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Obama: US to open talks on extending Israel military aid

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddle during their joint news conference in Jerusalem, Israel, Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that Israel and the United States were opening talks on extending US military aid beyond 2017, on his first visit to the Jewish state since taking office.

Posted: March 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

AP Exclusive: Palestinians fear Netanyahu win

In this photograph made on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, a print house employee work on an election campaign billboard of Israeli Prime Minister and Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu, in the central Israeli Town of Petah Tikva. Palestinian officials largely view Benjamin Netanyahu's expected re-election with despair, fearing the Israeli hardliner's ambitious plans for settlement construction over the next four years could prove lethal to their dreams of a state. Hebrew on billboards reads - " I need you for strong Israel". AP Photo/Oded Balilty

The Palestinians have long complained that Israel’s right-wing government is killing peace prospects by settling the West Bank with Jews, but now there is something new. The Palestinian president is warning that Benjamin Netanyahu’s expected victory in next week’s election could lead to an Arab-majority country in the Holy Land that will eventually replace what is now Israel — unless he pursues a more moderate path of a two state solution to the conflict.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama, Netanyahu seem headed for US-Israel clash

In this July 6, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama, right, talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they walk to Netanyahu's car outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Obama heads into his second term weighed down not only by an American government snarled in partisan gridlock but also by a similarly unproductive relationship with the leader of Israel, the bedrock U.S. ally in the tumultuous Middle East. And the puzzle that is the U.S.-Israeli relationship under Obama and Netanyahu is only growing more complex. AP/Carolyn Kaster

Israel’s premier on Wednesday dismissed President Barack Obama’s reported displeasure with his hard-line policies toward the Palestinians, a sisgn that the two could be headed for a showdown.

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »