Barack Obama

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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Obama ‘to nominate Hagel today’

By Sarah Pilchick , January 7, 2013

US President Barack Obama is almost certain to nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his Secretary of Defence today, according to White House sources.

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Aipac and Reform poles apart on US Israel policy

By Anna Sheinman, January 2, 2013

Two major American Jewish organisations are at odds over how the US should react to the Palestinian UN upgrade.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) which defines itself as “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby”, has called for the closing of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s offices in Washington following the UN vote to upgrade the Palestinian Authority.

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Second term offers Obama scope

By Jonathan Cummings, December 27, 2012

Let’s start at the beginning: foreign policy is not going to be any higher a priority for President Barack Obama in 2013 than it was in 2012. Whether or not the United States falls off the fiscal cliff on New Year’s Eve, engineering the political conditions for economic recovery will weigh most heavily on the new administration.

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Positive signs from White House for Netanyahu

By Jonathan Cummings, November 22, 2012

President Barack Obama’s foreign policy “pivot” towards Asia, announced with an eye-catching visit to Myanmar and Cambodia at the start of his second term of office, appeared to be thwarted this week.

Operation Pillar of Defence derailed his visit, demanding attention he wanted to devote to advancing US trade relationships and encouraging political freedoms across Asia.

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Obama on Israel: 'No country on earth' would tolerate rockets

By Jennifer Lipman, November 18, 2012

President Obama has called for terrorists operating in Gaza to stop firing missiles across the border into Israel after five days of fighting in the region.

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Rockets near Tel Aviv as Gaza fighting continues

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

Sirens are being heard as far north as Tel Aviv after a day of sustained rocket fire sent by terrorists operating inside the Gaza Strip.

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