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  • Amid uncertainty of an open-ended war, U.S.-Israel tensions rise

    1 hour ago

    The dramatic developments in the war between Hamas and Israel have been accompanied by sharp ups and downs in U.S.-Israel relations.

    On Monday, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, made nice with the U.S. national security adviser, Susan Rice, before an...

  • On the Israel-Palestinian front, a year of disappointment

    4 hours ago

    One year ago today, Secretary of State John Kerry stood behind a lectern, flanked by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat.

    Smiling, Kerry announced the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The goal was to reach a...

  • Obama tells Kerry to broker ‘immediate’ cease-fire in Gaza

    1 week ago

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to push for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    “As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket and tunnel attacks from Hamas,”...

  • With deadline looming, Kerry heading to Vienna for Iran talks

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna for talks ahead of a July 20 deadline for an Iran nuclear deal.

    In a Twitter post on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Kerry will head to the Austrian capital for consultations with Catherine Ashton, the...

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  • After two weeks of hope, a community mourns slain Israeli teens

    July 2, 2014 | 12:09 am

    Only 18 days after joining together in a hopeful prayer vigil for three Israeli teenage boys abducted at a bus stop outside their school, 1,500 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community grieved together in a memorial service for the teens—Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali...

  • The Blame Game

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Lately, the so-called “peace talks,” aimed to resolve the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, changed their course from trying to negotiate the terms of ending this very complicated situation. It seems that in the past few weeks, all sides involved are...

  • After peace talks collapse, experts counsel a wait-and-see approach

    April 30, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The best move for the Obama administration on the Middle East peace front may be to take a few steps back.

    That’s what some observers are advising in the wake of the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    The Palestinian unity talks mean that President Obama and U.S....

  • Kerry warns Israel could become ‘an apartheid state’

    April 28, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a roomful of world leaders that Israel could become “an apartheid state” if peace talks fail.

    Kerry made the remarks Friday during a meeting of the Trilateral Commission, which includes senior officials from the United States, Europe,...

  • Kerry: U.S. to reconsider peacemaking role

    April 4, 2014 | 11:51 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States planned to re-evaluate its approach to Middle East peacemaking in light of recent setbacks.

    In response to a question while visiting Morocco, Kerry said that he would return to Washington to confer with President Obama...

  • At White House, Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

    March 3, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama on Monday that he would never compromise on Israel's security even as the U.S. president sought to reassure him on Iran nuclear diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.

    In a White House meeting overshadowed...

  • Syria’s Assad denies chemical weapons use; U.S. presses case for strike

    September 9, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad denied that he was behind a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, as the White House on Sunday pressed ahead with the uphill effort of persuading Congress to approve a military strike to punish Assad.

    The Obama administration faces a crucial...

  • Syria in 5774: The unfolding of miscalculations

    By Rob Eshman

    August 30, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    War is the unfolding of miscalculations, historian Barbara Tuchman wrote — and she didn’t even know Bashar al-Assad.

    If the Butcher of Damascus thought there was no difference between killing women and children with artillery and killing them with gas, he miscalculated. Even in a...

  • Kerry says world cannot let Assad get away with chemical attack

    August 30, 2013 | 11:15 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made clear on Friday that the United States would punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the "brutal and flagrant" chemical weapons attack that it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus last week.

    Kerry said it was essential not to...

  • Palestinian prisoner release on track after High Court ruling

    August 13, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israel was set to free 26 Palestinian prisoners within hours to help underpin renewed peace talks, after its High Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal against their release by relatives of some of the Israelis they killed.

    Authorities planned to transport the group from jail in...

  • Kerry says Israeli settlements should not disrupt mideast talks

    August 12, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that Israel's announcement of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "were to some degree expected," and urged Israelis and Palestinians to move head with peace talks due to resume this week.

    "What this underscores is...

  • Give the peace process a chance

    August 12, 2013 | 10:03 am

    The questions come fast and furious: 

    Why, of all times, now, when the Middle East is in upheaval and its future course is anyone's guess? 

    What's the American obsession with this issue, when Iran, Russia, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, and China all cry out for greater U.S....

  • Palestinian prisoner list released prior to renewed talks

    August 12, 2013 | 9:36 am

    A committee of Israeli government ministers released a list of Palestinian prisoners to be freed by Israel in advance of the first round of peace negotiations.

    The list released at 1 a.m. Monday includes 14 prisoners who will be transferred this week to Gaza, several of whom are...

  • Livni: Next round of peace talks in Israel

    August 6, 2013 | 9:48 am

    The next round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will be held in Israel next week, according to Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator.

    Livni, the country’s justice minister, told Israel’s Channel 10 over the weekend that the negotiations, scheduled to last about nine months,...

  • Israel puts 91 Jewish settlements on priority spending list

    August 5, 2013 | 9:08 am

    The Israeli government put 91 Jewish settlements on a national priority funding list on Sunday, adding six to a roster of dozens of enclaves already eligible for supplemental state cash.

    A senior Palestinian official condemned the decision as an obstacle to U.S.-brokered peace...

  • Israel, Palestinians deeply divided despite renewed peace talks

    July 31, 2013 | 8:54 am

    Israel and the Palestinians remain far apart over terms of any peace deal, officials from both sides made clear on Wednesday, a day after talks resumed in Washington for the first time in nearly three years.

    Israel's lead negotiator, Tzipi Livni, said the parties "need to build...

  • Peace negotiators meet with Obama

    July 30, 2013 | 9:03 am

    President Obama met with the top Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators.

    The Tuesday-morning meeting took place a day after peace talks were launched for the first time since 2010, a White House official told JTA.

    John Kerry, Obama’s secretary of state, has pushed hard for a...

  • Peace talks to resume Monday in Washington

    July 28, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Talks between Palestinians and Israelis will resume on Monday evening, the first such formal deliberations in almost three years.

    Meetings between top negotiators will take place Monday night and Tuesday in Washington, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. Secretary of...

  • Negotiating Table

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 25, 2013 | 3:28 pm

  • Israeli minister sees possible Palestine peace talks next week

    July 25, 2013 | 8:30 am

    An Israeli cabinet minister said on Thursday that U.S.-sponsored peace negotiations with the Palestinians could begin next week.

    The assessment was not immediately confirmed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who...

  • Skeptical yet hopeful- the days after Kerry’s announcement

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 22, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Kerry's announcement on Friday surely drew everybody's attention. It came out of nowhere. While the people of Israel were sitting on their couches, loosening their belts after their Shabbat dinners, and glancing at their Smartphones, it suddenly hit us- the negotiation is being...

  • Obama asks Netanyahu to start negotiating as Kerry ends 6th round of meetings

    July 19, 2013 | 7:30 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge him to resume negotiations with the Palestinians.

    Obama called Netanyahu on Thursday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with Palestinian negotiator in Amman, Jordan, on...

  • Kerry: Coming weeks critical to peace process

    June 27, 2013 | 6:47 am

    The coming weeks could decide the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, John Kerry said during a tour of Arab states on his way to attempt to broker new peace talks.

    “We share a belief with Saudi Arabia and many countries that these next weeks are perhaps – or at least this next...

  • Frequent-flyer

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 7, 2013 | 9:53 am

  • Report: Netanyahu promised Kerry to put ‘hold’ on settlement construction

    May 7, 2013 | 8:39 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he would put a hold on construction in West Bank settlements until mid-June.

    Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel was told to delay the publication of new government tenders for the...

  • Ergogan disregards Kerry request to postpone Gaza visit

    April 22, 2013 | 7:24 am

    Turkey's prime minister will go ahead with a planned visit next month to Gaza, despite a request from US Secretary of State John Kerry to postpone.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly refused Kerry's request Sunday to postpone the visit, during a meeting between the two leaders in...

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