Obama administration

After Syria Airstrikes, Obama Says U.S. ‘Coordinates’ With Israel

05/07/2013 - 20:00

An airstrike on a military research center in Syria, the second attack on Israel’s northern neighbor in three days, is being blamed on Israel.

Arms Sale Complicates Iran Picture

U.S. says yes to refueling tanker planes, no to bunker-busting bombs.
04/23/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent and Staff Writer

Tel Aviv — The Obama administration’s announced arms sale to Israel this week has raised as many questions as it answers.

Chuck Hagel has reaffirmed Israel's right to defend itself. Getty Images

Who’s Creating ‘Daylight’ Now?

Netanyahu comes in for some criticism for meddling in U.S. election.
09/24/2012 - 20:00

Washington — In the U.S.-Israel relationship, “daylight” is back, but this time it’s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is being called on to draw down the shades.

Netanyahu’s recent sharp rebuke of the Obama administration’s Iran policies has drawn equally pointed pushback from Jewish Democrats.

Bibi Netanyahu’s implied criticism of President Obama reflects Israeli-U.S. tensions. getyy images

Bibi’s U.S. Rebuke Questioned With Election In Sight

Tough words on administration’s Iran policy; Obama denies request for meeting.
09/10/2012 - 20:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stinging rebuke of the Obama administration Tuesday regarding its policy towards Iran was seen by many observers as correct but impolitic — especially in the midst of an election campaign.

“Substantively he may be right, but politically he’s dead wrong,” said Alon Pinkas, a former Israeli consul general in New York. “This is too sensitive and important an issue to be reduced to statements in the media. It should be dealt with in discreet negotiations.”

Netanyahu: Blasts “international community” for not putting “red lines before Iran.”getty images

OU, JFNA Slam Obama Plan To Reduce Deduction Rate

02/13/2012 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two national Jewish organizations criticized a provision in the Obama administration’s federal budget proposal that would reduce the tax deductibility rate of charitable donations.

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and The Jewish Federations of North America both released statements Monday objecting to the president's proposal, which would force taxpayers earning more than $250,000 to deduct contributions to charities at a rate of 28 percent rather than the current rate of 35 percent.

Orthodox Groups Protest Federal Decision On Contraception

01/26/2012 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two Orthodox groups protested the Obama administration’s decision to require some religiously affiliated institutions to cover contraception as part of their employee health plans.

The Orthodox Union on Tuesday and Agudath Israel of America on Wednesday released statements criticizing the Jan. 20 announcement by the secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius.

Under the Affordable Care Act, employer-provided health insurance plans are required to include contraception and related “preventive” services for employees.

Obama, Jewish Groups Call For Firing Of U.N. Official

07/09/2011 - 20:00

The Obama administration, joined by U.S. Jewish groups, called for the United Nations to dismiss Richard Falk, its rapporteur on Palestinian rights, after he posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog.

Senate Confirms Dan Shapiro as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

05/26/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Daniel Shapiro as America’s next ambassador to Israel.

Shapiro was nominated to the post in March by President Obama. At the time he was serving as senior director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council. He had coordinated Jewish outreach for the Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

The president’s nomination of Shapiro was praised by a wide range of Jewish groups.

Senators Introduce Enhanced Iran Sanctions Bill

05/26/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Senators introduced an enhanced Iran sanctions bill matching one recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The crux of both bills is a ban on business with any entity that does $1 million in a single trade with Iran's energy sector, or $5 million over one year. The current threshold is $20 million in business per year.

New poll: tepid support here for active US peace role, skepticism about Arab Spring

An interesting poll in today's edition of The Hill.

On Israel, some 27 percent of voters surveyed by the Capitol Hill newspaper said this country is “too supportive of the Jewish state,” with 31 percent saying U.S. policy is not supportive enough – and 31 percent saying it's just “about right.”

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