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    MERRY: Obama may buck the Israel lobby on Iran

    Presidential press secretary Jay Carney uttered 10 words the other day that represent a major presidential challenge to the American Israel lobby and its friends on Capitol Hill. Referring to Senate legislation designed to force President Obama to expand economic sanctions on Iran under conditions the president opposes, Mr. Carney said: "If it were to pass, the president would veto it."

  • A Syrian military tank is aflame during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters in Joubar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in this citizen journalism image provided by the Syrian Revolution Against Bashar Assad and authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting. (AP Photo/The Syrian Revolution Against Bashar Assad)

    Pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC throws support to Obama on Syria

    A noted pro-Israel lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, finally broke its silence on Syria and said Tuesday that President Obama's call for military strikes is a good plan.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    PIPES: Israel lobby tiptoes around Hagel nomination

    Chuck Hagel's notorious 2008 statement about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the leading institution of the pro-Israel lobby, claimed that "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here [in Congress]. I'm a United States senator. I'm not an Israeli senator."

  • Benjamin Netanyahu

    PRUDEN: The romance of Obama's empty rhetoric

    Barack Obama is obsessed with words, and he never learned to make a short speech. The Israelis understand that, however well-meaning he may be. The president may even believe most of the stuff he hears himself say.

  • ** FILE ** Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    General: U.S. military can't stop Iran from making nukes

    The top U.S. commander in the Middle East said Tuesday that America's military alone cannot prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

  • ** FILE ** Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington on Monday, March 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Netanyahu: Time running out on Iran

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that time is running out to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and suggested that Israel is prepared to take military action if necessary.

  • President Obama waves to the audience after addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington on Sunday, March 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Obama: 'Too much loose talk of war' with Iran

    Under pressure from Israel and Republicans to take stronger action against Iran's nuclear program, President Obama told an influential pro-Israel lobby Sunday that there is "there is too much loose talk of war."

  • Israeli President Shimon Peres addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington on Sunday, March 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Peres: U.S., Israel agree on stopping Iranian nukes

    Israeli President Shimon Peres railed Sunday against the "evil, cruel, morally corrupt regime" in Iran and pledged that Israel and the United States will stop it from developing nuclear weapons.

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio looks on at right as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    DE BORCHGRAVE: Netanyahu's conundrum

    When a joint session of the U.S. Congress gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 29 standing ovations - four more than President Obama received for his last State of the Union message - there was little doubt that Israel is an integral part of the American body politic. It was a hard-line speech by an Israeli on the right of the Israeli spectrum that firmly rejected Mr. Obama's proposal for Mideast peace: The pre-1967 war frontier with minor land swaps for both sides.

  • Obama's talk of 'Jewish state' jars Palestinians

    U.S.-Israel tension over President Barack Obama's endorsement of Israel's pre-1967 borders is obscuring a flip side of the Middle East coin: The past days' speeches by the U.S. president contained difficult challenges for the Palestinians as well.

  • Illustration: Israel by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    MOWBRAY: Putting teeth in Obama's lip service

    It has been a week since Arabs marched on Israel's borders on four sides, yet that media spectacle remains a potent metaphor for the mounting threats facing the tiny Jewish state, from Hezbollah taking over Lebanon to the Hamas-partnered Palestinian government attempting to circumvent peace talks by unilaterally declaring statehood at the United Nations.

  • An Israeli Arrow interceptor anti-tactical ballistic missile is test-fired in 2007 from an undisclosed location in Israel. It and other major defense projects were developed through a U.S.-Israeli partnership. (Israel Aerospace Industries via Associated Press)

    U.S.-Israeli defense technology collaboration began with confrontation

    Six years after the Pentagon cut off Israel from defense technology over concerns about leaks to China, U.S. military support for Israel's missile defenses has produced interceptors capable of knocking out ballistic missiles and harder-to-hit artillery rockets.

  • Pro-Palestinian protesters knock over a "wall separating Israel and Palestine" outside of the Washington convention center where the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is having its annual meeting. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    Protesters create stir before Obama speech

    Protest groups shouted and halted traffic Sunday outside the Washington convention center where President Obama spoke before the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the country's largest pro-Israel lobbyist.

  • President Barack Obama's image is displayed as he tells delegates at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) convention that the bonds between the US and Israel are "unbreakable", Washington, Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Obama's speech doesn't sway some key donors

    President Obama failed to ease mounting worries of key Jewish donors Sunday at a speech before the annual policy conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

  • MOVERS AND SHAKERS: President Obama greets Michael Kassen, a member of the AIPAC National Board of Directors. Mr. Kassen began his term as president-elect during the conference. (Associated Press)

    Obama clarifies stance on Israel

    President Obama, seeking to quell criticism of his call Thursday for the borders of Israel and a Palestinian state to be based on 1967 lines, stressed to the country's biggest pro-Israel lobby on Sunday that he also supports land swaps between the two sides to reflect changes on the ground during the past 40 years.

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