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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declares war on Israeli mafia

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday police should combat organised crime with old and "new means", after the weekend slaying of a gang member sparked media fury. "We are determined to uproot this severe phenomenon and we give full backing……

Netanyahu heads to America to challenge Iranian charm blitz

Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu left for New York early Sunday in a bid to challenge perceptions that Iran under its new president poses less of a nuclear threat than before. “I intend to tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and charm offensive of Iran” Israeli public…

Netanyahu wins narrow victory in Israeli elections

Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud-Beitenu list won a narrow victory in legislative elections but was weakened by the unexpectedly strong showing by the centrist Yesh Atid, which campaigned on economic issues. The result is likely to cramp Netanyahu’s room for manoeuvre vis-a-vis his future coalition partners. Television exit polls showed Netanyahu’s…

Netanyahu warns Iran on high-profile U.S. visit

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday winds up a high-profile US visit focused on Iran’s perceived nuclear threat after warning that his country would not live in the “shadow of annihilation.” Netanyahu was to meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and visit the US Congress a day after keenly-watched talks withPresident Barack…

Obama, Netanyahu set to confront divisions over Iran

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Just days before what could be the most consequential meeting of U.S. and Israeli leaders in years, aides to President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are scrambling to bridge stark differences over what Washington fears could be an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites. Further…

Right-wing legislation stirs democracy debate in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Legislation promoted by right-wing lawmakers in Israel is raising concern that democratic values are under threat in a country that has long billed itself the only democracy in the Middle East. One bill could potentially paralyze dovish Israeli advocacy groups by imposing sharp limits on funding they…

Israel PM orders UNESCO funding halt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered a halt to Israel’s financial contributions to UNESCO after the UN cultural organisation granted the Palestinians full membership. Netanyahu “ordered that Israel’s $2 million-per-annum participation in the budget of UNESCO be frozen, following the organisation’s decision to accept the Palestinian Authority into…

Israel high court discusses prisoner exchange appeals

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israelis opposed to a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas sought Supreme Court intervention on Monday to block the release of hundreds of jailed Palestinians in return for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The first phase of the swap, to take place on Tuesday, should bring to a close a saga that has…

Israeli cabinet approves economic reforms in response to mass protests

JERUSALEM — Israel’s cabinet on Sunday approved the outline of economic reforms intended to address rising frustrations about the cost of living and income disparity in the Jewish state. The proposals, which passed 21-8, were laid out by a committee appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year, as…

Israeli PM rejects charge of killing hundreds of thousands

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday described as “outrageous” remarks by Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he claimed Israel had killed “hundreds of thousands” of Palestinians. In an interview with the English-language Jerusalem Post, excerpts of which were published on Monday, the Israeli prime minister expressed anger over comments…

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