Archive for the ‘Benjamin Netanyahu’ Category

For Democratic leaders, and Tom Cotton too, Lapid is a rock star who says nothing about Palestine

The big news on our issue in Washington is that Benjamin Netanyahu is gone, and Joe Biden and the Israel lobby are celebrating. Yair Lapid, the foreign minister and alt-PM in the new Naftali Bennett government, came to Washington this week and was treated like a rock star by the lobby. Here at last is […]

Israel can’t be faulted for anything, thanks to hasbara culture’s narrative of Jewish victimhood

My work is focused on hasbara culture: the social construction of alternative reality centering on the victimization of the Jewish people that has little to do with the real world. But despite hasbara culture’s ideas being ahistorical, its concepts and discourse on Jew hatred are now conventional wisdom in Jewish and American political culture. And that […]

Israeli officials are ‘alarmed’ by U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

Israeli officials have reacted with “alarm” to the images of the United States leaving Afghanistan, arguing that the U.S. has empowered Israel’s enemies, according to an expert observer. Some say the withdrawal shows why Israel can never leave the occupied Palestinian territories. Bottom line– The American “Forever war” is still getting raves in Israel. Israeli […]

Did Israel just fail to be singularly racist?

One of Israel’s most singularly racist laws just expired last midnight: the ‘temporary’ ban on Palestinian family reunification, which had previously been extended every year since 2003. But let it be made crystal clear – the law did not expire because Israel stopped being an Apartheid state, and the political reason for the failure to […]

Biden won’t make Obama’s mistake — so there will be ‘no daylight’ between U.S. and Israel

Joe Biden is showing up his former boss, Barack Obama, in a key area of foreign policy. He has decided to have no public daylight between the United States and Israel, in the political interests of himself and the new Israeli government. The strategy helps explain why Biden has had very little public criticism of […]

Israel is torn between ‘temporary’ and permanent Apartheid

One of the first challenges to the new Israeli government is the passage of yet another extension to the “temporary order” from 2003, which bans Palestinian family unification. Human Rights Watch, in their April report on Israeli Apartheid, explains family reunification policy cogently: The 1952 Citizenship Law also authorizes granting citizenship based on naturalization. However, […]

Biden should use US aid as leverage on Israel

Last December Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Oxford University Avi Shlaim wrote in Foreign Policy that at some point in President Biden’s administration he would have to address the ongoing problem of Israel/Palestine. That time has come, of course not at Biden’s choosing and likely sooner than Shlaim expected. His oped recalled a story […]

How Gaza dethroned the king of Israel

How did Benjamin Netanyahu manage to serve as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister? With a total of 15 years in office, Netanyahu surpassed the 12-year mandate of Israel’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. The answer to this question will become particularly critical for future Israeli leaders who hope to emulate Netanyahu’s legacy, now that his historic […]

America’s ironclad commitment to Israel is more ideological than logical

Two central pillars of U.S. foreign policy discourse have long been to be staunchly pro-Israel, while maintaining the language of Iran as a menacing threat. This dual discourse is so ingrained in U.S. policy thinking that its rhetoric bleeds into American popular culture. But what is the merit of this unquestionable policy position in terms […]

The beginning of the end of Netanyahu?

A nerve-wrecking 35 minutes before the end of his 28-day mandate to form a government, Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party informed President Reuven Rivlin Wednesday night that he had managed to form a coalition. It is an ungainly beast: And it’s not yet clear it will actually be voted in. The next prime minister […]

Israelis need Netanyahu more than they care to admit

The news is that Israeli centrist lawmaker Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party (“There is a Future”), declared to the President Reuven Rivlin, that he had managed to put together a majority supported coalition to govern the country. He managed to proclaim this just before his mandate to form the coalition ran out, […]

Bennett government would make Israel easier to sell in ‘progressive circles,’ leading Israel advocate says

Israel’s advocates in U.S. politics are excited by the possible replacement of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by Naftali Bennett, in a “change” coalition. Even though Bennett is to the right of Netanyahu, his coalition would include a few leftleaning Israelis, and that will make Israel easier to sell. “You can’t deny that America is better […]

Bennett will oust Netanyahu as Israeli PM under reported deal

Right-winger Naftali Bennett is to replace Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister under a power-sharing deal announced by centrist Yair Lapid just ahead of a midnight deadline tonight in Israel. Netanyahu has served as prime minister since 2009, the longest term of any Israeli p.m. He has so far survived a series of four elections […]

Egyptian Mediators Try to Build on Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

Palestinians shake hands after returning to their destroyed houses following Israel-Hamas truce, in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, May 21, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem Egyptian mediators sought to reinforce a day-old ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants on Saturday, and aid officials appealed for a period of calm to start tackling a humanitarian […]

Biden’s opposition to an Israeli ceasefire is nothing new

The headlines read various versions of “Biden supports a ceasefire!” Israeli bombs and missiles have killed 232 Palestinians, 65 of them children, and left more than 1,900 wounded and 75,000 homeless in Gaza.  Twelve have died in Israel.  Shouldn’t support for an immediate end to the slaughter be automatic?  What does it mean when the […]

IDF launches waves of strikes against Gaza amid rare pause in rocket attacks

Israeli aircraft carried out a series of strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday even as Palestinian terrorists in Gaza appeared to temporarily pause the rocket fire toward Israel. Rockets were fired toward Israel just before midnight Monday, with no further attacks until dawn Tuesday, when alarms sounded in communities near Gaza and […]

Joe Biden Supports Israeli Ceasefire After Pressure from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Left

President Joe Biden expressed his desire for an Israeli ceasefire of operations against Hamas, after a growing force of leftist Democrats criticized his support of Israel. Biden spoke with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu Monday afternoon, walking back his support for Israel’s aggressive response in Palestine to Hamas rocket attacks. The Israeli military response against Hamas […]

Ilhan Omar: ‘Appalling’ Biden Would Allow Weapons to Be Sent to Israel

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), in a statement Monday, said the “United States should not stand idly by” allowing casualties to rise in Gaza while President Joe Biden lets “precision-guided weaponry” be given to Israel “without any strings attached.” “The violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip is spiraling out of control,” Omar said in the […]

Biden Tells Netanyahu US Supports Gaza Ceasefire, Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and US President Joe Biden, then vice president, speak in front of media in Davos, Switzerland, on January 21, 2016. Photo: AP/Michel Euler 2016 © i24 News – US President Joe Biden spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night, stating American support both for Israel’s “right to […]

Netanyahu, Gantz said to weigh fresh partnership; all sides strongly deny notion

A television report Monday said that representatives of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader and Defense Minister Benny Gantz have again discussed a potential coalition partnership after the conflict with Gaza is over, due to the apparent collapse of the possibility of a coalition led by Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett. The […]

Biden speaks with Netanyahu, expresses ‘support for a ceasefire’

US President Joe Biden spoke Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the bloodshed in Israel and Gaza, and “expressed his support for a ceasefire.” It was the third call the two leaders have had since the violence in Gaza erupted and came hours after Netanyahu said he had directed the IDF to continue striking […]

German, Dutch Leaders Express Strong Support for Israel’s Right to Defend Itself

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a media briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Feb. 6, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Siphiwe Sibeko. i24 News – In separate calls Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the leaders of Germany and the Netherlands expressed their strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself […]

Netanyahu needs a strong Hamas in Gaza

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Netanyahu says attack on Gaza media tower was ‘perfectly legitimate’

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Lapid suggests political considerations are behind Israel’s Gaza operation

News and Partnerships Life and Culture Columnists and Opinion Haaretz Heb and TheMarker Haaretz.com, the online English edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, gives you breaking news, analyses and opinions about Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. © Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights Reserved Source

Netanyahu: Israel Will Keep Retaliating to Attacks, Protect Citizens from Hamas

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Memorial ceremony for Ethiopians who died on their journey to Israel, at Mount Herzl, on May 10, 2021. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/POOL i24 News – Israel will continue to respond to attacks and will protect its citizens from Hamas terrorists, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late on Saturday. In […]

Biden speaks to both Netanyahu and Abbas in attempt to deescalate Gaza tensions

News and Partnerships Life and Culture Columnists and Opinion Haaretz Heb and TheMarker Haaretz.com, the online English edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, gives you breaking news, analyses and opinions about Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. © Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights Reserved Source

Netanyahu to Biden: Israel Makes Every Effort to Avoid Hurting Innocents in Gaza

US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu give joint statements to press in the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem on March 9, 2016. Photo: DEBBIE HILL / AFP / POOL i24 News – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Joe Biden on Saturday that the Jewish state was […]

IDF approves plan for possible ground invasion into Gaza as Netanyahu reportedly rejects Hamas truce offer

Home » Middle East, Wars / Conflicts, Zionism » IDF approves plan for possible ground invasion into Gaza as Netanyahu reportedly rejects Hamas truce offer     The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have drawn up plans to invade Gaza from the ground in response to the rocket barrage by Hamas. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly […]

Israel’s ‘right’ to defend itself — from itself

”Israel has the right to defend itself”, says Joe Biden. This is the worn-out mantra uttered by US Presidents every time Israel pummels Gaza. Haim Bresheeth poignantly responded to this claim in his recent piece on this site: Every time Israel forces the situation into an explosive juncture, the US and its allies are insisting […]

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