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Wobbles ahead of Barack Obama's Israel trip

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

last-minute itinerary changes have played havoc with Israeli preparations for President Barack Obama’s planned 48-hour trip to the Holy Land from March 20-21.

Before the election of Argentinian Pope Francis I on Wednesday night, there had been speculation that Mr Obama might have had to interrupt his visit and attend the installation ceremony if an American pontiff had been chosen.


Obama’s Israel trip may be interrupted by new pope

By Anna Sheinman, March 13, 2013

The installation of a new pope is planned to take place towards the end of next week, when US President Barack Obama is due to make a 48-hour trip to Israel.


Matzah on the menu at King David for Obama in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 12, 2013

He is one of the most powerful people in the world, but even Barack Obama is unlikely to be able to circumvent Pesach food restrictions when he visits Israel next week.

The US president is due to arrive in the Jewish state on Wednesday March 20, just a few days before the start of Passover.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.