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  • Netanyahu: Israel would object to any withdrawal to 'indefensible' borders

    May 19, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace.  Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state.

    That is why Prime Minister...

  • L.A. leaders visit White House in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 17, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    Four leaders of the Los Angeles Jewish community were among about 200 people who met President Barack Obama during a White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

    “To be inside the home of the locus of power of our country and for Western democracy is a pretty...

  • White House hosts heritage month festivities [VIDEO]

    May 17, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    President Obama hosted a reception for Jewish American Heritage Month.

    The reception Tuesday was less formal than the inaugural one last year, with brief remarks and a small Marine Corps band playing klezmer music.

    The 300 invitees included “grass-roots Jewish community leaders...

  • Clinton sends Israel Independence Day greetings

    May 9, 2011 | 10:19 am

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sent best wishes to Israel for its Independence Day on behalf of President Obama and the U.S. people.

    In the statement issued Sunday, Clinton called Israel, on its 63rd birthday, “a young nation, but a rich history that holds deep...

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  • Goldstone committee members stand by report

    April 14, 2011 | 9:07 am

    Three members of the United Nations fact-finding mission on the Gaza war say they stand by the report.

    Calls to retract the Goldstone report disregard the rights of the victims, the international law experts said in a statement published Thursday in the British newspaper the...

  • Obama: Changes in Mideast make Israel-Palestinian peace more urgent than ever

    April 5, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    United States President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that with the winds of change sweeping the broader Middle East it was “more urgent than ever” to find a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Obama was speaking to reporters after holding White House talks with...

  • Ross: Turmoil sharpens Israeli needs for security guarantees

    April 4, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    The recent Middle East turmoil has sharpened Israeli needs for tangible security guarantees in exchange for concessions to the Palestinians, Dennis Ross said.

    Ross, President Obama’s top Middle East adviser, told the Anti-Defamation League’s annual leadership conference in...

  • Peres arrives in D.C.

    April 4, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Shimon Peres arrived in Washington for a three-day visit that will include a meeting with President Obama.

    Peres, who arrived Monday, will discuss “security cooperation between Israel and the United States, recent developments in the Middle East, and the pursuit of peace between...

  • Peres reportedly to unveil Bibi peace plan on D.C. visit

    March 31, 2011 | 3:15 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres is visiting Washington.

    Peres will be in Washington next week, the Israeli embassy said in a release Thursday, and arrangements for meetings with “government leaders” are underway.

    Israeli media have reported that Peres will meet with President Obama...

  • President Obama speaks on Libya [RECORDED VIDEO]

    March 28, 2011 | 5:22 pm

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  • Report: U.S., France nixed Kerry visit to Syria

    March 28, 2011 | 10:34 am

    The Obama administration and France reportedly nixed a visit by U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to Syria.

    Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has cultivated a relationship with the regime otherwise treated as a pariah in the West in the hope of...

  • Israel, U.S. woo Latin America after neglect leads to tilt away

    March 21, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    It’s time for the West to woo Latin America—some will say it’s about time.

    The United States and Israel appear to be heading toward increasing their focus on the area following years of neglect that has resulted in closer ties between Latin America and Iran—and gains for the...

  • U.S. warns Libya over possible military action [VIDEO]

    March 18, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    United States President Barak Obama condemned embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi Friday, warning that the U.S. will take military action if Gadhafi does not comply with the terms iterated in the UN Security Council resolution passed Thursday.

    The U.S. president called on...

  • Netanyahu to answer questions on YouTube

    March 15, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will answer questions from people around the world when he appears on YouTube’s World View.

    Netanyahu will be the third world leader to appear on the citizen-powered interview program with his live-streamed interview on March 23.

    YouTube is...

  • Senators press Obama on China-Iran

    March 14, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    A bipartisan slate of U.S. senators pressed the Obama administration on its policy on China’s dealings with Iran.

    The letter, signed by 10 senators and first reported last week in Foreign Policy, lists foreign entities—most of them Chinese—dealing with Iran’s energy sector.

    The...

  • Obama taps Shapiro for U.S. envoy to Israel

    March 10, 2011 | 10:09 am

    President Obama nominated Daniel Shapiro to be the U.S. ambassador to Israel, signaling an intensification of American involvement in the region.

    Obama made the formal announcement Wednesday; it had been rumored for weeks. Shapiro, currently the top National Security Council...

  • Why I support J Street

    March 9, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    I joined more than 2,400 pro-Israel, pro-peace activists — students and American and Israeli leaders, including five members of the Knesset, dozens of members of Congress and 100 rabbis, last week in Washington, D.C., at J Street’s second national conference.

    Although I am the...

  • Obama adviser Jarrett discusses Jewish roots

    March 8, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s top domestic policy adviser, told a Jewish audience that her great-grandfather was Jewish.

    “The Passover seder has a unique lore in my own family,” Jarrett said Monday while addressing the annual plenum of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the...

  • Kissinger calls for Pollard clemency

    March 8, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has called for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

    Kissinger sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute Pollard’s sentence to time served.

    Pollard was a U.S. Navy analyst when he passed classified...

  • Obama: Those around Gadhafi “will be held accountable” [VIDEO]

    March 7, 2011 | 12:54 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama warned Monday that the U.S. and its NATO allies were still considering military options to stop what he called “unacceptable” violence perpetrated by supporters of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.

    Obama spoke as Libyan warplanes launched multiple...

  • Obama: Israelis should soul-search about seriousness on peace

    March 2, 2011 | 10:18 am

    President Obama reportedly urged Jewish communal leaders to speak to their friends and colleagues in Israel and to “search your souls” over Israel’s seriousness about making peace.

    In an hourlong meeting Tuesday with about 50 representatives from the Jewish community’s chief...

  • Ex-Rep. Lee Hamilton appeals to Obama for Pollard

    March 2, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Former Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton appealed to President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard, calling it “a matter of basic compassion and justice.”

    Hamilton, a Democrat who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee when Pollard was sentenced, has intervened in the case...

  • Obama and the myth of the first black president

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 28, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    If Toni Morrison, the Nobel-prize winning African-American novelist, can refer to Bill Clinton, a white man, as America’s first black president, then surely the process can happen in reverse. Is it possible that Barack Obama is not the first black President but just another white...

  • Quayle calls for Pollard release

    February 7, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    Dan Quayle urged President Obama to release imprisoned spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    Quayle, who was U.S. vice president from 1989 to 1993, is the highest-ranking former official to call for the release of Pollard, the civilian U.S. Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in 1987....

  • Stuart Levey stepping down as top Iran sanctions official

    January 24, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    Stuart Levey, the Obama administration’s top Iran sanctions enforcement official, is leaving.

    Stuart Levey, who has been a Treasury undersecretary since 2005, will leave in about a month, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

    Levey, who is Jewish, devised a strategy of...

  • Israel Project adds China desk

    January 19, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    The Israel Project has set up a China desk.

    The Washington-based group, which promotes Israel in the international media, announced the addition of veteran China expert Alex Pevzner to its staff on Wednesday as Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Washington for meetings with President Obama.

    With a staff of about 60, the Israel Project targets media in the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Arab world.

  • Schultz urges release of Pollard

    January 12, 2011 | 9:55 am

    Former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz has written to President Obama asking him to release Jonathan Pollard.

    The letter delivered Tuesday says that Pollard has “now paid a huge price for his espionage on behalf of Israel and should be released from prison.”

    In the letter,...

  • Senate letter urges Obama to keep talks going

    September 21, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    A letter is circulating among U.S. senators urging President Obama to keep the Israelis and Palestinians at the negotiating table.

    The letter, initiated by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), thanks Obama for...

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