Barack Obama

Obama Remark Misinterpreted, Cantor Spokesman Says

11/15/2010

(JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor's promise that the new GOP majority will "serve as a check" on the Obama administration was "not in relation to U.S.-Israel relations," his spokesman said.

Brad Dayspring told The Washington Post Monday that the comment last week by Cantor (R-Va.), the putative leader of the House of Representatives, to visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been misinterpreted to refer to Israel.

Obama's communications gap and U.S.-Israel military cooperation: what's wrong with this picture?

JTA reported yesterday that the Obama administration plans to store an extra $400 million in military equipment in Israel – stuff Israel can use in the event of emergency. Included in the arsenal: smart bombs “and other precision weaponry.”

By 2012, the total inventory of weapons stored in Israel will reach $1.2 billion.

Let me see if I've got this right.

Israeli Housing Plans Counterproductive, Clinton Says

11/10/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Israeli plans to build additional housing in eastern Jerusalem is counterproductive to peace talks.

Clinton made the statement Wednesday during a joint video conference with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, in which she announced that the United States would give an additional $150 million to the Palestinian Authority.

She is scheduled to meet Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York.

In A Divided Government, Forging A Centrist Agenda

11/09/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

The tectonic plates of power underneath the nation’s capital are radically shifting in the wake of the 2010 midterm elections. Everyone in Washington — from the White House to industry associations to public interest groups and more — is still assessing the fate of the issues they care about in light of the new lay of the land, and the Jewish community is no exception. The good news is, for many of the issues that we care about, the shift from one-party rule to divided government offers opportunities, albeit with challenges, too.

East Jerusalem housing, the State Department and the Three Stooges

What is it about Joe Biden and East Jerusalem housing announcements?

The Israelis did it again on the eve of the Vice-President's meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the results were as predictable as a Three Stooges script: the Israelis announced plans for more than 1300 new apartments (the bonk on Biden's head), the State Department  reflexively emitted a shopworn protest (the poke in the eye), commentators commented (picture Curly woob-woob-woobing) and then everybody went about their business.

Cheap talk about an expensive Iran war

While Iran is signaling once again that it's interested in talks about its nuclear program, a prominent U.S. senator thinks he has the answer for dealing with the threat: bomb the heck out of them.

After Electoral ‘Shellacking,’ Obama ‘Unwavering’ on Peace

11/05/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama’s commitment to Middle East peace talks is “unwavering,” even after crushing midterm elections, a top aide said.

More on Tuesday's election, the expected GOP wins and Obama Middle East policy

Since last week's story on the issue I've had a lot more conversations about the impact of tomorrow's election and likely GOP gains on the Obama administration's Middle East agenda. But talk doesn't necessarily lead to illumination.

Jewish hawks and doves are pretty much divided in parallel ways.

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