Barack Obama

Obama will speak to students - not Knesset

By Anna Sheinman, March 11, 2013

On his visit to Israel, US President Barack Obama will speak to thousands of Israeli and Arab students rather than giving a speech to the Knesset, in order to reach out to the younger generation.

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Obama in Israel: now available for iPad

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2013

Interested citizens will be able to track President Obama's every move as he embarks on his much - anticipated Israel visit, thanks to a dedicated app.

The US leader is due to spend three days in Israel, arriving on March 20, in his first trip to the Jewish state since he was a presidential candidate in 2008.

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Tough timing, but plenty of muscle to spare

By Jonathan Cummings, March 7, 2013

Reports of Aipac’s demise are premature.

It is true that this is the first time for several years that neither the US President nor the Prime Minister of Israel will be addressing its policy conference.

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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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