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  • Kerry sees ‘opportunity’ in Gaza ceasefire, urges search for common ground

    1 hour ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called the 72-hour ceasefire agreed to by Israel and Hamas in their conflict in the Gaza Strip a "lull of opportunity" and said it was imperative that the sides make their best efforts to find common ground.

    Kerry said Egypt's foreign...

  • Israel and Hamas agree on 72-hour humanitarian Gaza cease-fire

    2 hours ago

    Israel and Islamist militant group Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip starting on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

    The ceasefire will begin at 8 a.m. local time (1.00 a.m....

  • Do you have anyone better than Kerry?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    13 hours ago

    If you read my long post on Obama and Kerry three days ago, you might find the following article a little odd. It is not – or at least I don't think it is. John Kerry can be very problematic (case in point: him calling PM Netanyahu a "stubborn head" – did he not understand this...

  • Steinberg’s funeral in Israel largest of any IDF soldier since Gaza conflict began

    By Simone Wilson

    1 day ago

    In what has been reported as the largest turnout for an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) funeral since the beginning of Israel’s current war in Gaza, around 30,000 Israelis swarmed Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem on July 23 to pay their respects to Los Angeles native Max Steinberg.

    ...
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  • Dermer: Attacks on Kerry ‘unwarranted’

    3 days ago

    Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry is “unwarranted,” the Israeli ambassador to Washington said, as U.S. officials made public their unhappiness with the attacks.

    “Israel appreciates that President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice,...

  • Israeli concerns about Turkey and Qatar fuel dispute with Kerry

    3 days ago

    Behind the feud between John Kerry and Israel over the secretary of state’s efforts to broker a Gaza cease-fire is a larger tension concerning the role of Turkey and Qatar in Palestinian affairs.

    Israeli officials rejected the proposal for a cease-fire advanced by Kerry in part...

  • Israel rejects Kerry’s proposed cease-fire

    6 days ago

    Israel rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s cease-fire proposal.

    “We are not announcing that it has been achieved tonight,” Kerry said in Cairo on Friday night. “The world is watching tragic moment after tragic moment unfold and wondering when both sides are going to...

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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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...

  • Netanyahu: IDF preparing to increase ground activity in Gaza

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    3 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

    July 3, 2014 | 10:27 am

    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...

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