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  • Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

    1 day ago

    President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe on Wednesday as millions of people embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris...

  • Obama calls Ezra Schwartz’s family to offer condolences

    2 days ago

    President Barack Obama called the parents of Ezra Schwartz, the 18-year-old American student murdered last week in a Palestinian terror attack in the West Bank, to offer his condolences.

    In the telephone call Monday, the president said that Schwartz’s Israel studies had...

  • Carson supports Pollard moving to Israel with conditions

    3 days ago

    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Sunday expressed vague support for Jonathan Pollard’s desire to seek asylum in Israel, only if he comes to conclusion that the Israeli spy no more represents any danger to the security of the United States. 

    During a wide-ranging...

  • Why are we abandoning the Christians?

    By David Suissa

    4 days ago

    In all the self-righteous talk we’ve been hearing about Muslim refugees from Syria, who’s talking about the Christians? Over the past several years, no religious group has been more persecuted throughout the Middle East than the Christians. And yet, hardly a peep.

    Yes, the Jewish...

  • Clinton urges stepped-up fight against Islamic State in Syria

    1 week ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged a tougher approach to fighting Islamic State militants than President Barack Obama has pursued, with an intensified air campaign and more U.S. special forces and trainers.

    Speaking at the Council on Foreign...

  • Bush wants increased U.S. presence on ground in Iraq

    1 week ago

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for an increased American troop presence on the ground in Iraq to counter Islamic State militants following the Paris attacks, saying President Barack Obama's policy of air strikes is not enough.

    "While air power is essential, it...

  • Obama calls Paris attacks ‘outrageous attempt to terrorize’ civilians

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama pledged his government's support to France on Friday after a series of attacks in Paris, but said he did not yet know the details of what had happened and that the situation was still unfolding.

    "Once again we've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize...

  • Obama and Netanyahu: Is chickens**t chopped liver?

    2 weeks ago

    Amir Tibon and Tal Shalev, two renowned Israeli diplomatic journalists, just published a spectacular summary of the rocky marriage between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The story, dating back to 2007 when the two first met, was published on...

  • Pro-Israel rally draws 200 on eve of Obama-Bibi meeting

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    Pro-Israel performers at a weekend rally at the Federal Building sang about their love of the Jewish homeland, and a DJ spinning dance music prompted some 200 attendees to boogie while waving Israeli flags, both large and small.

    “It was good to see young Jewish people standing...

  • McDonough: Support for Israel’s security – our values in action

    2 weeks ago

    Addressing a mixed Jewish audience in the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal debate, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Tuesday peppered his remarks with Yiddish and Hebrew phrases in an attempt to present a reset in the U.S.-Israel relationship following the meeting...

  • Israeli President Rivlin to attend White House Chanukah reception after meeting with Obama

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli President Reuven “Ruvi” Rivlin will meet with United States President Barack Obama at the White House on December 9th for the first meeting between the two, just a month after a cordial meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House announced on Tuesday.

  • Jewish Federations’ president urges for Jewish unity after Iran deal debate

    2 weeks ago

    The Jewish community needs to unite and heal the wounds after a “vicious and beyond the pale” debate over the Iran nuclear deal, Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America, said during a speech at the General Assembly in DC on Monday.

    “Too much...

  • Disagreements behind them, Obama and Netanyahu get down to business

    2 weeks ago

    It took agreeing to set aside differences on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get down to business on other issues afflicting the region, including the threat of Islamist extremism and the...

  • Before meeting with Obama, Netanyahu recommits to two states

    2 weeks ago

    Speaking to the press with President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recommitted to a two-state outcome.

    “We have never given up our hope for peace,” Netanyahu told Obama on Monday at the White House in remarks to the media prior to their closed meeting....

  • White House says two-state solution not likely under Obama

    2 weeks ago

    The White House said on Monday that the goal of a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis is not likely to be reached during President Barack Obama's final months in office.

    Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House earlier on Monday.

  • Obama: No disagreement with Israel on preventing a nuclear Iran

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office that there’s no disagreement between the U.S. and Israel on the need to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

    “It’s no secret the Prime Minister...

  • Obama wants to hear how Netanyahu will preserve 2-state option

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama expects Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to outline how he plans to preserve the two-state solution when they meet next week, his top aides said.

    The officials, Robert Malley, the top National Security Council official handling the Middle East; Ben...

  • Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline in win for greens

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada in a victory for environmentalists who campaigned against the project for more than seven years.

    "The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our...

  • Wasserman Schultz: Iranian nuclear threat has been ‘pushed backward’

    3 weeks ago

    The Iranian nuclear threat has been considerably lessened in light of the nuclear deal signed with Iran in July, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Thursday.

    “We have successfully pushed backward the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran,” the Florida congresswoman said...

  • U.S. calls Netanyahu’s new media chief’s remarks ‘offensive’

    3 weeks ago

    The United States takes offense at comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new communications director accusing President Barack Obama of anti-Semitism and suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry had the mental abilities of a 12-year-old, the State Department...

  • Netanyahu suspends appointment of new spokesman over Obama comments

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended the appointment of his chief spokesperson just a day after it was announced after previous social media posts accusing President Barack Obama of antisemitism had emerged.

    On Wednesday, Netanyahu announced the appointment of Ran...

  • U.S. officials: Israel wants up to $5 billion in annual military aid

    3 weeks ago

    Israel has made an initial request for its annual U.S. defense aid to increase to as much as $5 billion when its current aid package, worth an average $3 billion a year, expires in 2017, U.S. congressional sources said on Wednesday.

    Israel wants $5 billion per year in military...

  • ‘Crippled America’: Trump blasts Iran deal, touts support for Israel

    3 weeks ago

    According to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the deal President Barack Obama negotiated with Iran was the worst deal America has ever negotiated with another country. The relationship and partnership with Israel, however, was the best deal the United States has ever...

  • What to expect from the Obama-Netanyahu meeting

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    There are three ways the Obama-Netanyahu meeting at the White House on Nov. 9 — the two leaders’ first meeting after more than a year of talking mostly past each other — can go wrong.

    1. If President Barack Obama decides to surprise the prime minister and ruin the meeting.


  • Obama says Syria deployment doesn’t break no ‘boots on ground’ pledge

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said on Monday the planned deployment of dozens of U.S. special forces to Syria to advise opposition forces fighting Islamic State did not break his promise not to put "boots on the ground" in the Syrian conflict.

    "Keep in mind that we have run special ops...

  • At Rabin rally, calls to pursue peace and defend democracy

    3 weeks ago

    Some 100,000 people joined together in central Tel Aviv on Saturday to pay tribute to slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, but they were divided over what exactly they were rallying for.

    The demonstration, which marked the 20th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination by a Jewish...

  • 100,000 gather at Rabin memorial to hear Bill Clinton, Obama

    3 weeks ago

    An estimated 100,000 people remembered Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at a Tel Aviv rally marking the 20th anniversary of his assassination that featured speeches by President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

    On Saturday night at the plaza bearing Rabin’s name,...

  • Trump thinks President Obama hates Israel

    October 29, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump charged on Thursday that President Barack Obama hates the State of Israel.

    Speaking at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada a day after the 3rd Republican televised debate, Trump said that “many friends” in Israel “don’t know what...

  • Obama could learn from Bill Clinton how to be a true friend of Israel

    October 28, 2015 | 9:53 am

    By now it should be obvious how absurd it is to call President Barack Obama Israel’s “best friend” ever, as Thomas Friedman of The New York Times has claimed.

    A Blame Israel Firster, Obama won’t use his moral authority to try stopping the instigators of this latest spate of...

  • Dennis Ross: Obama thought he had license to openly criticize Israel

    October 26, 2015 | 12:44 pm

    President Barack Obama’s treatment of Israel stemmed from a false understanding that increasing security and intelligence cooperation with Israel allows him to be openly critical of Israel, former Mideast peace envoy Dennis Ross said on Monday. 

    During a panel on the past,...

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