Barack Obama

Amb. Oren tries to tamp down anti-Obama rage

 Reading Ron Kampeas' story on a pre-Rosh Hashanah interview with the Jewish press (which I missed, due to other commitments) I was struck by the dilemma Israeli leaders face in these days of unrestrained, unfiltered political animosity.

According to Ron, Oren said that “Obama often doesn’t get the credit he deserves in Israel.”

Michael Oren, Making the Case for Obama

09/12/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Michael Oren outlines what may be his toughest assignment: Making the case to a skeptical public for a leader who's hard to pin down.

Pitching Bibi to the Americans?

No, that's an easy one.

The real problem for the Israeli ambassador to Washington is how to make Israelis understand President Obama.

"Obama often doesn’t get the credit he deserves in Israel," Oren said in a pre-Rosh Hashanah interview with the U.S. Jewish media. "I think it’s important at some point that he visits us."

Obama to Rabbis: Securing Israel Critical for Peace

09/08/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama told American rabbis that securing Israel was critical to the peace process.

The president, in a 35-minute Rosh Hashanah call Tuesday with 600 rabbis of all denominations, said his administration's efforts to reassure the Israeli government of U.S. backing for its security helped bring about the renewed peace process.

The Obama administration in the past year has enhanced intelligence sharing and missile defense cooperation with Israel, and has taken the lead in isolating Iran until it makes transparent its nuclear program.

Obama Facing Jewish Left Backlash

09/07/2010
Washington Correspondent

As the midterm elections near, Jewish progressives, frustrated by what they see as President Barack Obama’s lack of leadership on a range of domestic issues — starting with the economy — may sit out the November congressional vote in large numbers.

The prospect of a backlash from Jewish liberals, which carries big political risks for the president, say observers, is his real “Jewish problem,” not the Jewish right’s criticism of his handling of the Israel issue.

President Obama with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Washington Peace Talks: Good for Israel, Good for the United States

09/02/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks launched this week in Washington and orchestrated by President Obama are good for Israel and good for the United States. At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama, Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas expressed their determination to make peace. Netanyahu turned toward Abbas and called him his “partner in peace.”

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein (and Casablanca's Victor Laszlo) Join Fight Against Mosque -- And what if Rauf's name was Hagee?

With Rabbi Haskel Lookstein coming out agaInst the location of mosque at Ground Zero (see his sermon below), I'm reminded of nothing less than Victor Laszlo telling Bogart at the Casablanca airport, "Thanks. And welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win."

Israeli-Palestinian talks impending: does Obama have something up his sleeve?

A major Israeli-Palestinian summit in Washington is only hours away, but you'd hardly know it by the sparse media coverage and the relative paucity of comment from an administration that is working hard to keep expectations in check.

Looking through my in-box, there are lots of statements and briefings from the White House and State Department – but only a smattering of news about the talks, which will begin at the State Department dinner on Wednesday night.

Jews Still Like Obama, But Approval Dips

08/30/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Nearly two-thirds of Jews still approve of President Obama's performance, but his approval numbers have dipped.

A Gallup Poll released last Friday of religious groups in the United States found that Muslims gave Obama the highest job approval rating, while Mormons gave him the lowest. Jews and those affiliated with other non-Christian religions gave Obama above-average ratings, as did those with no religious affiliation.

Israeli-Palestinian Preview: Who’s Coming to Dinner at the White House?

08/27/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The White House dinner on Sept. 1, prior to the official launch of renewed Palestinian-Israeli talks, will be key to outlining the contours of the negotiations.

"The dinner will help to restore trust," Dennis Ross, the Obama administration's top Iran policy official, said in a conference call last Friday with Jewish organizational leaders.

Unless, that is, it turns into a food fight.

Renewed Talks Seen Carrying Big Risks

‘Huge stakes’ for region, Obama administration if expectations unmet.

08/25/2010
Washington Correspondent

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet at the State Department next week for their first direct negotiations in 20 months, predictions of quick breakthroughs and swift progress will be in short supply.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell.
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