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For G.O.P., Support for Israel Becomes New Litmus Test

March 30, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
When former Secretary of State James A. Baker III accused Israel’s leader this week of undermining the chances of peace in the region, he said nothing more than the kinds of things he had said at times when he was in office a quarter-century ago.
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A Policy Puzzle of U.S. Goals and Alliances in the Middle East

March 27, 2015
Mark Mazzetti, David Kirkpatrick | The New York Times
Already struggling to navigate the chaos engulfing much of the Middle East, the United States is now dipping its toe into another conflict.
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Ambassador Tries to Bridge Gap With U.S., but on Israel’s Terms

March 25, 2015
Ashley Parker, Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
Over an elegant dinner at his official residence Monday night, Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, tried to reassure a group of congressional Democrats that the dramatic public break between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was nothing more than a passing disagreement.
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U.S. rift with Israel roils the 2016 presidential field

March 25, 2015
Ed O'Keefe, Anne Gearan | The Washington Post
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Tuesday disavowed criticism of Israel levied by longtime family counselor and former secretary of state James A. Baker — laying bare a problem faced by the entire 2016 presidential field.
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Arab alliance in Israel rejects Benjamin Netanyahu's apology

March 24, 2015
Christi Parsons, Batsheva Sobelman | Los Angeles Times
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Monday for comments that upset Arab citizens during parliamentary elections last week, but the mea culpa was rejected by community leaders who described Netanyahu's government as racist.
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After Netanyahu's reelection, tough love and damage control by the U.S.

March 23, 2015
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
When President Obama began his second term — the time presidents traditionally build foreign policy legacies — he had two major projects in the Middle East: a nuclear agreement with Iran and a peace settlement based on a Palestinian state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planted himself firmly in the way of both..
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Aaron Schock's Resignation, New Fracking Rules, U.S. Jewish Community Debates Palestine & China's World Bank Alternative

March 20, 2015
Rep. Aaron Schock faces a federal investigation, President Obama reveals a new fracking initiative, U.S. Jewish community debates two-state solution and World Bank rival AIIB gains support from U.S. allies.

Netanyahu Re-Elected in Israel, Nuclear Talks with Iran, GOP Budget Battles and Big Money in 2016

March 20, 2015
Bibi's Strong Victory, Countdown for Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Republican Budget Plan and Candidates Angle for Billionaire Support
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White House: U.S. Will "Re-Assess Options" With Israel

March 20, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama, in a chilly post-election congratulatory call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, objected to the Israeli leader’s “new positions” opposing a Palestinian state, as well as to Netanyahu’s harsh comments about Israeli Arabs prior to his parliamentary victory Tuesday night.
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