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Trump to Open Middle East Peace Drive With Economic Incentives

May 20, 2019
Peter Baker, Mark Landler | The New York Times
After more than two years of study and deliberation, President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have decided to take a businessman’s approach to Middle East peace: They will try to buy their way to a deal. On Sunday, Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner finally opened their long-awaited drive for what the president has called “the deal of the century” by announcing that the United States would hold an “economic workshop” in Bahrain next month to produce strategies to invest in the Palestinians and other Arabs.
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Trump, With Netanyahu, Formally Recognizes Israel’s Authority Over Golan Heights

March 26, 2019
Mark Landler, David M. Halbfinger | The New York Times
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared President Trump to Cyrus the Great, Lord Balfour and Harry S. Truman — historic giants who helped secure the future of the Israeli people. Mr. Trump called Mr. Netanyahu a “very special man.”
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Trump Backs Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

March 22, 2019
Vivian Salama, Felicia Schwartz | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump endorsed Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Thursday, marking what would be a sharp U.S. policy shift over the disputed territory decades after Israel seized the land from Syria in the Six Day War.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for comments deemed "anti-Semitic tropes"

February 12, 2019
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar is apologizing for criticizing supporters of Israel after a blast from her own party leadership. She said in a statement: "Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes."
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Jerusalem embassy is a victory for Trump, and a complication for Middle East peace

May 15, 2018
Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
President Trump and senior members of his administration exulted on Monday over the opening of the United States’ new embassy in Jerusalem, dismissing the violence raging along the border with Gaza as the ceremony unfolded as “unfortunate propaganda.”
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Israel’s claims on Iran divide Europe and U.S. on merits of nuclear deal

May 2, 2018
David Sanger, David Halbfinger, Mark Landler | The New York Times
The Trump administration on Tuesday embraced Israel’s claims that Iran entered a nuclear deal with the world’s major powers under false pretenses, a stark divergence from its European allies, who said the disclosures broke little new ground and reinforced, rather than weakened, the case for the 2015 deal.
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Israel says secret files detail Iran’s nuclear subterfuge

May 1, 2018
David Sanger, Ronen Bergman, David Halbfinger | The New York Times
Revealing a huge archive of stolen Iranian nuclear plans, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accused Iran on Monday of lying for years about its efforts to build a nuclear weapon.
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Trump’s Hopes of Being the ‘Neutral Guy’ in the Mideast Seem Long Gone

March 6, 2018
Peter Baker, David M. Halbfinger | The New York Times
In the midst of his campaign, President Trump vowed to bring peace to the Middle East by playing it down the middle between Israel and the Palestinians. “Let me be sort of a neutral guy,” he said. Two years later, any hopes of being the neutral guy are long gone.
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