The administrations diplomatic outreach to Iran has created a significant rift in the U.S.-Israeli relationship, said Aaron David Miller , a vice president at the Wilson Center, a Washington policy group. Miller said that Netanyahu and Obama see the Iran in fundamentally different ways and that their differences could deepen once the administration gets into selling the agreement because it will have even more of a stake in protecting and selling it. Rightward Shift Richard Lebaron, a former U.S. ambassador to Kuwait , said Netanyahus comments reflect a steady rightward shift in Israeli politics over the last several years, as well as the deep concern about the Iranian threat. I find it perplexing that Israel recognizes, in terms of Israeli defense, the Obama administration has been more supportive than any other administration in my lifetime, in terms of rhetoric and practicalities, and yet Israels rhetoric has reached such a shrill level, said Lebaron, now a senior fellow at the Atlantic Councils Rafik Hariri Center, a Washington policy group. Israels benchmark stock index, the TA-25 Index (TA-25) , increased as much as 0.7 percent to 1,354.53, the highest intraday level on record, as investors weighed the accord. Israels benchmark government bond due March 2023 rose 0.31 shekel to 107.96 at 9:45 a.m. in Tel Aviv, pushing the yield on the 4.25 percent note down 3 basis points to 3.59 percent.
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Obama Defends Achievements Following Health Care Plan Woes, Poor Poll Numbers
Our businesses have created 7.8 million new jobs in the past 44 months. Another 200,000 Americans went back to work last month, he said. Obama also said the American auto industry has come roaring back with 350,000 new jobs, ad said the nation has decided to reverse (its) addiction to foreign oil since he has been in office. And today, we generate more renewable energy than ever, more natural gas than anybody, and for the first time in nearly 20 years, America now produces more oil than we buy from other countries, he said. While acknowledging that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been less than ideal, Obama said the effort to fix a broken health care system is benefiting Americans. So far, about 500,000 Americans are poised to gain health coverage starting January 1st. And by the way, health care costs are growing at the slowest rate in 50 years, he said. Obama also said the federal government has cut (its) deficits in half since he took office.
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