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More than 500 journalists cover Obama’s Israel visit, only small number will attend events

by Linda Gradstein and Diana Atallah, The Media Line

March 20, 2013 | 6:18 am

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with greeters upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on March 20. Photo by REUTERS/Jason Reed

Israel’s Government Press Office is working overtime. At Ben Gurion International Airport, a special counter has been set up to issue temporary press cards to the 300 journalists flying... read full article

  • Israel’s emerging new government

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    March 14, 2013 | 10:39 am

    Barring a last minute glitch, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to sign coalition agreements that will give him a new government just two days before the deadline, and less than a week before President Barack Obama arrives in Israel. The new government will have a total of...

  • Israel and the Palestinians gearing up for Obama visit

    by Linda Gradstein and Diana Atallah, The Media Line

    March 13, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Preparing for a US presidential visit is a huge job. Preparing for a US presidential visit the week before Passover is an almost insurmountable task.

    While in Jerusalem, the President will be staying at the historic King David hotel, which used to be the site of the British...

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy in decline

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    March 12, 2013 | 10:29 am

    During President Obama’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA)  next week, he will visit the West Bank towns of Ramallah, where he will meet PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, and Bethlehem, to see the Church of the Nativity. A new report by the World Bank says he will see an...

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  • Is Obama bringing a peace plan?

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    March 11, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Over and over, American officials insist that President Obama has no new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan hidden in his pocket, ready to be whipped out during next week’s meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. But...

  • Will Jordan become the next Dubai?

    by Adam Nicky, The Media Line

    March 5, 2013 | 9:50 am

    There's more to the Red Sea city of Aqaba than pristine waters and breathtaking coral reefs. The liberalized duty-free area is seeking to become the gateway of commerce in the region, Jordanian officials say.

    The Aqaba Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), which runs the port city...

  • Egyptian women struggle to fight sexual harassment

    by Sherif Elhelwa, The Media Line

    February 28, 2013 | 11:35 am

    Despite its calls for democracy, freedom of speech and revolution against traditional Egyptian society, the current anti-government demonstrations have witnessed one negative phenomenon – an increase in harassment of women.

    Women have been attacked and in some instances raped in...

  • Palestinians don’t expect much from Obama visit

    by Diana Atallah, The Media Line

    February 26, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Palestinian officials hope the upcoming visit by President Barack Obama will end the current deadlock in the peace process, but are skeptical that the visit will change the situation on the ground.

    Speaking to reporters before a PLO Executive Committee meeting at his Ramallah...

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