Tag Archives: Benjamin Netanyahu


EU Formally Adopts Labeling Settlement Products

EU Formally Adopts Labeling Settlement Products

Today’s Top Stories 1. The European Commission formally approved labeling “settlement products” from the West Bank. I was impressed with this Reuters snippet: Two elements of the EU decision have particularly enraged Israeli officials. They see the measures as an effective boycott of Israel and say other cases of long-standing occupation, such as Morocco’s seizure


IDF Busts Major Hamas Terror Network

Today’s Top Stories 1. At a White House summit, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama agreed to increase military aid and create a joint task force on Iran’s military program. According to reports, Netanyahu told the President he set a red line with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Iranian activities in Syria, insisted that any international agreements


What’s On Netanyahu-Obama Agenda Today?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama were due to meet in the White House today. Haaretz discussed the summit with Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who says the White House will press the PM on settlements. NPR and the Washington Post also preview what’s on the agenda (military aid, countering Iranian support for


White House Gives Up on Mideast Peace

Today’s Top Stories 1. With Prime Minister Netanyahu having left for the US today, one of the items on the agenda is renewing a 10-year defense agreement (referred to as a memorandum of understanding). According to Reuters, Israel is asking the US for $5 billion in military aid to offset threats from Iran. YNet asks,


Stormy Visit Shaping Up for Bibi in London

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived in London, for what’s already shaping up to be a stormy two-day visit. Around 300 Palestinian supporters demonstrated outside 10 Downing Street, and a petition calling for Netanyahu’s arrest for so-called “war crimes” has garnered 107,000 signatures. More at Reuters and the Financial Times (click via Google News). 2. Israel re-opened its embassy


Netanyahu’s Iran Speech: The Fallout and Spin

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the video and transcript. See below for more fallout and commentary. 2. Argentina wants to revive a joint “truth commission” with Iran to get to the bottom of bury the 1994 bombing of the Buenos


Iran Rejects Nuclear Freeze

Today’s Top Stories Prime Minister Netanyahu was due to begin his address to Congress after this roundup was published. 1. Iran rejected any temporary freeze on its nuclear activities.Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was responding to President Obama’s Reuters interview (see summary or  full transcript). The president confirmed the much-talked-about sunset clause. 2. International Atomic Energy Agency chief


Media Spotlight on Netanyahu’s Congressional Speech

Today’s Top Stories 1. On the day before Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, interest and discussion has reached a fevered pitch. Demand for tickets is off the charts — “10 times as many requests as there are seats available,” Politico reports. Today, the prime minister addressed the AIPAC conference — a brief warm up for the