July 14, 2013 |
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.
July 9, 2013 |
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.
March 19, 2013 |
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.
March 14, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached deals Thursday with two political rivals that will enable him to forge a broad-based, but potentially unstable, coalition government. After weeks of hard-fought negotiations with the centrist party Yesh Atid and the nationalist Jewish Home, Netanyahu managed to persuade both to join his government with a combination of political promises and coveted ministry appointments. The agreements were still awaiting final signatures Thursday night, reportedly delayed by discussion of government titles for some players.
January 24, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - A final tally released Thursday of votes from Israel's parliamentary election broke the tie between rival ideological factions, giving the right-wing bloc 61 seats in the Knesset compared with 59 seats for center-left parties. But the final figures - a slight change from the preliminary 60-60 dead heat that was reported after Tuesday's vote - are not expected to alter the course of coalition talks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party is seeking to form a broad-based government with the centrist Yesh Atid party, which surprised everyone by coming in second.
January 20, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - As Israelis head to the polls Tuesday, most are expecting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party to secure the right to form the nation's next government. But while a third Netanyahu term appears likely, there's still some suspense about which political parties will join his coalition to create a majority in Israel's 120-member Knesset. The composition of that government will play a major role in determining Israel's stance on issues such as Palestinian statehood, relations with the U.S. and how to deal with Iran's nuclear development program.