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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.

Obama Ends Middle East Trip In Petra

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 05.23.2013 | World

PETRA, Jordan — President Barack Obama set aside the Middle East's tricky politics Saturday to marvel at the beauty of one of the region's most ...

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...

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.

Israel Closes Gaza Crossing After Rocket Attack

AP | Posted 03.22.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli military has closed a Gaza border crossing and restricted Palestinian fishermen in the territory after militants fired rocket...

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 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 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...

A Rare Look Behind The Scenes Of Obama's Israel Visit

AP | JULIE PACE and JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 05.21.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — President Barack Obama was interrupted by a heckler while giving a speech to an audience of Israeli university students, but he didn...

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 '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...

Obama: U.S. Will Do 'What Is Necessary' To Stop Iran Nuclear Weapons

AP | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- President Barack Obama is warning Iran that the U.S. will "do what is necessary" to prevent the Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. O...

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.