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Thousands march in Tel Aviv to protest against corruption and Netanyahu government

Thousands march in Tel Aviv to protest against corruption and Netanyahu governmentThousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office. Police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 10,000 and they followed last Saturday's demonstration, which was by far the largest of the recent weekly anti-corruption protests when an estimated 20,000 people participated. The protests have been sparked by corruption allegations against Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing. The four-term leader is suspected of involvement in two cases. The first involves receiving gifts from wealthy businessmen and the second involves negotiating a deal with a newspaper owner for better coverage in return for curbs on a rival daily. Israelis take part in a demonstration under the name "March of Shame" to protest against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  Credit: Jack Guez/AFP If charged, he would come under heavy pressure to resign or could call an election to test whether he still had a mandate to govern. Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party said in a Facebook post that the protest was a left-wing demonstration. It called on all Israelis to back their prime minister as he defends Israel against international criticism following U.S. President Donald Trump's acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "Instead of uniting with all the people behind Jerusalem and showing the world a unified front, the left cannot contain itself and it prefers to create division," part of the statement said. Over weeks of demonstrations, protesters have identified themselves as supporting both left- and right-wing parties. On Saturday they held banners reading: "Neither left, nor right (we demand) integrity," "We are fed up with corrupt (politicians)" and "Sweep the corrupt away."  



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Netanyahu to meet France's Macron on Lebanon crisis

Netanyahu to meet France's Macron on Lebanon crisisIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in early December for talks expected to include developments in Lebanon, Netanyahu’s office said on Sunday. In a phone call on Sunday, “President Macron updated Prime Minister Netanyahu with the measures he is taking in the crisis in Lebanon,” it said in a Hebrew-language statement.



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Netanyahu signals Gaza militant bodies to be bargaining chips

Netanyahu signals Gaza militant bodies to be bargaining chipsPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signalled Monday Israel would use the bodies of Palestinian militants as bargaining chips to retrieve the remains of soldiers believed held by Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Israel blew up a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into its territory last week, leaving at least 12 militants dead. On Sunday, Israel announced they were in possession of the bodies of five of them, members of the Islamic Jihad.



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Iran threat forcing Mideast-Israel alliances: Netanyahu

Iran threat forcing Mideast-Israel alliances: NetanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that the threat posed by Iran to its Middle Eastern neighbours was driving them into hitherto unthinkable alliances with the Jewish state. “Iran is devouring one nation after the other,” Netanyahu said at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs think-tank in London. “The good news is that the other guys are getting together with Israel as never before.



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Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on Iran

Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on IranIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, saying his country will not allow Iran to “establish itself militarily in Syria”. Both Russia and Iran, Israel’s main enemy, are backing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the civil war in neighbouring Syria.



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Sara Netanyahu undergoes lie detector test in bid to deflect fraud investigation 

Sara Netanyahu undergoes lie detector test in bid to deflect fraud investigation Sara Netanyahu, the wife of the Israeli Prime Minister, has undergone a lie-detector test in an attempt to deflect allegations she misused public funds.  Police are investigating her on fraud and breach of trust charges after the former caretaker of her official residence made claims she had told him to inflate the number of guests at dinners and to record their purpose as state instead of private in order to receive more money for them.  She has denied the charges. Avi Hadad, the owner of the company which conducted the test, said that, "upon examination of the test, we did not find in Mrs. Netanyahu's answers to the relevant questions any physiological responses which would indicate she is lying." Mrs Netanyahu is a divisive figure, and has been described as "one of the most unpopular people in Israel".  The results of private lie detector tests are not admissible in Israeli courts because they are not believed to be reliable.  The news of the test came amid reports on Israeli television that the attorney general was expected to indict her by September 10.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen  Yossi Cohen, her lawyer, told Israeli public radio that the decision to take the test was taken, "following the horrible mudslinging against her and after we heard that she is going to be put on trial". Her husband, Benjamin Netanyahu, is also under investigation in two corruption cases. The first relates to suspicion he received illegal gifts from wealthy supporters, and the second alleges that he attempted to improperly arrange favorable coverage from a daily newspaper in exchange for legislation that would have hurt its competitor.  He has been questioned in relation to both the cases. Close associates of his are also implicated in two other corruption investigations, though Mr Netanyahu is not directly suspected in them. The scandals resulting from accusations against him and his inner circle have raised questions about his political survival.  He denies all allegations of wrongdoing, and is not required to stand down unless convicted.



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Netanyahu denounces Iran 'threat' in Putin talks

Netanyahu denounces Iran 'threat' in Putin talksIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said Iran wielded growing influence in Syria that was a “threat” to his country as he met Russian President Vladimir Putin, a figure in the Syrian crisis. “Iran is putting in great efforts to fortify its presence in Syria. This is a threat for Israel, for the Middle East and, I believe, for the whole world,” Netanyahu said in remarks translated into Russian posted on the Kremlin’s website.



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Israel's Netanyahu confident German submarines deal will be signed

Israel's Netanyahu confident German submarines deal will be signedBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he believed that a $ 2 billion submarine deal with Germany will be signed after a police investigation into corruption allegations in the affair is completed. The German Defence Ministry and Israeli Foreign Ministry have declined to comment. “Matters will be cleared up and I believe the deal will go ahead,” Netanyahu said in Budapest in a briefing to Israeli reporters traveling with him on an Eastern European visit.



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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be regretting forcing his ministers to meet Donald Trump

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be regretting forcing his ministers to meet Donald TrumpThe Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to strong-arm reluctant members of his government into greeting Donald Trump at the airport – but several of them managed to embarrass him within minutes of the US president’s arrival. On learning that they would have to cancel existing work commitments to travel from Jerusalem and undergo lengthy security checks just to witness the event from the sidelines, several ministers reportedly told Mr Netanyahu in Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting they had decided not to attend. Shortly afterwards, his office issued instructions demanding the presence of all government ministers.



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Netanyahu tosses Hamas policy paper on Israel into waste bin

Netanyahu tosses Hamas policy paper on Israel into waste binBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday symbolically tossed into a bin a Hamas policy paper published last week that set out an apparent softening of the Palestinian Islamist group’s stance toward Israel. In a document issued last Monday, Hamas said it was dropping its longstanding call for Israel’s destruction, but said it still rejected the Jewish state’s right to exist and continued to back “armed struggle” against it. The Israeli government has said the document aimed to deceive the world that Hamas was becoming more moderate.



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