As I write these lines on May 17, the Middle East is caught between events and speeches. The events are the Arab spring, which actually started in December 2010, when a man burned himself to death in Tunisia, sparking a chain of pro-democracy uprisings all over the region; the...
May 17, 2011 | 6:13 pm
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Crush terrorists and then make peace.
Through quirks of timing, it’s a narrative that President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally can agree on when they meet this week in Washington.
There remains a critical difference, however, between the two over what...
May 1, 2011 | 2:46 pm
“Israel is the historical commemoration to the victims of the Holocaust,” President Shimon Peres said at a Yad Vashem ceremony marking Yom Hashoah.
Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, began Sunday night in Israel with the national ceremony, where...
April 26, 2011 | 5:27 pm
Paul Ryan vs. Barack Obama
It is very telling that in both of the articles criticizing Paul Ryan’s courageous budget proposal, many words (and much hand wringing) are expended defending existing entitlements that are bankrupting our nation but not one word addresses the...
April 12, 2011 | 6:10 pm
I had a lively debate with the founder of J Street, Jeremy Ben-Ami, April 11 at Temple Israel of Hollywood, and as much as we disagreed sharply on many issues relative to Israel, there was one item on which we were in complete agreement: The Palestinians’ steady march toward...
April 12, 2011 | 5:30 pm
I just got a call from a spokesperson for Justin Bieber, who said the teenaged superstar appreciated my defending him in my previous post, “Justin Bieber Israel Drama: Give Bieber a Break.” But, the spokesperson added, the facts reported by some of the Israeli press (which I...
April 12, 2011 | 1:43 pm
March 15, 2011 | 3:01 pm
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will answer questions from people around the world when he appears on YouTube’s World View.
Netanyahu will be the third world leader to appear on the citizen-powered interview program with his live-streamed interview on March 23.
March 15, 2011 | 10:15 am
You’ve got to hand it to Bibi Netanyahu, who somehow managed to turn international outrage over the brutal massacre of a young Jewish family on the Shabbat as they slept in their beds into widespread criticism of his aggressive settlement policy.
The most frequent question I get in...
March 14, 2011 | 1:41 pm
Israel is staring at a fork in the road, with potential disaster along either path.
On the path to the left lies a major Israeli peace initiative that deals with all the core issues under dispute with the Palestinians. On the path to the right lies more waiting, possibly with some...
January 4, 2011 | 2:54 pm
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neyanyahu wrote President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard.
“At the time of his arrest, Jonathan Pollard was acting as an agent of the Israeli government,” Netanyahu wrote in his letter, sent Tuesday. “Even though Israel was in no way...
January 4, 2011 | 10:30 am
More than 500 clergy signed a letter to President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard.
The letter was delivered a day before Prime Minister Benjanim Netanyahu reportedly sent a letter to Obama issuing a formal clemency request. Netanyahu was scheduled to read his letter...
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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how Mahmoud Abbas “bamboozled” Benjamin Netanyahu by playing hard to get and refusing to come to the peace table. Abbas’ move precipitated an unfortunate tug of war between the United States and Israel, as the new Obama administration, eager...
April 9, 2010 | 11:29 am
A solid majority of American Jews support Barack Obama’s and Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of U.S.-Israeli relations, according to a new survey.
The “2010 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion,” commissioned by the American Jewish Committee, found that 55 percent of U.S. Jews...
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The pundits and papers are weighing in as Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu get set for their first White House meeting:
Ha’aretz has put together slideshow of previous meetings between U.S. presidents and Israeli prime ministers. Plus columnist Aluf Benn weighs in with a piece...
May 7, 2009 | 2:17 pm
Days after AIPAC’s apparent success navigating the churning waters between the Obama and Netanyahu administrations, the pro-Israel lobby is being criticized by Jewish groups on both sides of the political spectrum.
Pro-Israel groups on the right and left have assailed the American...
March 31, 2009 | 7:15 pm
After finally leaving office this week, Ehud Olmert will have his hands full fighting the corruption charges against him.
There is little sympathy in Israel for the outgoing prime minister, who is widely viewed as a corrupt politician who failed to achieve the lofty goals he set for...
March 24, 2009 | 6:03 pm
November 13, 2008 | 12:19 amPoll Shows Barkat Winning Jerusalem Mayoralty
Secular businessman Nir Barkat appeared to be the new mayor of Jerusalem, according to exit polls.
Channel 1 TV showed Barkat with 50 percent of the vote Tuesday to 42 percent for Rabbi Meir Porush, an ultra-Orthodox Knesset member. The...
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JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s decision to resign after a new Kadima Party leader is elected in September has opened up the possibility of radical new directions in Israeli policy.
As of now Olmert has four potential successors, since Kadima’s new leader may not be...
May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Chandra Levy Remembered
More than 1,200 mourners attending the memorial service for Chandra Levy on Tuesday were greeted by the strains of Hebrew melodies, played by a quartet from the local symphony. As Chandra Levy's family -- parents Robert and Susan and 21-year-old brother Adam...
May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Photo by Peter Halmagyi