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Obama To Reform Jews: No Administration Has Done More For Israel

12/17/2011
JTA

President Obama told a gathering of Reform Jewry not to let anyone challenge his record of support for Israel, which he said was "unprecedented."

"No U.S. administration has done more in support of Israel's security than ours -- none," he said in an address Friday afternoon to more than 5,000 people at the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism. "Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. It is a fact."

The crowd at a hotel in the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington gave him a standing ovation.

GOP Hopefuls -- Minus Ron Paul -- Address Republican Jewish Coalition

12/08/2011

Appearing with five fellow candidates at a Republican Jewish Coalition forum, Newt Gingrich called for “a dramatically rethought strategy for the Middle East.”

Where Are The Good Candidates For President?

12/01/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I am not among those who routinely dismiss President Obama’s presidency as a failure, nor do I count myself among those who see him as an enemy of Israel.  I regard him as a good and honorable man- a thoughtful man- who was swept into office on the wings of his great oratorical skills.  In so doing, he carried on his back the desperate hopes of an American people, fearful that the economic meltdown of 2008 was destroying the way of life that they had come to know, and depend on.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

The Ravitch Switch: Searching for Answers to the Radical Transformation of Education Critic Diane Ravitch

Ever since her fierce polemic against the school reform movement, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” which came out last year, Diane Ravitch has become a ubiquitous voice in the raging education debate.  It is not only because her writing is so cogent and ostensibly fact-driven, but also because her striking transformation—from one-time school reform champion, to sudden critic—that she has turned many heads.

The Ravitch Switch: Searching for Answers to the Radical Transformation of Education Critic Diane Ravitch

Ever since her fierce polemic against the school reform movement, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” which came out last year, Diane Ravitch has become an ubiquitous voice in the raging education debate.  It is not only because her writing is so cogent and ostensibly fact-driven, but also because her striking transformation—from one-time school reform champion, to sudden critic—that she has turned many heads.

Dennis Ross Leaving White House

11/10/2011

Dennis Ross, the top Obama administration Middle East strategist, is leaving the White House.

The White House on Thursday confirmed reports that Ross was set to leave by the end of the year.

Obama’s Real Jewish Problem

Progressives, pro-business voters may be more in play than expected, as GOP presses Israel issue.

11/08/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

President Barack Obama may have a Jewish problem when he runs for a second term a year from now, but it’s not the one most pundits identify and it has nothing to do with Israel.

Will liberal voters, disillusioned with President Obama, stay home next November. getty images

Diplomatic Impugn-ity: The Press And The Bibi Slam

11/08/2011
Staff Writer

Bloggers and columnists had a field day Tuesday after a French photo agency reported that French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Barack Obama had privately exchanged disparaging remarks about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I cannot stand him; he’s a liar,” Sarkozy is said to have told Obama.

The French Website “Arret sur Images,” said Obama replied: “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!”

Sarkozy and Obama, above, give Netanyahu the business in private comments.

Obama To Address Reform Biennial In DC

10/28/2011

President Obama will address the Reform movement's biennial.

The Union for Reform Judaism said Thursday that Obama would address the Dec. 14-18 policymaking conference at a location in the greater Washington area, and the White House confirmed that the speech would take place.

Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Reform movement's Religious Action Center, has advised Obama's White House on a number of issues, particularly those related to the intersection of faith and public policy.

"We've Got Your Back," Panetta Tells Israel

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Israel this week to deliver some critical messages -- we've got your back covered so don't be afraid to make peace, and don't attack Iran.

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