Photo: Israel prepares for Obama visit
Photo by Anastasia Diakides/CNN
March 18th, 2013
12:20 PM ET
1 year ago

Photo: Israel prepares for Obama visit

(CNN) - In Jerusalem, signs welcoming President Barack Obama are already up. The president departs Washington Tuesday evening for his trip to the Middle East, which will also include stops in the West Bank and Jordan.


Filed under: Israel • President Obama
Ex-Obama aide speaks candidly on Israeli cause to free jailed spy
Jonathan Pollard's U.S. Navy Identification Photo
March 15th, 2013
01:01 PM ET
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Ex-Obama aide speaks candidly on Israeli cause to free jailed spy

(CNN) - Unshackled from the White House, former spokesman for the National Security Council Tommy Vietor is being very candid about the Israeli cause to free Jonathan Pollard – an American who spied for Israel. Pollard was convicted in 1987 and is currently serving out a life sentence in the United States.

Many Israelis are waging a public effort to free Pollard in advance of President Obama's scheduled visit to Israel later this month. The effort for a pardon has been going on for decades, and has been rejected by presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The Lead with Jake Tapper starts Monday, March 18th, only on CNN.

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On Israel trip, Obama to get medal
February 18th, 2013
10:59 AM ET
1 year ago

On Israel trip, Obama to get medal

(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.
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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Israel • President Obama
Rubio visits Jordan, Israel  on Mideast trip
February 16th, 2013
01:03 PM ET
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Rubio visits Jordan, Israel on Mideast trip

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio has arrived in Jordan, where he kicks off a Middle East trip that also takes him to Israel in two days, an aide to the senator told CNN on Sunday.

The Florida Republican will meet with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. In Jordan, he will meet with King Abdullah, he said.
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Obama to make first trip to Israel as president
February 5th, 2013
02:25 PM ET
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Obama to make first trip to Israel as president

(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.
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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Israel • Jay Carney • President Obama
Kerry gets started at State, speaks to Middle East leaders
February 3rd, 2013
04:25 PM ET
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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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While visiting Israel, Sen. Paul calls for less U.S. foreign aid
January 8th, 2013
10:22 AM ET
2 years ago

While visiting Israel, Sen. Paul calls for less U.S. foreign aid

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul is staying true to his message against sending millions in aid money overseas, even while visiting Israel, one of the largest beneficiaries of U.S. assistance.

"It will be harder to defend Israel if we destroy our country in the process," Paul said at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, according to the Jerusalem Post. "I think there will be significant repercussions to running massive deficits."
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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Israel • Rand Paul
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
November 19th, 2012
10:56 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: 57% of Americans say Israeli attacks in Gaza are justified

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say that Israel's current military strikes against Gaza are justified, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates that 57% of the public says Israel is justified in taking military action in Gaza against Hamas, with one in four saying the attacks are unjustified.
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Fact check: Did Obama say he wants 'daylight' between U.S., Israel?
October 8th, 2012
06:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Fact check: Did Obama say he wants 'daylight' between U.S., Israel?

(CNN) - Throughout his campaign, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has cast himself as an ardent backer of Israel - and, either directly or indirectly, suggested that President Barack Obama hasn't been similarly supportive.

The former Massachusetts governor lashed out again Monday in a speech at the Virginia Military Institute, criticizing Obama on several points. Among them was Israel, with Romney stating the relationship between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "has suffered great strains" in recent years.

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