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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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Kerry arrives in Israel to kick-start peace process

By Zoe Winograd, April 8, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Israel to broker negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Mr Kerry is expected to take part in the Yom Hashoah ceremony at Yad Vashem this morning followed by a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the afternoon.

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In full: President Obama’s speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Transcript of President Barack Obama's speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem - March 21 2013

“Well, it is a great honor to be with you here in Jerusalem, and I’m so grateful for the welcome that I’ve received from the people of Israel. Thank you. I bring with me the support of the American people - and the friendship that binds us together.

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Kerry in Israel to kickstart peace talks, reports suggest

By Anna Sheinman, March 20, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry may use this week's US presidential trip to Israel to begin peace talks based on the 2002 Saudi peace initiative, reports in the Israeli media suggest.

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Barak: Israel may take ‘unilateral’ steps to solve conflict

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2013

Defence Minister Ehud Barak told the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) conference on Sunday that Israel would consider taking "unilateral steps" to solve ongoing tensions with the Palestinians in the absence of a "reasonable, fair, interim agreement".

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Kerry to meet Turkish PM about anti-Zionist statement

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to raise concerns directly with the Turkish Prime Minister for saying that Zionism is a “crime against humanity” on par with antisemitism and fascism, Reuters has reported.

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With Hagel on side, Obama looks set for Middle East scrap

By Jonathan Cummings, February 28, 2013

President Obama’s nominee for Defence Secretary, former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, has been confirmed by the Senate, ending several weeks of deeply acrimonious hearings in Congress.

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