Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together
June 25th, 2014
05:02 PM ET
2 months ago

Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together

Washington (CNN) - After more than six decades of public service, Israeli President Shimon Peres paid his last official visit to the White House on Wednesday.

The Israeli leader discussed with President Barack Obama the wavering stability in the Middle East as civil uprisings in Iraq and Syria plague the region, as well as Iran's nuclear program – an issue Israel sees as a major threat to its security.


Filed under: Iran • Iraq • Israel • Nuclear power • Nuclear weapons • President Obama • Syria • White House
June 9th, 2014
07:44 PM ET
3 months ago

Crossfire: Heated exchange over Hillary Clinton calling West Bank 'under occupation'

Updated 1:33 p.m. ET, 6/10/2014

Hillary Clinton will discuss her memoir "Hard Choices" in a town hall meeting at the Newseum in Washington at 5 p.m. ET on June 17. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady will take questions from moderator Christiane Amanpour, CNN's Chief International Correspondent, and members of the audience. The town hall will be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Espanol.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton’s new book includes some inflammatory language about one of America’s closest allies, Israel, and its relationship with the Palestinian territories.

And Monday on CNN's Crossfire, co-host S.E. Cupp challenged Tracy Sefl from the pro-Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary on the issue, calling the language a "doozy" of a gaffe.


Filed under: 2016 • Crossfire • Hillary Clinton • Israel
April 28th, 2014
05:43 PM ET
4 months ago

Kerry under fire for reported ‘apartheid’ remarks about Israel

Updated 9:00am ET 4/29/2014

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry drew strong rebukes for reportedly saying that Israel risks becoming "an apartheid state" if a Mideast peace deal isn’t reached soon.

The alleged comments were reported on Sunday by the Daily Beast, which said it obtained a recording of Kerry speaking to global leaders at a closed-door meeting where the stalled peace process was discussed.


Filed under: AIPAC • Eric Cantor • Israel • John Kerry • Palestine • Ted Cruz
Rand Paul wants to cut off aid to Palestinian government
April 28th, 2014
11:17 AM ET
4 months ago

Rand Paul wants to cut off aid to Palestinian government

Updated 1:43 p.m. ET, 4/28/2014

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce a bill this week to cut foreign aid to the Palestinian government unless it recognizes Israel's right to exist, the senator announced Monday.

His proposal comes as the rival movements of Hamas and Fatah in the Palestinian territories reached a deal to form a unity government, a potentially major development as the Palestinian Authority seeks statehood.

Filed under: Israel • Palestinian Authority • Rand Paul
April 27th, 2014
11:09 AM ET
4 months ago

Russia, Syria, Middle East: Is the U.S. losing its ability to sway allies?

(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?


Joe Biden to lead delegation to Sharon's funeral; U.S. politicians react
January 11th, 2014
03:37 PM ET
8 months ago

Joe Biden to lead delegation to Sharon's funeral; U.S. politicians react

Updated 7:01 p.m., 1/11/2014

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to the memorial service of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, according to the White House.

"I look forward to leading the U.S. delegation to his memorial service, to pay respects to the man and to pay tribute to the unshakeable partnership between the United States and Israel," said Biden, expressing his condolences to Sharon's family and Israel.

Filed under: Ariel Sharon • Israel • Joe Biden
November 24th, 2013
09:20 AM ET
9 months ago

Kerry: Israel is safer under new deal

Updated 10:25 a.m. ET, 11/24/14

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Sunday that the interim agreement to halt Iran’s nuclear program makes Israel safer - though Israel says the agreement has exactly the opposite effect.

“We believe very strongly that because the Iranian nuclear program is actually set backwards and is actually locked into place in critical places, that that is better for Israel than if you were just continuing to go down the road and they rush towards a nuclear weapon,” Kerry said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” - just hours after world powers and Iran reached the historic agreement.

Filed under: Iran • Israel • John Kerry • TV-State of the Union
American-Jewish leaders cautiously embrace Obama Iran overtures
September 25th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
11 months ago

American-Jewish leaders cautiously embrace Obama Iran overtures

Washington (CNN) – Several leaders in the American Jewish community cautiously embraced President Barack Obama's call to engage in dialogue with the Iranian government however expressed much skepticism over whether President Hassan Rouhani can be trusted.

Preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program – and possibly gaining a nuclear bomb – is one of the top priorities for Israel and for American-Jewish leaders.

Filed under: Iran • Israel • President Obama • United Nations
The Israel fear: A careful outreach to balance Syrian threat
September 12th, 2013
10:40 AM ET
12 months ago

The Israel fear: A careful outreach to balance Syrian threat

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama and his administration make their case for a military strike against Syria, officials from the president on down worry the regime's chemical weapons stockpiles could eventually endanger America's friends.

"If fighting spills beyond Syria's borders, these weapons could threaten allies like Turkey, Jordan and Israel," the president said in his speech to the nation Tuesday night.


Filed under: Israel • political speech • President Obama • Syria
Kerry announces agreement for resuming Mideast peace talks
July 19th, 2013
02:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Kerry announces agreement for resuming Mideast peace talks

(CNN) - The long-dormant Middle East peace efforts got new life on Friday.

An agreement has been reached that "establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between" Palestinians and Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday in Amman, Jordan.


Filed under: Israel • John Kerry • Palestine
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