March 5, 2012 |
At a previous high-profile summit between a U.S. president and an Israeli prime minister, an exasperated Bill Clinton marveled at what he viewed as his counterpart's arrogance in schooling him about the Mideast conflict. According to one aide, Clinton asked after the meeting: Just who is the superpower? The Israeli leader at the time was - and again is - Benjamin Netanyahu. At home, Netanyahu is seen as politically cautious, risk-averse and "squeezable" when it comes to his positions.
September 20, 2009 |
Palestinian and Israeli leaders have agreed to meet with President Obama on Tuesday in New York, a three-way encounter the administration has been trying for weeks to broker, the White House announced Saturday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Obama on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement. Each will also meet one-on-one with Obama.
February 13, 2009 |
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's long-shot effort to form a majority bloc in parliament and become Israel's next prime minister appeared to be fading Thursday, despite final returns upholding her centrist party's narrow first-place finish in national elections. After a second day of postelection lobbying, Livni had failed to win the support of any other party to thwart a rival leadership bid by conservative opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
January 26, 1991
Who: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister. Born: 1950 Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Background: Former army captain, formerly Israel's U.N. ambassador; a member of the Knesset, or Parliament, for Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's Likud Party; shares Shamir's view against allowing a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.
June 6, 1996 |
The man who killed former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin over his peace moves with the Arabs is happy about the election victory of hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu, his lawyer said Wednesday. "Yigal Amir said he voted for Benjamin Netanyahu . . . ," lawyer Shmuel Fleishman told reporters at a Tel Aviv court. "Now he is part of more than half the country that's happy about the elections." Netanyahu, elected prime minister last week, has said he opposes swapping land for peace with the Arabs.
August 15, 2007 |
Benjamin Netanyahu easily defeated a radical Jewish settler in the race to lead Israel's hard-line Likud, a party official said, boosting his ambitions to reclaim the post of prime minister. Recent polls have crowned Netanyahu as the front-runner to become Israel's next leader. With more than 80% of the primary votes tallied, Netanyahu had 73% to Moshe Feiglin's 22%. World Likud Party Chairman Danny Danon trailed with 4%.
July 2, 1998 |
Israeli President Ezer Weizman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a strained meeting Wednesday and said they would quarrel privately from now on. There was no sign the two men actually resolved any differences, however, in the 70-minute meeting at Weizman's house. Their dispute began this week when Weizman blamed Netanyahu for the deadlock in peace talks with the Palestinians and said the prime minister should call early elections.
January 9, 1997 |
Talks on Israel's pullout from the occupied West Bank reached an impasse as Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat angrily rejected the latest Israeli proposal that would enable the Jewish state to delay its final troop withdrawal from the area past the September deadline set in 1994 accords. In tense talks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested first a May 1999 and then a May 1998 deadline for the final pullout.
July 8, 1996 |
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet on Sunday approved creation of a ministry for Ariel Sharon, capping a three-week effort to bring the combative retired general into the government. Netanyahu spokesman Shai Bazak said Netanyahu will delay his trip to the United States by two hours today to appear before parliament and swear in Sharon, 68, as the new infrastructure minister.
November 26, 1996 |
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will forge ahead with plans to expand Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the crux of a dispute clouding prospects for talks with the Palestinians and Syria. Netanyahu spoke hours after the Palestinian Authority sent Israel a letter urging the Jewish state to halt all settlement or risk "confrontation and disaster." Soon after taking office in June, Netanyahu rescinded a freeze on construction.