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  • An Iranian-Jew’s trip to the White House

    By Sam Yebri

    December 19, 2012 | 10:16 am

    “What is the difference between a New York City garment district bookkeeper and a Supreme Court Justice? Just one generation.”

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a daughter of Jewish immigrants, shared these words in 2004 at a celebration of the 350th anniversary of...

  • The speech President Obama should have given after the Connecticut school shooting

    By Rob Eshman

    December 14, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    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 was a beautiful, touching moment — and I resented it.

    I’m all for grown men crying. I’m all for presidents, in times of...

  • At White House, Chanukah’s light comes from Sandy-ravaged shul’s menorah

    December 14, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    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.

    This Chanukah, Rabbi David Bauman brought to the White House one of two 90-year-old menorahs that survived...

  • Obama expresses deep concern to Egypt’s Morsi about violence

    December 6, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    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.

    "The president...

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  • New violence in the Congo: Having a conscience means working overtime

    November 21, 2012 | 9:46 am

    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. But Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, who co-founded Jewish World Watch, reminds us that the needs of our own families and...

  • Obama, Netanyahu talk ‘de-escalation’

    November 16, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "de-escalation" of the Gaza conflict.

    "Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza," said a White House statement released late Frdiay.  "The...

  • U.S. urges Turkey, Egypt, others to encourage Hamas to de-escalate

    November 15, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    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.

    "We've ... urged those that have a degree of influence with Hamas such as Turkey, and Egypt and some of our...

  • Obama, go to Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 14, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    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...

  • Olmert: Likud an ‘extreme right-wing party’

    November 8, 2012 | 10:29 am

    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.

    During his talk Wednesday night, Olmert went out of...

  • Election 2012: What no president can do

    By David Suissa

    November 7, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    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.

    Which means that while I’m still in suspense, you’re probably reading articles like “What Four More Years of Obama Means” or...

  • Obama victory opens window for negotiation with Iran

    November 7, 2012 | 9:34 am

    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.

    Having so far resisted those in the United States, and Israel, who have pushed for military action against...

  • Angelenos wait in long line at Brentwood polling station

    By Jay Firestone

    November 6, 2012 | 10:30 am

    At 7am, early morning voters in the Brentwood neighborhood in Los Angeles waited in long lines to cast their vote in the 2012 presidential election.  

    Did you vote yet?  Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

     

  • Last pushes for Jewish votes in Ohio, other swing states stir emotions

    November 5, 2012 | 1:42 pm

    The family wedding. The entrance to the local synagogue. The future of Israel. Your precious grandchild.

    In the final days of what has been a close and bitterly contested election, it’s not so much that nothing is sacred in the fight for the Jewish vote. It’s that little that is...

  • Obama, Netanyahu united against Iran nuclear drive, White House says

    September 28, 2012 | 10:25 am

    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.

    Obama, who...

  • Lewinsky to write tell-all memoir about affair with Clinton

    September 20, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    Monica Lewinsky reportedly is writing a memoir about her White House affair with President Bill Clinton.

    She will get $12 million for the tell-all book, the New York Post reported, citing friends of Lewinsky.

    Lewinsky, 39, is out for "revenge," according to the Post.

    The...

  • Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran

    September 12, 2012 | 9:46 am

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about Iran as the White House denied that the prime minister requested a Washington meeting.

    "The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other...

  • White House agrees with Netanyahu on sanctions, calls for patience

    August 2, 2012 | 9:10 am

    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.

    “We completely agree with the prime minister’s assessment that Iran has failed to make that...

  • White House: Romney’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital contradicts U.S. policy

    July 31, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A White House spokesman noted that Mitt Romney’s calling Jerusalem the “capital of Israel” contradicts United States policy over several successive administrations.

    The spokesman, Josh Earnest, said that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate’s declaration that...

  • McCain condemns Bachmann for claim of Muslim Brotherhood agents in U.S. gov’t

    July 19, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    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.

    A letter sent last week to inspectors general of several federal agencies by Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other...

  • State Dept. reviewing how member of terror group visited White House

    June 25, 2012 | 10:15 am

    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.

    Hani Nour el-Din, during a visit here last week by lawmakers elected since the Egyptian revolution,...

  • White House won’t budge on Pollard release, despite Peres plea

    June 13, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    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.

    “Our position has not changed and will not change today,” Jay Carney said Wednesday. “And I would simply remind you that...

  • White House to host dinner for Peres

    June 7, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    President Obama will honor Israeli President Shimon Peres with a White House dinner after he awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    The dinner, to take place on June 13, will have 140 guests, including “former Presidents of the United of States of America, Secretaries of...

  • Obama celebrates Jewish petitioning of government

    May 30, 2012 | 5:38 pm

    President Obama celebrated the values of communities petitioning government at a White House reception honoring Jewish American Heritage Month.

    “We don’t just celebrate all that American Jews have done for our country; we also look toward the future,” he said.  “And as we do, I...

  • White House ‘regrets’ reference to ‘Polish death camp’

    May 30, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    The White House expressed its regrets about President Obama’s use of the term “Polish death camp.”

    In a statement Wednesday morning, Tommy Vietor, the spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, said the president “misspoke” during his presentation of a posthumous Medal of...

  • White House reassures Jews as it readies Baghdad offer to Iran

    May 22, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    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.

    Administration officials in a meeting Monday with Jewish communal...

  • No change in White House approach to Israel following new coalition

    May 9, 2012 | 9:35 am

    The Obama administration will not change its policy approach toward Israel in light of the new government coalition, a White House spokesman said.

    “[A] new coalition government in Israel certainly will not affect our policy approach, and we continue to have very good relations with...

  • March 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 30, 2012 | 5:27 am

    Annan with a plan

    The Economist believes the UN-Arab League envoy’s plan to end the violence in Syria is far from an ideal solution.

    “A welcome bandage rather than a long-term solution,” is how a Syrian analyst describes the plan. Mr Assad, whose forces’ killing of 50...

  • Santorum’s Southern sweep mars Romney’s front-runner status

    March 14, 2012 | 8:54 am

    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.

    Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who emerged from last place in polling as recently as December...

  • UCLA homeless aid group headed to White House

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 8, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    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.

    “It’s...

  • White House: Obama didn’t discuss bunker busters with Netanyahu

    March 8, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    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.

    “In meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached,”...

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