Israel Brief October 22, 2014: US condemns ‘despicable’ Jerusalem terror attack

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US condemns ‘despicable’ Jerusalem terror attack

Source: Times of Israel, 10-22-14

State Department still will not confirm that 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun was an American citizen…READ MORE

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Full Text Israel Political Brief October 22, 2014: US Condemns Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem — Transcript

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Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

Source: State.gov, 10-22-14

Press Statement

Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC
October 22, 2014
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.

Israel Political Brief August 26, 2013: For Israel, U.S. response on Syria may send message to Iran

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For Israel, U.S. response on Syria may be harbinger on Iran

Source: JTA, 8-26-13

For Israel, U.S. response on Syria may be harbinger on Iran

As Washington inches closer to action in Syria, Israel is evaluating the Obama administration’s resolve and hoping it sends a clear message to Iran….READ MORE

Israel Musings August 8, 2013: State Department confirms date of next Israeli-Palestinian peace talks meeting

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State Department confirms date of next Israeli-Palestinian peace talks meeting

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The United States State Department finally announced today, August 8, 2013 the date for the next peace talk meetings between Israel and the Palestinians. The meetings will begin August 14, 2013 and will be held in Jerusalem, Israel….READ MORE

U.S. won’t participate in Durban III, State Dept. says

Source: JTA, 6-1-11

The United States will not participate in  Durban III, this September, the State Department said.

In a letter to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Joseph E. Macmanus, acting assistant secretary for legislative affairs, confirmed the United States would not attend the conference, which in its previous iterations has been a forum for anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment.

In November, the U.S. voted against a United Nations resolution to establish the conference. The following month, Gillibrand led a coalition of 18 senators in signing a letter to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, urging the U.S. not to participate in the conference, scheduled for Sept. 21 in New York City.

The Durban Commemoration is meant to mark the ten-year anniversary of Durban I, during which the delegations from the United States and Israel walked out in protest as the tenor turned increasingly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.

“The United States will not participate in the Durban Commemoration. In December, we voted against the resolution establishing this event because the Durban process included ugly displays of intolerance and anti-Semitism, and we did not want to see that commemorated,” Macmanus wrote….

In November, Canada was the first country to announce it would not participate in Durban III. Israel announced it would boycott in the conference in December.

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