Tag: Netanyahu, Benjamin

Donald Trump Is Bad for the Jews

On Saturday Donald Trump gave a speech to the Israeli American Council in which he asserted that many in his audience were “not nice people at all,” but that “you have to vote for me” because Democrats would raise their taxes. Was he peddling an anti-Semitic stereotype, portraying Jews as money-grubbing types who care only […]

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The Incitement in Israel That Killed Yitzhak Rabin

I’m not big on counterfactual historical musings. The hypothetical is tempting and tantalizing, but valueless. History happens but only just. Still, it happens. That events are not inevitable does not make them reversible. There is one exception to my impatience with historical hypotheticals. It haunts me. That is the assassination almost a quarter-century ago of […]

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Likud Rival Slams Netanyahu and Calls for Primary to ‘Save the Country’

JERUSALEM — A leading rival to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from within his own party rebuked the longtime Israeli premier on Saturday for calling his indictment on corruption charges an “attempted coup” and demanded a primary election be held to replace Mr. Netanyahu and “save the country.” The broadside by Gideon Saar, a popular and […]

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Netanyahu’s Cry of Attempted Coup Sounds Familiar

When the Israeli attorney general filed corruption charges against Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, his political rivals were quick to dredge up a statement he made 11 years ago, when his predecessor as prime minister fell afoul of the law. “A prime minister steeped up to his neck in investigations doesn’t have a moral or public […]

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Israelis Call Netanyahu Indictment an ‘Earthquake,’ but Agree on Little Else

LOD, Israel — Watching Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attack the prosecutors who had just indicted him, watching him beg for compassion for his family’s suffering through years of corruption investigations, Tzion Hagag said he began to question whether the rule of law was really all that worth preserving if it could be so unfair to […]

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What’s Next for Netanyahu?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was charged on Thursday with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases that threaten his political future and present the country with an unprecedented legal fight. Mr. Netanyahu, now the country’s longest serving prime minister, also holds the dubious record of being its first to […]

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Netanyahu Indicted on Corruption Charges, Throwing His Future Into Doubt

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges in a set of long-running corruption cases, immediately throwing his political future into doubt and heightening the uncertainty and chaos surrounding Israel’s fitful, yearlong struggle to choose its next leader. Mr. Netanyahu, 70, who in July became the […]

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What to Watch for in Israel, Where Gantz Is on Deadline to Form Government

Benny Gantz, the chief political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had only hours left on Wednesday before a midnight deadline to form a government and to extricate Israel from a monthslong political logjam. A failure by Mr. Gantz, a former army chief, to establish a viable coalition could propel a deeply divided Israel into […]

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On Israeli Settlements, U.S. Can’t ‘Rewrite International Law,’ Palestinians Say

Palestinians reacted with outrage on Tuesday to the Trump administration’s stance that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are legal, calling it the ultimate proof that the administration is irretrievably biased in favor of Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The Palestinian leadership convened emergency meetings to discuss the change, and called on […]

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Israel Intercepts Four Rockets Launched From Syria

Four rockets were launched from Syria toward the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights at dawn on Tuesday, setting off air-raid sirens but causing no harm, according to the Israeli military. The military said that the incoming fire was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system and that it appeared no rockets had fallen on the Israeli-controlled […]

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Are West Bank Settlements Illegal? Who Decides?

The Trump administration’s declaration Monday that Israeli settlements on the West Bank are “not inconsistent with international law” reversed American policy on the settlements and contradicted the view of most countries. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel applauded the announcement as a “policy that rights a historical wrong,” while Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of […]

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In Strike That Killed 5 Children, Israel Said It Took Out Gaza Militant. Now It Isn’t Sure.

DEIR El-BALAH, Gaza Strip — Ismail al-Swarka was shaken from slumber after midnight on Thursday by what sounded like four missile blasts. Then he heard his neighbors screaming. What he found outside was horrifying: Eight of his relatives, including five children, had been killed in an airstrike, with several more badly wounded. As the sky […]

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On the Frontlines of Progressive Anti-Semitism

I have never done 23-and-me, nor have I “ancestry.com’d” myself. It’s never felt necessary. My family’s Eastern European Jewish heritage was something we lived to honor, including in our politics. Like so many others, my family came to this country escaping discrimination in the Old Country and facing injustice in the New: abusive labor conditions; […]

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Exchanges of Fire Continue Across Israel-Gaza Border

JERUSALEM — Gaza militants resumed their rocket fire into Israel early Wednesday and Israeli forces struck back against targets in the Palestinian coastal enclave in a simmering confrontation set off by Israel’s assassination of a senior Islamic Jihad commander on Tuesday. Though the death toll rose in Gaza, and much of southern Israel was paralyzed […]

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Why I Like Mike

I have a pet theory about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — that it is to wider trends in world affairs what Off Broadway is to Broadway. A lot of stuff seems to get perfected there in miniature — from airline hijackings to suicide bombings, from building walls to keep others out to lone wolf terrorism — […]

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Israel Kills Senior Islamic Jihad Commander in Gaza

JERUSALEM — In a surprise strike before dawn on Tuesday, Israeli forces killed a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip, officials said, in a rare targeted killing that was likely to prompt a fierce response. Islamic Jihad said that the commander’s wife was also killed in the attack, […]

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With Israel in Limbo, Benny Gantz Vows to Seek a ‘Peace Within’

TEL AVIV — Israel seems stuck. Benny Gantz, the former army chief whose party narrowly defeated that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is trying to form a government and drive Mr. Netanyahu from office for the first time in a decade. The prime minister, clinging to power, hopes Mr. Gantz will fail, forcing a third […]

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Netanyahu Fails to Form a Government. Israel Turns to Gantz.

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has given up his latest attempt to form a government, clearing the way for Benny Gantz, the former army chief who narrowly defeated him in last month’s election, to try to become the country’s next leader. Mr. Netanyahu, who turned 70 on Monday and has been prime […]

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In a Deeply Split Israel City, Both Sides Urge Unity

ROSH HAAYIN, Israel — On one side of town, it’s falafel and observing Shabbat. On the other, it’s sushi and the yearning for a Saturday morning coffee at a local cafe. Both sides can be guilty of insularity and snobbery. The identity and culture wars that were fought in the two recent Israeli elections — […]

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How a Few Grams of Pot Turned an American-Israeli Into a Geopolitical Pawn

JERUSALEM — Naama Issachar was boarding a connecting flight at the Moscow airport on her way home to Israel last April when the authorities found a few grams of marijuana in her luggage, an amount so small her lawyer predicted it would draw a slap on the wrist. But on Friday, when a Russian court […]

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Trump and Tehran Shake Up the Middle East

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it bizarre that the Republican leadership is (rightly) going nuts over President Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds in Syria while it’s ignoring his betrayal of the U.S. Constitution at home. If only Lindsey Graham & Co. were as eager to defend our democracy as they are […]

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Israelis Watch U.S. Abandon Kurds, and Worry: Who’s Next?

JERUSALEM — Israel’s national security does not immediately depend on who controls the border of Turkey and northern Syria, more than 500 miles from its own territory. Yet President Trump’s abrupt order to withdraw American troops there and abandon Kurdish forces, who have been stalwart American allies against the Islamic State, set off clanging alarm […]

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