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Obama Israel Trip

A Very Welcoming Independence Day

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

The second Jewish Diaspora began in A.D. 70. That's when the Roman Empire defeated the Jewish rebels at Masada, then destroyed the main Jewish temple ...

America's Looming Hangover in the Middle East

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

Those intoxicated by Obama's rhetoric will soon experience a painful hangover. For the president's Israel speech and the rest of his Middle East trip were focused, first and foremost, on domestic politics here in the United States.

Fantasy Weapons, Real War: Washington's Iran Policy

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

By now, we're so used to such a world of headlines -- about Iran's threatening nuclear weapons and its urge to "wipe out" Israel -- that we simply don't see how strange it is.

Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes Closed

Ira Chernus | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
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 Israel Trip Destroyed Any Pretense U.S. Can Be 'Honest Broker'

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

In essence it was an unprecedented embrace of Israel by a United States president almost as if he was apologizing for not being pro-Israel enough in his first term, a myth propagated by the right.

'We Are F*cking Powerless!'

Posted 03.26.2013 | Comedy

"The Daily Show" returned on Monday from a two-week hiatus, and Jon Stewart wasted no time in getting right back to the business of taking our leaders...

Obama's Message to Israeli Youth on Peace: 'Yes You Can!'

Brian Levin | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Brian Levin

While the President of the United States cannot snap his fingers and bring about the two-state solution that is key to Israel's security and its future, President Obama reminded the young people of Israel that change is possible.

Flotilla 3.0: Redeeming Obama's Palestine Speech With Gaza's Ark

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.24.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Whether you see Obama's Israel speech as a great motivational speech or a white flag of surrender, the practical consequences for the public are largely the same: the initiative for justice is going to have to come from somewhere else.

In the Wait for Peace, At Least Allow Basic Access to Water

Rebecca Iwerks | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Rebecca Iwerks

In order to build the trust necessary for peace negotiations, the United States must use its influence as the major funder of the Israeli government to demand that Israel provide clean water access to everyone living in Israel and in the West Bank.

Obama in Jerusalem, No Surprises But Mission Accomplished

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Obama accomplished what he had to. He reached over Netanyahu's head and spoke directly to the Israeli people, explaining why peace is in their own best interest and why justice for the Palestinians cannot be denied. And he was cheered.

Heckler Interrupts Obama's Speech

The Huffington Post | Nick Abrams | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

A heckler interrupted President Barack Obama's speech in front of students in Jerusalem, Israel on Thursday. "I wouldn't feel comfortable if I di...

Obama's Mideast Visit Is Useful, Regardless of 'Why'

Shai Franklin | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Shai Franklin

Until someone reveals the president's intentions, beyond merely guessing, we can at least consider the benefits of his latest visit to the region.

Tree Planted By Obama In Israel Will Not Be Dug Up (UPDATED)

Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

UPDATE: March 21 -- The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement that the tree will not be removed from the ground: The Office of the P...

Obama Caught On Camera: 'Good To Get Away From Congress'

The Huffington Post | Nick Abrams | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

Even presidents need to get away for a little bit. President Barack Obama landed in Tel Aviv, Israel Wednesday, to greetings on the tarmac by Israe...

Obama Should Call for Equal Rights for Palestinians

Rena Zuabi | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Rena Zuabi

I am an American of Palestinian descent, raised in the United States, educated at an American university and now living and working in the West Bank. I witness and experience, on a daily basis, discrimination against an occupied population, which I help fund with my U.S. tax dollars.

Unsolicited Advice From a Peace Process Desperado

Steven White | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Steven White

Dear Mr. President, Knowing I had spent almost six years in Israel and the West Bank, advising three United States Security Coordinator's for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, (USSC) a friend recently asked what advice I would offer you per your trip to the region.

Ex-Obama Friend: What Obama Israel Trip Is REALLY About

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.19.2013 | World

Former Obama family friend and Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi joined HuffPost Live in anticipation of President Obama's trip to Israel t...

Good News for Obama Before His Trip -- Israel Unlikely to Bomb Iran in 2013

Dan Raviv | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Dan Raviv

Although no one in Israel is leaking any details, it's understood that intelligence agencies -- led by the foreign operations agency, the Mossad -- are highly active in covert operations against Iran's nuclear work. There, too, sources say there is unprecedented cooperation with the United States.

7 Pillars of Salt - Obama in the Middle East

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Michael Brenner

By failing to give priority to bringing the Syrian civil war to an end as quickly as possible, and instead playing these clever games whose net effect (if any) will be to prolong it, we are undermining our own key interests.

Miss Israel Invited To Dine With President Obama

Posted 03.14.2013 | Style

Being a beauty queen comes with some major perks -- namely, getting to meet President Obama. Miss Israel, Ethiopian-born Yityish (Titi) Aynaw, has ...

Foxman: Obama Putting Too Much Weight On Solving Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Abraham Foxman, Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), gives an account of his meeting this week with President Barack Obama and other Jewish g...

Seth Colter Walls

Obama In Israel: Did He Drop "Change" From His Agenda?

HuffingtonPost.com | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Overall, the reviews have been stellar for Barack Obama's foreign trip. A fortuitous news cycle laid out the red carpet for the presumptive Democratic...

Israeli Newspaper Publishes Obama's Western Wall Note

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Israeli paper Maariv obtains the note Obama left at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and puts a photograph of it on its front page. The handwriting...

Obama Worked Hardest On Israel Trip For Jewish Voters

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Before embarking on a sprawling international trip that would take him to seven countries, two continents and two war zones, Sen. Barack Obama and his...

Sam Stein

Republican Jewish Coalition Official Spends Day Lying To Reporters About Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Suzanne Kurtz, communications director for the Republican Jewish Coalition, spent her afternoon knowingly misleading -- if not downright lying -- to r...