JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Dozens of Israeli social activists pitched tents in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on Sunday protesting about a housing shortage which is a key issue in campaigning for a March 17 election.
The protest on a main boulevard erupted four days after the nation’s auditor published a report finding “significant deficiencies” that have pushed up housing prices – a problem dogging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid for re-election.
WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. officials on Wednesday questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judgment and said his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into U.S.-Israeli relations.
In an escalation of hostile exchanges between the allies six days before Netanyahu gives a speech to Congress on the threat from Iran, the Israeli leader accused world powers of abandoning a pledge to prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A report by Israel’s state auditor found on Wednesday “significant deficiencies” in housing policy blamed for a sharp rise in home prices, flagging an issue dogging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid for re-election on March 17.
The report said house prices had risen by 55 percent from 2008 through December 2013, and rents by 30 percent, covering five years in which Netanyahu has been in charge, in addition to a year when his centrist predecessor, Ehud Olmert, was premier.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Battling Benjamin Netanyahu’s accusations that he is soft on national security, the Israeli prime minister’s main election rival said on Tuesday he would boost efforts to focus voters on his own military and strategic credentials.
Isaac Herzog, who heads the center-left Zionist Union coalition with former cabinet minister Tzipi Livni, is a former major in an elite military intelligence unit.