12:00 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid Secretary of State John Kerry a backhanded compliment in a recent speech to the Union for Reform Judaism.
"Secretary Kerry, John, who I talk to – I was going to say every day, but I’ll amend that to every few hours. He’s incredible; he just goes on and on, I mean, he’s great," said Netanyahu.
Kerry has been frequently in Israel these days to broker Middle East peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The Israeli prime minister addressed those efforts in his speech. Kerry "has said and I have said is that an agreement must address Israel’s legitimate security concerns." said Netanyahu.
"In the Middle East, the only peace that will endure is a peace we can defend, not only because of what I’ve just said, that there has to be an acceptance of the State of Israel, but you don’t know whether it will percolate down after decades of incitement against us in Palestinian schools and their textbooks and in the mosques and in their life. And it’s not symmetrical. We don’t indoctrinate our people that way. We don’t have state-controlled media. State-controlled media, what an idea! We don’t strike that; we don’t have that, okay? But that’s what they teach in suicide kindergarten camps, so you can’t rely on the possibility that an agreement that we make with the Palestinian leadership will hold. We cannot be sure about it."
But for it to hold, we must be able to protect the peace and ensure the security because otherwise it will unravel. And we also have to protect the peace or protect our security in case the peace agreement doesn’t hold. Both for the peace to hold and both to protect ourselves if it unravels, we need very, very strong security arrangements on the ground. Now again, I repeat, I am prepared to make a historic compromise, but I will never gamble with the future of the Jewish state.
That’s something I will never do.
12:17 PM, Nov 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the reported U.S.-Iran nuclear deal favors Iran. "Iran gives practically nothing and it gets a hell of a lot," Netanyahu said on CBS this morning. "That's not a good deal."
7:51 AM, Nov 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A very unusual statement from the Israel prime minister on the eve of a possible nuclear detail between the U.S. and Iran:
"If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone."7:49 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The text of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech today at the United Nations (via Haaretz):
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Thank you, Mr. President.
12:37 PM, Jul 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama slighted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in recorded remarks for the opening of the Maccabiah games in Israel. (Obama's remarks begin at 2:27:24 in the video below.)
2:02 PM, Mar 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Friday, President Barack Obama left Israel, after spending a couple days with the leaders of America's closest ally in the region.
12:15 PM, Mar 21, 2013 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
President Obama spoke to the Israeli people today, at the Jerusalem Convention Center. His remarks moved his administration toward the pre-Obama consensus views of the Clinton and Bush administrations, indeed at several points echoing Bush’s 2008 speech to the Knesset. But he presented a view of the chances for peace with the Palestinians that was far rosier than reality permits—or than he may really believe.
11:57 AM, Mar 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a speech to the Israeli people today, President Obama appeared to take a slight jab at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
11:42 AM, Mar 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The wife of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mrs. Sara Netanyahu, will give First Lady Michelle Obama a Passover Seder plate. And "Ms. Netanyahu will give Bo a rubber hamburger toy," according to the pool report:
8:36 AM, Mar 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel that "It's good to get away from Congress." Politico's Mike Allen reports:
1:26 PM, Feb 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
At a 2010 appearance at Rutgers University, former Nebraska senator and current defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel reportedly said that the state of Israel risks "becoming an apartheid state if it didn't allow the Palestinians to form a state." Hagel also referred to current Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "radical." Alana Goodman at the Washington Free Beacon reports:
2:10 PM, Dec 3, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
According to an Israeli newspaper, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the current mayor of Chicago, blasted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for betting "on the wrong man" in the last presidential election. The allegation is that Netanyahu supported Mitt Romney in the election, and not the ultimate winner--President Barack Obama.
6:27 PM, Nov 28, 2012 • By LEE SMITH
A week after the ceasefire concluding Israel’s eight day campaign against Hamas, Operation Pillar of Defense, there is some debate as to who came out on top. The way one judges the outcome seems to depend on: one, what you make of the ceasefire agreement; two, what role you think that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi played; and, three, other less tangible factors.