BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

  • Israeli PM summons coalition leaders amid possible political crisis October 21, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned leaders of the parties in his coalition to a meeting on Wednesday amid what is claimed to be a looming political crisis, his office confirmed. The meeting, to be held on Wednesday, will be attended by Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid party)), Justice...
  • White House rejects Netanyahu's criticism with withering response October 7, 2014

    Washington: The White House rejected criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a withering response on Monday, accusing him of refusing to acknowledge how much help the United States has been to Israel over the years. Long-time strained relations between President Barack Obama and Netanyahu appeared to widen further after...
  • Israeli PM Netanyahu slams White House on Jerusalem settlements criticism October 2, 2014

    Jerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at the White House after Washington criticised Israeli plans to build thousands more settler homes in east Jerusalem, Israeli media reported on Thursday. Israeli public radio quoted Netanyahu as telling US President Barack Obama in talks in Washington yesterday to "study the facts and...
  • Iran must not be 'threshold nuclear power': Netanyahu to Obama October 1, 2014

    Washington: A skeptical Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday directly warned US President Barack Obama not to accept any Iran deal that would allow Tehran to become a "threshold nuclear power." Netanyahu and Obama renewed their often prickly relationship in the Oval Office, meeting for the first time since their...
  • Modi meets Isarel PM Netanyahu, discusses defence cooperation, West Asia September 29, 2014

    New York: In a rare meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed a wide range of issues including defence cooperation and the situation created by the Islamic State (IS) in West Asia. During the 30-minute meeting,...
  • Modi to meet Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on Sunday September 28, 2014

    Jerusalem: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday in New York to discuss ways to step up bilateral relations in a range of areas like defence and trade ties. "We attach immense importance to our ties with India and see this meeting as very important,"...
  • Don't ease up on Iran for help against IS: Israeli Prime Minister September 22, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the West against easing sanctions on Iran to win its support in the fight against jihadists in Syria and Iraq. As the Islamic republic and six world powers started a new round of talks in New York on the Iranian nuclear programme,...
  • Israel, Palestinians reach Gaza ceasefire deal: Hamas spokesperson August 26, 2014

    Gaza: Israel and the Palestinians have reached a Gaza ceasefire deal and an official announcement will be made in Egypt, where the agreement was mediated, a Gazabased Hamas spokesman said on Tuesday. "An agreement has been reached between the two sides and we are awaiting the announcement from Cairo to determine...
  • Israel to step up Gaza offensive: Benjamin Netanyahu August 21, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israel will step up the offensive in the Gaza Strip until rocket firing from there into Israel stops, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday in response to renewed Gaza rocket attacks against central and southern Israel earlier in the day. "Our policy is simple, if they (Hamas)...
  • 50 more killed as Israel shells Gaza, death toll hits 1,283 July 30, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: At least 50 Palestinians were killed today, including 20 at a UN school, in relentless Israeli bombardment in Gaza, a day after one of the bloodiest days in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, taking the death toll to 1,283. Israeli military shelled the UN school based in Gaza's...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Be ready for prolonged Gaza war July 29, 2014

    Gaza City: Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis on Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City. In central Gaza City early on Tuesday, at...
  • Israel warns of long Gaza war as Palestinian fighters cross border July 29, 2014

    Gaza: A grimfaced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday of a protracted war in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift end to the threeweek conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious crossborder raid. The Israeli army said five of its soldiers died in two separate incidents, including four...
  • Hamas uses people to protect its missiles: Israeli Prime Minister July 27, 2014

    Washington: Defending the military strike inside Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that his country uses missiles to protect its people and alleged that Hamas uses people to protect its missiles. "We use missiles to protect our people. They (Hamas) use their people to protect their missiles," Netanyahu...
  • John Kerry pushes for Gaza truce as death toll tops 700 July 24, 2014

    Jerusalem: The death toll in Gaza topped 700 on Thursday as Israeli tank fire before dawn killed 16 people in the Hamasdominated coastal territory, including six members of the same family, Palestinian health officials said. The continued violence defied world efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist group...
  • Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza July 21, 2014

    Gaza: The first major ground battle in two weeks of IsraelHamas fighting exacted a steep price on Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting. Israeli...
  • Israeli PM accuses Hamas militants of using civilians as human shields July 20, 2014

    The death toll in Gaza over 12 days has crossed 300. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas militants of using civilians as human shields and said his troops did not want to harm a 'single innocent person'. But the UN has estimated that more than 70 per cent of...
  • John Kerry calls Netanyahu to avoid further escalation July 18, 2014

    Washington: As Israeli soldiers launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip to destroy Hamas' rocket firing abilities, US Secretary of State John Kerry called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid further escalation. "The Secretary emphasised the need to avoid further escalation and to restore the 2012 ceasefire as soon as...
  • Israeli PM orders ground offensive in Gaza: official statement July 18, 2014

    Jerusalem:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said. Gaza residents reported heavy artillery and naval shelling and helicopter fire along the Gaza border. "The prime minister and defence minister have instructed the IDF to begin a...
  • Getting ready for every possible scenario, says Israeli Prime Minister July 13, 2014

    Hostilities between Israel and Gaza have escalated again, following the killings of three Israeli teenagers and one Palestinian teenager in last one week. The UN Security Council called for a ceasefire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants on Saturday. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that the ...
  • Israeli bombing of Gaza continues on Day 5 as toll touches 121 July 12, 2014

    Gaza/Jeruselam: Israel defiantly pressed on with its bombardment of Gaza for the fifth day on Saturday as the Jewish state vowed to keep up its military offensive to counter rocket attacks by Palestinian militants with the death toll reaching 121. 16 Palestinians died in a wave of Israeli air strikes as...
  • No surrendering to Iran's nuclear ambitions: Israeli PM June 30, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the P5+1 countries not to surrender to Iran ahead of a deadline for a permanent nuclear deal, media reported on Monday. Netanyahu said in a statement that Iran should be stripped of its uranium enrichment capacities, Xinhua reported. According to the statement, Netanyahu said that...
  • Don't 'hurry' to back Palestinian government, Israel PM warns June 1, 2014

    World governments should not rush to approve the new Palestinian government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned today after the Palestinians accused Israel of looking to punish them over a unity deal. "I call on all responsible elements within the international community not to hurry to recognise the Palestinian government that...
  • Indian Jewish couple reunite in Israel after seven years May 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: In an emotional reunion, an Indian couple separated more than seven years ago since their engagement have been reunited in Israel after a group of Bnei Menashe Jews from Manipur immigrated to the Jewish state. Edna, a young woman whose fiance Gamliel had migrated to Israel in 2007, had to...
  • Israel PM slams Iran President's speech at UN September 25, 2013

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday night, saying it is "cynical" and "full of hypocrisy". "Rouhani spoke of human rights even as Iranian forces are participating in a largescale slaughter of innocent civilians in Syria,"...
  • John Kerry reassures Israel on bid to rid Syria of chemical arms September 15, 2013

    US Secretary of State John Kerry assured Israel on Sunday a US-Russian deal to remove Syria's chemical weapons would be effective, addressing concern that a lack of resolve would embolden Iran in its nuclear drive. "We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs, because that affects all other issues,...
  • Netanyahu gives guarded response to US-Russia deal on Syrian chemical weapons September 15, 2013

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a guarded response on Sunday to US-Russian deal on Syria's chemical weapons, saying it would be judged on whether it achieved "complete destruction" of the arsenal. "We hope the understandings reached between the United States and Russia regarding the Syrian chemical weapons will yield results," he...
  • Israel ready for every possible scenario in Syria, says PM Natanyahu September 1, 2013

    Israel's hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, said that the Jewish state was prepared for "every possible scenario" in Syria after US President Barack Obama postponed a military strike. "Israel is calm and self-assured. Israeli citizens know very well that we are prepared for any possible scenario," Netanyahu told his...
  • Israel's Prime Minister holds urgent security meeting August 28, 2013

    Amid speculations of an impending US strike on Syria, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday held an urgent security consultations with his top officials and said the Jewish nation was "prepared for any eventuality". Israel was not involved in the Syrian Civil War, but if it discerns any attempt at...
  • Palestinian President ready to meet Israeli PM August 25, 2013

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that he does not mind meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should newly-resumed peace talks proceed. "There are no obstacles or barriers for us to meet in the time that we think we should meet," Abbas told reporters in Ramallah, according to Xinhua. He was...
  • Rockets from Lebanon fired at northern Israel; no casualties August 23, 2013

    A rare rocket barrage from Lebanon on Thursday deepened Israeli concern that al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants are opening a new front for confrontation with Israel. The Israeli military said four rockets were fired from southern Lebanon. Two struck Israeli communities without causing casualties, a third was intercepted by the "Iron Dome"...