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Panetta announces $70 million for Iron Dome near term

By Ron Kampeas, JTA May 17, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said it would rush $70 million to Israel in order to enhance its Iron Dome missile defense system, with more money in the pipeline. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday after meeting with his Israeli...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama meet March 5, 2012 in the White House Oval Office to discuss coordinating policy on Iran.

White House: Obama didn’t discuss bunker busters with Netanyahu

By Daniel Treiman, JTA March 9, 2012

A White House spokesman denied reports that President Obama promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bunker-buster bombs and refueling planes that could help in a military strike against Iran. "In meetings the president had there was no such...

Netanyahu says Israel’s friends will stand by her

JTA March 7, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has "many courageous friends." In remarks after landing in Israel following a visit to Canada and the United States, Netanyahu said, "I was received warmly, we have many courageous friends."...

Obama: ‘Premature’ strike on Iran would have consequences for U.S.

March 6, 2012

WASHINGTON -- A premature Israeli strike on Iran would have consequences for the United States, President Barack Obama said. "Israel is a sovereign nation that has to make its own decisions about how best to preserve its security," Obama said Tuesday...

Panetta: U.S. will act against Iran if all else fails

JTA March 6, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The United States will act against Iran if all efforts to end its suspected nuclear weapons program fail, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. "Military action is the last alternative when all else fails," he said Tuesday, the last day...

Israel will not warn U.S. on Iran strike

JTA February 28, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli officials will not warn the United States if they decide to attack Iran's nuclear infrastructure, the Associated Press reported, citing an unnamed U.S. intelligence official.  The decision was passed on in a series of private,...

Barak to meet with Panetta in Washington

JTA February 27, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is traveling to Washington to meet with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, and other key U.S. security officials. Barak, who left Israel on Monday, is arriving just days before Israeli Prime Minister...

JINSA: Defense cuts jeopardize U.S. security

JTA February 23, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Defense cuts likely to ensue from the failure of the Obama administration and Congress to agree on the budget would jeopardize U.S. security, according to a Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs paper. "The cuts now being contemplated...

Panetta: Israel has not decided to attack Iran

JTA February 14, 2012

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a Senate committee that he does not believe Israel has decided definitely to attack Iran's nuclear infrastructure. Panetta also told the Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the United States and Israel have "common...

President Barack Obama

Senators to urge Obama to make Iranian ‘capability’ a red line

By Ron Kampeas, JTA February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan slate of U.S. senators will present a resolution calling on the Obama administration to make a "nuclear-weapons capability" by Iran a red line. The non-binding resolution, to be introduced Thursday by Sens. Robert Casey (D-Pa.),...

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, seen here addressing
a regional economic summit in Tehran in May 2011, says he is
‘optimistic that nuclear inspectors will not find anything amiss
this week during their visit to the country.

On Iran, mixed signals proliferate

By Ron Kampeas, JTA January 31, 2012

WASHINGTON-Israel, the United States and Iranhave all gone deep into mixed-signals territory.Conversations with Israeli officials, includingDefense Minister Ehud Barak, left one prominent journalistconvinced that Israel will strike Iran by year's end....

Panetta: It would take Iran one year to make nuclear bomb

JTA January 30, 2012

NEW YORK -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said it would take Iran approximately one year to build a nuclear bomb. "The consensus is that if they decided to do it, it would probably take them about a year to be able to produce a bomb and then...

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