Barack Obama

Maybe it's not a good time for an Obama visit to Israel, after all

An interesting item yesterday by Jerusalem Post blogger Shmuel Rosner, who  analyzes some of the wreckage of last week's Netanyahu-Obama meeting.

Poll: D.C. Trip Sends Netanyahu's Popularity Soaring

05/25/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's popularity has risen dramatically following his Washington trip, according to a poll.

Some 47 percent of Israelis polled believe Netanyahu's trip to the United States was a success and some 10 percent viewed it as a failure, the new Haaretz poll found.

Doomsday talk about Obama and Israel

Like so many others, I've been intrigued by the California radio preacher and his gullible flock who predicted doomsday on May 21, and are now engaged in furious rationalization to explain why they were right even though the world seems to be continuing on its merry way.

Who won the Netanyahu-Obama showdown? How about 'nobody?'

 People keep asking me: in a frenzied few days of speech making, lobbying and diplomacy in Washington, who came out on top – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or President Barack Obama? (see my story on the week's events here.)

’67 Borders Flap Deepens Rifts

Broad Jewish center being ‘bombarded’ in wake of Obama speech.
05/24/2011 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

Washington — In the corridors of the Washington Convention Center, the buzz among more than 10,000 charged-up pro-Israel activists at this week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference was all about new U.S.-Israel tensions in the wake of President Barack Obama’s call for Israel-Palestinian negotiations based on the 1967 borders — with land swaps — and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s angry response.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left, President Barack Obama right.

Bibi Opts For Confrontation

Prime minister, at AIPAC, revives call against ‘indefensible’ borders.
05/24/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had an excellent response to President Barack Obama’s major speech on the Arab world and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. But it came two days too late, and the net result is another hasbara disaster for Jerusalem.

Gary Rosenblatt

An Insider's Look At AIPAC Conference: Just Me And 10,000 Other Attendees

Along with The Western Wall in Jerusalem and the ice sculptures at swanky Passover hotels' lunch buffets, the annual AIPAC conference in Washington surely must rank as one of the Seven Wonders of The Jewish World.

After Obama at AIPAC: do his critics have a plan? (And does the President?)

 Numerous Republicans have hit President Obama for his call for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations based on the 1967 borders with mutually agreed land swaps - an explicit way of stating what has been implicit in U.S. policy since Bill Clinton's administration.

Which leads to the question: exactly what are the critics for?

Do they support those in Israel and the small minority in the American Jewish community who say Israel has a right to the West Bank and Gaza and should not give them up, period?

AIPAC Likes Obama’s Clarification On ‘67 Lines

05/22/2011 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it "appreciated" President Obama's clarification that he did not expect Israel to return to its 1967 lines.

"In particular, we appreciate his statement that the U.S. does not expect Israel to withdraw to the boundaries that existed between Israel and Jordan in 1967 before the Six-Day War," the pro-Israel lobby said in a statement released after Obama delivered a speech Sunday to its annual policy conference.

Hamas Response to Obama Speech: Still Won’t Recognize Israel

05/22/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Hamas condemned President Obama's AIPAC speech, saying it will not recognize Israel despite the United States president's demand.

The Obama administration is "not a friend to the people of the region," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the Ma'an Palestinian news service.

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