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  • Lawyer in Bank of China terrorism lawsuit to guide Gitmo closing

    5 days ago

    The Obama administration named as its official in charge of shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility a lawyer representing the family of a teenager killed in Israel.

    Lee Wolosky “will assume lead responsibility for arranging for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees...

  • Obama administration will not enforce anti-BDS law on West Bank settlements

    5 days ago

    The Obama administration will not enforce part of the new law to combat boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel when it comes to West Bank settlements.

    “By conflating Israel and ‘Israeli-controlled territories,’ a provision of the Trade Promotion Authority legislation runs...

  • Israelis on Obama in five charts

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Last week, the Pew Research Center published its annual report on global public opinion about the US – a long and detailed report in which Israel occupies a small, if notable, space. It is the country in which the "sharpest decline in Obama’s image occurred". Of course, this should...

  • 22 senators sign letter to Obama urging Israel support

    1 week ago

    Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. Senate signed on to a bipartisan letter urging President Barack Obama to support Israel around the world.

    Twenty-two senators signed the letter, which was written “in response to your welcomed recent remarks at Congregation Adas Israel” on May 22...

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  • Obama to deliver eulogy Friday for slain South Carolina pastor

    1 week ago

    South Carolina will take a step forward in healing the wounds of last week's mass shooting when President Barack Obama arrives on Friday to deliver the eulogy for the pastor of the historic church where the attack took place.

    Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a widely admired state...

  • Bipartisan panel, including onetime Iran deal defenders, urges improvements

    2 weeks ago

    A bipartisan panel of former government officials including some of the most steadfast defenders of the Iran-nuclear talks led by the Obama administration say the emerging deal falls short of a satisfactory plan.

    “We know much about the emerging agreement,” said the statement,...

  • Confidence in Obama falls dramatically in Israel

    2 weeks ago

    While President Barack Obama remains popular in most countries, the sharpest decline in his image occurred in Israel, according to a new survey.

    In Israel, confidence in Obama on world affairs fell from 71 percent to 49 percent in the last year, according to the 2015 Spring Pew...

  • White House: Tweet by Israeli gov’t minister’s wife ‘revealing’

    2 weeks ago

    A racist tweet mocking President Barack Obama posted by the wife of an Israeli government minister was “revealing,” the White House spokesman said.

    “I think if there’s one thing we’ve certainly learned from this incident — it’s not the only time we’ve learned this — but that on...

  • Obama cites Israel in arguing for gun control

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama compared Israel favorably to the United States in making a point about gun violence.

    “Here are the stats: Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel,” Obama said Sunday on a...

  • ADL raps Michael Oren for stereotyping Obama in new essay

    2 weeks ago

    The Anti-Defamation League criticized Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, for an “insensitive and unjustified” attack on President Barack Obama.

    Oren’ should “walk back” views published in an essay posted Friday on the Foreign Policy website, the ADL...

  • Letters to the editor: Yeshiva grad apologizes, Rohingya Muslims, BDS and more

    3 weeks ago

    Drop the Equivocation

    Rob Eshman (“Sheldon: Improve Israel’s Odds,” June 12), Obama, J Street, New Israel Fund, Peace Now and other Israel critics who pretend to support Israel, would be listened to, and possibly believed more, if they would only at least once support Israel...

  • Is Oren’s call for ‘no surprises’ in U.S.-Israel ties possible?

    3 weeks ago

    Israel’s former ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, caused a stir this week by publicly accusing President Barack Obama of abandoning the two core principles that undergird the U.S.-Israel relationship: no public disagreements and no surprises.

    But should there be no public...

  • Michael Oren: Obama abandoned ‘two core principles’ of U.S.-Israel alliance

    3 weeks ago

    Israel’s former ambassador to Washington accused President Barack Obama of abandoning “core principles” of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    Michael Oren in an Op-Ed appearing Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal said Obama abandoned the principle of keeping disagreements private and ...

  • U.S. denies Israeli report on Obama inviting Netanyahu to meet

    3 weeks ago

    The White House denied an Israeli newspaper report on Tuesday that U.S. President Barack Obama had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet in Washington next month.

    Citing unnamed U.S. State Department sources, Yedioth Ahronoth daily said the two leaders could...

  • U.S. officials: Iran needn’t reveal past nuclear activity

    3 weeks ago

     Iran will not have to come clean about its past efforts to obtain nuclear weapons in order to sign a final deal with world powers on its atomic program, U.S. and Western officials said.

    The Associated Press on Thursday quoted unnamed officials as saying that questions about...

  • Award-winning journalist thrashes U.S. mideast policy

    June 11, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Whether it’s President Barack Obama’s take on nuclear negotiations with Iran or his stance on Israel’s relationship with Palestine, the commander-in-chief’s foreign policy errors will have lasting repercussions with American allies, according to Wall Street Journal columnist Bret...

  • Knesset members call for policy, diplomatic shifts in wake of Obama interview

    June 3, 2015 | 3:40 pm

    Israeli lawmakers have called for policy and diplomatic changes following a warning by President Barack Obama that Israel could lose international backing unless it supports a two-state solution.

    Michael Oren, a lawmaker with the center-right Kulanu party and Israel’s former...

  • Thanks for what?

    June 3, 2015 | 11:43 am

    Rob Eshman, the Jewish Journal’s Editor-in-chief, would like to thank President Obama on behalf of the Jewish people. I do not want to be ingrate but an examination of the historical record leads me to a completely opposite conclusion. Starting at the beginning of the Obama...

  • Obama and Israel: rationality, self-interest and hatred

    By Michael Berenbaum

    June 1, 2015 | 11:44 am

    This past week President Barack Obama went on a Jewish offensive trying to gain support for the forthcoming agreement with Iran by giving an interview to Jeffrey Goldberg, the wise and deeply committed Jewish writer for The Atlantic, and by speaking at Adas Israel Congregation, the...

  • Obama meets with family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff

    May 28, 2015 | 4:31 pm

    President Obama met with the parents of slain journalist Steven Sotloff several months after they criticized the White House for its handling of their son’s death.

    The White House announced that Obama met with Art and Shirley Sotloff on Thursday during a trip to Miami.

    “The...

  • President Obama vs. the LA Times on anti-Semitism

    May 27, 2015 | 12:08 pm

    The Obama White House and the opinion page of the Los Angeles Times are usually in sync—but not always.  Take for example the recent conflict between President Obama and Palestinocentric UCLA Professor Saree Makdisi on anti-Semitism and how to combat it.

    In a much-discussed...

  • Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

    May 22, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Barack Obama has a message for American Jews: I don’t shy away from disagreeing with Israel publicly, because I care about Israel and our shared values.

    The president marked Jewish American Heritage Month with a speech Friday at Washington’s oldest...

  • Obama: Defending Jews means criticizing Israel

    May 22, 2015 | 9:50 am

    Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience.

    “The rights I insist upon and fight for for all people in the United States compels me to look out for the...

  • Joe Lieberman: Next U.S. president will bring warmer relations with Israel

    May 21, 2015 | 12:52 pm

    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, in an interview with JTA, surmised that the next U.S. administration would be friendlier with Israel than the current one. He also expressed concern over America’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying they are “going in a bad direction,” and...

  • Obama: Disagreeing with Israel is necessary to defend it

    May 21, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    Open disagreement with Israel on some of its policies is a necessary component of the U.S. defense of Israel in the international community, President Barack Obama said.

    Obama, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg posted Thursday on The Atlantic’s website, singled out Israeli...

  • Obama: Meeting with Netanyahu only after nuke talks deadline

    April 23, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    (JTA) — President Barack Obama reportedly said he will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the June 30 deadline for the Iran nuclear talks.
    Obama told Jewish leaders last week that a face-to-face meeting with Netanyahu would probably end with Netanyahu...

  • Russia says missile deal with Iran will not happen in near future

    April 23, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    Russia will not sell Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles in the near future, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said.
    Russia earlier this month said it would lift its embargo on the sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran, antagonizing Israel and the United States. The advanced...

  • Letters to the editor: Lamb stew, Passover, Jon Stewart and more

    April 23, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    Lamb Stew Not Kosher

    The Jewish Journal recipe for lamb stew (“Our Dad’s Lamb Stew,” March 27) clearly mixed milk and meat. Not only was this a poor selection for a Passover recipe, it is just flat-out not kosher. The garbanzo beans would also only be for the Sephardic. Hopefully...

  • Bipartisan support for Israel? What if that’s no longer the case?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 20, 2015 | 4:02 am

    One hates to be an alarmist when no alarm is due. One also hates to bury one’s head in the sand when alarm is due. A slew of recent studies and polls have made me think about the state of support for Israel in the US. The studies – and the rocky period that these relations have...

  • Obama, in meetings with Jewish leaders and donors, stresses how much he cares

    April 14, 2015 | 12:32 pm

    Jewish leaders expected President Barack Obama to sell them hard on the Iran nuclear deal. Instead, participants in two White House meetings on Monday said he offered a softer pitch on how deeply he cares for Israel and the Jewish people.

    “He tried to explain he understands...

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