President Barack Obama named as his new chief of staff a security official, Denis McDonough, who has strong ties to the Jewish organizational community. McDonough, until now the deputy to National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, handled much of the National Security Council’s Israel-related traffic and has strong ties with Jewish groups. He addressed the Washington Institute for Near East Policy just weeks before the last presidential election.
Maury Weiner, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s first chief of staff and deputy mayor, who played key roles in several Bradley campaigns, died on Sept. 30. He was 82.
Israel must protect Jews around the world in addition to its own borders, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. - Gen. Benny Gantz said.
President Obama on Monday announced that Jack Lew, currently his director of the Office of Budget and Management -- a Cabinet-level position -- would replace William Daley as White House chief of staff.
President Obama reportedly will name Jack Lew to be his chief of staff. Lew, an Orthodox Jew, will replace William Daley, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago.
Rahm Emanuel cleared another hurdle in his bid for mayor of Chicago on Tuesday when a Cook County judge agreed with the city’s election board that his name should appear on the ballot.
Ron Klain, Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff, is resigning. "As my chief of staff in the White House, Ron has done an exceptional job of building my team, implementing my direction on top priorities, and providing invaluable counsel," Biden said in a statement Tuesday. "He has also played a key role in establishing the strong, positive relationship that exists between my staff and the President's team." This White House has been notable for the smooth relations between President Obama and Biden.
One thing Rahm Emanuel is not, all agree, is the president-elect's conciliatory signal to the Jewish community after a campaign fraught with worries that Obama would tip toward even-handedness in dealing with the Middle East
President-elect Barack Obama’s pick of Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) will put a tough, proven political operator at the center of a new Administration. It also raises the profile of a Chicago Jewish family firmly rooted in the worlds of Hollywood, medicine, politics . . . and Judaism.
It's not every day that an Israeli army chief of staff calls in top journalists to express deep misgivings about government policy.
So when Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon initiated a late October briefing to warn that the government's handling of Palestinian terrorism could provoke more intense Palestinian violence, the country sat up and took notice.
Ya'alon's critique reflected a deep divide between two schools of thought: the hard-liners, like Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, who believe relentless military pressure can force the Palestinians to abandon terrorism for peace negotiations, and relative moderates, like Ya'alon and many of the Israel Defense Force's top generals, who maintain that Palestinian violence will only abate when serious political incentives are put on the table.