Shalom. It is an honor to be here with you in Jerusalem, and I am so grateful for the welcomethat I have received from the people of Israel. I bring with me the support of the American people, and the friendship that binds us together.
Tel Aviv — When Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party emerged as the surprise No. 2 finisher in Israel’s January parliamentary elections, it was widely hailed as a sign that the policies of Israel’s government were poised to moderate on Israeli-Palestinian relations.
The White House on Friday posted this preview of President Obama's Middle East trip this week, by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser.
Taken with a couple of major league newspaper pieces, it adds up to a White House quid pro quo bid to the Israelis: We'll make pleasant noises about the Jewish connection to the land, you make pleasant noises about peace.
Jerusalem — On Tuesday, Rosh Hodesh Nissan, members of the group Women of the Wall and their supporters gathered, as they do at the start of every Jewish month, at the back of the Western Wall’s women’s section.
As the new Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took shape this week, one the eve of President Obama’s first visit to Israel, a prominent political science professor voiced concerns that, counter to most expectations, it would shift to the political right.