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  • Schiff ponders the lure of the senate seat

    By Bill Boyarsky

    5 days ago

    Rep. Adam Schiff is facing hard choices these days. As an influential Jewish congressman, he must decide what to do about Iran, Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the same time, he is making a career-wrenching decision on running for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

    But...

  • Israeli officials deny report that Israel spied on U.S.-Iran talks

    6 days ago

    Israeli officials denied a report that Israel spied on closed-door talks held between the United States and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program.

    Israel provided the inside information to Republican members of Congress in order to turn them against the deal, The Wall Street...

  • Boehner to visit Israel this month

    1 week ago

    Republican John Boehner, House speaker and an ardent backer of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will visit Israel at the end of this month, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

    The visit will follow Netanyahu's surprise election victory this week and his speech to...

  • Obama: GOP senators in effective ‘coalition’ with Iran hard-liners

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said Republican senators who wrote Iran’s leaders to warn them that the United States might not always abide by a nuclear deal were effectively in a coalition with that country’s hard-liners.

    “I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress...

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  • In Israel, Netanyahu’s rival campaigns on U.S. Congress controversy

    By Simone Wilson

    March 4, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to the United States Congress regarding Iranian nuclear ambitions — one of the most talked-about, divisive and politicized events in the recent history of U.S.-Israel relations — has also become a key talking point for...

  • 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’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...

  • Congressman Sherman’s reaction to Netanyahu speech

    March 3, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a selected member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s escort Committee, released the following statement after Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to a joint meeting of...

  • Netanyahu speech to Congress full text

    March 3, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a controversial speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday where he urged the U.S. not to agree with Iran on a nuclear deal and compared Tehran to the Islamic State militant group. Netanyahu said a potential...

  • Israel will stand and 11 other comments on the speech

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 3, 2015 | 9:34 am

    1. The one liner

    “Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”

    A sad, sobering, frightening statement. I wonder if most Israelis agree with Netanyahu. I wonder if many of them are going to spend the night thinking about its chilling meaning.

     2. The speech

    It was...

  • Sen. Robert Menendez’s rock star moment at AIPAC

    March 3, 2015 | 8:58 am

    Sen. Robert Menendez hands down got the most enthusiastic reception of any speaker so far at AIPAC’s annual conference.

    I’d say you could barely hear the New Jersey Democrat on Monday night but for the whoops and shouts, except that Menendez has a preacher’s style and his rich...

  • 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: Congress should not ‘play spoiler’ in Iran nuclear talks

    March 2, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice warned U.S. lawmakers on Monday not to seek new sanctions against Iran while it is in talks with world powers on curbing its nuclear program, saying such intervention could ruin the diplomacy.

    "Congress has played a hugely important role...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Day 1 at AIPAC: Trusting Congress, expecting little from White House and anxious about Bibigate

    By Jared Sichel

    March 1, 2015 | 9:28 pm

    The marching orders to the reported 16,000 attendees were clear on the first day of this year’s AIPAC policy conference: push legislators to pass a proposed bill that would give Congress the right to approve or reject any nuclear agreement signed between the Obama administration...

  • Israeli official sees U.S. Congress as ‘last brake’ to stop Iran deal

    March 1, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    The U.S. Congress could be "the last brake" for stopping a nuclear deal with Iran, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the United States for a speech this week that has strained U.S.-Israeli relations.

    The official, who...

  • AIPAC emphasizes Iran talks at record-breaking conference

    March 1, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    AIPAC launched its largest-ever conference with a focus on the Iran nuclear talks.

    The legislative focus of the conference, which started Sunday with a record-breaking 16,000 activists in attendance, is two bills that seek increased congressional involvement in the nuclear talks...

  • Ex-Israeli military officials call on Netanyahu to cancel speech

    March 1, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    More than 180 Israeli former military and intelligence officials called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel his speech to the U.S. Congress.

    An alliance calling itself Commanders for Israel’s Security made the announcement on Sunday, hours after Netanyahu left for...

  • Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of some easing of tensions over Iran speech

    March 1, 2015 | 11:30 am

    The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

    Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm,...

  • Boehner defends Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress

    February 26, 2015 | 5:10 pm

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday challenged an assertion by the Obama administration that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about Iran's nuclear program would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations.

    "The president's...

  • How not to bomb Iran

    By Rob Eshman

    February 25, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    Oh, to be in Geneva right now, facing the Iranians across a long polished table in a quiet hotel room--  because everywhere else the debates over their nuclear ambitions are raging, and the anxiety, accusations and intrigue are exasperating. Never have so many weighed in on so much...

  • Kerry questions Netanyahu’s judgment as U.S.-Israel row deepens

    February 25, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    U.S. officials on Wednesday questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's judgment and said his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into U.S.-Israeli relations.

    In an escalation of hostile exchanges...

  • Hagee’s endgame is the endtimes; But what’s Bibi’s?

    February 25, 2015 | 2:11 pm

    As the controversy over Prime Minister Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to both houses of Congress continues to swirl unabated, one of the key players in the fight shouldn’t go unnoticed.  It’s televangelist John Hagee, senior pastor of the San Antonio-based Cornerstone megachurch, and...

  • Netanyahu declines Dems’ invitation for meeting during visit

    February 24, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week.

    "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein obtained by Reuters.

    Durbin and Feinstein had invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday.

  • Kerry appears to take swipe at Netanyahu over Iran nuclear talks

    February 24, 2015 | 11:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday appeared to take a swipe at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying critics of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran did not know what they were talking about.

    Speaking to senators, Kerry also said he expected to know soon whether...

  • Netanyahu’s main challenger to focus on his own security credentials

    February 24, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Battling Benjamin Netanyahu's accusations that he is soft on national security, the Israeli prime minister's main election rival said on Tuesday he would boost efforts to focus voters on his own military and strategic credentials.

    Isaac Herzog, who heads the center-left Zionist...

  • Senate Democrats invite Netanyahu to meeting during visit

    February 23, 2015 | 3:37 pm

    Two senior U.S. Senate Democrats invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators during his upcoming visit to Washington, warning that making U.S.-Israeli relations a partisan political issue could have "lasting...

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