Barack Obama

Major embarrassment for Obama on Jerusalem

By Jonathan Cummings, September 6, 2012

The word from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, is that Barack Obama has an “unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security”. His party believes that “there will be no lasting peace unless Israel’s security concerns are met” and, together, they “encourage all parties to be resolute in the pursuit of peace”.

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For Romney, Israel is a film set to impress Christian voters

By Nathan Jeffay, August 2, 2012

“You are good,” the smartly dressed organiser at Mitt Romney’s Jerusalem breakfast told guests on Monday morning as she let them in. What this meant was: you were one of the select few invited to the function; you hold an American passport; and you have paid $25,000 for your seat.

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No difference between Romney and Obama on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 2, 2012

Despite Mitt Romney’s forceful rhetoric on Iran during his visit to Israel last weekend, the substance of his position differed very little from that of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who visited Jerusalem later in the week.

The Republican presidential candidate was careful not to openly criticise his rival, President Barack Obama, but succeeded in angering the Palestinian leadership.

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Obama to visit Israel if he wins second term in White House

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2012

President Obama will visit Israel if he is elected for four more years.

The pledge was made by his senior aide Colin Kahl in a conversation with journalists on Monday.

"We can expect him to visit Israel in a second term, should he be re-elected," said Mr Kahl, the president's campaign spokesman on the Middle East.

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Obama backs Munich silence despite IOC stance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2012

The US President has given his backing to the calls for a minute’s silence at the London Olympics in memory of the Munich massacre 40 years ago.

White House official Tommy Vietor said on Thursday that the president “absolutely” supported the campaign for this tribute, launched by the widow of one of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the September 1972 Games.

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Obama, Hague express shock at Burgas terror attack

By Jamie Michaels, July 19, 2012

World leaders have spoken of their horror after Wednesday's terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, which killed at least five Israeli tourists and left 30 injured.

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Obama asks barmitzvah boys for campaign help

By Jennifer Lipman, June 25, 2012

The intended donors are five years away from being able to cast a vote, but Barack Obama's campaign team is hoping to enlist the support of barmitzvah boys across the United States.

On the president's official re-election website, supporters are asked whether they have "a special milestone or event coming up?".

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Republican blames Holocaust on Germany's gun control laws

By Josh Jackman, June 20, 2012

National Jewish Democratic Council President David Harris has demanded that Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, also known as “Joe the Plumber”, should apologise for releasing a campaign video in which he blames the Holocaust on gun control.

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Shimon Peres honoured with Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

Shimon Peres has been awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Israeli statesman collected the prize at a ceremony in Washington DC on Wednesday evening hosted by Barack Obama.

Speaking as he honoured Mr Peres with the highest civilian award given by the US government, Mr Obama praised the Israeli for his contribution to the links between the two countries.

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BBC upholds Obama complaint

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint over an online article which reported American President Obama’s position on the Middle East process.

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