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Biden Downplays Tensions With Israel

Reuters | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

(Adds details) By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - Seeking to ease U.S.-Israeli tensions, Vice Presiden...

How to Deal With Iranian Expansionism

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

At the very moment that a nuclear deal with Iran is looking closer to reality, Iran is expanding its influence throughout the Middle East. To the Saudis, the Emirates and Israel -- all of whom see Iran as the greatest threat in the region -- this is a disturbing phenomenon.

Obama: Nuclear Deal Does Not Depend On Iran Recognizing Israel

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a nuclear deal between world powers and...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Strickland Leads Portman For Ohio Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

Ohio's 2016 Senate race looks competitive. Republicans nationwide prefer a candidate who avoids a no-tax-hike pledge. And wording matters more than us...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Half Of Americans Think The Nation's Relationship With Israel Has Weakened

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

A majority of Americans think the relationship between the U.S. and Israel has frayed, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds. Fifty percent say the rela...

Hillary Clinton's Safe Bet on Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

It would be easy to chock up Hillary's maneuver as politics during the beginning of her presidential campaign and call it day. But there's something more to it than that.

Restarting the U.S.-Israel Relationship Depends on Palestinians Too

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

As someone who was critical of several steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the campaign leading up to his reelection, particularly his decision to address Congress and his statement seeming to reject a Palestinian state, I am even more troubled by statements now coming out of the White House calling for a reassessment of policy toward Israel.

Jessica Schulberg

White House Chief of Staff Has Harsh Words For Israeli Leadership

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough brought a strong message to an American pro-Israel conference on Monday, telling a crowd of 3...

Jessica Schulberg

Ambassador Dan Shapiro Says U.S. Reevaluating Policy Toward Israel

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, reaffirmed on Sunday a potential U.S. policy shift toward Israel in light of Prime Minister...

Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Voting Rights Act

Rabbi Jonah Pesner | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jonah Pesner

The sad truth is that voting rights are not being celebrated or even protected as they must be -- in Israel or in the United States. As troubling as the prime minister's words were, they are reminiscent of the sentiments expressed in 2012 by then-Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

Netanyahu Tactics Anger Many U.S. Jews, Deepening A Divide

The New York Times | LAURIE GOODSTEIN | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

Long before the latest election in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu was a polarizing figure among American Jews. But even many of his supporters said this w...

Jessica Schulberg

Israeli Ambassador Skips Susan Rice's Speech at AIPAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, who orchestrated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech to...

Almost Half of Israelis and Americans Agree: Netanyahu Should Not Speak to Congress

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

Opinion can change, particularly as an event draws closer, so looking at polls of Israeli opinion in January and February may be misleading. That said, available polls show that while almost half of Israeli's oppose Netanyahu's address to Congress, the vast majority also say that it will not impact their decision at the voting box.

Netanyahu's Legacy: A Fractured Israel and a Divided America

James Zogby | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

In a few days, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will mount the podium of the U.S. Congress to speak before a joint session of the House and Senate. He will use the occasion to blast Iran and issue dire warnings about the current US-led negotiations designed to limit Iran's nuclear program.

The Tragic Tear In U.S.-Israel Relations

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Israelis must deny Netanyahu another term in office because should he win, his victory will demonstrate that they are following a blind shepherd who is systematically destroying Israel's vital relations with the U.S. at a time when Israel is in dire need of America's unmitigated backing.

Boteach's Choice

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Ben-Ami

The way that Mr. Boteach has jumped on my willingness to say "I'm sorry" is political gamesmanship at its finest - and I accept that from a partisan political hatchet-man. I find it far harder to accept such behavior from someone who self-identifies primarily as a spiritual leader of the Jewish community.

Israeli Police Say Settlers Attack U.S. Officials In West Bank

AP | PETER ENAV AND MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 03.04.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jewish settlers attacked American consular officials Friday during a visit the officials made to the West Bank as part of an invest...

Samantha Lachman

Controversial Israeli Bill Met With Weak Opposition From American Jewish Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A contentious bill that would prioritize Israel’s identity as a Jewish state over its democratic character has been met with limited o...

More to the US-Israel Spat Than Meets the Eye

James Zogby | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

The "conventional wisdom", as projected by some former U.S. officials and pro-Israel groups, is that Israelis will only make peace when they are given everything they want and feel secure. In fact, the opposite is true. It is only external pressure -- especially from the U.S. -- that historically has forced Israelis to make the right choice.

U.S. Accuses Israel Of Launching 'Misinformation Campaign' Against John Kerry

AP | MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest...

Washington Is Livid With the Palestinians

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Palestinian leadership is on the move. In politics, there is seldom simply one move. And unilateral moves always result in strong responses.

Why Israel Will Miss Ariel Sharon

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Sharon moved from being a warrior to becoming a statesman. In both capacities, Sharon was thinking and acting on behalf of his beloved Israel. Sometimes this meant strength and toughness. Other times it meant creative non-military decision-making.

Israel-U.S. Relations Deteriorate Over Iran

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics

JERUSALEM -- JERUSALEM (AP) — A pair of testy public exchanges this week appear to have undone whatever good will was created between the Israeli an...

Jewish College Kid on Bus Shows Me My Thinking on Israel Is Ridiculous

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 11.19.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

We started to talk, and after I told him I had been in Manhattan for the Jewish holiday, he said that he had been there for the same reason.

'He Shall Dwell In Isolation': Jonathan Pollard, Espionage And The International Jewish Community

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

The Israeli government and the international Jewish community should not be spending its precious time, energy and resources rallying for Pollard's release. Let him serve his sentence and then rejoin the community.