Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the White House on Thursday that he intends to go ahead with a planned trip to the Gaza Strip next month despite pressure from the United States to delay it.
The White House said on Friday it was continuing to study evidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and would not set a timetable for corroborating reports.
The U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons on anti-government rebels.
U.S. intelligence agencies believe Syria's government has likely used chemical weapons on a small scale, the White House said on Thursday, but added that President Barack Obama needed "credible and corroborated" facts before acting on that assessment.
The White House will not hold a Jewish History Month event this year because of the sequester.
Some 20 Jewish leaders met privately with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday morning, March 7, in what one participant called “an honest and substantive exchange” concerning the President’s upcoming trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The source asked that his name not be used because participants were told the meeting was to be strictly off-the-record.
A remarkable thing happened in Washington, D.C., last week. National leaders of business and labor hammered out an outline on immigration reform. This might not only give a major boost to a new immigration policy; it might also show a path around the gridlock that has driven the nation into budgetary face-offs month after month.
The sequester principle — that a sword of Damocles hanging over Congress and the White House would produce good public policy that reasoned debate could not — never made any sense.
It may have been divine providence or it may have been just blind luck, but either way, Rabbi David Nesenoff’s visit to the White House in May 2010 was a transformative event — in his life and in that of one of the world’s most renowned journalists.
President Obama's visit to Israel will focus on Syria and Iran, and he will not initiate new peace moves, the White House said.
A far-leftist suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, officials said, blowing open an entrance and sending debris flying through the air.
The 1960s spawned a plethora of comedy albums, among them a hugely successful satire of the Kennedy White House, called “The First Family,” written and produced by Bob Booker, who went on to write and produce for television, working with some of the most famous names in the entertainment industry.
The White House said reports of an explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility were not credible.
Chuck Hagel in a meeting with Jewish organizational leaders affirmed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge.
President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated his chief of staff, Jack Lew, as the next Treasury secretary, praising him as a expert on the pressing national issues of spending cuts and deficit reduction.
President Obama is set to nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state.
The White House revealed the first steps of a gun-control plan on Wednesday as the United States grieved for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in another wave of funerals.
“What is the difference between a New York City garment district bookkeeper and a Supreme Court Justice? Just one generation.”
When news of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School first broke, President Barack Obama stood before the nation, felt our grief and shed a tear.
It has become something of a White House Chanukah tradition. For the second time, the Obama White House used a menorah from a hurricane-hit region to mark the holiday.
U.S. President Barack Obama called Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday to express his "deep concern" about the deaths and injuries of protesters in Egypt and said dialogue between opposing sides should be held without preconditions, the White House said.
With rockets raining down on Israel, it’s hard to focus on anything else. Our families, our friends, our compatriots are under attack, and our hearts ache for them.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday and the two discussed options for "de-escalating" the situation in Israel and Gaza, the White House said.
The United States has asked countries that have contact with Hamas to urge the group to stop its recent rocket attacks from Gaza, a White House adviser said on Thursday.
President Barack Obama has many urgent issues on his desk as he enters his second term. His hard work begins now, having won the uphill battle against not just his rival, but also against the unemployment rate, the deficit, the slow economic recovery and the overall pessimistic mood of the American electorate.
Speaking at Columbia Law School, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the Likud an “extreme right-wing party” and suggested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should have better relations with the White House.
As I write this, I still don’t know who’s won the presidency. But by the time you read this, barring an Electoral College tie, you certainly will know.
The re-election of Barack Obama may open an opportunity for new negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program as sanctions pile economic pressure on its theocratic leaders.
The family wedding. The entrance to the local synagogue. The future of Israel. Your precious grandchild.
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday expressed solidarity on the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, the White House said, amid signs of easing tensions over their differences on how to confront Tehran.
Monica Lewinsky reportedly is writing a memoir about her White House affair with President Bill Clinton.
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about Iran as the White House denied that the prime minister requested a Washington meeting.
White House officials agreed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's assessment that sanctions have not set back Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, but counseled patience.
A White House spokesman noted that Mitt Romney's calling Jerusalem the "capital of Israel" contradicts United States policy over several successive administrations.
Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor to condemn a suggestion by Rep. Michele Bachmann that the federal government has been penetrated by Muslim Brotherhood agents.
The U.S. State Department is reviewing how it granted a visa to an Egyptian lawmaker who met with top Obama administration officials and is known to be a member of a terrorist group.
The U.S. stance denying clemency to Jonathan Pollard remains the same for now, a White House spokesman said, despite the plea by Israeli President Shimon Peres.
President Obama will honor Israeli President Shimon Peres with a White House dinner after he awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
President Obama celebrated the values of communities petitioning government at a White House reception honoring Jewish American Heritage Month.
The White House expressed its regrets about President Obama's use of the term "Polish death camp."
The differences between the U.S. and Israeli positions on Iran’s nuclear program are about to become very clear, and the Obama administration is reassuring the Jewish community that the divide is not so vast.
The Obama administration will not change its policy approach toward Israel in light of the new government coalition, a White House spokesman said.
Rick Santorum swept two Southern states in Republican primaries, complicating Mitt Romney's status as front-runner and all but burying Newt Gingrich's chance for the nomination.
A UCLA student group that supports the homeless is headed to the White House, one of five initiatives to win the White House’s Campus Champions of Change Challenge. The White House selected 15 finalists from hundreds of applicants, and online voters chose the top five.
A White House spokesman denied reports that President Obama promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bunker-buster bombs and refueling planes that could help in a military strike against Iran.
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agree, at least in principle: Keep the talk on what to do about Iran behind closed doors. But once they’re behind those doors, they can’t agree — and they can’t seem to resist bringing their disagreements into the open.
Jewish leaders delivered a letter to the White House urging action to allow food to reach hundreds of thousands of people facing starvation in Sudan's border regions.
President Obama on Monday announced that Jack Lew, currently his director of the Office of Budget and Management -- a Cabinet-level position -- would replace William Daley as White House chief of staff.
President Obama reportedly will name Jack Lew to be his chief of staff. Lew, an Orthodox Jew, will replace William Daley, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.
The Obama administration warned that the international community will take "additional steps" to pressure Syria's rulers to end their crackdown unless they agree to the full withdrawal of forces from residential areas.
It doesn’t get more “only in America” than this: A Christian president with an African-born Muslim father throws a Chanukah party at the White House, and the featured act is the West Point Jewish Chapel Cadet Choir -- a group that serves as a beacon of Jewish pride and identity at the nation’s top military academy, while also boasting a non-Jewish conductor and plenty of non-Jewish members.
New sanctions targeting Iran’s financial sector and its sale of crude oil give President Obama leeway to moderate their possible impact on oil markets and to use carrots as well as sticks to sway third parties into isolating the Islamic Republic.
A compromise congressional bill targeting Iran's central bank includes opt-outs sought by the White House.
President Obama hosted 550 people at the White House Chanukah reception.
Dennis Ross, the top Obama administration Middle East strategist, is leaving the White House.