WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – As relations between President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low over the Israeli prime minister’s planned speech to Congress and a looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, there are growing signs it could damage the broader U.S.-Israeli alliance.
Already there has been some fraying of the usually strong relationship amid the frosty personal ties between the two leaders and a deepening divide over the Iran talks, which Israel fears will allow its arch foe to develop an atom bomb.
JERUSALEM, Feb 6 (Reuters) – A senior Israeli official
suggested on Friday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had
been misled into thinking an invitation to address the U.S.
Congress on Iran next month was fully supported by the
Netanyahu was invited by the Republican speaker of the
house, John Boehner, to address Congress on March 3, an
invitation Boehner originally described as bipartisan.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli ambassador and two other diplomats face possible dismissal for publishing posts on Twitter critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his testy relationship with the White House, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
The offending tweets came as Netanyahu, who is seeking a fourth term in office, fends off criticism at home and abroad over his plans to deliver a speech to the U.S. Congress on March 3, two weeks before Israel holds parliamentary elections.
JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israel and Hezbollah signalled on Thursday their rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border was over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed two Israeli troops in retaliation for a deadly air strike in Syria last week.
Israel said it had received a message from UNIFIL, the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, that Hezbollah was not interested in further escalation.
HERZLIYA, Israel, Jan 27 (Reuters) – When Israelis gather
around the water cooler to discuss their March 17 election, odds
are the conversation will turn to a television satire that has
caught even U.S. President Barack Obama’s notice in the past.
Eretz Nehederet (“Wonderful Country”), which airs weekly on
Israel’s biggest private station Channel 2, spares no candidate.
Conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes off as a
conniving buffoon and his main challenger, Labour party chief
Isaac Herzog, as a needy nerd.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.
His visit to Washington in March has opened up a rift with the White House and has drawn accusations in Israel that Netanyahu is undermining the country’s core foreign alliance in an effort to win an election due two weeks after the trip.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Four political parties that mostly represent Israel’s Arab minority have decided to run together in elections on March 17, creating a potential counter-weight to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies.
Opinion polls suggest the united Arab list could secure 11 seats in the 120-seat parliament, around the same level as they hold individually but with their political influence increased.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior security source said on Tuesday.
The remarks by the Israeli source, who declined to be identified because Israel has not officially confirmed it carried out the strike, appeared aimed at containing any escalation with Iran or the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla group.
JERUSALEM/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Israel is lobbying member-states of the International Criminal Court to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launch of an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the country’s foreign minister said on Sunday.
The ICC did not immediately respond to the news, but experts thought it unlikely that the lobbying effort was likely to persuade the countries that contribute most to the court to reduce their funding.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday a wave of anti-Semitism and what he called “Islamisation” in Western Europe are factors in a Jewish state push to expand trade with Asia.