Kerry gets started at State, speaks to Middle East leaders
February 3rd, 2013
04:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Kerry gets started at State, speaks to Middle East leaders

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with leaders from Israel and the Palestinian Authority, among others, during his first weekend on the job, according to a readout released by the State Department on Sunday.

The former senator from Massachusetts spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the country's recent elections and the Middle East peace process. He also talked to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas about Israeli-Palestinian relations and vowed to continue efforts with Congress to send funds to the authority.
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What is the future of the Obama-Netanyahu relationship?
November 23rd, 2012
02:21 PM ET
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What is the future of the Obama-Netanyahu relationship?

(CNN) - Amid the flurry of diplomatic congratulations over the maneuvering that led to a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas this week, the dual readouts of the roles played by President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contained some interesting language.

A written statement detailing the telephone conversation between the two after an agreement was reached included the usual language of maintaining the U.S. commitment to Israeli security. But the White House also said that Obama "commended the prime minister for agreeing to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal – which the president recommended the prime minister to do."

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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Israel • President Obama
Empty Oval Office featured in anti-Obama ad
October 4th, 2012
10:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Empty Oval Office featured in anti-Obama ad

(CNN) - The Oval Office sits empty while violence erupts in the Arab world in a new ad from the conservative group American Future Fund.

The ad cites reports that President Barack Obama has missed a significant number of his daily national security briefings. The White House spokesman disputed those reports after they were published in September - the distinction being in-person briefings versus the written presidential daily briefing.
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Filed under: 2012 • Benjamin Netanyahu • Iowa • President Obama • White House
Romney, Obama speak with Netanyahu
The White House released a photo of President Barack Obama speaking on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
September 28th, 2012
09:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney, Obama speak with Netanyahu

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone on Friday, the day after the Israeli leader publicly urged the international community to draw a "clear red line" with Iran over its suspected nuclear development program.

The White House released a statement on the president's phone call shortly after 1 p.m. ET. Obama's call with Netanyahu was more than 20 minutes, according to a senior administration official.
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Filed under: 2012 • Benjamin Netanyahu • Iran • Israel • Mitt Romney • President Obama
New ad brings Netanyahu to Florida television sets
September 21st, 2012
01:39 AM ET
2 years ago

New ad brings Netanyahu to Florida television sets

(CNN) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has key billing in a new ad running in Florida.

The spot, produced by the independent group Secure America Now, shows Netanyahu voicing his concern about what he and other world leaders suspect is a nuclear program being pursued by Iran.
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Filed under: 2012 • Benjamin Netanyahu • President Obama
On 'red lines,' Obama and Romney appear in agreement
September 16th, 2012
09:14 AM ET
2 years ago

On 'red lines,' Obama and Romney appear in agreement

Washington (CNN) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview aired Sunday that the upcoming U.S. presidential election should not influence the debate over how and when to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions, a contentious issue that remains a sticking point between the Israeli leader and President Barack Obama.

Yet in recent interviews, Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney have stated largely similar stances on the issue of setting clear "red line" boundaries for Iran as it advances its nuclear program, which leaders in Tehran maintain is for peaceful purposes.
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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Israel • Mitt Romney • President Obama
September 16th, 2012
09:07 AM ET
2 years ago

Netanyahu: People 'are trying to draw me into the American election'

(CNN) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that the United States must establish a clear "red line" that Tehran cannot cross with its nuclear program, if it wants to avoid war.

"I think the issue is how to prevent Iran from completing its nuclear weapons program. They're moving very rapidly to completing the enrichment of the uranium that they need to produce a nuclear bomb. In six months or so, they will be 90 percent of the way there," Netanyahu said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Israel • President Obama
White House: Obama talks with Netanyahu on Iran, no meeting sought
September 11th, 2012
10:57 PM ET
2 years ago

White House: Obama talks with Netanyahu on Iran, no meeting sought

(CNN) - President Barack Obama talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a call Tuesday night about the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program, according to a White House statement.

Obama placed the call to Netanyahu, a senior administration official told CNN.

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Filed under: 2012 • Benjamin Netanyahu • President Obama
July 29th, 2012
01:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney talks tough on Iran

Jerusalem (CNN) – Warning that a nuclear-capable Iran would lead to war, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday pledged to support “any and all measures” to keep Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.

During what his campaign billed as a major foreign policy speech in Jerusalem, Romney said he hoped economic and diplomatic steps would deter the Islamic republic from pursuing the ability to develop nuclear weapons - but “no option should be excluded.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Benjamin Netanyahu • Israel • Mitt Romney
Obama aides: President will visit Israel in a second term
July 23rd, 2012
01:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama aides: President will visit Israel in a second term

(CNN) – President Barack Obama, if elected to a second term, would visit Israel, something he has not done since taking office-according to Obama campaign aides.

In a conference call with reporters Monday, Colin Kahl, the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East, said "we can expect him to visit Israel in a second term should he be elected."
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