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  • Obama’s speech at the UN [TRANSCRIPT, VIDEO]

    September 21, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Read the full text of President Obama’s speech Wednesday to the U.N. General Assembly.

    Here’s what he had to say about Israel and the Palestinians:

    “Now I know that particularly this week for many in this hall, one issue stands as a test for these principles – and for American...

  • Berman and Sherman react differently to Obama’s speech

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 8, 2011 | 7:11 pm

    Anyone who thinks that one long-time incumbent Democrat is the same as any other might want to take a look at the reactions of Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) to President Obama’s speech this evening.

    Sherman and Berman have both...

  • Obama pushes $447 billion jobs plan

    September 8, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama laid out a $447 billion jobs package of tax cuts and government spending on Thursday that will be critical to his re-election chances but he faces an uphill fight with Republicans.

    With his poll numbers at new lows amid voter frustration with 9.1 percent...

  • Abbas: Speech left ‘nothing to build on’

    May 25, 2011 | 8:35 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said there was nothing for peace talks to build on in Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress.

    Abbas, speaking to the Palestine Liberation Organization and also with reporters on Wednesday in Ramallah, asserted that if no...

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  • Hamas response to Obama speech: Still won’t recognize Israel

    May 23, 2011 | 7:48 am

    Hamas condemned President Obama’s AIPAC speech, saying it will not recognize Israel despite the United States president’s demand.

    The Obama administration is “not a friend to the people of the region,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the Ma’an Palestinian news service.

    Abu...

  • ZOA to AIPAC: Withdraw Obama invite

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 20, 2011 | 9:16 am

    The Zionist Organization of America urged AIPAC to rescind its invitation to President Obama after he called for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the basis of 1967 lines, saying Obama is the most hostile U.S. president ever to Israel.

    “We urge AIPAC to rescind the invitation for...

  • 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...

  • FULL SPEECH: Obama on Israel, Middle East

    May 19, 2011 | 11:11 am

    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release


    “A Moment of Opportunity”

    U.S. Department of State

    As Prepared for Delivery –

    I want to thank Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark –...

  • President Obama Speaks on the Middle East and North Africa, and U.S. Policy in the Region

    May 19, 2011 | 8:37 am

  • Words from the heart… but not too many

    May 10, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    Jeremy would be standing in front of 220 people the next day, including colleagues, friends, family and his bride. As he walked the streets, the groom-to-be mentally composed his wedding speech. The following evening, without missing a single beat, Jeremy had the audience in fits of...

  • Israeli lawmaker Dichter heckled at Brandeis [VIDEO]

    April 5, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Israeli lawmaker Avi Dichter was heckled by protesters during a speech at Brandeis University.

    Students from the group Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine stood up as Dichter began speaking Tuesday during a panel discussion before an audience of several hundred students and...

  • Netanyahu heckled at Carmel fire memorial

    January 5, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was heckled and an Israeli government minister was forced to leave a state memorial ceremony for the 44 people killed in the Carmel fire.

    The relatives and friends at Wednesday’s memorial at Kibbutz Beit Oren, which sustained damage in the fire,...

  • German Publisher Gives Auschwitz Blueprints to Israel

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 2, 2009 | 8:51 pm

    On Aug. 27, Kai Diekmann, the editor-in-chief of the mass circulation German newspaper BILD, presented the 29 original Nazi blueprints for the Auschwitz concentration camp to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a ceremony in Berlin. Axel Springer Verlag, the largest...

  • Obama’s Cairo Speech: I Give It An “A”

    By Rob Eshman

    June 4, 2009 | 6:16 pm

    President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo will go down as an historic game-changer in the history of the United States’ involvement in the Middle East.

    Let me be clear: it changes the game for the better.

    One effect of the speech will be to put a lie to the idea that the US is...

  • Opening the Gates

    October 1, 2008 | 11:53 pm

    Jacob Artson, 16, gave the following speech last May at a conference in Los Angeles titled "Opening the Gates: Building Inclusive Congregations and Communities for Jews with Special Needs," where he shared the keynote address with his father, Rabbi Bradley Artson, dean of the Ziegler...
  • McCain accepts nomination, offers little new on Israel, Iran

    September 5, 2008 | 5:04 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (JTA)—John McCain used his convention speech Thursday to unveil his game plan for claiming the mantle of real change: Shore up support among conservatives by touting traditional Republican positions while appealing to undecided voters by criticizing his party’s...

  • VIDEO: In 2006, Lieberman calls Obama ‘Baruch’ and himself Obama’s mentor

    September 4, 2008 | 3:26 am

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn)  on his hopes and dreams for Barack Obama, March 2006:

    “As far as I’m concerned [Barack Obama] is a ‘Baruch,’ which means a blessing. He is a blessing to the United States Senate, to America, and to our shared hopes for better, safer tomorrows for all...

  • Before King, it was Prinz

    By David Suissa

    September 3, 2008 | 10:41 pm

    A few months before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a short Jewish man stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and spoke to a large group of Americans:
    "I speak to you as an American Jew. As Americans, we share the profound concern of millions of people about the...
  • Obama says GOP ‘tough talk’ doesn’t help Israel; Transcript of speech

    August 29, 2008 | 3:10 am

    DENVER (JTA) -- Barack Obama said Republican "tough talk" was not protecting Israel.

    In his speech accepting the Democratic Party's presidential nomination Thursday night, Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) derided the Bush administration and his Republican rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for...

  • Back to School

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 7, 2008 | 12:51 am

    I primarily do two kinds of teaching: Torah classes in a wide range of areas within my extended congregational community and California civil procedure and advanced torts at law school. As the terms wind down, my law students often ask whether I would mind devoting time in our last...
  • The ‘speech’: Keep it short, sweet and colloquial

    By Ted Roberts

    July 9, 2008 | 9:44 pm

    Trust me, there are no rules about bar or bat mitzvah speeches. As a b’nai mitzvah teacher who has spent 25 patient years coaxing, wheedling and threatening his lovable students, I promise you there are no rules about that post-haftarah speech. In fact, there are few rules about the...

  • Sarkozy heralds new era in France-Israel ties

    By Devorah Lauter

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    In an unprecedented speech by a French president to the umbrella organization of French Jewry, Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to boost the France-Israel relationship and play a major role in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

    Fulfilling a promise he made almost a year ago, Sarkozy on Feb. 13...

  • Briefs: Rice says Abbas can do, Peres talks Turkey, Olmert suspected

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rice: Abbas a True Peace Partner

    Condoleezza Rice told thousands of Jewish communal activists that the president of the Palestinian Authority is a true partner for peace. The U.S. secretary of state, addressing delegates in Nashville at the General Assembly of the United Jewish...

  • Briefs: DREAM Act passage pushed, City clears Holocaust Museum hurdle, but one more remains

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    DREAM Act Passage Pushed

    The American Jewish Committee (AJC) joined last week in a mock graduation to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which would enable the estimated 50,000 undocumented students who graduate high school each year to enter college and earn citizenship.

    "Abraham...

  • Listen, kids, and you shall hear—it ain’t gonna be easy

    By Ted Roberts

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Listen my children, and you shall hear
    The bar mitzvah course that we shall steer.
    The purpose of this speech is to prepare you for your bar mitzvah. And to let you know -- as Noah thought when he received the blueprints from the Master Shipbuilder -- this ain't gonna be easy....
  • Schwarzenegger at Shoah ceremony:  ‘Today we must speak out’

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Excerpts from a speech by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at Yom Hashoah Ve'Hagvurah Community Wide Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pan Pacific Park:

    Well, thank you very much, Jona, for the wonderful introduction; I really appreciate that. And thank you very much, all of you, for...

  • Bibi Netanyahu ranks high ...  as racist demagogue

    By Larry Derfner

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    By rights, Binyamin Netanyahu, which every poll says is by far the most popular politician in Israel, should be ranked with Jean Le Pen, Jorge Haider and the rest of the Western world's racist demagogues.

    But he won't be, because anti-Arab racism in Israel is either supported or...

  • Martin Luther King’s Hollywood dream

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Martin Luther King's sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood in 1965
    Part I, 27 min., MP3, 3.1MB
    Part II, 14 min., MP3, 1.6MB

    Temple Israel of Hollywood has had many milestones in its 80 years as a Jewish cultural landmark in our city. One that bears special...
  • Israel will meet Iran threat, Olmert vows to General Assembly

    By Tom Tugend

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The annual summit meeting of North American Jewish leaders climaxed Tuesday with an affirmation by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that "Israel will not shy away from challenging Iran's development of nuclear weapons."

    Fresh from his discussions with President Bush in...

  • Mel Gibson’s address to the General Assembly

    By Jonathan Kesselman

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ladies, Gentlemen, and Jews:

    Welcome to beautiful Los Angeles! I write to you from the set of my new Ismar Schorsch biopic starring Danny Glover as Mordecai Kaplan and Jim Caviezel as Ismar Schorsch himself!

    Anyway, I would like to begin my address by once again sincerely...

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