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Chastened Aipac prepares for annual conference

By Dan Friedman, February 27, 2014

This year’s annual Aipac conference, running from March 2-4 in Washington DC, will differ from usual. Most years the conference is an exercise in celebration and display of power - but this year, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is both institutionally chastened and at an inflection point in the US-Israel relationship.

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Israel’s defence minister apologises for calling John Kerry 'obsessive and messianic'

By Charlotte Oliver, January 15, 2014

Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon has issued a formal apology to the United States, after he branded Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts in the peace process “inexplicably obsessive” and “messianic”.

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US and UK spying revealed no secrets, claims Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2013

The revelations in the Guardian and New York Times last Friday that the target list of a joint NSA-GCHQ surveillance operation included Israel’s former prime ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak elicited only a muted response in Jerusalem.

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Will 2014 be a year of peace?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2013

At a particularly bleak moment during his umpteenth visit to the region this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted: “We’re not talking at this point about any shifts [in the schedule],” and reiterated his belief that Israel and the Palestinians can still reach a peace agreement by April, at the end of the nine-month time-frame he set for the talks.

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Snowden files: UK intelligence spied on Olmert, Barak

By Charlotte Oliver, December 20, 2013

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and former defence minister Ehud Barak were spied on by British and US intelligence agencies, according to information leaked by Edward Snowden.

Documents released by the whistleblower reveal that the Israeli politicians were two in a list of over 1,000 prominent officials who were kept under surveillance from 2008 to 2009.

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Hague says Iran deal 'enhances Middle East security'

By Sandy Rashty, November 25, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague defended the Iran nuclear deal in a speech to Parliament today.

He described the six month deal - to curb Iran's nuclear programme and lift some sanctions - as a “significant step towards enhancing the security of the Middle East and preventing nuclear proliferation worldwide.

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Power pledges to support Israel at UN

By Ellis Bolle, July 18, 2013

Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to be the US ambassador to the United Nations, has promised to combat what she called the “unacceptable bias” against Israel at the global body.

The decision to appoint Mrs Power raised initial concerns in Jerusalem due to her past statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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US to deliver four F16 fighters to Egypt

By Ellis Bolle, July 12, 2013

Officials in Washington have announced that the US will deliver four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the next few weeks.

The donation suggests that the Obama administration accepts the authority of the Egyptian military and the interim government, despite the US’s initial reluctance to show support for the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.

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US to arm Syrian rebels

By Orlando Radice, June 14, 2013

The US has said it will provide military assistance to Syrian rebel groups.

President Barack Obama made the decision after his government came to the conclusion that chemical weapons had been used by President Bashar al Assad’s forces.

Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, would not go into detail about the weaponry the US intends to supply.

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US ‘deeply troubled’ by Iranian reactor

By Elliot Miller, June 5, 2013

There is growing concern in international circles over the development of the Iranian nuclear reactor at Arak.

According to Reuters, the US is “deeply troubled” by Iran’s plans.

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