Geneva, defending Israel at UN

GENEVA – US Secretary of State John Kerry will defend Israel at a UN human rights body on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran that the top diplomat is leading.   Kerry landed in Geneva late on Sunday for up to three days of talks with Iran’s […]