Benjamin Netanyahu
  • President Barack Obama, right, talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside the Oval Office.

    President Barack Obama heads into his second term weighed down by an unproductive relationship with the leader of Israel, the bedrock U.S. ally in the Middle East.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 14, 2013, 3:48 AM EST
  • In this Feb. 21, 2007 file photo, then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., speaks during an appearance at Bellevue University in Nebraska.

    Fears former Republican Senator's views on Iran's nuclear program and Palestine will increase pressure on Jewish state.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 07, 2013, 4:57 PM EST
  • FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2011 file photo, a construction worker works on a new housing unit in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of

    Israel is planning its biggest construction surge in east Jerusalem in decades in a move that critics argue would further complicate any prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 27, 2012, 5:48 PM EST
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

    Still poised for election victory but losing support to right-wing rival who opposes Palestinian statehood.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 25, 2012, 10:23 AM EST