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  • Who’s winning the foreign policy debate?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 17, 2012 | 11:42 am

    It is often assumed that foreign policy is a field in which deeds matter more than words. But looking at the two presidential candidates in the 2012 election cycle, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, one might end up with the opposite impression: It is words, not...

  • Weaponization vs. ‘capability’: Defining the candidates’ differences on Iran

    October 16, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made headlines last month with this question: What are the U.S. red lines when it comes to Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program?

    The two presidential campaigns are offering two different answers.

    “Recently, President Obama and Vice...

  • October 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 14, 2012 | 1:58 am


    Erdogan, Sovereignty, and Israel

    Arsen Ostrovsky of Algemeiner calls the Turkish prime minister out on his anti-Israel hypocrisy following Turkey's strong reaction to mortar fire from Syria. 

    At the time of Israel’s response [in December 2008], Erdoğan unleashed a...

  • Biden, Ryan spar on Iran

    October 12, 2012 | 9:43 am

    Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan clashed over Iran’s nuclear program during their televised debate.

    Ryan assailed President Obama’s approach to the issue in Thursday night's vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville,...

  • Biden and Netanyahu on the same page? Parsing Biden-Ryan words on Iran

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 12, 2012 | 2:57 am

    Foreign policy was probably over represented as an issue in yesterday’s debate: Americans are more interested in domestic issues this year, and the time devoted to Iran and Israel doesn’t reflect the weight that the voters will give these issues as they make their decisions....

  • Biden at Rosh Hashanah event says ‘no daylight’ between Israel and U.S. on Iran

    September 13, 2012 | 9:45 am

    At a Rosh Hashanah reception at his residence, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said "there is no daylight" between the United States and Israel when it comes to Iran.

    Biden, in a  short address before the reception Wednesday on the grounds of the Naval Observatory in northwest...

  • Dreaming of a wave election

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 7, 2012 | 9:25 am

    What just happened in American politics is not just that Charlotte mopped the floor with Tampa.  It’s that Democrats connected with the country beyond their wildest dreams.

    Here’s my fantasy:  Coming out of their convention, Democrats will realize that their message sings. 


  • At Democratic convention, a focus on Jewish swing voters as key to election win

    September 4, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Jewish swing voters could make or break President Obama’s bid for reelection.

    At least that’s the case that Democratic Party leaders made in a training session that packed one of the larger halls at the convention center here on Monday, the day before the formal start of the...

  • Biden, Romney continue Israel sparring

    July 25, 2012 | 10:56 am

    Vice President Joe Biden and Mitt Romney continued their respective campaigns’ sparring over Israel.

    In a speech Tuesday in Reno, Nev., to the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual conference, Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said President Obama had distanced the...

  • Condi as VP – good for Israel?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 13, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    Not too long ago, we asked our Israel Factor panel of experts to rank the ‎possible candidates for Vice President on the very vague and general ‎question of “good for Israel”. The current VP, Joe Biden, appeared to be ‎quite popular with our panel – and he will most...

  • Ashley Biden marries Jewish doctor

    June 4, 2012 | 12:41 am

    Ashley Biden, the daughter of Vice President Joe Biden married a Jewish doctor.

    Ashley Biden, 31, and Dr. Howard Krein were married Saturday in Wilmington, Del. in an interfaith Jewish-Catholic ceremony at the Biden family’s church. Biden and Krein reportedly dated for a year before...

  • Back to ‘kishkes’: Obama defends his Israel commitments, touts his Jewish ties

    May 31, 2012 | 10:24 am

    The so-called “kishkes issue”—what does President Obama, deep down, really feel about Israel—is now being addressed at the highest level by Obama himself.

    Obama dropped in on a White House meeting Tuesday of lay and rabbinical leaders of the Conservative Judaism and Jack Lew,...

  • White House reassures Jews as it readies Baghdad offer to Iran

    May 22, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    The differences between the U.S. and Israeli positions on Iran’s nuclear program are about to become very clear, and the Obama administration is reassuring the Jewish community that the divide is not so vast.

    Administration officials in a meeting Monday with Jewish communal...

  • Israel (Factor) choice for VP: Joe Biden

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 7, 2012 | 5:22 am

    Our Israel Factor panelists seem to like Vice President Joe Biden. Back ‎in February, he was the Factor’s pick for the next Secretary of State in a ‎second Obama administration. In April, he is ranked as best for Israel of ‎all the Vice Presidential prospectives we presented,...

  • Biden: No president since Truman has done more for Israel than Obama

    April 27, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said that “no president since Harry Truman has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama.”

    Biden delivered an attack Thursday on the foreign policies of Mitt Romney, the likely GOP candidate for president, a day after a top Romney surrogate, Sen....

  • The Israel Factor 04.2012, Questionnaire

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2012 | 7:17 am

    ‎1.‎ Please rank the two presidential candidates – Barack Obama and ‎Mitt ‎Romney – on the following issues from 1 (totally disagree) to 10 ‎‎(totally ‎agree):‎

    ‎ ‎




    Shows good understanding of Middle ‎East ‎affairs



    Can be...

  • The Israel Factor 04.2012, Full Statistics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2012 | 7:02 am

    ‎1.‎ Please rank the two presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Mitt ‎Romney – on the following issues from 1 (totally disagree) to 10 (totally ‎agree):




    Shows good understanding of Middle East ‎affairs



    Can be trusted to halt...

  • Biden’s national security adviser to address J Street

    March 20, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    Tony Blinken, Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, will address this year’s J Street conference.

    Blinken will address a session on the U.S. role in resolving the Arab-Israel conflict and join a panel afterward discussing his remarks.

    Obama administration officials...

  • Factor favorite for Secretary of State: Joe Biden

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 16, 2012 | 9:18 am

    It is really very early in the 2012 game: We don’t yet know who’s going to be the Republican nominee, we don’t know who’s more likely to win between President Obama and the GOP nominee, so talking about the next administration is premature - but still hard to resist. That is,...

  • The Israel Factor 02.2012, Full Statistics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 16, 2012 | 8:58 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be leaving office next year – please grade the following candidates to replace her in an Obama administration (all were mentioned in journalistic reports as possible candidates) with a 1-5 mark, 1 being not so good for Israel, and 5 being...

  • Biden meets with Jewish leaders on Pollard

    November 22, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Vice President Joseph Biden met with several Jewish American leaders to discuss the case of convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    During Monday evening’s meeting, Biden reportedly listened to the seven American Jewish leaders, who made a case for the severity of the sentence...

  • Biden says Israel bond is ‘unbreakable’

    November 14, 2011 | 12:25 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden said the U.S. commitment to Israel was “unbreakable.”

    Biden made his remarks Sunday in an address to the annual dinner for Yeshiva Beth Yehudah, an Orthodox Jewish day school in suburban Detroit, the Detroit News reported.

    The commitment, the vice president...

  • Biden agrees to meeting on Pollard

    October 6, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Vice President Joe Biden has agreed to meet with Jewish communal leaders to discuss the case of Jonathan Pollard.

    Biden made the commitment at the end of a Rosh Hashanah reception Wednesday at the vice president’s residence, Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the...

  • Report: Biden prevented Pollard clemency

    October 3, 2011 | 11:22 am

    President Obama was considering clemency for Jonathan Pollard until Vice President Joseph Biden prevented it, The New York Times reported.

    “President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time,’ ” Biden said...

  • Biden prevented Pollard clemency, NYT reports

    October 2, 2011 | 10:43 am

    President Obama was considering clemency for convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard until Vice President Joseph Biden prevented it, the New York Times reported.

    “President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before...

  • Tina Fey does Sarah Palin again

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 6, 2008 | 1:44 am

    I stopped watching “Saturday Night Live” when I was in high school. It just hasn’t been funny for a long time. During the past few years, I’ve tuned in to quite a few good digital shorts, but with the national emergence of Sarah Palin and the return of Tina Fey, well, I just...

  • Media: Palin did good, but Biden won big

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 3, 2008 | 12:54 pm

    I was incredibly impressed by the woman who took the stage at Washington University last night. She didn’t appear to be the Sarah Palin of that disastrous Katie Couric interview; she didn’t seem to be anybody we had yet seen. And, except for her obnoxious colloquialisms and a few...

  • Open Thread: VP debate

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 2, 2008 | 11:35 pm

    Just got done liveblogging the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. I’m wiped and not really able to process my thoughts. In short I was very surprised with how well Palin did; at one point I thought she was mopping the floor with Biden, who suffers from the same boring, drab,...

  • Liveblogging the vice presidential debate

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 2, 2008 | 9:45 pm

    5:48 p.m.—I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for the VP debate for some time now. Joe Biden has pretty much disappeared from the campaign trail and Sarah Palin has been gobbling up lots of negative attention. In 10 minutes we get to see them square off. (@god is predicting...

  • Joe Biden’s poor grasp of history

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 2, 2008 | 10:06 am

    A few readers haven’t appreciated the recent slew of anti-Palin posts, and one sent me this video, in which Joe Biden, who’s also been known for his gaffes, shows that if you’re a vice presidential candidate, you should, under no circumstances, agree to an interview with Katie Couric.

    The vice presidential debate should be really interesting this evening.

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