New Alliance Complicates Jewish Energy Policy Position

Little-known group pitching domestic fossil fuels, to consternation of some major Jewish players.
03/18/2013 - 20:00

Washington — On page 15 of the most recent edition of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association’s newsletter, beneath griping about perceived threats to the industry posed by President Obama’s tax and energy policies, was a nugget of positive news:

A delegation of the Council for a Secure America meeting in Jerusalem.Admon HaCohen, courtesy Council for a Secure America

VIDEO: White House Details Obama Mideast Visit

03/18/2013 - 20:00

The White House on Friday posted this preview of President Obama's Middle East trip this week, by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser.

Taken with a couple of major league newspaper pieces, it adds up to a White House quid pro quo bid to the Israelis: We'll make pleasant noises about the Jewish connection to the land, you make pleasant noises about peace.


Sequester Cuts To Israel Seen At 5 Percent

03/05/2013 - 19:00

The sequester is expected to cost Israel $155 million in defense assistance.

The sequester will affect funding that supports Israel's anti-missile Iron Dome system. Getty Images

Mood Shift At AIPAC

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Much has been written, here and elsewhere, about what was said at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington this week, attended by some 13,000 delegates, clearly the biggest pro-Israel gathering of its kind.

At AIPAC, Pledges Of ‘No Daylight,’ But Worries About The Gaps

VP Biden and others vow unyielding support for Israel, but would U.S. take military action against Iran?
03/04/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Israel is imperiled, facing an existential threat from Iran, caught up in a rapidly and dramatically changing Mideast that is becoming more dangerous every day, and fighting an insidious international delegitimization battle.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat of New Jersey, addresses AIPAC on March 5. Getty Images

Obama To Visit Israel In Spring, Says White House

02/04/2013 - 19:00

President Barack Obama will visit Israel for the first time as president this spring, the White House said.

AIPAC Calls For Review Of U.S.-Palestinian Ties

To date, laws passed by Congress would impose penalties on full U.N. membership, not non-member status.
11/29/2012 - 19:00

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a "full review" of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations.

Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, speaks at the U.N. on Nov. 29. Getty Images

To The President And Prime Minister: Thank You Both

11/29/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Now that the dust is settling, both literally and figuratively, from Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, it is an appropriate time to reflect back on that very difficult if brief campaign, and particularly on how it ended– at least for now.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik.

Who’s Creating ‘Daylight’ Now?

Netanyahu comes in for some criticism for meddling in U.S. election.
09/24/2012 - 20:00

Washington — In the U.S.-Israel relationship, “daylight” is back, but this time it’s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is being called on to draw down the shades.

Netanyahu’s recent sharp rebuke of the Obama administration’s Iran policies has drawn equally pointed pushback from Jewish Democrats.

Bibi Netanyahu’s implied criticism of President Obama reflects Israeli-U.S. tensions. getyy images
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