Israeli Reports Say Netanyahu Met Saudi Crown Prince, but Saudis Deny It

The reported visit on Sunday night, amid talk of warming relations, would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

#group-of-twenty, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia

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Netanyahu Meets With Saudi Crown Prince

The reported visit on Sunday night would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

#group-of-twenty, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia

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Israeli Panel to Look Into Submarine Scandal, Riling Netanyahu

A decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival defense minister, Benny Gantz, to hold an inquiry could further destabilize their unity government.

#gantz-benny, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #submarines-and-submersibles

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For Netanyahu and Israel, Trump’s Gifts Kept on Coming

Allowing the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard the ability to emigrate to Israel was just the latest in a long list of prizes for America’s closest ally in the Middle East.

#adelson-sheldon-g, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pollard-jonathan-j, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump’s Fury Feeds Moscow and Beijing Accounts of U.S. Chaos

President Trump’s baseless claims of a stolen election resonate on Russian state media. Both Russia and China have painted American democracy as volatile and vulnerable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #democratic-party, #netanyahu-benjamin, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j

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Biden’s Win Means a Demotion for Netanyahu and Less Focus on Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu has made his closeness to President Trump, who gave him much of what he wanted, central to his political appeal. Things will be different in a Biden administration.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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Biden to Face Long List of Foreign Challenges, With China No. 1

President Trump will be handing Joseph R. Biden Jr. a difficult cleanup act in America’s relations with many countries. But it may not take much for Mr. Biden to improve the mood.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #europe, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #iran, #kim-jong-un, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #presidential-election-of-2020, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-international-relations

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Israel Sees Warming Ties With Sudan as Symbolic Progress in Hostile Region

Sudan holds historic significance for Israeli leaders because it was the scene of a landmark resolution by Arab states that vowed to shun Israel. The two countries have had a rocky, colorful track record.

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U.A.E. and Israel Agree to Visa Waivers and Direct Flights

In the first official U.A.E. visit to Israel since the countries normalized relations, they agreed to ease travel and upgrade West Bank checkpoints. Palestinians called it tacit assent to Israeli occupation.

#israel, #mnuchin-steven-t, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #pipelines, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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State Dept. to Remove Sudan From List of Terrorist States

The move clears the way for the African nation to seek international assistance and potentially to normalize relations with Israel, which officials said could happen within days.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #arab-league, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hamdok-abdalla, #hezbollah, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sudan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump’s Sanctions on International Court May Do Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #assad-bashar-al, #bensouda-fatou, #bolton-john-r, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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For Trump, Defying Mideast Truisms Produced Breakthroughs and Backfires

Disregarding norms and accepted wisdom, President Trump went his own way in the Middle East and, in some cases, got what he wanted.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kushner-jared, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Israel’s Coronavirus Lockdown Fuels Protests, Violence and Confusion

Last month, the country became the first to reimpose nationwide measures. But the decision has led to chaotic scenes and criticism of how its fragile coalition is handling the crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gantz-benny, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #sukkot-jewish-holiday

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Israel’s Lockdown Feels Pretty Different the Second Time Around

Israel has become the first country to reimpose a full national lockdown. This one is nothing like the first.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #tel-aviv-israel

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Israel Tightens Holiday Lockdown, Restricting Prayers and Protests

Israel now has one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the coronavirus, but the government’s response has gotten mired in political and cultural wars.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #yom-kippur

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Israelis Prepare to Celebrate the Year’s Holiest Days Under Lockdown

As the pandemic in the country worsens, officials warn that new restrictions might not be enough to cut infection rates significantly. Many people question the logic and motives behind the rules.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #rosh-hashana, #shutdowns-institutional, #synagogues

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Trump’s Latest Middle East Diplomatic Deal: Triumph or Travesty?

The president said the treaty marked “the dawn of a new Middle East.” But will it be more peaceful than the old one?

#bahrain, #debatable, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates

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Trump’s Middle East Deal Is Good. But Not That Good.

The normalization of relations between Israel and two Arab states is a welcome development. There’s still a long way to go toward peace.

#bahrain, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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The Love Triangle That Spawned Trump’s Mideast Peace Deal

Kushner went from playing divorce lawyer to marriage broker.

#bahrain, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states

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Trump Hosts Israel, U.A.E. and Bahrain at White House Signing Ceremony

Critics of the agreement between the three countries have called President Trump’s claims that they will produce wider peace in the Middle East to be overblown.

#bahrain, #international-relations, #israel, #kushner-jared, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A White House Ceremony Will Celebrate a Diplomatic Win and Campaign Gift

The leaders of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have a stake in President Trump’s re-election and helped him become a peacemaker.

#bahrain, #israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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A Rare Middle East Triumph

And — yes — a triumph for Trump, too.

#abbas-mahmoud, #arab-league, #bahrain, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates

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Palestinians Rejected Tax Money to Slap Israel. It’s Not Israel That’s Hurting.

Palestinian families are suffering intensely as their government’s tax protest continues, even though the cause — Israel’s push to annex the West Bank — has been suspended.

#abbas-mahmoud, #fatah-al, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank

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Bahrain Will Normalize Relations With Israel, Trump Says

The island kingdom in the Persian Gulf becomes the second Arab nation in a month to more openly embrace Israel, dismissing Palestinian objections.

#kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy

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Netanyahu Apology to Bedouins Is Taken as an Affront

Critics and outraged officials accused the Israeli prime minister, on trial for corruption, of exploiting a tragic episode to discredit his own law enforcement agencies.

#apologies, #bedouins, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #deaths-fatalities, #haaretz, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nomadic-people, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #shin-bet

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Israel’s Coronavirus Czar Clashes With Ultra-Orthodox, a Netanyahu Ally

As he moved to slow the pandemic, Dr. Ronni Gamzu kept butting heads with ultra-Orthodox leaders. Then Israel’s top virus fighter was suddenly undercut.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gamzu-ronni, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

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The U.A.E.-Israel Flight Is Nothing to Celebrate

It’s a slap in the face of Palestinians, who can no longer count on Arab states for political support.

#abbas-mahmoud, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #west-bank

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Netanyahu Privately Condoned U.S. Plan to Sell Arms to U.A.E., Officials Say

The package being pushed by the Trump White House — which could shift the military balance in the Middle East — includes an electronic warfare plane, the EA-18G Growler.

#arms-trade, #defense-and-military-forces, #house-of-representatives, #israel, #middle-east, #military-aircraft, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Saudi Arabia Opens Airspace to Israeli Flights for First Time

The decision to allow all flights to and from the United Arab Emirates to cross Saudi airspace came after the first direct flight between Israel and the U.A.E. as relations warm between the two countries.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates

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Israeli Airliner Completes First Direct Flight to Arab Emirates

The flight carried the hope of closer ties between Israel and the Arab world, and a diplomatic delegation that included President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #airlines-and-airplanes, #el-al-israel-airlines, #emirates-airlines, #international-relations, #israel, #kushner-jared, #nasser-gamal-abdel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians

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Trump Administration Plans Arms Sale to U.A.E. Despite Israeli Worries

The Trump White House is quietly planning sales of F-35 stealth fighters and advanced drones to the Emiratis as part of a wider plan to realign the Middle East, but Israel and Congress may object.

#arms-trade, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #gantz-benny, #israel, #kushner-jared, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #national-security-council, #netanyahu-benjamin, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Israel-U.A.E. Deal and the Beirut Blast Both Box in Iran

With Arab neighbors more worried about Iran than Israel, is Tehran losing the battle for influence in the region?

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #france, #hezbollah, #international-relations, #israel, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #netanyahu-benjamin, #rouhani-hassan, #security-council-un, #united-states-international-relations, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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Shifting Dynamics of the Mideast Pushed Israel and U.A.E. Together

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s quest to open relations with Arab countries without settling the Palestinian conflict long seemed quixotic. External events changed the equation.

#defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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For Palestinians, Israel-U.A.E. Deal Swaps One Nightmare for Another

With annexation of the West Bank off the table and Arab diplomacy turned inside out, the Palestinian struggle, once focused against Israel, now is to remain relevant.

#abbas-mahmoud, #abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #erekat-saeb, #gaza-strip, #jerusalem-israel, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #ramallah-west-bank, #trump-donald-j

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A Geopolitical Earthquake Just Hit the Mideast

The Israel-United Arab Emirates deal will be felt throughout the region.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #kushner-jared, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #otaiba-yousef-al, #palestinians, #united-arab-emirates

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Netanyahu Drops Troubled Annexation Plan for Diplomatic Gain

In an abrupt reversal, Israel’s prime minister “suspended” a promise to annex part of the West Bank in exchange for a historic opening with the U.A.E.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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Israel and U.A.E. Announce Major Diplomatic Agreement

President Trump announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates will establish “full normalization of relations” and that in exchange Israel will forgo for now “declaring sovereignty” over disputed West Bank territory.

#israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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Superheroes, Pot-Banging and Horn-Blowing Won’t Stop Benjamin Netanyahu

This summer’s protests against the prime minister have given Israel’s toothless left an outlet — but not power.

#blue-and-white-israeli-political-party, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gantz-benny, #jerusalem-israel, #labour-party-israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #netanyahu-yair

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Israel Will Be Perfectly Happy With President Biden

It’s the best we can do — for a Democrat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #meir-golda, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well.

As countries consider back-to-school strategies for the fall, a coronavirus outbreak at a Jerusalem high school offers a cautionary tale.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

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Israeli Court Rebukes Prime Minister’s Son Over Harassing Protest Leaders

Yair Netanyahu tweeted the addresses and phone numbers of three men who led protests against his father’s administration. All three said they later received death threats.

#blue-and-white-israeli-political-party, #cyberharassment, #gantz-benny, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #netanyahu-yair, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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Fighting on Lebanon Border as Tensions Rise Between Israel and Hezbollah

The Israeli military says it thwarted a raid by Hezbollah in a disputed area along its northern border with Lebanon.

#defense-and-military-forces, #gantz-benny, #golan-heights, #hezbollah, #israel, #lebanon, #netanyahu-benjamin, #syria

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After Early Success, Israel’s Netanyahu Faces Fury for Flubbing Virus Fight

With infections spiking again, young Israelis are protesting what they see as chaotic handling of the health and economic crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gantz-benny, #immunity-from-prosecution, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

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The Case for a One-State Solution

Peter Beinart joins the podcast to debate the future of Israelis and Palestinians.

#beinart-peter, #bush-george-w, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #obama-barack, #obama-michelle, #palestinians, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Some officials say that a joint American-Israeli strategy is evolving — some might argue regressing — to a series of short-of-war clandestine strikes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #esper-mark-t, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #mckenzie-kenneth-f, #milley-mark-a, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #terrorism, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy

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‘Strategic Empathy’: How Biden’s Informal Diplomacy Shaped Foreign Relations

President Trump is attacking his record on China. But for Mr. Biden, it’s part of a long history of befriending and sometimes confronting world leaders.

#assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brezhnev-leonid-i, #china, #deng-xiaoping, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #havel-vaclav, #mandela-nelson, #milosevic-slobodan, #netanyahu-benjamin, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us, #xi-jinping, #zardari-asif-ali

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Israel Announces Partnership With U.A.E. to Fight the Coronavirus

The partnership would be a rare public opening between two key United States allies in the Middle East, and a step toward normalization.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #cohen-yossi-1961, #israel, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians

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Palestinians in Jordan Valley Fear Annexation Would Choke Off Their Villages

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to annex territory along the Jordan border. Palestinian residents wonder where that leaves them.

#apartheid-policy, #bedouins, #border-barriers, #defense-and-military-forces, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-now, #west-bank

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Mixed Signals on Israeli Annexation Reflect Split Among Officials

U.S. and Israeli officials are divided on whether annexation is a means to get Palestinians to the table, or whether the peace plan is a means to get annexation.

#dermer-ron, #evangelical-movement, #friedman-david-m, #gantz-benny, #halevi-yossi-klein, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jeffress-robert, #kushner-jared, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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On North Korea and Iran, Bolton Blames ‘the Split Between Trump and Trump’

In his memoir, the hawkish national security adviser describes a president who simultaneously wanted to sound tough and strike a deal — any deal — that he could portray as a victory.

#bolton-john-r, #bush-george-w, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #kim-jong-un, #kushner-jared, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mnuchin-steven-t, #netanyahu-benjamin, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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