Tag Archives: Benjamin Netanyahu

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White House Gives Up on Mideast Peace

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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Netanyahu Leaves For Washington

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Egyptian court designated Hamas a terror organization. If I understand YNet correctly, yesterday’s ruling was a wider designation making no distinction between the terror group’s military and political “wings.” The decision was reached for Hamas role in terror attacks on Egyptian soil. While the January decision against> Hamas targeted only

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Feathers Fly Over “Chickensh*t” Interview

Today’s Top Stories 1. Already strained US-Israel ties became even more frayed when an anonymous “senior Obama administration official” launched unusual and undiplomatic attack on Benjamin Netanyahu. Here’s what he told Jeffrey Goldberg: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.  

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ASA: Bibi Welcome at Conference, Just Not as PM

Is there a difference between academics attending a conference as individuals or as “representatives” of the universities where they teach? There is for the American Studies Association (ASA), which is touting the distinction in the face of claims it may be illegally discriminating against Israeli academics on the basis of their national origin. The ASA

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