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Benjamin Netanyahu to Skip Nelson Mandela Memorial Due to Cost

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to skip Nelson Mandela’s memorial due to cost reasons – (Reuters)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to skip the memorial for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela because the trip to South Africa and security arrangements are considered too expensive.

The Israeli media have cited officials from Netanyahu’s office as saying that the prime minister will be unable to attend Mandela’s public memorial in Johannesburg owing to “financial and logistic outlay”.

However, there has been no official statement on Netanyahu’s non-attendance as yet.

Netanyahu,who hailed Mandelaas”a man of vision and a freedom fighter who disavowed violence”, had earlier informed South African authorities that he would attend the memorial at the FNB football stadium on the outskirts of Johannesburg onTuesday (10 December).

Netanyahu has been in the spotlight in recent times over his expenses. It was earlier revealed that nearly $23,000 (14,000) of public money had been spent on filling water for Netanyahu’s swimming pool as well as 1,000 for scented candles.

It is unclear who will represent Israel at the memorial, but President Shimon Peres is expected to replace Netanyahu.

So far, more than50 heads of governmentsacross the world have said they are either attending the public memorial or the state funeral.

US President Barack Obama and all living former American presidents, along with 26 members of Congress, are likely to travel to South Africa for the memorial.

The list includes UN Chief Ban Ki-moon, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and Cuban President Raul Castro.

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Israel vows to keep building settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue ‘developing’ settlements following reports of US pressure ahead of a fresh round of Palestinian prisoner releases due later this month.

‘We will not stop, even for a moment, building our country and becoming stronger, and developing … the settlement enterprise,’ he said in remarks on Wednesday to his rightwing Likud faction, which were broadcast on army radio on Thursday.

Netanyahu’s comments came as US Secretary of State John Kerry fights for the survival of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which were launched in late July but have been severely strained by Israel’s persistent settlement drive.

Late on Wednesday, the Haaretz news website reported that Kerry and other senior US officials had urged Netanyahu and his cabinet ‘to exercise maximum restraint in announcing new construction’, in tandem with the release on December 29 of 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners.

Two previous rounds of prisoner releases in August and October have been accompanied by Israeli announcements of fresh construction on land the Palestinians want for a future state, sparking deep anger in Ramallah.

But in his remarks on Wednesday, Netanyahu appeared to rebuff any pressure from Washington, blaming the absence of any peace agreement on the Palestinians’ refusal to recognise Israel as the Jewish state.

‘I know that people keep telling us that there is no peace because of the settlements, because of our presence in Judaea and Samaria and it’s not true,’ the premier said, using the biblical term for the West Bank.

‘There is no peace because of the ongoing opposition to the existence of a national Jewish homeland within any borders, and we have the right to a state just like any other people.’

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Benjamin Netanyahu to Skip Nelson Mandela Memorial Due to Cost

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to skip Nelson Mandela’s memorial due to cost reasons – (Reuters) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to skip the memorial for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela because the trip to South Africa and security arrangements are considered too expensive. The Israeli media have cited officials from Netanyahu’s office as saying that the prime minister will be unable to attend Mandela’s public memorial in Johannesburg owing to “financial and logistic outlay”. However, there has been no official statement on Netanyahu’s non-attendance as yet. Netanyahu,who hailed Mandelaas”a man of vision and a freedom fighter who disavowed violence”, had earlier informed South African authorities that he would attend the memorial at the FNB football stadium on the outskirts of Johannesburg onTuesday (10 December). Netanyahu has been in the spotlight in recent times over his expenses. It was earlier revealed that nearly $23,000 (14,000) of public money had been spent on filling water for Netanyahu’s swimming pool as well as 1,000 for scented candles. It is unclear who will represent Israel at the memorial, but President Shimon Peres is expected to replace Netanyahu. So far, more than50 heads of governmentsacross the world have said they are either attending the public memorial or the state funeral. US President Barack Obama and all living former American presidents, along with 26 members of Congress, are likely to travel to South Africa for the memorial. The list includes UN Chief Ban Ki-moon, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and Cuban President Raul Castro.

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Israel vows to keep building settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue ‘developing’ settlements following reports of US pressure ahead of a fresh round of Palestinian prisoner releases due later this month. ‘We will not stop, even for a moment, building our country and becoming stronger, and developing … the settlement enterprise,’ he said in remarks on Wednesday to his rightwing Likud faction, which were broadcast on army radio on Thursday. Netanyahu’s comments came as US Secretary of State John Kerry fights for the survival of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which were launched in late July but have been severely strained by Israel’s persistent settlement drive. Late on Wednesday, the Haaretz news website reported that Kerry and other senior US officials had urged Netanyahu and his cabinet ‘to exercise maximum restraint in announcing new construction’, in tandem with the release on December 29 of 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners. Two previous rounds of prisoner releases in August and October have been accompanied by Israeli announcements of fresh construction on land the Palestinians want for a future state, sparking deep anger in Ramallah. But in his remarks on Wednesday, Netanyahu appeared to rebuff any pressure from Washington, blaming the absence of any peace agreement on the Palestinians’ refusal to recognise Israel as the Jewish state. ‘I know that people keep telling us that there is no peace because of the settlements, because of our presence in Judaea and Samaria and it’s not true,’ the premier said, using the biblical term for the West Bank. ‘There is no peace because of the ongoing opposition to the existence of a national Jewish homeland within any borders, and we have the right to a state just like any other people.’

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