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  • ** FILE ** Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly Cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office on Sunday, July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Abir Sultan, Pool

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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  • President Obama (center) and Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) shake hands as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on during a welcoming ceremony upon Mr. Obama's arrival at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Body language experts: Obama likes Peres better than Netanyahu

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  • ** FILE ** Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni attends a news conference at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

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  • Israeli border police evict a Palestinian activist from an area known as E-1 near Jerusalem on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. Palestinian activists erected tents in the area on Friday, saying they wanted to "establish facts on the ground" to stop Israeli construction in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Israel's Netanyahu vows to proceed with E-1 settlement

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Sunday to move ahead with construction of a new Jewish settlement in a strategic part of the West Bank, speaking just hours after Israeli forces dragged dozens of Palestinian activists from the area.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at his office in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Mr. Netanyahu has ordered new parliamentary elections in early 2013, roughly eight months ahead of schedule. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Polls show Netanyahu poised for election victory

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likely will win in the upcoming parliamentary elections, with no serious contenders to replace him, according to opinion polls published by two major Israeli dailies on Thursday.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Associated Press)

    Israel's Netanyahu faces coalition crisis

    A fierce debate over how to draft religious men into the Israeli military has sparked the first crisis in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly expanded coalition government.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz shake hands before holding a joint press conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, to announce Israel's new coalition government. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    Netanyahu unveils new Israeli unity government

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a revamped coalition government on Tuesday, forming a broad alliance with the chief opposition party that could free his hand to take bold action on peace with the Palestinians and decide whether to attack Iran.

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  • Palestinian supporters of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine wave their party's red flags during a Feb. 23, 2012, rally in Gaza City celebrating 43 years since its founding. (Associated Press)

    Israeli proposal puts off Palestinian officials

    Israeli and Palestinian officials Thursday offered competing interpretations of an Israeli proposal for Palestinian statehood, with the prospect of renewed peace talks drifting further away.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center front), followed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, arrives at the Capitol to address a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Netanyahu: Israel ready for 'painful compromises'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to make "painful compromises" for peace with the Palestinians but said he would not agree to any deal that threatens Israel's security or its identity as a Jewish state.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to the crowd at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting in Washington on Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Supportive Congress to hear Israeli peace vision

    Israel's prime minister is to sketch his vision of Israeli-Palestinian peace before a sympathetic U.S. Congress on Tuesday, after reopening a dispute with President Barack Obama over the contours of a future Palestinian state.

  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on May 20, 2011, in the Oval Office at the White House. (Associated Press)

    Obama, Netanyahu dispute 'between friends'

    Showing no progress toward peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat alongside President Obama on Friday and declared that Israel would not withdraw to 1967 borders to help make way for an adjacent Palestinian state.

  • A Palestinian child stands on a side street in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Monday, June 21, 2010. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat pressed ahead Monday with a contentious plan to raze 22 illegally built Palestinian homes to make room for a tourist center that Palestinians fear would tighten Israel's grip on the city's contested eastern sector. The site, called al-Bustan, is a section of the larger neighborhood of Silwan, which is home to some 50,000 Palestinians and 70 Jewish families. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

    Jerusalem revives plan to raze Palestinian houses

    Jerusalem's mayor pressed ahead Monday with a plan to raze 22 Palestinian houses in east Jerusalem to make room for an Israeli tourist center, a decision that could stir new tensions in the divided city and put Israel in conflict with the Obama administration.

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