Tag: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Law on Holocaust rhetoric unconstitutional, Polish attorney general says

(JTA) — The Polish attorney general’s office described as partly unconstitutional a law passed last month that criminalizes blaming Poland for Nazi crimes.

Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro published a statement on the law Thursday. The nonbinding opinion has no immediate legal consequences, but may be taken into account by the Constitutional Court in reviewing the law.

The legislation, which was enacted earlier this month, imposes fines or up to three years in jail on anyone who ascribes “responsibility or co-responsibility to the Polish nation or state for crimes committed by the German Third Reich.”

The attorney generel’s office published…

Netanyahu reaches compromise with coalition partners to avoid early elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition has reached an agreement to prevent early elections.

The deal was reached on Tuesday evening, ahead of a possible call by the opposition for a vote to dissolve the government and go to snap elections in three months.

Under the deal, according to the Israeli media, the military exemption bill that allows haredi yeshiva students to avoid mandatory conscription will have a preliminary vote in the Knesset later the same evening. The two remaining votes will be held following the parliament’s spring recess, which begins Thursday and allows time…

Netanyahu says solution may not include ‘full sovereignty’ for Palestinians

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to say whether he now believes in a two-state solution, saying it was up to the Palestinians to prove that a sovereign state would not threaten Israel.

“I want a solution where they have all the power they need to govern themselves but none of the powers to threaten,” Netanyahu said Wednesday, addressing The Economic Club of Washington. “Does that comport with full sovereignty? I don’t know, but it’s what we need to live.”

Netanyahu’s conditions for a final status deal have not changed: He said as he…

In Israel, Netanyahu is embattled. At AIPAC, he was at home.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is mired in several corruption scandals back home, and his political future seems increasingly under threat.

But you wouldn’t know it from his speech Tuesday at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee: He looked energized and right at home.

His address to the crowd of 18,000 played more like a pep rally than a policy address. Netanyahu largely stuck to his standard talking points — celebrating Israeli innovation, confronting Iran, criticizing the Palestinian Authority.

But he was upbeat and relaxed while doing it. He grinned, laughed, joked,…

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman decries J Street’s motto as ‘blasphemous’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, decried the phrase “pro-Israel, pro-peace” — a motto closely associated with J Street — as “blasphemous.”

“Pro-Israel and pro-peace sounds like a completely reasonable position,” Friedman said Tuesday addressing the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “My friends, it is not. Using that praise plainly implies that there are people who are pro-Israel and anti-peace.”

Friedman, formerly a lawyer for President Donald Trump, came under fire during his nomination process for having attacked liberal Jews, including his claim that J Street, the liberal…