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Israel, Obama and the Realist's Dilemma

David Hazony | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
David Hazony

If realists are really as businesslike as they claim, then foreign policy ought to look something like investment. And while short-term profitability is clearly one important element in choosing which countries to support, another is stability.

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...

Be Careful What You Pray For: President Obama's Recent Trip to Israel

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Invoking the wisdom of Gandhi, Obama told the Israeli students that they must become and create the change they want to see. He could have also told them that Gandhi said, "in matters of conscience the law of the majority has not place."

An Honest Letter Could Help Free Israel's Spy in the US

Dan Raviv | Posted 05.24.2013 | World
Dan Raviv

Although there was no mention of Jonathan Pollard -- the American who spied for Israel and was sentenced to life in prison -- during President Obama's visit to Israel, Israeli leaders did call on Obama to release Pollard. And Obama refused.

Obama Can't Win on Israel

Ben Zweifach | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics
Ben Zweifach

For media as well as elected officials, supporting the opposition is prohibited... especially when you agree with it.

This Week's World Photo Caption Contest

Posted 03.24.2013 | World

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama made his first trip to Israel while in office. Plenty happened. The president pledged eternal support for Israe...

Why Americans Love Israel

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

David Ben Gurion once said that in Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles. The founders of our country were realists who believed in the miraculous power of democracy. Israel struggles every day to carry on that dream.

Obama's Hardball Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.23.2013 | World
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.

Obama's Gamble

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 05.22.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — In a landmark speech to young Israelis this week, the visiting U.S. President Barack Obama delivered an unorthodox appeal couched be...

Assessing President Obama's Trip

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

Now that President Obama is on his way back from his trip to the Middle East, its potential impact can be assessed. All in all it was a success, despite some pitfalls.

WATCH: If Obama Was On 'Arrested Development'

Posted 03.22.2013 | Comedy

President Obama's trip to Israel has inspired some pretty funny Onion articles, but this video manages to explain the importance of Obama's trip in a ...

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 To Focus On Syria In Visit To Jordan

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 05.22.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan — President Barack Obama warned Friday that an "enclave for extremism" could fill a leadership void in war-torn Syria, a chilling ...

President Obama's Address In Jerusalem: On Being Open And Honest

Ron Kronish | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

His speech was enthusiastically received by the more than 1,000 students, who want peace for their future. But if the president really wants to motivate the Palestinians to enter into genuine negotiations for peace with the Jewish state, he needs to give more than minimal lip service to Palestinian dreams and aspirations.

Obama Ends Israel Visit With Symbolic Stops

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.22.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- Wrapping up a three day visit to Israel, President Barack Obama paid respects to the nation's heroes and to victims of the Holocaust, sol...

Obama, Netanyahu, Patriots

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


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, Ronaldo, Israel and the Palestinians

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

For three days this week Israel is a state under siege. Jerusalem is almost paralyzed due to President Obama's visit, Tel-Aviv is still moving , but nearly choking with excitement, as the second best soccer player in the world, Christiano Ronaldo, arrived with the Portuguese national team to play lowly Israel.

Obama To Israel: Change Undertow Of Isolation

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 05.21.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Insisting "peace is possible," President Barack Obama on Thursday prodded both Israelis and Palestinians to return to long-stalled n...

Obama: Israeli Settlements Not Constructive

AP | Posted 03.21.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- President Barack Obama says he's told Israel's leaders the U.S. does not consider settlement activity in the West Bank to be co...

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.

Obama: Middle East Peace Possible, But Difficult

AP | Posted 03.21.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- President Barack Obama says a Mideast peace with two independent states is still possible but says it is difficult to achieve. ...

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 'Deeply Skeptical' Of Assad's Chemical Weapons Claim

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.20.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States is investigating whether chemical weapons have been deployed in Syria, but h...