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Obama, Netanyahu, Iran: What You Need to Know

Israeli PM to speak to Congress on Iran as Kerry works for nuke deal

(Newser) - Over the next two days, Washington will be a study in contrasts. Today, President Obama and two key advisers will push for a diplomatic means of avoiding a nuclear Iran; tomorrow, in a controversial speech to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will push back against the plan, the New ... More »

Feinstein: Netanyahu 'Arrogant,' Doesn't Speak for All Jews

As Boehner points to 'animosity' between PM, White House

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu got on a DC-bound plane this morning, and his contentious visit continues to rankle Washington even before he lands. "The animosity between the White House and the prime minister is no secret here in this town," John Boehner told CBS this morning, per the Hill . "... More »

Netanyahu Begins 'Crucial,' 'Historic' Trip to Washington

Says controversial speech is motivated by security concerns

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington today to press his case against an emerging deal on Iran's nuclear program in a contentious address to Congress, which he said he is delivering out of concern for Israel's security. In accepting a Republican invitation to address Congress, Netanyahu... More »

Kerry Dings Netanyahu as Palin Sells 'Bibi' T-Shirts

'I Stand With Bibi' T-shirts, to be exact

(Newser) - As Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress looms next week, John Kerry and Sarah Palin are taking very different approaches. Kerry, coming off of the latest Iran nuclear talks in Geneva, has "questioned" the PM's "judgment," the BBC reports ... while Palin is selling... More »

Susan Rice Slams Netanyahu Visit as 'Destructive'

Says PM is damaging Israel's relationship with Washington

(Newser) - Controversy has been swirling over the Israeli prime minister's upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress, which John Boehner planned without Obama administration approval and comes shortly before Israeli elections. Now, National Security Adviser Susan Rice is bashing the visit as having "injected a degree of... More »

Kitchen Video Could Sink Israel's Netanyahu

Report slams PM, wife for lavish spending of public funds

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is neck and neck with rivals ahead of an election next month that could be decided not by foreign policy, but by spending on things like takeout meals and personal grooming. A report published by Israel's state comptroller yesterday criticized Netanyahu and his wife,... More »

Netanyahu: Israel the Only Place Jews Can Feel Safe

Israeli prime minister ruffles feathers with his 'massive immigration' call

(Newser) - The deadly Copenhagen shootings over the weekend, including an attack outside the city's main synagogue, have spurred Benjamin Netanyahu to make some drastic statements. During yesterday's Cabinet meeting—in which a $46 million plan to handle Jewish immigrants from France, Belgium, and Ukraine was approved, Haaretz reports—the... More »

Israel's Netanyahu: I'll Warn About Iran 'Anywhere'

PM defends contentious planned visit to speak to Congress

(Newser) - Israel's premier says he will go "anywhere" he is invited to speak about the country's stance regarding Iran's nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu's comments today come amid a public spat with the Obama administration over how to counter Iran and a contentious invitation from House of... More »

Obama Won't Meet With Netanyahu During Visit

White House says it's too close to Israeli elections

(Newser) - In a not-so-shocking development, the White House said today that President Obama won't meet with Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli leader visits in March to address Congress, reports NPR . A spokesperson offered a diplomatic reason, citing the Israeli elections that take place just two weeks after the March 3... More »

At Boehner's Invite, Netanyahu Coming to Congress

Speaker wants Israeli PM to discuss Iran, 'threats posed by radical Islam'

(Newser) - As the White House urged calm while it works to nail down a nuclear deal with Iran, John Boehner went a little rogue this morning: The speaker of the House issued an invite to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress next month on what Boehner calls "the threats... More »

'This Is Not How We Wanted to Welcome You to Israel'

4 victims of Paris terror attack buried in Jerusalem

(Newser) - "I am Charlie, I am Jewish, I am Israeli, I am French, I'm fed up." This was just one of the signs visible at a Jerusalem cemetery this morning as Israelis gathered to mourn four French Jews killed in last week's Paris terror attacks, the New ... More »

Cartoon Shows Netanyahu Flying Plane Into WTC

Israeli cartoonist says he didn't realize 'great sensitivity ... 9/11 holds for Americans'

(Newser) - Tell us how you really feel, Amos Biderman. The Israeli cartoonist is defending his cartoon circulated by Haaretz yesterday that shows Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu grinning as he pilots a plane straight toward a building that looks like one of the WTC towers—in essence comparing Bibi to the 9/11... More »

Hamas Executes 18 Accused Spies

Move follows deaths of 3 commanders in Israeli airstrikes

(Newser) - Hamas has executed as many as 18 Palestinians suspected of spying for Israel after airstrikes killed three top commanders in Gaza yesterday, the BBC and the Los Angeles Times report. A Gaza radio station first reported that 11 were executed at an abandoned police station; two of those were women,... More »

Netanyahu Warns Hamas of 'Intolerable' Consequences

But Israeli TV reports troop drawdown

(Newser) - Israel's prime minister has warned Hamas that it will "pay an intolerable price" if it continues to fire rockets at Israel and that Israeli troops will operate as long as necessary to restore calm for Israeli citizens. Benjamin Netanyahu also suggested in televised remarks today that the Israeli... More »

Israel: We Will Destroy Tunnels

As Netanyahu calls up 16K more reservists in 24-day-old conflict

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu today vowed to destroy Hamas' tunnels at all costs, even as Israel called up an additional 16,000 reservists—bringing the total so far to 86,000 troops. "We are determined to complete this mission with or without a ceasefire," he said of the tunnels' destruction,... More »

Obama to Netanyahu: It's Time for a Ceasefire

President says US supports Israel, but is concerned about death toll

(Newser) - In a phone call today, President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States is growing more concerned about the rising Palestinian death toll and the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The White House said Obama reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas... More »

Netanyahu: Hamas Called Truce, Yet Firing 'as We Speak'

Israel facing 'very ruthless terrorist enemy'

(Newser) - That hours-old ceasefire Hamas didn't want and then suddenly did ? It's violating it already, Benjamin Netanyahu tells CNN this morning. Hamas is "continuing to fire at us as we speak," the Israeli PM told Candy Crowley, adding that "Hamas is simply continuing all its... More »

Amid Flight Ban, Kerry Lands in Israel

White House rejects request to drop FAA ban

(Newser) - As Israel continued to pound Gaza, John Kerry arrived for cease-fire talks today, landing in Tel Aviv despite the FAA's 24-hour ban on US flights to Israel . The secretary of state, whose Air Force flight was not affected by the commercial ban brought in after a rocket hit a... More »

Israel Suffers First Casualty Since Assault Began

Palestinian death toll has now hit 194

(Newser) - An Israeli man was hit with a mortar and killed near the Gaza border today, making him the first Israeli to die in a lopsided conflict that has seen nearly 200 Palestinians killed. The man was delivering food to soldiers when the mortar struck, a police spokesman tells the AP... More »

Netanyahu: 'Hamas Will Pay' for Dead Teens

Boys were found in a pit near West Bank town

(Newser) - The three Israeli teenage boys missing since earlier this month have been found dead, according to the army and Israeli press reports, and CNN reports that PM Benjamin Netanyahu is swiftly responding by calling an emergency cabinet meeting. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," Netanyahu said in... More »

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