US-Israeli relations

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McCain: Obama, Get Over Israel 'Tantrum'

President's priorities 'so screwed up that it's unbelievable'

(Newser) - President Obama pulled no punches in his blunt assessment of Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign rhetoric, and John McCain is today taking his own jabs at Obama. Appearing this morning on CNN , he said, "The president should get over it. Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President." He dismissed... 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 »

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 »

Israel Tapped John Kerry's Phone

Somewhere, Angela Merkel is smiling

(Newser) - It seems that people who live in glass houses shouldn't spy on cell phones : During the frenetic and doomed Mideast peace talks last year, John Kerry was furiously working the phones to both Israel and the Palestinians—and as der Spiegel reports in an exclusive that cites "reliable... More »

Israel Kills American in Prison Standoff

Killer Samuel Sheinbein sparked extradition fight between US, Israel

(Newser) - Israeli special forces raided Sharon Prison in central Israel today, killing one of the country's most notorious inmates after he seized a guard's weapon, shot three guards, and barricaded himself inside the compound. A standoff ensued, with counter-terrorism units dispatched to the scene. The inmate then opened fire... More »

Obama to Israelis: Put Yourself in Palestine's Shoes

It's 'not fair' that their kids can't grow up in their own state, he says

(Newser) - President Obama gave a well-received speech to Israeli college students today in which he pressed them to challenge their political leaders to bring about peace, reports CNN . "You must create the change that you want to see," he said, adding that having a Palestinian state and an Israeli... More »

In Israel, Obama Warns Syria on Chemical Weapons

On Iran, says there's still time for diplomacy to work

(Newser) - Maybe the most newsworthy item out of President Obama's news conference today with Benjamin Netanyahu centered on Syria, not Israel. Obama said the US is investigating claims that chemical weapons were used in Aleppo, and he warned that Bashar al-Assad will be held accountable if he employed them, reports... More »

Obama to Visit Israel This Spring

It will be his first trip there as president

(Newser) - President Obama will visit Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan in the spring, marking his first visit since becoming president. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit by phone in late January, when Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his success in Israel's election. The White House has... More »

Netanyahu, Barak Feud Over US

Defense minister using Netanyahu's prickly relations with Obama against him

(Newser) - Mitt Romney isn't the only one making political hay out of the rift between Barack Obama and Israel. People loyal to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu say his defense minister—and longtime political rival—Ehud Barak intentionally exacerbated that rift during their recent trip to New York to make... More »

Obama Has Abandoned Israel

Krauthammer: His 'incoherent' policy on Iran is proof

(Newser) - Here are a few of the ways Charles Krauthammer describes President Obama's policy on Iran in today's Washington Post : "incoherent," "in shambles," "beyond feckless," and "knowingly and obviously contradictory." No wonder Israel is angry , he writes. Obama insists he won'... More »

Obama, Netanyahu Relations Just Got Frostier

President won't meet with him, as Israeli leader slams Iran policy

(Newser) - President Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu's relations have never been described as warm, and two developments today show they're not getting warmer:
  • No meeting: Obama has turned down a request to meet with Netanyahu when he comes to the US later this month to address the UN. The White
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Panetta: Iran Attack Is On the Table

He touts ties to Israel in visit with Ehud Barak

(Newser) - "All options" are on the table when it comes to preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon—including military force, Leon Panetta said today during a trip to Israel. Panetta said force was a last resort, but that if Iran persisted in its quest, "we have options that... More »

Iran Caught Scrubbing Nuclear Evidence at Parchin

Meanwhile, Israel asks US for weapons

(Newser) - Diplomats from the UN's nuclear agency say they've seen satellite images of Iranian trucks and earth-moving vehicles working at Iran's Parchin site, in what they suspect is an attempt to scrub the area of radioactive traces ahead of the IAEA's visit . Diplomats tell the AP that... More »

Netanyahu to Obama: No Iran Hit Planned. Yet.

Iran has Israel, US in strained relationship

(Newser) - The US and Israel still don't quite see eye to eye on Iran, but Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the White House yesterday managed to reassure both sides. American officials emerged saying President Obama's tougher rhetoric had eased pressure on Israel to attack, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Netanyahu to Obama: 'We Are You, and You Are Us'

Iran tensions dominate talks

(Newser) - President Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu tried to project an image of unity today as the president welcomed his Israeli counterpart to the Oval Office. Speaking to reporters before their closed-door meeting, Obama said, "The United States will always have Israel's back," echoing his AIPAC speech. Netanyahu, meanwhile,... More »

Jewish Vote Riding on Obama AIPAC Speech

With Iran, GOP pressuring, Obama needs to shore up Israel position

(Newser) - With Republicans hammering President Obama on Israel, his shaky relationship with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the looming threat of Iran's nuclear program, Obama's AIPAC speech this morning could be a "a pivotal moment" for keeping the Jewish vote heading into this fall's election,... More »

Panetta to Israel: 'Just Get to the Damn Table'

Defense Secretary says military action should be 'last resort, not the first'

(Newser) - Leon Panetta delivered a harsh rebuke to Israel yesterday, saying that it needed to take steps to end its increasing isolation in the Middle East—starting with reviving peace talks with the Palestinians. “Just get to the damn table,” Panetta said at a pro-Israel forum in Washington, according... More »

FBI Leak Reveals US Spying on Israeli Embassy in DC

But that's pretty much par for the course, say intelligence experts

(Newser) - When FBI translator Shamai Leibowitz pleaded guilty last year to divulging classified information, the nature of that info was kept secret even from the judge . Now we know why: Leibowitz was passing on transcripts of US wiretaps on the Israeli embassy in DC, the blogger he leaked them to tells... More »

Bibi Ready to Talk Palestine Borders

Borders would be based in 1967 ceasefire, if Palestine recognizes Israel

(Newser) - In a major change of policy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is saying for the first time that Israel is ready to discuss the borders of a Palestinian state, using 1967 ceasefire borders as a rough starting point, reports the Telegraph . The offer depends on Palestinians accepting Israel as a... More »

Netanyahu Doesn't Budge

He rejects Obama's backing of 1967 borders in talks

(Newser) - President Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu said reassuring things about US-Israeli relations today, but Netanyahu's list of deal-breakers made clear the two leaders remain far apart on the elements of a peace deal with Palestinians, reports the New York Times . Notably, Netanyahu rejected Obama's suggestion of a return to... More »

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