U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN Sunday he may travel to the region.
"I believe the President is asking me to go over there in very short order to work on the issue of a cease-fire," he told CNN's "State of the Union."
"Israel is under siege by a terrorist organization that has seen fit to dig tunnels and come through those tunnels with handcuffs and tranquilizer drugs, prepared to try to capture Israeli citizens and take them back to hold them hostage. No country could sit by and not take steps to try to deal with people who are sending thousands of rockets your way," Kerry said.
As Congress returns to session after a two-week break and President Barack Obama returns from his trip to Asia, the leaders face new and ongoing challenges domestically and overseas. While new sanctions to punish Russia for continued aggression in eastern Ukraine are expected, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is adamant that he will not negotiate with a unity Palestinian government.
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(CNN) - President Barack Obama's sweep through Asia has been peppered with one international crisis after another and has left critics questioning whether the United States is losing its footing abroad.
Noting the ongoing mess in Syria, Russia's power stance on the border of Ukraine, and the breakdown of progress toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, CNN's Candy Crowley asked lawmakers and White House officials on Sunday - where does the United States stand?
(CNN) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel cannot negotiate with the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while it is backed by Hamas.
"I call on President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas," Netanyahu said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to discuss the recent bilateral agreement that dials back Iran’s ability to work toward a nuclear weapon. Since the deal was announced on Saturday, Netanyahu has been a harsh critic of the plan.
Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, said the call was aimed at ensuring Netanyahu knew that the United States “remains completely committed to closely consulting with Israel through this process.”
(CNN) - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning against the potential deal over Iran’s nuclear program between Tehran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, along with Germany,.
In an interview that aired Sunday morning on CNN's “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley, Netanyahu said that he prefers a diplomatic solution, but the framework of the current deal being floated will not work.
President Barack Obama once again finds himself in the middle of a high stakes, tension fraught meeting with a key leader from the Middle East.
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Just days after a historic phone call between Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the U.S. president is scheduled to meet with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House late Monday morning.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio told Israeli leaders Wednesday he was glad President Barack Obama would be visiting the Jewish state this spring, and waded into the politically sensitive subject of Jerusalem's status as the capital of Israel.
Ahead of his meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Rubio said of the city, "Of course the capital of your country but the spiritual capital of million around the world."
(CNN) - When President Barack Obama visits Israel next month, he'll be awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction, Israeli President Shimon Peres' office announced Monday.
Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to receive the recognition, will be awarded the medal for making "a unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens," according to a release announcing the news.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama recently discussed an upcoming spring visit to Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed Tuesday in the daily press briefing.
While overseas, Obama will also visit the West Bank and Jordan "to continue his close work with Palestinian Authority officials and Jordanian officials," Carney added.