Barack Obama

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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ADL enters row over 'offensive' sports team names

By Marcus Dysch, October 16, 2013

Sports teams with offensive nicknames or logos should consider changing their identity, the head of the Anti-Defamation League has said.

Abraham Foxman's comments were made as part of the long-running debate on whether the Washington Redskins American Football team should be renamed.

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Federal Reserve Bank chief nomination for Jewish woman

By Rosa Doherty, October 10, 2013

Brooklyn native Janet Yellen was nominated this week by President Barack Obama to take up the most powerful job in the world economy.

If her selection is approved by the Senate, Mrs Yellen, who is Jewish, will become the first woman to head the US Federal Reserve in its 100-year history.

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When it comes to Iran, facts get a rough ride

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2013

In the delicate diplomatic game going on between Washington, Jerusalem and Tehran, both in plain sight and beneath the radar, facts and official statements are important but the interpretation of those facts are of equal importance.

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Even military action will not remove the danger of Iran

By Azriel Bermant, October 10, 2013

It is understandable why Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used his UN address to warn the international community not to fall for the charm offensive of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

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Iran: we will investigate Amia attack

By Adam Feinstein, October 3, 2013

Iran has assured Argentina that it will honour an agreement signed earlier this year to shed light on the bombing of the Amia Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994, which killed 85 people and wounded more than 300.

Argentina has accused eight Iranians of being behind the bombing — including the former president, Ali Rafsanjani — and demanded their extradition.

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