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  • Yaalon denied meetings with senior U.S. officials

    3 days ago

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was denied meetings with senior Obama administration officials during his U.S. visit, according to media reports citing senior U.S. officials.

    While in Washington last week Yaalon requested and was denied meetings with  Vice President Joe...

  • Another Jerusalem-Washington eruption: on gossip, juvenility, and substance

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry once again made unsubstantiated allegations that were justifiably questioned by Israelis, this time claiming that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict shares some of the blame for ISIS; Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett once again engaged...

  • U.S., Russia agree to share intelligence on common enemy: Islamic State militants

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed on Tuesday to increase intelligence sharing between Moscow and Washington on Islamic State militants, focusing on a common enemy even as deep divisions remained over the crisis in Ukraine.

    ...
  • U.S. providing additional $71 million in Gaza aid

    September 23, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    The United States said it will provide $71 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians in Gaza.

    The funds announced Monday by Secretary of State John Kerry are above the $47 million pledged by the U.S. for emergency needs in Gaza in the wake of Israel’s...

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  • Kerry open to conversation with Iran on ISIS

    September 16, 2014 | 9:31 am

    The Obama administration is ready to communicate with Iran in the bid to stop ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “We’re not coordinating with Iran, but as I said, we’re open to have a conversation at some point in time if there’s a way to find something constructive,”...

  • German magazine reports Israel spied on Kerry last year

    August 4, 2014 | 10:35 am

    German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday that Israel and at least one other intelligence agency were listening in on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's unsecured phone calls last year when he was holding nearly daily negotiations for peace with various leaders in the Middle...

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

    July 31, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    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

    July 31, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    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

    July 31, 2014 | 3:23 am

    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

    July 30, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    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.

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

    July 28, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    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

    July 28, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    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

    July 25, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    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

    July 22, 2014 | 5:24 pm

    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

    July 22, 2014 | 9:36 am

    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

    July 18, 2014 | 9:06 am

    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

    July 18, 2014 | 9:02 am

    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

    July 18, 2014 | 8:39 am

    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

    July 17, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    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

    July 15, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    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

    July 15, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    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

    July 15, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    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

    July 14, 2014 | 9:28 am

    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

    July 9, 2014 | 11:06 am

    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...

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