U.S.-Israel relationship

White House’s New Jewish Liaison Comes With Experience Fighting Anti-Semitism

05/12/2016 - 11:42

Washington — The White House named as its new Jewish liaison a former State Department staffer who worked to combat anti-Semitism worldwide.

Chanan Weissman, center, speaking with Jewish Federations Washington director William Daroff, and Jordan Hirsch.JewishIsider.com

Helping Israelis And Palestinians Build A Grassroots Peace

03/17/2016 - 11:33

Advancing two states for two peoples, a Zionist necessity, has never been more urgent.   Those of us who share this vision must find concrete and effective vehicles to support its fulfillment.  One way is to constantly encourage Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make progress toward peace, and to press for the United States to play an active facilitating role. Equally important, we should seek opportunities to build positive Israeli-Palestinian engagement at the grassroots level.  A true and lasting peace requires genuine reconciliation between peoples, not just the signatures of leaders on treaties.

Martin J. Raffel

4 Times Obama And Netanyahu Got Along That ‘Frontline’ Skipped

01/07/2016 - 12:16

PBS’ “Frontline” aired “Netanyahu at War” last night, and there’s a lot of social media buzz about the nearly 2-hour documentary, which chronicles Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s career and then veers into his relationship with President Barack Obama.

Screenshot. Via youtube.com

Disagreements Behind Them, Obama And Netanyahu Get Down To Business

11/09/2015 - 19:00

Washington – It took agreeing to set aside differences on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get down to business on other issues afflicting the region, including the threat of Islamist extremism and the rise of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama meeting at the White House, Nov. 9, 2015. JTA

Two First-Steps To Repair The U.S.-Israel Relationship

Bipartisan actions can raise the costs to the Iranians of destabilizing behavior in the region.

09/24/2015 - 20:00

The Congressional debate surrounding the Iran nuclear deal proved to be very divisive and ultimately, the White House prevailed. Now it’s time for a bipartisan effort to begin the healing process between Washington and Jerusalem.

David Makovsky

Ann Coulter Slammed For Profane Tweet On Jews In GOP Debate Commentary

09/16/2015 - 20:00

Washington — Conservative columnist Ann Coulter used an epithet to describe Jews in expressing frustration with pledges by candidates to support Israel during a Republican debate.

Ann Coulter has drawn outrage for her tweets on Jews and Israel in commenting on the Republican debate. JTA

19 Dems Urge Kerry To Make Detained Palestinian Children A Priority

06/23/2015 - 20:00

Washington — Nineteen House Democrats signed a letter urging the Obama administration to make Israel’s treatment of imprisoned Palestinian minors a priority in the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Poll: Most Israelis See A Crisis In U.S.-Israel Ties

12/15/2014 - 19:00

Washington — The majority of Israelis believe there is a crisis in U.S.-Israel ties and that the Netanyahu government has harmed the relationship, according to a new poll.

Ebbing Support For Israel Among Key Groups Stirring Alarm

08/06/2014 - 20:00

Washington – If the results of a recent focus group and polls are any indication, the gap is growing between Congress and young Americans when it comes to support for Israel.

The Meta Idea Of Israel

01/05/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

There is probably no more cliché way to open a speech or article about Israel than to say something like “These past few weeks and months have been difficult ones for Israel.”  It’s cliché because one would be hard-pressed to think of a time when that was not true.  Rarely are we afforded a time to focus on the glories of Israel, which are many, and not the problems that seem to plague it from all angles and directions.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.
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