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  • Kerry aims to boost support for U.S. stance in nuclear meeting with Iran

    September 26, 2013 | 10:27 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to bolster international support to keep pressure on Iran in nuclear talks with world powers set for Thursday even as Iran's new president pressed a diplomatic charm offensive at the United Nations.

    The meeting in New York involves a very...

  • Russia ‘disappointed’ by Obama cancelling Putin meeting, Kremlin says

    August 7, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to cancel a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is disappointing, but he is still welcome in Russia, a top Kremlin foreign policy aide said on Wednesday.

    "We are disappointed by the U.S. administration's decision to cancel...

  • Obama to Jews: Peace is essential but prospects are bleak

    March 7, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    President Obama believes prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are “bleak,” but he still will urge both sides to avoid unilateral actions that might further damage a process he hopes will be back on track within a year.

    That was the message Obama delivered Thursday in a meeting...

  • Boxer lashes out at Netanyahu for attacking Obama on Iran

    September 12, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    Barbara Boxer, a top Jewish U.S. senator and the sponsor of major pro-Israel legislation, blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for lashing out at President Obama on Iran.

    "I write to you as one of Israel’s staunchest supporters in Congress to express my deep...

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  • Clinton meets with Abbas

    July 6, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called her talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas productive.

    Clinton, who met with Abbas Friday, said she hopes to build momentum for another peace push when she visits Israel in 10 days, the Associated Press reported.

    ...
  • Amid new Iran nuke rumors, Barak and Panetta to meet

    May 16, 2012 | 4:18 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, in Washington amid reports that Iran may have achieved the capability to build a nuclear bomb.

    Israel has said that such a capability is a “red line” that could trigger military action.

    The...

  • PA’s Fayyad is no-show at scheduled meeting with Netanyahu

    April 17, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad refused to attend a scheduled meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Netanyahu met Tuesday in Jerusalem with two PA leaders—chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and security official Majed Faraj—according to reports.

    ...
  • At Obama-Netanyahu summit, assurances exchanged but differences remain

    March 5, 2012 | 6:16 pm

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may not have bridged their differences on how to deal with Iran, but each managed to give the other a measure of reassurance.

    In his speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Obama held his ground, declining...

  • Obama offers Netanyahu assurances over Iran

    March 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    President Barack Obama, aiming to head off any premature Israeli strike on Iran, sought to assure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that the United States would always “have Israel’s back” but said there was still time for diplomacy.

    Netanyahu, in a show of unity with an...

  • Israel’s Lieberman meets Clinton in Washington

    February 7, 2012 | 5:25 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman reconfirmed his commitment to a two-state solution during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington.

    Lieberman, who arrived Monday in Washington for a three-day visit, and Clinton reportedly talked on...

  • Amid Iran concerns, top U.S. and Israeli officials meet

    January 24, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    Top U.S. and Israeli officials have met in recent weeks as the Obama administration continues to reassure Israel about its efforts to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb.

    Thomas Nides, the deputy secretary of state, and Neal Wolin, the deputy secretary of the Treasury, met...

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet again in Amman

    January 10, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Jordan for the second time in a week.

    The face-to-face meeting Monday was the result of a meeting last week in Amman with representatives of the Mideast Quartet.

    No statements followed Monday’s meeting, also in Amman, after both sides...

  • Abbas: Israel will face ‘difficult’ measures if attempt to revive peace talks fails

    January 3, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday Palestinians could take unilateral steps if Israel does not agree to halt settlement building in the occupied West Bank and recognize the borders of a future Palestinian state.

    Speaking ahead of talks in Jordan between...

  • Israel, Palestinians to meet Tuesday

    January 2, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet this week after more than a year of deadlock in peacemaking, officials said Sunday, but both sides played down prospects of any imminent resumption of talks.

    Yitzhak Molcho of Israel and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat will meet...

  • Iran to boycott Middle East nuclear talks

    November 18, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    Iran will not attend a rare meeting for Middle East countries next week to discuss efforts to free the world of nuclear weapons, an Iranian official said, signaling worsening ties between the U.N. atomic agency and Iran.

    Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International...

  • Biden agrees to meeting on Pollard

    October 6, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Vice President Joe Biden has agreed to meet with Jewish communal leaders to discuss the case of Jonathan Pollard.

    Biden made the commitment at the end of a Rosh Hashanah reception Wednesday at the vice president’s residence, Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the...

  • A Dating Question:  When is it Okay to Have a Conversation About Sex?

    By Ilana Angel

    July 18, 2011 | 12:12 am

    I met an interesting man online this weekend.  He was funny, educated, Jewish, handsome and charming.  He was married for 25 years and is now divorced.  We emailed, and then spoke on the phone.  It was good, until we got to the topic of sex, and I’m not exactly sure how we even got...

  • Obama-Netanyahu meeting looks good, but what did they talk about? [VIDEO]

    July 6, 2010 | 3:23 pm

    The optics were perfect, but the meaning was elusive.

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat together Tuesday, joshing and smiling, trying to project a clear message: The rift was over. Israel and the United States are on the same track again.

    Read the...

  • No Netanyahu-Obama meeting on schedule

    March 19, 2010 | 10:50 am

    A meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama has not been scheduled.

    Obama administration officials pushed back against a Fox News report on Friday that the two leaders would meet in the Oval Office on Tuesday; nothing has been scheduled yet, the...

  • Peres: Obama to Chair Bibi-Abbas meeting

    September 2, 2009 | 8:35 pm

    President Obama will moderate a meeting next month at the United Nations between Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli President Shimon Peres said.

    “I think they will meet at the end of September,” Peres said of the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian Authority...

  • At White House, U.S. Jews offer little resistance to Obama policy on settlements

    July 14, 2009 | 2:06 pm

    Top Jewish organizational leaders expressed support for President Obama’s Middle East peace strategies at a White House meeting but said the president must do a better job of showing he expects hard work from all sides, not just Israel.

    Obama’s meeting Monday afternoon with 16...

  • Guest list: The Obama meeting

    July 14, 2009 | 1:48 pm

    Sixteen leaders of 14 Jewish organizations took part in a Monday afternoon meeting at the White House with President Obama. Some of the groups not on the invite list, after having been invited to a larger meeting of Jewish leaders with Obama aides right before the inauguration,...

  • Obama-Bibi: The Preview

    May 18, 2009 | 2:26 pm

    The pundits and papers are weighing in as Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu get set for their first White House meeting:

    Ha’aretz has put together slideshow of previous meetings between U.S. presidents and Israeli prime ministers. Plus columnist Aluf Benn weighs in with a piece...

  • Hillel for the High School Set

    By Julie G Fax

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's 12:38 p.m. on a Tuesday at Santa Monica High School, and a high-pitched electronic beep wails through the wide, locker-lined halls, signaling the end of class. As students stream into the corridor, their laden backpacks drooping past their low-riding jeans, a steady trickle...

  • Israel Trip Reunites

    By Dina Kraft

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The two men walk as one -- in steady step, shoulder to shoulder, their words a torrent of Yiddish.

    There is much to catch up on since the former neighbors and schoolmates last met. That was more than 60 years ago, when the transports, fear and separations that characterized Jewish...

  • Picture Imperfect

    By Andrew Wallenstein

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Although we had never met, I knew I would have no trouble recognizing Brenda the second she walked into the Melrose Avenue bar where I sat waiting for her. After all, it was her photograph -- the leonine curve of her green eyes and coquettish cap of blond curls -- that compelled me...

  • Don’t Hate Me ‘Cuz I’m Happy

    By Mark Miller

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If you're anything like me -- and for the love of God, I hope you're not --you've found dating in Los Angeles to be nonstop inferno of disappointment, frustration, anguish, horror, tedium and depression.

    And those are the dates that work out fairly well. It's not hard to understand...

  • A Ramah Union

    By Matt Rosenbaum

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    David Ross and Lauren Schmidt met for the first time in Los Angeles in May 2000. Or at least, the couple is pretty sure that was the first time.

    Raised in Palo Alto, David was an active member of United Synagogue Youth since his early childhood, and spent every summer at Camp Ramah...

  • A Match Made in Cyberspace

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Sometimes fate takes too long." So reads the tagline on the home page for matchmaker.com, an Internet personals site.

    But anyone who's tried Internet dating (or any kind of dating, for that matter) knows that putting yourself out there is no guarantee of success. You're really just...

  • Red Flag From Cupid

    By Mark Miller

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Oh, sure, it started promisingly enough. Rhonda and I had each seen the other's photo and profile on a singles Web site, granted one another profile approval and were now talking on the phone for the first time.

    Things were going pleasantly until Rhonda suggested that I choose a...

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