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  • Amid uncertainty of an open-ended war, U.S.-Israel tensions rise

    3 days ago

    The dramatic developments in the war between Hamas and Israel have been accompanied by sharp ups and downs in U.S.-Israel relations.

    On Monday, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, made nice with the U.S. national security adviser, Susan Rice, before an...

  • 3 senators urge Obama to let Israel neutralize Hamas ahead of cease-fire

    1 week ago

    Three senators urged President Obama to ensure that Israel removes Hamas’ military threat before a cease-fire is in place.

    “The threats posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels whose only purpose is to kill and kidnap Israelis are intolerable, and Israel must be allowed to take any...

  • The Undefeated Maya Angelou

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 28, 2014 | 7:51 am

    There are women in this world who become our collective mothers and heroes through unyielding kindness, female loving energy, sharp intellect, precise pen, and vulnerable hearts.

    No word can describe my love for Maya Angelou and what she meant to our world, only the fluttering in...

  • Michele Bachmann: Jewish groups sold out Israel for Obama

    March 7, 2014 | 9:47 am

    Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) said American Jewish organizations are selling out on Israel in favor of the Obama administration.

    Bachmann made the accusation this week during a telephone interview with Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and host of the...

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  • Report: Abbas to receive White House invite

    February 24, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas could be invited for a visit to the White House in the near future, the P.A.’s chief negotiator reportedly told a local radio station.

    Saeb Erekat told the Voice of Palestine radio, however, that a date has not been set for an Abbas...

  • Thinking Methodically About Syria, Red Lines and Chemicals

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 29, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    Amid all the talk about “red lines” and “chemicals” one might get a little confused about both the facts and the conclusions that should be drawn. The following is a quick and incomplete guide with which to follow the debate:

    Chemical weapons, yes or no:

    Yes, there was...

  • April 24, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 24, 2013 | 3:30 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. officials not persuaded Syria used chemical weapons

    To Read: Michael Grunwald believes that avoiding death is a good enough reason for occasionally compromising some important freedoms-

    We’re often told that our liberties are under assault. The right...

  • Is Obama in Trouble Because of Israel (Again)?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 23, 2013 | 8:59 am

    1.

    Israeli officials confirmed today that the Syrian Assad regime has used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels:

    Senior Israeli military officials on Tuesday stated that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have used chemical weapons against the country’s...

  • The Organized American Jewish Community’s Response to President Obama’s Jerusalem Speech

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 31, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    President Obama’s Jerusalem speech has been praised by most American Jewish Organizations for his eloquent support of Israel, its security, his respect for the historic Jewish attachment to the land of Israel, his tough stand against the Iranian nuclear threat, and his desire to...

  • Obama, Netanyahu trade banter as they tread a new ‘red line’

    March 20, 2013 | 8:27 am

    Differences between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over setting a "red line" for Iran's nuclear project were never a joking matter.

    Until now, when both leaders uncorked some rapid fire one-liners during Obama's tour of a partially...

  • More than 500 journalists cover Obama’s Israel visit, only small number will attend events

    March 20, 2013 | 6:18 am

    Israel’s Government Press Office is working overtime. At Ben Gurion International Airport, a special counter has been set up to issue temporary press cards to the 300 journalists flying in.

    At the Menachem Begin Center, a state-of-the art press center has been hastily set up,...

  • Obama in Israel [SLIDESHOW]

    March 20, 2013 | 6:07 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Israel on Wednesday, March 20.  He was greeted by an official welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport.

  • Do Israelis think Obama is just ‘neutral’ or ‘pro-Palestinian’?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 17, 2013 | 8:20 am

    Last week, we learned some new things about American support for Israel. The American public- as you can see in our updated Favorability tracker (done by Prof. Camil Fuchs) - 'favors' Israel slightly less than it did a year ago. But we also warned that there are many ways to...

  • International Women’s Day 2013: What You Can Do!

    By Maya Paley

    March 8, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    What is International Women's Day?

    From 1909-1913, women of the Socialist Party of America began observing National Women’s Day at the end of February each year. In 1910, at the International Conference of Working Women, Clara Zetkin of Germany proposed the idea of an...

  • Senate approves Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary

    February 28, 2013 | 5:13 am

    With a strong bipartisan majority, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jack Lew, President Obama's nominee to be Treasury Secretary.

    Lew, formerly Obama's chief of staff, was confirmed late Wednesday in a 71-26 vote, with 20 Republicans voting for him.

    Lew, an observant Jew from New...

  • Why no opposition to Hagel, arms to Egypt?

    February 7, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Israel is facing serious challenges on two new fronts. 

    President Barack Obama has nominated Israel-basher Chuck Hagel for defense secretary and sent fighter jets to Mohamed Morsi’s Israel-hating Egyptian regime.

    Where are America’s major Jewish organizations? Silent, voicing...

  • Obama Taps Chief of Staff With Strong Ties to Jewish Community

    January 30, 2013 | 4:54 pm

    President Barack Obama named as his new chief of staff a security official, Denis McDonough, who has strong ties to the Jewish organizational community.

    McDonough, until now the deputy to National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, handled much of the National Security Council’s...

  • Obama in second inaugural speaks of a united America, U.S. involvement abroad

    January 21, 2013 | 10:18 am

    President Obama in his second inaugural address spoke of U.S. involvement throughout the world and Americans working together at home.

    Obama was sworn in publicly for his second term at 11:50 a.m. Monday by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Some 800,000 people reportedly...

  • What do (suburban) women want?

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 18, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    If you watched any of the debates on CNN, you saw two worms at the bottom of your screen. Well, they looked to me like worms, or maybe caterpillars, scrunching and stretching throughout the 90 minutes. Actually they were real-time graphs — with one color for men, another for women...

  • ‘Israelis on Obama’ video: President ‘a mensch’ on Israel [UPDATE]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 18, 2012 | 2:35 am

    “President Obama is doing, in regards to our security, more than anything I can remember, ” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says at the start of a new video created by The Jewish Council for Education & Research (JCER), a pro-Obama Super PAC. Barak’s comment is taken from a...

  • Petition links Peres prize to Pollard

    March 26, 2012 | 10:30 am

    An Israeli petition is demanding that Shimon Peres condition his acceptance of the U.S. Medal of Freedom on clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

    The online petition, which had garnered more than 10,000 signatures on Monday, praises Israel’s elder statesman for the honor that President...

  • Top 5 Things Americans Can Be Thankful For

    By Misha Henckel

    November 24, 2011 | 1:13 pm

    1. The Occupy Movement – it’s about time we got the courage to stand up to the vicious, greedy and destructive elements of our society.

    2. Facebook, You Tube, Twitter and digital technology – we get to express ourselves, freely. How awesome is that!

    3. Reality TV – the...

  • Wasserman-Schultz to JFNA: defend Obama’s record

    November 7, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the Democratic Party leader, urged Jewish leaders to push back against what she said were distortions of President Obama’s Israel record.

    Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, defended Obama to the annual...

  • Happy New Year

    By Ilana Angel

    September 27, 2011 | 11:23 pm

    I wish you a year filled with joy, health, peace and blessings.
    May you be inscribed in the Book of Life. 
    Happy New Year

     

  • Pawlenty: Israeli and Palestinian peace ‘further away’ since Obama

    June 29, 2011 | 10:04 am

    Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty charged that peace between Israel and the Palestinians is “further away now” than it was the day President Obama took office.

    Speaking Tuesday before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, Pawlenty, the former governor of...

  • Letters to the Editor: President Obama, Muslim Americans, Sarah Palin, Independence Day Festival

    May 24, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    Listen to President Obama

    It is ironic that Judea Pearl wrote this article on the eve of perhaps the worst foreign policy speech on Israel and the Middle East in American history (“Words Matter — Obama’s Next Challenge,” May 20). His phrase “Words Matter” tells it all....

  • Obama at AIPAC: Let the Fun Begin

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 20, 2011 | 10:57 am

    President Obama’s advisors wanted him to get out in front of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress on Monday. So they preempted Bibi’s own peace proposal by having Obama call for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, give or take a few land swaps.

    ...
  • Obama’s Middle East speech draws ire and support

    May 19, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    In his speech at the State Department on Thursday, President Barack Obama addressed the rapidly changing situation in the Middle East and put forward Israel’s pre-1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations that would yield a future Palestinian state.

    Even as Israeli Prime...

  • 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...

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