Tag: John Kerry

Netanyahu and Kerry haven’t spoken since phone disconnect, State Department says

How badly have US-Israel relations deteriorated in recent weeks? If Israeli media reports are any indication, tensions boiled over to the point where a phone call between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ended due to “communications problems” earlier this week. Both men have not spoken since, according to the […]

Israel spied on Kerry’s calls during 2013 peace talks, magazine reports

Israel’s intelligence service intercepted Secretary of State John Kerry’s phone calls during 2013 Middle East peace negotiations, according to the German publication Spiegel.   Intelligence agents from another country also could have overheard Kerry’s conversations as he tried to help reach a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, several sources reportedly told the publication. […]

US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were “no guarantees” the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war. The surprise announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Kerry affirms Israel’s right to defend self, says region must avoid further escalation

In a phone conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu late Thursday night, US Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed his “strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself” against terrorist acts, but he also emphasized avoiding further escalation. Kerry further highlighted US support for the “restoration” of the 2012 cease-fire with Hamas, the US’s commitment […]

Unilateral Gaza ceasefire collapses

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the Israeli Air Force to resume strikes over Gaza Tuesday afternoon, six hours after a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, accepted by Israel and rejected by Hamas, was due to go into effect. During those hours, dozens of Hamas rockets raked town after town and village […]

Kerry condemns Hamas rocket fire ‘in face of a goodwill effort to secure ceasefire’

“But if Hamas does not accept the ceasefire proposal, as would now seem to be the case, Israel would have all international legitimacy to broaden the military operation to achieve the required quiet.” Hamas rejected the Egyptian proposal, saying Cairo did not consult the group over the deal. The organization’s armed wing, the Izz ad-Din […]

Kerry, Zarif to hold in-depth nuclear talks

Secretary of State John Kerry will hold in-depth discussions Monday with Iran’s top diplomat in a bid to advance faltering nuclear negotiations, with a deadline just days away for a comprehensive agreement. The scheduled talks come a day after Kerry and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany failed to reach a breakthrough on […]

Report: Kerry and Abbas to Meet in Jordan

United States Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to start a two-day visit to Jordan Wednesday, where he will meet with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Jordanian daily newspaper al-Arab al-Yawm reported Sunday.   The report, cited by the Ma’an news agency, quoted a “high-profile” Jordanian official as saying that Abbas and Kerry […]

Abbas, Kerry speak ahead of Palestinian unity government formation

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Amman on Wednesday, Jordanian newspaper al-Arab al-Yawm reported on Sunday. Meanwhile the two spoke hours before the Palestinian were set to swear in their new unity government Monday. Kerry and Abbas were expected to discuss the now-defunct Israeli-Palestinian […]

Kerry Mocks Climate Skeptics

If he and “97 percent” of scientists are wrong on climate change, efforts to mitigate it will at worst have brought millions of jobs, better health and energy security, Secretary of State John Kerry told Boston College graduates Monday.   “But if we do nothing, and it turns out that the critics and the naysayers […]