Romney to Israel
July 2nd, 2012
04:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to Israel

(CNN) – Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will travel to Israel this summer to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his presidential campaign confirmed Monday.

Romney will already be overseas in late July to attend the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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Disturbance in House chamber during Netanyahu's speech
May 24th, 2011
11:49 AM ET
3 years ago

Disturbance in House chamber during Netanyahu's speech

(CNN) - A woman was removed from the House Chamber by U.S Capitol Police Tuesday after interrupting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint meeting of Congress.

Police escorted her out of the chamber and she was heard screaming "equal rights for Palestine" loudly on the third floor of the Capitol outside the chamber.
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Netanyahu to Obama: No return to 1967 lines
May 20th, 2011
02:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Netanyahu to Obama: No return to 1967 lines

Washington (CNN) –Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday firmly rejected President Barack Obama's call for a return to the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, telling the U.S. leader that such a move is impossible in light of current security concerns and demographic realities.

Listen: Candy Crowley and Bob Costantini talk Obama-Middle East and the GOP's Help Wanted attitude:

The two leaders pledged to work together, however, in the pursuit of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Updated 2:42 p.m.

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Huckabee and Voight in Israel
January 31st, 2011
10:58 AM ET
3 years ago

Huckabee and Voight in Israel

Washington (CNN) - Potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee scored a sit down Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Huckabee, whose visit to the country comes only days after potential-rival Mitt Romney made a similar foray to the powerful United States ally, tweeted a photo of himself meeting with the prime minister earlier Monday. Also along for the ride is actor and conservative activist Jon Voight.
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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Mike Huckabee
September 2nd, 2010
05:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Mideast negotiators already mull possible third round of talks

ALT TEXT Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell in a trilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Secretary’s Office on Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: State Department Official Photograph)

Washington (CNN) – President Obama's Middle East peace initiative this week has led to promises of a second round of negotiations on September 14-15, but CNN has learned that Israeli and Palestinian officials are also privately discussing the possibility of a third round of talks as early as later this month.

Two senior officials close to the talks said Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are already discussing a possible third round of talks because both sides are concerned about the impact of Israel's 10-month moratorium on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank that expires on September 26th.

The goal is to pick up some momentum coming out of the September 14-15 talks, which Obama's Special Middle East Envoy George Mitchell announced Thursday in Washington after the first direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials in nearly two years.

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August 29th, 2010
03:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Israel, Palestinians stake positions ahead of talks

Jerusalem (CNN) - Israeli and Palestinian leaders were looking forward to direct talks this week in Washington with both hope and apprehension. The two sides have agreed to hold direct peace talks beginning Thursday, the first such talks since 2008.

"I am convinced that if the Palestinian leadership approaches these talks with the same degree of seriousness as [us], we will be able to advance toward a stable agreement that will ensure peace and security for both peoples and will contribute to the security and stability of the region," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

Netanyahu leaves for Washington on Tuesday, he said, with the goal to "seriously and responsibly" advance a peace agreement with the Palestinians. The talks will be held without prior conditions, he said.

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July 16th, 2010
07:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Netanyahu to meet with U.S. special envoy

(CNN) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to meet Friday with U.S. special envoy George Mitchell to advance direct talks next month with the Palestinians.


Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • George Mitchell
July 6th, 2010
01:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama: Netanyahu 'willing to take risks for peace'

Washington (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly emphasized the strength and durability of ties between their two countries Tuesday - part of an effort to dispel the notion that relations between the United States and Israel have frayed in recent months.

They said they had discussed new steps that can be taken to revitalize a Middle East peace process that many observers believe has recently stalled.

The two leaders also took aim at Iran, highlighting common efforts to prevent that country from acquiring a nuclear arsenal.

The meeting - their fifth since Netanyahu took office last spring - took place at the White House against a backdrop of speculation that the two leaders are increasingly at odds on a range of key issues.

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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Israel • Middle East • President Obama
July 6th, 2010
08:19 AM ET
4 years ago

'Direct peace talks' the goal, Netanyahu says

Washington (CNN) – Middle East peace talks will be the focus when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Obama on Tuesday, officials from both countries said.

Right now, Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas aren't talking directly. They are communicating only through U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who serves as a go-between for negotiations.

Netanyahu told Israeli Cabinet officials Sunday that he was ready to meet with Abbas at any time.

Listen: CNN Radio's Bob Costantini speaks with Aylaya Hasson, a diplomatic analyst from Israeli TV, about the upcoming meeting.

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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • President Obama
July 2nd, 2010
05:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama and Netanyahu to talk peace in the Oval Office

President Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on July 6th.
President Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on July 6th.

Washington (CNN) – The White House says President Obama will attempt to "seize momentum" in the Middle East peace process when he sits down Tuesday morning for a rescheduled Oval office meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"The gaps have narrowed," said Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications.

In a conference call briefing ahead of the long anticipated meeting, Rhodes and Dan Shapiro, NSC Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said the meeting would focus on how to move proximity talks to direct talks, and on the recent "liberalization" of Israel's policy on commercial traffic into Gaza.

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