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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

Israel Apologizes To Turkey For 2010 Flotilla Incident

03/22/2013
Staff Writer

In a move that had apparently been carefully choreographed by the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu picked up the phone today and called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with an apology for the 2010 Israeli raid on a Turkish flotilla that killed nine Turkish citizens. Erdogan accepted.

Nine Turks died during the 2010 flotilla incident when they attacked Israeli soldiers boarding their ship.

Transcript: Obama's Prepared Remarks At Jerusalem Convention Center

03/21/2013

Shalom. It is an honor to be here with you in Jerusalem, and I am so grateful for the welcomethat I have received from the people of Israel. I bring with me the support of the American people, and the friendship that binds us together.

‘Take A Risk For Peace’

In major speech of trip, Obama expresses concerns over country's 'isolationist course" to audience of students in Jerusalem.

03/21/2013
Staff Writer

Although he was not specific, President Barack Obama revealed today that he has “suggested principles on territory and security that I believe can be the basis for [peace] talks” with the Palestinians.

Obama adresses Israeli students in the trip's major speech. Getty Images

VIDEO: White House Details Obama Mideast Visit

03/19/2013

The White House on Friday posted this preview of President Obama's Middle East trip this week, by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser.

Taken with a couple of major league newspaper pieces, it adds up to a White House quid pro quo bid to the Israelis: We'll make pleasant noises about the Jewish connection to the land, you make pleasant noises about peace.

 

Tim Boxer Meets Alan Dershowitz

03/11/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor and Jewish activist, came direct from the White House to the 15th anniversary banquet of the Brownstone organization at the Manhattan Center on March 7. He was part of a group of Jewish leaders who met with President Barack Obama prior to his first visit to Israel on March 20.

Alan Dershowitz at the Brownstone dinner in Manhattan after meeting Obama in the White House. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Is Mideast Peace Possible?

03/11/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

 The announcement of President Obama's forthcoming visit to Israel and the Palestine Authority in March presents an opportunity to review the status of the Peace Process between Israel and the P.A.  Right now the peace process is in a state of repose.  Both sides say they seek renewal of negotiations, but only Israel has offered to negotiate face to face on all issues without preconditions.

Kenneth J. Bialkin
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