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  • White House calls for fully restored status quo on Temple Mount

    October 8, 2015 | 4:14 pm

    The Obama administration condemned escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians and called for a full return to the status quo at the Temple Mount.

    “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians,” White...

  • White House encouraged by latest U.S. Senate support for Iran deal

    September 2, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    The White House welcomed the growing support in the U.S. Senate for the Iran nuclear agreement and will keep working with lawmakers to secure as much backing as possible on Sept. 2.

    "We are encouraged by the latest tally," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "When the stakes are this high, every vote is important."

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday secured the 34th Senate vote needed to sustain a veto of any congressional resolution disapproving the nuclear deal with Iran, ensuring the accord will not fail in the U.S. Congress.

  • White House backs Israel’s right of self-defense following rocket attacks

    June 8, 2015 | 12:43 pm

    The White House said it supports Israel’s right to defend itself after Israel retaliated for strikes on the country from Gaza.

    “Clearly the U.S. stands with the people of Israel as they defend their people and their nation against these kind of attacks,” White House spokesman...

  • White House doesn’t say whether Obama will support Senate bill on Iran

    April 14, 2015 | 10:32 am

    The White House said on Tuesday it could not state definitively whether President Barack Obama will support the U.S. Senate's bill on Iran's nuclear capabilities until all changes are made.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there is reason to think a Senate panel working on the bill may address some areas of concern the White House has had over the bill, which Obama has said threatens to undermine an international deal with Iran to curb its nuclear capabilities.

  • U.S. rebukes Israel’s victorious Netanyahu on Mideast policy

    March 18, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    The White House on Wednesday scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his re-election victory for abandoning his commitment to negotiate for a Palestinian state and for what it called "divisive" campaign rhetoric toward Israel’s minority Arab voters.

    Even as...

  • White House: U.S. not negotiating 10-year nuclear deal with Iran

    February 24, 2015 | 10:34 am

    Reports that the United States was negotiating a 10-year nuclear deal with Iran are not true, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

    The Wall Street Journal reported that the United States and Iran were exploring the option of a 10-year nuclear freeze as part of talks over Tehran's nuclear program.

  • ADL questions ‘clouded’ response by Obama officials to Paris kosher market attack

    February 11, 2015 | 10:28 am

    The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern after two top Obama administration spokesmen parsed whether last month’s deadly attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris was anti-Semitic.

    Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, and Jen Psaki, his State Department counterpart, later ...

  • White House ‘encouraged’ by FCC’s net neutrality proposal

    February 4, 2015 | 11:15 am

    The White House is "encouraged" by a policy released by the U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on Wednesday regarding Internet regulations known as net neutrality.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House will withhold commenting in detail on the proposal out of respect for the agency's independence.

  • U.S. says disagreements with Israel do not undermine security commitment

    January 23, 2015 | 10:04 am

    Disagreements with Israel over how to contain Iran's nuclear program do not undermine the U.S. commitment to Israel's security, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday.

    The United States is negotiating a deal with Iran over its nuclear capabilities, which Israel opposes.

  • Congress invites Netanyahu, Obama blindsided

    January 21, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting President Barack Obama, and a White House spokesman questioned whether protocol had been violated.

    An Israeli official said...

  • Kerry condemns murder of Palestinian teen

    July 2, 2014 | 10:11 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the murder of a Palestinian teen from eastern Jerusalem.

    Kerry in a statement issued Wednesday condemned “in the strongest possible terms the despicable and senseless abduction and murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. It is sickening...

  • U.S. condemns Erdogan’s comments on Israel, Egypt

    August 20, 2013 | 11:48 am

    The United States condemned comments by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing Israel of having a hand in the Egyptian military's overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday.

    "We strongly condemn the statements that were made by...