Biden’s first call to a Middle East leader will be to Netanyahu

President Biden faced criticism for not having called the Israeli prime minister in his first month calls to world leaders. US President Joe Biden plans a call soon with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House announced on Tuesday, as critics have accused Biden of snubbing the leader of a top US ally in […]

Israel may not be part of strategy if US returns to nuclear deal

Envoy to US says return to Iran accord could prohibit future US-Israeli strategy towards Tehran’s nuclear programme. Israel’s ambassador to the United States has suggested his country would not engage with President Joe Biden on strategy towards Iran’s nuclear programme if the US returns to the 2015 nuclear deal. Biden has made returning to the […]

White House denies Biden is snubbing Israel’s Netanyahu

PM Benjamin Netanyahu has downplayed the notion he was being slighted by US President Joe Biden. The White House has denied that US President Joe Biden was intentionally snubbing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by failing to include him so far in an early round of phone calls to foreign leaders since taking office on […]

Israel PM Netanyahu pleads not guilty as corruption trial resumes

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has returned to court and pleaded not guilty to corruption charges as his trial enters an intensified phase six weeks before an election. The Monday hearing, which was pushed back multiple times because of coronavirus restrictions, is where he has to deliver his formal response to the allegations. Subsequent sessions […]

US assures two-state solution for Israel-Palestine at UN

The Biden administration will undo some Trump era actions, but says no substitute for ‘Israeli-Palestinian peace’. United States President Joe Biden’s Middle East policy “will be to support a mutually agreed, two-state solution, in which Israel lives in peace and security, alongside a viable Palestinian state,” acting US Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Mills […]

Policies Adelson championed will be long felt, Palestinians say

Sheldon Adelson’s support for “disruptive” policies in the United States and the Middle East will be felt for years to come, Palestinian political analysts said on Tuesday, as news broke of the 87-year-old casino magnate’s death. A key financial backer and political supporter of both outgoing US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Israelis restart Netanyahu protests amid third virus lockdown

Protesters rally outside PM’s residence in Jerusalem, call on long-serving leader to step down amid corruption allegations. Thousands of people demonstrated against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling on the long-serving leader to resign over corruption charges against him and his alleged mishandling of the coronavirus crisis. Protesters early on Sunday held signs reading “Go,” […]

Israeli prosecutors detail corruption charges against Netanyahu

Case relates to Israeli PM promoting Bezeq telecom company in exchange for positive coverage on its popular Walla news site. Israeli prosecutors have released an amended indictment spelling out detailed charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a corruption case in which he is accused of trading favours with a powerful media mogul. Netanyahu has […]

Netanyahu speaks with Morocco’s king, invites him to Israel

While welcoming the renewal of ties, King Mohammed VI said his country’s position on Palestine remains unchanged. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI have held a telephone conversation during which the Israeli premier invited the king for a visit, Netanyahu’s office said. The two leaders spoke on Friday about moving forward […]

Israel to hold snap election in March, fourth in two years

Israel’s parliament was dissolved on Wednesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fractured ruling coalition failed to pass a budget, triggering the country’s fourth election in two years amid public anger over Netanyahu’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Netanyahu and his former election rival, Defence Minister Benny Gantz, established a unity government in May in the […]

Dozens of Israelis arrested at anti-Netanyahu protest

For six months, weekly protests against the Israeli prime minister have called on him to quit over corruption trial. At least 30 people have been arrested in demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli media reported. Police on Saturday said thousands of protesters gathered in Paris Square near Netanyahu’s residence in West Jerusalem and caused […]

Israeli legislators pass draft proposal to dissolve Parliament

The vote is a significant step towards plunging Israel into its fourth national election in less than two years. Israeli legislators have passed a preliminary proposal to dissolve Parliament with support from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main coalition partner in a significant step towards plunging the country into its fourth national election in less than […]

Israel’s Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain soon #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Bahrain followed the UAE in normalising ties with Israel in a US-brokered deal that marked alignment against Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain “soon” at the invitation of the Gulf state’s Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa. Bahrain followed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in normalising ties with Israel in a deal […]

Joe Biden ‘no saviour’ of the Palestinians #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

In October 1973, newly elected Delaware Senator Joe Biden visited Israel on his first official overseas trip and met Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The 30-year-old was visibly moved as Meir explained what she said was Israel’s militarily dangerous situation surrounded by “enemy states”, but he cheered up when the Israeli leader revealed what she […]

‘Enough with you’: Israeli protesters keep pressure on Netanyahu

Thousands of Israelis protested outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night and into early Sunday, pressing ahead with a monthslong campaign demanding that the embattled Israeli leader resign. The protests, now in their 11th week, came as Israel is coping with record levels of coronavirus infections. Demonstrators have been protesting […]

Netanyahu is pitting Jews against Jews

Everyone in Israel is talking about “normalisation” these days. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his followers are feting the normalisation of Israel’s ties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Political pundits are betting on the identity of the next Muslim state to normalise relations with the Jewish state – will it be Bahrain or […]