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  • 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...

  • U.S., France ‘on same page’ over Iran, want stronger deal

    3 weeks ago

    The United States and France sought on Saturday to play down any disagreements over nuclear talks with Iran, saying they both agreed the accord now under discussion needed to be strengthened.

    "We are on the same page," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after talks...

  • Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region.

    Convincing Saudi Arabia to...

  • Iran calls Obama’s 10-year nuclear demand ‘unacceptable’

    3 weeks ago

    Iran rejected on Tuesday as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.

    Iran laid out the position as the U.S. and...

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  • Kerry decries Human Rights Council’s ‘obsession’ with Israel

    March 2, 2015 | 8:53 am

    There is an “unbalanced focus” on Israel by the United Nations Human Rights Council, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told its members.

    “No one in this room can deny that there is an unbalanced focus on one democratic country,” Kerry said in an address to the council on Monday...

  • Kerry cautions Israel not to undercut Iran diplomacy as talks resume

    March 2, 2015 | 8:09 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut Iran nuclear negotiations that resume on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case against his diplomacy before the U.S. Congress.

    Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister...

  • Kerry to defend Israel as Netanyahu readies critique of Iran talks

    March 1, 2015 | 3:44 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry will defend Israel at a U.N. human rights body on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran that the top diplomat is leading.

    Kerry landed in Geneva late on Sunday for up to three days of...

  • Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week

    February 27, 2015 | 2:22 pm

    Negotiations on an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program have advanced substantially, but difficult issues remain and a senior U.S. official said he did not expect a deal in the coming week.

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will join in talks next week between U.S. Secretary...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kerry: Russia is lying when it denies its troops are in Ukraine

    February 24, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Russia was lying when it said there are no Russian troops or equipment in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government troops.

    Fighting has abated in eastern Ukraine in recent days, raising hope that a ceasefire that...

  • Kerry says will know soon if U.S., Iran can reach nuclear deal

    February 24, 2015 | 9:18 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he expected to know soon whether Iran is willing to agree to a nuclear deal, and he appeared to take a swipe at Israel's prime minister over the issue.

    "We expect to know soon whether or not Iran is willing to put together an...

  • Kerry warns on viability of Palestinian Authority if Israel blocks funds

    February 23, 2015 | 8:46 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday expressed concern about the viability of the Palestinian Authority if it does not soon receive tax revenue which has been withheld by Israel.

    The funds have been held back from the Authority since last month in retaliation for...

  • With flowers and fluent French, Kerry pays respects to France

    January 16, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    Bearing flowers and his fluent French, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered his condolences and "a hug" to France on Friday for the deaths from last week's Islamist attacks.

    Kerry's visit came after the United States failed to send a top official to attend Sunday's march in...

  • The Kerry-Netanyahu meeting in Rome and the shadow of Carter

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 15, 2014 | 3:48 am

    When Israeli officials ponder the possibility of the United States deciding not to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution on settlements and the occupied territories, they go back and think about Security Council Resolution 465. In part, that resolution, passed in 1980,...

  • Kerry to meet Netanyahu in Rome for Middle East talks

    December 10, 2014 | 10:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Rome on Sunday for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on developments in Israel and the West Bank, the State Department said on Wednesday.

    "John Kerry will travel to Rome on Sunday to meet with Prime Minister...

  • Cartoon: The Iranian slight-of-hand

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 3, 2014 | 1:23 pm

  • Israel goes to new elections

    December 3, 2014 | 9:53 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Just 20 months after the current government was sworn in, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two of his top cabinet ministers, leading their parties to pull out of the government and the Knesset, or parliament, to vote to...

  • Lebanon detains wife of Islamic State leader

    December 2, 2014 | 11:09 am

    The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago, security officials said on Tuesday, in a move seen as likely to put pressure on the Islamist chief.

    The woman was identified as Saja al-Dulaimi,...

  • Netanyahu sees positive side to missing Iran nuclear deadline

    November 24, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the likelihood that Iran and six world powers would fail to meet a deadline on Monday for a nuclear agreement.

    "No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with...

  • Kerry: Progress in Iran talks, tough road ahead

    November 24, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

    "If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we...

  • Analysis: Why the Temple Mount is at the heart of Jerusalem strife

    November 19, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    The murders of four rabbis on Nov. 18 during morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue — a police officer also died of his injuries — could throw a wrench into the results of the Nov.13 summit in Amman that brought together Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Kerry calls Jerusalem synagogue attack ‘senseless brutality’

    November 18, 2014 | 12:00 am

    U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry described an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue by two suspected Palestinian men armed with axes and knives that left four dead on Tuesday was an act of "senseless brutality".

    "This simply has no place in human behavior," Kerry told reporters ahead...

  • Israel, Palestinians agree to steps to calm Jerusalem tensions, Kerry says

    November 13, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians have pledged to take concrete steps to calm tensions around Jerusalem's holiest site, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday after talks in the Jordanian capital.

    Violence has flared in recent weeks over the compound where their biblical...

  • U.S. says it is ‘deeply concerned’ about Israeli settlement decision

    November 12, 2014 | 11:10 am

    The United States said on Wednesday it was "deeply concerned" about an Israeli decision to approve construction of 200 new homes in East Jerusalem.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the decision impeded attempts to reach a two-state solution between the Israelis and...

  • Beneath the ‘chickenshit,’ political and diplomatic uncertainty fuel U.S.-Israel divide

    November 3, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    What lies beneath “chickenshit”?

    The coarseness of the epithet for cowardice used by an anonymous Obama administration official to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has seized the attention of Jerusalem and Washington. The snipe, reported by The Atlantic’s...

  • Kerry calls Netanyahu, apologizes for anonymous ‘chickenshit’ remark

    November 3, 2014 | 11:11 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call to Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for a U.S. official’s anonymous attack describing the Israeli prime minister as “chickenshit.”

    The conversation took place on Friday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters the...

  • Eight Palestinians reported injured in Jerusalem-area clashes

    October 31, 2014 | 10:18 am

    At least eight Palestinians were reportedly wounded in clashes with Israeli police that occurred shortly after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged all parties to practice restraint in Jerusalem.

    The clashes included the firing of flare guns by Palestinian men at police...

  • Kerry says reported U.S. slur of Israel’s Netanyahu ‘damaging’

    October 30, 2014 | 3:20 pm

    The description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" by an anonymous U.S. official as quoted in a U.S. magazine this week was disgraceful and damaging, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    Netanyahu on Wednesday condemned the comment from an...

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