Saturday, February 4, 2023

US-Israel Relations

US slams Israeli settlements but stresses Washington’s support for Tel Aviv

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has criticized Israeli policies, including settlement expansion and home demolitions, as detrimental to the two-state solution. Still, at a news conference at the end of his trip to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, he reasserted Washington’s “ironclad” commitment to Israel.

US, Israel kick off large military drills “in a clear message to Iran”

The US and Israel launched their largest joint military exercise ever on Monday, sending what they call a clear signal to Iran. Tehran has repeatedly warned that any mistake by the US and Israel will be met with a crushing response.

Top US diplomats to visit Israel within days, Iran on agenda

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to visit Israel at the end of the month to get a better understanding of the new government's agenda. Prior to Blinken's visit, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is expected to arrive in Israel on January 19.

Israel grounds F-35 fighters after US crash

The Israeli army says it has decided to ground 11 of its F-35A fighter jets, following an incident in Texas last week that saw a US Air Force F-35B Lightning II crash during an attempted landing.

Hezbollah: US Democrats, Republicans both back Israeli crimes

Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has stated that both Democrats and Republicans in the United States have always supported the Israeli regime’s crimes and killing of Palestinians.

Report: US president ‘rejects’ Israeli PM phone call request over JCPOA

The White House is said to have rejected a request by Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid for an emergency phone call with US President Joe Biden regarding the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in an apparent last-minute push by Tel Aviv to derail the talks on a revival of the multilateral agreement.

US urges Israel to review army “rules of engagement” in WB

The administration of US President Joe Biden wants Israel to review its “rules of engagement” during military operations in the occupied West Bank after the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Israeli and US sources briefed on the call told Axios.

Yemen’s Houthi says Biden showed loyalty to Israel in ME tour

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has lashed out at Washington’s efforts to normalize ties between Israel and Arab countries. Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi stated US President Joe Biden demonstrated his loyalty to Zionists during a recent visit to the occupied Palestinian territories.

Former Iran FM: Tehran has capacities to make nukes, but not after it

Former Iranian foreign minister and Chairman of Iran’s Strategic Council of Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi says Tehran has the capacities to develop nuclear weapons but it does not intend to do so.

Iranian expert: Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel abject failure

An Iranian expert on international and geopolitical affairs says US President Joe Biden’s trip to occupied Palestine and Saudi Arabia was an abject failure. Abdolreza Faraji Rad told Jamaran news outlet that Israel’s intelligence agencies have confirmed that Biden made no gains during his trips to the kingdom and to Israel.

Analyst: Biden’s Middle East trip shouldn’t be overestimated

A top Iranian political analyst has downplayed US President Joe Biden’s tour of the Middle East in a wider context of developments in the world, saying the trip on its own cannot change the deep-seated policies in the region and beyond.

Iran diplomat: Biden ME tour aimed at security for Israel; we should thank him

The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Interests Section in Egypt says the trip to the West Asia region by US President Joe Biden is aimed at ensuring the security of the Israeli regime.

‘Mideast NATO mere psyop to fix morale of Arab govts. left alone by US’

A political commentator says the much-talked-about plan to form a NATO-style coalition of Arab states is a mere psychological operation aimed at repairing the morale of the Arab regimes that have been let down by the US despite years of cooperation with Washington.

Analyst: US will fail in plot to form Arab-Israeli ‘NATO’ against Iran

The US will fail to advance the plot to form a NATO-style coalition against Iran joined by Israel and Arab countries due to the deep differences of opinion existing among Arab governments in their policies toward the Islamic Republic, a political analyst says.

Iran: US staunch supporter of Israel as world’s number one child-killer

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman says the US is supporting Israel as the world's greatest child-killer regime.

Biden’s tour of region insignificant to us: Iran MP

An Iranian parliamentarian has shrugged off US President Joe Biden’s visit to the West Asia region, saying “This trip is not important to us.”

Biden’s tour of region to foment sedition, war: Iran official

A senior Iranian diplomat has lambasted US President Joe Biden’s visit to the West Asia region.

Analyst: Biden set off for Middle East after left in weak position

US President Joe Biden has embarked on a tour of the Israeli-occupied territories and Saudi Arabia after the lukewarm relations with Tel Aviv and Riyadh put him on shaky grounds at home among Democrats, according to a senior Iranian political analyst and former diplomat.

Biden lands in Tel Aviv on first visit to ME as US president

US President Joe Biden arrived in Tel Aviv on Wednesday on his first visit to the Middle East since taking office. The American leader has kicked off the high-stakes trip to the region dominated by efforts to persuade Persian Gulf allies to pump more oil and bring Israel and Saudi Arabia closer together.

Analyst: Biden due in Mideast to ensure Israeli security via Arab money

A political commentator says US President Joe Biden will be visiting the Middle East with the goal of ensuring the security of the occupying Israeli regime through the petrodollars of the region’s Arab countries.

Iran parliament speaker: US executor of Israeli projects in region

As US President Joe Biden is set to embark on a Middle East tour, Iranian parliament speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf says the United States is the executor of the Israeli regime’s projects and plans in the region.

IRGC deputy commander: Saudi, US and Israeli alliance to fail

A high-ranking official with the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) says the history of previous alliances between the US, Saudi Arabia and the Zionist regime shows a new alliance they call Arabic NATO will be weak and ineffective in the face of the resistance front and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

16k police officers to ensure security during Biden’s visit to Israel

At least 16,000 police officers will be deployed to ensure security during US President Joe Biden's visit to Israel, Israeli police spokesman Mikhail Zingerman said.

Iran intelligence minister: Biden regional visit aimed at propping up Israel

Iran’s intelligence minister says the upcoming visit by US President Joe Biden to the region is an “attempt for official return of the US to the region with a focus on Israel.”

Former Iran MP: Domestic, Israeli pressures on US block nuclear deal

A former Iranian lawmaker says the United States and Iran have reached an agreement on the technical aspects of reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, but the political pressures at home and from Israel on Washington block conclusion of a deal.

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