Benjamin Netanyahu

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McCain: Obama, Get Over Israel 'Tantrum'

President's priorities 'so screwed up that it's unbelievable'

(Newser) - President Obama pulled no punches in his blunt assessment of Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign rhetoric, and John McCain is today taking his own jabs at Obama. Appearing this morning on CNN , he said, "The president should get over it. Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President." He dismissed... More »

Obama to Netanyahu: Your Rhetoric Hurt Peace Talks

'Going to be hard to find a path' where anyone thinks 'negotiations possible'

(Newser) - Elections—and the rhetoric used to win them —have consequences: That appears to be the frosty message President Obama is sending Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of his recently won fourth term , even as the Israeli PM immediately backpedaled on his stance that there would be no chance of... More »

Now Boehner's Going to Israel

Speaker said to be heading to Jerusalem for Bibi's 'victory celebration'

(Newser) - John Boehner's invite brought Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress earlier this month, and now it looks like the visit will be reciprocated. The House speaker is heading to Jerusalem over the next couple of weeks to meet with the Israeli PM, with a gaggle of GOP lawmakers in... More »

Netanyahu Backpedals on Two-State Comments

After election win, Israeli leader says he still supports the idea

(Newser) - With polls showing him in trouble on the eve of Israel's election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disavowed his support for a two-state solution with Palestinians and immediately reversed his political fortunes. With his victory less than two days old, he has already backtracked, reports the Jerusalem Post . “I... More »

After Netanyahu Win, US 'Evaluating' Israeli Relations

US could even withhold veto in UN Security Council to protect Israel

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu may have lived politically to fight another day, but he might be doing it without as much help from his friends in Washington: There were no public congratulations from the White House, nor a phone call from President Obama (John Kerry called), and administration officials are indicating the... More »

The Reign of 'King Bibi': What's Next?

Pundits square off over how Netanyahu's victory will affect Israel, the world

(Newser) - It appears that Benjamin Netanyahu can claim a stunning victory in yesterday's election, nabbing a fourth term as prime minister. But there are conflicting views on what his grip on the reins means for Israel and, by extension, the rest of the world. What some are saying:
  • Not optimistic:
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A Guide to Netanyahu's Stunning Turnaround

Israel election results defy exit polls

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory in the country's election, final results showed today, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy.
  • The numbers: With nearly all the votes counted, Likud appeared to have earned
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Netanyahu Declares Victory, but Race Is Neck and Neck

Exit polls show his party and Isaac Herzog's deadlocked

(Newser) - Voting is over in Israel, and exit polls show that the parties of Benjamin Netanyahu and the man who hopes to oust him as prime minister, Isaac Herzog, are deadlocked. But that didn't stop Netanyahu from posting this celebratory message on Facebook, reports the Jerusalem Post : "Against all... More »

Netanyahu: If I Win, No Palestinian State

Israeli Prime Minister draws line on eve of snap election

(Newser) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it plain today on the eve of a snap election in Israel: If he wins, there will be no Palestinian state, the New York Times reports. "I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands, is giving... More »

Netanyahu on Iran Nukes: 'This Is a Very Bad Deal'

Speech on Capitol Hill calls out Iran's aggression, history

(Newser) - Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Capitol Hill today on why he would reject a deal with Iran that he contends would only serve to postpone Tehran's nuclear proliferation, not deny it. Highlights:
  • Netanyahu praised President Obama. "In each of those [critical] moments, I called the president, and
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You're Up, Netanyahu

Last-minute guide to Bibi's speech to Congress

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu presents his much-debated thoughts on Iran to Congress this morning after what CBS News calls "extensive hand-wringing" and tensions between himself and the White House. Some final context:
  • President Obama's thoughts: While Bibi's appearance isn't "permanently destructive" to US-Israeli relations, "it is
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Obama, Netanyahu, Iran: What You Need to Know

Israeli PM to speak to Congress on Iran as Kerry works for nuke deal

(Newser) - Over the next two days, Washington will be a study in contrasts. Today, President Obama and two key advisers will push for a diplomatic means of avoiding a nuclear Iran; tomorrow, in a controversial speech to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will push back against the plan, the New ... More »

Feinstein: Netanyahu 'Arrogant,' Doesn't Speak for All Jews

As Boehner points to 'animosity' between PM, White House

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu got on a DC-bound plane this morning, and his contentious visit continues to rankle Washington even before he lands. "The animosity between the White House and the prime minister is no secret here in this town," John Boehner told CBS this morning, per the Hill . "... More »

Netanyahu Begins 'Crucial,' 'Historic' Trip to Washington

Says controversial speech is motivated by security concerns

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington today to press his case against an emerging deal on Iran's nuclear program in a contentious address to Congress, which he said he is delivering out of concern for Israel's security. In accepting a Republican invitation to address Congress, Netanyahu... More »

Kerry Dings Netanyahu as Palin Sells 'Bibi' T-Shirts

'I Stand With Bibi' T-shirts, to be exact

(Newser) - As Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress looms next week, John Kerry and Sarah Palin are taking very different approaches. Kerry, coming off of the latest Iran nuclear talks in Geneva, has "questioned" the PM's "judgment," the BBC reports ... while Palin is selling... More »

Susan Rice Slams Netanyahu Visit as 'Destructive'

Says PM is damaging Israel's relationship with Washington

(Newser) - Controversy has been swirling over the Israeli prime minister's upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress, which John Boehner planned without Obama administration approval and comes shortly before Israeli elections. Now, National Security Adviser Susan Rice is bashing the visit as having "injected a degree of... More »

Kitchen Video Could Sink Israel's Netanyahu

Report slams PM, wife for lavish spending of public funds

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is neck and neck with rivals ahead of an election next month that could be decided not by foreign policy, but by spending on things like takeout meals and personal grooming. A report published by Israel's state comptroller yesterday criticized Netanyahu and his wife,... More »

Netanyahu: Israel the Only Place Jews Can Feel Safe

Israeli prime minister ruffles feathers with his 'massive immigration' call

(Newser) - The deadly Copenhagen shootings over the weekend, including an attack outside the city's main synagogue, have spurred Benjamin Netanyahu to make some drastic statements. During yesterday's Cabinet meeting—in which a $46 million plan to handle Jewish immigrants from France, Belgium, and Ukraine was approved, Haaretz reports—the... More »

Israel's Netanyahu: I'll Warn About Iran 'Anywhere'

PM defends contentious planned visit to speak to Congress

(Newser) - Israel's premier says he will go "anywhere" he is invited to speak about the country's stance regarding Iran's nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu's comments today come amid a public spat with the Obama administration over how to counter Iran and a contentious invitation from House of... More »

Obama Won't Meet With Netanyahu During Visit

White House says it's too close to Israeli elections

(Newser) - In a not-so-shocking development, the White House said today that President Obama won't meet with Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli leader visits in March to address Congress, reports NPR . A spokesperson offered a diplomatic reason, citing the Israeli elections that take place just two weeks after the March 3... More »

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