U.S.-Israel relations

Focus On The Tunnels, Kerry Tells Netanyahu

07/18/2014

Washington — Expressing concern about civilian casualties, U.S. State Secretary John Kerry said Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip should be a “precise” one, targeting Hamas tunnels.

Netanyahu Among 13 Leaders Obama Calls Post-Election

11/09/2012

-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of 13 world leaders that President Obama called to thank for congratulatory messages following his reelection.

"In each call, he thanked his counterpart for their friendship and partnership thus far and expressed his desire to continue close cooperation moving ahead," the White House said Thursday in a statement.

In his own statement, Netanyahu said he told Obama that his reelection was "a vote of confidence in your leadership."

Rules Of Jewish Political Engagement

Over the course of history, Jews would operate in the public sector adopting various political behaviors.

In contemporary times, several of these competing ideas remain in play, influenced by different elements of Jewish experience and practice. Five of them are being introduced here:

Obama And Netanyahu To Meet In New York

09/18/2011
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.

Lawrence Eagleburger dead at 80

Former Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger, who enjoyed particularly good relations with the pro-Israel establishment in Washington, died on Saturday at the age of 80.

Eagleburger took over as acting Secretary of State after the 1992 resignation of James Baker III, who left to honcho George H.W. Bush's unsuccessful campaign for a second term .

White House Posts Defense of its Israel Policies

06/05/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The White House website posted a defense of President Obama's Israel record, and several prominent Jewish Democrats penned Op-Eds defending his policies.

"President Obama: Advancing Israel's Security and Supporting Peace," which appeared online on Friday, addressed the controversy over the president's call in a May 19 Middle East policy speech for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to based on 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps.

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

05/27/2011

(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.

Poll: D.C. Trip Sends Netanyahu's Popularity Soaring

05/26/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's popularity has risen dramatically following his Washington trip, according to a poll.

Some 47 percent of Israelis polled believe Netanyahu's trip to the United States was a success and some 10 percent viewed it as a failure, the new Haaretz poll found.

Who won the Netanyahu-Obama showdown? How about 'nobody?'

 People keep asking me: in a frenzied few days of speech making, lobbying and diplomacy in Washington, who came out on top – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or President Barack Obama? (see my story on the week's events here.)

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