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

    June 12, 2015 | 8:44 am

     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...

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  • 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...

  • Netanyahu offers alternatives to Iran deal following latest Obama criticism

    April 13, 2015 | 10:31 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel offered alternatives on the nuclear framework agreement with Iran.

    Netanyahu released a statement on Sunday with the changes to the deal signed earlier this month, a day after President Barack Obama told reporters that Netanyahu had not...

  • Competing views of Iran deal highlight challenges ahead

    April 13, 2015 | 9:16 am

    Now that the outline for an Iran nuclear agreement has been released — or, more precisely, two outlines, one by Iran, the other by the Obama administration — major gaps have emerged that will need to be resolved ahead of a June 30 deadline for a final deal, including when sanctions...

  • Leon Panetta criticizes Obama for non-activism at Pearl lecture

    By Tom Tugend

    April 9, 2015 | 11:40 am

    With some 50 years of public service as an eight-term California congressman, as President Clinton’s chief of staff and President Obama’s Secretary of Defense and CIA director, Leon Panetta believes in the value of experience.

    So it came as no major surprise when he endorsed two...

  • Letters to the editor: Trevor Noah, Koreatown transportation, JFS and more

    April 8, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Golden Age of Expansion

    I am a recently retired baby boomer who turned to Jewish Family Service’s Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center and Eichenbaum Fitness Center for reconnection to the Jewish community, which is aiding me into this life transition of retirement (“JFS Expands Its...

  • U.S. says Iran sanctions face phase-out, Obama knocks Israel demand

    April 7, 2015 | 9:06 am

    The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognizing Israel.

    "The notion that we would...

  • U.S. and Israel escalate war of words over Iran

    April 7, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Israel and the Obama administration have stepped up their war of words over the framework agreement that aims to limit Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a gradual rollback of sanctions.

    President Barack Obama made his most detailed effort yet to persuade skeptics of the...

  • Restarting the U.S.-Israel relationship depends on Palestinians too

    March 26, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    As someone who was critical of several steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the campaign leading up to his reelection, particularly his decision to address Congress and his statement seeming to reject a Palestinian state, I am even more troubled by statements...

  • Obama: Differences with Israel’s Netanyahu not personal

    March 25, 2015 | 10:52 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace.

    Obama said it was hard to envision a path...

  • Obama won’t count out backing U.N. recognition of Palestine

    March 25, 2015 | 8:59 am

    President Barack Obama would not count out backing U.N. recognition of Palestine as part of his reevaluation of the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

    Obama at a news conference on Tuesday said his reevaluation was based on how best to preserve hope for Palestinian statehood.

    ...
  • Obama: We take Netanyahu at his word that he won’t allow Palestinian state

    March 23, 2015 | 9:23 am

    President Barack Obama said he told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “evaluating” U.S. options in the wake of Netanyahu’s claim that a Palestinian state would not be created while he was prime minister.

    “We take him at his word when he said that it wouldn’t happen...

  • Obama tells Netanyahu U.S. to ‘reassess’ policy on Israel, Mideast diplomacy

    March 20, 2015 | 10:43 am

    President Barack Obama told Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that Washington would "reassess" its options on U.S.-Israel relations and Middle East diplomacy after the Israeli prime minister took a position against Palestinian statehood during his re-election campaign, a White House...

  • Obama calls on Iran to immediately release detained Americans

    March 20, 2015 | 10:06 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called on Iran's government to immediately release three detained Americans - Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian - and to help find Robert Levinson, an American who disappeared in Iran eight years ago, the...

  • Upon Netanyahu’s reelection, it’s time for President Obama to put personal resentment aside

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 19, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Mr. President,

    My name is Noga, and I am a young Israeli who did not vote for Netanyahu. It took me a couple of days to accept the fact that he’s my Prime Minister (yet again,) but now that the realization finally “sank,” I show a great deal of respect for him, as Israel’s...

  • Did the Obama administration drop Iran and Hezbollah from its threat assessment?

    March 18, 2015 | 9:48 am

    There’s a change in how James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, assesses terrorist threats, and it has sowed some confusion.

    The Times of Israel this week reported that the DNI’s annual threat assessment “removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism...

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