Barack Obama

Barack who? Aipac pow ers on

By Jonathan Arkush, March 7, 2013

The threat of Iran developing a nuclear weapon dominated the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), which was attended by a record 13,000 participants from every state in the US, and a number from other countries.

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With Hagel on side, Obama looks set for Middle East scrap

By Jonathan Cummings, February 28, 2013

President Obama’s nominee for Defence Secretary, former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, has been confirmed by the Senate, ending several weeks of deeply acrimonious hearings in Congress.

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Israel licenses US oil drilling in Golan Heights

By Ray Filar, February 22, 2013

Israel has granted a United States energy company a licence to drill for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, in a move that may stir up tension with neighbouring Syria.

The permit allows Genie Oil and Gas exclusive petroleum exploration rights over a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights.

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Barack Obama to speak ‘directly to Israeli people’

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

President Barack Obama’s whirlwind visit to Israel next month will be full of symbolism and pomp — but there is little expectation that the trip will yield any diplomatic substance.

The president, however, is expected to “directly” address the Israeli nation.

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Obama is set to visit Israel and Bibi is talking peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2013

The announcement on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will visit Israel next month has added to the speculation that the peace process could be restarted in the wake of the Israeli elections.

In his speech this week at the swearing-in of the new Knesset, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasised Israel’s interest in peace.

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President Obama to visit Israel and 'reaffirm deep bonds'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 6, 2013

Israelis preparing for Pesach next month could find their attention turned to a visitor other than Elijah, following President Obama's announcement that he is to make an official visit in the spring.

It will be the first trip to the country since he went as a candidate five years ago, and will form part of a regional tour, with stops in Jordan and the West Bank.

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Why let Obama call the shots?

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 30, 2013

This week has witnessed two events of supreme importance for Israel's future. First, Barack Obama was sworn in as US president. Second, Israelis went to the polls. And Benjamin Netanyahu is set to head a new coalition government.

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Barack Obama understands Jack Lew's religious identity

By Dan Friedman, January 24, 2013

When evening draws near on a Friday night, President Barack Obama makes sure that his Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, knows it is time for him to get home for Shabbat.

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Report: Obama ‘inured’ to Israel’s ‘self-defeating policies’

By Anna Sheinman, January 15, 2013

President Obama reportedly said after Israel’s announcement on the E-1 area that he has become “inured” to Israel’s “self-defeating policies” and that “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are,” Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg has reported.

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Mixed response in Israel to Chuck Hagel nomination

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 10, 2013

President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate former senator Chuck Hagel as his administration’s next secretary of defence has elicited mixed responses in Jerusalem.

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