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Mar 3, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu to address Congress amid strained ties with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A quarter of Democratic U.S. lawmakers will not attend Tuesday’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will escalate his campaign against President Barack Obama’s Iran diplomacy in an address that has put unprecedented stress on the two leaders’ already strained ties.

Although given the cold shoulder by the administration, Netanyahu has offered an olive branch, saying he meant no disrespect to Obama by accepting an invitation to address U.S. lawmakers that was orchestrated by the president’s rival Republicans.

Mar 3, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu to address Congress in speech that has strained ties with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will escalate his campaign against U.S. President Barack Obama’s Iran diplomacy on Tuesday in a speech to Congress whose staging has put unprecedented stress on the two leaders’ already strained ties.

Although cold-shouldered by the administration, Netanyahu has offered an olive branch, saying he meant no disrespect to Obama by accepting an invitation to address U.S. lawmakers that was orchestrated by the president’s rival Republicans.

Mar 2, 2015

On U.S. visit, Netanyahu warns an Iran deal could threaten Israel’s existence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Monday that the nuclear deal it is negotiating with Iran could threaten Israel’s survival and insisted he had a “moral obligation” to speak up about deep differences with President Barack Obama on the issue.

In a preview of a planned address to Congress on Tuesday that has already imperiled U.S.-Israeli ties, Netanyahu voiced fears that talks between Iran and world powers would allow Tehran to become a nuclear-armed state and said this must not happen.

Mar 2, 2015

Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of easing of tensions over Iran speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Netanyahu arrived in the United States on Sunday afternoon for a speech to Congress, which has imperiled ties between the two allies.

Mar 2, 2015

Netanyahu flies to U.S., signs of some easing of tensions over Iran speech

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Netanyahu set off for the United States to deliver the speech, which has imperilled ties between the two allies.

Mar 1, 2015

U.S.-Israel ties fraying over Netanyahu’s planned Iran speech

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Signs are growing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress against a possible nuclear deal with Iran could damage his country’s broad alliance with the United States.

The right-wing leader’s acceptance of a Republican invitation to address the U.S. legislature already brought Netanyahu’s long-strained relations with President Barack Obama to a new low due to the overture’s partisan nature.

Mar 1, 2015

U.S.-Israel ties fraying over Netanyahu speech, Iran talks

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – As relations between President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low over the Israeli prime minister’s planned speech to Congress and a looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, there are growing signs it could damage the broader U.S.-Israeli alliance.

    Already there has been some fraying of the usually strong relationship amid the frosty personal ties between the two leaders and a deepening divide over the Iran talks, which Israel fears will allow its arch foe to develop an atom bomb.    

Feb 6, 2015

Israeli official suggests Boehner misled Netanyahu on Congress speech

JERUSALEM, Feb 6 (Reuters) – A senior Israeli official
suggested on Friday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had
been misled into thinking an invitation to address the U.S.
Congress on Iran next month was fully supported by the
Democrats.

Netanyahu was invited by the Republican speaker of the
house, John Boehner, to address Congress on March 3, an
invitation Boehner originally described as bipartisan.

Feb 5, 2015

Three Israeli diplomats risk dismissal over tweets

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli ambassador and two other diplomats face possible dismissal for publishing posts on Twitter critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his testy relationship with the White House, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

The offending tweets came as Netanyahu, who is seeking a fourth term in office, fends off criticism at home and abroad over his plans to deliver a speech to the U.S. Congress on March 3, two weeks before Israel holds parliamentary elections.

Jan 29, 2015

Israel, Hezbollah signal their flare-up is over

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israel and Hezbollah signalled on Thursday their rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border was over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed two Israeli troops in retaliation for a deadly air strike in Syria last week.

Israel said it had received a message from UNIFIL, the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, that Hezbollah was not interested in further escalation.