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Trump Tells Netanyahu of Major Shift If He's Elected

GOP nominee says he'd recognize the city as Israel's capital

(Newser) - Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump set up Sunday meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the eve of their first big debate, the AP reports—and Trump, who met with Netanyahu first in New York City, made a big promise to the PM that would mark a "... More »

Russia May Have Brokered Mideast 'Breakthrough'

Israel, Palestine have agreed 'in principle' to relaunch peace talks in Moscow

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed "in principle" to meet in Moscow to relaunch Mideast peace talks after a two-plus-year hiatus, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday, though the AP reports that it's not clear when. "The most important thing is to... More »

Netanyahu: Brother's Death in Famous Raid Still Haunts Me

Yonatan Netanyahu died at Entebbe in 1976

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country's raid on Uganda's Entebbe airport 40 years ago, in which his brother was killed, profoundly "changed the course" of his life. Speaking shortly after his arrival in Uganda, Netanyahu praised Israel's commando raid on the airport that freed... More »

While Spying on Israel, NSA Recorded US Lawmakers, Too

Agency did keep 'trash talk' against administration out of reports: US officials

(Newser) - In 2013, after Edward Snowden dropped his NSA bombshell, President Obama called for an end to spying on certain world leaders. But Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli bigwigs remained on the "keep an eye on" list for "compelling national security" reasons, current and ex-US officials tell the Wall ... More »

Trump Cancels Trip to Israel

Says he'll go when he's president

(Newser) - Donald Trump won't be going to Israel after all. The candidate announced Thursday morning that he's canceling a high-profile trip that had been scheduled for later this month, reports the BBC . Trump didn't provide an explanation, tweeting that he's merely postponing the trip until "after... More »

Netanyahu Walks Back Holocaust Remarks

It really was Hitler's fault, he says

(Newser) - Unusually for an Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has had to clarify his position on who he thinks caused the Holocaust. In a Facebook post , Netanyahu backtracked from earlier remarks suggesting the extermination of European Jews was a Palestinian's idea , reports i24 . "The decision to move from a... More »

Germany: Muslim Isn't Responsible for Holocaust, We Are

Country refutes claims by Israeli prime minister

(Newser) - Germany has been forced to clarify its role in the Holocaust after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed a Palestinian convinced Hitler to kill Jews, Reuters reports. "All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilization that was... More »

Netanyahu: A Palestinian, Not Hitler, Drove Holocaust

Israel's PM claims mufti gave Hitler idea to 'burn' Jews

(Newser) - Adding fuel to the ever-present Israeli-Palestinian flame, Benjamin Netanyahu is now accusing a Palestinian of "inspiring the Holocaust." While speaking to the World Zionist Congress about Palestinians' alleged use of holy sites to commit violent acts against Jews, the Israeli PM said Hitler wanted to expel rather than... More »

Palestinians Set Fire to Joseph's Tomb

IDF spokesman calls it 'blatant violation of the basic value of freedom of worship'

(Newser) - A holy site in the West Bank often visited by Jewish pilgrims under the cover of darkness with the Israeli military protecting them was set on fire by Palestinians Thursday night. Though firefighters put out the blaze, the incident has only added fuel to the fire already burning between the... More »

Israel Bars Palestinians From Jerusalem's Old City

Reacting to spate of recent attacks, cops block Palestinians for 2 days

(Newser) - In an unprecedented measure, Israeli police barred Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday in response to stabbing attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded three others, as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a "harsh offensive" to counter rising violence. Tensions have flared in recent weeks over an... More »

At UN, Netanyahu Silently Glared for 44 Seconds

He slams Iran deal but praises alliance with US

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the Iran nuclear deal in a United Nations speech, pausing to glare silently at the General Assembly for 44 seconds. The pause came after he denounced the UN's "deafening silence" over Iran's threats to destroy Israel, the Washington Post reports. "... More »

Big Thaw? Obama, Netanyahu to Meet in Nov.

Things have been a little icy since Israel PM appeared before Congress

(Newser) - The White House says President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet at the White House on Nov. 9. It will be the first formal meeting between the two leaders in months. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says the two leaders will discuss implementation of the... More »

Palestinian Toddler Killed in Blaze Blamed on Jewish Extremists

Assailants threw firebombs into West Bank homes

(Newser) - Firebombs exploded in two West Bank homes this morning, igniting a blaze that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and severely wounded his 4-year-old brother and parents in what Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu quickly labeled "an act of terrorism in every respect," reports NBC News . Jewish settlers are suspected,... More »

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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