Israel: Now and Then

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) — USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) became the first aircraft carrier in 17 years to visit Haifa, Israel, July 1, and one man happens to have been on both port visits.Lt. Otis Osei served aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) during its 1997 deployment, during which the ship visited Haifa. Except for one visit by USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in 2000, no carrier would visit the Israeli port until GHWB in 2017.“The last time I was there, Haifa was not very developed,” said Osei, GHWB’s nurse anesthetist in the medical department. … [Continue reading]

Israeli Prime Minister Visits GHWB

HAIFA, Israel (NNS) — The staff and crew embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (GHWB) had the distinct pleasure of hosting its first foreign head of state for a ship visit, July 3.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with his wife Sara and son Yair, came aboard the carrier to visit with senior leadership and tour the ship while it was anchored off the coast of Haifa for a scheduled port visit.Other distinguished visitors included Minister of Transportation His Excellency Yisrael Katz; Deputy Chief of Defense Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi; Mayor Yona … [Continue reading]

PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Photo by GPO    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, made the following remarks: "Israel is a democracy, the only true democracy in the Middle East, and as such we have special ties with the democratic world. Over the weekend I met with many leaders from the democracies of Europe, from Full Article … [Continue reading]

PM Netanyahu’s Statement on Board the USS George H.W. Bush

Photo by Haim Zah, GPO      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the coast of Haifa, made the following remarks on board the USS George H.W. Bush: "Thank you very much, Ambassador Friedman, a proud American and a great champion of the America-Israel alliance. I want to thank too the Commander of US Naval Forces Europe, Full Article … [Continue reading]

PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Fourth of July Celebration at US Ambassador David Friedman’s Residence


Photo by Kobi Gideon, GPO      "Ambassador Friedman and Mrs. Freidman, David, Tammy, Sara and I are so delighted to be with you and all the distinguished guests who are here. I have to tell you, David, your Hebrew is very … [Continue reading]

Government Decision on the Conversion Issue


The Government of Israel and the appellants have decided to contact the High Court of Justice and request a stay on its decision on the conversion issue in order to allow six months for the team that will be appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin … [Continue reading]

PM Netanyahu’s Remarks Upon Boarding a Plane to Stasbourg to Attend the Funeral of Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl


Photo by Kobi Gideon, GPO       Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks upon boarding a plane for Strasbourg where he will attend the funeral of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl: "I am now leaving for … [Continue reading]

PM Netanyahu Statement on Today’s IDF Action


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released the following statement: "In today’s IDF action we reiterated our policy: We are not prepared to accept any spillover or trickle of fire from any front whatsoever. We will respond strongly to any … [Continue reading]