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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.

Feb 23, 2012

Insight: Divided by common foe, Israel and U.S. tangle over Iran

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ever since their first awkward encounter – a hastily arranged meeting in a custodian’s office at a Washington airport in 2007 – Iran has been one of the few issues on which Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu have been able to find some common ground.

Nearly five years ago, neither man was yet in power but both hoped to be, and though they were very different politicians they grabbed the opportunity to size each other up when their paths crossed.

Feb 23, 2012

Insight – Israel and U.S. tangle over Iran

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ever since their first awkward encounter – a hastily arranged meeting in a custodian’s office at a Washington airport in 2007 – Iran has been one of the few issues on which Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu have been able to find some common ground.

Nearly five years ago, neither man was yet in power but both hoped to be, and though they were very different politicians they grabbed the opportunity to size each other up when their paths crossed.

Feb 23, 2012

Divided by common foe, Israel and U.S. tangle over Iran

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ever since their first awkward encounter – a hastily arranged meeting in a custodian’s office at a Washington airport in 2007 – Iran has been one of the few issues on which Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu have been able to find some common ground.

Nearly five years ago, neither man was yet in power but both hoped to be, and though they were very different politicians they grabbed the opportunity to size each other up when their paths crossed.

Feb 7, 2012
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Militant Jewish “Price Tag” graffiti daubed on Jerusalem’s Monastery of the Cross

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(The Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem, 22 September 2005/heatkernel)

A Jerusalem monastery, built on the site where tradition says the tree used in the making of Jesus’s cross once stood, was defaced with “Death to Christians” graffiti on Tuesday. The words “Price Tag” daubed on a vandalized car parked outside the 11th-century Monastery of the Cross suggested that militant Jewish settlers were responsible and police said they were investigating that possibility as well as other angles.

The term refers to retribution the settlers say they will exact for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the West Bank, an area Palestinians seek as part of a future state. “Price Tag” attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Israeli military installations in the occupied West Bank but vandalism of Christian holy sites in Jerusalem is extremely rare.

Feb 6, 2012

Netanyahu can’t fly solo in Israel to attack Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Three decades ago, an Israeli prime minister faced his cabinet and invoked the Holocaust in an emotional appeal to approve an air strike against an Arab atomic reactor.

Menachem Begin got the nod, cautioning that a nuclear-armed Iraq under Saddam Hussein would pose a threat to the existence of the Jewish state. On June 7, 1981, Israeli warplanes destroyed the nuclear facility near Baghdad.

Feb 5, 2012

Israel’s Netanyahu to visit U.S. next month

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Washington next month, his office said Sunday, amid heightened speculation that Israel might attack Iranian nuclear facilities despite U.S. reservations.

Netanyahu is to address the annual policy conference of the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which will be held in the U.S. capital on March 4-6, an official statement said.

Feb 2, 2012

Israel says Iran seeking U.S.-range missile

JERUSALEM, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Israel said on Thursday
Iran had been working on developing a missile capable of
striking the United States at a military base rocked by a deadly
explosion three months ago.

The blast on Nov. 12 killed 17 Iranian troops, including an
officer regarded as the architect of Iran’s missile defences.
Iran said at the time the explosion at the facility, 45 km (28
miles) from Tehran, was an accident and occurred during research
on weapons that could strike Israel.

Feb 2, 2012

Israel says Iran has material for four A-bombs

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel estimated on Thursday that Iran could make four atomic bombs by further enriching uranium it has already stockpiled, and could produce its first within a year of deciding to build one.

But in his rare public remarks, Major-General Aviv Kochavi, chief of military intelligence, held out the possibility stronger international sanctions might dissuade Tehran from pursuing a policy he had no doubt was aimed at developing nuclear weapons, despite Iranian denials.

Jan 24, 2012

Netanyahu cites Holocaust lesson in dealing with Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, citing the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust and the danger a nuclear-armed Iran, said on Tuesday that Israel must not shy from acting alone to thwart any threat to its existence.

Addressing parliament ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, Netanyahu praised a European Union decision on Monday to place sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

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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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