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Evelyn Gordon, writing at Commentary magazine, points out that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might not be very popular in world capitals, but he certainly is effective. While international leaders have been on his case about his tone on Iran, Gordon looks at an interesting, little-noted kink in the recent reporting on the crisis:
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I hadn’t noticed how effective his recent “bombastic bluster” has been until today, when a senior Israeli official pointed out something I’d missed: “We changed the conversation in which everyone was talking about easing the existing sanctions to a conversation in which everyone is discussing the need for preventing additional sanctions,” he said.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 9:01 AM | Stand For Israel
It’s not exactly a secret, Dan Diker writes, that the Arab world and other large portions of the Muslim world loathe Iran and fear its nuclear program. In further evidence that politics makes strange bedfellows, Israel finds itself in a strange alliance with Arab states against a naïve attempt by the West to pretend-away Iran’s nuclear ambitions:
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While optimistic western elites bristle at Netanyahu’s rejection of Rouhani’s “smile and conquer diplomacy,” The Middle East’s silent Sunni majority backs Netanyahu’s “distrust, dismantle, and verify” approach towards neighboring Iranian regime’s nuclear program and race for regional supremacy.
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 8:21 AM | Stand For Israel
Elliott Abrams, National Security Advisor under former President George W. Bush, puts himself in the shoes of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and writes what he believes the leader of the Jewish State might be thinking. It’s a little confusing — Mr. Abrams is writing as though he is Mr. Netanyahu — but the result is a fascinating piece:
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Speaking at the UN General Assembly is like addressing a mixed crowd—half Nazis and half mummies. But the real audience outside got the point: Iran can’t have nukes, no way, no how. Dunno about Obama. Good meeting, hours long; he treats me better now than before his election, which is weird. The thought struck me that he knows these talks with Iran may fail, and if they do he’s gonna want me to hit Iran.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 8:07 AM | Stand For Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New York last night for a three-day visit to United States. While here, Netanyahu will address the United Nations General Assembly; he is likely to refute Iranian Prime Minister Hassan Rouhani’s remarks last week about Iran’s nuclear plan, or lackthereof. Photojournalist Edgar Asher writes:
Netanyahu has told all his ministers that they are not to comment publically about the Iranian issue while he is in the United States. As far as Israel is concerned Netanyahu has said that there are four ways that Iran can demonstrate to the world that it is not trying to become a nuclear power: Stop all uranium enrichment, transfer its stocks of enriched uranium out of the country, close down its uranium enrichment plant and stop developing a plutonium channel to a nuclear bomb.
Netanyahu will also hold talks with President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 10:57 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a ceremony on Mount Herzl to honor the 40-year anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, so named because it began with a surprise attack on the Holy Land in 1973 on Judaism’s holiest holiday.
As violence and instability continue in both Syria and Egypt, we use this anniversary as a reminder to pray for the security and safety of Israel. “May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” (Psalm 122:7)Comments (1) »
Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 1:15 PM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a class of IDF Naval Cadets at their graduation.
Speaking to the graduates at Haifa Naval Port, Netanyahu once again declared Israel’s right to defend herself, and warned that those who use weapons of mass destruction will have a high price to pay – and he specifically called out the Syrian regime.
Here are the PM’s remarks, from the MFA Newsletter:
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“Not far north of here, dozens and sometimes hundreds of innocent civilians are being slaughtered on a daily basis. Some of them have been killed with gas – chemical weapons. This is a serious crime, a crime against humanity. Now, it must be ensured that the Syrian regime will be disarmed of its chemical weapons and the world needs to make certain that those who use weapons of mass destruction will pay the price for it.
The message that Syria receives will be received in Iran. Today, the rule that has guided me in most of my actions as prime minister and which I adhere to very carefully, is perhaps more valid than ever: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If we are not for ourselves, who will be for us? We are for us. And the practical translation of this rule is that Israel will always be able to defend itself by itself against any threat. President Obama said this morning ‘Israel, can defend itself with overwhelming force’ and this is true. This is the basis of our security.”
Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 3:01 PM | Stand For Israel
Greetings from Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this Rosh Hashana. Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year!Comments (2) »
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 11:42 AM | Stand For Israel
“I won’t wait until it’s too late,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Bob Schieffer this weekend on “Face of the Nation.” The prime minister was referring to Iran and its pursuit for nuclear weaponry, specifically a nuclear bomb that could be used to attack Israel, or even the U.S. Check out the video above of Netanyahu on the CBS Sunday show to hear more straight talk from PM on Iran.Comments (30) »
Monday, July 15th, 2013 at 12:27 PM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, spreads around a good deal of criticism in this piece analyzing reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu has agreed to a request from Sec. of State John Kerry that Israel suspend what the U.S. calls “settlement building” – but what is, in fact, building in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
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But don’t expect anyone in the liberal Western media that treats Netanyahu like a piñata to give him credit for playing ball with Kerry’s hubristic effort to achieve a deal that has eluded all of his predecessors. Even worse, this very far-reaching concession is unlikely to coax the leaders of Fatah, let alone the Hamas terrorists who rule the independent state in all but name that exists in Gaza, to negotiate.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 9:41 AM | Stand For Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pauses to honor Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s Iron Lady, and fierce friend of Israel … “A woman of principle, of determination, of conviction, of strength, a woman of greatness.”Comments (5) »
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 12:30 PM | Stand For Israel