Barack Obama

Obama reaches out to faith groups

By Nathan Guttman, August 28, 2008

Attempting to make inroads to the Jewish community and Christian evangelicals, the Democrats launched a drive to highlight the role of faith and religion during its convention.

The conference, in Denver, formed a first-ever "faith caucus" and featured discussions on the role of religion in politics which included Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders.

From left: Barack Obama; his wife, Michelle; Jill Biden; and Joseph Biden

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Obama highlights faith and religion at Democratic convention

By Nathan Guttman, August 27, 2008

Attempting to make inroads to the Jewish community and Christian evangelicals, the Democrats launched an effort to highlight the role of faith and religion during its convention.

The conference, in Denver, formed a first-ever "faith caucus" and featured discussions on the role of religion in politics which included Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders.

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Obama gets a kosher boost

By Dana Gloger, August 21, 2008

US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has promoted his adviser on Jewish and Middle East issues to the position of senior policy adviser and Jewish outreach coordinator.

Daniel Shapiro's appointment has been hailed as an increased effort by Democrat Mr Obama's campaign team to court America's Jewish vote ahead of the country's November general elections.

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Obama fires up the Israeli public

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2008

Senator Barack Obama may or may not be elected the 44th President of the United States in November, but this week in Israel he received a welcome to match that of many heads of state.

The Democratic candidate reciprocated in kind by saying almost everything possible to allay Israeli and Jewish fears of his election.

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Obama to visit Israel and PA

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2008

US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is scheduled to receive a red-carpet reception when he arrives in Israel and the Palestinian Authority next week on a whirlwind visit.

The exact date of Mr Obama’s visit is being kept a secret for security considerations also related to his planned visit to Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Analysis: Why the senator is really in the MidEast

July 17, 2008

Senator Barack Obama will be travelling to Israel and the Palestinian Authority next week to meet Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem, and President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. He will be well received by both sides, but the parties will be confused by the comments he made regarding the fate of Jerusalem and his overall approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Obama to visit Israel for talks

By Nathan Guttman, July 4, 2008

Seeking to bolster his standing on foreign relations and to prove his strong ties with Israel before the November elections, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has announced plans to travel to the Middle East this summer.

Mr Obama will visit war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop in the Middle East for talks in Jerusalem and Amman, and drop in on three European capitals: London, Berlin and Paris.

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How Jewish is Barack Obama?

June 12, 2008

So Hilary Clinton has finally admitted what the rest of us have known for weeks now. Barack Obama is going to be the Democratic candidate in this year’s US presidential election. So is he Jewish?

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Obama woos Israel lobby

By Nathan Guttman, June 5, 2008

The largest-ever conference of pro-Israel activists convened in Washington DC this week. It took a political flavour as presidential candidates used the event to tout their pro-Israel credentials and tried to court the Jewish community for support in the coming November elections.

The main message sent out by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) focused on the need to take tough measures against Iran. Presidential hopefuls followed suit, promising to increase pressure on Tehran, if and when elected to the White House.

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Why President Obama could be good for Israel

By Daniella Peled, June 5, 2008

A more involved US president might boost the peace process

Barack Obama has so far managed to defy one expectation after another. He has come from being a virtually unknown greenhorn to defeating Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate. And he may yet become America’s first ever black president, as well as one of its youngest.

So would President Obama repudiate the whispering doubts about his pro-Israel and Jewish-friendly credentials that have accompanied his campaign?

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