Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu vows to ‘broaden government’ as Herzog plans to bring him down

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday to “make every effort to broaden our government because of the great challenges that stand before us.” The premier made the remarks before his 30-member Likud faction at Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem. Netanyahu pledged to place Israel on a stronger diplomatic footing while also working to bring down […]

Livni rules out joining Netanyahu government

Zionist Union No. 2 Tzipi Livni vowed to remain in opposition on Saturday, ruling out entry into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition. In an interview with Channel 2, Livni said that her purpose of being in politics “is not to assume any kind of ministerial position, but to pursue an ideological path.” Livni, who […]

Relief in Jerusalem at Cameron victory

The rapidity with which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated British Prime Minister David Cameron on his reelection Thursday tells the whole story: Jerusalem is pleased that it is Cameron, not Labor’s former leader Ed Miliband, who will lead the next British government. Netanyahu posted a congratulatory message to Cameron on Twitter early Friday afternoon, and […]

Netanyahu: New alliances forming in Mideast that may make peace progress possible

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a conciliatory message to the world Thursday night, saying his new government would examine all the ways of leveraging the shifting alliances in the Middle East to possibly move the peace process forward. Netanyahu, speaking at a ceremony at the Armored Corps Memorial in Latrun marking 70 years since the […]

Netanyahu’s Political Challenges

Senior Likud officials said Netanyahu has already scheduled meetings with Likud ministers and MKs ahead of the distribution of portfolios, which will take place on Tuesday – after both the government and Knesset are scheduled to vote on expanding the government, a vote that requires the attendance of all 61 coalition members to pass.   […]

EU’s Mogherini congratulates Netanyahu on formation of government

Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign policy chief, released a statement congratulating Prime Minister Netanyahu following Thursday’s formation of the coalition following the March 17th national elections. “The European Union will continue to work together with Israel on a mutually beneficial bilateral relationship as well as on important regional and global issues of joint interest,” […]

Herzog: Bibi Should Give the Mandate Back to the President

Zionist Union chairman MK Yitzhak Herzog continued to insist on Thursday evening that he will not be joining Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition.   His comments came amid reports that Netanyahu is planning to expand his 61-member coalition by bringing in Zionist Union, or at least some of its MKs.   “I am not joining this government. It is bad […]

Hardline Israel government emerges, angering Palestinians

After reaching a late-night deal on a new coalition, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu signed an agreement Thursday giving a senior role to the far-right Jewish Home that firmly opposes a Palestinian state.   Following six weeks of intensive negotiations, the Israeli premier finally managed to forge a government late on Wednesday, just an hour before a […]

Saeb Erekat slams Netanyahu’s new ‘government of war’

Ramallah was not pleased on Thursday with the newly-struck coalition deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi. The 61-member government, formed Wednesday night just before a midnight deadline, “will be one of war which will be against peace and stability in our region,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told AFP. The senior Palestinian […]

Netanyahu, Bennett strike deal, facilitating new government

Netanyahu and Bennett announced their coalition deal on Wednesday night, with the Bayit Yehudi leader committing to join the government, but have yet to sign the deal in order to give Bennett 24 hours to iron out final details.   “Finally, there’s a government in Israel,” Bennett said at a late-night press conference. “This isn’t […]