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  • At AIPAC, effort to shift focus back to agenda: Iran, foreign aid, Capitol Hill relationships

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 24, 2011 | 8:14 am

    Let’s get past this U.S.-Israel relationship thing, so we can get on with important stuff, like the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    That seemed to be the message this week at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    With a record 10,000 people and...

  • Netanyahu at AIPAC: ‘Israel is America’s indispensable ally’

    May 23, 2011 | 9:27 pm

    Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke at AIPAC Policy Conference Monday night, reassuring the public that Israel remains the United States’ ‘indespensible ally’, despite his rejection of U.S. President Obama’s call for a peace deal based on 1967 borders last week.

    Netanyahu began his...

  • Is Obama good or bad for Israel?

    By David Suissa

    May 23, 2011 | 5:46 pm

    During this latest episode of the long-running Israel-America reality show – which began May 19 with President Barack Obama’s infamous “1967 lines” speech, followed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defiant response at the White House the next day, and, finally,...

  • Jewish groups plan ads for Bibi visit

    May 19, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    A number of Jewish groups are planning wide-reaching ads timed for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington.

    J Street paid for a full-page advertisement in Thursday’s New York Times featuring an appeal by about 90 leading Israelis, including retired generals, noted...

  • Speeches vs. reality

    By Uri Dromi

    May 17, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    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...

  • Obama and Bibi appear on same page

    May 17, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    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...

  • Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

    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...

  • Letters to the Editor: Ryan vs. Obama, Bibi, Palestine and dancing rabbis

    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...

  • Bibi needs a plan, fast

    By David Suissa

    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...

  • Justin Bieber Didn’t Decline Meeting with Israeli Children

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    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...

  • Bibi cancels Bieber meeting over reported snub of beleaguered kids

    April 12, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has canceled a meeting with pop star Justin Bieber after the singer refused to meet with children from southern Israel.

    Netanyahu, who was scheduled to meet Bieber on Wednesday night, a day before his concert in Tel Aviv, invited...

  • Netanyahu to answer questions on YouTube

    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.

    YouTube is...

  • The Itamar murders: Double incitement

    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...

  • With pressure mounting, will Bibi go left or right?

    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...

  • Bibi sends Obama letter requesting Pollard release

    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...

  • Clergy, Bibi urge Pollard release

    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...

  • Obama-Netanyahu meeting looks good, but what did they talk about? [VIDEO]

    July 6, 2010 | 3:23 pm

    The optics were perfect, but the meaning was elusive.

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat together Tuesday, joshing and smiling, trying to project a clear message: The rift was over. Israel and the United States are on the same track again.

    Read the...

  • Bibi’s Next Move

    By David Suissa

    April 13, 2010 | 5:57 pm

    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...

  • Survey: Jews back Obama, Bibi

    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...

  • Bibi: Rahm Emanuel is a “self-hating Jew”

    July 9, 2009 | 3:01 pm

    At about 3:15 P.M. yesterday, the government’s 100th day in office, political correspondents’ beepers went off. In an unprecedented move, the Prime Minister’s Bureau was inviting the correspondents to a press conference at the Knesset that was slated to begin in 15 minutes. This was...

  • The day after Bibi and Barack: Depends who you ask

    May 20, 2009 | 4:13 pm

    Not even 24 hours had passed and already the Obama-Netanyahu summit was assuming Rashomon-type qualities, with partisans reading their own fears and beliefs into the encounter.

    The phenomenon is especially pronounced among Jewish groups: Americans for Peace Now praised President...

  • Bibi gets his first date thrill, but what about the relationship?

    May 19, 2009 | 1:27 pm

    With a presidential pledge to hang tough on Iran under his belt, Benjamin Netanyahu could be forgiven for thinking Barack Obama was an easy first date.

    Wait until he hears about what happens when the relationship gets serious.

    The Israeli prime minister walked away from his first...

  • Obama-Bibi: The Preview

    May 18, 2009 | 2:26 pm

    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...

  • AIPAC gets ripped from both sides as it navigates Bibi-Obama gaps

    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...

  • As Olmert Exits, Creeping Doubts About His Ouster

    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...

  • LABOR JOINING BIBI: Kosher Stamp or Fig Leaf?

    March 24, 2009 | 6:03 pm

    Depending on one’s interpretation, Labor’s decision to join Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-led coalition grants Israel’s incoming government either a kosher seal of approval or a fig leaf to disguise a right-wing agenda.

    Either way, Labor’s move will make Netanyahu Israel’s...

  • Briefs: Secular candidate new Jerusalem mayor, Netanyahu would nix talks

    November 13, 2008 | 12:19 am

    Poll 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...

  • Yes, we cantankerous

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 12, 2008 | 11:26 pm

    By Steve Greenberg

  • The Democrats won for the wrong reasons

    By Arnold Steinberg

    November 6, 2008 | 2:19 am

    The Republicans deserved to lose, but the Democrats did not deserve to win.

    After McCain had the good luck to win the nomination early, he squandered valuable time, failing to use his advantage to define his campaign, or Obama. In contrast, the brilliance of Obama's campaign implied...

  • In the J-blogosphere, everybody knows your screen name

    By Amy Klein

    August 27, 2008 | 4:35 pm

    JERUSALEM -- They use names like Urban Kvetch, My Shrapnel, What War Zone? and Cannibis Chasidis -- monikers under which they write on the internet.

    In a crowded hall in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul neighborhood on Aug. 20, they were tossing around terms like "cross platforms," "H.D.L."...

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