With PM Netanyahu’s breakthrough diplomatic achievements with Abu Dhabi and Oman under its belt, Israel’s gov’t is now looking to normalize an open relationship with Saudi Arabia.
By Ryan Jones
For decades it has been assumed that Israel must bend over backwards in order to convince the Arab world to make peace with it. Israeli concessions and “goodwill gestures” were always the order of the day when it came to negotiations, be they with the Palestinians, or other Arab neighbors.
But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has in recent years demonstrated that the above formula is not the only way forward. Continue Reading »
Unlike many of the Western European countries, India does not engage in “megaphone diplomacy,” rather it deals with issues quietly, behind the scenes, not in the full glare of camera lights, and not hypocritically lecturing others in public.
By HERB KEINON
Narendra Modi, who departed Israel on Thursday after being the first-ever Indian prime minister to visit, spent 49 hours in the country, participated in more than a dozen events, and spoke publicly five times.
And never once did he publicly utter the word “Palestinians.”
Modi and Netanyahu wading on the beach. – Photo- KOBI GIDEON/GPO
There are many reasons why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must have hated to see the departure of his Indian counterpart, the leader of the world’s largest democracy with whom he waded barefoot into the Mediterranean on Thursday. Continue Reading »
With the intentions of supporting each other in world forums and on the war on terror, Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director General met with Guinea’s president to finalize ambassadorial appointments, a formality not undertaken since Guinea cut ties with Israel in 1967.
By Shlomo Cesana
Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold met with Guinean President Alpha Conde and 10 of his ministers, including the foreign, defense, finance, energy, and development ministers, in the West African country’s capital of Conakry on Monday.
During the meeting, they finalized the process of appointing mutual ambassadors with government officials.
The meeting also focused on the war on terror and the two countries’ commitments to support each other in international forums. Continue Reading »
In a bi-lateral agreement signed in Paris, the sub-Saharan Muslim state of Guinea commenced diplomatic relations with Israel on Wednesday after severing ties in 1967.
Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold and the secretary of the Guinean president signed an official agreement establishing diplomatic ties on Wednesday evening in Paris.
Foreign Ministry Chairman Dore Gold opened relations with the African nation of Guinea
The Republic of Guinea, a Muslim country in sub-Saharan West Africa, used to be a territory within French West Africa. The state was established in 1958 after it gained independence from France. Continue Reading »
Except for kick-starting the French initiative, which has of yet yielded any significant difference, the Palestinian leadership is experiencing a number of setbacks with a few of its international partners.
By ADAM RASGON
Since the failure of the latest round of peace talks in May 2014, the Palestinian leadership has renewed its international strategy to achieve statehood. Its efforts have focused on joining international institutions such as the International Criminal Court and gaining support abroad for its political positions. While the Palestinian leadership has achieved some successes, such as kick-starting the French initiative, more recently it has experienced a number of setbacks with its international partners. Continue Reading »
Touring Ashkelon with Norwegian counterpart, FM Lieberman says Israel doesn’t need to control Gaza or build Jewish settlements, just eliminate Hamas.
By Itay Blumental, Attila Somfalvi
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende were forced to run for cover Wednesday, when a rocket fired by Gaza militants struck a building in Ashkelon during their visit to the city.
Borge (left) and Lieberman tour Ashkelon – Photo: Yaron Sharon
Lieberman had taken his Scandinavian counterpart to the city, which has been battered by rockets from Gaza, and the two top diplomats ran when the siren sounded. No one was hurt in the attack. Continue Reading »
During a ceremony when President Peres received Letters of Credence from 4 new ambassadors, the Micronesian envoy gushed with love & praise for Israel.
By Yossi Aloni
New ambassadors from Hungary, Serbia Turkmenistan and the tiny island nation of Micronesia recently submitted their credentials to President Shimon Peres at an official ceremony in Jerusalem.
Ambassador Asterio R. Takesy from Micronesia presents credentials to Israel’s President Shimon Peres – Photo: Mark Neiman/GPO
In light of the special frienship that has blossomed between Israel and Micronesia – which has a strong record of voting in favor of the Jewish state at the United Nations – Ambassador Asterio R. Continue Reading »
After Israeli envoys in Europe were called to explain new settlement construction, Netanyahu quips, ‘When did the EU summon the Palestinian ambassadors over their incitement calls for Israel’s destruction?’
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Thursday for summoning envoys over recently unveiled plans for some 1,800 new homes for Jews in the ancient Jewish capital of Jerusalem, and the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.
“This is hypocrisy. The EU calls our ambassadors in because of the construction of a few houses? When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors about incitement that calls for Israel’s destruction?” Netanyahu asked foreign correspondents at his annual new year reception. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Daily Yedioth Ahronoth, reveals Israeli Prime Minister, Palestinian President have been engaging in back-channel dialogue through their perspective representatives in London for several years now.
By Nahum Barnea
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have been maintaining a secret channel of talks for several years now, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.
Netanyahu and Abbas. Informal dialogue – Archive photo: Reuters
Attorney Yitzhak Molcho, Netanyahu’s confidant, has been traveling to London from time to time and meeting with one of Abbas’ associates. This back-channel diplomacy includes an exchange of messages and ideas and is aimed at solving problems troubling both sides. Continue Reading »
The Egyptian government intensified its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday, formally listing the group as a terrorist organization after accusing it of carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a police station that killed 16 people.
The Brotherhood on Tuesday condemned the attack in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, north of Cairo. Earlier on Wednesday, a Sinai-based Islamist group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the attack that also wounded some 140 people. Continue Reading »