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  • Republicans hammer on at Iran deal on presidential campaign

    3 weeks ago

    Republican presidential candidates took swipes on Tuesday at the lifting of sanctions against Iran, but they disagree on how they would to handle Tehran if they win the White House at the Nov. 8 election.

    Iran can expect an abrupt shift in relations with the United States to a...

  • White House: Pleased Iran released sailors, still has concerns

    January 13, 2016 | 1:27 pm

    The White House is pleased that Iran released 10 U.S. sailors it had detained but continues to have concerns about Tehran's sponsorship of terrorism and threats to Israel, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he was not aware of any discussions...

  • Obama met with Democratic presidential candidate Sanders

    January 11, 2016 | 12:18 pm

    President Barack Obama has met privately with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the White House said on Monday.

    Spokesman Josh Earnest would not specify when the two met but said the White House was pleased to see Sanders' most recent comments on gun control.

  • Rubio promises first trip to Israel as president

    January 11, 2016 | 11:35 am

    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio promised to make a visit to Israel his first foreign trip if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee and goes on to win the White House next fall.

    During a town hall meeting in Florida on Monday, Rubio was asked by a person...

  • Sanders campaign accuses U.S. Democratic officials of helping Clinton

    December 18, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders accused party leaders on Friday of trying to undermine his White House bid and help rival Hillary Clinton after his campaign was disciplined for improperly accessing Clinton's voter files.

    The political brawl erupted when the...

  • White House Chanukah

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    December 16, 2015 | 10:00 am

    For years, I watched as friends and colleagues posted photos of the White House Chanukah party. The exclusive gathering brings together prominent rabbis, politicians and Jewish communal leaders, as well as young Jewish innovators with a certain hipness factor. 

    Still, no one is...

  • We must rededicate ourselves to tolerance

    December 11, 2015 | 8:35 am

    Thank you Mr. President.

    I know that I speak on behalf of everyone present tonight in expressing our gratitude for the way that you and the First Lady have, once again, opened up your home to the Jewish community for an annual White House celebration of Chanukah.

    Chanukah is a...

  • Meeting Rivlin, Obama reaffirms ‘unbreakable bond’ with Israel

    December 9, 2015 | 12:55 pm

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon, the first such meeting between the two.

    Speaking to reporters at the start of the meeting, Obama said the meeting with Rivlin gives an opportunity to “reaffirm the...

  • White House says Trump’s Muslim comments disqualify him for president

    December 8, 2015 | 10:29 am

    The White House on Tuesday said Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's call for the United States to ban Muslims from entering the country disqualified him from becoming president and called on Republicans to reject him immediately.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest...

  • Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

    November 25, 2015 | 9:50 am

    President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe on Wednesday as millions of people embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris...

  • White House seeks menorahs with stories for this year’s Chanukah party

    November 16, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    The White House is looking for menorahs with unique stories for its Hanukkah celebration this year.

    Matt Nosanchuk, the White House liaison to the Jewish community, on Nov. 11 posted an entry on the White House website soliciting ideas for menorahs, noting it was the first time...

  • McDonough: Support for Israel’s security – our values in action

    November 10, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    Addressing a mixed Jewish audience in the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal debate, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Tuesday peppered his remarks with Yiddish and Hebrew phrases in an attempt to present a reset in the U.S.-Israel relationship following the meeting...

  • White House says two-state solution not likely under Obama

    November 9, 2015 | 11:59 am

    The White House said on Monday that the goal of a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis is not likely to be reached during President Barack Obama's final months in office.

    Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House earlier on Monday.

  • Biden says he will not seek 2016 Democratic nomination

    October 21, 2015 | 9:29 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he would not seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, ending months of suspense and removing a huge political obstacle for front-runner Hillary Clinton.

    "While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent," Biden told...

  • Texas teen arrested over clock is moving to Qatar with his family

    October 20, 2015 | 4:56 pm

    The Texas boy arrested for bringing to school a homemade clock that was mistaken for a bomb is moving to Qatar, his family said on Tuesday, a few hours after he was at the White House for an astronomy night hosted by President Barack Obama.

    Ahmed Mohamed, 14, a bespectacled...

  • White House condemns violence in West Bank, Jerusalem

    October 7, 2015 | 1:35 pm

    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...

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