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Netanyahu Opposes Palestinian State, Israeli Minister Says Ahead Of U.S. Visit

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu opposes a Palestinian state, a senior Israeli cabinet member said on Monday, but left it unclear whether the prime minister would say that publicly in talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington this week. Netanyahu has never explicitly abandoned his conditional support for a future Palestine, and his spokesman…

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Israel Summons US Ambassador As Netanyahu Lashes Out At Obama

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Jerusalem (CNN): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned the US ambassador and launched a scathing attack Sunday on the Obama administration after its refusal to veto a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s settlements in the West Bank. The United States abstained on the resolution, allowing it to pass, rather than vetoing it — as…

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U.S., Israel Close Many Gaps In Defence Aid Talks, Hope For Deal Soon

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Israel have closed many of the remaining gaps in negotiations over a new multibillion-dollar military aid package for Washington’s top Middle East ally, and the two sides hope to reach a final deal soon, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Three days of talks ended on Wednesday,…

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Israeli PM’s Dog Bites Political Visitors

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recently adopted dog Kaiya has sunk her teeth into her new position, biting two visitors at an event on Wednesday, including the husband of the deputy foreign minister. At a candle-lighting ceremony to mark the Jewish festival of Hannukah, the 10-year-old mixed breed also took a snip at…

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Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinian Assailants; Netanyahu Strategy Debated

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Military commanders and the Netanyahu government sparred over the right strategy to end two months of stabbings, shootings and car-based attacks on Thursday as Israeli troops killed two Palestinians involved in violence in the occupied West Bank. The violence, much of it carried out spontaneously by young Palestinians, has killed 19 Israelis…

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Obama Will Not Meet Netanyahu During Controversial US Trip

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WAHINGTON – Relations between Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu neared a new low on Thursday as the White House revealed the president would not meet the Israeli prime minister when he visits Republican leaders of Congress in March. Obama administration officials insisted the reason for the apparent diplomatic snub was “long-standing practice and principle” that…

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