Israel Political Brief May 21, 2013: Poll: 66% Say Yair Lapid Shouldn’t be Prime Minister

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Poll: 66% Say Lapid Shouldn’t be Prime Minister

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-21-13

Just a few weeks ago he was the most popular politician in Israel, but according to a new poll released Tuesday, two thirds of Israelis do not believe that Yair Lapid has what it takes to lead the country….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief April 17, 2013: Benjamin Netanyahu indicates he wants fourth term as PM on Eretz Nehederet

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Netanyahu indicates he wants fourth term as PM

Source: The Times of Israel, 4-17-13

Overlooked amid the good-natured chuckling that greeted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s smooth appearance on high-rating satire show “Eretz Nehederet” (A Wonderful Country) on Tuesday was the fact that Netanyahu indicated publicly for the first time….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 30, 2012: President Shimon Peres praises Mahmoud Abbas, rips PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman

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Peres praises Abbas, rips Netanyahu and Liberman

Source: JTA, 12-30-12

Israeli President Shimon Peres praised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a partner for peace while slamming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ex-Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman….READ MORE

Israel Brief October 28, 2012: Tel Aviv rally marks 17th anniversary of assasinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s death

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Tel Aviv rally marks anniversary of Rabin’s death

Source: JTA, 10-28-12

About 20,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to pay tribute to the memory of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 20, 2012: Turkey’s Erdogan says Israel sent ‘richest Jew’ to intercede

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Turkey’s Erdogan says Israel sent ‘richest Jew’ to intercede

Source: JTA, 9-20-12

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a Turkish newspaper that Israel sent “the richest Jewish man in the world” to create better relations between the two countries….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 2, 2012: Iran a ‘grave threat,’ PM Benjamin Netanyahu tells Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Israeli prime minister thanks Harper for warm reception

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Iran a ‘grave threat,’ Netanyahu tells Harper

Israeli prime minister thanks Harper for warm reception

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Parliament Hill Friday. The two leaders were discussing growing tensions with Iran over its nuclear program.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Parliament Hill Friday. The two leaders were discussing growing tensions with Iran over its nuclear program. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

Israel has the right to defend itself against a country that wants to destroy it, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today as he began a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper that is expected to focus heavily on Iran.

After arriving on Parliament Hill and being greeted by a military honour guard, Netanyahu said he wanted to talk to Harper about the “remarkable turbulence that is shaking the Middle East” and about Iran’s “relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

“I know from many conversations that we’ve had that you share my view that this is a grave threat to the peace and security of the world and I think it is important that the international community not allow this threat to materialize,” Netanyahu said to Harper as they held a photo opportunity in Harper’s office. “As for Israel, like any sovereign country, we reserve the right to defend ourselves against a country that calls and works for our destruction.

“On that note, I can say that it is particularly gratifying to be among such good friends here in Ottawa on a cold day with warm friendship.”

The two leaders are having a short meeting, then will speak to the news media. Harper will then host a working lunch with the Israeli prime minister and Netanyahu will also meet Friday with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall….READ MORE

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Canada, Harper and Israel, Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, March 2, 2012. (Fred Chartrand / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, March 2, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Israel Political Brief March 2, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu upon arrival in Canada says Israel is allowed to defend itself against Iranian nuclear threat

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Netanyahu: Israel has right to defend itself

Upon arrival in Canada, prime minister says Jewish State is allowed to defend itself against Iranian nuclear threat

Source: YNet, 3-2-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has the right to defend itself against Iran, which he said calls and works for Israel’s destruction. He also stated that Iran should dismantle its underground enrichment facilities.

Netanyahu made the remarks Friday in a photo opportunity before meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa.

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The prime minister dismissed the idea of renewed international negotiations with Iran aimed at preventing the country from building a nuclear weapon.

“It could do again what it has done before, it could pursue or exploit the talks as they’ve done in the past to deceive and delay so that they can continue to advance their nuclear program and get to the nuclear finish line by running up the clock, so to speak,” Netanyahu said after concluding his meeting with Harper.

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“I think the international community should not fall into this trap,” he said.

Netanyahu will meet with President Barack Obama on Monday, and Iran will be a major concern….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 2, 2012: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Canada ahead of US talks

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Israel PM arrives in Canada ahead of US talks

Source: AFP, 3-2-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Canada on Friday ahead of White House talks next week expected to focus on halting Iran’s controversial nuclear drive.

Shortly after his arrival, Netanyahu met privately with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a keen backer of Israel. He was to travel on to Washington on Sunday.

“Among the things I’d like to discuss with you is the remarkable turbulence that is shaking the Middle East, and of course, Iran’s relentless pursuit of a nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said to Harper as the two leaders sat down for talks in Harper’s parliamentary office.

“I know from many conversations we have had that you share my view that this is a grave threat to the peace and security of the world, and I think it is important that the international community not allow this threat to materialize.

“As for Israel, like any sovereign country we reserve the right to defend ourselves against a country that calls and works for our destruction.”….READ MORE

Netanyahu’s Popularity Up After US Trip

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Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 5-27-11


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s popularity has risen dramatically following his Washington trip, according to a poll.

Some 47 percent of Israelis polled believe Netanyahu’s trip to the United States was a success and some 10 percent viewed it as a failure, the new Haaretz poll found.

The poll found that 51 percent of those questioned were satisfied with Netanyahu’s performance,netanyahu congress 2011 while 36 percent were not — nearly the opposite of a previous poll taken more than a month ago in which 38 percent of Israelis expressed satisfaction with Netanyahu’s performance and 53 percent disappointment.

Nearly half of the public felt “pride” at seeing Netanyahu address the U.S. Congress, while only 5 percent called it a “missed opportunity.” The rest expressed no opinion, while 20 percent of those questioned said they hadn’t watched the speech.

Some 43 percent of the respondents called Obama “businesslike,” 25 percent called him “friendly” and 20 percent hostile.

The poll was conducted by the Dialog organization under the supervision of Professor Camil Fuchs of the Tel Aviv University Statistics Department.

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