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
2 years ago

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
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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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Filed under: Israel • President Obama
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
September 24th, 2012
11:31 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney continue argument started on '60 Minutes'

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney traded shots in high-profile interviews with Romney saying Obama hasn't supported Israel strongly enough and Obama asking if Romney was trying to start a war in the region.

Romney said in a "60 Minutes" interview on CBS that aired on Sunday that Obama was making a "mistake" by not meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during this week's meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iran • Israel • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Romney campaign pounces on Obama national security comments
September 23rd, 2012
11:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign pounces on Obama national security comments

(CNN) – The Romney campaign was quick to pounce on comments made by President Barack Obama in an interview that aired Sunday, calling into question the president’s commitment to Israel as the United States’ closest ally in the Middle East.

In an interview with CBS’ Steve Kroft recorded the day following the deadly attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Obama was asked if he felt pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to change his policy and a draw line in the sand when it comes to Iran's nuclear program.
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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • President Obama
In new tape, Romney casts doubt on peace for Israelis and Palestinians
September 18th, 2012
08:44 AM ET
2 years ago

In new tape, Romney casts doubt on peace for Israelis and Palestinians

(CNN) - A clip of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fund-raiser in May shows the GOP presidential candidate questioning the prospect of ever reaching peace between Israelis and Palestinians, calling a path to a solution in the region "almost unthinkable to accomplish."

The clip, one of a series of videotaped remarks that were posted on the website of the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones, shows Romney speaking in more pessimistic tones about peace in the region than he generally does in public. The clip shows only Romney speaking, and does not include any questions that may have prompted his remarks.
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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney
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
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