Barack Obama

Peace Now spoils Bibi's US party

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

The venerable Israeli left-wing organisation Peace Now has lost a lot of its steam in recent years.

The failure of the Oslo process and other diplomatic initiatives has led to public apathy over the group's efforts to push for a two-state solution.

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Obama's gamble: that Saudis hold firm to prevent Mid East collapse

By John R Bradley, September 5, 2014

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah issued a dire warning at a reception for foreign ambassadors last week. "I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: fight terrorism with force, reason and speed," he said, claiming that the jihadis will launch attacks throughout Europe and the US within months if left unchecked in Syria and Iraq.

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Obama picks rabbi as faith ambassador

By Simon Rocker, July 31, 2014

American President Barack Obama has turned to one of the world's leading Reform rabbis to be his advocate for religious freedom across the world.

Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Centre, the American Reform movement's social action and justice arm, was nominated this week as an ambassador-at-large.

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Obama has given Hamas free rein

By Dovid Efune, July 3, 2014

Hours after news broke that the three Israeli teenagers - including an American citizen - had been murdered, Ofir Akunis, Deputy Minister in the Office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told me that the slayings were a "direct result" of the formation of the Palestinian unity government - or "terror government", as he put it.

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Miliband hires Obama's election guru

By Daniel Easterman, April 18, 2014

One of Barack Obama’s closest advisers has been hired by Ed Miliband to devise a new election strategy for the Labour Party in the 2015 elections.

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Obama calls on Abbas to take risks for peace

By Daniel Easterman, March 18, 2014

US President Barack Obama met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House yesterday, telling him he must take much greater political risks in order to break the deadlock surrounding the latest round of peace talks.

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Zuckerberg plea to Obama over online surveillance

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

Barack Obama received a call this week from disgruntled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Jewish-American tycoon, 29, phoned the US president to complain about excessive governmental surveillance on the social media site, which has 1.2 billion users across the globe.

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Palestinian President Abbas in talks with Obama

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive at the White House on Monday for a potentially crucial meeting with US President Barack Obama on the future of the talks with Israel. The deadline for the end of the current stage of the talks is at the end of the month and American mediators have so far failed to deliver a frame agreement to launch the next stage of negotiations.

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Economist pulls ‘hurtful’ and ‘outrageous’ cartoon

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

The Economist has removed from its website a cartoon which appeared to show Barack Obama shackled by an Israel-controlled US Congress.

There had been immediate criticism of the cartoon from Jewish and pro-Israel groups in the United States.

The image was used to illustrate an article which investigated the possibilities of a deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

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President Obama: we have to try diplomacy

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

US President Barack Obama made an effort last weekend to reduce the tensions between his administration and the Israeli government over the interim agreement signed three weeks ago with Iran.

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