Obama administration

Bibi: Jerusalem Building, Peace Unconnected

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he sees no connection between peace and building in eastern Jerusalem.

Netanyahu made the comment after President Obama, during an official visit to Indonesia, cautioned that such building is “never helpful.”

Obama was asked to react to Monday’s announcement of the approval of the construction of 1,000 new units.

Window Closing on Peace, Kerry Says in Israel

11/10/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Though there are "real opportunities" for a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, the window is closing, U.S. Sen. John Kerry warned.

Could Election Change Iran Calculus?

Reading the midterm tea leaves, from the GA in New Orleans to Washington.

11/09/2010
Washington Correspondent

President Barack Obama’s mounting political woes after last week’s “shellacking” in midterm congressional elections may indirectly lead to greater U.S. flexibility on the issue of Israeli military action to stop its nuclear program.

Some analysts say an administration committed to stopping Iran from going nuclear — but whose options may be even more limited after a big Republican victory based heavily on voters’ economic anxieties — may choose to let Israel take care of the problem.

Surprising Element Of Opening GA Plenary Didn’t Come From Biden

New Orleans -- Vice President Joe Biden was the ideal Administration representative to address the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America at its opening plenary here on Sunday, and he handled the role with enthusiasm.

The speaker who followed him didn’t fit the Federation-cheerleader mold, offering a careful blend of support and critique in his presentation.

Biden at G.A.: U.S.-Israel Ties ‘Unbreakable’

11/08/2010

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) – Vice President Joe Biden called the U.S.-Israel bond "unbreakable" in a speech to thousands of Jews at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.

Speaking at the opening plenary of the annual federations conference in New Orleans, Biden said that despite tensions that may seem to exist between the Obama administration and Israel, the tensions do not imply a weakening of ties between the two countries.

Rouse speaks to Jewish leaders

11/02/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama's new chief of staff reached out to Jewish leaders.

Pete Rouse, who replaced Rahm Emanuel, spoke Oct. 28 in a conference call with an array of Jewish leaders.

Some leaders complained Monday to JTA that the call held little substance; the only two Jewish speakers were from Chicago and are admirers of Obama.

Rouse established close relations with Jewish leaders when he was chief of staff to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), the majority leader from 2001 to 2003.

Election 2010: The Jewish Republican View

Time to change course.

10/27/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Recent polls have shown a higher-than-usual interest in this midterm election, with large early-voting turnouts and strong opinions among likely voters about issues like the economy, health care, and Israel. There is a deep sense that this election matters.

RJC executive director Matthew Brooks

The unilateral Palestinian statehood gambit: isn't this a rerun?

Jewish leaders are suddenly in a frenzy about the possibility the Palestinians may go to the United Nations and seek approval for a unilateral declaration of independence, and well they should be; such a move would put Israel in an impossible position without doing anything to really resolve the conflict.

But haven't we seen this movie before?

Obama administration: asleep on issue of religious coercion in the military?

One thing I don't get about the Obama administration: why isn't it using its authority to clean out the religious fanatics who have made big inroads in using the U.S. military as a coercive mission field for evangelical Christians?

U.S. to Sell F-15 Fighter Jets to Saudis

08/09/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States plans to sell F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, but made clear to an anxious Israel that it won’t include long-range weapons systems.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the Obama administration said it would sell 84 F-15 planes to Saudi Arabia in a 10-year, $30 billion deal.

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