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  • French put off peace summit, citing John Kerry’s schedule

    May 17, 2016 | 10:05 am

    A summit of foreign ministers in Paris to discuss the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians has been postponed.

    French President Francois Hollande announced Tuesday that the meeting of representatives of 20 countries that had been scheduled for May 30 would be...

  • Peace summit will take place despite Israel objection, French FM says

    May 16, 2016 | 8:43 am

    The foreign minister of France said in Israel that the international Middle East peace summit will take place despite objections by Israel.

    “Action must be taken,” Jean-Marc Ayrault said Sunday at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport at the close of a one-day visit to Israel...

  • Why European banks, companies are avoiding Iran

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 10, 2016 | 11:23 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday pushed back against claims that U.S. restrictions are preventing European companies from doing business in Iran following last year’s nuclear deal.

    “Businesses should not use the United States as an excuse if they don’t want to do...

  • Kerry to meet Iranian foreign minister to discuss nuclear deal, Syria

    April 18, 2016 | 3:51 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Iranian counterpart to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and the crisis in Syria.

    Kerry will meet Javad Zarif in New York on Tuesday, a State Department statement said Monday.

    The two top diplomats will “discuss implementation...

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  • Trump mocks Obama over Iran Deal comments

    April 4, 2016 | 10:27 am

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday mocked President Barack Obama after criticizing Iranian leaders for undermining the “spirit” of last year’s nuclear agreement.

    “I hear Obama is very unhappy with Iran because he feels they haven’t lived up to the ‘spirit’...

  • Netanyahu asks Kerry to declare Israel does not engage in extrajudicial killings

    April 1, 2016 | 2:31 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked John Kerry to publicly state that Israel does not carry out extrajudicial killings, after a group of U.S. lawmakers asked the Secretary of State to investigate such claims.

    Meantime, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the lead...

  • Abbas reportedly turned down new US peace initiative

    March 10, 2016 | 8:26 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas turned down a U.S. peace initiative presented to him during a West Bank meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, a Palestinian newspaper reported.

    The report in the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds cited a “source familiar with the details” from...

  • Kerry on MOU agreement: ‘The sooner the better’

    February 25, 2016 | 1:53 pm

    The sooner the post-Iran deal security package and the “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) between the U.S. and Israel on strategic cooperation is signed, the better it would be for both countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    “We are working on it now; we...

  • Trump: Kerry ‘didn’t read the Bible’ before negotiating Iran deal

    February 24, 2016 | 4:26 pm

    Fresh off a third consecutive win in the Republican presidential primaries, Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t read the Bible before negotiating the Iran nuclear deal.

    “(Secretary John) Kerry – this is the worst negotiator I think...

  • Kerry: Iran getting less than $50 billion in cash after nuclear deal

    February 23, 2016 | 9:43 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the amount of cash Iran will receive due to the implementation of the nuclear agreement is below the $50 billion level.

    "It's below the $50 billion (level)," he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, when he was asked about...

  • John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas meet in Jordan

    February 22, 2016 | 8:28 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jordan called on the United States to ensure the viability of the two-state solution.

    The two leaders met Sunday in Amman, according to Palestinian reports.

    Kerry was in Amman...

  • Israel’s opposition leader presents West Bank pullout plan to Kerry

    February 4, 2016 | 2:47 pm

    Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog presented U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with a plan for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank.

    “Israels are killed in the streets and the world advances surreal initiatives and boycotts,” Herzog said in a statement Wednesday....

  • Israel’s opposition leader presents West Bank pullout plan to Kerry

    February 3, 2016 | 1:22 pm

    Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog presented U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with a plan for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank.

    “Israels are killed in the streets and the world advances surreal initiatives and boycotts,” Herzog said in a statement Wednesday....

  • Kerry stresses ending incitement in call with Abbas

    February 1, 2016 | 3:05 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stressed the need to end incitement.

    “They discussed concerns about the ‎situation on the ground, including the ongoing violence,” a State Department spokeswoman told JTA, describing...

  • Kerry: Some funds released under Iran deal will go to terrorism

    January 21, 2016 | 4:01 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran would likely use some money freed by the lifting of sanctions for terrorism, but if it does, it will be subject to separate sanctions.

    “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are...

  • Kerry believes 2016 will see Islamic State ‘seriously dented’

    January 21, 2016 | 11:42 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he believed Islamic State's military capabilities in Iraq and Syria would be seriously weakened by the end of 2016.

    Asked at a media roundtable on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, whether this year...

  • Trump: Iran has violated the nuclear deal

    January 4, 2016 | 10:09 am

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday called on the U.S. to impose sanctions on Iran for violating the nuclear deal.

    Trump started off his speech at a campaign rally in Biloxi, Miss., Saturday evening by blasting the Obama administration over the...

  • Responding to Kerry article, Netanyahu blames Palestinians for lack of peace progress

    December 15, 2015 | 3:12 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Palestinians for the lack of progress toward peace in an apparent response to statements by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    “The time has come for the international community to understand that the reason there is no...

  • Kerry to New Yorker: Israel doesn’t know what it wants

    December 15, 2015 | 10:01 am

    John Kerry hasn’t given up on a two-state solution. But the party responsible for making it happen, the secretary of state and his subordinates make clear, is Israel.

    A lengthy profile in the New Yorker traces Kerry’s work with Iran, Syria, Israel and the Palestinians, as well as...

  • Obama: Two-states the ‘best way’ to ‘reduce tensions’ and secure Israel

    December 14, 2015 | 11:52 am

    Palestinians leaders must condemn the recent wave of terror against Israelis and Israel must bring to justice those committing violence against the Palestinians, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

    Addressing the inaugural HaaretzQ conference in New York via video, the...

  • Kerry, at contentious U.S.-Israel confab, asks Israel to consider perils of single state

    December 7, 2015 | 12:42 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking at an annual U.S.-Israel confab, said Israel’s government must consider the consequences of evolving toward a single state incorporating the Palestinian areas.

    “How does Israel possibly maintain its character as a Jewish democratic...

  • Brookings, Kerry, Clinton, Netanyahu, and the one state solution straw man

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 7, 2015 | 4:06 am

    The Saban Forum, held at the Brookings Institute during the weekend, put a lot of focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (even though the official topic is "Israel and the United States: yesterday, today and tomorrow"). And it told us many things that we already know: Not all...

  • Seriously, advice from John Kerry? (or: The one thing on which Israelis and Palestinians agree)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 23, 2015 | 4:04 am

    More than 20 Israelis were killed in the last two months as a result of Palestinian attacks. More than 90 Palestinians were killed in the same period. What story do these numbers tell? What conclusions are the two peoples drawing from the story these numbers tell?

    For Israelis,...

  • John Kerry must resign

    November 18, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    A gaffe is “when a politician tells the truth,” as per Michael Kinsley’s apt definition. Yesterday’s gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry claiming that the Charlie Hebdo attacks had “a legitimacy” – he quickly corrected himself to say “a rationale” - reveals such gross...

  • Kerry: Defeat ‘Zionism is racism’ by confronting anti-Semitism, advancing 2 states

    November 12, 2015 | 11:45 am

    The struggle to defeat the notion that Zionism is racism persists both in the battle against resurgent anti-Semitism and the efforts to arrive at a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “Too many outside this room fail to...

  • Obama: No disagreement with Israel on preventing a nuclear Iran

    November 9, 2015 | 11:51 am

    President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office that there’s no disagreement between the U.S. and Israel on the need to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

    “It’s no secret the Prime Minister...

  • U.S. calls Netanyahu’s new media chief’s remarks ‘offensive’

    November 5, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    The United States takes offense at comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new communications director accusing President Barack Obama of anti-Semitism and suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry had the mental abilities of a 12-year-old, the State Department...

  • Israel faces threats ranging from rockets to nuclear, defense minister says

    October 27, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    Israel faces a wide variety of threats ranging from Islamic militants wielding missiles and rockets to nuclear attack, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday during a visit to the United States.

    Yaalon was speaking with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the...

  • Jordan could play key role in calming Israeli-Palestinian tensions

    October 27, 2015 | 9:54 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    When Secretary of State John Kerry decide to fly to the Middle East to try to calm rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions after a wave of stabbing and shooting attacks, he did not land in Jerusalem, but in Amman, the capital of...

  • Democratic senators to Kerry: respond to Iranian missile test

    October 22, 2015 | 11:18 am

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    A group of U.S. Senators sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday in which they expressed ‘profound’ concern about the Iranian ballistic missile test last Sunday. 

    The group includes Senators Chuck Schumer...

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