Barack Obama

Obama in new drive to win Jewish votes

By Ellen Tumposky, July 7, 2011

With the Jewish vote emerging as a key battleground in the 2012 election, prominent Jewish supporters of President Obama are mounting a campaign to win more Democrat votes from the American Jewish community .


Obama: The Middle East needs new tactics

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2011

US President Barack Obama has stressed that the US and Israel must try new tactics to create peace in the new Middle East landscape.

Addressing a crowd of Jewish supporters at a fundraising dinner, he said: “Both the United States and Israel are going to have to look at this new landscape with fresh eyes. It's not going to be sufficient for us just to keep on doing the same things.”


Obama honours Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

By Nissan Tzur, June 2, 2011

Us president Barack Obama took part in a wreath-laying ceremony in Warsaw Ghetto last Friday to honour the Jews who fought and died in the uprising there in 1943.


Will Obama help carry Jews away from AIPAC?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, June 2, 2011

Is support for Israel in the US becoming the private domain of Republicans? Would this spell trouble for Jewish organisations like AIPAC?

The unprecedented departure from the bipartisan consensus on Israel that US President Barack Obama has undertaken since he came to power has raised this issue among Jewish Democrats.


Is Obama to blame for the lack of progress? NO

By Uri Dromi, May 26, 2011

Now that the parade of speeches by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu is over, the question is: after listening to all this rhetoric, are we Israelis better off?


Is Obama to blame for the lack of progress? YES

By Robin Shepherd, May 26, 2011

One of the great problems of being a European-style leader in an American setting, is that you do actually live and work in America. In essence, that is the nature of the paradox faced by Barack Obama. Most of his instincts, especially on foreign policy, are European. Most of the political realities he has to deal with are American.


'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.


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.


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.


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.