Update: Israeli PM calls vandals ‘wild anti-Semites’

Europe 02/19/19, 12:55

The Latest on events condemning anti-Semitism in France(all times local):6:15 p.m.Israel's prime minister is urging European leaders to speak out against anti-Semitism after what he called the "shocking vandalism" of Jewish graves in France.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office on Tuesday that "Eighty Jewish ...

Israeli leader hosts east European PMs after summit scrapped

Europe 02/19/19, 03:30

Israel's prime minister is meeting with his Slovakian counterpart in a first set of sit-downs with Eastern European leaders after a high-profile summit was cancelled over a rift with Poland.Benjamin Netanyahu was hosting Peter Pellegrini on Tuesday in Jerusalem and was also to meet Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and ...

Update: Poland pulls out of Israel meeting over comments

Europe 02/18/19, 05:43

The Latest on the dispute between Poland and Israel (all times local):11:35 a.m.Poland's prime minister says his country is not sending a delegation to a meeting in Jerusalem after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism from their mothers' milk."The developments mark ...

Poland may cancel visit to Israel amid new Holocaust spat

Europe 02/18/19, 04:08

A government official says Poland is considering pulling out altogether from a visit to Israel over a comment made by the acting Israeli foreign minister, the latest in a bitter new Holocaust spat between the two nations.Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki already pulled out of the meeting Monday and Tuesday ...

Uproar over Poland comments lingers for Israel’s Netanyahu

Europe 02/18/19, 01:14

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust looks to overshadow a summit of central European leaders this week in Israel.Poland's abrupt decision to downgrade its participation in the Visegrad conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday suddenly cast a pall over the gathering — the first ...

VOA Persian interviews Israel’s Netanyahu in Poland

World 02/16/19, 19:09

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was interviewed Saturday by VOA Persian at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, where he discussed Israel's outreach to Arab countries and the Iran nuclear deal, among other topics

Israeli leader’s trip to Poland beset by string of missteps

Europe 02/15/19, 10:30

A two-day security conference in Warsaw was supposed to be a crowning achievement for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stamping a seal on his long-held goal of pushing his behind-the-scenes ties with Arab leaders into the open. Instead, the publicity-seeking Israeli leader made one embarrassing misstep after another, distracting attention ...

Netanyahu misquoted on Holocaust in Poland, his office says

Europe 02/15/19, 05:53

The Israeli government says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was misquoted by a newspaper on the extremely sensitive issue of Polish behavior during the Holocaust.Netanyahu's office issued a statement Friday saying: "The Prime Minister's comments concerning Poland were misquoted by the Jerusalem Post, which quickly issued a correction clarifying that an ...

Israeli leader stranded in Poland after plane mishap

Europe 02/15/19, 03:17

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to spend the night in Warsaw after his plane was damaged shortly before takeoff.The prime minister and his entire entourage were on-board a chartered El Al plane early on Friday after a two-day visit to a high-profile security conference initiated by the U.S., ...

Israel’s Netanyahu denies agreeing to Holocaust distortion

Europe 02/14/19, 16:25

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied suggestions of going along with Holocaust historical revisionism in Poland.Netanyahu was asked Thursday in Warsaw about the issue by a reporter and replied: "Here I am saying Poles cooperated with the Nazis. I know the history and I don't whitewash it. I bring ...

Arab leaders play down Palestinian issue in leaked video

Europe 02/14/19, 14:45

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Thursday released a video of a closed meeting in which senior Gulf Arab officials play down the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, defend Israel's right to defend itself, and describe Iran as the greatest threat to regional peace.The video, bearing the insignia of Netanyahu's office, gave ...

Pence, Netanyahu honor Jewish WWII fighters in Warsaw

Europe 02/14/19, 09:25

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have paid their respects alongside the Polish premier to the Jewish insurgents who rose up against Nazi German forces in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943.Pence, Netanyahu and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland, all three leaders joined by ...

Pompeo says ‘confronting Iran’ key to Mideast peace

Europe 02/14/19, 02:55

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the world "can't achieve peace and security in the Middle East without confronting Iran."Pompeo spoke Thursday before the opening session of a Middle East security conference in Warsaw. Appearing next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pompeo says "pushing back" against Iran is ...

Who is excluded from conferences and summits and why?

Politics 02/13/19, 11:13

The exclusion of countries, peoples or individuals from high-profile summits and conferences often says much about the events themselves. As the Mideast conference in Poland convenes with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaping the narrative in Warsaw as part of ...

Israeli leader hopes summit brings Arab ties out in the open

Europe 02/13/19, 01:29

The Mideast conference in Poland starting Wednesday offers Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an opportunity to flaunt in public what he has long boasted about happening behind the scenes — his country's improved relations with Arab nations.Several Gulf dignitaries are expected to attend in a potential show of force against ...

Israel wants Dutch case against ex-army chief dropped

World 02/11/19, 10:37

The Israeli Justice Ministry on Monday said the government has asked a Dutch court to dismiss war crimes allegations against Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections.A Dutch-Palestinian man originally from the Gaza Strip is suing Gantz and Israel's former air force ...

Anyone but Bibi: In Israel, ex-general stirs hope of change

World 02/08/19, 07:55

Former military chief Benny Gantz has burst onto Israel's political scene as the great hope of the country's shrinking "peace camp" with a message that is anything but dovish. The retired general, who wants to topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April 9 elections, boasts of killing Palestinian militants and aligns ...

Netanyahu channeling Trump in Israel’s election campaign

World 02/07/19, 03:17

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks to be channeling his inner Donald Trump in an angry campaign against perceived domestic enemies, seeking re-election under a cloud of criminal investigations. Netanyahu's Likud party has plastered huge billboards of the two together and launched a Trump-like weekly webcast to counter what it calls ...

Israel’s Netanyahu takes aim at media in webcast

World 02/03/19, 09:58

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the launch of a new weekly webcast to "get rid of the fake from the news" ahead of national elections in April. In a video shared on social media Saturday, Netanyahu told a host that the webcast will "only cover the reality, and I ...

Israel leader scorned for wooing Holocaust-distorting allies

World 01/30/19, 01:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust.Lithuania is among a slew of former communist nations swept up in a wave of World War ...

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