U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks to the press in Tel Aviv, Israel on April 9, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/04/207203.htm
Just days before President Barack Obama set off for his historic trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, 16 Jewish and Arab-Israeli teens traveled to the United States to engage their American counterparts and highlight the strong relationship between the U.S. and Israeli people. Using the sport of basketball, these young people have focused their efforts on peace-building and cooperation — two themes central to President Obama’s visit.
Engaging young people is a strategic priority for the United States. After all, today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. And, sports are a vehicle in which we can engage young people from around the world on the court, in the classroom, and in their communities.
During this international exchange, these young Israelis —… more »
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before their working dinner in Jerusalem on March 23, 2013. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]
This week, President Barack Obama is making the first trip of his second term; he will visit Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan March 20-23, 2013. The White House will beposting updates from the road and livestreaming several of the President’s events on whitehouse.gov/live, including:
Wednesday, March 20 (2:05 PM ET) — President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu hold a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem;
Thursday March 21 (11:00 AM ET) — President Obama delivers a speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center; and
Friday March 22 (11:45 AM ET) — President Obama and King Abdullah II of Jordan hold a press conference in… more »
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Our “Photo of the Week” comes to us from Matty Stern, the photographer at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, and shows U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro lighting the menorah on the fifth night of Hanukkah in Dizengoff Square on December 12, 2012.
In Washington, President Obama and the First Lady celebrated Hanukkah with a reception at the White House on the sixth night of Hanukkah on December 13. This year, Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, began on Saturday, December 8 and concludes on Sunday, December 16.
In a statement, the President said, “Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah around the world.
“This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of the Maccabees who rose up to liberate… more »
Mark C. Toner
Office of the Spokesperson
December 3, 2012
The United States opposes all unilateral actions, including West Bank settlement activity and housing construction in East Jerusalem, as they complicate efforts to resume direct, bilateral negotiations, and risk prejudging the outcome of those negotiations. This includes building in the E-1 area as this area is particularly sensitive and construction there would be especially damaging to efforts to achieve a two-state solution.
We have made clear to the Israeli Government that such action is contrary to U.S. policy. The United States and the international community expect all parties to play a constructive role in efforts to achieve peace. We urge the parties to cease unilateral actions and take concrete steps to return to direct negotiations so all the issues can be discussed and the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security can be realized.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy 2012 Saban Forum Opening Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C., November 30, 2012. [Go to http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/11/201343.htm for a text transcript.]
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
November 21, 2012
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
November 21, 2012
The United States strongly condemns this terrorist attack and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the people of Israel.
As I arrive in Cairo, I am closely monitoring reports from Tel Aviv, and we will stay in close contact with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s team. The United States stands ready to provide any assistance that Israel requires.