With Obama Trip Looming, New Realism Limits Options

The idea of ‘linkage’ of Israel-Palestinian conflict with wider problems is all but dead.

Special To The Jewish Week

President Barack Obama, entering his second and last term as chief executive, may be thinking about cementing his legacy. But whispers that he may seek to do it by brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace have the whiff of wishful thinking by those who would like to see it happen — and paranoia by those who don’t.

President Obama at the Western Wall in 2008, the last time he was in Israel. Getty Images

Obama: Pledge To Stop Iran Bomb


President Obama in a State of the Union speech focused mostly on domestic issues pledged to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb and to "stand steadfast" with Israel.

Obama To Visit Israel In Spring, Says White House


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

Bibi’s Choice: Work With Or Defy Obama


With a new Congress convening as Israel holds its national elections, it’s hard to miss the parallel narratives taking place in Washington and Jerusalem, and particularly between the Republican Party here and the dominant Likud Party there.

Round 2: Obama vs. Netanyahu


President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu are fated to enter Round 2 of their diplomatic slugfest next week,

Warning Signs For Israel In Vote

Narrowing base of support for Jewish state seen; coalition-building at risk as demographics shift.

Washington Correspondent

Israel could be a big loser in last week’s presidential and congressional elections — and not because of the re-election of a president whose middle name happens to be Hussein.

Obama’s new coalition includes young people, blacks, Hispanics and Asians. Can the Jewish establishment adjust? getty images

Behind The Curve

Old-school Jewish leaders need to replace instincts and anecdotes with numbers.

Editor And Publisher

“Moneyball” has entered the political scene, big time, and old-school Jewish leaders here and in Israel better take note.

President Barack Obama’s re-election ushered in a new era of successful, highly sophisticated campaigning that is certain to be duplicated in the future, replacing punditry and prognostication with the kind of mathematics-based analytics that the Oakland A’s front office used a decade ago to make the team competitive in the American League West despite low salaries for the players.

Gary Rosenblatt

‘That’s Where We Lost It’

With Israel not the wedge issue they anticipated, Jewish Republicans lick their wounds and brace themselves for Obama’s second term.

Associate Editor

“You called me to be menachem avel [comforting a mourner]?”

Such was the way Jeff Wiesenfeld, a Republican insider, answered the phone on the day after the elections.

The percentage of the Jewish vote went 69-30 for President Barack Obama, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. That left almost a third of Jewish voters wrestling with postmortems and what-could-have-been’s.

Fred Zeidman: “The Republican Jewish vote was up significantly, and I’ll bet a lot of that was a fear for Israel’s security and

"Who’s Best For Israel?" Not A Simple Question

When it comes to the election, American-Jewish attitudes are closer to those of Israeli Arabs than Israeli Jews.


If Mitt Romney is elected president next week, Bibi Netanyahu will finally exhale, with a sigh of relief. The Israeli prime minister can feel confident that he will not be pressured to make peace with the Palestinian Authority anytime soon.

But is that a good thing?

Romney Launches Foreign Policy Attack On Obama

Will his pivot from economy to Mideast issues move the needle in the Jewish community?

Staff Writer

Is it suddenly not the economy, stupid, but foreign policy?

With only 34 days left before Election Day, and after a campaign dominated by a sputtering economy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a new line of attack this week, leveling a strong critique of President Barack Obama’s policy in the Middle East.

But will it move voters in the Jewish community, for whom domestic and social issues tend to be paramount?

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Romney charged that the president “has allowed our leadership to atrophy.” Getty Images
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