Israel urges Netanyahu return gifts; he denies keeping them

Israel’s prime minister’s office has urged former premier Benjamin Netanyahu to return dozens of expensive gifts he received while serving in the nation’s top job. The request, confirmed Monday by the office of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, came as Netanyahu reportedly vacationed on a private island in Hawaii almost wholly owned by billionaire Larry Ellison. … Read more

Hundreds of Gazans protest blockade along Israeli frontier

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered along the separation fence with Israel, setting tires on fire and throwing explosives as Gaza’s Hamas rulers pressed ahead with a campaign aimed at pressuring Israel to ease a stifling blockade of the territory. One protester was moderately wounded by Israeli gunfire. It was the second consecutive nighttime border protest and … Read more

Biden to Israeli PM: U.S. has options if Iran nuclear diplomacy fails

President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in White House talks on Friday that he was putting “diplomacy first” to try to rein in Iran’s nuclear program but that if negotiations fail he would be prepared to turn to other unspecified options. After a one-day delay due to a deadly suicide bombing in … Read more

In shadow of Afghan attack, Biden and Israeli PM seek to narrow differences on Iran

President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett searched for common ground on Iran at their first White House meeting on Friday, even as the US leader grappled with the aftermath of a deadly suicide bombing in Kabul during a chaotic US evacuation from Afghanistan. After a one-day delay due to the Islamic State … Read more

PM Bennett says Israel will respond to Iranian attack in its ‘own way’; Tehran denies involvement

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday blamed Iran for a deadly drone attack on an Israeli-operated oil tanker off the coast of Oman, saying Tehran has made a “serious mistake” and Tel Aviv will convey this message in its “own way”. Bennett’s veiled threat to retaliate comes hours after Iran denied its involvement in … Read more