23.04.2018 - 20:05 [ Axios ]

Trump asked Netanyahu if he genuinely cares about peace

Trump was pressing Bibi on the importance of striking a „deal“ for Mideast peace. He’d read news reports about Bibi planning to build additional settlements to please his conservative base in Israel. Trump thought Bibi was unnecessarily angering the Palestinians. So, in the course of a longer conversation that was mostly friendly and complimentary, he bluntly asked Bibi whether or not he genuinely wants peace.

23.04.2018 - 20:01 [ Business Insider ]

Trump reportedly bluntly asked Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu if he really wants peace or not

„The President has great relationships with a number of foreign leaders but that doesn’t mean he can’t be aggressive when it comes to negotiating what’s best for America,“ Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the reported comment.

21.04.2018 - 15:27 [ Natalie Portman / Instagram ]

My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony.

By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power.

21.04.2018 - 15:22 [ ]

Israeli ex-spymasters: warn country is ‘critically ill’ under Netanyahu

(28.3.2018) Six former Israeli spymasters accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday of jeopardising the country’s future as it prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding next month.

The surviving ex-Mossad intelligence agency chiefs voiced their opinion of the fourth-term, right-wing leader in a joint interview excerpted on the front page of Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s best-selling newspaper and a regular Netanyahu critic.

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Times of Israel ]

At 10th J Street conference, Trump and Netanyahu seen as peas in a rotten pod

J Street was instrumental in 2015 in helping to pass the Iran nuclear deal. Trump appears ready to dismantle it next month. J Street’s operating credo when it was established in 2008 was to advance the two-state solution. Trump and Netanyahu have both retreated from commitment to a two-state outcome.

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Jerusalem Post ]

J Street: Trump and Netanyahu are a threat

‘We are here to call out—and to change—a right-wing, populist government, with a leader who thrives on hatred and division, who mocks and attacks the press, and who sees the strangers among us as a danger to be feared and mistreated, not as fellow humans,” said keynote speaker Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

“Hmm…about which country am I speaking?” she continued, to laughter.

16.04.2018 - 09:20 [ Haaretz ]

Despite Tensions Over Syria Attack, Israel’s Line to the Kremlin Remains Open

Moscow issued public denunciations of the strike and called in Israel’s ambassador to Russia for a „conversation.“ These are symbolic, relatively „soft“ use of tools in the diplomatic toolbox meant to telegraph Moscow’s displeasure with Israeli activities in its sphere of influence.But below the surface, a number of figures who are familiar with Israeli-Russian ties say the diplomatic and military communications have continued — consistent, stable and practical — even after the attack.

15.04.2018 - 19:54 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Chief justice warns: Nixing judicial review threatens Israel’s democracy

Supreme Court President Esther Hayut is set to declare on Sunday that Israel cannot maintain the rule of law and democracy if the court’s judicial review powers are cut off, according to a statement released by the court.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the coalition appear to be moving forward with several initiatives to circumscribe the Supreme Court’s powers.

12.04.2018 - 05:41 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israeli side’s initiative.

The two leaders discussed issues dealing with Syria, including in the context of recent missile strikes by the Israeli Air Force at the T4 airbase in Homs province. Vladimir Putin emphasised the importance of respecting Syria’s sovereignty and called for refraining from any steps that could further destabilise the situation in the country and threaten its security.

10.04.2018 - 01:44 [ Jerusalem Post ]


At Wednesday night’s Yad Vashem ceremony marking the start of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – if past speeches are a gauge – will touch on the theme that one of the lessons of the Holocaust is that Israel can, in the final analysis, only rely on itself.

If, as the Russians, Syrians, Iranians and even the Americans said on Monday, Israel was indeed responsible for the predawn attack on the T-4 airbase near Homs in Syria, it is a sign that Netanyahu means what he says every year in those speeches.

09.04.2018 - 03:43 [ ]

Donald Trump wants out of Syria. Why Israel thinks that’s a problem

(5.4.2018) “We don’t have any limits on our action in Syria,” Netanyahu told reporters. “We see eye to eye,” he said of Israeli and U.S. policy.

A few weeks later, Middle East watchers are wondering which eye bears watching: Trump keeps saying he wants out of Syria, while U.S. defense officials and diplomats say the United States remains committed to its role in pacifying the country after seven years of a devastating war.

06.04.2018 - 23:38 [ ]

„Angespanntes“ Gespräch Trumps mit Netanyahu über Pläne zum Verlassen Syriens

Zusätzlich zu seiner eigenen Regierung, die sich seinem Impuls widersetzt, sich aus Syrien zurückzuziehen, scheint Trump mit dem Widerstand ausländischer Verbündeter konfrontiert zu sein. Neben Netanyahu sprach sich auch der saudische Kronprinz gegen die Beendigung des Krieges aus.

31.03.2018 - 01:31 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Ehud Olmert urges Netanyahu to step down, preserve dignity of office

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must resign due to his multiple criminal investigations, former prime minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post that will be published in next weekend’s Post Magazine.

Olmert will be speaking at The Jerusalem Post Conference in New York on April 29.