Barack Obama

Obama to visit Israel and PA

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 18, 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.


Analysis: Why the senator is really in the MidEast

July 18, 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.


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.


How Jewish is Barack Obama?

June 13, 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?


Obama woos Israel lobby

By Nathan Guttman, June 6, 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.


Why President Obama could be good for Israel

By Daniella Peled, June 6, 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?


Obama's liberal Jewish fools

By Melanie Phillips, May 30, 2008

American Jews are so intent on voting anti-Republican that they are trying to elect an anti-Israel Democrat

Are American Jews the equivalent of chickens voting for Shabbat?

They have persuaded themselves that Barack Obama is a friend of the Jewish people, because Obama put his hand on his heart and swore
undying friendship to the state of Israel.


Obama out to prove pro-Israel credentials

By Nathan Guttman, May 23, 2008

As Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama moves toward securing his party’s nomination, attacks on the candidate’s views on Israel and the Middle East are intensifying.

Mr Obama, who is now on a collision course with President George Bush and with Republican nominee John McCain over his more equivocal policy on Hamas and Iran, has made a point of answering every attack and of increasing his effort to prove his pro-Israel credentials to the US Jewish community.


Obama: Israel promise

May 16, 2008

Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama moved to reassure US Jewish voters about his support for Israel. “You will not see, under my presidency, any slackening in commitment to Israel’s security,” he told The Atlantic magazine. A new survey found that 61 per cent of Jewish voters would choose Mr Obama over Republican hopeful John McCain, with 32 per cent of the Jewish vote. However, most Jews still support Hillary Clinton.


AJC praise by Obama pastor

May 2, 2008

The former pastor of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has praised Jewish leaders. Reverend Jeremiah Wright, accused of likening Israeli policies to apartheid and blaming the US for bringing the September 11 terror attacks on itself due to its foreign policy, made a point of publicly thanking Melanie Maron, an American Jewish Committee leader, and “my good friend and Jewish author Tim Wise”.