Israel

10:52am

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama: There Is Still A Diplomatic Window With Iran

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 7:07 am

President Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Tuesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

During his first news conference of the year, President Obama defended his decision not to intervene militarily in Iran and Syria.

"Sometimes [force] is necessary but we don't do it casually," he said. "There is a cost and we don't play politics with it."

Obama described the situation in Syria as "more complicated" than the situation in Libya and said deploying the military is not the only way to solve problems.

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10:01pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Middle East

Obama, Netanyahu Differ On Timeline Of Iran Strike

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference on Monday in Washington, D.C. He said he would never let his "people live in the shadow of annihilation."
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

In several hours of talks, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have different timelines and red lines on the issue of Iran's nuclear program: Obama said he prefers diplomacy and pressure; the Israeli leader made clear his country reserves the right to attack pre-emptively, saying Israel must remain master of its fate.

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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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