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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Oct 1, 2013 — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is trying to use charm to ease international pressure without scaling back its nuclear efforts, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu says. "Rouhani thinks he can have his yellowcake and eat it too," Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday.
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Sep 30, 2013 — Before leaving for the U.S. on Sunday, the Israeli leader promised to warn officials in Washington that they should maintain pressure on Iran to cease its nuclear program.
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Dec 4, 2012 — Israel's ambassadors to Britain, France, Denmark, Spain and Sweden were summoned to hear criticism of the plan. The criticism in the U.S. was more muted.
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Jul 30, 2012 — Mitt Romney's trip abroad accomplished some of what he wanted. In Israel he delivered a hawkish pro-Israel message of support for the conservative government meant to appeal to those U.S. Jews skeptical of President Obama. But his trip also had missteps, notably in Britain but not only there.
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Jul 27, 2012 — It may have just been a coincidence that on the eve of Mitt Romney's visit to Israel, President Obama signed legislation that increases U.S. military and security aid to the Jewish state. But the timing showed once again the benefits of incumbency in an election year.
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Jul 2, 2012 — The GOP candidate, who has criticized President Obama's policies toward the ally, will reportedly visit later this month.
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Mar 5, 2012 — The two leaders are meeting to discuss what to do about Iran. Both say that nation cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. Obama will press for more time to let sanctions take effect. But he isn't ruling out military options.
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Mar 5, 2012 — In Monday's March 5, 2012 political grab bag, President Obama warned U.S. and Israeli politicians that bellicose talk towards Iran only helped that rogue nation by increasing oil prices. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum appeared tied in Ohio heading into Super Tuesday. Rush Limbaugh's "apology" did little to stem still the outrage over his "slut" remark.
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Mar 2, 2012 — Obama told The Atlantic that he doesn't "bluff" as president of the U.S. when he says he's willing to use the military to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon... Maryland became the eighth state to legalize gay marriage... Virginia approved a controversial anti-abortion bill requiring ultrasound which the governor says he will sign.
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May 25, 2011 — If President Obama could get a do-over on his Arab Spring speech, would he restate precisely his line about Israel's 1967 borders (with agreed swaps!) being the starting point for renewed talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators?From a purely political point of view, it seems unlikely.
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