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Netanyahu Plays down rift with U.S. ahead of Biden Visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Sunday of "strong" ties with the United States ahead of a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, despite deep disagreement over the nuclear accord with Iran.

"This visit expresses the strong relations between Israel and our ally the U.S.," Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.

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Netanyahu Pledges 'Terrorism' Cooperation with Africa

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday pledged his country's cooperation with African nations against "terrorism" as he met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

"Israel is willing and prepared to work with African countries in our common battle against militant Islamic terrorism," Netanyahu said as he went into talks with Kenyatta, whose country has long been a strategic ally of Israel.

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Netanyahu at Davos Says Israel Needs more Aid after Iran Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday that his country will need more U.S. military aid because of the nuclear deal with Iran.

Israel is currently negotiating a new 10-year military aid package with Washington that it says will need to grow beyond the $3.1 billion yearly currently provided by the United States.

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Likud Calls Off Primary Vote, Declares Netanyahu Winner

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found himself in a bitter election fight in recent days to decide the leader of his party -- even though he was the only candidate.

Netanyahu pushed for an early primary vote for his Likud party, less than a year after general elections, in what analysts say was a maneuver to clear out potential rivals.

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Report: U.S. Spying on Netanyahu Communications

The United States continues to spy on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's communications despite promising to curtail the hacking of its allies, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Contacted by AFP, the White House did not deny the report, which cites several serving and former U.S. officials, but stressed the importance of its ongoing close ties with Israel.

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Kerry Condemns Palestinian Attacks as he Meets Israel PM

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned a wave of Palestinian attacks as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday in his latest bid to ease nearly two months of violence.

Arriving with scant hopes for a major breakthrough, Kerry said he would discuss with Netanyahu and later Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah ways of calming tensions.

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Netanyahu Urges 'Global Solution to Terror' in Call with Hollande

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for "a global solution" to terrorism in a phone call with Francois Hollande on Wednesday to express his solidarity after the Paris attacks, the French presidency said.

Netanyahu "wanted to convey a message of support and stressed that terrorism was a global problem requiring a global solution," the presidency said, five days after Paris was rocked by gun and suicide attacks that killed 129 people.

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Netanyahu Stresses Defense Aid ahead of Obama Meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he planned to discuss defense aid with President Barack Obama as he left for his first meeting with the U.S. leader in over a year.

Netanyahu is due to meet Obama on Monday in Washington as the two leaders seek to set aside their testy personal relationship and turn the page after a sharp disagreement over the July nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

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Obama, Netanyahu Eye Arms Deal to Mend Ties

Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu will hold a post-row summit Monday, hoping a massive 10 year defense deal will help them move beyond a bitter public fight that shook a decades-old alliance.

After acerbic clashes over the U.S.-backed nuclear deal with Iran, the two leaders will discuss a deal expected to be worth more than $30 billion which will include a string of advanced weaponry systems, officials said.

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Netanyahu Moves to Dampen Inflammatory Al-Aqsa Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled Tuesday to contain inflammatory rhetoric from his government over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, at the heart of a wave of deadly Palestinian unrest.

With efforts to defuse tensions already strained, deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely stoked Palestinian fears by saying it was her "dream to see the Israeli flag flying" over the holy site, which is sacred to both Muslims and Jews.

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