Benjamin Netanyahu

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Last-Minute Deal Allows Netanyahu to Keep Power

He's able to form coalition with just an hour to spare

(Newser) - It came down to the final hour, literally, but Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a deal to form a new government, reports AP . Netanyahu faced a deadline of midnight local time to scrape together a coalition following Likud's victory in the March elections, and he needed nearly every minute of... More »

Israel: Here's Our List of Iran-Deal Changes

Including fewer centrifuges, no R&D, closing of enrichment site

(Newser) - "I'm not trying to kill any deal. I'm trying to kill a bad deal," Benjamin Netanyahu said as he worked the Sunday talk shows , per the New York Times . But Israel was mum on what a good deal might look like until yesterday, as Intelligence Minister... More »

Obama: Iran Nuke Deal Is 'Personally Difficult'

The president presents his argument to Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - President Obama made his case yesterday for the pending Iran nuclear deal and essentially put it this way: While he respects Israel's concerns, and doesn't totally trust Iran, he's the leader of a massive military superpower that can afford to take a chance on diplomacy—a chance... More »

Netanyahu: Iran 'Getting a Free Path to the Bomb'

Bibi wants US to double down on sanctions, negotiate better deal

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu hasn't softened his stance toward the Iran nuclear deal , telling State of the Union today that not only did it "absolutely" threaten Israel, but that it gave Tehran "a free path to the bomb." As the Hill reports, the Israeli PM says that "... More »

Congress: Any Nuke Deal Goes Through Us

Too many 'gray areas' to let accord go through without full congressional review

(Newser) - A blueprint outlining the path toward a final deal between Western countries and Iran on its nuclear program was drafted yesterday, and Politico notes "there was much for Obama officials" and their partner countries to "be happy about," such as more centrifuge disassembling than previously anticipated. But... More »

Netanyahu: Iran Deal Could Mean End of Israel

Prime minister isn't swayed by Obama

(Newser) - President Obama called Benjamin Netanyahu after today's progress toward a deal with Iran about its nuclear program and tried to convince him that it was good news. How'd that go? Afterward, Netanyahu held a press conference. "A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of... More »

Boehner: My Israel Trip Isn't 'Victory Lap'

He addresses Israel, Iran on CNN's 'State of the Union'

(Newser) - John Boehner appeared on CNN's State of the Union today, and the main subjects were Israel and Iran. Highlights:
  • On the Iran nuclear deal being negotiated: "We've got a regime that's never quite kept their word about anything. I just don't understand why we would
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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 »

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