Israel’s environmental protection minister resigned, citing the recent dismissal of former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and disagreements on policy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Across the spectrum, Israelis see their new defense minister as a dangerous extremist. But Washington is taking a pragmatic let’s-do-business approach.
Avigdor Lieberman — arguably the biggest loudmouth in Israel — is also a reasonable politician, Gregg Roman argues.
Far-right Israeli opposition lawmaker Avigdor Lieberman has agreed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on terms for joining the coalition government as its new defense minister, Lieberman’s spokesman said on Wednesday.
(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he supports the establishment of a Palestinian state as long as it is demilitarized and recognizes Israel as a Jewish state. In a speech to the Knesset Monday, Netanyahu said he is prepared to take “brave steps” to achieve peace with the Palestinians, despite his skepticism about…
Israel’s government is trying to reassert control over a military that’s been acting like an alternate source of authority, J.J. Goldberg writes.
Following reports of his imminent replacement, Moshe Ya’alon resigned as Israel’s defense minister citing distrust in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“He’s a magician, he’s a magician,” the partisan crowd chanted as a beaming Benjamin Netanyahu strode into his party headquarters a little over a year ago to declare a come-from-behind victory in Israel’s election.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Thursday he has been “surprised” of late at a “loss of moral compass on basic questions” in Israeli society, even as far right wing Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman worked to finalize an agreement that would see him replace Ya’alon as defense chief and expand the ruling coalition.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi to discuss how to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, along with other shared concerns.