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  • After electoral loss, still fighting for political reform

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 11, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Dan Schnur isn’t backing off from his push to reform the electoral system in the Golden State. 

    Schnur finished fourth in last week’s primary in his bid for California Secretary of State, an election that drew only about 25 percent of registered voters statewide. The results from...

  • Hillary Clinton opposes new Iran sanctions

    February 3, 2014 | 6:09 pm

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she was opposed to new Iran sanctions and urged Congress to give negotiations space to succeed.

    “As President Obama has said, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed, while keeping all options on the table,” Clinton said in...

  • Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in bid to reach deal

    November 22, 2013 | 6:18 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join talks on Iran's contested nuclear program in Geneva on Saturday, as Tehran and six world powers appeared to be on the verge of an elusive breakthrough in the decade-old dispute.

    The French, British and German foreign ministers, Laurent...

  • Kerry on the couch

    By David Suissa

    July 1, 2013 | 3:08 pm

    We now join U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lying on the couch in his therapist’s office:

    Therapist: “When did you get back from Jerusalem?”

    Kerry: “Hmm, I’m not sure. I ran out of Ambien on the trip so I’m a little sleep-deprived right now. But I think it was this morning.”...

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  • 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...

  • Hillary Clinton, private citizen, reflects on Israel, Benghazi and Middle East unrest

    By Susan Freudenheim

    June 25, 2013 | 11:11 am

    “Live your values, embrace your traditions, but open yourselves up and never stop trying to heal the wounds of the world,” former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton implored an audience of 4,000 at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on June 24. Without revealing any...

  • Kerry presses Netanyahu on Jerusalem building

    June 3, 2013 | 8:03 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised U.S. unhappiness with Israel’s announcement of new building in eastern Jerusalem.

    Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for Kerry, was asked about such a conversation during the daily briefing...

  • Jewish groups ask Kerry to fight anti-Semitism in Hungary

    May 16, 2013 | 11:57 am

    A dozen Jewish organizations sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressing their concern over the rise of anti-Semitism in Hungary.

    The May 14 letter commended Kerry for his offices’ recent human rights report that detailed the rise of the xenophobic and...

  • Israeli pols slam Kerry for marathon-Mavi Marmara comparison

    April 23, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Israeli lawmakers are condemning U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's comparison of the Boston Marathon bombing victims to the 2010 deaths of Turkish citizens aboard the Mavi Marmara ship.

    Lawmakers from political parties on the right and left slammed Kerry's remarks of Sunday....

  • 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...

  • Kerry sees ‘finite’ time for Iran nuclear talks

    March 4, 2013 | 3:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday there was "finite" time for talks between Iran and world powers on its disputed nuclear program to bear fruit, but gave no hint how long Washington may be willing to negotiate.

    Israel, Iran's arch-enemy and convinced Tehran is secretly...

  • Kerry: Turkish PM’s Zionism comments ‘objectionable’

    March 1, 2013 | 9:02 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday the United States found a comment by Turkey's prime minister, likening Zionism to crimes against humanity, "objectionable", overshadowing their talks on the crisis in neighboring Syria.

    Kerry, on his first trip to a Muslim nation since...

  • New Secretary Of State John Kerry speaks to Netanyahu, Abbas about peace

    February 3, 2013 | 11:12 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry stressed his commitment to promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace on Sunday in telephone calls to the leaders of both sides, the State Department said.

    In separate conversations, Kerry, who took over as the top U.S. diplomat from Hillary Clinton on...

  • Jewish groups softening resistance on Hagel nomination

    January 8, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Now that Chuck Hagel is officially President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense, Jewish groups concerned about Hagel’s record on Israel and Iran are faced with a choice.

    Do they fight hard to derail his nomination, joining common cause with Republican opponents? Or do...

  • John Kerry at State: A disaster for Israel

    January 2, 2013 | 5:15 pm

    President Obama’s decision to nominate Senator John Kerry as his next Secretary of State will prove to be a disaster for Israel.

    The choice of the American Jewish establishment to vehemently protest the expected nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel while granting Kerry a...

  • Hillary Clinton leaves New York hospital, then returns

    January 2, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefly left New York-Presbyterian hospital on Wednesday, only to return about 15 minutes later, the New York Daily News reported.

    The State Department declined to comment on where Clinton may have gone or the status of her hospital stay. She...

  • Clinton suffers clot behind right ear, full recovery expected

    December 31, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a blood clot in a vein between her brain and skull behind her right ear but is expected to make a full recovery, her doctors said on Monday in a statement released by the State Department.

    Clinton did not suffer a stroke or neurological...

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

    December 30, 2012 | 5:54 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sent to the hospital on Sunday with a blood clot stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier this month and was being assessed by doctors, a State Department spokesman said.

    "In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary...

  • Jews and pro-Israel community warm to prospect of a Secretary of State John Kerry

    December 24, 2012 | 11:53 am

    On a wintry day at a small Iowa shul in November of 2003, John Kerry got all verklempt.

    The man whose opponents had taken to depicting as aloof and patrician, whose campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination had been all but written off by that point, leapt onto the...

  • John Kerry: Strengthening Israel’s security and bolstering the US-Israel special relationship

    December 21, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    During Sen. John Kerry's unsuccessful run for President in 2004, his campaign released the following statement of his record on Israel:

    John Kerry has been at the forefront of the fight for Israel’s security during his nineteen years in the US Senate. His pro-Israel voting record...

  • Kissinger staffer: Ex-secretary of state didn’t make ‘no Israel’ quote

    September 24, 2012 | 9:32 am

    A staffer for Henry Kissinger denied that the former U.S. secretary of state said that Israel will not be in existence in 10 years.

    "It's not a misquote," Tara Butzbaugh, who works in Kissinger's New York office, told JTA on Monday, referring to an item in Cindy Adams' New York Post gossip column. "He didn't say it."

    Adams in her column posted Sept. 17 wrote that "Reported to me, Henry Kissinger has stated -- and I quote the statement word for word: 'In 10 years, there will be no more Israel.' "

  • Clinton urges Egypt, Israel to talk about Sinai

    August 23, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Egypt’s foreign minister to keep lines of communication open with Israel amid tensions over an Egyptian push against militants in the neighboring Sinai desert, the State Department said on Thursday.

    Clinton spoke with Foreign Minister...

  • Clinton slams Iran on enrichment announcement

    January 11, 2012 | 10:47 am

    The Obama administration condemned Iran’s declared intention to launch uranium enrichment at a site it had kept secret until recently.

    “This step once again demonstrates the Iranian regime’s blatant disregard for its responsibilities and that the country’s growing isolation is...

  • Rabbi Amar raps Clinton’s criticism of Israeli women’s treatment

    December 6, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar slammed Hillary Clinton for the U.S. secretary of state’s criticism of the haredi Orthodox establishment in Israel’s treatment of women.

    “She has no real knowledge of a Jewish woman’s modesty,” Amar told the haredi Orthodox Kol Barama...

  • Jewish organizations mostly at ease with Obama appointees

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 24, 2008 | 7:49 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Barack Obama's "team of rivals" is turning into a collection well known to the Jewish community, which should comfort those who expressed apprehension about who the president-elect would appoint to his Cabinet.

    Obama is fulfilling pledges he made during a grueling...

  • Rice Promises More Mideast Presence

    By James D. Besser

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    U.S. Mideast policy during the second Bush administration will be even more focused on the White House, with a new secretary of state who will be more directly involved in implementing the president's policies.

    That was one message Condoleezza Rice, the president's choice to...

  • Lonely at 50

    By Eric Silver

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    On the eve of the 50th birthday of the Jewishstate, Israelis have seldom felt so lonely. No one wants to come tothe party. Vice President Al Gore is one of the few foreigndignitaries who have accepted an invitation to the April 30 fiesta.The rest are either stalling or saying,...

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