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  • How the Chabad rebbe helped create food stamps, and other Jewish Medal of Freedom stories

    5 days ago

    Barack Obama got a big laugh at the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony on Tuesday when he pretended not to know Barbra Streisand was Jewish.

    It was just one of many Jewish moments in one of the most Jewish iterations of the ceremony in memory. Four of the 17 people awarded...

  • What Obama did and didn’t say about Ezra Schwartz

    5 days ago

    How the Obama administration has handled last week’s murder in the West Bank of Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year-old from Sharon, Massachusetts, on his gap year in Israel, has raised painful questions among Jewish Americans upset by his senseless death.

    “Obama Silent on Killing of...

  • Spielberg and Streisand on list of 17 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

    2 weeks ago

    Jewish celebrities Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim and Itzhak Perlman will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States.

    They will be among 17 Americans “who have made especially meritorious...

  • Obama will not intervene to allow Pollard to travel to Israel

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama reportedly will not intervene to allow Jonathan Pollard to travel to Israel after he is paroled from federal prison.

    Obama could waive the requirement that prevents Pollard from leaving the United States but is unlikely to do so, the Washington Post ...

  • Before meeting with Obama, Netanyahu recommits to two states

    3 weeks ago

    Speaking to the press with President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recommitted to a two-state outcome.

    “We have never given up our hope for peace,” Netanyahu told Obama on Monday at the White House in remarks to the media prior to their closed meeting....

  • Netanyahu and Obama set to bury the hatchet

    3 weeks ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to meet President Obama in Washington for their first meeting in 13 months. Indications from both sides are that the men, despite their difficult relationship in the past, will...

  • Are settlers to blame for the violence in the Middle East?

    October 23, 2015 | 9:35 am

    The continued building of settlements on the West Bank tends to be the focal of Israel bashers. The settlements have been a contentious subject during the tenure of the Obama and Bibi administrations, and international leaders bringing attention to them is frequent. For example,...

  • Israel faces potential challenge from Russia over Syria

    September 29, 2015 | 8:22 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Periodically throughout the four and half years of the Syrian civil war weapon shipments destined for Hezbollah were intercepted and decimated by airstrikes inside Syria. In each instance Israel, whose air force has enjoyed...

  • Netanyahu to address Jewish Federations after meeting Obama

    September 18, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the annual Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly.

    Netanyahu will be a featured speaker at the general assembly, taking place this year in Washington from Nov. 8-10. Netanyahu will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

  • Obama and Netanyahu to meet Nov. 9 in D.C.

    September 15, 2015 | 7:24 am

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will meet Nov. 9 in Washington, D.C.

    The date of the meeting was reported Sunday by the Israeli daily Israel Hayom, citing unnamed political sources in Jerusalem.

    Netanyahu is scheduled to arrive in...

  • Does Iran deal rift mean Jews will go GOP in 2016?

    September 11, 2015 | 10:07 am

    One conspiracy theory making the rounds is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s various Iran-related confrontations with President Barack Obama are part of a Sheldon Adelson-plot to turn American Jews into Republican Party voters in 2016.

    Even if one rejects this theory out...

  • In 5775, the White House met with Jewish leaders a ton of times (and it was mostly on Iran)

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2015 | 1:32 am

    ***This story has been updated to account for additional meetings between the White House and the Jewish community. (Sept. 11, 5:15 p.m. EST)

    As the Jewish year of 5775 comes to a close, Jewish Insider looked back at the White House’s calendar of events as it pertains to Jewish...

  • Why we lost the debate to kill the Iran deal, and how we could ultimately win

    September 8, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Early on in February of this year, as the President and his Secretary of State were starting to leak information on the  negotiations around the proposed deal with Iran, the world looked on and assumed like so many attempts before it, the prospects of success where slim - they...

  • White House: Sanctions relief depends on Iranian compliance with nuke deal

    September 4, 2015 | 11:56 am

    The removal of sanctions depends on Iran’s compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, the White House said.

    “We’ve been crystal-clear about the fact that Iran will have to take a variety of serious steps to significantly roll back their...

  • Cory Booker among three more senators to back Iran deal

    September 4, 2015 | 9:04 am

    Three more U.S. senators have thrown their support behind the Iran deal, bringing President Barack Obama to within four votes of blocking a congressional vote of disapproval on the nuclear agreement.

    The three additional senators were Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mark Warner of...

  • What America will offer Israel after the nuclear deal

    September 1, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    The moment the Iran nuclear deal becomes law, as seems increasingly likely given growing congressional support for the agreement, the focus of the U.S.-Israel conversation will shift to the question of what’s next.

    What more will Washington do to mitigate the Iranian threat and...

  • Two more Democratic senators back Iran deal, leaving Obama one vote shy of victory

    September 1, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    Two more senators said they will support the Iran nuclear deal, leaving President Barack Obama just one vote shy of the number needed to stop any efforts to quash the agreement in Congress.

    The announcements on Tuesday by Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Chris Coons of...

  • Obama in landmark interview: Hezbollah will be a focus of post-Iran deal

    August 31, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    A focus of security enhancement once the Iran nuclear deal goes through will be neutralizing Hezbollah’s threat to Israel, President Barack Obama said in a landmark interview with The Forward.

    “As soon as this debate is over, we will, I think, be able to invigorate what has been...

  • Trump: Obama, Kerry ‘sold out’ Israel on Iran

    August 17, 2015 | 9:08 am

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry hurt Israel through the recent agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

    “Israel was sold out by Kerry and Obama,” Trump said at an Iowa campaign event Saturday, according to ...

  • A dybbuk in the nuclear deal

    August 12, 2015 | 8:52 am

    In Jewish folklore a dead malcontent may return to possess the living. The troubled soul is known as a “dybbuk’, and it runs amok making mischief. In books and on stage and screen the fiend is invoked to aggravate family wrangles to the point of madness. Yet for all its wicked...

  • AIPAC: Obama administration peddling ‘inaccuracies’ about lobby

    August 11, 2015 | 10:54 am

    AIPAC said the Obama administration is peddling inaccuracies about the pro-Israel lobby’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.

    AIPAC President Robert Cohen emailed the organization’s activists on Monday, linking to a New York Times article published last week about tensions...

  • Obama: Iran must end anti-American, anti-Israel postures to be accepted

    August 10, 2015 | 3:03 pm

    President Barack Obama said Iran must drop its anti-American and anti-Israel postures before it transitions into the international community.

    Obama defended the Iran nuclear deal in an interview posted Monday at Mic.Com, a news website aimed at millennials.

    “There’s going to...

  • 29 top U.S. scientists praise Iran nuclear deal in letter to Obama

    August 10, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Twenty-nine top U.S. scientists praised the Iran nuclear deal in a letter to President Barack Obama.

    Signers of the letter, which was sent Friday, include high-level nuclear scientists, physicists and Nobel laureates, The New York Times reported.

    Among them are Richard Garwin,...

  • Huckabee tweets that Obama is marching Israelis ‘to the door of the oven’

    July 27, 2015 | 8:41 am

    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee cited threats from Israel’s enemies in his continued assault on the Iran nuclear deal.

    A series of Twitter posts on Sunday night followed a day after Huckabee said that President Barack Obama will march Israelis “to the door of the...

  • Lead by Fear, Jewish Leadership Fails

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 24, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region,” said the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    We cannot dismiss these types of comments by senior leadership in Iran regarding Israel's destruction as merely rhetoric. Iran...

  • Chuck Schumer’s profile in courage moment

    July 20, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    Dear Senator Schumer:

    I write to you in desperation.  Somehow I believe that the fate of the Iran Agreement will come down to you.  As the foremost defender of the State of Israel among the Democratic United States Senators, your opinion will matter much much more than just your...

  • Obama to appear on one of Jon Stewart’s final ‘Daily Show’ episodes

    July 17, 2015 | 1:19 pm

    President Barack Obama will tape his seventh appearance on Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" in New York on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday.

    Obama has appeared on Comedy Central's satirical news show twice as president and four times prior to that.

    This is likely to be the last appearance Obama makes since Stewart has announced that he will be leaving the show on Aug. 6.

    The White House did not announce when the segment with Obama would air.

  • Netanyahu, Obama have contentious conversation about Iran deal

    July 14, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister had a contentious phone call after the major powers achieved a deal with Iran.

    Netanyahu in a statement said he raising two objections in the phone call.

    “One, the agreement allows Iran to develop extensive capabilities that...

  • Israel likely to turn to congress to fight Iranian nuclear deal

    July 14, 2015 | 9:31 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    There’s a joke making the Facebook rounds of Israelis.

    “Knock knock”

    “Who’s there?”

    “A nuclear Iran.”

    “A nuclear Iran, who?”


    The joke shows the deep skepticism most Israelis have, from officials down to the man in...

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 6, 2015 | 11:45 am

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

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