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  • Uber picks political insider David Plouffe to wage its regulatory battles

    2 days ago

    Uber wants your vote of support. And it has hired a campaign manager to win you over.

    Uber, the fast-growing private car start-up, announced on Tuesday it had hired the political strategist David Plouffe to be its senior vice president of policy and strategy. The move further...

  • U.S. put more scrutiny on arms transfers to Israel during Gaza crisis

    6 days ago

    The Obama administration, which urged Israel do more to prevent civilian casualties in its conflict with Hamas militants, placed U.S. arms shipments to Israel under greater scrutiny during the Gaza crisis, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

    After more than a month of...

  • U.S. officials: No change in procedure for arming Israel

    1 week ago

    U.S. officials denied reports of a change in the procedure through which their government supplies arms to Israel.

    Speaking to reporters on Thursday, State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf said: “Let me be clear: There has been no change in policy, period.” But she also...

  • Obama urges police to respect protesters in Ferguson

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama called on police Thursday to respect demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., in an attempt to defuse tensions after four nights of often-violent protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

    "There is never an excuse for violence against police or...

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  • Obama urges police to respect protesters in Ferguson

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama called on police Thursday to respect demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., in an attempt to defuse tensions after four nights of often-violent protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

    "There is never an excuse for violence against police or...

  • Obama says Missouri shooting death tragic, reflection needed

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy on Tuesday and urged a thoughtful response after two nights of violent protests, looting and arrests in a St. Louis suburb.

    But early on Wednesday, a police officer shot and critically...

  • Obama’s sit down with Thomas Friedman

    1 week ago

    Last Friday, President Obama sat down for an interview with NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman about foreign affairs.  Although the topics were broader than the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the topic was broached.  When asked about whether he should be more...

  • U.S. lawmakers laud Iraq strikes, question long-term strategy

    By Julie Bien

    2 weeks ago

    Lawmakers in Washington welcomed President Barack Obama's decision to attack advancing Islamist militants in Iraq, but some questioned whether his administration has a long-term strategy to arrest Iraq's disintegration.

    Two U.S. F/A-18 fighter jets dropped 500-pound laser-guided...

  • How Obama and Netanyahu can make up

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not the best of friends — that seems pretty clear by now.

    But following reports during the Gaza conflict of cut-off phone calls, tough talk of “demands” and eavesdropping, it may be time for them to figure...

  • Israel, Palestinians locked in vicious circle of Gaza wars

    3 weeks ago

    When Israel ended its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip by withdrawing settlers in 2005, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hailed it as a "disengagement" from conflict with Palestinians in the densely populated coastal enclave.

    But the conflict did not end, it only changed.

    ...
  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    3 weeks ago

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

  • Israel, U.S. deny account of tense Obama-Netanyahu call

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. and Israeli officials sharply denied an account of a tense conversation between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The conversation described Tuesday night on Israel’s Channel One TV allegedly was the one Obama and Netanyahu had on Sunday...

  • Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

    The United States and the European Union, in a carefully...

  • Dermer: Attacks on Kerry ‘unwarranted’

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry is “unwarranted,” the Israeli ambassador to Washington said, as U.S. officials made public their unhappiness with the attacks.

    “Israel appreciates that President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice,...

  • Obama Sides with Kerry, Who Sides with… (Could It Be Hamas?)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    What Does Obama want?

    Every experienced observer of Middle East affairs, Binyamin Netanyahu included, should have known that this was bound to happen. We often complain or worry that the enemies of Israel are patient while Israel doesn’t have the staying power – but that’s not...

  • Obama defends FAA’s ban on flights to Israel [VIDEO]

    July 24, 2014 | 9:44 pm

    The FAA lifted its ban on flights to Israel late Wednesday. But on Thursday President Obama was still facing questions on the issue. Check out his comments to CNBC:

  • Obama: focus in Gaza conflict must be on ceasefire

    July 21, 2014 | 11:01 am

    President Barack Obama repeated on Monday that Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas militants but said he had serious concerns about the growing number of civilian casualties resulting from the conflict.

    "We have serious concerns about the...

  • Obama condemns Russia over downed plane in Ukraine, gunmen hamper inquiry

    July 18, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    President Barack Obama demanded Russia stop supporting separatists in Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysian airliner by a surface-to-air missile he said was fired from rebel territory raised the prospect of more sanctions on Moscow.

    Calling the deaths of almost 300 people from...

  • Obama says one American was aboard downed plane in Ukraine

    July 18, 2014 | 10:21 am

    One American was among the 298 people killed when a Malaysian Airlines flight was brought down over eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama said on Friday.

    Obama identified the American passenger on Flight MH-17 as Quinn Lucas Schansman. A White House official said Schansman held...

  • Obama: Using all resources to get to cease-fire

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    July 17, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    President Obama said his administration is using all its resources to arrive at a cease-fire in the Gaza conflict and again upheld Israel’s right to self-defense.

    “As I’ve said repeatedly, Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks that terrorize the Israeli people,”...

  • Russia’s Putin discusses Malaysian plane crash with Obama, Kremlin says

    July 17, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation told U.S. President Barack Obama that a Malaysian airplane crashed on Ukrainian territory, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

    The two leaders held a pre-planned call on the situation in Ukraine during which information became available from air traffic controllers about the crash.

    Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Thomas Grove

  • Obama backs Egypt cease-fire attempt between Israel, Palestinians

    July 16, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he supports Egypt's attempt to reach a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians to head off more deadly clashes.

    "The Israeli people and the Palestinian people don't want to live like this," he said. He said he would continue to encourage a diplomatic outcome.

    Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Jim Loney

  • Senate panel approves $350 million in Iron Dome funding

    July 16, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    A key U.S. Senate panel approved a spending bill that would double President Barack Obama’s request for funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

    The defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the $620 million missile defense...

  • Gaza conflict sidelines Abbas, but U.S. still betting on Palestinian leader

    July 15, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas has been sitting on the sidelines of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, with little influence over its outcome.

    But it hasn’t stopped U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry from consulting closely with the Palestinian Authority president throughout the...

  • Kerry slam Hamas for ignoring cease-fire

    July 15, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ripped Hamas for ignoring a cease-fire call and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.

    “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a...

  • U.S. intervenes in Europe’s circumcision wars

    July 8, 2014 | 11:54 am

    The Obama administration’s anti-Semitism monitor has added an issue to his office’s portfolio: defending circumcision in Europe.

    Circumcision has become a top focus for Ira Forman, the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. He has been using the...

  • Thousands sign ‘No Unity Government with Hamas,’ a Simon Wiesenthal Center petition to Obama

    By Ryan Torok

    July 2, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on the Obama Administration to pressure President Mahmoud Abbas into ending the Palestinian Authority’s unity government with Hamas.

    Yesterday, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit released a petition, “Letter to President Obama – No Unity...

  • U.S. Jews should respond to the murders with more than tears

    July 1, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Jews throughout the United States will hold memorial services this week to mourn the murders of the three Israeli teenagers. There will be tears, there will be prayers, there will be words of consolation. And then the mourning needs to be followed by action – political action.

    ...
  • Statement by President Barack Obama on the deaths of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar

    June 30, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    On behalf of the American people I extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel – who held Israeli and American citizenship. As a father, I cannot imagine the indescribable pain that the parents of these teenage boys...

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