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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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Netanyahu says Israel committed to treating Syrian war wounded

Netanyahu says Israel committed to treating Syrian war woundedPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel remained committed to treating war wounded from Syria and reaffirmed his support for last week’s US air strike in the neighbouring country. In comments at the start of a cabinet meeting, Netanyahu did not specify whether those injured in last week’s suspected chemical attack in Syria would be among those treated in Israel. Israel has treated more than 3,000 war wounded from Syria in what it describes as a humanitarian gesture.



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The Latest: Netanyahu welcomes US attack on Syria base

The Latest: Netanyahu welcomes US attack on Syria baseBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local):



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As part of Asia pivot, Netanyahu pushes Israeli hi-tech in China

As part of Asia pivot, Netanyahu pushes Israeli hi-tech in ChinaBy Yuval Ben-David and Michael Martina JERUSALEM/BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s economy may be 35 times larger than Israel’s, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping to use that to advantage during a three-day visit to Beijing as he looks to reorient Israel’s economy towards Asia over Europe and the United States. A week after U.S. chip giant Intel agreed to buy Israeli technology firm Mobileye for $ 15.3 billion, Netanyahu wants to enlarge Israel’s high-tech presence in China while encouraging further Chinese investment in Israel, where infrastructure and construction projects are growing apace.



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Netanyahu: Syria raids targeted 'advanced' Hezbollah arms

Netanyahu: Syria raids targeted 'advanced' Hezbollah armsIsraeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria early Friday, prompting retaliatory missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and that the Jewish State would do the same again if necessary. Syria’s military said it had downed an Israeli plane and hit another as they were carrying out pre-dawn strikes near the famed desert city of Palmyra that it recaptured from jihadists this month.



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