Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu Hit By Conflict of Interest Allegations over German Submarines

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Nov 21  – A deal to buy three German-made submarines has come under public scrutiny in Israel after Israeli media discovered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s personal lawyer represents the local agent of the German conglomerate set to build the vessels. Both Netanyahu and his attorney, David Shimron, have denied any impropriety,

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Netanyahu Attacks Israeli Media, Singles Out Investigative Journalist

By Maayan Lubell Nov 8 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an unprecedented vilification of the Israeli media on Monday, accusing a leading television journalist of being part of a plot to bring down his right-wing government. After declining to be interviewed by Channel Two anchorwoman Ilana Dayan for a piece investigating the workings of

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Abbas’s Farewell to Israel’s Peres Stirs Controversy at Home

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Oct 3 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is feeling a backlash at home over his attendance at the funeral of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, who shared a Nobel prize for interim peace deals with the Palestinians. In Arabic postings on social media, critics of the Western-backed Abbas have focused on a

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Politics and Religion Disrupt Israeli Train Services

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Sept 4  – Politics and religion combined on Sunday to halt much of Israel’s train service at the start of its working week. Bowing to demands by ultra-Orthodox partners in the governing coalition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered rail maintenance suspended on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath – when work is ritually

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U.S., Israel Narrow Differences for New Talks on Defense Aid

By Patricia Zengerle and Dan Williams WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM, Aug 1 – The United States and Israel have narrowed their differences over what could be decisive negotiations this week to seal a multibillion-dollar military aid package for Washington’s top Middle East ally, officials said on Monday. Raising hopes for removal of a key sticking point, Israel has

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Israeli Military Says They Attacked Two Syrian Army Targets

JERUSALEM, July 4 (Reuters) – Israel attacked Syrian army targets after errant fire from fighting in Syria’s civil war struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, the military said on Monday. A spokeswoman said two targets belonging to the Syrian military were hit overnight after the fire damaged Israel’s security fence on the Golan, territory captured from

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Netanyahu Sees Economic Boost from Israel-Turkey Deal

By Ercan Gurses and Dan Williams ANKARA/JERUSALEM, June 27 – Israel and Turkey’s agreement to normalize ties will boost the Israeli economy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, while Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan cast it as a step towards improving humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The once-firm allies reached the agreement on Sunday after a

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Palestinian Gunmen Kill Four in Tel Aviv, Assailants Held: Police

By Rami Amichay TEL AVIV, June 9 – Two Palestinian gunmen killed four people at a popular shopping and restaurant area in Tel Aviv on Wednesday in an attack that sent diners, some clutching small children, running for their lives just outside Israel’s Defence Ministry. Both gunmen, identified by police as Palestinians from a village

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Israeli Police Recommend Charges Against Netanyahu’s Wife: Reports

JERUSALEM, May 30 – Israeli police on Sunday recommended bringing criminal charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, Israeli media said, on suspicion she misused state funds at their official and private residences. Mrs Netanyahu, who has denied any wrongdoing, was questioned by the police fraud squad in December. Any significant political fallout for

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Netanyahu Signs Coalition Deal, Names Far-Right Lieberman Defence Chief

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, May 26 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his choice for defence minister, ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman, signed a coalition agreement on Wednesday and issued assurances that the most right wing government in Israel’s history would act responsibly. Once Lieberman is sworn in, Netanyahu will have a government of 66 legislators, widening

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