Israel’s Spy Agency Snubbed the U.S. Can Trust Be Restored?

Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, heads to Washington promising better relations and seeking support for covert attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

#al-qaeda, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #israel, #mossad, #natanz-iran, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #targeted-killings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Naftali Bennett Backs Hard Line on Iran, Softer Tone With U.S.

In an interview before meeting with President Biden, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he opposed U.S. efforts to restore a nuclear deal with Iran and ruled out peace talks with the Palestinians.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #east-jerusalem, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #new-york-times, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

As Secular Peace Effort Stutters in Israel, Religious Mediators Hope to Step In

The inclusion of an Islamist party in Israel’s government has spurred a group of imams and rabbis hoping to build a religious-based peace movement.

#abbas-mansour, #arabs, #darwish-abdullah-nimar-1948-2017, #hamas, #imams, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #melchior-michael-1954, #muslims-and-islam, #netanyahu-benjamin, #odeh-ayman-1975, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #rabbis, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Unauthorized Settlement Creates Stress Test for Israel’s New Government

The outpost of Evyatar is illegal under Israeli law. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will anger one wing of his coalition if he evicts the settlers, and another if he lets them stay.

#bennett-naftali, #evictions, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

Gaza’s Deadly Night: How Israeli Airstrikes Killed 44 People

On May 16, Israeli airstrikes destroyed three apartment buildings, decimating several families. We visited the scene, interviewed survivors and analyzed videos, photos and satellite images to find out what happened.

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #your-feed-visual-investigations

This Is Still Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu is out of office. But his legacy remains.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

The One About Bibi Netanyahu’s Father and the Perils of Diaspora

In his new novel, “The Netanyahus,” Joshua Cohen imagines a visit by the scholar Benzion Netanyahu to an Ivy League school in the late 1950s.

#bloom-harold, #books-and-literature, #cohen-joshua-1980, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #zionism

Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Prime Minister You Don’t Know

Despite Naftali Bennett’s extremist positions, he sees himself as a bridge between clashing world views.

#bennett-naftali, #content-type-personal-profile, #israel, #labour-party-israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Departure of Netanyahu Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

The departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister is a relief for Democrats, but Iran and the Palestinians could test Mr. Biden’s relations with a fragile new Israeli government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #iran, #israel, #lapid-yair, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Shift in Israel Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

The departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister is a relief for Democrats, but Iran and the Palestinians could test Mr. Biden’s relations with a fragile new Israeli government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #iran, #israel, #lapid-yair, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Israel’s Coalition of Patriotic Traitors

Netanyahu loses to a coalition willing to sacrifice personal ideology for the common good. 

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

For Israel’s Netanyahu, the Official Residence Became a Fortress

After a year of protests outside Balfour, the prime minister’s house, Israelis are debating what role they played in Benjamin Netanyahu’s downfall.

#corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hebrew-university, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #netanyahu-sara, #netanyahu-yair, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #saar-gideon, #social-media, #youth

Did Israel Just Have a Constitutional Revolution?

This isn’t just a new government. It’s an entirely new way of governing.

#bennett-naftali, #gantz-benny, #israel, #labour-party-israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #yamina-israeli-political-party, #yesh-atid

Netanyahu Ousted as Israeli Parliament Votes in New Government

An unlikely coalition prevailed against the country’s longest-serving leader. Now it must get its disparate factions to work together.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #united-states-international-relations, #yamina-israeli-political-party, #yesh-atid

Tumult Disrupts Israeli Parliament as Netanyahu Era Ends

Naftali Bennett, heckled and insulted, replaced Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister by the narrowest of margins.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

A photographic journey shows how ‘Bibi’ put his stamp on Israel — through his toughness and the search for security in an unstable region.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #elections, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #hezbollah, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #photography, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Netanyahu, ‘King of Israel,’ Exits a Stage He Dominated

Israel’s longest-serving prime minister was a polarizing figure who sidelined efforts to resolve the Palestinian conflict but opened relations with four Arab countries.

#iran, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians

A Fragile Israeli Coalition, With Some Underlying Glue

An agreement to return to democratic norms might be the one thing that holds together the disparate coalition facing a confidence vote on Sunday.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #raam-party-israel, #yamina-israeli-political-party

For Netanyahu, like Trump, Only ‘Fraud’ Can Explain His Defeat

Israel’s democratic transition is set for Sunday, but nothing is certain amid the prime minister’s scorched-earth campaign to wreck his opponents’ coalition.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #likud-party-israel, #michaeli-merav, #netanyahu-benjamin, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #yamina-israeli-political-party

Israel’s Parliament to Vote on New Government on Sunday

If lawmakers approve a fragile new coalition government, Israel will be led by someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in 12 years.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Will Netanyahu Fall?

How a political coalition has come to threaten the position of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.

#audio-neutral-informative, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

A Historic Moment for Israeli Arabs, but With a Question Mark

An Arab party’s decision to join a right-leaning Israeli government would be an important, if uncertain, step toward inclusion rather than perpetual opposition.

#abbas-mansour, #arabs, #bedouins, #bennett-naftali, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #yediot-aharonot

Vaccines, China, Cicadas: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #in-the-heights-play, #international-maritime-organization, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Netanyahu Outfoxed His Rivals For Years. Here’s What Changed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel failed to win a majority in the past three elections — but still held onto power. That might be about to change.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #yamina-israeli-political-party

If Netanyahu Goes, Israel’s New Prime Minister Faces a Big Mess

A new coalition in Israel hopes to remove Benjamin Netanyahu from power. If it does, there’s plenty of work to be done.

#bennett-naftali, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #shaked-ayelet-1976

How Netanyahu vs. Israel’s Change Coalition Is Like Trump vs. Biden

The desire of the anti-Netanyahu coalition to oust him is so great that they are breaking the biggest political taboo in Israeli political history.

#abbas-mansour, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

India and Israel Inflame Facebook’s Fights With Its Own Employees

The social network wrongly bowed to government demands to take down content in the countries, employees said, in more signs of internal dissent.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #instagram-inc, #israel, #mobile-applications, #modi-narendra, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Netanyahu Rivals Agree on Israeli Coalition to Oust Him

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, is on the verge of losing power as his opponents strike a deal that would replace him with an ultranationalist, Naftali Bennett.

#arabs, #bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

How Naftali Bennett, Head of a Small Right-Wing Party in Israel, Rose to the Top

The energetic leader of the small, right-wing Yamina party has managed to leverage his modest electoral gain for a shot at the top job.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #shaked-ayelet-1976, #west-bank

Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Would-Be Prime Minister?

A former chief of staff to the prime minister he may replace, he is considered by some to be more right-wing than his old boss.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #west-bank

Glum to Gleeful, Israeli Media React to Possible End of Netanyahu Era

In Israel’s newspapers — as fractured as its electorate — the opinions on the possible fall of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were as emphatic as they were varied.

#bennett-naftali, #haaretz, #israel, #israel-hayom, #maariv, #makor-rishon, #netanyahu-benjamin, #yediot-aharonot

Israel on Edge as Politicians Wrangle Over Coalition to Oust Netanyahu

Opposition politicians spent Monday locked in last-minute negotiations to form a bloc to force out Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Can a New ‘Change Government’ Change Israel?

The main players in the latest twist in Israeli politics have very different agendas, but one common goal: unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

#bennett-naftali, #gaza-strip, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government

Israel Moves Toward Coalition Deal That Could Sideline Netanyahu

Naftali Bennett, an ultranationalist, and Yair Lapid, a centrist, have moved closer to forming a fragile coalition government that would oust the longtime prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

U.N. Rights Council Orders Inquiry Into Israel After Gaza Strife

Acting in the aftermath of the fighting in Gaza, a United Nations panel in Geneva approved a far-ranging inquiry into Israel’s actions.

#bachelet-michelle, #civilian-casualties, #gaza-strip, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

There Is a Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A two-state solution remains our only viable option. 

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process

On Israel-Palestine, Biden Must Revive a Two-State Solution

President Biden must re-energize the possibility of a two-state solution.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #republican-party, #tel-aviv-israel, #united-states-international-relations, #zionism

Iran Talks Loom as a New Test of Biden’s Israel Ties

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken visited Israel to talk about Gaza and the Palestinians, but heard a stern message about nuclear talks with Tehran.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #raisi-ebrahim, #rouhani-hassan, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Israel, Blinken Pushes U.S. Support for Rebuilding Gaza

Standing beside Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel vowed “a very powerful response” if Hamas were to break a fragile cease-fire.

#abbas-mahmoud, #blinken-antony-j, #hamas, #humanitarian-aid, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Blinken Hopes to Solidify Hamas and Israel’s Cease-Fire

The secretary of state will also use his trip to the region this week to work on humanitarian aid for Gaza but has no plans to pursue full-fledged peace talks.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #egypt, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

As Israel’s Dependence on U.S. Shrinks, So Does U.S. Leverage

Israel has quietly sought, and perhaps achieved, a large measure of autonomy from its half-century of reliance on the United States.

#blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

I’m From Gaza. Hamas Is Irrelevant.

The right to self-defense against Israel’s continued aggression belongs to all Palestinians.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #east-jerusalem, #fatah-al, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

Conflict Strengthens Netanyahu, but the Price is High

The battle with Hamas may benefit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel politically in the short term, but it leaves his underlying problems unresolved.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #bennett-naftali, #civilian-casualties, #hamas, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

After High-Wire Act, Biden Faces Tough New Middle East Tests

The administration is considering how to recalibrate its policy in the region in light of the cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians without distracting from other priorities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #mcgurk-brett-h, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nides-thomas-r, #palestinians, #peace-process, #ratney-michael, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations

Cease-Fire Prompts Israelis’ Disappointment

The shared dissatisfaction throughout the country signaled Israelis’ growing impatience for what they see as hastily arranged, unconditional cease-fires.

#ashkelon-israel, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians

Why Biden used a light touch while pressing Netanyahu.

Public pressure on Israel could have backfired, or soured a relationship the president needs to cultivate, according to Middle East analysts.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

A Cease-Fire, and New Ideas in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

The cease-fire between Hamas and Israel didn’t come a second too soon.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #carnegie-endowment-for-international-peace, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #west-bank

Israel Is Falling Apart, Because the Conflict Controls Us

Our politics are stalled. Our democracy is in tatters. Blame it on the occupation.

#elections, #hamas, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Netanyahu and Biden: A History

The complicated relationship and delicate diplomacy between President Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

New Political Pressures Push U.S. and Europe to Stop Israel-Gaza Conflict

President Biden faces a leftward shift in his party. In Europe, Muslim migration, terrorism fears and populist politics make diplomacy more urgent than ever.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #international-relations, #israel, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #tlaib-rashida, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank