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Mar 18, 2015

Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election after hard right shift

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s election after exit polls showed he had erased his center-left rivals’ lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.

Difficult coalition talks still lie ahead. Isaac Herzog, Netanyahu’s chief opponent and head of the center-left Zionist Union, said “everything is still open” and that he already had spoken to party leaders about forming a government.

Mar 16, 2015

‘King Bibi’s’ reign challenged in Israeli election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s march towards becoming the longest-serving leader of Israel could be halted on Tuesday in an election that has exposed public fatigue with his stress on national security rather than socio-economic problems.

Surging rhetoric against Iran and the Palestinians has apparently done little to close Netanyahu’s lag behind center-left opponent Isaac Herzog in opinion polls. Should Herzog narrowly win the ballot as predicted, he would be the likely first pick to form the next government.

Mar 15, 2015

Flagging as election looms, Netanyahu ramps up rhetoric

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Flagging in opinion polls before Tuesday’s election in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally rightists by casting his centre-left challengers as tools of a global campaign to usurp power.

Over social media and broadcast interviews, the three-term leader has accused unspecified foreign governments and tycoons of funnelling “tens of millions of dollars” to opposition activists working to undermine his Likud party and boost the Zionist Union joint list led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni.

Mar 14, 2015

Flagging before election, Netanyahu ramps up rhetoric

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Flagging in opinion polls before Tuesday’s election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally Israeli rightists by casting his centre-left challengers as tools of a global campaign to usurp power.

Over social media and broadcast interviews, the three-term leader has accused unspecified foreign governments and tycoons of funneling “tens of millions of dollars” to opposition activists working to undermine his Likud party and boost the Zionist Union joint list led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni.

Mar 4, 2015

Rejecting criticism, Netanyahu says Iran deal ‘deeply flawed’

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Pushing back against President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he had presented a practical alternative in Washington to a “deeply flawed” nuclear accord being negotiated with Iran.

Returning to Israel after addressing the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, Netanyahu voiced satisfaction with the speech that Obama said had offered “no viable alternatives” to an international deal being worked out with Tehran.

Mar 4, 2015

Netanyahu says gave “practical alternative” to Iran deal

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Pushing back against criticism from President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he had presented a “practical alternative” for an international nuclear agreement being negotiated with Iran.

Upon landing in Israel after addressing the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, in a speech which Obama said the Israeli leader had offered “no viable alternatives” to a deal being worked out with Iran, Netanyahu voiced satisfaction that he had made his own message heard around the world.

Mar 4, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a “nuclear nightmare,” drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening U.S.-Israeli rift.

They delivered dueling messages within hours of each other.

Netanyahu made his case against Obama’s Iran diplomacy in a speech to Congress that aligned himself with the president’s Republican foes. Obama responded in the Oval Office, declaring in a frustrated tone that Netanyahu offered “nothing new.”

Mar 3, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu to address Congress amid strained ties with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A quarter of Democratic U.S. lawmakers will not attend Tuesday’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will escalate his campaign against President Barack Obama’s Iran diplomacy in an address that has put unprecedented stress on the two leaders’ already strained ties.

Although given the cold shoulder by the administration, Netanyahu has offered an olive branch, saying he meant no disrespect to Obama by accepting an invitation to address U.S. lawmakers that was orchestrated by the president’s rival Republicans.

Mar 3, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu to address Congress in speech that has strained ties with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will escalate his campaign against U.S. President Barack Obama’s Iran diplomacy on Tuesday in a speech to Congress whose staging has put unprecedented stress on the two leaders’ already strained ties.

Although cold-shouldered by the administration, Netanyahu has offered an olive branch, saying he meant no disrespect to Obama by accepting an invitation to address U.S. lawmakers that was orchestrated by the president’s rival Republicans.

Mar 2, 2015

On U.S. visit, Netanyahu warns an Iran deal could threaten Israel’s existence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Monday that the nuclear deal it is negotiating with Iran could threaten Israel’s survival and insisted he had a “moral obligation” to speak up about deep differences with President Barack Obama on the issue.

In a preview of a planned address to Congress on Tuesday that has already imperiled U.S.-Israeli ties, Netanyahu voiced fears that talks between Iran and world powers would allow Tehran to become a nuclear-armed state and said this must not happen.