New Iran Moves Fuel Fresh Debate

As ‘drums of war’ beat, can talks gain traction?
03/05/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Just a day after Monday’s inconclusive U.S.-Israeli summit meeting aimed at forging a unified stance on Iran, the Islamic republic decided to open for inspection a secret military site believed key to its nuclear weapons program and the world powers agreed to restart talks with Iran aimed at ending that disputed program.

But the actions appeared to do little to salve those who fear Iran is determined to develop a nuclear bomb at all costs.

Any distance between them? President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at this week’s summit.

Bibi Netanyahu: On History and Its Abuse

All eyes were on Bibi Netanyahu yesterday as he delivered his AIPAC speech.  At times he was disarming, at others bellicose, both emphasizing that Obama has Israel’s back, but that if need be, Israel would go it alone.  “The purpose of the Jewish state is to secure the Jewish future,” he thundered. “That is why Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.”

Obama: Diplomacy Still Best Way To Stop Iran Nukes, But Military Option On Table

03/03/2012 - 19:00

President Obama said it was still possible to resolve Iran's suspected bid for a nuclear weapon through diplomacy, but added that a military option was still on the table and that containment was not an option.

"I firmly believe that an opportunity remains for diplomacy, backed by pressure, to succeed," Obama told the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference on Sunday in Washington.

Seven Of Obama’s 35 Campaign Chairs Are Jewish

02/21/2012 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- At least seven of the Obama campaign's 35 co-chairs are Jewish, including Alan Solow, a leading figure in the organized community.

Solow is identified on the list released early Wednesday morning as both a partner at the DLA Piper law firm and as a past president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Obama To Address AIPAC

02/20/2012 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama will address the annual AIPAC policy conference.

Obama will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on March 4, his spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.

The address comes a day before Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will also address the AIPAC conference.

The White House has intensified its Jewish outreach in recent weeks, ahead of what is expected to be a tough election. On Friday, Obama's chief of staff, Jack Lew, met with Jewish leaders in New York.

Obama, Netanyahu To Meet March 5

02/20/2012 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet early next month.

A meeting was expected, as Netanyahu is set to be in Washington to address the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on March 5.

In a statement Monday, the White House said the two leaders would meet the same day.

Touting Obama’s Jewish Creds

The president really wants American Jews to like him. But he can’t seem to overcome the perception he’s anti-Israel.
02/06/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Boca Raton, Fla. — President Barack Obama discredited the Goldstone Report critical of the way the Israeli military fought a war against Hamas in Gaza in December 2008.

President Obama at Yad Vashem in July 2008. A similar image is part of  a new video stressing his ties to Israel. getty images

Potential Good News For Obama On The Jewish Vote?

In news that will gladden the hearts of Jewish Republicans, the Pew Research Center came out with data today that shows a slide by members of the tribe toward the GOP.

Obama A Clear And Present Danger?

Assassination column an extreme example of Jews who see the president as sinister.
01/23/2012 - 19:00

When news outlets began reporting last Friday that the owner of the Atlanta Jewish Times had published an opinion column seemingly suggesting that Israel might be wise to assassinate President Barack Obama, condemnations rained from every corner of the organized Jewish community, and by Monday, the publisher announced that he was resigning his position and putting up his newspaper for sale.

Obama Names Orthodox Jew As Next Chief Of Staff

01/09/2012 - 19:00

President Obama named Jacob J. Lew,  an Orthodox Jew, to be his next chief of staff.

Lew will replace William Daley, who will be leaving at the end of the month.

Obama announced the personnel changes Monday at a press conference.

Lew is the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position and a post he also filled during the Clinton administration. He previously was Obama's deputy secretary of state.

President Obama congratulates his new chief of staff, Jacob J. Lew on Monday.
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