Tag: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Germany delays official signing of sub deal over corruption investigation by Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Germany has delayed the official signing of an agreement to sell three new submarines to Israel over a corruption investigation into the multibillion-dollar deal.

The signing of the official memorandum of understanding for the sale had been scheduled for next week in Germany but has been postponed indefinitely, Ynet reported Tuesday.

Germany, which has committed to paying one-third of the deal, had already authorized the sale of the submarines made by the German company ThyssenKrupp to Israel. But a clause allows the agreement to be canceled if the investigation finds that it came about due to bribery…

Avi Gabbay, ‘Israel’s Macron,’ wants to lead Labor Party from the center

TEL AVIV (JTA) — He’s charismatic. He’s an outsider. And he’s a political centrist.

Some have hailed Avi Gabbay, the telecom exec who was elected Monday to lead the center-left Labor Party, as Israel’s version of French President Emmanuel Macron, the banker who recently swept to power with an outsider campaign.

“Like Macron, Gabbay brings hope,“ said Abraham Diskin, a political science professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “People are again saying: Here is a new medicine. The old medicine didn’t cure us.”

But Israel already has two charismatic, outsider centrists in national politics. Both Yair Lapid and Moshe Kahlon…

Netanyahu’s attorney one of 6 arrested in German sub corruption probe

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal attorney in a corruption investigation into the purchase of German submarines was placed under house arrest.

Police questioned David Shimron, 65, who is also a cousin and friend of Netanyahu, on Monday and placed him under house arrest for three days, it was announced Wednesday following the lifting of a gag order. He was among several people questioned this week, and at least six were arrested, in an investigation known as Case 3000.

Police suspect a series of crimes was committed surrounding the purchase of three submarines from the German company…

Trump’s lack of State Department appointments can hurt Israel, experts say

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Carmel Shama HaCohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, is second to none in his admiration for the Trump administration’s United Nations envoy, Nikki Haley. In fact, he’d like to clone her.

Shama HaCohen appreciated Haley’s efforts in trying to head off last week’s vote by UNESCO’s Heritage Committee naming Hebron’s Old City an endangered heritage site. And he believes the joint U.S.-Israeli bid to kill a resolution Israel saw as one-sided might have succeeded had a U.S. official of Haley’s caliber been onsite in Krakow, where the vote took place. (Haley conducted her efforts…

Israel will welcome ‘genuine cease-fire’ in Syria, Netanyahu says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will welcome a “genuine cease-fire” in Syria.

Netanyahu’s comments came Sunday as a cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia went into effect in southwest Syria, near the border with northern Israel’s Golan Heights.

“Israel will welcome a genuine cease-fire in Syria, but this cease-fire must not enable the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies in Syria in general and in southern Syria in particular,” Netanyahu said Sunday during the weekly Cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu said he had “had deep discussions about this last week with…