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Analysis: Netanyahu's brazen American power play

Analysis: Netanyahu's brazen American power play

US braces for Israeli prime minister's polarising challenge to Obama on Iran in controversial speech to Congress.

  • Obama v Netanyahu: The strategic conundrum
    Obama v Netanyahu: The strategic conundrum 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    Disagreement between the world's superpower and Israel has proven to be in the interest of peace and stability. More »

  • Netanyahu to use Congress platform to assail Iran talks
    Netanyahu to use Congress platform to assail Iran talks 2 hours 37 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the opportunity to speak in the U.S. House to deliver his stern message about the danger Iran poses to his nation's survival and voice reservations about any nuclear deal President Barack Obama and international negotiators might sign with Israel's archenemy. More »

  • Israel's Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress in speech that has strained …
    Israel's Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress in speech that has strained … 2 hours 46 minutes ago

    By Dan Williams and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will escalate his campaign against U.S. President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy on Tuesday in a speech to Congress whose staging has put unprecedented stress on the two leaders' already strained ties. Although cold-shouldered by the administration, Netanyahu has offered an olive branch, saying he meant no disrespect to Obama by accepting an invitation to address U.S. lawmakers that was orchestrated by the president's rival Republicans. As many as one-fifth of Democratic members plan to sit out the speech to protest what they see as a politicization of Israeli security, an issue on which Congress usually unites. The White House is wary of Netanyahu using the forum to lay bare the closed-door negotiations designed to curb Iran's nuclear drive. More »

  • Netanyahu takes fight against Obama's Iran plan to Congress
    Netanyahu takes fight against Obama's Iran plan to Congress 3 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for another round in an increasingly heated battle with the White House over Iran's nuclear ambitions. More »

  • Jewish protesters in anti-Netanyahu rally outside AIPAC
    Jewish protesters in anti-Netanyahu rally outside AIPAC 3 hours ago

    US pro-Israel lobby attendees surprised by number of Jewish protesters, who say Israeli PM "does not represent Judaism". More »

  • Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties
    Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties 8 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not — and could not — fully understand his nation's vital security concerns. More »

  • Netanyahu: US Relations 'Stronger Than Ever'
    Netanyahu: US Relations 'Stronger Than Ever' 8 hours ago

    Israel's prime minister has told America's largest pro-Israel lobby the two countries' ties are "stronger than ever" despite disagreements over nuclear talks with Iran. Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) came on the eve of a speech to the US Congress which has fuelled a rift with the Obama administration. Mr Netanyahu accepted an invite from congressional Republicans to speak later, which was not co-ordinated with the White House. Mr Netanyahu added: "My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the office he holds. More »

  • Obama aide: Congress should not 'play spoiler' in Iran nuclear talk … 8 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice warned U.S. lawmakers on Monday not to seek new sanctions against Iran while it is in talks with world powers on curbing its nuclear programme, saying such intervention could ruin the diplomacy. "Congress has played a hugely important role in helping to build our sanctions on Iran but they shouldn't play the spoiler now," she said in a speech to the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. Her remarks came ahead of a speech to Congress on Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to argue against U.S. ... More »

  • Netanyahu's speech to Congress: Has hyper-partisanship invaded foreign  … 9 hours ago

    Are deliberations in Congress on American foreign policy becoming more partisan? The Israeli leader – invited by House Speaker John Boehner outside of the traditional channels – is expected to blast President Obama’s diplomatic overtures to Iran, as well as the deal the administration and other international powers are negotiating with Iran on its nuclear program. Democrats and Republicans, national security and foreign policy experts may be divided over the merits of Mr. Netanyahu’s arguments. More »

  • Exclusive - Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decad …
    Exclusive - Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decad … 9 hours ago

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday. Interviewed at the White House, Obama moved to dial back tensions over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on Tuesday opposing the Iran deal, saying it was a distraction that would not be "permanently destructive" to U.S. Israeli ties. Talks between major powers and Iran to restrict Tehran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for an easing of sanctions have reached a critical stage ahead of an end of March deadline for a framework deal and a June 30 date for a final agreement. More »

  • Obama, Israel's Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy
    Obama, Israel's Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy 9 hours ago

    By Jeff Mason, Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy on Monday on the eve of the Israeli prime minister’s hotly disputed address to Congress, underscoring the severity of U.S.-Israeli strains over the issue. Neither gave any ground ahead of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday when he plans to detail his objections to ongoing talks between Iran and world powers that he says will inevitably allow Tehran to become a nuclear-armed state. More »

  • Franken skipping Netanyahu speech 10 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken says he will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday More »

  • Exclusive - Full text of Reuters interview with Obama 10 hours ago

    Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason interviewed President Barack Obama on Monday on topics including U.S.-Israel relations, Iran, China and Russia. OBAMA - Good to see you. Your administration has described Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plans to address Congress tomorrow on Iran as destructive. OBAMA - Well, first of all, I think it’s important to realise the depth of the U.S.-Israeli relationship. More »

  • For Israeli leader, blocking Iran deal a matter of legacy
    For Israeli leader, blocking Iran deal a matter of legacy 11 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — En route to what he described as a "fateful mission," Benjamin Netanyahu spent much of his 12-hour flight to Washington slouched in a business class seat laboring over a draft of his highly anticipated address to Congress. In the back of the plane, the rest of the delegation was watching "The Imitation Game," a biopic of British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who helped break the Germans' Enigma code and aided the allies' victory in World War II. More »

  • Netanyahu tells AIPAC that US-Israel alliance strong
    Netanyahu tells AIPAC that US-Israel alliance strong 11 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that despite recent differences with the Obama administration over a looming nuclear deal with Iran the alliance between his country and the Unites States was "stronger than ever." More »

  • Kerry cautions Israel not to undercut Iran diplomacy as talks resume
    Kerry cautions Israel not to undercut Iran diplomacy as talks resume 12 hours ago

    By Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut nuclear negotiations with Iran that resumed on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case in Washington against the diplomacy. Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met for about 90 minutes on the first of what could be three days of talks in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux on curbing Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The two men, along with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Iranian atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi, shook hands and then met for about 50 minutes on Monday afternoon, followed by a second session of about 40 minutes. More »

  • Netanyahu, Iran, and what he wants out of his speech to Congress 12 hours ago

    The partisan politics around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to Congress about Iran tomorrow has been amply covered. Mr. Netanyahu's bid to sway Congress to oppose President Obama's effort to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear program has been painfully divisive. Netanyahu – whose apocalyptic predictions date back years – gave a flamboyant preview of his Congress speech this morning in Washington, at the annual meeting of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC. More »

  • Possible elements in an Iran nuclear deal
    Possible elements in an Iran nuclear deal 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S.-Iranian nuclear talks are the biggest source of tension in the relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. More »

  • US, Iran launch new round of nuclear talks
    US, Iran launch new round of nuclear talks 12 hours ago

    Top diplomats from Iran and the US launched a new round of marathon talks on a nuclear deal late Monday, as Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu warned the emerging accord could threaten his country's survival. More »

  • Jesus' House? 1st-Century Structure May Be Where He Grew Up
    Jesus' House? 1st-Century Structure May Be Where He Grew Up 13 hours ago

    Jesus' hometown — in modern-day Israel have identified a house dating to the first century that was regarded as the place where Jesus was brought up by Mary and Joseph. It was first uncovered in the 1880s, by nuns at the Sisters of Nazareth convent, but it wasn't until 2006 that archaeologists led by Ken Dark, a professor at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, dated the house to the first century, and identified it as the place where people, who lived centuries after Jesus' time, believed Jesus was brought up. Whether Jesus actually lived in the house in real life is unknown, but Dark says that it is possible. More »

  • US House leader to give Israeli leader bust of Churchill 13 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner plans to give Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a bust of Winston Churchill when he speaks Tuesday to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress about the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran. More »

  • House Speaker to give Israeli leader bust of Churchill 13 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner plans to give Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a bust of Winston Churchill when he speaks Tuesday to a joint meeting of Congress about the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran. More »

  • Palestinians say to formally approach ICC in April
    Palestinians say to formally approach ICC in April 13 hours ago

    The Palestinians will formally approach the International Criminal Court on April 1 to complain about alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza and settlement activity, a senior official said. More »

  • Kerry in staunch defence of Israel at UN rights council
    Kerry in staunch defence of Israel at UN rights council 13 hours ago

    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday launched a staunch defence of Israel at the UN rights body, despite strained ties with the Jewish state over nuclear negotiations with Iran. More »

  • White House says Netanyahu's speech should not complicate Iran talks 14 hours ago

    The White House said on Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the U.S. Congress scheduled for Tuesday is unlikely to complicate ongoing nuclear talks with Iran. "It shouldn't, and it's because the international community is united as we continue to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the international community's concerns with Iran's nuclear programme," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing. More »

  • Hamas commander says group rebuilding rocket arsenal
    Hamas commander says group rebuilding rocket arsenal 14 hours ago

    A senior Hamas military official said Monday his Palestinian Islamist group which controls Gaza is rebuilding its heavily depleted rocket arsenal in case of fresh conflict with Israel. More »

  • Kerry warns Israel against revealing details of Iran nuclear deal
    Kerry warns Israel against revealing details of Iran nuclear deal 14 hours ago

    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday warned Israel's prime minister against revealing details at his upcoming speech to US Congress of an Iran nuclear deal that world powers are in the process of negotiating. More »

  • EU seeks to bolster Middle East peace Quartet via Arab involvement 14 hours ago

    By Luke Baker and Adrian Croft JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - High-level discussions are under way to more closely involve Arab states in the work of the Middle East Quartet and reinvigorate the four-member group that has been seeking to mediate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2002. Rather than formally expanding the Quartet's membership, the idea is to have more frequent top-level meetings with at least Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt to ensure the region is better engaged at a time of tumultuous change, according to senior diplomats based in the Middle East and Europe. Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign affairs chief, is expected to appoint a special envoy to the Middle East in the coming days. Officials said a first meeting of the Quartet - comprising the United States, United Nations, the EU and Russia - along with Arab countries and perhaps the Arab League could take place in the coming weeks. More »

  • UN peace envoy chides world over lack of Gaza aid
    UN peace envoy chides world over lack of Gaza aid 15 hours ago

    UN Middle East peace envoy Robert Serry criticised the international community Monday over the failure to deliver aid promised for reconstructing Gaza, on his final trip to the Palestinian territory. More »

  • Iran nuke talks resume amid contentious US-Israel debate
    Iran nuke talks resume amid contentious US-Israel debate 15 hours ago

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — As U.S. and Israeli officials sparred in Washington over the wisdom of a nuclear deal with Iran, negotiations on a potential agreement resumed Monday, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying the sides are still far apart and warning Israel's leader that leaks about the talks will hurt their chances for success. More »

  • Palestinians to file ICC case against Israel in April
    Palestinians to file ICC case against Israel in April 16 hours ago

    Complaint against Israel arises from alleged war crimes over 2014 Gaza war and settlement activity. More »

  • Israel rights group criticizes army's use of dogs at rallies 16 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli human rights group has criticized the military's use of dogs at protests, citing the case of a Palestinian teenager who was bitten after he threw rocks at troops in the West Bank. More »

  • Obama committed to denying Iran nuclear weapon: US
    Obama committed to denying Iran nuclear weapon: US 16 hours ago

    The United States pledged its unwavering committment to Israel on Monday, and insisted it will take "whatever steps are necessary" to deny adversary Iran a nuclear bomb. More »

  • Netanyahu tells group world must not let Iran go nuclear 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel's leader says the world must not allow Iran to attain nuclear weapons. More »

  • Netanyahu tells AIPAC world must not let Iran go nuclear 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel's leader says the world must not allow Iran to attain nuclear weapons. More »