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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    “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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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.

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  • Netanyahu, Obama have contentious conversation about Iran deal

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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?”

    “BOOM.”

    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...

  • The quantum theory of presidential politics

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 6, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Future events decide what happens in the past.

    That’s not science fiction. It’s science. Quantum physics, to be precise.

    “Quantum physics is a weird world,” begins a Digital Journal article reporting on a recent experiment by Australian scientists confirming the weirdness of...

  • Lawyer in Bank of China terrorism lawsuit to guide Gitmo closing

    July 1, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    The Obama administration named as its official in charge of shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility a lawyer representing the family of a teenager killed in Israel.

    Lee Wolosky “will assume lead responsibility for arranging for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees...

  • Obama administration will not enforce anti-BDS law on West Bank settlements

    July 1, 2015 | 11:02 am

    The Obama administration will not enforce part of the new law to combat boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel when it comes to West Bank settlements.

    “By conflating Israel and ‘Israeli-controlled territories,’ a provision of the Trade Promotion Authority legislation runs...

  • Israelis on Obama in five charts

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 30, 2015 | 3:58 am

    Last week, the Pew Research Center published its annual report on global public opinion about the US – a long and detailed report in which Israel occupies a small, if notable, space. It is the country in which the "sharpest decline in Obama’s image occurred". Of course, this should...

  • 22 senators sign letter to Obama urging Israel support

    June 29, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. Senate signed on to a bipartisan letter urging President Barack Obama to support Israel around the world.

    Twenty-two senators signed the letter, which was written “in response to your welcomed recent remarks at Congregation Adas Israel” on May 22...

  • Obama to deliver eulogy Friday for slain South Carolina pastor

    June 26, 2015 | 10:14 am

    South Carolina will take a step forward in healing the wounds of last week's mass shooting when President Barack Obama arrives on Friday to deliver the eulogy for the pastor of the historic church where the attack took place.

    Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a widely admired state...

  • Bipartisan panel, including onetime Iran deal defenders, urges improvements

    June 25, 2015 | 10:33 am

    A bipartisan panel of former government officials including some of the most steadfast defenders of the Iran-nuclear talks led by the Obama administration say the emerging deal falls short of a satisfactory plan.

    “We know much about the emerging agreement,” said the statement,...

  • Confidence in Obama falls dramatically in Israel

    June 24, 2015 | 1:56 pm

    While President Barack Obama remains popular in most countries, the sharpest decline in his image occurred in Israel, according to a new survey.

    In Israel, confidence in Obama on world affairs fell from 71 percent to 49 percent in the last year, according to the 2015 Spring Pew...

  • White House: Tweet by Israeli gov’t minister’s wife ‘revealing’

    June 23, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    A racist tweet mocking President Barack Obama posted by the wife of an Israeli government minister was “revealing,” the White House spokesman said.

    “I think if there’s one thing we’ve certainly learned from this incident — it’s not the only time we’ve learned this — but that on...

  • Obama cites Israel in arguing for gun control

    June 22, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    President Barack Obama compared Israel favorably to the United States in making a point about gun violence.

    “Here are the stats: Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel,” Obama said Sunday on a...

  • ADL raps Michael Oren for stereotyping Obama in new essay

    June 22, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League criticized Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, for an “insensitive and unjustified” attack on President Barack Obama.

    Oren’ should “walk back” views published in an essay posted Friday on the Foreign Policy website, the ADL...

  • Letters to the editor: Yeshiva grad apologizes, Rohingya Muslims, BDS and more

    June 17, 2015 | 11:30 am

    Drop the Equivocation

    Rob Eshman (“Sheldon: Improve Israel’s Odds,” June 12), Obama, J Street, New Israel Fund, Peace Now and other Israel critics who pretend to support Israel, would be listened to, and possibly believed more, if they would only at least once support Israel...

  • Is Oren’s call for ‘no surprises’ in U.S.-Israel ties possible?

    June 16, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    Israel’s former ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, caused a stir this week by publicly accusing President Barack Obama of abandoning the two core principles that undergird the U.S.-Israel relationship: no public disagreements and no surprises.

    But should there be no public...

  • Michael Oren: Obama abandoned ‘two core principles’ of U.S.-Israel alliance

    June 16, 2015 | 1:46 pm

    Israel’s former ambassador to Washington accused President Barack Obama of abandoning “core principles” of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    Michael Oren in an Op-Ed appearing Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal said Obama abandoned the principle of keeping disagreements private and ...

  • U.S. denies Israeli report on Obama inviting Netanyahu to meet

    June 16, 2015 | 9:16 am

    The White House denied an Israeli newspaper report on Tuesday that U.S. President Barack Obama had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet in Washington next month.

    Citing unnamed U.S. State Department sources, Yedioth Ahronoth daily said the two leaders could...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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