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Dylan, Peres awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by Obama

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2012

Legendary musician Bob Dylan and Israeli president Shimon Peres have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The singer, who turns 71 next month, was named as one of 13 individuals to be given the highest honour open to American civilians.

Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, has enjoyed a career spanning five decades and won five Grammy awards.

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White House: time running out for Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

A White House official has warned that time is running out for Iran to work with the international community.

Jay Carney, press secretary for the Obama administration, said that “the window was closing” for the Ahmadinejad regime to cooperate over its nuclear ambitions.

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Can Iranians compromise in Istanbul?

April 11, 2012

Until last week, it was not even clear where talks would happen.

On Friday, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) will meet their Iranian counterparts in Istanbul, for a new round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme. There is no reason to be optimistic about the talks, despite the initial mood expressed by Brussels and Washington.

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Obama: no plans to release Jonathan Pollard

By Jennifer Lipman, April 10, 2012

A plea for clemency for the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been rejected by the Obama administration.

On Monday Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the White House to free the former

US Navy intelligence analyst, who was given a life sentence 15 years ago.

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Obama's inside track on Israel

By Joel Braunold, March 29, 2012

In Peter Beinart's new book, The Crisis of Zionism, Beinart tracks, the relationship between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama, whom he terms the first "Jewish President". It's not a reference to Obama being a crypto-Jew, but rather that the intellectual and moral milieu within which Obama made his meteoric rise was entirely Jewish.

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Obama has not changed his position on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 8, 2012

The moment that, in his Aipac speech on Sunday, President Obama began reeling off all the instances over the past three years when his administration had stood firmly by Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's advisers went into crisis mode.

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Netanyahu: We can't wait on Iran like we did on Auschwitz

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has emphasised the urgency of a response to the Iranian nuclear threat.

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Iran and Pollard on agenda for White House meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to use part of his meeting with Barack Obama today to make a plea on behalf of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

According to Arutz Sheva, the Israeli prime minister plans to bring up the continued captivity of Pollard, who has been imprisoned in the US since 1987.

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Obama addresses the Aipac conference: full speech

March 5, 2012

Thank you. Well, good morning, everyone.

Rosy, thank you for your kind words. I have never seen Rosy on the basketball court. I'll bet it would be a treat. Rosy, you've been a dear friend of mine for a long time and a tireless advocate for the unbreakable bonds between Israel and the United States. And as you complete your term as president, I salute your leadership and your commitment.

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Obama's Aipac promises on Iran threat welcomed by Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2012

President Barack Obama has vowed that all options will remain on the table when it comes to US action against a nuclear Iran.

The US leader, speaking at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) conference in Washington DC, said he would be willing to consider "all elements of American power" to counter the Iranian threat.

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