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  • App to track Obama’s Israel visit

    March 11, 2013 | 6:23 am

    Israel's Prime Minister's Office launched an app to follow President Obama's visit in real time.

    The app, which is available though Israel's Apple store, will assist journalists covering the visit and allow Israelis to receive real-time updates, including video streaming. It will...

  • Israeli police, Palestinians clash at Jerusalem mosque

    March 8, 2013 | 6:07 am

    Israeli police fired stun grenades to disperse Palestinian worshippers who had thrown rocks and firebombs at them after Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, police said.

    Dozens of officers entered the politically sensitive area, one of Islam's...

  • March 8, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 8, 2013 | 3:11 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama: Not bringing "grand peace plan" to Israel

    To Read: Charles Krauthammer believes that despite the hugely problematic Morsi regime, the US should still provide foreign aid to Egypt (but not without demanding anything in return):

    If we’re going to give...

  • State-honored activist claims tweets attacking Jews, Israelis were not hers

    March 7, 2013 | 9:45 am

    An Egyptian human rights activist set to be honored by the Obama administration says tweets on her Twitter feed attacking Jews and celebrating a a deadly attack on Israelis were the result of hacking.

    Samira Ibrahim is one of ten women who on Friday will receive the International...

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  • March 5, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 5, 2013 | 3:02 am

    The US

    Headline:  Poll: Large chunk of US voters want more pro-Israel Obama

    To Read: Middle East expert Vali Nasr tells the fascinating tale of his disappointing time at Obama's State department:

    But my time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply...

  • Biden: Obama ‘not bluffing’ on Iran

    March 4, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said President Obama is "not bluffing" when he says he will stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

    The U.S. commitment "is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon period, end of discussion, period," Biden told the American Israel Public...

  • AIPAC Conference Diary: Shushing the Elephant

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 4, 2013 | 8:08 am

    Spending a full first day at the AIPAC Washington conference, I’ve realized that my prediction from yesterday – that the conference is going to be blessedly boring - was probably accurate. But this presents me with a challenge: how does one make a boring conference interesting for...

  • Netanyahu pledges to ask Obama for Pollard clemency

    March 4, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to ask President Obama to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard while Obama was in Israel.

    Netanyahu met Monday with Pollard's wife, Esther, in advance of Obama's visit scheduled for later this month.

    "The time has long since come...

  • March 4, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 4, 2013 | 3:19 am

    The US

    Headline:  Obama wants timetable for pullout from West Bank

    To Read: Syrian rebel leader Salim Idris argues that the US should arm Syrian rebels, his argument being that the FSA is already a seriously organized army which is Syria's only chance for rule of law and non...

  • Philip Gordon appointed White House Mideast coordinator

    March 3, 2013 | 8:45 am

    Philip Gordon, a foreign policy expert in the Obama administration, has been appointed the White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region.

    Gordon's appointment was announced Saturday by White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. Gordon will...

  • March 1, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 1, 2013 | 3:03 am

    The US

    Headline:  Jack Lew sworn in as Treasury secretary

    To Read: Our Israel Factor panelist Alon Pinkas is optimistic about Israel's new friend in the Pentagon, Chuck Hagel-

    Let's begin by making it clear that new US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a friend of Israel...

  • Netanyahu urges ‘military sanctions’ threat against Iran

    February 27, 2013 | 6:39 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the international community on Wednesday to threaten Iran with "military sanctions," saying economic measures are failing to curb Tehran's nuclear drive.

    "I believe it is incumbent upon the international community to intensify the...

  • Kerry: Obama won’t push a peace plan on Israel visit

    February 26, 2013 | 8:45 am

    President Obama wants to "listen" on his visit to Israel, not push a particular peace plan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    "We're not going to go and sort of plunk a plan down and tell everybody what they have to do," Kerry said Tuesday in Germany, Reuters reported. "I...

  • February 26, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 26, 2013 | 3:27 am

    The US

    Headline: ‘Obama to tell Netanyahu US gearing up for Iran strike

    To Read: David Rothkopf doesn't see Kerry's appointment as 'the beginning of an era', seeing that Foreign policy will continue to be determined by Obama-

    Kerry has already given some clues to the kind...

  • February 25, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 25, 2013 | 3:44 am

    The US

    Headline: McCain renews threat to hold up Brennan confirmation to CIA post

    To Read: According to Leslei Gelb, the White House's focus in Syria should be on Al Quaeda-

    Tactically, President Obama is operating true to form in Syria; he’s wisely avoiding ever creeping...

  • Analysis: Tzipi Livni faces rough road in peace push with Palestinians

    February 20, 2013 | 5:26 am

    Tzipi Livni's coalition pact with right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu speaks volumes about the obstacles ahead for the moderate former Israeli foreign minister in her new task of pursuing peace with the Palestinians.

    Expectations of a new peacemaking initiative have been raised by a...

  • February 19, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 19, 2013 | 3:27 am

    The US

    Headline: Israel to award Obama prestigious medal in visit

    To Read: MIT Professor Barry R. Posen argues in favor of US military restraint-

    This undisciplined, expensive, and bloody strategy has done untold harm to U.S. national security. It makes enemies almost as...

  • Obama video message opens BBYO conference

    February 15, 2013 | 5:08 am

    President Obama launched this year's BBYO international convention with a video greeting.

    "This gathering gives you a chance to affirm your faith and recommit yourselves to the enduring values this organization represents," Obama said in the video screened Thursday night at the...

  • Israelis to Obama: This isn’t the time for you to do peace-processing

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 14, 2013 | 7:39 am

    50% of Israelis support the "two state solution", but only 30% of them believe that "reigniting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process" should top the agenda for President Obama's visit to Israel. Only 20% of Israelis blame Obama alone for the "tense relations" between him and Prime...

  • Beware the Slippery Slope

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 13, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    It isn’t often that within days of each other two news stories on disparate topics---drones and guns-- both highlight a method of analysis on different sides of the political spectrum that fosters poor public policy choices and conclusions.

    Recently, news stories have abounded...

  • U.S. Senate panel approves Hagel nomination as Pentagon chief

    February 13, 2013 | 4:24 am

    A U.S. Senate panel approved Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote on his confirmation by the full Senate as soon as later this week.

    The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14-11, with one senator voting "no...

  • February 13, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 13, 2013 | 3:21 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama says US will stand 'steadfast' with Israel

    To Read:  Aaron David Miller examines the possible foreign policy implications of yesterday's 'State of the Union' address-

    Two clocks tick down in a president's second term: the drive for legacy and the...

  • Netanyahu: Iran shortening the time needed to cross “red line.”

    February 12, 2013 | 6:17 am

    Addressing a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the Iranian nuclear threat and said he looked forward to President Obama’s upcoming Israel trip.

    In the Monday...

  • February 12, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 12, 2013 | 3:43 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. envoy reassures Israel on Iran ahead of Obama visit

    To Read:  Thomas Wright discerns between two opposing cross-partisan views at the center of the current American Foreign Policy debate-

    President Obama may not say so explicitly in his State of the...

  • U.S. envoy reassures Israel on Iran ahead of Obama visit

    February 12, 2013 | 3:28 am

    A U.S. official sought to reassure Israel this week on President Barack Obama's determination to curb Iran's disputed nuclear program, as the clock ticks on a threatened Israeli pre-emptive strike.

    The visit by Rose Gottemoeller, acting U.S. undersecretary of state for arms...

  • Jewish victims of gun violence to attend State of the Union address

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 11, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    After Sami Rahamim’s father, Reuven Rahamim, was killed in a workplace shooting in Minneapolis on Sept. 27, the 17-year-old high school senior began going to synagogue early every morning to say the Mourner’s Kaddish.

    He has also become an advocate for stricter gun regulations in...

  • February 11, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 11, 2013 | 3:27 am

    The US

    Headline: Republican Threatens to Block Pentagon and C.I.A. Nominees

    To Read:  Fouad Ajami tells the story of how a liberal-minded orator began using drones, and wonders why his foreign-policy liberal mindedness at this point only seems to manifest itself as a reluctance...

  • Netanyahu says Syria, Iran and peace process on Obama agenda in Israel

    February 10, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama will focus on Iran, Syria and advancing the peace process when Obama visits Israel.

    Netanyahu at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday said he and Obama had "discussed the visit" and agreed on the...

  • Obama- Let Us Be Friends

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 8, 2013 | 5:38 am

    On January 16, pollster Menachem Lazar of Panels Politics asked Israelis if Obama’s leaked remarks- about Israel not knowing “what its own best interests are”- were an attempt to meddle in Israel’s elections, then six days ahead. 54% answered yes (that it is such an attempt), 23%...

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