Benjamin Netanyahu

  • Israel PM slams Iran President's speech at UN 25-09-2013 04:59 PM

    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 large-scale slaughter of innocent civilians in...
  • John Kerry reassures Israel on bid to rid Syria of chemical arms 15-09-2013 11:18 PM

    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 Iranin its nuclear drive. "We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs, because that affects all other...
  • Netanyahu gives guarded response to US-Russia deal on Syrian chemical weapons 15-09-2013 03:52 PM

    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 Russiaregarding the Syrian chemical weapons will yield results,"...
  • Israel ready for every possible scenario in Syria, says PM Natanyahu 01-09-2013 05:29 PM

    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...
  • Israel's Prime Minister holds urgent security meeting 28-08-2013 01:20 AM

    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...
  • Palestinian President ready to meet Israeli PM 25-08-2013 08:05 AM

    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....
  • Rockets from Lebanon fired at northern Israel; no casualties 23-08-2013 04:22 AM

    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...
  • Talks resume as Israel frees Palestinians, pursues settlements 14-08-2013 11:14 AM

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday to keep US-sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Negotiators are due to convene in the afternoon in Jerusalem, the...
  • Israeli-Palestinian talks begin amid deep divisions 30-07-2013 10:22 AM

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a US-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions. Top aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began the talks over...
  • US President Barack Obama hails resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks 30-07-2013 04:44 AM

    US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians as "a promising step forward", but said "hard work and hard choices" lie ahead. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry named Martin Indyk, former American ambassador to Israel, as his special envoy to...
  • Israel approves prisoner deal to clear way for peace talks with Palestine 29-07-2013 06:33 AM

    Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners to help restart US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians after nearly three years of diplomatic stagnation. Thirteen ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition cabinet voted in favour of the prisoner release, seven voted against and two abstained, a...
  • Israel says 'no winds of war' despite Syria air strikes 07-05-2013 06:10 AM

    Amman: Israel played down weekend air strikes reported to have killed dozens of Syrian soldiers close to Damascus, saying they were not aimed at influencing its neighbour's civil war but only at stopping Iranian missiles reaching Lebanese Hezbollah militants. Oil prices spiked above $105 a barrel, their highest in nearly...
  • Air strikes did not aim to help Syria rebels, says Israel 06-05-2013 05:30 PM

    Jerusalem: Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion. Officials say Israel is reluctant to take sides in Syria's civil war for fear its actions would...
  • Israel: PM Benjamin Netanyahu silent on Syria attack 06-05-2013 07:09 AM

    JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no mention at a public appearance on Sunday of Israeli air strikes on Syria in recent days but spoke pointedly about a commitment to keeping Israel secure. "(My father) taught me that the greatest responsibility we have is to ensure Israel's security and guarantee...
  • Will stick with settlement plan despite condemnation: Israel 04-12-2012 02:06 AM

    Jerusalem: Israel rejected concerted criticism from the United States and Europe on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations' de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood. Washington urged Israel to reconsider its plan to erect 3,000 more homes in the occupied West Bank...
  • Israel to expand settlements after UN's Palestine vote 01-12-2012 01:22 AM

    Jerusalem: Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said on Friday, defying a UN vote that implicitly recognised Palestinian statehood there. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative government...
  • Use of force unacceptable: India on Israel-Hamas war 21-11-2012 12:52 PM

    New Delhi: In an oblique criticism of Israel's offensive in Gaza, India on Wednesday said "disproportionate use of force" was completely unacceptable and demanded immediate de-escalation of the conflict in the region. Against the backdrop of criticism that India was muted in its response to the latest conflict in Gaza,...
  • 'Israel prefers diplomatic solution, but ready for Gaza invasion' 19-11-2012 06:05 PM

    Jerusalem: Israel is ready for a ground invasion in the Gaza Strip but prefers a diplomatic solution, a senior official close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. "We would prefer to see a diplomatic solution that would guarantee the peace for Israel's population in the south. If that...
  • More diplomacy to try to halt Israel-Gaza fighting 19-11-2012 10:20 AM

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli air strikes on Gaza. International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to mount after the deadliest single incident...