Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Obama congratulates Netanyahu, stresses commitment to two-state solution

After election spat, leaders agree to continue consultations on difficult path forwards to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Jlem diplomatic sources say US must not impose a deal on Israel that jeopardizes the safety of Israelis.   WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to congratulate him on his reelection, while […]

Obama may agree to UN resolution on ’67 borders after Benjamin Netanyahu campaign rhetoric

In the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s resounding victory in Tuesday’s election, the White House has expressed severe concern regarding the Likud leader’s campaign rhetoric and noted turnaround against the establishment of a Palestinian state.   According to several administration officials, the Obama administration is now seriously considering agreeing to the passage of a […]

Why Netanyahu? It’s more than just nationalism

It’s a mystery to many: Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign gained steam when he ruled out the creation of a Palestinian state, and he seems determined to continue settling occupied land with Jews.   So why would Israelis again back policies that promise friction of all kinds — and will dramatically dilute the Jewish character of their […]

‘I don’t want to clean up after Benjamin Netanyahu’

In his first interview after elections, Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog spoke to Army Radio Thursday morning about his defeat in the 20th Knesset elections and Israel’s political outlook in light of the results.   Herzog said he had gone to bed around 2 a.m. Wednesday after polls had closed, believing his party had tied […]

EU congratulates Benjamin Netanyahu, hopes for relaunch of peace process

EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his reelection, saying the EU was committed to working with the new Israeli government “on a mutually beneficial relationship as well as on the relaunch of the peace process.”   Mogherini said in a statement that “we are at a crucial […]

Disappointment at the White House after Benjamin Netanyahu victory

Obama administration officials have publicly questioned the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for months, but on Wednesday, they largely remained stoic faced with questions on the prospect of two more years forced to work with the man.   Privately, the White House is expressing deep disappointment with the result of Tuesday’s elections, which they […]

Israeli elections take dramatic turn as official tally gives Likud sweeping victory

Eli Yishai’s far-right Yahad party has thus far failed to make the cut, though it has hovered near the minimum threshold throughout. These results are not final since 10 percent of precincts still need to report their results.   The first exit polls were released Tuesday at 10 p.m. as voting closed in elections for […]

Security fears over Iran gave Benjamin Netanyahu election win

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu owes his election win to Israeli security fears, notably about Iran’s growing regional influence, said an official of a Gulf Arab government wary of Tehran’s progress towards a nuclear deal with world powers.   “With Iran emerging again, it was highly expected that Netanyahu would win,” said the Gulf Arab official, […]

PLO: Israel Chose ‘Occupation, Settlements’

The Palestinian Authority (PA) claimed that the Israeli elections reinstating Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu were an Israeli choice for “occupation and settlement building.”   “Israel chose the path of racism, occupation and settlement building, and did not choose the path of negotiations and partnership between us,” senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Yasser Abed Rabbo told AFP.   […]

Herzog congratulates Netanyahu, refuses to say whether he’ll join coalition

With nearly all votes counted, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is set to emerge as the election’s big winner with 30 seats. The Zionist Union trails behind with 24 seats. The Joint List of Arab parties is the third-largest party at this point, followed by Yesh Atid, Kulanu, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas, Yisrael Beiteinu, United Torah Judaism, […]