Barack Obama

Obama: Israelis Should Soul-Search About Seriousness On Peace

03/02/2011
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) – President Obama reportedly urged Jewish communal leaders to speak to their friends and colleagues in Israel and to “search your souls” over Israel's seriousness about making peace.

In an hourlong meeting Tuesday with about 50 representatives from the Jewish community’s chief foreign policy umbrella group, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Obama reiterated the U.S. commitment to Israel, according to statements from both the White House and Conference of Presidents.

Obama meets the Jews: interpretation is everything

JTA is reporting that a delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations met with President Obama on Tuesday and that the meeting went well, with Mr. Obama expressing his undying commitment to Israel's security and the assorted Jewish leaders proclaiming themselves satisfied – at least on the record.

U.S. Supports Israel’s Security, Obama Tells Jewish Leaders

03/02/2011

(JTA) -- America opposes efforts to de-legitimize Israel, President Obama told a 50-member delegation of Jewish leaders during a White House meeting.

Obama met Tuesday with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Rahm Emanuel Elected, Will Be Chicago's First Jewish Mayor

02/23/2011

(JTA) -- Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago.

Emanuel garnered 55 percent of the vote in a five-way race on Tuesday, becoming the city's first Jewish mayor.

The election was the first time in 20 years that incumbent Mayor Richard Daley did not appear on the ballot.

Because Emanuel received more than 50 percent of the vote, he will become mayor without the need for a runoff election in April.

Obama set to name new ambassador to Israel

This just in: sources here confirm a Politico report that Dan Shapiro, a top White House Middle East adviser, will be the new U.S. ambassador in Tel Aiv.

What the U.S. veto at the U.N. means

Does it matter much that the Obama administration vetoed a UN Security Council resolution labeling Israel's settlement activity illegal? Naturally, it depends on who you ask, but my answer is: probably not.

Mostly, it strikes me as an action by an administration that has concluded – rightly or wrongly – that the current status quo is the best it can hope for in the Middle East.

Obama Taps Rudman, Grossman for Key Diplomatic Posts

02/17/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration has tapped veteran Jewish diplomats Mara Rudman and Marc Grossman for senior posts.

President Obama said Wednesday that he is nominating Rudman to the top State Department post administering assistance to the Middle East through the U.S. Agency for International Development.

For Washington, lose-lose UN settlements flap

Update: the always thorough Ron Kampeas debunks the claim from the Republican Jewish Coalition and echoed by others that "the United States has historically opposed U.N.

The Budget Battle's Victims

02/17/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Though the coming battle over the 2012 budget will be waged across line items on spread sheets and political talking points, those most affected will be real people with real problems. 

Above it all looms the ballooning deficit and a new Congress replete with members from both sides who campaigned on cutting spending and lowering the budget. In such an atmosphere, the decisions facing the President are not easy ones: how to make the investments in our future and protect those suffering because of poverty and the recession while not contributing to the deficit.

Jewish Groups Worry Over Domestic Budget Cuts

02/15/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups expressed concerns about proposed Obama administration cuts in poverty assistance, but praised the U.S. budget for preserving aid to Israel.

The White House's proposed budget, released Monday, projects cuts in programs such as heating for the poor and in blocs of money funneled to the states for social programs, and increases funding for education and for "clean energy" development.

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