After Iran deal, Obama and Kerry pivot to Middle East peace
December 7th, 2013
08:12 PM ET
4 months ago

After Iran deal, Obama and Kerry pivot to Middle East peace

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made explicit the administration's renewed attempts to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and Palestine Saturday as the United States begins to assume a more muscular role in talks.

At the Brookings Institution's annual Saban Forum on Middle East issues and U.S.-Israeli relations, Obama and Kerry each spoke about a budding interim deal that would work towards a two-state solution.
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Obama takes it easy on the last day of a busy Mideast visit
March 23rd, 2013
02:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama takes it easy on the last day of a busy Mideast visit

Jerusalem (CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama wraps up his trip to the Middle East on Saturday with a walking tour of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.

The city's breathtaking architecture features buildings partly carved into stone cliffs and combines eastern culture with ancient Greek constructions. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Administration official underscores U.S. support for Israel as Obama begins international trip
November 17th, 2012
02:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Administration official underscores U.S. support for Israel as Obama begins international trip

(CNN) – A national security adviser to President Barack Obama reaffirmed on Saturday the administration’s support for Israel’s “right to defend itself” as violence raged on the border between Israel and Gaza.

“We believe that the precipitating factor for the conflict was the rocket fire coming out of Gaza,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser. “We believe that Israel has a right to defend itself and will make its own decisions about the package that they use in that regard.”
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Mideast unrest and Iran on Obama's list for United Nations
September 21st, 2012
08:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Mideast unrest and Iran on Obama's list for United Nations

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will likely address the recent unrest in the Muslim world, including in Libya, when he speaks to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, according to administration officials.

He is expected to once again reject the views in the controversial video that is thought to have instigated the violence that resulted in the death of four Americans in Benghazi, one official said, while underscoring that violence is never acceptable.
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Top Obama Middle East adviser Dennis Ross stepping down
November 10th, 2011
03:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Top Obama Middle East adviser Dennis Ross stepping down

Washington (CNN) - Dennis Ross, one of the president's top advisers dealing with Middle East policy, announced Thursday he's stepping down from his post, leaving prospects for the administration's efforts to restart the peace process even more uncertain.

He cited a promise he made to his wife to serve in the Obama administration for only two years.

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CNN Poll: Majority say invoke War Powers Act
May 31st, 2011
01:26 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Majority say invoke War Powers Act

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's overseas trip is done, but a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll indicates domestic debate over some hot-button international policy issues, including Libya and the Middle East, rages on.

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On Libya, some members of Congress want to invoke the War Powers Act, and according to the survey, a majority of Americans appear to agree. Fifty-five percent of people questioned in the poll, which was released Tuesday, believe that Congress, not the president, should have the final authority for deciding whether the U.S. should continue its military mission in Libya.
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Administration defends Obama omitting Saudis from Mideast speech
May 23rd, 2011
04:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Administration defends Obama omitting Saudis from Mideast speech

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama did not specifically mention key U.S. ally Saudi Arabia in his Middle East speech last week because he couldn't single out every Middle Eastern country individually, an administration official said Monday.

"You can't, obviously, address every single issue and relationship in the Middle East," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday, answering a reporter's question at a press briefing.
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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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GOP contenders: Obama has 'thrown Israel under the bus'
May 20th, 2011
10:19 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP contenders: Obama has 'thrown Israel under the bus'

Washington (CNN) – As President Obama's speech on the U.S. role in the Middle East is getting praise by some around the world, it is also receiving harsh criticism from political opponents at home.

One Republican presidential hopeful is accusing the president of having a dangerous foreign policy, while another claims Obama is making a "dangerous demand." Two others alternately claim the president has "betrayed" and "disrespected" Israel.

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Libyan rebels pronounce Obama speech 'good enough'
May 19th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Libyan rebels pronounce Obama speech 'good enough'

(CNN) – Libyan rebels praised President Barack Obama's Thursday address on the U.S. role in the Middle East, while some Syrian activists expressed disappointment that Obama didn't push harder on their embattled ruler.

In Benghazi, the heart of the Libyan revolt against longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi, a rebel leader pronounced Obama's speech in support of democratic movements across the region "good enough."

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