Barack Obama

'AIPAC created a logistical masterpiece'

By Jonathan Arkush, May 26, 2011

One runs out of superlatives when describing this event. Huge screens beamed down shots of all-American couples explaining why Israel was important to them. The hall was easily large enough to take the 550ft Washington monument lying on its side.

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It's stalemate - and time is running out

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama have at least one thing in common. It would be hard to find two more accomplished orators on the international stage.

They instinctively read their audiences, are masters of the pregnant pause and the seemingly spontaneous quip, and expertly milk multiple standing ovations.

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Obama was bold

May 26, 2011

There has been something surreal about the past week's speechmaking in the US by the Israeli Prime Minister and the US President. And not simply the fact of each of them making two key Middle East speeches in so short a space of time.

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Gene Simmons reacts to Obama's Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011
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Rock star Gene Simmons, the Israeli-born son of a Holocaust survivor, discusses President Obama's call for a return to 1967 lines.

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Obama: 1967 lines would 'account for changes'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

Barack Obama has clarified what he meant by his call for a two - state solution along 1967 lines with mutually agreed land exchanges.

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Barack Obama's Middle East speech in full

May 20, 2011

Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you. Please, have a seat. Thank you very much. I want to begin by thanking Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark -- one million frequent flyer miles.

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Mixed response to Obama's '1967 lines' Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

President Barack Obama's call for a Palestinian state along 1967 lines has been met with mixed reaction from politicians and Jewish groups.

In a speech on the direction of US policy in the Middle East on Thursday, President Obama said a Palestinian state should be based on those lines with "mutually agreed swaps".

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Barack Obama's Middle East speech: Israel, Palestinians must take bold steps

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama has warned the Palestinians that efforts to delegitimise Israel will end in failure but also called on Israel to also take "bold action" towards peace.

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Obama to Middle East: Israel diversion will not work

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

President Obama has vowed that America will continue to stand up for Israel and seek peace between Israel and the Arab world.

Speaking during his eagerly-anticipated address on the direction of his Middle East policy, the President said that the US would "keep our commitments to friends and partners".

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President Obama makes Middle East speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama has begun his eagerly anticipated speech on the Middle East

The president, who will meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tomorrow in the White House, heralded "a new chapter in American diplomacy".

In his opening remarks, he referred to the blow America had dealt to al-Qaida with the death of Osama bin Laden, and US progress in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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