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Apr 4, 2012

Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers to meet

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers will meet later this month, officials said on Wednesday, but the rare talks may only sharpen differences that have brought peace negotiations to a standstill.

The Palestinians said they will present Benjamin Netanyahu with a letter spelling out Israel’s failure to implement a 2003 “road map” that includes a halt to settlement activity as a step towards achieving a final peace agreement.

Mar 28, 2012

Livni ousted as leader of Israel’s opposition party

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s main opposition Kadima party, expected to suffer a crushing defeat in the next election, has voted out its leader Tzipi Livni and chosen ex-defense chief Shaul Mofaz to replace her.

The final count on Wednesday of a leadership ballot gave Mofaz 61.7 percent of the vote to Livni’s 37.2 percent.

Mar 21, 2012

Victims of France shooting buried in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Three children and a rabbi shot dead at a Jewish school in France were buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the victims of what an Israeli politician said were murders inspired by “wild animals made crazy by their hatred” of Jews.

The bodies of the 30-year-old rabbi, his two young children and a school friend were laid to rest in brilliant sunshine at a hilltop cemetery at the entrance to the holy city after being flown out from France where they were killed on Monday.

Mar 6, 2012
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Netanyahu’s gift to Obama: tale of ancient Persian plot against the Jews

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(Part of a Scroll of Esther from Alsace, France in a 1730 parchment at the The Israel Museum, Jerusalem)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed President Barack Obama a gift on Monday that spoke volumes about Israel’s tensions with Iran – an ancient Hebrew tome about a Persian plot to annihilate Jews.

Mar 6, 2012

Netanyahu tells Obama: No Israeli decision on Iran attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu assured President Barack Obama on Monday that Israel has not made any decision on attacking Iran’s nuclear sites, sources close to the talks said, but the Israeli prime minister gave no sign of backing away from possible military action.

With Obama appealing for more time to allow international sanctions to work against Tehran, the two men agreed to keep up their coordination on the issue, but differences remained on how to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Mar 6, 2012

Obama, Netanyahu give no sign of narrowing gap on Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama appealed to Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to give sanctions time to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but the Israeli prime minister offered no sign of backing away from possible military action, saying his country must be the “master of its fate.”

The two men, who have had a strained relationship, sought to present a united front in the Iranian nuclear standoff as they held White House talks. But their public statements revealed differences over how to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Mar 5, 2012

Obama offers Netanyahu assurances over Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, aiming to head off any premature Israeli strike on Iran, sought to assure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that the United States would always “have Israel’s back” but said there was still time for diplomacy.

Netanyahu, in a show of unity with an American leader with whom he has had a rocky relationship, said at the White House that both Israel and the United States stood together on the need to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Mar 3, 2012

Obama says he’s not bluffing on Iran military option

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama issued his most direct threat yet of U.S. military action against Iran if it builds a nuclear weapon, but in a message to Israel’s leader ahead of White House talks he also cautioned against a pre-emptive Israeli strike.

“As president of the United States, I don’t bluff,” Obama warned Iran in a magazine interview published on Friday, three days before he will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington.

Mar 2, 2012

Netanyahu warns against diplomatic path with Iran

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday global powers would be falling into a trap if they pursued talks with Iran and he challenged Tehran with a series of demands before he meets U.S. President Barack Obama.

But at the same time, Netanyahu was careful at a news conference with Canada’s leader to avoid widening a rift with Obama over what Washington fears could be an Israeli rush to attack Iranian nuclear facilities before economic sanctions and diplomacy run their course.

Mar 2, 2012

Obama, Netanyahu set to confront divisions over Iran

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Just days before what could be the most consequential meeting of U.S. and Israeli leaders in years, aides to President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are scrambling to bridge stark differences over what Washington fears could be an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites.

Further complicating Monday’s White House talks is a trust deficit between the two men that has been magnified by mounting pressures of the U.S. presidential campaign. Obama’s Republican foes are eager to paint him as too tough on Israel and too soft on Iran.

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      "Heller joined Reuters from United Press International in Tel Aviv in 1984 and transferred to London in 1987. He returned to the Middle East in 1992 as a senior sub-editor on the Middle East and Africa desk before taking up a post as correspondent, Jerusalem a year later. He is currently editor-in-charge in the Jerusalem bureau."
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