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President Obama arrived in Israel today for his first trip there as president, and everything seemed rosy between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At first.
But talk of being each other's "strongest ally" faded throughout the day, as both Obama and Netanyahu later hinted at each country's responsibility to make its own decisions about when to commit to military action against a nuclear-armed Iran. FULL POST
On the same day North Korea fired a short-range missile in to the sea of Japan, defense secretary Chuck Hagel announces the U.S. is boosting its missile defense system.
"The United States has missile defense systems in place to protect us from limited ICBM attacks but North Korea in particular has recently made advance in its capabilities and has engaged in a series of irresponsible and reckless provocations," Hagel said.
Last month, the rogue nation conducted an underground nuclear bomb test. Just this week, the North Korean government threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the U.S.
The government also scrapped the 1953 armistice with South Korea that ended the Korean war.
OutFront tonight: Former General James "Spider" Marks and Gordon Chang, the author of , Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World.
In Israel, voters turned out in huge numbers today to decide whether a coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu will continue to lead the country. The results were not as clear as expected.
Sara Sidner is in Tel Aviv, and we asked her to explain the outcome.
President Barack Obama has said that one of his favorite shows is HBO's "Homeland." In the main plot of season two, Israel launches an attack on five nuclear sites in Iran.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said there's has to be red line drawn to stop Iran's nuclear program.
Erin Burnett asks Defense Secretary Leon Panetta whether the fiction of "Homeland" can become reality.
For years, Kiev and Moscow have been locked in a bitter dispute over the Russian pipeline that runs through Ukraine.
This week, Ukraine decided they had enough and would climb out from under Russia's thumb and sign a deal with a new gas partner:
Gas Natural Fenosa of Spain.
The deal worth over a billion dollars would see Fenosa build a new port terminal on the Black Sea for importing and exporting liquefied natural gas. The signing of the agreement was a major deal. It was even televised!
And attended by the Ukraine's Prime Minister and Jordi Sarda Bonvehi, the representative for Fenosa. It was a huge step towards energy independence for the Ukraine. There was just one problem. FULL POST