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

    3 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Obama’s Kobani Crossroads

    October 13, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    Obama has consistently disregarded the advice of his military experts on the ISIS threat. And he seems to have written off the Kurdish-Syrian town of Kobani, which may soon be overrun by ISIS.

    Whatever the U.S. accomplished after about a decade of war in Iraq has, in a matter of...

  • Indyck “cracks the whip” on Israel

    October 10, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    As Yom Kippur sermons go, Martin Indyk's was a doozy. Speaking at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C. on the holiest day of the Jewish year, the former U.S. envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations accused Israel of showing "total disrespect" for the Obama...

  • Obama-Netanyahu: Stop having these meetings

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 2, 2014 | 3:56 am

    The Washington Post rightly called it "another awkward Obama-Netanyahu meeting". The ritual is a bit tired, but we keep finding ourselves surprised by the inability of the parties to keep their differences to themselves and refrain from airing the grievances. 5 very short comments:...

  • At U.N., Abbas attacks Israel, but Netanyahu’s mind is elsewhere

    September 30, 2014 | 10:01 am

    In the end, there was much to talk about at the U.N. General Assembly but few genuine surprises.

    With an eye on the jihadist group ISIS, President Obama focused on the need for the international community to counter the dangers of violent extremism. Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Obama administration calls on Israel to reverse land appropriation

    September 2, 2014 | 11:44 am

    The Obama administration formally called on Israel to reverse its appropriation of West Bank land for settlement building, saying it was counterproductive to peace efforts.

    “We are deeply concerned about the declaration of a large area as ‘state land’ to be used for expanded...

  • U.S. won’t use arms transfers to press Israel for cease-fire

    August 4, 2014 | 8:58 am

    The Obama administration will not leverage arms transfers to Israel to bring about a cease-fire, the top Pentagon spokesman said.

    The arms and ammunition provided to Israel is “through a longstanding foreign military sales program,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press...

  • Obama tells Netanyahu he wants immediate humanitarian cease-fire

    July 28, 2014 | 10:51 am

    President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he wants an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian” cease-fire in the war with Gaza, based on a process Israel has made clear it opposes.

    The statement Sunday afternoon from the White House describing a phone call...

  • Jewish groups praise Obama on LGBT worker rights expansion

    July 23, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama for extending federal job protections for gay employees to employees of government contractors.

    Obama signed two executive orders, one extending existing job protections for federal employees who are gay to employees of federal...

  • Obama tells Kerry to broker ‘immediate’ cease-fire in Gaza

    July 21, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to push for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    “As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket and tunnel attacks from Hamas,”...

  • In phone call with Netanyahu, Obama affirms Israel’s right to defense

    July 10, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    In a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself from rocket attacks but called for a de-escalation of the violence.

    “The president reiterated the United States’ strong condemnation of continuing rocket fire...

  • With deadline looming, Kerry heading to Vienna for Iran talks

    July 10, 2014 | 2:49 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna for talks ahead of a July 20 deadline for an Iran nuclear deal.

    In a Twitter post on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Kerry will head to the Austrian capital for consultations with Catherine Ashton, the...

  • Beirut firm goes on U.S. sanctions list for helping Hezbollah

    July 10, 2014 | 10:33 am

    The Obama administration added a Beirut-based company to its sanctions list for its purchase of items to bolster Hezbollah armaments.

    The designation posted in a statement Thursday by the State Department named “brothers Kamel Mohamad Amhaz and Issam Mohamad Amhaz; their...

  • Obama says he’s still committed to ‘necessary’ peace

    July 8, 2014 | 8:42 am

    President Obama said in an appeal published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he remains committed to brokering a “necessary” Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    “Peace is necessary because it’s the only way to ensure a secure and democratic future for the Jewish state of Israel,”...

  • After two weeks of hope, a community mourns slain Israeli teens

    July 2, 2014 | 12:09 am

    Only 18 days after joining together in a hopeful prayer vigil for three Israeli teenage boys abducted at a bus stop outside their school, 1,500 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community grieved together in a memorial service for the teens—Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali...

  • Paid Family Leave: Celebrating in CA and Working for Change for the Rest of the Country

    By Maya Paley

    July 1, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    "Family leave, childcare, flexibility—these aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses—they should be the bottom line." --President Obama, June 21, 2014

    According to the Pew Research Center, the United States ranks last of the OECD countries in...

  • Letters to the editor: Mount Athos ethics, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Michelle K. Wolf

    June 25, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Trojan Horse Tourism

    My late mother-in-law, Betty Lipsman, stood before Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz and when asked if she was Jewish, and, with life and death on the line, replied, “Yes.” Marty Kaplan stood before a number of Greek Orthodox priests and monks and when asked if...

  • Obama lauds Iran talks, says unilateral action still an option

    May 29, 2014 | 8:54 am

    President Obama said the United States would not hesitate to use military action in support of an ally and defended his policy of engagement with Iran.

    Obama, in a major foreign policy speech on Wednesday at the graduation at the military academy in West Point, N.Y., sought a...

  • Obama wishes Israel happy ‘Yom Ha’atzmaut’

    May 6, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    President Obama wished Israel a happy independence day in a statement that reiterated his commitment to the two-state solution.

    “We will continue to work with Israel to support a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict,” Obama wrote in a statement published on the White...

  • Is Obama increasing or slashing funding for Israeli missile defense?

    March 17, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Has the Obama administration vastly increased its funding for Israel’s missile defense, or has it slashed it?

    A number of recent news stories, statements from Republicans and a query from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations are saying that the...

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