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  • Obama to propose $200 million to battle Islamic State in Africa

    3 days ago

    President Barack Obama is proposing about $200 million in new military spending to confront Islamic State in north and west Africa, U.S. defense officials said ahead of Tuesday's budget rollouts for the next fiscal year.

    U.S. officials declined to specify to which nations the...

  • Satellite images show fuel trucks at North Korea launch site

    1 week ago

    Satellite images taken this week of North Korea's Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity seen in the past one to two weeks before a rocket launch, a U.S. think tank said on Friday.

    North Korea has told U.N. agencies it will launch a rocket carrying what it called...

  • Obama, in mosque visit, says an attack on Islam is an attack on all faiths

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama visited a U.S. mosque on Wednesday and declared that attacks on Islam were an attack on all faiths in a move to counter rhetoric from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates that have alienated Muslims.

    "We have to understand that an...

  • Obama: ‘We are all Jews’

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama honored International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday by declaring, “We are all Jews.”

    Addressing the Righteous Among Nations Awards Ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, the President said, “We are all Jews, because anti-Semitism is a...

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  • Sanders meets with Obama, says president will remain neutral in primary race

    2 weeks ago

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) had a rare Oval Office meeting on Wednesday with President Barack Obama, days after Obama praised Hillary Clinton, Sanders' rival and front-runner in the race to be the Democratic presidential candidate in the Nov. 8 election.

    Emerging from the White...

  • Gallup poll: Jewish approval of Obama stabilizes at 55%

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama’s approval rating among Jewish Americans has slightly improved, ultimately stabilized, in 2015 after a 13-percentage point drop between late 2012 and 2014, a new Gallup poll released on Tuesday showed.

    According to the poll, 55 percent of U.S. Jews...

  • Obama calls Peres to wish him well after heart attack

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama called Shimon Peres to wish him well after the former Israeli president’s recent heart attack.

    During their conversation on Saturday, Obama thanked Peres for their long friendship, a statement from Peres’ office said.

    “I left hospital stronger than I...

  • Republicans hammer on at Iran deal on presidential campaign

    3 weeks ago

    Republican presidential candidates took swipes on Tuesday at the lifting of sanctions against Iran, but they disagree on how they would to handle Tehran if they win the White House at the Nov. 8 election.

    Iran can expect an abrupt shift in relations with the United States to a...

  • Hillary Clinton to ‘watch Iran like the proverbial hawk’

    3 weeks ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday issued a more measured response to the implementation of the first phase in the Iran nuclear deal and the lifting of U.S. sanction by executive order.

    “I have said for a long time that I’m very proud of the role that I...

  • Senior Jewish Democrats question Sanders on Iran

    3 weeks ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raised some eyebrows when he suggested during Sunday’s TV debate that the U.S. should normalize relations with Iran.

    During the Democratic presidential TV debate in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday evening, Sanders expressed...

  • House Republicans vote for increased oversight on Iran deal

    January 13, 2016 | 11:43 am

    The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed Republican-proposed legislation that would create greater oversight on the Iran nuclear deal and restrict President Barack Obama’s ability to lift sanctions on Iran.

    The ‘Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act’ passed by 191 to...

  • Obama met with Democratic presidential candidate Sanders

    January 11, 2016 | 12:18 pm

    President Barack Obama has met privately with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the White House said on Monday.

    Spokesman Josh Earnest would not specify when the two met but said the White House was pleased to see Sanders' most recent comments on gun control.

  • Jews in the West, Jews on the left

    January 7, 2016 | 10:46 am

    Regardless of the exact rationale, Jews of the West are politically and ideologically different from those in the rest of the United States.

    For more than a century, the American West has held a special place in the hearts and minds of Americans; its allure as a frontier played...

  • Why the Jewish Federations don’t talk about guns

    January 7, 2016 | 10:07 am

    Several Jewish groups on Tuesday came out singing the praises of President Barack Obama’s initiatives against gun violence. (The Anti-Defamation League too.)

    On Wednesday, the Jewish Federations of North America joined the chorus — but it only hit a single note. And that note...

  • North Korea bomb claim a new challenge for Clinton campaign

    January 6, 2016 | 2:38 pm

    To Republican presidential contenders, North Korea’s claim that it tested a hydrogen bomb may further make the 2016 race what they dearly want it to be: a referendum on President Barack Obama's foreign policy and, by extension, Hillary Clinton’s. 

    For months, these Republicans...

  • Jewish groups back Obama on gun control initiatives

    January 5, 2016 | 4:24 pm

    Jewish groups praised new executive actions by President Barack Obama to reduce gun violence.

    On Tuesday, in an emotional White House address accompanied by victims of gun violence, Obama announced a series of measures that include broadening the definition of a business under...

  • Rubio slams Obama’s spying of Israel in new TV ad

    January 5, 2016 | 2:41 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Tuesday slammed the Obama administration for the NSA’s spying of Israel in a new TV commercial released on Tuesday. 

    “Barack Obama released terrorists from Guantanamo, and now they are plotting to attack us. Instead of fighting...

  • This is probably Israel’s choice for the 2016 election

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 5, 2016 | 12:00 pm

    It’s been a long long, time since Israel had a year prior to a presidential election in the United States when Israel didn’t have to worry. Of course, Israel does not get to have a “candidate” in a US election, but it does have preferences. And it’s been a long time since Israel’s...

  • Obama, wiping tears, makes new push to tighten gun rules

    January 5, 2016 | 10:26 am

    Wiping back tears as he remembered children who died in a mass shooting, President Barack Obama on Tuesday described new steps he is taking to tighten gun rules and urged Americans to vote for candidates willing to do more to prevent gun violence.

    As Obama delivered a powerful...

  • How Jewish groups got spied on by Obama

    January 5, 2016 | 9:02 am

    At first blush, it appears like a bombshell: The United States listened in on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s phone calls.

    But on closer examination, the revelations reported Dec. 29 by The Wall Street Journal might not be so far reaching. Spying on allies is both...

  • Obama: New gun control measures are legal, could save lives

    January 4, 2016 | 4:19 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Monday his new executive actions to tighten gun rules were "well within" his legal authority and consistent with the U.S. right to bear arms, a warning to opponents who are likely to challenge them in court.

    Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office,...

  • Obama’s gun control measures to spark political, legal fights

    January 4, 2016 | 11:29 am

    President Barack Obama is igniting a political firestorm this week by bypassing Congress with new measures to tighten U.S. gun rules that are likely to redefine what it means to be a gun dealer and possibly spark legal challenges during his final year in office.

    Shares in gun...

  • Obama brings the Jewish banter on Seinfeld web series

    December 31, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    Apparently, President Obama thinks Jerry Seinfeld could have been a Jewish Orson Welles.

    The commander-in-chief went on Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (a title that tells you everything you need to know) for the show’s seventh season premiere Wednesday....

  • Obama: Two-states the ‘best way’ to ‘reduce tensions’ and secure Israel

    December 14, 2015 | 11:52 am

    Palestinians leaders must condemn the recent wave of terror against Israelis and Israel must bring to justice those committing violence against the Palestinians, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

    Addressing the inaugural HaaretzQ conference in New York via video, the...

  • Obama: faster progress needed against Islamic State

    December 14, 2015 | 10:53 am

    President Barack Obama said on Monday that Islamic State militants had lost swaths of territory they once controlled in Iraq and Syria but that progress needed to be made faster against the group.

    Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Obama said he had tasked Defense Secretary Ash Carter with going to the Middle East to secure more military contributions for the coalition fight against the group also known as ISIL.

    "We recognize that progress needs to keep coming faster," Obama said.

  • Obama calls on Israelis and Palestinians to ‘exercise restraint’

    December 14, 2015 | 9:33 am

    President Barack Obama, making a surprise address, told a Haaretz-sponsored conference in New York that Israelis and Palestinians must “exercise restraint.”

    “Inexcusable violence has taken too many lives — Israelis, Palestinians, Americans and others,” Obama said via...

  • Meeting Rivlin, Obama reaffirms ‘unbreakable bond’ with Israel

    December 9, 2015 | 12:55 pm

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon, the first such meeting between the two.

    Speaking to reporters at the start of the meeting, Obama said the meeting with Rivlin gives an opportunity to “reaffirm the...

  • Trump defends proposed Muslim ban from U.S. as outrage mounts

    December 8, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, comparing his plan to the World War II detainment of Japanese-Americans and others in dismissing growing outrage from around the world.

    U.S. leaders...

  • Cartoon: Frozen relations

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 4, 2015 | 2:20 pm

  • Obama calls for bipartisan effort to address shootings

    December 2, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for a bipartisan effort "at every level of government" to address mass shootings, such as the one that injured as many as 20 people in San Bernardino, Calif.

    "We don't yet know what the motives of the shooters are, but what we do know is...

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