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Jeffrey Heller

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

13 Sep 2017

Israel endorses independent Kurdish state

JERUSALEM Israel supports the establishment of a Kurdish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, as Kurds in Iraq gear up for a referendum on independence that lawmakers in Baghdad oppose.

12 Sep 2017

World Bank calls for steps to bolster Palestinian economy

JERUSALEM Even in the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, steps can be taken now that could significantly brighten a gloomy Palestinian economic situation, the World Bank said on Tuesday.

08 Sep 2017

Israel hits Syrian site said to be linked to chemical weapons

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM Israel attacked a military site in Syria's Hama province early on Thursday, the Syrian army said, and a war monitoring group said the target could be linked to chemical weapons production.

28 Aug 2017

Netanyahu: Iran building missile production sites in Syria, Lebanon

JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran is building sites to produce precision-guided missiles in Syria and Lebanon, with the aim of using them against Israel.

24 Aug 2017

Kushner stresses Trump's Mideast peace optimism but details scant

JERUSALEM U.S. President Donald Trump remains committed and optimistic about achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace, his son-in-law and senior adviser told the sides on Thursday during his first visit to the region since last month's surge of violence. | Video

20 Jul 2017

Israel faces mounting Palestinian anger over holy site metal detectors

JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered removing on Thursday metal detectors at a Jerusalem holy site after their installation following a deadly attack last week stirred up Palestinian protests and threats of escalation.

20 Jul 2017

EU eastern states say bloc must show more support for Israel

BUDAPEST/JERUSALEM Europe should better appreciate Israel’s key role in Middle Eastern stability, leaders of four central European nations said on Wednesday in a joint attack with Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Brussels’ current policy toward the state.

16 Jul 2017

Israel reopens Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary after deadly shooting

JERUSALEM Israel reopened Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound on Sunday, drawing a protest by Muslim religious authorities over the installation of metal detectors at entrances two days after a deadly shooting.

13 Jul 2017

Trump envoy announces Israeli-Palestinian water deal, silent on peace prospects

JERUSALEM U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy announced an Israeli-Palestinian water agreement on Thursday but dodged questions on whether he was making headway on reviving peace talks.

29 Jun 2017

Former Israeli PM Olmert, 71, wins early release from prison

JERUSALEM Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is serving a 27-month prison term for corruption, won parole on Thursday, one of his lawyers said.

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