Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu and Kerry haven’t spoken since phone disconnect, State Department says

How badly have US-Israel relations deteriorated in recent weeks? If Israeli media reports are any indication, tensions boiled over to the point where a phone call between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ended due to “communications problems” earlier this week. Both men have not spoken since, according to the […]

Netanyahu: Israel won’t agree to a truce that doesn’t allow IDF to destroy all Gaza tunnels

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he would not agree to any cease-fire that did not allow the IDF to destroy all of the infiltration tunnels in Gaza.   Speaking prior to a security cabinet meeting, the prime minister stated that IDF soldiers are currently finishing off the job of destroying tunnels.   Security […]

Peace Now Head Criticizes Bennett Over Gaza

Yariv Oppenheimer, director of the far-left Peace Now organization, criticized Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday, after Bennett said that the goal of the current campaign in Gaza must include a clear military decision that leaves Hamas defeated and disarmed. “How convenient it is to be Bennett and push Netanyahu into Gaza,” said Oppenheimer. “If […]

Gaza ground op comes after all other options exhausted

Thursday some 13 Hamas terrorists were caught attempting to enter Israel through a tunnel, and according to Israel, the need to neutralize the subterranean threat was part of the reasons behind the launch the ground operation, some 10-days after Israel began Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Until Thursday, the majority of the operation focused on […]

Israel’s ground offensive ‘foolish’ will have ‘dreadful consequences’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu released a statement on Thursday night after 10:00 saying that the security cabinet approved the ground operation in Gaza after Israel agreed to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal on Tuesday, which Hamas rejected. In addition, the statement said, Hamas even fired rockets during Thursday’s five-hour humanitarian cease-fire. “In light of Hamas’ continuous […]

Kerry affirms Israel’s right to defend self, says region must avoid further escalation

In a phone conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu late Thursday night, US Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed his “strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself” against terrorist acts, but he also emphasized avoiding further escalation. Kerry further highlighted US support for the “restoration” of the 2012 cease-fire with Hamas, the US’s commitment […]

Netanyahu says Israel will hit Hamas hard

Israel’s leader says the country will exert “great force” against Gaza’s Hamas rulers after the Islamic militants rejected a truce agreement. Israel halted its fire for six hours Tuesday after accepting an Egyptian truce proposal. But with Hamas continuing to launch rockets into Israel, it resumed strikes in the afternoon. Benjamin Netanyahu said in an […]

Netanyahu rips Hamas, calls for ‘demilitarization of Gaza’ amid exhange of rockets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday called on the international community to condemn the militant group Hamas for committing a “double war crime” of firing barrages of rockets at Israelis while using Palestinians as human shields. Netanyahu, speaking at a news conference, said “Israel will continue to do what it needs to do to defend […]

Unilateral Gaza ceasefire collapses

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the Israeli Air Force to resume strikes over Gaza Tuesday afternoon, six hours after a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, accepted by Israel and rejected by Hamas, was due to go into effect. During those hours, dozens of Hamas rockets raked town after town and village […]

Kerry condemns Hamas rocket fire ‘in face of a goodwill effort to secure ceasefire’

“But if Hamas does not accept the ceasefire proposal, as would now seem to be the case, Israel would have all international legitimacy to broaden the military operation to achieve the required quiet.” Hamas rejected the Egyptian proposal, saying Cairo did not consult the group over the deal. The organization’s armed wing, the Izz ad-Din […]