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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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