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  • 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...

  • Cartoon: Netanyahu’s Obamabomb

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 12, 2015 | 11:01 am

  • State Department: No comment on Netanyahu and ‘two states’ until after vote

    March 10, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    The Obama administration will wait out Israel’s elections before commenting on conflicting reports of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s retreat from advancing toward a two-state solution.

    “Our commitment to achieving an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a...

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  • Obama: GOP senators in effective ‘coalition’ with Iran hard-liners

    March 10, 2015 | 12:20 pm

    President Barack Obama said Republican senators who wrote Iran’s leaders to warn them that the United States might not always abide by a nuclear deal were effectively in a coalition with that country’s hard-liners.

    “I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress...

  • Iran hints might not reject 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work

    March 5, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10-year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail.

    U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a...

  • Mutually assured delusion: Obama defers to Iran

    March 5, 2015 | 10:32 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of the United Congress on Tuesday sought to call into question the perennially troubled Barack Obama administration's Middle East policy.

    Even many supporters of President Obama are finding it increasingly...

  • How Netanyahu’s speech played in Israel

    March 4, 2015 | 8:55 am

    In America, pundits and politicians are wondering what Netanyahu’s speech will mean for the next few months, years, even decades of U.S.-Israel and U.S.-Iranian relations.

    In Israel, everyone is focused on the next two weeks.

    Since the speech was announced in January,...

  • Iran calls Obama’s 10-year nuclear demand ‘unacceptable’

    March 3, 2015 | 9:31 am

    Iran rejected on Tuesday as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.

    Iran laid out the position as the U.S. and...

  • Netanyahu warns U.S. against Iran nuclear deal

    March 3, 2015 | 9:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday against agreeing to a nuclear deal with Iran and working with a country "deeply rooted in militant Islam," saying Tehran "will always be an enemy of America."

    "If the deal now being negotiated is...

  • Sen. Robert Menendez’s rock star moment at AIPAC

    March 3, 2015 | 8:58 am

    Sen. Robert Menendez hands down got the most enthusiastic reception of any speaker so far at AIPAC’s annual conference.

    I’d say you could barely hear the New Jersey Democrat on Monday night but for the whoops and shouts, except that Menendez has a preacher’s style and his rich...

  • Day 1 at AIPAC: Trusting Congress, expecting little from White House and anxious about Bibigate

    By Jared Sichel

    March 1, 2015 | 9:28 pm

    The marching orders to the reported 16,000 attendees were clear on the first day of this year’s AIPAC policy conference: push legislators to pass a proposed bill that would give Congress the right to approve or reject any nuclear agreement signed between the Obama administration...

  • Why not support President Obama?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 25, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Why should I, a liberal in the bluest of cities in California, the bluest of states — where President Barack Obama now has a 57 percent approval rating — be subject to the whims of the pro-Republican prime minister of Israel? 

    And why should I or anyone else listen to Prime...

  • Netanyahu declines Democrats’ invitation for meeting during visit

    February 25, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week.

    "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could...

  • Netanyahu ‘regrets’ partisan perception of speech; Rice calls planned address ‘destructive’

    February 25, 2015 | 8:58 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told top Senate Democrats he regretted that his planned address to the U.S. Congress is being perceived as partisan, as President Barack Obama’s top security adviser said the speech was “destructive.”

    Netanyahu wrote Tuesday to decline an...

  • Obama should send high-level rep to AIPAC conference

    February 24, 2015 | 11:59 am

     The Obama administration reportedly will not be sending a senior representative to address next week’s annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    Snubbing AIPAC will help lock in the caricature of a president who dislikes Israel and disrespects the...

  • What is the importance of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress?

    February 19, 2015 | 9:07 am

    At the moment it appears that some members of Congress are angry that Speaker of the House John Boehner took it upon himself to invite Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.  Usually these types of invitations are left to the discretion of the President of...

  • Cartoon: Bibi Gun

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 18, 2015 | 3:11 pm

  • Age of Hysteria: The Reel Story Behind Mr. Netanyahu Going to Washington

    February 17, 2015 | 10:28 am

    There is a deliciously cinematic quality to the entire speechgate drama. Prominent pro-Israeli lobby groups have attempted to frame the scene as being something out of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln movie: a noble, far sighted, embattled president vs. a rude, uncouth, divisive Israeli...

  • Obama asks Congress to authorize U.S. war on Islamic State

    February 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorize military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East.

    Republicans, who control...

  • Netanyahu’s U.S. speech exposes partisan fault lines on Israel

    February 11, 2015 | 11:02 am

    The controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next month is worrying pro-Israel Democrats about its possible impact on the 2016 elections. Even more worrisome, some Democrats say, are the voter trends underpinning the current tensions.

    ...
  • Obama readying request to use force against Islamic State

    February 10, 2015 | 9:13 am

    The White House will ask Congress by Wednesday for new authority to use force against Islamic State fighters, congressional aides said on Monday, paving the way for lawmakers' first vote on the scope of a campaign that is already six months old.

    The United States is leading an...

  • Obama’s Chutzpah

    February 9, 2015 | 12:05 pm

    In an exchange that is reminiscent of a school yard fight or a childish disagreement,the Obama Administration chastised the Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not informing the White House before accepting an invitation from the Speaker of the House John Boehner to...

  • Speechless on Iranian nukes

    February 9, 2015 | 10:08 am

    A bad deal on Iranian nukes would be so catastrophic to global security that presidential resistance to a related speech – by the leader of an allied democracy, who may be the greatest expert on the issue – should leave everyone speechless.

    The Obama administration’s outraged...

  • Beyond sanctions and kerfuffles, the Iran deal Netanyahu wants to avoid

    February 3, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    When Benjamin Netanyahu faces the Congress next month, two things are unlikely to come up in his speech: a consideration of diplomatic protocol and an analysis of the efficacy of sanctions.

    Media attention ahead of the speech has focused on the diplomatic crisis set off by the...

  • Bibi must stop an Iran bomb even if it offends Obama

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 29, 2015 | 3:18 pm

    There is nothing wrong with an Israeli prime minister doing his utmost to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if it offends the sensibilities of the American president. A nation that has experienced the world’s worst genocide just 70 years ago has not just a right...

  • Keystone XL likely to pass Senate Thursday, faces Obama veto

    January 29, 2015 | 9:10 am

    The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack Obama would veto.

    Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of...

  • Obama: Netanyahu meeting before Israel election ‘inappropriate’ - CNN interview

    January 28, 2015 | 9:17 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said he declined to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli leader's visit to the United States in March because it would be "inappropriate" two weeks before an election in that country.

    Netanyahu's trip has become a diplomatic sore point with...

  • Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech as anti-Iran strategy

    January 26, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.

    His visit to Washington in March has opened up a rift with the White House and...

  • Obama, Kerry will not meet Netanyahu on U.S. visit

    January 22, 2015 | 10:04 am

    President Barack Obama will not meet Israel's prime minister when he visits Washington in March, the White House said on Thursday, after being blindsided by the Republicans' invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to address the U.S. Congress on Iran.

    Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman...

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