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May 26, 1996 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I think Peres!" "I think Bibi!" Friends since high school, the two women lying on the crowded beach near downtown Tel Aviv on the religious holiday of Shavuot exchanged looks that said each thought the other was crazy. One was planning to vote for Prime Minister Shimon Peres in elections here Wednesday, while the other was giving her support to Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, the young, telegenic candidate of the conservative Likud Party.
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WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Kathleen Hennessey
At a time when the Middle East peace process appears stymied, Israel received an unexpected olive branch when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the Holocaust and expressed sympathy with its victims. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeled the comments a play for public opinion and called on the Palestinian leader to "tear up" his recent pact with the militant Islamist movement Hamas. "What happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime known by mankind in modern times," said Abbas, according to a statement published Sunday by the Palestinian government news agency WAFA.
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NEWS
May 26, 1996 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three sharpshooters pace the rooftop of an apartment building overlooking the neighborhood basketball court where Prime Minister Shimon Peres makes his entrance for an afternoon campaign rally. "Shi-mon! Shi-mon!" youthful supporters call to him, but when the candidate takes a sudden turn into the crowd, anxious secret service agents bolt in front of him.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By David Ng
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on Thursday as part of his three-day California trip.  The visit is expected to cause traffic delays near the museum, which is on Pico Boulevard in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. The delays are expected to last through the early afternoon. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which runs the museum, has long planned to build a similar museum in Jerusalem. The project has experienced delays, partly because of a dispute over the site, which was a Muslim cemetery.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The Jerusalem museum has an estimated price tag of about $100 million. Netanyahu has been a vocal supporter of the Jerusalem site and is a friend of Wiesenthal Center founder and dean Rabbi Marvin Hier.  On Thursday, Netanyahu is expected to address local Jewish leaders at the museum.
NEWS
May 27, 1996 | MARJORIE MILLER and JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a feisty televised debate three days before national elections, Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Sunday urged voters to "move forward" on his course of Middle East peacemaking, while challenger Benjamin Netanyahu fired back that Israelis live not in peace but in fear.
OPINION
January 11, 1998 | Amy Wilentz, Amy Wilentz, who writes for the New Yorker and the Nation, is working on a book about Israel
On a rainy night last week, a ragtag group of right-wing demonstrators gathered outside Jerusalem's Laromme Hotel, which stands like a huge white fortress at the intersection of two major roads--to Palestinian-controlled Bethlehem and Hebron--into the Holy City. The demonstrators were there to greet U.S. Special Envoy Dennis B. Ross, who had come to put pressure on the Netanyahu government to move forward with Israel's redeployment from the West Bank. "Ross Go Home" read one of their signs.
WORLD
January 26, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is accustomed to criticism for his political policies, but the latest flap involves something decidedly more personal: his son's non-Jewish girlfriend. According to multiple media reports , Netanyahu's son Yair, a 23-year-old student, is dating a young Norwegian woman he met in Israel at the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliyah, where both study. The prime minister himself reportedly discussed this with his Norwegian counterpart, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, during a meeting at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, over the weekend.
WORLD
October 9, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday night that he is disbanding his right-wing government and calling for early elections, blaming a coalition deadlock over how to slash nearly $4 billion from next year's budget. Speculation has been rife for months that Netanyahu's inability to pass a 2013 budget would force him to dismantle what has been one of Israel's longest-serving coalition governments. Parliamentary elections, which were expected to take place in October 2013, will probably occur by February.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By David Ng
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on Thursday as part of his three-day California trip.  The visit is expected to cause traffic delays near the museum, which is on Pico Boulevard in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. The delays are expected to last through the early afternoon. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which runs the museum, has long planned to build a similar museum in Jerusalem. The project has experienced delays, partly because of a dispute over the site, which was a Muslim cemetery.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The Jerusalem museum has an estimated price tag of about $100 million. Netanyahu has been a vocal supporter of the Jerusalem site and is a friend of Wiesenthal Center founder and dean Rabbi Marvin Hier.  On Thursday, Netanyahu is expected to address local Jewish leaders at the museum.
WORLD
August 21, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday condemned the brutal beating of a Palestinian teenager by a gang of Jewish youths shouting anti-Arab slurs. Though racially motivated attacks by both Israelis and Palestinians are not uncommon, the incident Thursday night in central Jerusalem has triggered a wave of soul-searching among Israelis, particularly after one suspect expressed pride in his actions because the victim was Arab. "In the state of Israel, we are not prepared to tolerate racism," Netanyahu said Tuesday.
WORLD
January 26, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is accustomed to criticism for his political policies, but the latest flap involves something decidedly more personal: his son's non-Jewish girlfriend. According to multiple media reports , Netanyahu's son Yair, a 23-year-old student, is dating a young Norwegian woman he met in Israel at the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliyah, where both study. The prime minister himself reportedly discussed this with his Norwegian counterpart, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, during a meeting at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, over the weekend.
WORLD
December 29, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - In the first border flare-up of its kind in four months, at least one Katyusha rocket fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday, triggering a heavy artillery barrage from Israeli forces in response. No casualties were reported on either side of the frontier. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a harshly worded statement to his Cabinet, blamed the Shiite Muslim militia Hezbollah for the rocket strike and condemned the Lebanese army for failing to "lift a finger" to rein in the group.
WORLD
July 29, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas weren't in the room Monday when preliminary peace talks resumed in Washington. But the fate of Secretary of State John F. Kerry's initiative depends on the political courage and fortitude of these two leaders. Better known as cagey strategists than risk takers, Netanyahu and Abbas will each need to overcome considerable political opposition from within their ranks, a deeply pessimistic public and a mutual distrust that some fear may be unbridgeable.
WORLD
July 27, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed Saturday that he had promised to release 104 Palestinian prisoners in the coming months as part of a deal to restart U.S.-brokered peace talks. He is expected to bring the issue for approval Sunday to his Cabinet, where some right-wing coalition members have already vowed to block the action. Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, from Netanyahu's own Likud Party, called the prisoner release “lunacy.” Netanyahu said restarting talks with Palestinians is vital to Israel's future.
WORLD
July 15, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - In an acceleration of its controversial crackdown on African asylum seekers, Israel has begun sending Eritrean refugees back to their restive homeland, where they face uncertain and potentially perilous futures. The first planeload of 14 Eritreans left Israel over the weekend and the government is expected to repatriate about 200 more in the coming days, according to refugee-rights groups. After receiving a flood of about 60,000 African refugees over the last seven years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the influx a threat to the country's security and Jewish character.
WORLD
July 14, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Israel maintained official silence Sunday in response to accusations that it had attacked the Syrian port city of Latakia, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government won't tolerate weapons transfers to Lebanon's Hezbollah militia, one possible destination for the weapons cache destroyed in the assault. Netanyahu declined to say whether Israel was responsible for the July 5 attack. "I am not in the habit of saying what we did do or didn't do," he said on the CBS News program "Face the Nation.
OPINION
May 26, 2011
Prison pitfalls Re "State ordered to slash inmate levels," May 24 I would be happy to see the release of the thousands now incarcerated for nonviolent crimes such as possession of marijuana or cocaine. I do not see them as a threat. If, for much lower cost, they receive drug treatment, education and job training in the community and are allowed to freely participate in society, most will become law-abiding, productive Americans. That most nonviolent "drug offenders" in prison are African American or Latino reflects not the prevalence of drug use but the way the "war on drugs" has been focused on those communities.
WORLD
July 9, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that top advisor Ron Dermer will become the country's next ambassador to the United States. Dermer is expected to replace Ambassador Michael Oren, whose four-year term ends this fall. Dermer worked closely with Netanyahu as a senior advisor during the last four years. “Ron Dermer has all the qualities to successfully fill this important post,” Netanyahu said Tuesday. Dermer, who is from Florida, moved to Israel in 1997.
WORLD
March 19, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - An offer in the most recent round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program has created anxiety in Israel and injected tension into President Obama's scheduled meetings Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Netanyahu and other Israeli officials worry that the United States and five other world powers offered too much to Tehran during Feb. 26-27 talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, aimed at persuading Iran's government to curb its uranium enrichment program.
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