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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on September 13, 2021. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO

Alignment of Egyptian-Israeli interests apparent in meeting of leaders on key regional issues

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The Sept. 13 meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Sharm El-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula is a dramatic public encounter on Egyptian soil that signals a new alignment...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Aug. 18, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Bennett says he won’t sit down with Mahmoud Abbas, rules out Palestinian state

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday that for now, he has ruled out a meeting with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and the creation of a Palestinian state. “My perception is different than...
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Source: Kremlin.ru.

Report: US to freeze $130 million of Egyptian military aid over human-rights abuses

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The United States is withholding $130 million worth of military aid to Egypt in order to pressure it to improve human rights, said two sources, including a U.S. official, according to Reuters. The Biden administration decision...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Sharm El-Sheikh. Credit: GPO/Kobi Gideon.

Bennett meets with Egyptian President El-Sisi in Sinai

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Sharm El-Sheikh on Monday. According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, the two leaders discussed a series of topics,...
Head of the Yamina Party Naftali Bennett gives a press conference at the Knesset, June 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Conference of Presidents holds High Holiday call with Israeli prime minister

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was hosted in a virtual meeting by leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Friday morning in a half-hour conversation covering a number of...
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the White House in Washington DC, USA, August 27, 2021. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO

Flattery and empty promises won’t preserve an alliance

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The reviews at home were mixed for Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s first meeting with President Joe Biden. Many of those who despise Bennett’s right-wing principles thought he did a good job, while most...
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Knesset on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Lapid says Biden plan to reopen US Palestinian mission in Jerusalem a ‘bad idea’

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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday said Israel believes the U.S. plan to reopen its consulate in Jerusalem to service Palestinians is a “bad idea,” while arguing that the consulate could fracture the fragile...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on July 4, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett appoints new Shin Bet director

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday appointed R the new director of the Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet). R (55), a married father of three, currently serves as the Shin Bet’s deputy director. He...
U.S. President Joe Biden with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, on Aug. 27, 2021. Source: Embassy of Israel/Twitter.

Biden administration briefs Jewish leaders on Bennett meetings, foreign policy

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The Biden administration held a short telephone call with leaders of American Jewish organizations on Aug. 27, giving them a general outline of the meetings between U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister...
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A US visa waiver for Israelis? Doubtful.

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A visa waiver is a sign of deep friendship and trust between nations. The United States has waiver arrangements with about 40 countries, including some—like Chile or Brunei—that do not enjoy the same level...