Back on Track: Israel and the US Mend Their Ties
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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was in Washington, DC yesterday, for a meeting with President Obama, in what was widely described as an opportunity to highlight the strong ties between the two countries, after a difficult meeting in March. But what's next? Netanyahu spoke out on Israeli concerns about Iran and also about peace talks with the Palestinians. What will Israel do about mending relations with Turkey, which have been strained over the Gaza humanitarian flotilla? Also, the Justice Department challenges Arizona's immigration law, and the climate change research scandal. An independent inquiry responds to the controversy. Guest host Sara Terry sits in for a vacationing Warren Olney.
Banner image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and President Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office, July 6, 2010
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Back on Track: Israel and the US Mend Their Ties ()
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met at the White House yesterday. The two leaders spoke in positive terms about the strong ties between their two countries and posed for a pack of photographers, something that didn't happen when the two leaders met last March. What impact will yesterday's meeting have on the pressing issues Israel now faces – from peace talks with the Palestinians, to concern over Iran's nuclear program and fixing relations with Turkey?
- Massimo Calabresi: White House Correspondent, Time magazine
- Yossi Melman: Commentator, Ha'aretz
- Gerald Steinberg: Professor of Political Studies, Bar Ilan University, @GeraldNGOM
- Aaron David Miller: former Middle East peace negotiator, @aarondmiller2
- Sari Bashi: Executive Director, GISHA
Climategate Scientists Cleared, but Skepticism Remains ()
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