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  • Netanyahu asks Kerry to help resume U.S. flights to Israel

    1 day ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday to help restore U.S. commercial flights to Israel that had been canceled over the Gaza fighting, an Israeli official said.

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a 24-hour...

  • Kerry urges Hamas to end conflict, has ‘constructive’ Egypt talks

    2 days ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas on Tuesday to pursue a negotiated end to its conflict with Israel after what he said were constructive talks with Egyptian officials about their cease-fire proposal.

    After meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose...

  • Focus on the tunnels, Kerry tells Netanyahu

    6 days ago

    Expressing concern about civilian casualties, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip should be a “precise” one, targeting Hamas tunnels.

    Kerry made the appeal during a telephone conversation late Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Kerry meets with Jewish leaders

    6 days ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting Friday with a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    The State Department on Friday posted the meeting on its schedule, noting that it is closed.

    Kerry on Thursday met with a delegation...

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  • Netanyahu: IDF preparing to increase ground activity in Gaza

    6 days ago

    The Israel Defense Forces is prepared to substantially expand its incursion into Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu made the announcement Friday during a cabinet meeting held at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

    “My instructions, and...

  • U.S. asks Israel to do more to protect Gaza civilians

    6 days ago

    The United States on Thursday called on Israel to do more to prevent Palestinian civilian casualties in its conflict with Hamas militants after four children were killed on a beach in the Gaza Strip.

    Even while stepping up U.S. pressure for Israeli restraint, State Department...

  • Gaza conflict sidelines Abbas, but U.S. still betting on Palestinian leader

    1 week ago

    Mahmoud Abbas has been sitting on the sidelines of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, with little influence over its outcome.

    But it hasn’t stopped U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry from consulting closely with the Palestinian Authority president throughout the...

  • Kerry: U.S. would consider extending Iran talks

    1 week ago

    The United States would consider an extension to a July 20 deadline for an Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    Kerry, speaking Tuesday in Vienna after meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, and representatives of other nuclear powers negotiating...

  • Kerry slam Hamas for ignoring cease-fire

    1 week ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ripped Hamas for ignoring a cease-fire call and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.

    “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a...

  • A week on, Gaza war takes on deadly routine despite calls for truce

    1 week ago

    Palestinian militants resumed rocket attacks on Tel Aviv on Monday after a 24-hour lull in strikes on the Israeli commercial capital, and Israel kept up its air and naval bombardments of the Gaza Strip despite growing international pressure for a ceasefire.

    The military said it...

  • U.S. calls on Israel, Palestinians to de-escalate Gaza tensions

    2 weeks ago

    The United States on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to de-escalate tensions in Gaza and expressed concern for the safety of civilians on both sides as Israel pressed a campaign of air strikes and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland.

    State Department...

  • Kerry, Netanyahu discuss investigation of Palestinian teen’s death

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an update on the investigation into the kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teen.

    U.S. officials in Israel also remain in close contact with the investigation, State Department spokeswoman...

  • Martin Indyk quits State Department, will continue to consult

    June 27, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Martin Indyk is resigning as the chief U.S. negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian peace, but will continue to consult on the matter, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    “I’m grateful for the wisdom and insight he’s brought to our collective efforts,” Kerry said in a statement.

    ...
  • Kerry and Lieberman meet in Paris on Iraq dilemma

    June 26, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, discussed the threat posed by an Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

    In their meeting Thursday in Paris, Kerry briefed Liberman on his trip to Iraq this week and asked the Israeli foreign minister for his...

  • Obama says U.S. ready to send advisers, conduct strikes in Iraq

    June 19, 2014 | 11:03 am

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States was ready to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and was prepared to make targeted strikes in the country to combat an extremist insurgency.

    Obama said American forces would not be returning to combat in Iraq. He said...

  • Netanyahu prepares the nation: Finding the teens will take time

    June 16, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Finding the three kidnapped teenagers will take more time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an address to the nation.

    “We are in the middle of a complex operation. We need to be prepared for the fact that it may take more time,” Netanyahu said Monday afternoon....

  • Kerry says U.S. to work with, monitor new Palestinian government

    June 4, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday the United States would work with the new Palestinian unity government "as we need to" but would be monitoring its commitment to continued cooperation with Israel.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a government of...

  • Key State Dept. official discusses Gross with Cuban counterpart

    May 20, 2014 | 10:35 am

    The top U.S. State Department official dealing with Latin America brought up the plight of Alan Gross in a rare meeting with her Cuban counterpart.

    Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, met in Washington last week with Josefina Vidal,...

  • Hillary Clinton in AJC address embraces Obama Middle East policies

    May 15, 2014 | 11:56 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton embraced the Obama administration’s second-term Middle East policies in an address to the American Jewish Committee.

    Clinton, in a major foreign policy address Wednesday coming as she nears a decision on whether to seek the presidency in 2016, outlined her...

  • Kerry, Abbas to meet in London on Thursday, U.S. says

    May 12, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet in London on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said, less than a month after a U.S. effort to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal collapsed.

    The focus of the talks is the U.S.-Palestinian...

  • Israel-PA peace process: Keep calm and carry on

    May 7, 2014 | 11:16 am

    After nine months of behind-the-scenes diplomacy, Secretary of State John Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative hit its deadline last week with few outward signs of progress. With the talks at an impasse, Kerry declared that the US would need to “pause” in its efforts to...

  • U.S. negotiators blame Israel for collapse of talks

    May 5, 2014 | 11:27 am

    U.S. negotiators said Israel’s settlement policy was the primary reason the peace talks failed.

    At least two officials speaking anonymously to Yediot Acharonot in a report May 2 by longtime senior correspondent Nahum Barnea said multiple factors were at play in last month’s...

  • Embassy distances itself from Danon attack on Kerry

    May 2, 2014 | 9:49 am

    Israel’s envoy to Washington rejected a charge by Israel’s deputy defense minister that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was attempting to “scare” Israelis into a peace deal.

    “Deputy Minister Danny Danon’s views of Secretary Kerry do not reflect the views of the Government of...

  • Israel, Palestinians at U.N. accuse each other of sabotaging peace

    April 29, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian envoys on Tuesday took advantage of a U.N. Security Council meeting on the Middle East to publicly blame each other for the latest breakdown in the fragile peace negotiations as the deadline for a deal expired.

    Robert Serry, the U.N. special coordinator...

  • Simon Wiesenthal on the ‘apartheid’ remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry

    April 29, 2014 | 9:53 am

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center is shocked by the reported statement made by U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, raising the specter that Israel is in danger of becoming an apartheid state if a two-state solution with the Palestinians is not reached.

    [Related: Kerry stands by...

  • Jewish Dems blast Kerry for ‘Apartheid’ remark

    April 29, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Jewish Democrats called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to apologize for warning that the failure to achieve a two-state solution could lead to apartheid.

    “We express our deep disappointment that the Secretary of State has chosen to invoke the specter of ‘apartheid’ in...

  • Kerry stands by record, wishes for ‘apartheid’ rewind

    April 29, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry defended his Israel record, but also agreed that his use of the word “apartheid” to describe the dangers of a failed peace process was not appropriate in a U.S. context.

    “I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a...

  • U.S. says will act ‘in days’ if no Russian action in Ukraine

    April 21, 2014 | 3:43 pm

    The United States government said on Monday it will decide "in days" on additional sanctions if Russia does not take steps to implement an agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine.

    In a telephone call with his Russian counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia to...

  • Anti-Semitic fliers in Ukraine: Who is responsible?

    April 17, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as "grotesque" on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities.

    Though purported authors of the flier described it as a crude attempt to...

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