White House

Who’ll Blink First?

The Israel lobby and the White House stare each other down over Iran and its rhetoric.

02/04/2014 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Soon after the ill-fated Oslo agreement was signed between Yasir Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin on the White House lawn in 1993, the PLO leader began speaking in Arab countries of “jihad,” explaining how, according to Islamic tradition, truces could be signed as a means of lulling one’s enemies before conquering them.

Gary Rosenblatt

White House Names Envoy For Holocaust Survivors

01/27/2014 - 19:00

The Obama administration named a special envoy to the Holocaust survivor community.

Aviva Sufian, a staff member at the Health Department’s Administration for Community Living, will be the special envoy for U.S. Holocaust survivor services, a White House announcement said Friday.

Biden Meets Israel’s Finance Minister

10/14/2013 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Yair Lapid, the Israeli finance minister, met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other top U.S. officials.

Power's Interventionism Gets Mixed Reviews In Pro-Israel Crowd

Samantha Power brings to foreign policy an activist impulse that many in the pro-Israel community wish was more prevalent among American diplomats.

Except Power, a former White House National Security Council staffer nominated this week by President Obama to represent the United States at the United Nations, also has directed her interventionist inclinations at Israel.

VIDEO: White House Details Obama Mideast Visit

03/18/2013 - 20:00

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.

 

Russian Speakers Get The White House Treatment

Meeting is first visit of its kind for diverse group of Jewish émigrés; election-year politics in the air.
08/13/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

Leaders of New York’s Russian-Jewish community attended a White House meeting last week with their eyes wide open. They knew that election-year politics might have influenced the invitation, several members of the delegation said.

Alan Krueger, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, addresses members of the Russian-Jewish community.

A Presidential Blessing

06/05/2012 - 20:00

 Last week, I had the honor of sitting at a table with the President of the United States in the Roosevelt Room at The White House.  President Obama and his Chief of Staff, Jacob Lew, wanted to hear from Conservative rabbis from around the country.  It was a meeting I will remember for the rest of my life.

Rabbi Daniel Greyber at the White House.

White House Reassures Jews As It Readies Iran Offer

Administration emphasizes that sanctions will remain.
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Washington — The differences between the U.S. and Israeli positions on Iran’s nuclear program are about to become very clear, and the Obama administration is reassuring the Jewish community that the divide is not so vast.

Administration officials in a meeting Monday with Jewish communal leaders emphasized that they will be steadfast in upholding one key Israeli demand: That sanctions not be sacrificed to the negotiating process. Iran won’t get relief just for showing up for talks, the officials said.

Vice President Joe Biden, left, with Presidents Conference’s Malcolm Hoenlein and Richard Stone. Joshua Roberts

White House Petitioned For Jailed Brooklynite

Jacob Ostreicher, held in Bolivia on suspicion of money laundering; Hikind joins cause.
05/07/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

There have been a few newspaper and television stories about the arrest and imprisonment in Bolivia of Jacob Ostreicher of Brooklyn on suspicion of money laundering. But now his wife, Miriam Ungar, has decided to publicly press for his release through an online petition that asks the White House to intercede on his behalf.

One of Ostreicher’s grandchildren holds a sign during a recent protest. Yehuda Meth

Obama Adds Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright To Freedom Medal List

04/26/2012 - 20:00

Madeleine Albright, Bob Dylan, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski will be among 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The list was released Thursday. President Obama had previously announced that he was set to confer the medal on Peres, the Israeli president, and Karski, the late Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to document the Nazi genocide.

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