Barack Obama

Obama calls for a ‘meaningful’ deal with Iran at UN

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

US President Barack Obama welcomed the new Iranian government’s “moderate course” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly today.

He also called for a “meaningful agreement” on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear development and a resolution on the Syria chemical arms issue.

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Can Iran's President Hassan Rouhani seduce Obama?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2013

“Charm offensive” is the hackneyed phrase used in recent weeks to describe the intensive PR campaign being waged by Tehran on the Western media.

Small wonder that the office of Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not resist responding with a cliche of his own about Iran spinning the press and spinning centrifuges that enrich uranium.

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Netanyahu to meet Obama at the White House

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

US President Barack Obama will meet Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this month to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme.

The meeting, which will take place in Washington on September 30, is expected to address Iran’s uranium fields, the ongoing crisis in Syria and two-state solution peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

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CIA arms US-backed Syrian rebels

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2013

While the US-Russia deal to dismantle Syria’s chemical-weapons arsenal may have put the plans for a military strike on hold, there are signs that a clandestine campaign by the US to arm the rebels on the ground via the CIA is gaining pace.

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Michelle Obama visits Holocaust memorial in Berlin

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2013

American First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Holocaust memorial site in Berlin today.

Mrs Obama took her daughters, Malia and Sasha, 14 and 11, to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe as part of the family’s two-day visit to Germany.

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Is US envoy to UN a lady leopard with new spots?

By Jonathan Adelman, June 13, 2013

The recent announcement by the Obama administration of the appointment of Samantha Power as United States Ambassador to the United Nations has aroused consternation among many in the Jewish community.

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US considering arming rebels in Syria — despite Israeli warnings

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2013

for the first time, the US is considering arming rebel groups in Syria.

America’s toughening stance on the issue follows the reported use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.

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Steven Spielberg's 'Obama'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 29, 2013

A spoof video made by Barack Obama and Steven Spielberg for the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner.

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US-Israel ties factor in Boston bombing, says UN man

By Zoe Winograd, April 23, 2013

United Nations Human Rights official Richard Falk has picked out America’s relationship with Israel as one of the factors that create "blowbacks" such as the Boston bombing.

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Peace frozen on Kerry-go-round

By Alon Pinkas, April 18, 2013

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take Israelis and Palestinians long to declare with conviction that US Secretary of State John Kerry’s first “shuttle” trip to the region had failed. Conditions are “unacceptable” and the “obstacles are too big.” And this was before either was asked to do the fundamentally reasonable thing: compare maps delineating the two-state model.

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