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Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes Closed

Ira Chernus | Posted 06.01.2013 | Home
Ira Chernus

Barack Obama came to Israel and Palestine, saw what he wanted to see, and conquered the mainstream media with his eloquent words. U.S. and Israeli journalists called it a dream trip: a charismatic world leader taking charge of the Mideast peace process.

Obama's Hardball Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.23.2013 | Home
Philip Seib

While visiting Israel, Obama did not limit himself to the standard rhetorical niceties. He went over the heads of politicians and appealed directly to the Israeli public, especially the young, to make his case for a more flexible approach to negotiating with Palestinians.

I Was Wrong: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Is on the President's Trip Agenda

James Zogby | Posted 05.16.2013 | Home
James Zogby

Tthe best Obama can do, in the short term, is attempt to speak directly to both peoples reasserting his commitment to them and to a peaceful future in an effort to change the discourse in both societies away from the cynicism and hardline views that have made progress toward peace so difficult.

Obama's Cynicism on Israel and Palestine

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 01.30.2013 | Home
MJ Rosenberg

Israel's hysteria and America's arm-twisting against the resolution gave the Palestinians a victory, a victory that the United States and Israel both elevated to historic proportions.

President Obama's UN Speech: A Must-Read for Supporters of Israel

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Especially in light of a new heavy-handed $6.5 million ad campaign by the Republican Jewish Coalition, all voters who are concerned about President Obama's position on Iran or continued U.S. support for Israel should -- no, must -- read the address he delivered to the UN General Assembly.

The Politics of Palestine

James Zogby | Posted 06.07.2012 | Home
James Zogby

It may still be possible to imagine a just political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But, in the real world, politics is not the work of our imagination.

Obama Says U.S. and Israel March As One

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.08.2012 | Home
MJ Rosenberg

I certainly do not believe that Obama, in any way, puts Israel's interests on par with that of the United States. Not even close. Frankly, I don't think the Republicans do either.

Newt Gingrich May Be Able to Occupy Palestine, But Israel Can't

Bradley Burston | Posted 02.20.2012 | Home
Bradley Burston

To acknowledge the occupation is to recognize the Palestinians; not as terrorists or poseurs, not as inventions, but as full, flesh and blood human beings, as entitled to their rights as we are to ours.

The Neocons Have Finally Snapped

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
MJ Rosenberg

Any doubt we might have that the Israeli right has lost its mind should be eliminated by the latest column from one of its most prominent media figures, Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post .

Nobel Winner Obama Owes the World Courageous Act for Peace

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home
Daoud Kuttab

President Obama needs to match tough military decisions with equally tough political ones that are not popular with some constituencies but are very much in the American national interest.

On Israel & Palestine, Barack Obama Is Rick Perry

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 11.23.2011 | Home
MJ Rosenberg

President Obama's speech to the General Assembly succeeded in making clear why the Palestinians had no choice but to take their statehood bid to the UN and why the United States can no longer pretend to be an "honest broker" in the conflict.

Why Isn't J Street Supporting Bibi?

David Suissa | Posted 09.13.2011 | Home
David Suissa

It is absurd and unjust that the only party under pressure to accept preconditions to peace talks is the one party that has already said it is willing to return to peace talks "tomorrow morning."

Could Obama Support Palestine in UN?

Ira Chernus | Posted 08.08.2011 | Home
Ira Chernus

As Gabriela Shalev reminds us, it's foolish to assume that Obama is merely a puppet with Netanyahu pulling the strings. Her two years at the UN surely taught her that the real power is in Washington, not Jerusalem.

Sam Stein

Benjamin Netanyahu Has Private Sit Down With Bipartisan Group Of Israel Advocates, Lawmakers | Sam Stein | Posted 07.23.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- In a relatively rare sign of bipartisan collaboration on the Israel-Palestine conflict, a group of Democratic and Republican advocates a...

Cairo: Part Deux

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.20.2011 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

President Obama's address needlessly stepped on its own core message by opening yet another inopportune rift with the Israeli government on the eve of Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with the president.

When Obama Blinked First, Mitchell's Mission Was Doomed

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.18.2011 | Home
Daoud Kuttab

For the past six months it has been clear in the region that George Mitchell practically made the decision to quit once it was clear his advice was no longer being heeded in the White House.

Obama's Jerusalem Speech

Ira Chernus | Posted 06.05.2011 | Home
Ira Chernus

Since the chance of Israel and Palestine negotiating on their own is somewhere below zero, there's growing talk about Obama going to Jerusalem and giving a speech that presents his own peace plan.

Obama: Map Borders for Mideast Peace

Ira Chernus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ira Chernus

Pressing the administration to offer a concrete peace plan, starting with a map of the new Palestinian state's borders, is one useful strategy among many that can lead to a just peace.

Listening to Palestinians

Nancy Kanwisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nancy Kanwisher

Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires not only a grasp of cold facts and statistics, but an understanding of the daily experience of the real people who live on each side. I spoke to Palestinians on a recent trip.

The Middle East Peace Process: Opposing Views

Reza Aslan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Reza Aslan

Schleifer: I am not giving up on Obama or on the direct negotiations he has tried to revive. Aslan: Is any other way to describe the present state of affairs other than utter failure?

Sam Stein

Tony Blair Defends Obama On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to President Barack Obama's defense on Sunday after a scathing New York Times editorial accused the Whit...

Sahil Kapur

Only 4% Of Israelis Say Obama Is "Pro-Israel" | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Only 4 percent of Israelis believe President Barack Obama's Mideast policies are "pro-Israel," according to a Smith Research poll this week. The numbe...

Obama, Jewish Leaders Meet Formally At White House For First Time

Politics Daily | Lynn Sweet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Monday, President Obama meets formally for the first time with the heads of more than a dozen major Jewish organizations, and while some domestic i...

Sam Stein

Obama Calms Jewish Leaders: Press Has Built Up Conflict | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an hour-long meeting at the White House on Monday, President Barack Obama assured Jewish leaders that he was demanding as much sacrifice from the A...