U.S.-Israel relations

U.S. Briefed Israel Before WikiLeaks Documents Release

11/28/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel was briefed by the United States about classified files that were later released by WikiLeaks.

The United States briefed several of its allies on the documents over the weekend. Israel already had been told by the U.S. last week that it could be mentioned in the release of classified U.S. documents.

The WikiLeaks website publishes classified documents from anonymous sources and leaks. It released about 250,000 secret diplomatic cables on Sunday.

Is Pollard part of the Israel incentives package?

The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has “asked the US to release Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard as part of a series of gestures made to Israel in an effort to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.”

Another tough hit on Obama Middle East policies

Isn't this called piling on? Well, sometimes piling on is justified.

Yesterday former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer heaped what looks to me like well deserved scorn on the Obama administration's attempt to “bribe” Israel back to the peace table, and predicted it will never work.

Kurtzer: US "bribe" to Israel bad for both countries

The Jewish right has always had a special place in its rogues gallery of enemies for Dan Kurtzer, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt. I've always thought that was because his pro-Israel credentials are so strong that his critiques of Israeli policy have to be taken seriously – except, of course, by those who believe Israel is the only nation in the history of the world incapable of making mistakes or pursuing flawed policy.

Administration Middle East policy: clever, desperate or just clueless?

 I confess: after interviewing a lot of experts and reading countless news reports for this week's story, I still don't have a clue what the Obama administration's new Middle East strategy really is.

Obama Remark Misinterpreted, Cantor Spokesman Says

11/15/2010

(JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor's promise that the new GOP majority will "serve as a check" on the Obama administration was "not in relation to U.S.-Israel relations," his spokesman said.

Brad Dayspring told The Washington Post Monday that the comment last week by Cantor (R-Va.), the putative leader of the House of Representatives, to visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been misinterpreted to refer to Israel.

Clinton, Netanyahu Produce Little After Six Hours

11/12/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ended a six-hour meeting with little more than an agreement on the usefulness of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

"The prime minister and the secretary agreed on the importance of continuing direct negotiations to achieve our goals," said a State Department statement at the conclusion of the meeting in New York.

U.S. to Store More Weapons in Israel

(JTA) -- The United States will store an additional $400 million in emergency military equipment in Israel.

The new equipment, which is available to Israel in the event of an emergency, will bring to $1.2 billion by 2012 the amount of American military equipment being stockpiled in Israel.

Congress approved for storage in Israel the new weapons, which will arrive in Israel over the next two years, last month, but the story was first reported this week in the Defense News magazine, by its Israel-based reporter Barbara Opall-Rome.

Israeli Housing Plans Counterproductive, Clinton Says

11/10/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Israeli plans to build additional housing in eastern Jerusalem is counterproductive to peace talks.

Clinton made the statement Wednesday during a joint video conference with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, in which she announced that the United States would give an additional $150 million to the Palestinian Authority.

She is scheduled to meet Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York.

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