Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu vs. Goldwater & Churchill: Why not victory?

By Moshe Phillips

The headline in Israel’s most influential daily newspaper stated “Netanyahu: Direct talks are only path to true Mideast peace” (see article) That headline really says it all. Netanyahu is not a political conservative. A conservative would proclaim that the “only path to true peace is victory.” It is remarkable that so many political conservatives in the U.S. continue to see Netanyahu as a conservative analogous to the American style!

In 1963 Senator Barry Goldwater, Mr. Conservative, wrote the book Why Not Victory? A fresh look at American policy. This was the follow-up to his ground-breaking The Conscience of a Conservative. Just look at the book title — for true conservatives it is axiomatic that there is no substitute for defeating evil.

Netanyahu no longer speaks of defeating Hamas and Hezbollah, let alone destroying Fatah.

Israel cuts UNESCO ties over designation of holy sites

Netanyahu to ask UN chief to rebuff PA’s unilateral statehood bid on NY trip; Arab League Sec.-Gen. says he wants the UN to lead peace process.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to meet United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon next week in New York and is likely to urge him not to support a Palestinian bid for unilateral statehood, government officials told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday night.

The meeting comes as tension continues to mount between Israel and the UN, whose bodies often single out Israel and accuse it of breaking international law.

On Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry suspended cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that relations with UNESCO would not be restored until it retracted its statement last week that two ancient biblical sites – the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb – were an integral part of the “occupied” Palestinian territories.

Ayalon said that the Palestinian Authority was behind the statement, which he added, was issued by the automatic Arab majority on the UNESCO board

Netanyahu heads home, still at odds with U.S.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Washington visit this week has failed to resolve his differences with the Obama Administration over the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Having twice delayed his departure as his team negotiated with U.S. officials over a set of confidence-building measures that Israel would offer the Palestinian leadership in order to coax them into talks being orchestrated by Washington, Netanyahu finally left town Wednesday night with no accord. Officials from the two sides are to continue negotiating on the issue in the coming days. Netanyahu’s visit, if anything, reinforced the idea that the current Israeli government is at odds with the U.S. over the question of settlements, East Jerusalem and how to achieve peace with the Palestinians.

Israel tests ‘secret weapon’

Netanyahu’s trip to Russia a diversion?

The mystery that surrounded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unannounced trip to Russia was created by the Israeli government in a calculation to divert attention from a secret weapons test, according to sources.