Israel police question Netanyahu in telecoms corruption case

Friday, 2 March 2018

Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday for the first time in a corruption case that involves the country's largest telecommunications company Bezeq, Israel Radio said. Along with two other corruption cases, in which Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, the probes pose a serious threat to the four-term prime minister's political survival. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing in all the cases. In the newest investigation, known as Case 4000, police allege that the owners ...

Israeli lawmaker given security after insulting Palestinians

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Israel’s parliament has decided to give a controversial rightwing lawmaker a security detail after a widely-shared video showed him insulting Palestinians heading to visit detained relatives, a spokesman said Tuesday.Oren Hazan, a provocative figure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, dispensed the abuse on Monday after boarding a bus of Palestinians allowed to exit the Gaza Strip to see family members held in an Israeli jail.“Your relatives belong in the ...

Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, enough is enough

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Speaking at an emergency summit in Istanbul, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas attempted to recast his role in a defunct 'peace process'. He declared before the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference on December 13 that his authority will no longer accept US mediation in the Middle East peace process. He told attendants representing all Muslim-majority countries that Washington is no longer 'fit' for the task, following US President, Donald Trump’s decision ...

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Mubarak reveals Netanyahu proposed resettling Palestinians in Sinai

Thursday, 30 November 2017

A leaked audio recording of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak revealed that current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was behind the proposal to resettle Palestinians in Sinai to decrease the population density in the Gaza Strip. According to the recording, which was leaked by the Facebook page entitled ‘Asfeen Ya Rayes’ (We're Sorry, Mr. President), he was sitting with Netanyahu when the latter proposed transferring Palestinians to an area near Gaza. Netanyahu, who had ...

British FM defends Balfour: ‘I am proud of Britain’s part in creating Israel’

Monday, 30 October 2017

Britain's foreign secretary on Sunday defended his predecessor's role a century ago in paving the way for the creation of Israel, saying two sovereign states for Israelis and Palestinians remains the "only viable solution" for peace. This Thursday marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration -- a 67-word letter from Britain's then foreign secretary Arthur Balfour that threw London's backing behind a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

Israel to postpone controversial ‘annexation’ bill

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to postpone a vote on a controversial bill that critics say would amount to the de facto annexation of Israeli settlements surrounding Jerusalem, an official said Saturday. The bill had been expected to be voted on by a ministerial committee on Sunday, in a move that would fast-track its progress through parliament. But the Israeli official said on condition of anonymity that the bill needs “diplomatic preparation,” declining to ...

Netanyahu’s personal diplomatic envoy steps down

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal diplomatic envoy and confidant announced Wednesday he was relinquishing his voluntary position on the backdrop of growing public criticism of his undefined function.“I respectfully request that you discharge me from my position as emissary and special diplomatic adviser to the premier,” Yitzhak Molcho wrote to Netanyahu in a letter distributed by the premier’s office.A lawyer by training, Molcho served in that capacity ...

As Egypt’s Sisi, Israel’s Netanyahu meet for first time he calls for unity among Palestinians

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have met for the first time in public in what Egypt said was part of an effort to revive the Middle East peace process. During his speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday Sisi urged the Palestinians to overcome their differences and be ready to co-exist with each other and with Israelis in safety and security. Sisi told the assembly that for peace to be achieved a Palestinian state with its capital in ...

Netanyahu: Iran building sites to produce missiles in Syria and Lebanon

Monday, 28 August 2017

Iran is building sites to produce precision-guided missiles in Syria and Lebanon, with the aim of using them against Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. At the start of a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Netanyahu accused Iran of turning Syria into a "base of military entrenchment as part of its declared goal to eradicate Israel." "It is also building sites to produce precision-guided missiles towards that end, in both Syria and ...

Netanyahu, Putin to meet over Syria conflict

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Russia on Wednesday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, mainly focusing on the war in Syria, his office said late Saturday.The two leaders will meet in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi to “discuss the latest developments in the region,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.Such talks have allowed the two countries to so far avoid any confrontation between their air forces, as Russia conducts airstrikes in ...

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