Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu scores majority needed to form government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured the requisite majority of parliamentary members to form a government, according to reports from the country’s media. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin continued to meet with factions Monday.   Representatives from Kulanu — a crucial centrist swing party — met with Rivlin to recommend that the Likud party’s Netanyahu […]

Israel’s Netanyahu apologizes to country’s Arab minority

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Israel’s Arab citizens on Monday for remarks he made during last week’s parliament election that offended members of the community.   The move appeared to be an attempt to heal rifts and mute criticism at home and in the United States. Netanyahu drew accusations of racism in Israel, especially […]

Netanyahu Playing Both Sides of the Game?

Rightists may have something to fear after all as Channel Ten reports Monday evening that rumors of a potential unity government between Likud and the Zionist Union 9Labor-Hatnua -ed.) are alive and well.   Associates of the Prime Minister said Monday that Binyamin Netanyahu would not exclude the addition of Yitzhak Herzog and the Zionist Union party to […]

‘Occupation Must End’

The White House on Monday bluntly warned Israel that its “occupation of Palestinian land” must end, dismissing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges.   In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Israel, AFP reported, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.” […]

US watching to see if Netanyahu’s actions match words on 2 states

The White House continued to express its displeasure with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, as US President Barack Obama’s chief-of-staff, Denis McDonough, criticized the premier for saying a more stable region is a precondition to the establishment of a Palestinian state.   McDonough, in an address to J Street’s annual conference in Washington, referred […]

US ambassador to Israel ‘confused’ by Netanyahu’s statements on Palestinian

Shapiro’s comments came the morning after President Barack Obama said he did not believe Netanyahu supports the establishment of a Palestinian state. Obama was referring to comments made by Netanyahu during the last few days of his election campaign in which he hard-lined his position and said that there would be no Palestinian state if he […]

Israeli Ambassador: Israel Committed to Peaceful Two-State Solution

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to walk back his claim before the Israeli election that there would be no Palestinian state, Ambassador Ron Dermer on Sunday morning denied that Israel has changed its opinion on a two-state solution.   When asked to respond to President Obama saying he would take Netanyahu at his pre-election […]

It’s now ‘hard to find path’ on Mideast peace process

President Barack Obama said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes it “hard to find a path” toward serious negotiations to resolve the issue.   In an interview with the Huffington Post that was conducted on Friday and published on Saturday, Obama described his Thursday phone call […]

Commit to two-state solution with the Palestinians

Following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Netanyahu on Friday and urged him to renew Israel’s commitment to a “two-state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to clarify on Thursday comments made during his election campaign that a Palestinian state would not emerge under […]

‘Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President’ and focus on ISIS

Sen. John McCain said Sunday that President Obama is letting his personal issues with newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affect his decision-making and shared policy goals.   “It’s time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem the tide of ISIS and Iranian movement throughout the region, which is […]