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The Ties That Strain

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President Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Getty Images

Amid West Bank Building, Netanyahu Nixes E1 Plans

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JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a tender for 1,200 housing units in the E1 corridor connecting Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim.

‘There Was No Diplomatic Façade’

Israeli analysts weigh in on Bibi’s UN speech as he breaks up the rapprochement party.

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Tel Aviv — The political cartoon in the daily Haaretz newspaper depicts the United Nations Headquarters like a boisterous nightclub, where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is getting down with Barack Obama.

Netanyahu Visits Russia Amid Missile Flap


(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia amid concerns that Russia is planning to sell an advanced air defense system to Syria.

Report: Netanyahu Promised Kerry To ‘Hold’ Settlement Construction


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he would put a hold on construction in West Bank settlements until mid-June.

Obama To Visit Israel In Spring, Says White House


President Barack Obama will visit Israel for the first time as president this spring, the White House said.

Bibi, Weakened, Needs A Wider Coalition

Unclear foreign policy direction; Lapid’s party surges.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu almost certainly will remain in his post but he suffered a painful blow at the ballot box on Tuesday, after exit polls suggested that his Likud Party lost about a quarter of its seats in parliament, leaving him the weakened leader of a potentially fractious government. 

Yair Lapid, left, head of the Yesh Atid party, is likely to join a coalition government. Getty Images

Bibi’s Choice: Work With Or Defy Obama


With a new Congress convening as Israel holds its national elections, it’s hard to miss the parallel narratives taking place in Washington and Jerusalem, and particularly between the Republican Party here and the dominant Likud Party there.

400-plus Jewish Clergy Press Netanyahu On E1 Construction


More than 400 American Jewish clergy asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to go ahead with new construction in a corridor connecting eastern Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim.

Emanuel Blasts Netanyahu For 'Betraying' Obama

Chicago mayor criticizes Israeli PM for construction plans, tax cutoff to Palestinians.


Rahm Emanuel said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed the Obama administration by announcing a new settlement expansion and the cutoff of tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama's chief of staff in his first term, delivered the assessment over the weekend at the Saban Forum, an off-the-record Washington event.

President Barack Obama chats with Netanyahu and Emanuel in 2009. Photo courtesy the White House
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