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Why Rep. Rangel Won't Be Attending Prime Minister Netanyahu's Speech

Monday, March 02, 2015

The 23-term Democrat says it's about respect for the president and the rules of Congress. 

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Says Netanyahu Is ‘Very Frustrated’ By Iran Threat

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his frustration about the Iran nuclear threat during their meeting at Gracie Mansion on Thursday.

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WNYC News

Israelis fear PM is Meddling in US Politics

Saturday, September 22, 2012

It is a taboo for Israeli leaders to give even the slightest hint of favoritism in politics in the United States, Israel's closest ally. So some Israelis are squirming over a perception that their prime minister is siding with Republican Mitt Romney in the U.S. presidential race, in the belief he will take a harder line on archenemy Iran if elected.

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Opinion: Romney Writes His International Player's Anthem All Wrong

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mitt Romney embarks on a trip to visit three countries this week, but only one port of call makes sense.

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The Takeaway

Netanyahu Blames Iran for Bulgaria Bus Bombing

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bulgaria says it is likely that it was a suicide bomber who carried out an attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists. At least six Israelis and a Bulgarian were killed, and more than 30 people injured. Israel's Prime Minister has blamed Iran and promised a firm response.

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It's A Free Country ®

Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, April 06, 2012

Both governors made big investments this week: one in infrastructure, the other in Israel.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Obama-Sarkozy Trash Talk on Netanyahu Shows U.S. Brushes off Israel

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

To frequently insult the Israeli leader in this way is to insult Israelis themselves.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Israel's Gilad Shalit Trade Shows Why We're Allies

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm biased toward Israel because it is the only democracy, the only free country, the only healthy, functioning culture in the Middle East. It is a land where free speech is encouraged, protest isn't squashed and life is valued. In short, it shares the ideals and values which we treasure in America.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Gilad Shalit and the Future of the Middle East

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sgt. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been imprisoned by Hamas since 2006, was released on Tuesday in Egypt as part of a prisoner trade between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for Shalit's release, Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first group of what will be more than 1,000. "I very much hope that this deal will advance peace," Shalit told Egyptian television before he was released. The deal is seen as a major political victory for Hamas, which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization. While Shalit may be on his way home, what the prisoner swap means for the future of the Palestinian leadership and the Middle East peace process is far from clear.

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The Takeaway

Israel's Diplomatic Crisis Continues

Monday, September 12, 2011

Egyptian protesters surrounded Israel's embassy in Cairo on Saturday, prompting Israel to deploy military jets to rescue their diplomats there. A clash between police and demonstrators ensued. The protests were in response to Israel's military killing five Egyptian policemen on the Gaza border last month, as Israeli forces pursued militants who had killed eight Israelis.

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The Takeaway

What Would a Palestinian Leader Say to Congress?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received 29 standing ovations during Tuesday's speech in front of Congress in part for his praise of America's foreign policy. There was major applause following this statement: "Congratulations, America. Congratulations, Mr. President. You got bin Laden. Good riddance.” However, Netanyahu held firm against the idea of returning the borders to 1967 lines. What does this mean for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process? And what if a Palestinian leader were to address Congress? How many standing ovations would they receive? Diana Buttu, a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, was a legal adviser to the Palestinian Negotiating Team from 2000-2005.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama, Israel and the Arab World

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The administration does feel that...looking forward at this Palestinian drive for statehood through the U.N., America does need something from the Israelis to fight back, something that they can come to the Palestinians, to their world and say, listen, Netanyahu is serious with his willingness to go forward, drop this unilateral statehood idea and let's negotiate.

Nathan Guttman, Washington correspondent for The Jewish Daily Forward, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Israel Next Steps

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Washington correspondent for The Jewish Daily ForwardNathan Guttman previews President Obama's pending speech Thursday on the uprisings rocking the Arab world and Obama's scheduled meeting with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday.

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This Week's Agenda: Debt Ceiling, Middle East, IMF

Monday, May 16, 2011

While Washington continues tp debate the debt ceiling, the United States is expected to reach the limit on its debt today. This means the government will no longer be able to borrow money. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, says it's just a mystery what will happen, because we're not seeing any deals on the table yet. There are questions about the future of the International Monetary Fund after its managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York for allegedly sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid.

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