Obama visit could see three or four-way summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama could hold a three-way summit during the US president’s upcoming visit, Israel’s deputy foreign minister said on Saturday. “During the visit of President Obama, a three-way summit could take place or even four-way with King Abdullah II of Jordan,”

Israeli exit polls: Netanyahu did far worse than expected

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu performed far worse than expected in Israel’s national elections on Tuesday, according to exit polls, and while he remained likely to serve a third term, a surprise surge by a new centrist party indicated that he would be under pressure to form a more moderate governing coalition.

Hagel Nomination is causing jitters in Israel

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next U.S. secretary of defense is causing jitters in Israel, where some circles view the former Nebraska senator as unsympathetic or even hostile. Hagel’s positions on Israel’s two most pressing foreign policy issues

Israeli FM resigns over fraud and breach of trust charges

Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, has said he was resigning after being charged with fraud and breach of trust, Reuters news agency has reported. Lieberman made the announcement on Friday a day after being charged with fraud and breach of trust for promoting an ambassador.

Obama has now freer hand to press Palestinian state issue

If there’s anyone more sorry about Obama’s victory than Mitt Romney then it’s probably the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. After four years of an increasingly testy relationship, which has seen unusual political friction between the White House and an Israeli government, Obama is now less constrained