Barack Obama

Netanyahu’s Election Decision: He Needs His Own Etch-a-Sketch

10/16/2012 - 20:00

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given in to the temptation he has felt all this year, to shatter the gridlock in his sprawling, multi-party cabinet by calling an early election for January 22.  If he can win a bigger majority in the Knesset, he can handpick more of his own ministers.

That election date comes about four months before Netanyahu’s deadline for a fateful decision on how to stop Iran’s steadily advancing uranium enrichment – the “red line” he drew with a magic marker at the United Nations in New York two weeks ago.

Dan Raviv

Romney Blames Obama For 'Daylight' With Israel In Second Debate

10/16/2012 - 20:00

Mitt Romney accused President Obama of putting "daylight between us and Israel" in the second presidential debate.

Responding to Obama's pledge to investigate the circumstances of an attack that killed four U.S. diplomats in Libya last month, Romney assailed Obama's overall foreign policy record, and pivoted to the president's at-times strained relationship with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Obama: A President Of Vision And Values

10/11/2012 - 20:00

Jewish voters know the scene well. Politicians show up at our synagogues, community events and Jewish homes for the aging—all talking up “Jewish values,” all trying to speak the language of the Jewish community.

This election season, we are seeing more of the same. Yet the trick for our community and congregations is to decipher who really means it. It is to judge our political figures not by how well they can pronounce certain Hebrew terms, but how effectively they act on our shared values.

Don’t Risk Israel’s Security On Obama’s Words

10/11/2012 - 20:00

“Americans who support Israel should take the president at his word,” wrote Haim Saban recently in the New York Times, claiming President Barack Obama is fully committed to the Jewish state.

But is that true? Should we take him at his word?

No, not when Israel confronts the threat of nuclear annihilation by Iran.

Obama, Netanyahu Talk About Iran

09/29/2012 - 20:00

Israel and the United States are in "full agreement" on preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, the White House said after a conversation between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the president reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security," a White House statement said. "The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

Obama Defends Relationship With Netanyahu On 60 Minutes

09/23/2012 - 20:00

President Obama defended his handling of tensions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a "60 Minutes" segment that contrasted his style with Mitt Romney's.

The segment on Sunday featuring separate interviews played like a prelude to the debates next month between the two candidates for the presidency.

Romney, the Republican candidate, targeted Obama for turning down Netanyahu's request for a meeting with both leaders in New York this week to address the U.N. General Assembly.

Koch Is 'Pissed' At Obama Over Israel

Shortly after he backed the Republican in a tight Brooklyn/Queens race for Congress a year ago, saying President Obama needed a message on Israel, former Mayor Ed Koch shifted gears and endorsed the president’s election.

AIPAC Thanks Leaders, Including Obama, For 'Steadfast' Support Of Israel

09/18/2012 - 20:00

In a rare statement and at a time of sharp Republican criticism of President Obama's Israel record, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee thanked elected leaders including the president for "steadfast" support of Israel.

Democrats, Republicans and The Jewish Community

09/05/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have officially entered into the silly season of American politics.  The truth, of course, is that nothing about it is silly; quite the opposite.  But once the candidates are formally nominated and the campaign reaches its most intense stage, truth tends to take a leave of absence, hyperbole reigns, and promises are handed out like crisp one dollar bills.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.
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