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  • Daily Kickoff: Hillary talks to Malcolm | O’Malley learns Heschel | Obama’s favorite Iowa hotel

    18 hours ago

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    2016 WATCH: Hillary talks to Malcolm: "Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a telephone discussion with Malcolm Hoenlein... that she thinks “we need to all work together to return the...

  • Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

    19 hours ago

    President Barack Obama’s refusal to accept Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ostensible recommitment to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has watchers of the U.S.-Israel relationship wondering if the recent crisis is a mere speed bump or a sign of a...

  • Beyond the toxic rhetoric: Obama, Bibi and prospects for peace

    6 days ago

    President Barack Obama remains furious at Benjamin Netanyahu. He and many European leaders were counting on Israelis to get rid of an intractable "hawk" and replace him with Yitzak (Bougie) Herzog, the more flexible "dove.” With Bibi out of the way, the path would have been cleared...

  • Obama: Differences with Israel’s Netanyahu not personal

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace.

    Obama said it was hard to envision a path to a...

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  • Obama says two-state deal unlikely after Netanyahu’s comments

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that it was difficult to envision how a Palestinian state could be formed following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's negative comments during his recent re-election campaign.

    Netanyahu has sought to walk back comments made before the election campaign that a Palestinian state would not be established on his watch. Obama told a news conference that even after that "corrective," the prospects of a two-state deal appeared dim.

  • Daily Kickoff: MSNBC, Fox News, NPR interview Bibi | Boehner to visit Israel | and more

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    TOP TALKER: "Iran Talks Stall Over Ending of Sanctions" by Laurence Norman and Jay Solomon: "As deadline nears for nuclear agreement, Tehran wants U.N. sanctions lifted right away; U.S., Europeans...
  • Obama to Iran’s people: ‘Best opportunity in decades’ to pursue different future with U.S.

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama, in a message to Iran's people and leaders on Thursday, said this year represented the "best opportunity in decades" to pursue a different relationship between their two countries.

    Obama said nuclear talks between Iran and Western powers had made progress...

  • Obama, Netanyahu talk by phone after election spat

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, and the two leaders agreed to continue discussing the "difficult path forward" on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the White House said.

    "The president reaffirmed the United States' long-standing commitment to a two-state solution that results in a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and viable Palestine," the White House said in a statement.

  • U.S. rebukes Israel’s victorious Netanyahu on Mideast policy

    2 weeks ago

    The White House on Wednesday scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his re-election victory for abandoning his commitment to negotiate for a Palestinian state and for what it called "divisive" campaign rhetoric toward Israel’s minority Arab voters.

    Even as...

  • Closing in on nuclear deal, U.S. demands ‘tough choices’ from Iran

    2 weeks ago

    The United States and Iran inched closer to a political deal that would set the stage for a landmark nuclear agreement, but a U.S. official warned on Monday that Iran must make tough choices to allay fears about its atomic ambitions.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian...

  • Police swarm home in St Louis suburb after ‘ambush’ of 2 officers

    3 weeks ago

    The shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Mo., during a protest rally sparked an intense manhunt for suspects on Thursday and ratcheted up tensions in a city at the center of a national debate over race and policing.

    President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder...

  • Republicans warn Iran nuclear deal with Obama may not last

    3 weeks ago

    Republican U.S. senators warned Iran's leaders on Monday that any nuclear deal with President Barack Obama could last only as long as he remains in office, an unusual partisan intervention in foreign policy that could undermine delicate international talks with Tehran.

    The open...

  • U.S. official: Proposed agreement with Iran not limited to decade

    3 weeks ago

    The proposed nuclear agreement with Iran will not be limited to a decade, a senior U.S. official said.

    On Sunday, the unnamed official who briefed Israeli journalists by phone said the deal would include several phases and last for longer than a decade, according to Israeli media...

  • Where is Obama’s grand vision?

    By David Suissa

    March 5, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    For a man who got elected on grand visions and “hope” and “change,” President Barack Obama has brought little hope to the people of the Middle East.

    Obama’s first move was grand enough, when he reached out to Muslim and Arab leaders with an apologetic speech in Cairo. The...

  • Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL approval

    March 4, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    The Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

    The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of...

  • What will history tell us of Netanyahu’s speech?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 4, 2015 | 11:32 am

    On May 26, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson met with Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba Eban to discuss a great tension in the Middle East. Johnson repeated America’s warnings against an Israeli attack on Egypt. Eban restated Israel’s position: The international community would have to...

  • Netanyahu says U.S. must up the ante on Iran

    By Jared Sichel

    March 3, 2015 | 4:35 pm

    With every seat plus standing room filled in the House chamber on Capitol Hill on March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s highly anticipated and much-debated speech on a potential nuclear deal between the United States and Iran did not reveal new information about the...

  • Bibi, you’re no Moses

    By Rob Eshman

    March 3, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    So, he spoke.

    And while his rhetoric soared, his ideas sank.

    He gave us a thousand reasons why the deal whose details he may not know is a flawed one. He gave us not a single pragmatic better option.

    Not one.

    And life, they say, is not about what’s ideal. It’s about what’s...

  • Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

    March 3, 2015 | 1:56 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that paved the way to a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing the depth of a U.S.-Israeli rift.

    Delivering dueling messages...

  • Netanyahu’s speech to Congress gets mixed reception in Israel

    March 3, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made an argument that many Israelis support in warning Congress on Tuesday about a potential nuclear deal with Iran, but critics asked whether it was worth the widening rift with the White House.

    The address was broadcast live on...

  • Bibi to Congress: Don’t be suckers

    By David Suissa

    March 3, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    As I watched from the press gallery in Congress on Tuesday morning as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu let loose with a cry of the heart, one thought kept popping up: If Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is watching this, he must be very, very happy that he’s not...

  • Iran: Netanyahu speech to U.S. Congress on Tehran’s nuclear work ‘boring and repetitive’

    March 3, 2015 | 12:18 pm

    Iran on Tuesday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress on Tehran's nuclear programme as "boring and repetitive, the state news agency IRNA said.

    In his address, Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama against negotiating a nuclear...

  • Rabbi Mark Borovitz statement: ‘Netanyahu does not speak for the Jewish people!’

    March 3, 2015 | 12:06 pm

    Los Angeles, Calif. – While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out his case against the nuclear deal with Iran, Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T'Shuvah expressed disappointment regarding the timing of the speech and believes it was ultimately disrespectful to an ally.

    ...
  • Bibi’s speech to Congress: Watch out for the details

    By David Suissa

    March 2, 2015 | 6:17 pm

    Don’t let anyone tell you that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday is not important, or, as President Barack Obama put it on Monday, a “distraction.” It’s hardly that. It’s more like a piece of history.

    First, as the hour approaches, we’re...

  • Rice opposes AIPAC’s Iran agenda, Menendez opposes Rice

    By Jared Sichel

    March 2, 2015 | 6:03 pm

    National Security Advisor Susan Rice‘s speech on Monday may go down as the most contentious in recent memory at an AIPAC policy conference, during a historically tense period of the U.S.-Israel alliance.

    She began by heaping praise on Israel, saying some words in Hebrew and...

  • Obama, Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy

    March 2, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    United States President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy on Monday on the eve of Bibi’s hotly disputed address to Congress, underscoring the severity of U.S.-Israeli strains over the issue.

    Even as the two leaders...

  • Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

    March 2, 2015 | 2:35 pm

    Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday.

    Interviewed at the White House, Obama...

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s full speech to AIPAC

    March 2, 2015 | 11:11 am

    Thank you. Wow, 16,000 people. Anyone here from California? Florida? New York? Well, these are the easy ones. 

    How about Colorado? Indiana? I think I got it. Montana? Texas? You're here in record numbers. 

    You're here from coast to coast, from every part of this great land....

  • AIPAC wants to talk Iran, but it can’t get away from speechgate

    March 2, 2015 | 10:59 am

    For all its focus on Iran, AIPAC can’t seem to get away from the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending speech to Congress.

    Speaking to attendees Sunday at the launch of the largest-ever annual conference of the American Israel Public...

  • Netanyahu warns an Iran deal could threaten Israel’s existence

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    March 2, 2015 | 8:35 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Monday that the nuclear deal it is negotiating with Iran could threaten Israel's survival and insisted he had a "moral obligation" to speak up about deep differences with President Barack Obama on the issue.

    ...
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