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Obama And Netanyahu To Meet In New York

09/17/2011 - 20:00
JTA

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are set to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

Netanyahu is scheduled to arrive Wednesday in New York for the General Assembly meeting. He told his Cabinet Sunday that he will meet with Obama, as well as other world leaders, upon his arrival.

White House National Security Council spokesman Ben Rhodes confirmed the scheduled meeting to reporters over the weekend. Obama is not scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to the White House.

Ex-Mossad Chief: US-Israel Cooperation 'Never Better'

Military, intelligence and security cooperation between Israel and the United States has never been as strong as it is today, Ephriam Halevy, the former Mossad director, told a meeting of Israel Policy Forum in New York on Monday.

Drawn To Ground Zero

Every New Yorker has a 9/11 story, and mine is rather unremarkable.

I was driving my kids to school and turned on the usual pop radio station, but there was no music. A plane had struck the World Trade Center. By the time I dropped off my son Zack at school, the second plane had struck. By the time I dropped off my youngest, Jacob, then barely a year old, at my in-laws, the first tower fell. By the time I reached Yeshiva Of Flatbush to drop my daughter off, the world was in full-blown terror-attack panic.

The last remnant of the twin towers, one week after 9/11.

Sneak Preview! Amos Oz's New Book

On October 20, Amos Oz's latest book--his 14th--will get released in the United States. But it's been out for at least a month in England, and the reviews have been strong.  The word is that it's a moving, sparely written short story collection dominated by a sense of loss.

9th CD Race: Dueling Statements On Eilat Terror Attacks

Since support of Israel is a major issue in the race to succeed Anthony Weiner in Congress, I thought it might be interesting to post today's statements on the Eilat terror attacks from Republican Bob Turner and Democrat david Weprin. (Turner first by alphabetical order.)

Weprin (right) and Turner

Tightening The Syria Noose

After weeks of ratcheting up the criticism and pressure, President Obama has finally explicitly called for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to resign. He intensified sanctions on by freezing all assets of the regime under American jurisdiction and imposing other tough measures, but he ruled out “foreign intervention.” 

Amb. Oren Attends White House Ramadan Dinner

08/11/2011 - 20:00

Israeli ambassador Michael Oren attended the annual White House dinner celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Wednesday dinner was an "iftar," when observant Muslims break their daylight fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Along with Oren envoys from some 35 nations with significant Muslim populations were present, as well as members of the American Muslim community.

In a note on Facebook, Oren noted that three years ago he was the first Israeli ambassador to attend the White House dinner and was "deeply honored."

Weprin Associate Reports Threat As House Race Heats Up

 A consultant and former aide to Democrat David Weprin, who is running in a special election to succeed former Rep. Anthony Weiner, received a threatening voice mail saying "your says are numbered," according to the New York Observer. The paper's political blogger, Azi Paybarah, said he heard the message after it was forwarded to him by the consultant, Mary Simon, a former finance director of Weprin's campaign.

Gallup: Jews Still Solidly Back Obama

The latest Gallup poll shows a "solid majority of Jewish Americans still approve of Obama," and they may be his most loyal segment of the population. President Obama's Jewish approval level was 60 percent in June, about 14 points above the general public. Among Jewish Democrats his rating was 85 percent, compared to 51 percent among observant Jews, who attend synagogue at least once a week and tend to be more conservative than most other Jews.

How Obama Can Assure Israelis

07/04/2011 - 20:00
Editorial

We are pleased to see the report this week that President Obama plans to visit Israel. It’s about time.

According to The Jerusalem Post, U.S. Ambassador to Israel James Cunningham told Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin that the president “wants to visit Israel and will do so.”

No date was mentioned, but the ambassador said the trip is on the president’s agenda.

Some say the trip is being timed to pressure the Palestinians not to push for a United

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