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State Dept. Dances Around EU 'Settlement' Labeling

Spokesperson Rathke avidly refuses to answer question on EU plan to label Judea-Samaria products in boycott move.

Watch: State Dept. Dances Around EU 'Settlement' Labelingplayer

State Department Rules Out Extension of Iran Talks

The United States says it will not consider an extension beyond June 30 to reach an agreement on curbing Iran's nuclear program.

State Department Rules Out Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks

US, EU Condemn 'Illegal' Building in Jerusalem

Plans released to build 900 homes in Ramat Shlomo. EU, US condemn 'illegal' and 'disappointing' move.

US, EU Condemn 'Illegal' Building in Jerusalem

US Trying to Free Ship Seized by Iran

Rathke says US talking to Marshall Islands to try and return ship, won't answer if US has contacted Iran and won't list consequences to it.

US Trying to Free Ship Seized by Iran 'Diplomatically'

US Refuses to Condemn Iranian Seizure of Ship

State Department avoids condemning or even defining Iranian firing on and capture of Marshall Islands ship in international waters.

US Refuses to Condemn Iranian Seizure of Shipplayer

U.S. Welcomes Decision to Unfreeze PA Taxes

State Department spokesman says Israel's decision to release frozen tax revenue to the PA is "an important step".

Washington Welcomes Israel's Decision to Unfreeze PA Taxes

US Slams 'Tragic Irony' of ICC 'War Crimes' Probe

US State Department says ICC probe against Israel 'counterproductive to peace,' notes Israel has withstood 'thousands of terrorist rockets.'

US Slams 'Tragic Irony' of ICC Israel 'War Crimes' Probe

US, Iran Deny Reports of Prisoner Swap

Both Washington and Tehran rush to reject Iranian news agency's claim of a prisoner swap deal.

US, Iran Deny Reports of Prisoner Swap

State Department: PA Resolution Not Constructive

State Department spokesman says PA's unilateral resolution does not advance peace or addresses Israel's security needs.

State Department: PA Resolution Not Constructive

Bennett to US: Jewish State Law is Our Problem

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett fires back at US criticism, saying they 'have no right to interfere' in internal affairs.

Bennett to US: Jewish State Law is Our Problem, Not Yours

U.S. Expects Israel to 'Stick to Democracy'

Responding to the controversial Jewish State Law, State Department spokesman says Israel should "stick to its democratic principles".

U.S. Expects Israel to 'Stick to Democratic Principles'

Washington Stresses Opposition to Construction

As expected, the United States condemns Israel's approval of new homes for Jews in Jerusalem.

Washington Stresses 'Consistent Opposition' to Construction