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  • Obama administration ‘deeply concerned’ about Netanyahu Arab comments

    1 week ago

    The Obama administration is “deeply concerned” about Likud Party rhetoric marginalizing Arab Israelis during the recent elections.

    “There has been a lot of coverage in the media about some of the rhetoric that emerged yesterday that was propagated by the Likud Party to encourage...

  • Will Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric cause further estrangement with Washington?

    1 week ago

    The Obama administration’s first response to news that Benjamin Netanyahu had been reelected as prime minister of Israel appeared to be avoidance.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday that the president would wait until Netanyahu had been formally...

  • Never Forget: Iran is the Problem, not Boteach

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 1, 2015 | 8:02 pm

    In a Jewish world desperate for unity, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach succeeded in uniting a broad array of Jewish groups, including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, secular and religious, right leaning, and left leaning, centrist and apolitical — to condemn his full-page ad attack against...

  • For Netanyahu, urgency trumps niceties when it comes to Iran, anti-Jewish attacks

    February 18, 2015 | 9:16 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be running for office in Israel, but this week he had plenty of strong messages for Jews in the United States and Europe.

    Speaking Monday in Jerusalem to leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,...

  • Little Rock diary: Chickenshits and the midterms

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 30, 2014 | 4:19 am


    Taking off from the Bush airport in Houston and landing at the Clinton airport in Little Rock gives one some historical perspective with which to think about the upcoming American elections and their impact on US-Israel relations. Assuming – an easy assumption – that American...

  • Kerry open to conversation with Iran on ISIS

    September 16, 2014 | 9:31 am

    The Obama administration is ready to communicate with Iran in the bid to stop ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “We’re not coordinating with Iran, but as I said, we’re open to have a conversation at some point in time if there’s a way to find something constructive,”...

  • Obama administration presses for $225M addition to Iron Dome funding

    July 23, 2014 | 4:03 pm

    The Obama administration asked Congress to fast-track Israel’s request for an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

    The administration cited Israeli needs arising from the Gaza war in pressing for the extra funding.

    “The Government of Israel has...

  • Senate resolution backing peace talks is introduced

    July 31, 2013 | 10:23 am

    A resolution supporting the Obama administration’s efforts to arrive at a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was introduced in the U.S. Senate.

    “A two-state solution is the only outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which can ensure the State of Israel’s survival as a...

  • “You Shall Not Stand Idly By?” America and Syria – What to Do?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 5, 2013 | 8:00 am

    It should be clear that the last thing the Obama Administration wants is to get caught in another Middle Eastern war, with no “good guys” and no viable exit strategy. What else can explain American passivity in the face of 70,000 Syrian dead and 1 million refugees in two years?...

  • April 2, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 2, 2013 | 3:51 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. accuses Egypt of stifling freedom of expression

    To Read: A Washington Post editorial urges the Obama administration to pressure Egypt to prevent new crippling restrictions on western NGOs:

    The Obama administration and other Western governments are...

  • U.S. slams UNHRC for ‘disproportionate’ Israel focus

    March 19, 2013 | 6:47 am

    The Obama administration refused to participate in a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting on Israeli settlements and slammed the body for its "disproportionate" focus on Israel.

    The council, based in Geneva, on Monday debated a January special report on the settlements that called...

  • Obama administration sanctions Greek magnate

    March 15, 2013 | 9:14 am

    The Obama administration sanctioned a Greek shipping magnate, saying he had helped Iran defy sanctions by providing cover for its oil trade.

    Dimitris Cambis, "president of Impire Shipping, helped the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) obtain eight tankers in late 2012," said...

  • Shtetl, Bagel, Hagel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 19, 2012 | 7:53 am

    Chuck Hagel has been quite blunt in the past in questioning the supposed influence of the fearsome pro-Israel "Jewish lobby” in Washington, and would probably view the battle waged against him as further proof that he was right – that Israel’s interests are put before America’s...

  • U.S. should heed call for a clear Iranian red line

    October 2, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a persuasive case at the United Nations General Assembly Thursday for a clear red line to ward off Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Time is running out and the United States should listen to the Israeli leader and draw a clear line for...
  • Hiding Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 8, 2012 | 11:28 am

    There are two ways to look at the Obama administration’s decision to exclude Israel from its global anti-terrorism initiative. If you recall, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Istanbul last month to convene the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the group of invitees...

  • Obama administration defends Human Rights Council record

    July 13, 2012 | 10:14 am

    The Obama administration noted a recent reduction in U.N. Human Rights Council actions targeting Israel in defending its decision to rejoin the body.

    Paula Schriefer, the deputy assistant secretary for international organizational affairs, outlined on Wednesday what she said were...

  • Incredible Tribute to Leslie Sabo, a"h, Vietnam War Hero

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    May 17, 2012 | 7:00 am

    After being a bit strident in my last posting, for which I apologize, I want to turn to something really beautiful and loving that I happened to see live yesterday as I was on the treadmill.  It’s so easy for me to write in strong language on this blog or any blog from the comfort...

  • Obama administration to ask for more Iron Dome funds

    March 27, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    The Obama administration plans to ask Congress to fund additions to Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.

    “The Department of Defense has been in conversations with the government of Israel about U.S. support for the acquisition of additional Iron Dome systems and intends to request...

  • U.S. intelligence official: Israel will not warn U.S. on Iran strike

    February 28, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Israeli officials will not warn the United States if they decide to attack Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, according to a report citing an unnamed U.S. intelligence official.

    The decision was passed on in a series of private, top-level conversations, The Associated Press reported...

  • U.S. scrambles to keep Palestinian aid flowing

    October 3, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    The Obama administration is lobbying Congress to unblock $200 million in aid for the Palestinian Authority that was frozen due to its bid for U.N. recognition of statehood over U.S. and Israeli objections.

    State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Monday the...

  • U.S. drops Ofer Bros. from sanctions list

    September 13, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    The Obama administration lifted sanctions on an Israeli shipping firm it had charged with dealing with Iran.

    The United States in May had sanctioned the Ofer Brothers Group for providing a tanker valued at $8.65 million to an Iranian shipping company.

    The sanctions occasioned a...

  • Obama administration would veto statehood bid

    September 8, 2011 | 8:19 am

    The Obama administration said unequivocally it would veto any U.N. Security Council resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood.

    “If any such resolution were put in front of the Security Council, then we would veto it,” Wendy Sherman told the Senate on Wednesday in confirmation...

  • U.S. pressing Israel, Turkey to reconcile

    September 7, 2011 | 4:08 pm

    The Obama administration is pressing Israel and Turkey to renew reconciliation talks.

    Turkey suspended the talks and downgraded its ties with Israel last week after a U.N. report partially vindicated Israel’s 2010 raid on a Turkish-backed aid flotilla heading for Gaza. Turkey,...

  • U.S. rips Hamas for blocking teens’ scholarships

    September 7, 2011 | 4:06 pm

    The Obama administration slammed Hamas for keeping Gaza high school students from traveling to the United States on a scholarship program.

    “You have Hamas denying these students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have an educational and cultural experience outside of Gaza,”...

  • Quartet to convene in DC on Monday

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    July 8, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    The “Quartet” of entities guiding the Israeli-Arab peace processes is meeting next week amid signs that the Obama administration is pressing the Israelis and Palestinians back to peace talks.

    Representatives of the “Quartet,” comprising the United States, Russia, the European Union...

  • U.S.: Direct talks on track, no deadline

    August 19, 2010 | 9:33 am

    An Obama administration official said direct Israeli-Palestinian talks are on track, but would not set a time frame.

    “We are working through the details of what is necessary to get the parties into direct negotiations,” P.J. Crowley, the State Department spokesman, said Wednesday,...

  • U.S. House extends Medicaid funding

    August 11, 2010 | 10:58 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved the extension of vital Medicaid funding, which was a top priority of the Jewish community.

    The House voted Tuesday to extend the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, a formula used to determine how much Medicaid funding each state...