Obama administration

Did Bibi Miscalculate?

03/09/2016 - 09:11

The news that Prime Minister Netanyahu will not be meeting in Washington next week with President Obama, with each blaming the other for the lack of contact, is another painful reminder of a vital relationship that went sour, and got much worse. One reason among many for that unfortunate reality was the perception in the White House that Netanyahu long ago threw in his lot with the Republicans, hosting Mitt Romney in Jerusalem when he was running for the presidency four years ago and, most notably, addressing Congress last March to oppose the nuclear arms deal in seeming defiance of Obama.

What Surprises Await Biden In Israel?

The Israeli government is touting tomorrow's visit by Vice President Joe Biden as an expression of the "strong relations" between the two countries.

This will be Biden's second trip to Israel since 2010 when he was blindsided by the announced of major settlement construction in annexed east Jerusalem at a time when the Obama administration was seeking a settlement freeze and trying to revive the peace process.

Why Israel Is Frustrated With American Jewish Leaders

Fringe Israeli voices that polarize and demonize our society are given legitimacy and resources in America.

01/27/2016 - 09:14
Special To The Jewish Week

In Jerusalem, I read Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Frustration With Israel Is Growing Here At Home” (Jan. 8), with my own sense of frustration regarding American Jews and Israel. I have regular conversations with North American Jewish leaders. Many of them take too many cues from the loud but marginal voices in Israel, getting a very distorted view of reality and missing the big picture. 

Gerald M. Steinberg

Obama’s Last Shot

01/06/2016 - 10:18

President Obama’s newly announced executive actions to reduce gun violence are woefully inadequate, but they are a start. And they represent a signal to the Republican-led Congress that inaction will not stand.

How Jewish Groups Got Spied On By Obama

What the controversy is all about and what may happen next.

01/06/2016 - 09:15

At first blush, it appears like a bombshell: The United States listened in on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s phone calls.

According to reports, the NSA eavesdropped on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials.

The Politics Of Additional Aid For Israel

After Bibi-Obama meeting, local Jewish House members weigh in on the road ahead.

11/09/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama Monday to “focus on how to go forward,” but some believe he should have also tried to make amends with Congressional Democrats — a view rejected by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Queens, L.I.).

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House on Monday. Getty Images

Dennis Ross Urges U.S. To Get Real On Mideast Life

The Arab states are more concerned about U.S. support for their own governments than Washington’s relationship with Jerusalem.

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

"Insanity," it is said, “is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Obama Administration Earmarks $12M For Holocaust Survivors

10/01/2015 - 20:00

Washington — The Obama administration has awarded $12 million for assistance to Holocaust survivors.

Holocaust survivors attending an event at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., honoring the victims of Nazi persecutio

Obama Names JCPA Chief To Faith Advisory Council

09/30/2015 - 20:00

 The outgoing president of the national Jewish public policy umbrella was named to an advisory council on faith and government.

HIAS, Reform Rap Obama Administration For Lowballing Syrian Refugees

09/23/2015 - 20:00

Two U.S. Jewish organizations said the Obama administration’s offer to absorb at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year was inadequate.

“Increasing the total number of refugees from 70,000 to 85,000 for next year and to 100,000 for the year after is a nice symbolic gesture,” Mark Hetfield, the president of HIAS, a Jewish group that assists in refugee resettlement and advocates for immigration reform, said Sunday in a statement. “It is a baby step in the right direction. But it is not leadership.”

The Reform movement also said in a statement Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed numbers did not meet the mark.

“The new admission numbers remain insufficient considering the scope of the crisis at hand,” said Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the director of the Reform’s Religious Action Center.

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