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  • Peres lauded in star-studded ceremony

    June 19, 2013 | 9:27 am

    World leaders praised and serenaded Israeli President Shimon Peres in honor of his upcoming 90th birthday.

    The prime-time birthday celebration Tuesday night marked the start of the fifth annual Israeli Presidential Conference. Two of every three Israeli television viewers tuned...

  • Israel Factor: 2016 Looks Like a Great Year

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 28, 2013 | 5:19 am

    A week ago we presented here a comparison between two lists of probable 2016 Presidential candidates and our Israel Factor list of desirable 2016 candidates. The idea was simple: both The Fix and Prez16 have lists of "candidates with the best chances" and we have our own list of...

  • Israel Factor: Clinton First, Paul Last on Chance-Desirability Combo

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 18, 2013 | 9:32 am

    I was looking at two lists of possible 2016 presidential contenders and their probable chances for success. Surely, making such projections at such an early stage is more sport than science (and maybe even more like gambling than an actual sport). But since we at the Israel Factor...

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

    December 30, 2012 | 5:54 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sent to the hospital on Sunday with a blood clot stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier this month and was being assessed by doctors, a State Department spokesman said.

    "In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary...

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  • What’s the Strategy?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 25, 2012 | 8:41 am

    A couple of years ago a private conversation between then French President Nicholas Sarkozy and President Obama was caught on a live mike. Sarkozy said I can't bare Netanyahu, he's such a liar." Obama responded: "You're fed up with him but I have to deal with him more than you do."...
  • Bus explodes in Tel Aviv in apparent terror attack; Hamas celebrates

    November 21, 2012 | 6:13 am

    A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 15 people in what Israeli officials said was a terrorist attack that could complicate efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

    Celebratory gunfire rang out across Gaza as the news spread and the...

  • Death, grief in Syrian village, U.S. cries “murder”

    July 13, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    Graphic scenes of grief and death in a Syrian village bore witness on Friday to a massacre President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents say was the work of his troops and militia allies, drawing words of outrage from the outside world.

    There was “indisputable evidence that the regime...

  • Senators chide Clinton on Israel’s exclusion from counterterrorism forum

    June 13, 2012 | 10:17 am

    U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Mark Kirk have written a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing their disappointment with Israel’s exclusion from the inaugural meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

    In the letter, Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Mark...

  • Clinton: Russia shipping attack choppers to Syria

    June 12, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    The United States charged Russia with delivering attack helicopters to Syria.

    “We have confronted the Russians about stopping their continued arms shipments to Syria,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday at an appearance with Israeli President Shimon Peres. “We are...

  • Weekend tidbits, 12.17.11: Jewish vote wars

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    On Thursday, the “Emergency Committee for Israel” took out ads in major U.S. newspapers questioning Obama’s record on Israel. The ads accused the Obama administration of treating Israel “like a punching bag,” and quoted “cheap shots” made by U.S. officials about the...

  • Clinton says Gingrich remarks on ‘invented people’ not helpful

    December 15, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Newt Gingrich’s remarks about the Palestinians being an “invented” nation were not helpful.

    Clinton was asked at a forum Wednesday on trade innovation whether she thought Gingrich’s comments, made last week during a Republican...

  • Three short questions on the Obama team and Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 4, 2011 | 8:03 am

    1.

    One should wonder: Do they want to make peace with Israel and consequently with pro-Israel voters? If so, why do they keep giving ammunition to all those arguing that the Obama administration is only mending its differences with Israel for electoral reasons? Why do they send...

  • Clinton: Israeli settlement move counter-productive

    September 27, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    Israel’s decision to build 1,100 settlement homes on West Bank land is counter-productive to reviving peace talks with the Palestinians, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

    The decision appears to make it even less likely that the two sides will answer a call on...

  • Israel will not apologize to Turkey, despite Clinton request

    August 17, 2011 | 8:43 am

    Israel will hold fast to its decision not to apologize to Turkey for its raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla ship, despite a direct request from the United States, Israeli officials reportedly said.

    Israeli media are citing unnamed Israeli officials as saying that Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Reps urge Clinton to protect U.S. citizens on Gaza flotilla

    June 27, 2011 | 5:53 pm

    Six Democratic lawmakers urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ensure the safety of the American citizens who join the Gaza flotilla.

    U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), William Clay (D-Mo.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.) and...

  • Palestinian incitement letter garners 27 senators

    March 30, 2011 | 10:06 am

    A bipartisan slate of 27 U.S. senators signed on to a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to press the Palestinian Authority to address incitement.

    The letter, sent Tuesday but initiated two weeks ago by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.),...

  • U.S. condemns Syria’s ‘brutal repression’ of protesters

    March 29, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the Syrian government on Tuesday for the harsh way it had responded to pro-democracy protests, while the State Department spokesman said Syria must make more progress on reforms.

    “In a series of side meetings I also had the chance to...

  • Clinton: U.S. not ready to intervene in Syria

    March 28, 2011 | 8:47 am

    The United States is not ready to send troops to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    “Certainly we deplore the violence in Syria,” Clinton said during an interview on the “Face the Nation” program on CBS Television that aired Sunday. “We call—as we have on...

  • Clinton: Egypt will keep the peace with Israel

    March 16, 2011 | 4:30 pm

    Egypt’s foreign policy will change, but it has an interest in sustaining its peace accords with Israel, Hillary Rodham Clinton said. 

    “I think there will be different decisions” on foreign policy, the U.S. secretary of state told NPR on Wednesday after she toured Egypt. It was...

  • Wikileaks cable: Netanyahu’s patience with Abbas has ‘run out’

    December 20, 2010 | 3:20 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s patience with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has “run out,” a WikiLeaks cable leaked on Monday revealed.

    In a “secret” December 2009 cable dispatched to Washington from the embassy in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu’s senior policy aide Ron Dermer is...

  • Barak: Final status talks within months

    December 14, 2010 | 9:52 am

    After meeting with U.S. leaders, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak predicted that comprehensive talks with the Palestinians on all final status issues would begin within months.

    “We will have a serious discussion in coming months on security, borders, Jerusalem and refugees,”...

  • Gross marks year in Cuban jail

    December 3, 2010 | 10:47 am

    Alan Gross, a contractor that the U.S. State Department says was assisting Cuban Jews, marked a year in a Cuban jail.

    Cuban authorities detained Gross on Dec, 3 2009 on his way out of the country.

    Gross’ family and State Department officials says he was in the country on a U.S....

  • U.S. trying to help Israel fight fire

    December 3, 2010 | 10:43 am

    The Obama administration is seeking ways to assist Israel in combating its forest fires, while New York sent Israel a shipment of fire retardant.

    A 747 loaded with Fire Troll 931, a fire retardant chemical, left New York Thursday night bound for Israel. The shipment was arranged by...

  • Poll: Most Palestinians support direct negotiations with Israel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 19, 2010 | 11:28 am

    A poll of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza conducted last month by a research firm for the Israel Project, a nonprofit education organization, found that a majority of Palestinians support direct peace negotiations with Israel and a two-state solution to the conflict.

    Only 30...

  • Netanyahu’s office: Clinton talks did not include E. Jerusalem

    November 17, 2010 | 9:09 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s discussions with the Obama administration for a new freeze on settlement building did not include extending the freeze to eastern Jerusalem, his office said.

    The Obama administration reportedly also is unwilling to commit to a promise not to seek...

  • U.S.: One year may not be enough to achieve Mideast peace

    November 15, 2010 | 4:59 pm

    Mideast peace talks may not reach fruition before their initial September 2011 deadline, a U.S. State Department official said on Monday, citing recent negotiations deadlock over Israel’s refusal to extend its moratorium on settlement building as one reason for the delay.

    Speaking...

  • Netanyahu updates Cabinet on U.S. settlement freeze proposal

    November 14, 2010 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present to his Cabinet an American proposal to convince Israel to again freeze settlement construction in an effort to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

    Netanyahu updated the Cabinet on the American offer Sunday during its...

  • After electoral ‘shellacking,’ Obama ‘unwavering’ on peace

    November 5, 2010 | 10:15 am

    President Obama’s commitment to Middle East peace talks is “unwavering,” even after crushing midterm elections, a top aide said.

    “The president has made it very clear that he is committed to doing whatever he can to foster talks in the Middle East – that’s...

  • Clinton, Syrian FM discuss Israel-Syria talks

    September 28, 2010 | 10:46 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton met with the Syrian foreign minister and discussed reviving Israeli-Syrian peace talks.

    The U.S. secretary of state met with Walid Muallem on the sidelines of the launching of this year’s U.N. General Assembly, the signature annual event that brings together...

  • Meeting again with Jewish leaders, Abbas broaches substance

    September 22, 2010 | 4:09 pm

    For Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Jewish leaders, their second date featured a little more substance and a little less flirtation. And this time the Palestinian Authority president brought a wing man.

    Abbas and his prime minister, Salam Fayyad, met separately Tuesday evening with Jewish...

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