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U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken participates in a video teleconference with the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 22, 2021. Credit: State Department. Photo by Ron Przysucha/Public Domain.

Blinken stresses importance of two-state solution in call with Israeli counterpart

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U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken stressed the importance of the two-state solution in a phone call on Monday with his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi. Blinken emphasized U.S. President Joe Biden’s belief that “the two-state...
U.S. President Joe Biden salutes as he disembarks Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., prior to boarding Air Force One to begin his flight to New Castle County Airport in New Castle, Del., on Feb. 5, 2021. Credit: Official White House Photo by Carlos Fyfe.

Can Biden’s zeal to deal work better than ‘maximum pressure’?

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If, as a New York Times headline noted, Israel’s reaction to the news that the United States is ready to start talking with Iran was “muted,” there was good reason for the low-key reaction. U.S. Secretary of...
Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Through its Yemen maneuver, the Biden administration is giving a free pass to Iran

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The Biden administration removed the Houthi rebels (Ansar Allah) in Yemen from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations on Feb. 16 after they were added to the list by the previous administration in January, shortly before...
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Biden officials ‘recalibrating’ ties with Saudis, opening ‘path to diplomacy’ for Iran

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Officials in the Biden administration announced a shift in U.S. Middle East foreign policy on Tuesday towards a more critical stance on Saudi Arabia while opening the door for direct diplomacy with Iran. In a...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a tour of the Golan Heights. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

Netanyahu to Blinken: Golan Heights ‘will remain forever part of Israel’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office pushed back against U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken over his comments that stopped short of endorsing the Trump administration’s recognition of the Golan Heights in 2019. In an...
Gab Ashkenazi on Feb. 19, 2020. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

In latest call, Ashkenazi and Blinken discuss ‘outrageous’ ICC ruling

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Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi spoke to U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken on Monday, where he thanked Blinken for American support in the wake of the International Criminal Court’s decision to open a...
The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, in Geneva. The room is the meeting place of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Credit: Ludovic Courtès via Wikimedia Commons.

US to return to ‘flawed’ UN Human Rights Council

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U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced that the United States will return to the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing a move by the Trump administration, which withdrew from the international body in 2018. The...
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken. Credit: mccv/Shutterstock.

Blinken to discuss Iran with European allies as White House convenes NSC

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U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken was slated to discuss Iran and other foreign-policy issues with his British, French and German counterparts on Friday. “The secretary will have an opportunity to discuss with some of...
Israeli Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz speaks at a conference in Tel Aviv on Feb. 21, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Blinken says Iran’s breakout time ‘matter of weeks,’ Israel’s energy minister disagrees

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Contrary to U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken’s assessment that Iran could produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon in “a matter of weeks,” Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday that...
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Source: Screenshot.

Biden’s national security advisor suggests expediated timeline to rejoin Iran nuclear deal

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Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security advisor, suggested an expedited timeline for rejoining the Iranian nuclear deal, which the Trump administration exited in May 2018. The comments come as the Biden administration announced...