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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departs after meeting with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S. September 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump Tells Netanyahu He Would Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

Donald Trump on Sunday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

September 25, 2016
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Record U.S. Military Aid Deal For Israel To Be Signed On Wednesday

The United States and Israel have reached final agreement on a record new package of at least $38 billion in U.S. military aid and the 10-year pact is expected to be signed within days, sources close to the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

September 14, 2016
An Israeli soldier stops a Palestinian woman and her son at the entrance of Yatta near the West Bank city of Hebron June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma

Is The Two-State Israeli-Palestinian Solution Slipping Away?

A report released on Friday by the so-called Quartet – United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia – called on Israel to stop its policy of building settlements on occupied land and restricting Palestinian development. Israeli policy “is steadily eroding the viability of the two-state solution,” it said.

July 4, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Trump’s Unfiltered Rally In New Hampshire

At a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Donald Trump was doing pretty well sticking to his prepared remarks about trade and his economic plans, until he was distracted by an airplane.

July 1, 2016
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Trump Wants More Racial Profiling After Orlando Shooting

“I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” Trump said in an interview Sunday. The likely Republican nominee made similar comments last December about profiling, the targeting of specific demographic groups for extra scrutiny, after a Muslim American and his wife killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

June 19, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech about national security in Manchester

Trump Invokes Israel To Imply Obama Knew About Orlando Shooting

In a statement to Bloomberg, Trump said he was “referring to the fact that at times President Obama seems more in support of Muslims than Israel.”

June 14, 2016
Gambling giant Las Vegas Sands Corp's Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson speaks during an inteview with Reuters in Macau, China, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Billionare Adelson Makes Pro-Trump PAC

The emergence of Adelson’s PAC couldn’t be more timely — the GOP’s heaviest donors have voiced concern about giving to the two pro-Trump super PACs that already exist.

June 2, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders speak simultaneously during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Sanders And Clinton Supporters Are Split On Foreign Policy

With six primaries and three caucuses remaining in the Democratic nomination process, and both candidates running as populist champions economic and electoral reforms, perhaps foreign policy is the most telling reflection of the different paths the country would take under the historically hawkish Hillary Clinton or the non-interventionist Sanders.

May 24, 2016
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How Home Demolitions Threaten Palestinian Statehood

It’s a permit issue.

April 21, 2016
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Letter: On Israel, “Disproportionate Is A Code Word”

I suppose Senator Sanders would call the 42,000 Germans who died in the bombing of Hamburg also disproportionate.

April 19, 2016
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On Israel, Bernie Sanders Is Right (And Hillary Clinton Knows It)

Unfortunately, Clinton’s current approach is the dismal standard in American politics, which made Bernie Sanders’ honesty about Israel and Palestine even more refreshing.

April 15, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) afternoon general session in Washington March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Donald Trump’s AIPAC Hypocrisy

Even if watching Trump speak like a politician (teleprompter and all—sad!) was unusual, the underlying theme of his speech wasn’t: Trump will say whatever his audience wants to hear to be rewarded with applause.

March 23, 2016
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Sanders Gave An Even-Handed AIPAC Speech That Everyone Ignored

Yesterday, all five presidential candidates from both parties gave speeches to AIPAC, the leading Israeli lobbying group in the U.S. But only four of them gave their speeches in Washington, D.C. The fifth, Bernie Sanders, gave his speech to an audience in Utah, where it barely received any coverage.

March 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) afternoon general session in Washington March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The World Is Watching Donald Trump, And They’re Not Impressed

The Economist Intelligence Unit has rated a Donald Trump presidency as one of its top 10 threats to global stability and security. Other threats included Britain leaving the European Union and Russia’s military action in the Ukraine and Syria leading to a new Cold War.

March 22, 2016
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks as he delivers a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Jerusalem March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Debbie Hill/Pool

Biden Says Israel Settlements Raise Questions About Commitment To Peace

“Israel’s government’s steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, seizing land, is eroding in my view the prospect of a two-state solution,” Biden said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

March 20, 2016
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

White House Says Israel’s Netanyahu Opted To Cancel Visit With Obama

Spokesman: “We were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit.”

March 7, 2016
General view of the 'Berlinale Palast' main screening facility prior to the awards ceremony of the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany February 20, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hansche

Israeli-Palestinian Hip-Hop Movie Wins Audience Prize In Berlin

“Junction 48” tells the story of a Palestinian rap star and his girlfriend who live near Tel Aviv in the mixed Jewish-Palestinian city of Lod,

February 20, 2016
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France Presents Middle East Peace Plan to Israel

France on Tuesday presented Israel with a plan for an international peace summit to be held in Paris this summer in order to restart negotiations with the Palestinians.

February 16, 2016
Israeli border police detain a Washington Post Jerusalem bureau chief William Booth at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City

Israeli Police Briefly Detain ‘Washington Post’ Bureau Chief In Jerusalem

Bureau chief and reporter were interviewing Palestinian and Jewish residents at Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem.

February 16, 2016
File picture shows Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu sitting next to his wife Sara during a visit at the Expo 2015 global fair in Milan

Netanyahu’s Wife Abused Household Staff, Israeli Court Finds

Labor court: Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara insulted and raged at household staff, creating an abusive working environment at the official residence.

February 10, 2016
French Foreign Minister Fabius attends the session "The New Climate and Development Imperative" during the Annual Meeting of the WEF in Davos

France To Recognize Palestinian State Unless Deadlock With Israel Broken

The United States, European Union and the United Nations have issued unusually stern criticism of Israel.

January 29, 2016
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Israel Licks Wounds As Iran Sanctions End, Looks To Future U.S. Aid

Netanyahu calls on world powers to impose “harsh, aggressive sanctions” for any nuclear violations by Iran.

January 17, 2016
Still image taken from video of a man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in Mosul

Israel Worries About Threat From Islamic State

Well before the latest threat from Islamic State, Israel’s military had stepped up intelligence and preparedness efforts with the militant group in mind.

December 29, 2015
Turkish riot police walk outside the Israeli consulate before a protest against Israel's military action in Gaza, in Istanbul

Turkey Sees No Normalization Of Israel Ties Without End To Gaza Blockade: Spokesman

Turkey sees no normalization in ties with Israel unless its conditions for ending the Gaza blockade and compensation for the deaths of 10 Turkish activists in 2010 are met, a presidential spokesman said on Monday.

December 28, 2015
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Israel Presses Brazil To Accept Pro-Settler Envoy

Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has set off a diplomatic crisis.

December 27, 2015