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Obama's Second Term and His Middle East Legacy

Lara Friedman | Posted 03.18.2013 | World
Lara Friedman

President Obama has a choice of two options and two potential legacies. He can act decisively and save the two-state solution, or, he can take shelter in well-worn excuses and let it die.

Obama's Alleged Netanyahu Criticism Spices Up Israeli Election

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2013 | World

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Long-strained ties between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama sprang to the fore of Is...

'If I Am Only For Myself, Then Who Am I?'

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

A dangerous confluence of circumstances has developed in recent years. The pro-Israel community has lost its moral compass. It has done so by valencing "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?" to the exclusion of "And if I am only for myself, then what am I?"

Jews Lose By Ceding Israel To GOP

Shai Franklin | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Shai Franklin

Why should Jewish concerns factor into President Obama's choice of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be his new Secretary of Defense? For too many American Jewish leaders, the answer is self-evident, as is their assumption that Israeli hardliners and U.S. Republicans are -- by default -- safer and better for Israel than any given moderate or liberal.

Are the U.S. and Israel Heading for a Showdown?

Ira Chernus | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Ira Chernus

While the Obama administration has acceded to the imagery of knee-jerk support for whatever Israel does, no matter how outrageous, behind the scenes its policies are beginning to look far less predictable.

Obama's Cynicism on Israel and Palestine

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 01.30.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Israel's hysteria and America's arm-twisting against the resolution gave the Palestinians a victory, a victory that the United States and Israel both elevated to historic proportions.

Obama and Netanyahu Are in Lock-Step Agreement: Will That Continue? Should It?

Dan Raviv | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Dan Raviv

The prime minister's political foes still hope that Obama will wreak revenge. Perhaps, they say, the Gaza crisis will motivate America's leader to announce a bid for Israeli-Palestinian peace that would expose Netanyahu as an opponent of peace.

Lucia Graves

John McCain: Bill Clinton Should Negotiate Peace In Middle East

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

Sen. John McCain suggested on Sunday that the White House should send former President Bill Clinton to spearhead peace talks between Israelis and Pale...

Obama: U.S. 'Fully Supportive Of Israel's Right To Defend Itself'

Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Sunday said that the U.S. is "fully supportive of Israel's right to defend itself." The comments were made during his vi...

Obama Talks Gaza With Israeli, Egyptian Leaders

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 01.16.2013 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama spoke separately to Israeli and Egyptian leaders Friday night as violence escalated in Gaza and Israel signa...

Second Term Israel Policy: Same Old, Same Old

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 01.12.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

President Obama gave his first signal over the weekend that his policies toward Israelis and Palestinians will be the same in his second term as it was in the last three years of the first. He will do Prime Minister Netanyahu's bidding.

Election 2012: Schadenfreude With a Smile

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

I'm not thrilled with President Obama's victory. Still, I have to admit that Mitt Romney's loss left me with at least a half smile on my face. Mostly it's a result of schadenfreude, one of the baser human emotions, I admit. But I just can't help it.

Top Israeli Newspaper Throws Weight Behind Obama

Eline Gordts | Posted 11.02.2012 | World

With four days to go until the U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama has won the support of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. In an editorial publ...

Obama and Israel: The Record, the Facts

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Steven L. Spiegel

The critics are simply wrong. Obama has been an exceptional supporter of Israel where it counts -- on the hard-core security and diplomatic issues that provide assistance and protection in a very dangerous region.

Now on to Victory and the Reelection of President Barack Obama

Ed Koch | Posted 12.23.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

Whatever I can do to help reelect President Obama and provide him with a majority in both houses of Congress so as to end the gridlock in Washington, D.C., I will do. I urge all other voters to do the same.

The US-Israeli Defense Treaty?

Barry Lando | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Barry Lando

Mr. President, could you explain why America's security is dependent on a treaty between Egypt and Israel?

Neither Obama or Romney Will Go to War for Netanyahu

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

In a night of full-court pandering to Binyamin Netanyahu, Mitt Romney would not give Netanyahu what he most wants: permission to bomb Iran knowing that we would automatically come in too.

Barack Obama: U.S. Will Stand With Israel If Attacked

Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOCA RATON, Fla. — President Barack Obama says the United States will stand with Israel if it's attacked. Obama said d...

No More Excuses for Bibi

Lara Friedman | Posted 12.10.2012 | World
Lara Friedman

Nobody can seriously argue that Bibi's policies haven't been tremendously harmful to Israel and to the cause of peace. For this, it is absolutely right to blame Bibi, and to approach the possibility of a new Bibi-led government with serious concerns.

No, I love Israel More!

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.10.2012 | College
Michael Shammas

As in previous debates, the candidates will strive to surpass one another on two criteria. First, who can bash China the most? And, second, who loves Israel more? For many, whoever scores highest on these scales will be the "winner." What a tragedy.

Andrea Stone

Oy Vey! What Jewish Republicans Are Giving 'Volunteers' To Make Calls For Mitt

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Jewish Coalition on Thursday began offering "volunteers" who work the phones in key battleground states "awesome thank-yo...

President Obama's UN Speech: A Must-Read for Supporters of Israel

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Especially in light of a new heavy-handed $6.5 million ad campaign by the Republican Jewish Coalition, all voters who are concerned about President Obama's position on Iran or continued U.S. support for Israel should -- no, must -- read the address he delivered to the UN General Assembly.

Campaign 2012: Playing the Israel Card

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

A dangerous situation has developed and it's surprising that it hasn't gotten more notice. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to influence the 2012 presidential election by garnering votes for his friend, Mitt Romney.

Secure America Now Uses Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu To Attack Obama

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

Even though Bibi Netanyahu recently decried the use of his name in election-year politicking, the Israeli prime minister is the subject of a new ad by...

Who Is the Client State?

Stanley Kutler | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Stanley Kutler

Exactly which regime change does Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have in mind -- Iran's or that of the United States, specifically with the ascent of his old/new pal Mitt Romney to the White House?