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  • Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush both say Israel ties to improve under their leadership

    3 weeks ago

     Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton both said they would improve relations with Israel while formally announcing their presidential runs.

    “I will rebuild our vital friendships,” Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, said Miami in Monday, formally launching his bid for the Republican...

  • Restarting the U.S.-Israel relationship depends on Palestinians too

    March 26, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    As someone who was critical of several steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the campaign leading up to his reelection, particularly his decision to address Congress and his statement seeming to reject a Palestinian state, I am even more troubled by statements...

  • Obama tells Netanyahu U.S. to ‘reassess’ policy on Israel, Mideast diplomacy

    March 20, 2015 | 10:43 am

    President Barack Obama told Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that Washington would "reassess" its options on U.S.-Israel relations and Middle East diplomacy after the Israeli prime minister took a position against Palestinian statehood during his re-election campaign, a White House...

  • U.S. may no longer hinder Israel-critical U.N. actions

    March 19, 2015 | 8:58 am

    The Obama administration may reconsider shielding Israel from critical actions in international forums, according to reports.

    Politico and the New York Times on Thursday each quoted unnamed senior administration officials as saying that the United States may back a U.N. Security...

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  • Will Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric cause further estrangement with Washington?

    March 19, 2015 | 8:54 am

    The Obama administration’s first response to news that Benjamin Netanyahu had been reelected as prime minister of Israel appeared to be avoidance.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday that the president would wait until Netanyahu had been formally...

  • Zionist Union’s Herzog: Netanyahu speech won’t affect Iran deal

    March 3, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief political rival in the upcoming Israeli elections said the prime minister’s speech before the U.S. Congress will have no effect on the Iran nuclear deal being negotiated.

    “There is no doubt that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows how to deliver a...

  • What is the importance of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress?

    February 19, 2015 | 9:07 am

    At the moment it appears that some members of Congress are angry that Speaker of the House John Boehner took it upon himself to invite Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.  Usually these types of invitations are left to the discretion of the President of...

  • Despite Speechgate drama, U.S.-Israel defense relations stay solid

    February 17, 2015 | 11:49 am

    American-Israeli relations may be enduring a challenging period due to the political drama surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress, but you’d never know it from the recent confirmation hearing for defense secretary nominee Ashton Carter.

    ...
  • Speechless on Iranian nukes

    February 9, 2015 | 10:08 am

    A bad deal on Iranian nukes would be so catastrophic to global security that presidential resistance to a related speech – by the leader of an allied democracy, who may be the greatest expert on the issue – should leave everyone speechless.

    The Obama administration’s outraged...

  • Netanyahu’s planned speech roils Jewish lawmakers, pro-Israel community

    January 27, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    When Israel wants something from the United States, it typically makes three stops: the pro-Israel lobby, Jewish members of Congress and the White House.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ignored all three when he accepted an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to...

  • Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech as anti-Iran strategy

    January 26, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.

    His visit to Washington in March has opened up a rift with the White House and...

  • Boehner invitation to Bibi signals Congress, White House showdown

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 22, 2015 | 11:10 am

    The invitation by Speaker of the House John Boehner to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on the question of Iran is a crude interference in Israeli election politics. 

    The speech, scheduled for early March, and a fortnight before the...

  • Obama, Kerry will not meet Netanyahu on U.S. visit

    January 22, 2015 | 10:04 am

    President Barack Obama will not meet Israel's prime minister when he visits Washington in March, the White House said on Thursday, after being blindsided by the Republicans' invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to address the U.S. Congress on Iran.

    Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman...

  • U.S. - Israel not in crisis, but…

    December 11, 2014 | 4:15 pm

    The strain in US-Israel ties is one of the key issues in the Israel election campaign – and rightfully so. But if you glance at US media during the last couple of months, you’d think the relations have never been worse. Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic, which announced a...

  • Hagel, meeting with Yaalon, reaffirms U.S.-Israel defense relationship

    October 22, 2014 | 9:20 am

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the United States’ “deep commitment” to Israel’s  security,  and the importance of the U.S.-Israel defense relationship during a meeting with his Israeli counterpart.

    Hagel and Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon met Tuesday...

  • In lame-duck period, Obama administration retreats from peace endeavors

    September 2, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    Does the prospect of President Obama’s lame-duck period, coupled with the multiple foreign crises he is facing, diminish his quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace?

    Little on the immediate diplomatic horizon signals an intensive U.S. interest in advancing the peace process.

    There...

  • Breaking point: Time for Israel and the US to start seeing other people

    August 14, 2014 | 11:58 am

    The US administration has halted a shipment of Hellfire aerial anti-armor missiles to Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing government sources.

    Not since the early 1980s, when the Reagan administration withheld delivery of promised F-16 fighter planes, as...

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

    July 29, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    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...

  • Boxer reintroduces enhanced Israel ally bill with broad support

    July 29, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Citing the Gaza war as a catalyst, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) re-introduced with broad bipartisan support a bill that would enhance U.S.-Israel strategic ties.

    “While we work toward a just peace in the Middle East and an end to the tragedy of war, it is critical that we...

  • In their own words: What Berman and Sherman would do with another term

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 5, 2012 | 8:45 am

    As is to be expected when two incumbents with more than 40 combined years in office face off against one another, a lot of the back and forth in the campaign between Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman has focused what each has done in the past.

    But what would each of these...

  • Upsetting the Bipartisan Applecart

    By James D. Besser

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It is a troubling paradox: Israel may be protected from new pressure from Washington by the upcoming presidential election, but that protection could foreshadow long-term damage to U.S.-Israel relations.

    The reason: more and more, the pro-Israel effort is getting sucked into the...

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