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  • White House condemns violence in West Bank, Jerusalem

    6 days ago

    The White House expressed deep concern on Wednesday about the escalating violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem and urged Israelis and Palestinians to restore calm after a spate of attacks.

    "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against Israelis and Palestinian civilians," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing.

    "We call upon all parties to take affirmative steps to restore calm and refrain from actions and rhetoric that would further inflame tensions in that region of the world."

  • Trump under fire for not correcting man who called Obama a Muslim

    September 18, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came under fire on Friday from Republican and Democratic rivals and the White House for not correcting a man who called President Barack Obama a Muslim at a Trump campaign event.

    Trump, who in the past has expressed doubts about...

  • In 5775, the White House met with Jewish leaders a ton of times (and it was mostly on Iran)

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2015 | 1:32 am

    ***This story has been updated to account for additional meetings between the White House and the Jewish community. (Sept. 11, 5:15 p.m. EST)

    As the Jewish year of 5775 comes to a close, Jewish Insider looked back at the White House’s calendar of events as it pertains to Jewish...

  • Obama hails Senate vote protecting Iran nuclear deal

    September 10, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    President Barack Obama welcomed a Senate vote blocking a Republican-backed measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement, saying it was a victory for diplomacy and U.S. and international security.

    "I am heartened that so many senators judged this deal on the merits, and am gratified by the strong support of lawmakers and citizens alike," Obama said in a White House statement after Senate opponents of the pact failed to get the 60 votes necessary to advance a resolution of disapproval.

  • White House: Sanctions relief depends on Iranian compliance with nuke deal

    September 4, 2015 | 11:56 am

    The removal of sanctions depends on Iran’s compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, the White House said.

    “We’ve been crystal-clear about the fact that Iran will have to take a variety of serious steps to significantly roll back their...

  • Netanyahu says U.S. public and Israel see eye-to-eye on Iran nuclear issue

    September 3, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Thursday most Americans agreed with Israel over dangers posed by Iran, even as he lost a battle to persuade the U.S. Congress to reject Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers including Washington.

    In remarks at a Jewish New...

  • White House encouraged by latest U.S. Senate support for Iran deal

    September 2, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    The White House welcomed the growing support in the U.S. Senate for the Iran nuclear agreement and will keep working with lawmakers to secure as much backing as possible on Sept. 2.

    "We are encouraged by the latest tally," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "When the stakes are this high, every vote is important."

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday secured the 34th Senate vote needed to sustain a veto of any congressional resolution disapproving the nuclear deal with Iran, ensuring the accord will not fail in the U.S. Congress.

  • White House hires first openly transgender staff member

    August 18, 2015 | 1:19 pm

    The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member, officials said on Tuesday, marking the latest step in President Barack Obama's public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

    Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a transgender woman who has worked as a...

  • White House talking points regarding the Iran Deal

    July 14, 2015 | 11:22 am

    Read the talking points the White House is giving sympathetic Jews

    12:45 PM: The White House issues Iran-deal talking points based on the recent letter by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

    wrote the other day about how the Washington Institute convened a panel of...

  • Obama commutes sentences of 46 U.S. federal prisoners

    July 13, 2015 | 10:31 am

    President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal prisoners on Monday, a move he said is part of his commitment to reforming the U.S. criminal justice system.

    Obama has now commuted the sentences of 89 prisoners, the vast majority of whom were nonviolent drug offenders...

  • White House backs Israel’s right of self-defense following rocket attacks

    June 8, 2015 | 12:43 pm

    The White House said it supports Israel’s right to defend itself after Israel retaliated for strikes on the country from Gaza.

    “Clearly the U.S. stands with the people of Israel as they defend their people and their nation against these kind of attacks,” White House spokesman...

  • Where the Obama-Netanyahu relationship went wrong

    June 2, 2015 | 5:03 pm

    When David Axelrod, then a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, first learned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly had referred to him and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as “self-hating Jews,” he remembers feeling stung.

    “For people to suggest...

  • Hillary Clinton’s White House bid sparks examinations of her Israel record

    April 13, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose complex dealings with Israel date back to her days as first lady of Arkansas, announced her second bid for the White House.

    Clinton’s announcement Sunday made headlines in Israel, with newspapers running front-page chronologies of her relations with...

  • White House steps up Iran pitch to Jewish leaders, donors

    April 13, 2015 | 9:13 am

    The Obama administration’s effort to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the Jewish community kicked up a notch with two meetings scheduled on the same day between the president and Jewish leaders.

    President Barack Obama will attend two White House meetings Monday with Jewish leaders...

  • Iran deal spurs talk in Israel of national unity government

    April 13, 2015 | 8:55 am

    Concerns over Iran's nuclear negotiations and the need to repair relations with the White House may push Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek to form a national unity government with his center-left rivals.

    Political analysts pointed on Monday to a new position paper...

  • Widespread power outages hit White House, Washington area

    April 7, 2015 | 11:58 am

    A power outage hit the White House and much of the Washington area on Tuesday, snarling trains, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government buildings and the U.S. Capitol.

    The Justice Department and State Department were also affected, along with the University of...

  • White House seder includes Ashkenazic, Sephardic traditions

    April 6, 2015 | 9:08 am

    Moroccan charoset balls, savory holiday brisket and carrot souffle were on the menu at the annual White House seder.

    The guests finished the meal with raspberry ganache marjolaine and triple layer chocolate macaroon cake, according to the White House.

    The guest list for Friday...

  • Obama calls Netanyahu about Iran deal

    April 2, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the agreement reached with Iran to limit its nuclear program, the White House said.

    Obama told Netanyahu that the deal represents significant progress toward a lasting solution that cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, the statement said.

    Obama also said the progress on the nuclear front did not diminish concerns about "Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and threats towards Israel," the White House said.

  • White House Machers

    By Jewish Insider

    April 1, 2015 | 4:54 pm

    WHITE HOUSE MACHERS: The Washington Post recently unveiled a new tool for searching the White House visitor logs for the past several years of the Obama administration. Users are able to search names and also see who else attended the same event or meeting. We’re not entirely sure...

  • Daily Kickoff: Hillary talks to Malcolm | O’Malley learns Heschel | Obama’s favorite Iowa hotel

    By Jewish Insider

    March 30, 2015 | 11:37 am

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    2016 WATCH: Hillary talks to Malcolm: "Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a telephone discussion with Malcolm Hoenlein... that she thinks “we need to all work together to return the...

  • Tea Party hero Ted Cruz announces presidential bid

    March 23, 2015 | 10:30 am

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cast himself as a leader of a grassroots conservative army on Monday as he became the first major figure to jump into the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Monday.

    Speaking at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia, the Republican...

  • White House says evaluating path forward after Netanyahu’s comments

    March 19, 2015 | 10:57 am

    The White House said on Thursday that it is evaluating its path forward following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments that he was backing away from a two-state solution.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters it is clear that Netanyahu during his campaign walked back from his previous commitment to a two-state solution with Palestinians.

  • U.S. rebukes Israel’s victorious Netanyahu on Mideast policy

    March 18, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    The White House on Wednesday scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his re-election victory for abandoning his commitment to negotiate for a Palestinian state and for what it called "divisive" campaign rhetoric toward Israel’s minority Arab voters.

    Even as...

  • Accused White House intruder pleads guilty to illegal entry and assault

    March 13, 2015 | 11:53 am

    Iraq War veteran Omar Gonzalez, charged with running into the White House armed with a knife last September, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to charges of illegal entry with a dangerous weapon and assault on a federal officer.

    Gonzalez was accused of having climbed over the White House fence on Sept. 19 and burst through the front door before being stopped in the executive mansion's East Room.

  • Netanyahu’s speech to Congress gets mixed reception in Israel

    March 3, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made an argument that many Israelis support in warning Congress on Tuesday about a potential nuclear deal with Iran, but critics asked whether it was worth the widening rift with the White House.

    The address was broadcast live on...

  • Shaming the murderers

    By David Suissa

    February 25, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    A religious Muslim who murders an innocent person in the name of the Quran desecrates his own religion. I wish that idea had been the theme of last week’s White House Conference on Violent Extremism. 

    Instead, President Barack Obama went out of his way to take religion out of...

  • White House ‘encouraged’ by FCC’s net neutrality proposal

    February 4, 2015 | 11:15 am

    The White House is "encouraged" by a policy released by the U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on Wednesday regarding Internet regulations known as net neutrality.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House will withhold commenting in detail on the proposal out of respect for the agency's independence.

  • Congress invites Netanyahu, Obama blindsided

    January 21, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting President Barack Obama, and a White House spokesman questioned whether protocol had been violated.

    An Israeli official said...

  • No Americans in Paris: U.S. absence draws criticism at home

    January 12, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    A Republican U.S. senator lambasted the White House on Monday for not sending a top American official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in that city, and a New York tabloid headline screamed "You let the world down."

    The image of Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    By David Suissa

    December 17, 2014 | 8:07 pm

    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when...

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