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  • Why not support President Obama?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    2 days ago

    Why should I, a liberal in the bluest of cities in California, the bluest of states — where President Barack Obama now has a 57 percent approval rating — be subject to the whims of the pro-Republican prime minister of Israel? 

    And why should I or anyone else listen to Prime...

  • Netanyahu declines Democrats’ invitation for meeting during visit

    2 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week.

    "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could...

  • Netanyahu ‘regrets’ partisan perception of speech; Rice calls planned address ‘destructive’

    2 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told top Senate Democrats he regretted that his planned address to the U.S. Congress is being perceived as partisan, as President Barack Obama’s top security adviser said the speech was “destructive.”

    Netanyahu wrote Tuesday to decline an...

  • Obama should send high-level rep to AIPAC conference

    3 days ago

     The Obama administration reportedly will not be sending a senior representative to address next week’s annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    Snubbing AIPAC will help lock in the caricature of a president who dislikes Israel and disrespects the...

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  • What is the importance of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress?

    1 week ago

    At the moment it appears that some members of Congress are angry that Speaker of the House John Boehner took it upon himself to invite Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.  Usually these types of invitations are left to the discretion of the President of...

  • Age of Hysteria: The Reel Story Behind Mr. Netanyahu Going to Washington

    1 week ago

    There is a deliciously cinematic quality to the entire speechgate drama. Prominent pro-Israeli lobby groups have attempted to frame the scene as being something out of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln movie: a noble, far sighted, embattled president vs. a rude, uncouth, divisive Israeli...

  • Obama asks Congress to authorize U.S. war on Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorize military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East.

    Republicans, who control...

  • Netanyahu’s U.S. speech exposes partisan fault lines on Israel

    2 weeks ago

    The controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next month is worrying pro-Israel Democrats about its possible impact on the 2016 elections. Even more worrisome, some Democrats say, are the voter trends underpinning the current tensions.

    ...
  • Obama readying request to use force against Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    The White House will ask Congress by Wednesday for new authority to use force against Islamic State fighters, congressional aides said on Monday, paving the way for lawmakers' first vote on the scope of a campaign that is already six months old.

    The United States is leading an...

  • Obama’s Chutzpah

    3 weeks ago

    In an exchange that is reminiscent of a school yard fight or a childish disagreement,the Obama Administration chastised the Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not informing the White House before accepting an invitation from the Speaker of the House John Boehner to...

  • Speechless on Iranian nukes

    3 weeks ago

    A bad deal on Iranian nukes would be so catastrophic to global security that presidential resistance to a related speech – by the leader of an allied democracy, who may be the greatest expert on the issue – should leave everyone speechless.

    The Obama administration’s outraged...

  • Beyond sanctions and kerfuffles, the Iran deal Netanyahu wants to avoid

    3 weeks ago

    When Benjamin Netanyahu faces the Congress next month, two things are unlikely to come up in his speech: a consideration of diplomatic protocol and an analysis of the efficacy of sanctions.

    Media attention ahead of the speech has focused on the diplomatic crisis set off by the...

  • Bibi must stop an Iran bomb even if it offends Obama

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 29, 2015 | 3:18 pm

    There is nothing wrong with an Israeli prime minister doing his utmost to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if it offends the sensibilities of the American president. A nation that has experienced the world’s worst genocide just 70 years ago has not just a right...

  • Keystone XL likely to pass Senate Thursday, faces Obama veto

    January 29, 2015 | 9:10 am

    The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack Obama would veto.

    Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of...

  • Obama: Netanyahu meeting before Israel election ‘inappropriate’ - CNN interview

    January 28, 2015 | 9:17 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said he declined to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli leader's visit to the United States in March because it would be "inappropriate" two weeks before an election in that country.

    Netanyahu's trip has become a diplomatic sore point with...

  • Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech as anti-Iran strategy

    January 26, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.

    His visit to Washington in March has opened up a rift with the White House and...

  • Obama, Kerry will not meet Netanyahu on U.S. visit

    January 22, 2015 | 10:04 am

    President Barack Obama will not meet Israel's prime minister when he visits Washington in March, the White House said on Thursday, after being blindsided by the Republicans' invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to address the U.S. Congress on Iran.

    Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman...

  • Alan and Judy Gross to attend State of the Union as Obama guests

    January 20, 2015 | 12:06 pm

    Alan Gross and his wife, Judy, will be guests of first lady Michelle Obama at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

    Gross, a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was released from a Cuban jail on Dec. 17 after spending five years...

  • Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

    December 18, 2014 | 8:47 am

    Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

    Gross’ flight home to suburban Washington on Wednesday with his wife, Judy, was part of a...

  • Obama: ‘Conversations’ about freeing Alan Gross have been ongoing

    December 11, 2014 | 9:33 am

    President Obama said the United States has been “in conversations” about trying to free American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross from a Cuban jail.

    “We’ve been in conversations about how we can get Alan Gross home for quite some time,” Obama told Jorge Ramos of the Florida-based...

  • Clinton, at Saban Forum, endorses Obama’s Middle East policy

    December 8, 2014 | 9:05 am

    From the drive for Israeli-Palestinian peace to nuclear talks with Iran, Hillary Rodham Clinton is endorsing President Obama’s Israel-related positions.

    Clinton, who was Obama’s secretary of state during his first term, spoke Friday night with Haim Saban, the Israeli-American...

  • Letters to the editor: Har Nof attack, Jewish journalism, Obama and more

    November 25, 2014 | 9:05 am

    Revenge Recourse

    No debate: The heinous slaughter in a Jerusalem synagogue was an example of unmitigated evil (“Celebrating the Murder of Jews,” Nov. 21). The subsequent celebrations by some people in Gaza and the West Bank were offensive, sad, disturbing and indicative of...

  • IDF generals try love where ‘chickenshit’ failed

    November 6, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    If there’s one thing we learned from the debacle last week in U.S.-Israel relations, it’s that swearing at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t persuade him to make peace.

    So now, 100 retired Israeli army generals are taking a different tack: They’re sucking up to...

  • Political, diplomatic uncertainty underlie snipe

    November 6, 2014 | 10:19 am

    What lies beneath “chickenshit”?

    The coarseness of the epithet for cowardice used by an anonymous Obama administration official to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seized the attention of Jerusalem and Washington. The snipe, reported by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey...

  • Beneath the ‘chickenshit,’ political and diplomatic uncertainty fuel U.S.-Israel divide

    November 3, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    What lies beneath “chickenshit”?

    The coarseness of the epithet for cowardice used by an anonymous Obama administration official to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has seized the attention of Jerusalem and Washington. The snipe, reported by The Atlantic’s...

  • U.S. nuclear negotiator suggests Iran deal could be close at hand

    October 28, 2014 | 1:34 pm

     Is the Obama administration preparing the ground for an Iran nuclear deal — one in which both sides can claim victory?

    Wendy Sherman, the top U.S. negotiator, in an unusually detailed and optimistic speech on Oct. 23, for the first time suggested that the pieces of a deal were...

  • Yaalon denied meetings with senior U.S. officials

    October 27, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was denied meetings with senior Obama administration officials during his U.S. visit, according to media reports citing senior U.S. officials.

    While in Washington last week Yaalon requested and was denied meetings with  Vice President Joe...

  • Obama must take action on LGBT rights overseas

    October 20, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    When I was a young man, still in the closet, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, one of the most prolific authorities on Jewish law of the 20th century, described gay people as rebels against God.  Grossly misinformed about the phenomenon, Rabbi Feinstein posited that homosexuals were possessed...
  • White House shifts into crisis mode on Ebola response

    October 16, 2014 | 9:53 am

    Rising public anxiety about the Ebola virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode and cancel two days of planned political events as President Barack Obama strives to show he has control over stopping the spread of the deadly disease.

    Just three weeks ahead of...

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