Given their long, tempestuous and mostly acrimonious relationship over the past seven-and-a-half years, Wednesday’s meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama, touted as their last, could have been a grand finale. At one extreme, the two leaders might have expressed their true emotions and undergone catharsis, bro-hugging and making up at the end, while at the other they might have finally vented their pent-up frustrations, descending into an unseemly shouting match that their advisers would do their best to stifle.
When Yaakov Nagel, Israel’s acting national security adviser, was tasked with heading the Israeli team negotiating a new 10-year military aid package with the United States, Prime Minister Netanyahu set forth the guidelines: “If you reach $3.5 billion a year, you’ll get a gold medal,” Nagel recalled Wednesday, hours before signing the agreement in Washington. “If you get $3.3 billion you’ll get a silver medal; and if you get $3.1 billion you’ll get the bronze.”
In this bewildering political season, immigrants have become targets of opportunity for right-wing politicians around the world, Daniel Sokatch writes.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to raise the collective blood pressure of official Washington to dangerous levels on September 9, charging in an online video that evacuating Israeli West Bank settlers, as Palestinians demand, would amount to “ethnic cleansing.” What’s more, he said, “some otherwise enlightened countries even promote this outrage.”
Donald Trump’s adviser on U.S.-Israeli relations told Haaretz Sunday that the Obama administration “should be ashamed of their misguided reaction” to remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The question of Shabbat is too important to leave to the politicians, who seem to care for nothing except their own gain, Eetta Prince-Gibson writes.
Benjamin Netanyahu released a video on Facebook saying that calls for a Palestinian state without Jews amount to ‘ethnic cleansing.’
(JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu cleared 20 minutes from the schedule of his visit to the Netherlands to thank the country’s leading Christian Zionist activist and chief rabbi for their support for the Jewish state and its people. The Israeli Prime Minister on Wednesday called Roger van Oordt, director of the Christians for Israel organization. He…
(JTA) — Former Dutch prime minister and longtime pro-Palestinian activist Dries van Agt said Benjamin Netanyahu is a war criminal who should be prosecuted during his visit this week to the Netherlands. Van Agt, who in 2012 said Jews should have had a state in Germany instead of the Land of Israel and who in…