Construction workers are seen at the E1 construction site near the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem in 2007.
December 4, 2012 Israel's ambassadors to Britain, France, Denmark, Spain and Sweden were summoned to hear criticism of the plan. The criticism in the U.S. was more muted.
July 30, 2012 Mitt Romney's trip abroad accomplished some of what he wanted. In Israel he delivered a hawkish pro-Israel message of support for the conservative government meant to appeal to those U.S. Jews skeptical of President Obama. But his trip also had missteps, notably in Britain but not only there.
July 27, 2012 It may have just been a coincidence that on the eve of Mitt Romney's visit to Israel, President Obama signed legislation that increases U.S. military and security aid to the Jewish state. But the timing showed once again the benefits of incumbency in an election year.
Mitt Romney meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on January 13, 2011. Romney was not yet an official candidate at the time.
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July 2, 2012 The GOP candidate, who has criticized President Obama's policies toward the ally, will reportedly visit later this month.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked on as President Obama spoke this morning in the Oval Office of the White House.
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March 5, 2012 The two leaders are meeting to discuss what to do about Iran. Both say that nation cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. Obama will press for more time to let sanctions take effect. But he isn't ruling out military options.
March 5, 2012 In Monday's March 5, 2012 political grab bag, President Obama warned U.S. and Israeli politicians that bellicose talk towards Iran only helped that rogue nation by increasing oil prices. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum appeared tied in Ohio heading into Super Tuesday. Rush Limbaugh's "apology" did little to stem still the outrage over his "slut" remark.
March 2, 2012 Obama told The Atlantic that he doesn't "bluff" as president of the U.S. when he says he's willing to use the military to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon... Maryland became the eighth state to legalize gay marriage... Virginia approved a controversial anti-abortion bill requiring ultrasound which the governor says he will sign.
May 25, 2011 If President Obama could get a do-over on his Arab Spring speech, would he restate precisely his line about Israel's 1967 borders (with agreed swaps!) being the starting point for renewed talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators?From a purely political point of view, it seems unlikely.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama in the Oval Office today (May 20, 2011).
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May 20, 2011 One day after President Obama said the U.S. wants those lines to be the basis for peace talks, the Israeli prime minister repeated his opposition. Obama said he still believes "it is possible to shape a deal."
President Obama, during his address at the State Department on Thursday (May 19, 2011).
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May 20, 2011 Few things are dissected as carefully and debated as passionately as what a U.S. president says about the Middle East peace process. Obama's statement that the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on pre-1967 lines is getting scrutinized.
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