Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu Clinches Coalition Deal, Makes Far-Right Lieberman Defense Chief

JERUSALEM, May 25 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a coalition deal on Wednesday that will make far-right opposition legislator Avigdor Lieberman defense minister and broaden a razor-thin governing majority in parliament, officials said. The agreement on a political partnership will be signed at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT), a negotiator for Lieberman’s ultranationalist

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Shake-Up in Israeli Politics Prompts “Seeds of Fascism” Warning

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, May 23 – A military affairs commentator interrupts his broadcast to deliver a monologue: I’m alarmed by what’s happening in Israel, he says, I think my children should leave. Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak warns of “the seeds of fascism”. Moshe Arens, who served as defence minister three times, sees it

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Israel Defence Chief Quits, Warns of “Extremist” Rise Under Netanyahu

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, May 20 – Israel’s defence minister resigned on Friday, saying the nation was being taken over by “extremist and dangerous elements” after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to replace him with a far-right politician in an effort to strengthen his coalition. Political sources say Netanyahu has offered long-time rival Avigdor Lieberman

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Dirty Border Games

Israel clings to Syria’s Golan Heights in a bid to claim vital resources BY Nour Samaha In mid-April, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held his first-ever cabinet session atop the mountains of the occupied Golan Heights. In his second visit in just one week to the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, he told the world that “after

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Israel Says Half-Year Surge in Palestinian Street Violence Wanes

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, April 10 – A half-year-long surge in Palestinian street attacks against Israelis is waning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, while Hamas accused the U.S.-backed Palestinian leadership of treachery for helping Israel stem the violence. Since October, Palestinians have killed 28 Israelis and two U.S. citizens in knife, car-ramming and

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Netanyahu Cabinet at Odds Over Murder Probe of Soldier in Hebron Shooting

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, March 27 – An Israeli army murder inquiry into a soldier’s killing of a supine and wounded Palestinian assailant, the first such legal proceedings in six months of street violence, triggered friction on Sunday within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet. Video taken by Israel’s B’Tselem human rights group showed the infantryman

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Israeli Spymaster Turned Netanyahu Critic Dagan Dies

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, March 17  – Mossad director Meir Dagan, who after a long career spearheading shadow wars against Israel’s enemies became a vociferous critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sabre-rattling on Iran, died of cancer on Thursday, aged 71. A pugnacious retired army general, Dagan took over the Mossad in 2002, when a

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Gaza Siblings Killed in Israeli Air Strike After Militant Rockets Hit Israel

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, March 13 – A Palestinian boy and his sister were killed in Hamas-controlled Gaza on Saturday when they were hit by fragments from a missile fired by an Israeli aircraft, medical officials said. The incident took place hours after militants launched rockets into Israel. An Israeli military statement said aircraft had

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Israel’s Netanyahu Declines Offer to Meet With Obama

By Matt Spetalnick and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, March 8 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an offer to meet U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House later this month and canceled his trip to Washington, the White House said on Monday. Netanyahu’s decision to nix his U.S. visit marked the latest episode

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The Pursuit of Justice

Will boycotting Israel change it from within? BY BEN WHITE Israel’s ongoing military occupation of the West Bank and enforced siege on Gaza Strip, with its illegal policies from land colonization and settlements to blockade and collective punishment, has led to mounting frustration with the country’s conduct in political circles internationally. At the level of

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