Barack Obama

Iran deal spat all about Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2016

Last weekend, 16 months after the Iran nuclear deal was signed in Vienna, the agreement sparked another angry exchange between Jerusalem and Washington.

While the flare-up ostensibly concerned US-Israel relations, it was more about internal Israeli politics.

The exchange began on Thursday with a speech by President Barack Obama at the Pentagon.


J Street 'took £400k to help Obama push Iran deal'

May 26, 2016

J-Street, the American liberal Jewish group, was given more than half a million dollars to promote President Barack Obama's controversial nuclear deal with Iran in the face of fierce opposition from Israel, it has emerged.

The group, which declares itself pro-Israel, was given the money by the Ploughshares Fund, the main organisation used by the White House to advocate for the deal.


Why Obama and Bibi wanted to make up for the camera

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2015

It was, said Benjamin Netanyahu after the two-and-a-half hour meeting with Barack Obama in the White House on Monday, the best meeting yet between the two leaders.

As they had not met for more than 13 months, and the intervening period had been one of the most difficult for the Israeli-US strategic relationship, the bar had been set quite low.


Bibi pledges commitment to two-state solution in meeting with Obama

By JC Reporter, November 9, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Barack Obama that he remains committed to the two-state solution and is interested in taking practical steps to calm tensions with the Palestinians in a meeting in Washington today.


Steven Spielberg ‘working on Obama film’

By Jessica Weinstein, August 17, 2015

Director Steven Spielberg is reported to be working on a film about President Barack Obama’s legacy.

Although Mr Obama still has over a year left in office, he has been in conversation with the Jurassic Park and Lincoln director about developing a “narrative” for the years after he leaves his post.


Royal snub signals US disarray on Iran

May 14, 2015

Last Saturday, White House officials were boasting about the significance of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's presence at a summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David, Maryland.


White House rethink on peace talks after Netanyahu election victory

By Rosa Doherty, March 18, 2015

The White House is concerned by what it said was "divisive rhetoric" used by Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli election campaign.

On Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu went back on his commitment to a Palestinian state and earlier promised to continue building settlements in the West Bank.


A brilliant piece of showmanship that won't change Obama's mind

By Tim Marshall, March 5, 2015

It was a tale told by an incumbent.


Was Netanyahu's speech worth it?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 4, 2015

What, if anything, did Benjamin Netanyahu achieve?


Bad Iran deal paves way to bomb, Netanyahu tells Congress

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation as he closed his speech at the US Congress today.

Mr Netanyahu warned about the nuclear threat posed by the Iranian regime and urged world leaders to maintain sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

He also spoke of the “remarkable alliance” between America and Israel, adding that “we share a common destiny”.