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Obama Will Dive Into Foreign Policy On First Full Day | Michael D. Shear and Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President-elect Barack Obama will plunge into foreign policy on his first full day in office tomorrow, finally freed from the constraints of tradition...

Whatever it Takes

Diane Perlman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Perlman

President Obama, please lead us in healing wounds, compensating losses, and using principles of restorative justice rather than punitive approaches. Time doesn't heal wounds, people do.

Israelis Line Up For Pizza Obama

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jan McGirk

Right on cue for the inauguration, Israelis are starting to warm to the new leader of the free world. I spotted this harbinger of Pizza in the Middle...

Gaza and the Obama Effect -- Ending the War

Daniel Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Levy

It might be pushing the envelope to call Obama the peacemaker here, but it's hard to deny that his impending entrance to the world stage has an effect.

Obama Vows To Tackle Gaza Crisis Immediately After Inauguration | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama, who has focused mostly on the nation's economic travails, says he will appoint a team immediately after hi...

As Gaza Rages, The West Bank Takes Quiet Steps Forward | Matt Beynon Rees | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM -- The gleaming new governor's office for the Salfit district of the northern West Bank is typical of Palestinian government buildings. Be...

Obama Breaks Silence On Gaza, Express Concern For Civilian Casualties

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, breaking his silence about the Gaza war, expressed deep concern on Tuesday about civilian de...

Why Aren't More Americans Dancing To Israel's Tune?

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Blumenthal

The surprising trend in American opinion on Gaza may be because the same pundits who are cheerleading Israel's assault once sold the occupation of Iraq, and with a nearly identical set of arguments.

Progressive Jews Tested By Gaza Crisis

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the Israeli bombardment of Gaza enters its fourth day, there is no shortage of tests. The wisdom of Israeli strategy is being tested. The resilienc...

Gaza Clouds Obama's Prospects

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

Clearly, Hamas and its hard-line supporters in the region reject the goal of an Israel at peace with its neighbors and secure within its boundaries.

Israel's Barak Cites Obama While Defending Gaza Offensive

Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Facing catcalls from Arab lawmakers, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a stormy Knesset session on Monday that the operation in Gaza will be "widened a...

Sam Stein

Progressive Jews See Potential Conflict With Obama Over Gaza | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The flaring of tensions and violence in the Gaza Strip has created more than just another sensitive foreign policy crisis for Barack Obama to juggle. ...

Gaza Crisis First Test For Obama

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza worsens, numerous news organizations have looked at how the crisis will challenge President-elect Bar...

Sam Stein

Axelrod: Obama Understands Israel's Urge To Respond | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of Barack Obama's chief spokesmen repeated on Sunday that it would be counterproductive for the president-elect to weigh too deeply into the crisi...

Sam Stein

Jewish Groups Convene For Obama Transition Meeting | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

High-ranking officials with Barack Obama's transition team met for roughly two-and-a-half hours with a wide range of Jewish groups that encompassed ne...

Seismic Diplomacy

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Carmichael

Like a seismic tremor before a volcanic explosion, the pressure for peace in the Middle East is ratcheting upwards on the diplomatic Richter Scale.

The Right to Be Hopeful

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hagai El-Ad

Being the director of an Israeli human rights organization, I'm excited by the possibility that this may indeed be a time for "opportunity and unyielding hope."

Obama Means End Of "Blank Checks" For Israel: Clinton Ambassador

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Israel can no longer expect "blank cheques" from Washington once president-elect Barack Obama's administration takes over in January, a former US amba...

Arabs Should Act Now -- Not Wait for Obama

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

We must acknowledge that when Obama takes the oath of office on January 20th, he is likely to find a rather unappetizing situation laid out before him in the Middle East.

No Apologies to Coulter, Hannity, et al.

Marc R. Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marc R. Stanley

It seems that some are more motivated by their reactionary anti-Obama feelings than their support for maintaining historic the crucial bipartisan support for Israel in America.

How the World Sees Obama's Election

Martin Savidge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Martin Savidge

When it comes to seeing the world change and history made one of the best seats from which to watch is the anchor chair... and this week what a view.

Rashid Khalidi: The Republicans' Latest Smear of Obama

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

What may indeed be behind these right-wing campaigns is not derailing Obama's almost inevitable election as president, but limiting his policy options after he becomes president.

Much Ado About Nothing

Rep. Robert Wexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Robert Wexler

Don't let scurrilous emails, ugly insinuations and wishful thinking distract you from the larger reality: the Jewish community is behind Barack Obama.

Obama Camp: Robo-Calls? Feh! Try Rabbi-Calls!

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Why Obama Would Be Better on National Security than McCain

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven L. Spiegel

If Obama is far more likely to resolve the current crisis, which is widely accepted polls tell us, then he can provide a critical national security function which McCain cannot.