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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

11 Jan 2018

Israel approves hundreds of new settlement homes: NGO

JERUSALEM Israel has given final building approval for 352 homes in settlements in the occupied West Bank, an anti-settlement movement said on Thursday - construction that Palestinians see as jeopardising their prospects for statehood.

07 Jan 2018

Netanyahu tiptoes around U.S. threat to cut off Palestinian aid

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu trod carefully on Sunday around a threatened U.S. aid cut to Palestinians, stopping short of backing a funding halt as he repeated calls for a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees to be dismantled.

03 Jan 2018

Israel offers to pay African migrants to leave, threatens jail

JERUSALEM Israel said on Wednesday it would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of March.

27 Dec 2017

Israel wants to build "Trump station" near Western Wall

JERUSALEM Israel wants to name a train station after Donald Trump to thank him for recognising Jerusalem as its capital, but the site of the planned building could be as divisive as the U.S. president's declaration.

21 Dec 2017

Israel's Netanyahu calls U.N. "house of lies" before Jerusalem vote

JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the United Nations as a "house of lies" ahead of a vote on Thursday on a draft resolution calling on the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. | Video

11 Dec 2017

Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Trump protest flares in Beirut

JERUSALEM A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem's main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. | Video

20 Nov 2017

Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia

JERUSALEM/RIYADH An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior official from either country of long-rumoured secret dealings.

13 Nov 2017

Netanyahu signals Israel will act with free hand in Syria

JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he has put the United States and Russia on notice that Israel will continue to take military action across the frontier in Syria, even as the two powers try to build up a ceasefire there.

03 Nov 2017

A century on, UK's Jewish homeland declaration stirs celebration and mourning in Middle East

LONDON/JERUSALEM In a 67-word statement composed 100 years ago, Britain endorsed the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East, triggering a process that would culminate in the creation of Israel - and with it one of the world's most intractable conflicts.

29 Oct 2017

U.S. pressure delays Israel's "Greater Jerusalem" bill: legislator

JERUSALEM U.S. pressure delayed an Israeli ministerial vote on Sunday on a proposed bill that Washington fears entails annexation of Jewish settlements near Jerusalem, an Israeli lawmaker said.

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