Israel

9:35am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S., Israel Stand Together On Iran Issue, Obama And Netanyahu Say

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 7:05 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked on as President Obama spoke this morning in the Oval Office of the White House.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

With Iran and its nuclear program looming over the discussions, President Obama said this morning that "the United States will always have Israel's back." The president's comment came with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is at the White House for talks today, by his side.

For his part, Netanyahu told reporters that the U.S. and Israel stand together on policy toward Iran, The Associated Press reports.

The two leaders just held something of a photo op. Other reports on what they had to say:

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7:26am

Mon March 5, 2012

8:53pm

Sat March 3, 2012
World

Israelis Face Off Over Orthodox Military Exemption

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 7:04 am

Israeli soldiers get ready to launch the Skylark drone during a drill in January. Israelis are required to serve in the military, and an exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews has created a fierce debate.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

In Israel, a country where citizens serve a mandatory military service of two to three years, the exemption of some is a topic of heated debate. That debate is even fiercer now that Israel's Supreme Court has struck down a law that excused ultra-Orthodox Jews from serving in the military.

The decision highlights growing tensions between the religious and secular elements of Israeli society. As the ultra-Orthodox population continues to grow, many are asking what part they will play in the Jewish state.

'They Need To Contribute, Too'

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3:57pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Middle East

U.S. To Israel: Iran Is Feeling Heat From Sanctions

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 6:41 am

The White House meeting next Monday between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be the most critical encounter for the two men since they took office.

Netanyahu is expected to argue that time is running out on efforts to discourage Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Obama may say the Israelis can count on U.S. support, but that they should give sanctions and diplomacy time to work before turning to military action.

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6:15am

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

On Iran, Obama Says 'I Don't Bluff' And 'All Options Are On The Table'

President Obama on Tuesday during a speech at the United Auto Workers' National Community Action Program Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due at the White House on Monday, Iran and its nuclear ambitions are again front-and-center on the policy agenda.

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