Barack Obama

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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Pollster's winning accuracy on US presidential elections

By Gil Shefler, November 15, 2012

He’s 50 per cent Jewish — and almost 100 per cent accurate when predicting election results.

Nate Silver, the 34-year-old pollster for the New York Times, was the man in the news last week after he called the elections for incumbent Barack Obama with amazing accuracy.

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Reality bites on electoral influence

By Gilbert Kahn, November 15, 2012

Election 2012 may well turn out to be historic for American Jews, but in many ways the results are ones about which Jews have been in denial.

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Abbas tells Obama he is set on UN upgrade

By Anna Sheinman, November 12, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told President Obama that he is set on gaining non-member status for the PA, despite US opposition.

According to Nabil Abu Rdaineh, an aide to President Abbas, the two leaders spoke on the phone on Sunday.

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