Barack Obama

Obama Officials To Jewish Groups: New Sanctions Are 'Dangerous'

01/16/2014
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WASHINGTON -- Two top Obama administration officials urged Jewish groups not to back new Iran sanctions, calling them “dangerous.”

Gilad Shalit Appeals For Pollard's Release

12/30/2013
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Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit wrote an open letter calling on all Israelis to demand that the United States free Jonathan Pollard.

Israeli officials have said that the revelation over the weekend that the United States spied on at least two sitting Israeli prime ministers opens the door for Israel to demand the release of Pollard, who has served 29 years of a life sentence in a U.S. prison for spying for Israel.

Shalit: Seeks 'return gesture' for Israel's release of terrorists. Getty Images

ADL Raps Kanye West For 'Classic Anti-Semitism'

12/02/2013
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The Anti-Defamation League denounced recent comments by hip-hop star Kanye West as "classic anti-Semitism."

In a radio interview, West defended President Obama’s difficulty in passing his policies, saying “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.”

West made the comments on New York City’s 105.1 FM. The interview reportedly escaped notice until the Israeli daily Haaretz reported on it on Friday.

"There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government," said ADL national director Abraham Foxman in a statement.  "As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better.  We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.”

Kanye West, seen here at an Apple press event in September, once said people treated him like Hitler. Getty Images

Iran, Major Powers Achieve Interim Deal On Nuclear Program

Deal “a historic mistake,” Netanyahu says.

11/24/2013
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Iran and the major powers achieved an interim deal to freeze some nuclear activity in exchange for some sanctions relief.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, shakes hands with Secretary of State John Kerry Nov. 24. Getty Images

Obama Names Brooklynite Janet Yellen As Fed Chair Pick

10/09/2013
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President Barack Obama will appoint Janet Yellen as the nation's top banker today, according to press reports. Yellen, a Brooklyn native, would be the latest in a succession of Jewish Americans to chair the Federal Reserve System since 1987, and the first woman in its 100-year history.

Janet Yellen attended Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn.

Obama Administration: Shutdown Will Affect Military Aid To Israel

10/03/2013
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The Obama administration underscored potential cuts in defense assistance to Israel in making its case against the federal government shutdown.

Obama, Netanyahu To Meet At White House

09/18/2013
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President Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House to discuss the peace talks with the Palestinians and developments in Syria.

Michelle Obama And First Daughters Visit Berlin Holocaust Museum

06/20/2013
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First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha visited the Holocaust memorial in Berlin amid tight security.
Obama and her daughters spent about a half-hour Wednesday morning visiting the sea of 2,711 steles that comprise the memorial, according to Uwe Neumaerker, its director.

First Lady Michelle Obama and family visit Berlin memorial garden as President Obama met with German leaders. Marco Priske

After Airstrikes Against Syria, Obama Says U.S. 'Coordinates' With Israel

05/05/2013

An airstrike on a military research center in Syria, the second attack on Israel's northern neighbor in three days, is being blamed on Israel.

Syrian state media accused Israel of the early Sunday morning attack on what it identified as the Jamraya military research center, located about ten miles from the border with Lebanon. Israel attacked the center in January, U.S officials said at the time of that strike.

President Obama's Yom HaShoah Message

04/08/2013

I join people here in the United States, in Israel, and around the world in observing Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today, we honor the memories of the six million Jewish victims and millions of others who perished in the darkness of the Shoah. As we reflect on the beautiful lives lost, and their great potential that would never be fulfilled, we also pay tribute to all those who resisted the Nazis’ heinous acts and all those who survived.

President Obama tours Yad Vashem last month. Photo courtesy Yad Vashem
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