Barack Obama

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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Not clear that Obama has drive to fix MidEast

By Jonathan Cummings, April 11, 2013

After four years in the White House and two inquisitorial presidential election campaigns, what Barack Obama really thinks about foreign policy is still an open question.

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Obama leaves sweet taste, but little more

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 28, 2013

President Barack Obama’s high-profile, 48-hour visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority last week appeared to end on a low-key note.

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In full: President Obama’s speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Transcript of President Barack Obama's speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem - March 21 2013

“Well, it is a great honor to be with you here in Jerusalem, and I’m so grateful for the welcome that I’ve received from the people of Israel. Thank you. I bring with me the support of the American people - and the friendship that binds us together.

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Israel apologises to Turkey for Gaza flotilla deaths

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2013

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly apologised to his Turkish counterpart for the deaths of Turkish citizens in the Gaza flotilla incident.

Mr Netanyahu is said to have called Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shortly before US president Barack Obama left Israel on Friday afternoon.

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Encouraging trip

March 21, 2013

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has done to President Obama what it has done to all of his immediate predecessors: taken up much energy and produced nothing.

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Obama urges Israelis to push leaders on peace

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

President Barack Obama has told Israelis and Palestinians to demand their political leaders take greater risks to ensure peace.

On the second day of his tour of Israel, Mr Obama spoke of the need to build trust, because "peace is possible".

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US is taking a carrot and stick approach to Israel

By Amir Mizroch, March 21, 2013

At the exact moment that US President Barack Obama landed in Israel on Wednesday, both Palestinians and Israelis announced that they were establishing new outposts.

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Obama to Israel: ‘We stand together’

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 21, 2013

He was barely off the plane before he ticked all the necessary boxes.

Right from the start, Mr Obama spoke about the connection between the modern state of Israel and the Jewish people who lived in the same land “more than 3,000 years ago”. This was not just an opening pleasantry.

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