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Obama and Israel, Year One
The First Week on Office
Gaza Arabs more than 20 million in aid
First official phone call to Abbas
Second Week in office
Appoints extremist Samantha Powers to head foreign policy team
George Mitchell resigns from a Saudi Lobbying firm, two weeks into his appointment as "Special Middle East Envoy"
Third Week in Office
Fourth Week in office
Obama administration pledges to the Palestinian Authority it will closely
monitor Jewish construction in the West Bank and will protest any new housing
developments in the biblical territory.
Chas W. Freeman Jr. former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia is about to be named as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Freeman is noted for his belief that that ALL MUSLIM TERRORISM stems from Israel's battle with the Palestinians.
Fifth Week in Office
York Jews Say (Obama's) Secretary Of State Not The Hillary Clinton They Used To
Know Hillary Pressuring Israel To Speed Up Aid To Gaza.
In a swift about face from her views as New York's senator, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now hammering Israel over its treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.
Sixth Week in Office
A senior US official says the United States has decided not to participate in a UN conference on racism in April unless the outcome document is changed to drop all references to Israel and the defamation of religion. President Obama's administration sent two representatives to Geneva last week, where negotiations on the final document are taking place to assess the negotiations on the final document, an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not yet been mad
Barack Obama just added double-dealing to his foreign policy repertoire. On Friday, administration officials led many Jewish leaders to believe that the president had decided to boycott the United Nation's "anti-racism" conference known as Durban II. At the same time, however, human rights organizations were being led to believe that the administration was not pulling out and was looking for a way to "re-engage."
The IDF can no longer use American foreign military aid to purchase "non-essential military items,". The vast majority of Israel's FMF has to be spent in the US, and a small percentage can be converted into shekels and used to purchase equipment not defined as weaponry. Officials said that under the new regulations, the Defense Ministry would have to provide the Pentagon with quarterly reports on its spending.
The United States returned Wednesday to the U.N. Human Rights Council, a body it left nine months ago saying it was biased against Israel and had failed to confront notorious rights abusers.
Seventh Week in Office
Obama's failed appointee Freeman blames his departure on the "Israel Lobby".... on Purim
Eigth Week in Office
Another Israel hating pastor for possible new Obama Church
Israel's chief of staff comes home early after doors close in Obama's Washington
Ninth Week in Office
Hamas chief praises Obama- says an official opening to his Palestinian Islamist movement was only "a matter of time".
U.S. furious over Israel's demolition of East Jerusalem homes, will likely be first clash between Obama administration and Benjamin Netanyahu government
Lebanese Armed Forces receive shipment of American military vehicles as part of aid package agreed upon between the two countries following visit to Washington
VIDEO: Obama seems to hide American flag in address to Iranians
Syrian Reactions to Initial Contacts with Obama Administration: The U.S. has Capitulated to Syria and Iran; The Resistance, Not Obama, has Changed the World
Tenth Week in Office
Obama is considering meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad this summer
New Yorker: Obama Pressed to End Cast Lead, Wants Syrian Pact
Obama supports Saudi Mideast peace initiative; Israel must give all of West bank, half of Jerusalem and a "Just Settlement"
Eleventh Week in Office
Joe Biden: Israel would be "ill-advised" to attack Iran
The US has been training senior Palestinian security officials in an advanced officers course in Ramallah for top-brass
Obama "Supplemental Military Request includes undercover money to Palistinians and North Koreans, promises last "emergency" spending for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Obama will grant waiver allowing Palestinian Liberation Organization to maintain office in Washington
Twelfth Week in Office
Rahm Emanuel told Jewish leaders in Washington this week- If Israel wants US help to defuse the Iranian threat, then get ready to start evacuating settlements in the West Bank
Obama administration is preparing a Middle East peace process that will include simultaneous bilateral talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and between Israel and Syria
More pressure on Israel: Obama's Mideast envoy George Mitchell says that a "two-state solution is the only solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Obama will move to create a Palestinian state "more quickly than anybody could imagine." ..... message the Palestinian Authority claims it received from the U.S.
U.S.: Palestinians need not recognize Israel as Jewish state before talks
Thirteenth Week in Office
Israeli Politician Ya'acov "Ketzele" Katz sends letter to Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel admonishing him not to forget his Jewish and Israeli origins after Emanuel's reported verbal exchange between Emanuel and an unidentified American Jewish leader
Obama tells King Abdullah of Jordan Israel and the PA “cannot talk forever" ,demands both sides show “goodwill.” The Netanyahu gov. leaders are “going to have to solidify their position."
Fourteenth Week in Office
U.S. State Dept. Israel must sit down and talk with Syria
Secr. of State Clinton on second day of testimony to house committee: Aid can go to Hamas
Obama appointment Mogahed called for "engagement with Muslim Brotherhood"
Obama approves 20.3 million to transfer Gaza Arabs to the US
Fiftheenth Week in Office
United States refuses to allow Israel to repair computer systems in the Joint Strike Fighter, F35: holding up an official Israeli order for the fifth-generation fighter jet
Obama did what Israelis have long feared and linked the resolution of the Iran nuclear crisis to the creation of a Palestinian state
Obama's efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons threaten to expose and derail a 40-year-old secret U.S. agreement to shield Israel's nuclear weapons from international scrutiny
Reports: National Security Adviser James Jones told a European foreign minister that the US is planning to build an anti-Israel coalition with the Arabs and Europe to compel Israel to surrender Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem to the Palestinians
Obama renews sanctions against Syria for another year, citing continuing “national emergency” facing the US from Syria’s support for terrorist organisations and weapons trade
Sixteenth Week in Office
U.S. helps Lebanon crack alleged Israeli spy rings
The U.S.will sit on the UN human rights councel for the first time
Administration sources said the White House has drafted measures that could prevent Israel from procuring U.S. fighter-jets, including the F-35.
Obama has sent a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding that Israel not surprise the U.S. with an Israeli military operation against Iran
ead of Netanyahu's trip to Washington, the Obama has been urging Israel to "tone down" its rhetoric on Iran and to stop threatening a military strike on its nuclear installations
Seventeenth Week in Office
Only 31 percent of Israelis consider the views of American president Barack Obama's administration pro-Israel, according to a Smith Research poll
Obama reiterated comments made by other top officials, saying that he understands why Israel considers Iran an existential threat, (but does not say he agrees)
Obama informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he intends to promote a new regional peace initiative for the Middle East
Obama calls for demilitarized Palistinian state in four years.
One day after Netanyahu concluded his first official visit to the White House, US Sec. of State Hillary Clinton calls for an absolute stop to all settlement activity
Biden goes to Lebanon for the second time, Hamas says he's interfering with the electionNetanyahu Rejects Obama's 'UN Flag at Kotel'; Star of David to Remain
The Obama administration told the Palestinian Authority that Jerusalem will never be united under Israeli sovereignty
Eighteenth Week in Office
The US State Department said Sunday that the future status of Jerusalem would be determined through peace negotiations, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's declaration Thursday that the capital would "never again be partitioned and divided
The Obama administration wants to abrogate a secret deal that President Bush made to allow Israel to construct homes in previously existing West Bank Jewish communities
Obama has drawn a line on Israeli settlement expansion. A former US official says "almost unprecedented" in toughness toward ally Israel
Israel defied a surprisingly blunt U.S. demand that it freeze all building in West Bank Jewish settlements, saying it will press ahead with construction
Obama meets with Abbas, again
Obama says that Palistinian state with Jerusalem as its capital "In American Interest"
After meetings with George Mitchell, Israeli negotiators state; "All of the understandings reached during the [George W.] Bush administration are worth nothing....The United States is taking a line of granting concessions to the Palestinians that is not fair toward Israel,"
Nineteenth Week in Office
Obama considers "symbolic" measures to punish Israel for their position on settlements
Israel will not freeze settlement construction for natural growth, despite intense pressure from the Obama administration to do so
Obama blocks sale of 6 AH-64D helicopters to Israel - approves 12 to Egypt
Obama: "I don't think we have to change strong support for Israel,"
AUDIO: Full NPR interview with Obama
Mitchell flies back to Israel next week, says "wants to know in particular why Israel has refused to freeze construction..."
Obama Tour to Include Germany, Egypt, Not Israel
Top Israeli politicians: Obama administration meddling in Israeli politics
Obama to tell Israel: Form new peace policy by July
The U.S. State Department Tuesday refused to state whether the Obama administration will honor a promise by the previous government that Israel will retain sovereignty over large Jewish areas in the West Bank in the event that a new Palestinian Authority state is created
In speech to Muslims, Obama rejects Israeli settlements
Key congressional Democrats from John Kerry on down remain firmly aligned with Obama against Netanyahu on settlements, Israel backers jittery
Obama Suggests Netanyahu Can Stop Israeli Settlements Just As Nixon Went to China
Obama Drops Key Clause in Jerusalem Embassy Memo: "My Administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem."
Israeli politiciams on the Right expressed outrage on at US President Barrack Obama's comparison of the suffering of the Palestinians to what Jews endured in the Holocaust.
Israeli officials reject on a statement by US Sec. of State Hillary Clinton dismissing Israeli assertions that the Bush administration had agreed to allow some construction in the settlements to allow for natural growth
Twentieth Week in Office
U.S. Secr. of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that she thinks "there would be retaliation" from the United States in the event of an Iranian attack on Israel but stressed the need to prevent a nuclear arms race. During her campaign last year for the presidential nomination, she was more assertive, stating that an Iranian “attack on Israel would incur massive retaliation from the United States."
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has urged U.S. President Barack Obama to impose a solution on the festering Arab-Israeli conflict if necessary
POLL: A majority of Israelis think Obama's policies are not good for Israel
Washington Post to Obama: Back Down on Israeli ‘Settlements'
Two Arab Reporters Passed on Obama Interview to Avoid Israeli Journalist
US Mideast envoy George Mitchell's is trying to lower the volume in the US dispute with Israel over settlement construction. Mitchell emphatically denied he had said, as was reported Sunday in the Hebrew press, that the days of Israel lying to the US over settlements were over.
U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, en route to Jerusalem, told reporters that U.S. President Barack Obama wants the Palestinian Authority and Israel to meet for “immediate” talks towards the creation of a new PA state, but PA Chairman Abbas refused.
Palistinians convert 46 ambulances to military vehicles, violating US conditions for foreign aid, Obama adminstration ignores violations
U.S. envoy George Mitchell assured the Palestinians on Wednesday of Washington's commitment to a state of their own, calling its establishment the only viable solution to their conflict with Israel.
Secr. of State Hillary Clinton will no longer state that an attack on Israel as if it were an Attack on the US
The proposals to be outlined in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on Sunday will not be enough to satisfy the Obama administration
Obama's special Mideast envoy George Mitchell said that Washington supports the creation of a Palestinian state "as soon as possible
Twentyfirst Week in Office
Obama’s strongest supporters among Jewish leaders are deeply troubled by his recent Middle East initiatives, and some are questioning what he really believes
Palistinians: "No matter what is the position of the Israeli government and no matter what are the statements of Netanyahu, what counts is what was promised to us by Obama, which is totally the opposite [of Netanyahu's positions]."
The U.S. administration is prepared to show flexibility on construction in West Bank settlements, a government source in Jerusalem says. The Americans will apparently not demand a full freeze on construction, but will agree that projects now underway can be completed, Israeli officials say.
Former President Jimmy Carter passed a message to Hamas from the Obama administration, according to senior sources in the Islamist group
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, clashed face to face with her Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister, In what appeared one of the most tense encounters between the sides for several years, Clinton and Lieberman, disagreed on both the US call for a complete freeze on settlement growth and Israel’s contention that the administration of George W. Bush, the former president, had signalled that some expansion was permissible.
U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell has advised Israel to relax restrictions at the Gaza crossings without demanding that Hamas free kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit
Only 6 percent of Jewish Israelis consider the views of American President Barack Obama's administration pro-Israel
The Obama Administration insistently reiterated its support for Israel this weekend after a Jerusalem Post poll found that only 6 percent of Jewish Israelis now consider Obama to be pro-Israel.
Twentysecond Week in Office
US Senate majority leader Harry Reid sent a letter to Obama last week criticizing the latter for his administration's heavy pressure on Israel to be the facilitator of the Middle East peace process.
The end of the racist Durbin II conference included two apologies from the Obama administration for missing Durban II. Obama officials also lauded countries and UN officials for working to improve the Durban II outcome and re-focusing the conference on fighting racism. No effort was made to distance itself from the actual conference - which sported an antisemite as opening speaker - or its outcome which singled out and demonized Israel as racist.
US says settlement freeze includes east Jerusalem
U.S. finally approves the sale of 25 F-35 fighter planes to Israel with enchanced Israeli communications systems developed by Israel's defense system.
Obama's administration is examining a proposed Israeli-Syrian peace plan that is based on demilitarizing the Golan Heights and transforming it, along with a strip of the Jordan Valley, into a nature preserve, or "peace park," that would be open to visitors during the day
Elliot Abrams, who served under United States Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush,"Despite fervent denials by Obama administration officials, there were indeed agreements between Israel and the United States regarding the growth of Israeli settlements on the West Bank."
Hezbollah: "Several US officials at different levels and more or less close to the administration have asked to speak with but we have refused
Twentythird Week in Office
The Obama administration told the Palestinian Authority the "golden era" of Israeli constructionin sections of Jerusalem and the strategic West Bank will soon come to an end
The United States has re-approved its Israel loan guarantees program, subject to meeting fiscal targets
The composition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is "under assault" by the U.S. and Europe, says a top minister in the Israeli government. "It seems there is a coordinated assault between the U.S. and some European countries to remove Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his party and to replace them with the Kadima party," the minister said.
Becasue of Obama's attacks on Israeli settlements some Israeli politicians calling for a boycott on July 4 celebration at the Israeli ambassador's residence
Obama is turning to the Pope to back his vision of a new Arab state on all of Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. The president told the Catholic Italian newspaper Avvenire, one week before a scheduled meeting with the Pope in Italy, “It [the Middle East] is a subject I am keen to discuss with the pope. I think he will share my approach."
Twentyfourth Week in Office
Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the Obama administration would not stand in Israel's way should the latter chooses to take military action to eliminate Iran's nuclear threat.
Obama administration backtracks on Biden's comments about not standing in Israel's way if they decide to attack Iran
After Biden comments, US clairifies its position on an Israeli attack on Iran- again
'We'll evacuate 23 outposts very soon'- said after Barak from Israel met with Mitchell in London
VIDEO: Biden And Obama On Israel Attacking Iran
A top aide to Obama, Valerie Jarrett , provided a keynote address at last weekend's 46th Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) national convention, a gathering that attracted thousands of people and also featured anti-Semitic, homophobic rhetoric and defense of the terrorist group Hezbollah.
Obama meets with Jewish leaders, excludes those who want to are for settlements
Obama tells American Jewish leaders that he wants to help Israel overcome its demographic problem by reaching an agreement on a two-state solution, but that in order to do so, Israel would need "to engage in serious self-reflection."
The American Jewish Committee praised President Obama for the unequivocal commitment to Israel's security that he expressed to U.S. Jewish leaders in an hour-long White House meeting today
Obama's first meeting with Jewish leaders includes more left-wing groups such as Peace Now- kept out traditional participants Zionist Organization of America, the Lubavitch movement and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, all of which are on the more conservative part of the spectrum
Twenty fifth Week in Office
Israeli radio stations say the U.S. has told Israel to halt construction project in east Jerusalem.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wrote Friday in the Washington Post, Obama is making a big mistake by insisting that Israel freeze all building for Jews in Judea and Samaria
The Israel Air Force will review the possibility of purchasing the advanced American F-22 fifth-generation stealth fighter jet if a congressional ban is lifted, enabling it to be sold abroad
Twenty Sixth Week in Office
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a sharp response to US pressure to stop Jews from building in parts of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority. Israel's sovereignty in Jerusalem is “not up for debate,” Netanyahu said, and Jews are permitted to build in any part of the capital city, as are Arabs.
Def. Sec. Gates warns: 'Israel must consider ties with US when weighing attack on Iran'
Analysis: Netanyahu-Obama confrontations are harming the Israeli military's capability on Iran
Arabic-language Al Quds newspaper based in Jerusalem reported Monday morning that the United States has proposed to agree to Israel’s building a hotel on Jewish-owned property in eastern Jerusalem and several hundred homes elsewhere in return for the American government's setting new borders for Israel and the proposed Palestinian Authority state
Netanyahu to Obama: "Jerusalem is not a settlement"
Washington reiterates its opposition to east Jerusalem construction
Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, says he was barred from attending the meeting because of criticism he aimed at Obama
Alan Solow, one of the president's closest Chicago friends and long-time supporters turns against Obama. Solow, chairman of the Conference of President of Major Jewish Organizations,released a highly critical statement on behalf of the 52-member group, in which he thoroughly disagrees with Obama's demand that Israel halt all construction of Jewish housing in East Jerusalem, including the Old City -- the holiest place in Judaism.
U.S. issues stern warning to Israel not to build up West Bank corridor
The US State Department rebuffed speculation that the Obama administration was considering imposing economic sanctions against Israel in order to prevent it from continuing West Bank settlement construction. Spokesman Phillip Crowley told reporters on Thursday that remarks made by deputy spokesman Robert Wood earlier this week had been "misinterpreted."
Obama Administration has transferred $200 Million directly to the Fatah PA in violation of the criteria of the Palistinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006
Twenty Seventh Week in Office
The Obama administration is dispatching four of its most senior foreign policy and security figures to Israel this coming week with the same message on two open questions causing friction between the close allies: Stops all settlement construction in the West Bank and shelve any plan for a military strike to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities
A senior U.S. source told Asharq Al-Awsat that if there is a war against Iran, Barack Obama’s presidency “will be over
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told European foreign ministers last week that Israel will agree to temporarily freeze construction in settlements in the framework of new understandings that Jerusalem will reach with Washington
Obama to End US Embargo Against Syria
'US lifts ban on Syrian air industry'
Anti-Obama Rally in Jerusalem
hardened its insistence that it would do anything it felt necessary to stop Iran
from getting a nuclear bomb, -U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates reassured
Israel that the new Obama administration was not naive about Iran's intentions,
and that Washington would press for new, tougher sanctions against the Iranians
if they balk.
VIDEO: Israelis Turn Out to Protest President Obama in Jerusalem
"Mitchell tells Abbas that contrary to what has been said in the mass media there is no agreement with the Israeli side on anything,"
About 1,000 Jews read the book of lamentations outside US consulate in Jerusalem on the 9th of Av fast day to protest against the Obama administration's demand to freeze Jewish construction in eastern sections of the city.
Saudi Arabia on Friday bluntly rejected U.S. appeals for improved relations with Israel as a way to help restart Middle East peace talks, saying the Jewish state is not interested in a deal.
Twenty Eigth Week in Office
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday said Israel's evictions of Palestinian families from east Jerusalem are "deeply regrettable" and urged the close US ally to refrain from such "provocative" actions.
The Obama Administration is close to presenting its plan for peace in the Middle East to Israel and the Palestinians, senior officials said .
Two pro-Israel American organizations and the Republican Jewish Coalition lashed out at U.S. President Barack Obama for awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson
The U.S. State Department has summoned Israel Ambassador Michael Oren over “unacceptable” and “provocative” evictions of Arabs from Jewish-owned homes in the Sheikh Jarreh neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem
The Obama administration has set up an apparatus to closely monitor Jewish construction in Jerusalem and the strategic West Bank to the point of watching Israeli moves house-to-house in certain key neighborhoods
American Middle East envoy George Mitchell has asked Prime
Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak for a "deposit," an
advance commitment of a one-year freeze on construction in West Bank
The American Consulate in “eastern Jerusalem” serves 600,000 Jews in the “occupied territories” of Judea and Samaria and many parts of Jerusalem, but its website is devoted to helping Arabs only. English and Arabic are the two languages used by workers, and its telephone answering system does not offer an option for Hebrew.- View the website at... http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov
Obama's chief advisor on counter-terrorism Brennan offers words of praise for Hezbollah "Hezbollah started out as purely a terrorist organization back in the early ’80s and has evolved significantly over time.
Twenty Ninth Week in Office
Seventy-one senators have signed an AIPAC-backed letter to US President Barack Obama supporting his effort to encourage Arab states to normalize relations with Israel. It comes after Americans for Peace Now and other left-wing pro-Israel groups - including Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and J Street - made a battleground of the document
Jewish leaders on the West Bank in Israel say that the Obama administration sends out spies: "They drive around the towns, check up on what's going on. They try to mingle with us to get more information on what we're up to and what we're doing," ,... ... the consular officials present themselves as advisers to the U.S. consul-general.... "But we know they are really spies for the Obama administration"
Daniel Kurtzer, President Obama's Mideast adviser, is the lead candidate to serve as U.S. ambassador to Syria, a senior Egyptian security official told WND. Kurtzer, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, long has been seen in Jerusalem as one of the Jewish state's greatest foes in Washington. He has been identified by Jewish and Israeli leaders, including prime ministers speaking on the record, as biased against Israel and is notorious for urging extreme concessions from the Jewish state.
Thirteth Week in Office
The United States has harshly criticized new Israeli restrictions placed on foreign nationals entering the West Bank via the Allenby Bridge, calling the new regulations 'unacceptable'.
The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said last week that the Obama administration is making a mistake in demanding Israel completely freeze construction in the settlements
Thirty First Week in Office
The Middle East peace plan that United States President Barack Obama will unveil soon involves the creation of a Palestinian Authority state by 2011 and the transfer of Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem [presumably including the Temple Mount – ed.] to Arab-Muslim sovereignty, Saudi newspaper Al-Ukaz has learned.
Obama plans to bring Israeli and Palestinian leaders together for a face-to-face meeting at the United Nations General Assembly next month in a bid to revive long-stalled peace talks.
U.S. drops demand for Israel building freeze in East Jerusalem The Obama administration has agreed to Israel's request to remove East Jerusalem from negotiations on the impending settlement freeze.According to both Israeli officials and Western diplomats, U.S. envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell has recognized the fact that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot announce a settlement freeze in East Jerusalem. The officials said the U.S. will not endorse new construction there, but would not demand Jerusalem publicly announce a freeze.
Obama is expected to moderate a September meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli President Shimon Peres said in an interview. Says the two leaders would be meeting at the United Nations.
VIDEO: Gibbs sidesteps question about poll that says only 4% of Jewish Israelis support Obama
Washington will announce the renewal of talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority through a trilateral summit of U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting would take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly late this month; two years would be allotted to completing talks on a peace agreement.
Partial Israeli, US Agreement on Judea and Samaria, 9 month settlement freeze except for current building underway
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will soon approve the construction of hundreds of new housing units in West Bank settlements before he declares a moratorium on building in those locales, according to a senior government source.
Israeli plan to build hundreds of new housing units in West Bank settlements draws harsh criticism from the Obama administration
The United States is funding a Palestinian Authority project to place non-Hebrew road signs throughout Judea and Samaria. The PA plans to implement it in exclusively Israeli-controlled areas as well. The project is part of American aid “towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state,” as a top official of USAID (United States Agency for International Development) in the PA, Howard Sumka, told the Al-Hayat Arabic daily.
Thirty Third Week in Office
Israel defied U.S. pressure to halt construction in its West Bank settlements,. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are expected to approve orders for about 500 new apartments
Obama floats middle east plan with Arab leaders: IncludesDeploying international forces in the Jordan Valley and some areas of the West Bank. The United States commits to the establishment of a Palestinian state in the summer of 2011.
Thirty Fourth Week in Office
George Mitchell applies the pressure to Israel to halt settlements
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected U.S. calls to freeze all settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, angering Palestinians and putting a New York summit in question.
Thirty Fifth Week in OfficeFormer National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski who was a foreign policy adviser to President Obama during the campaign, has suggested that the United States should shoot down any IDF Plane on the way to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.
Obama used his speech to the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday to fire a warning at Israel that "America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." Obama's stark declaration, which drew applause, was coupled with a call for Palestinians to end their "incitement of Israel." But it was the use of the U.N. forum to carry the settlement message to Israel that drew the most enthusiastic response on the floor -- and incredulous reaction outside its walls.
Israelis and Palestinians said Wednesday that their envoys would meet with U.S. officials but not with each other, cementing the impression that a U.S.-sponsored meeting between their leaders had fallen flat.
A White House official "misspoke" when he said the Obama administration would not allow the Goldstone report recommendations on Israel's conduct in the Gaza war to reach the International Criminal Court. A top White House official told Jewish organizational leaders in an off-the-record phone call Wednesday that the U.S. strategy was to "quickly" bring the report -- commissioned by the U.N. Human Rights Council and carried out by former South African Judge Richard Goldstone -- to its "natural conclusion" within the Human Rights Council and not to allow it to go further
A cloud of pessimism is suffocating hopes that U.S. President Barack Obama can pull off a miracle in the Middle East by setting negotiations on course for rapid progress towards a comprehensive peace agreement. The New York encounter he arranged between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this week produced no more than a schedule of lower-level meetings this week and next, which has only deepened scepticism
Thirty Sixth Week in Office
The United States called on its close ally Israel on Tuesday to conduct credible investigations into allegations of war crimes committed by its forces in Gaza, saying it would help the Middle East peace process
The (cached) material on the Obama organization official website that equates Israelis to Nazis
Barack Obama's official Web site, over which Obama's organization exercises editorial control, carried an entry that equates Israelis to Nazis and their treatment of Palistinians to the Holocost (now removed)
Thirty Seventh Week in Office
The U.S. administration is furious over Israeli incitement against President Barack Obama, Democratic congressmen close to Obama told an Israeli source who returned from a visit to Washington this week.
Thirty Eigth Week in Office
After the Obama administration forces Israel to reduce check point security, weapons flow freely
U.S. officials in recent days expressed to the Palestinian Authority that President Obama's administration is "disgusted" with Israel, said a top aide to PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The term "disgusted" was used more than once in recent meetings with U.S. envoys to describe the administration's attitude toward Israel.
Thirty Ninth Week in Office
The Obama administration appears to be welcoming the efforts of the left-leaning Jewish lobby in Washington, J Street. Senior U.S. administration will be attending the group's October 25 conference. Officials who have confirmed their participation in the conference include James Jones, national security adviser in the Obama administration. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren has still not acknowledged an invitation to address the conference. Oren apparently is inclined not to participate and to send a lower-ranking diplomat in his stead.
Israeli shot in his car. Attack directly attributed to the Obama forced removal of roadblocks
The Obama administration has allegedly offered to enrich Iranian uranium. The Iranians have not been able to remove low percentages of metallic fluorides from the UF-6 feed stock that they've laboriously enriched to 3.5% U-235 over the past five years. This has the potential to stop their enrichment program cold—at the level used for civilian nuclear power. The Obama administration has offered to have Iran's impure 3.5% UF6 shipped to Russia where it can be enriched to 19.75%
Fortieth Week in Office
Former Israel-hating Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has been named co-chair of President's Intelligence Advisory Board
Obama videotapes a message to Israelis on the anniversity of Rabin's murder. Tries to speak directly to Israeli Jews due to his lack of popularity in Israel.
Dealing a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to restart Middle East peace talks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to persuade Abbas to accept an Israeli proposal that would slow but not stop the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Forty First Week in Office
Palestinians accused US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of undermining progress toward Mideast peace talks after she praised Israel for offering to curb some Jewish settlement construction.
Sec. of State Hillary Clinton now backtracks on statements to Israel about settlement construction. After drawing criticism from Arabs about her praise of Israel, she then read from prepared remarks not to "accept the legitimacy" of settlements
Obama's mideast tutor and friend Rashid Khalidi bemoans Hamas' inability to fire more rockets into Israel
A top advisor to PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, considered to be a “moderate” and a peace partner by the U.S. government, has charged that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a “liar” who is being bribed by “Zionists.” Omar Hilmi Al-Ghul, and advisor to Fayyad and a columnist for a PA daily made the comments in an article translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended the U.S. stance toward Israeli settlement building to worried Arab allies on Wednesday, saying Washington does not accept the legitimacy of the West Bank enclaves and wants to see their construction halted "forever."
Forty Second Week in Office
There are reports indicating that Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has reached a secret understanding with the Obama administration over U.S. recognition of an independent Palestinian state unilaterally, bypassing Israel completely.
The Obama White House stood silent as the U.N. General Assembly debated a resolution endorsing the stacked investigation that accused Israel of committing crimes against humanity in the Gaza conflict.
The White House waited several days to confirm that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could meet with President Barack Obama Monday, and sought conditions first
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu left the White House after a one-hour and 40-minute meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama Monday night without speaking to reporters
Dispelling rumors in the Israeli media, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday had been "warm." Netanyahu made the comments as he boarded a plane Tuesday leaving the U.S., on his way back to Israel.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended Obama's Middle East policies, saying that efforts to engage Iran through dialogue and earnest attempts to jump-start the peace process were bearing fruit.
U.S. Officials punish Netanyahu with media blackout. Senior US diplomatic sources have confirmed that the media blackout and shroud of secrecy surrounding Monday's meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama was the result of strained relations between the two leaders. Speaking to Israel's Army Radio on Wednesday morning, one unnamed US diplomat said the Obama Administration had become unhappy with what is viewed as Netanyahu's efforts to manipulate its policies during press briefings, and imposed the media blackout on Monday's meeting as a means of bringing the Israeli leader back in line.
The U.S. wants Israel out of the West Bank. One of the top US State Department officials on Tuesday acknowledged that the ultimate goal of US Middle East policy is to cleanse all of Judea and Samaria of Jews and hand that territory in its entirety over to the Palestinian Arabs.
A top State Department official spelled out on Tuesday that the goal of the United States in its negotiations in the Middle East is to pressure Israel into expelling Jews from Judea and Samaria in order to "end the occupation that began in 1967."William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, said in his address to the Middle East Institute Tuesday that he sees the U.S.mandate as one of "determined leadership" and that American must be straightforward about its intentions.
US Diplomat says that Netanyahu was "trying to manuever the White House" on Army Radio
The White House has not released any official photos of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting this week with President Obama – just one of several signs indicating a rift between the two leaders.
The White House expressed disappointment in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to Washington, with officials saying that they had hoped that the prime minister would present a concrete plan to scale back Israeli construction in West Bank settlements, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
While Massachusetts recipients of federal stimulus money collectively report 12,374 jobs saved or created, a Globe review shows that number is wildly exaggerated. Organizations that received stimulus money miscounted jobs, filed erroneous figures, or claimed jobs for work that has not yet started.
Obama to pick anti-Israel J-streeter, Hannah Rosenthal, the envoy to combat global anti-semitism. Rosenthal is now a member of the advisory council of the faux Pro-Israel organization J-street, formed by George Soros and mentored by President Obama in order to give his administration a false appearance of being pro-Israel
The United States does not accept continued Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, a senior U.S. state department official has said, adding that Jerusalem's commitment to restrain settlement activity is not enough. In an address to the Middle East Institute, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William J. Burns on Tuesday said that the Obama administration does not "accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." "We consider the Israeli offer to restrain settlement activity to be a potentially important step, but it obviously falls short of the continuing Roadmap obligation for a full settlement freeze," he said.
4 days late, the Obama administration releases photo of Obama-Netanyahu meeting
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A top Palestinian Authority negotiator told World Net Daily that the Obama administration won't stand in the way of a Palestinian threat to unilaterally ask the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state outside of negotiations with Israel.
Netanyahu says to the U.S and Palistinians- that if the Palistinians make unilateral moves, so will Israel
Strained relations between Israel and the United States hit a fresh low today when the State Department condemned the construction of 900 new housing units in an East Jerusalem settlement suburb as “dismaying”.
White House officials told the New Republic magazine this week that the Obama administration has been embarrassed at least twice by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for revealing in public information and policies that the State Department was supposed to keep private between Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the U.S.
Obama told Fox News in an interview that additional settlement building did not make Israel safer.
Obama has warned Israel that ignoring US pleas and continuing to expand housing in sensitive areas of Jeruslaem could end up being "very dangerous"
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Israel: Obama criticism of Jerusalem construction is racist
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused US President Barack Obama of doing "nothing" to achieve peace in the Middle East
The Obama administration welcomed Israel's decision Wednesday to freeze new construction in Jewish settlements in the West Bank temporarily as a step toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
U.S. gives lukewarm praise for Israeli settlement freeze. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded within moments of Netanyahu's announcement, issuing a statement of approval for the decision. Middle East envoy George Mitchell added minutes later at a news briefing in Washington D.C. that "it falls short of a full settlement freeze," but still is "more than any other Israeli government has done before."
Emissaries of the Obama Administration have been traveling around Judea and Samaria in recent weeks, asking residents about construction in their towns and passing the information back to Washington. In Efrat, for instance, the “capital” of Gush Etzion, Regional Council head Sha’ul Goldstein met with an American diplomat who asked for a briefing on the pace of construction in the region. Settler and ex-MK Elyakim Haetzni warns Judea/Samaria towns against divulging construction information to Obama’s roving representatives.
Two senior officials from the White House, Dennis Ross and Jeffrey Bader, made a trip to China on a "special mission" to garner support in Beijing over the Iranian nuclear program according to a Thursday report in The Washington Post. The officials visited China two weeks before US President Barack Obama arrived in Beijing. The officials reportedly carried the message that if China would not support the US on the issue, Israel would be likely to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities.
A day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that the security cabinet had approved a partial moratorium on building in the West Bank, Sports and Culture Minister Limor Livnat launched an unprecedented attack on US President Barack Obama. Speaking at a Likud activists' meeting in Beersheba, Livnat said that Israel had "fallen into the hands of a horrible American administration." "The administration isn't what it once was; it is harder [on us]," she added.
Rank-and-file Likudniks and lawmakers in the ruling Likud party lambasted the Obama administration at a gathering on Saturday, in response to Israel's decision to temporarily freeze construction in West Bank settlements.
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Members of the Obama administration recently assured the Palestinian Authority that most Jewish communities in the strategic West Bank will be evacuated
The Palestinian Authority has been negotiating an understanding with the Obama administration regarding a Palestinian threat to unilaterally ask the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state outside of negotiations with Israel
The United States and Egypt, along with France, are planning a joint move to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks on the basis of the June 4, 1967, borders, territorial exchanges and a complete freeze of construction beyond the Green Line, including East Jerusalem. The freeze would not be announced publicly.
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U.S. President Barack Obama has warned his Chinese counterpart that the United States would not be able to keep Israel from attacking Iranian nuclear installations for much longer, said senior officials in Jerusalem
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The United States has demanded clarifications from Israel after IDF special forces killed three terrorists Saturday who murdered a civilian, Rabbi Meir Chai, on Thursday.
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The Obama administration said today it opposed Israel’s move to build about 700 apartments in East Jerusalem.
The Palistinian Authority believe the US will force Israel to allow them to build an airport
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The Obama's administration supports Egypt's vision for a Middle East peace plan that would include a complete halt of construction in West Bank settlements as well as the release of senior Palestinian officials from Israeli prisons, the Qatar-based news network Al-Jazeera reported
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The United States is “fed up” with Israelis who "adopt the right ideas too late," and also with the “Palestinians who always miss opportunities,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel angrily told an Israeli diplomat recently.
US airplane manufacturer Lockheed Martin has been given permission by the US government to sell 24 F-16 jet fighters to Egypt in a $3.2 billion deal. Additionally, Egypt will receive four batteries of highly advanced Harpoon Block II anti-ship cruise missiles, four fast missile boats, 450 Hellfire anti-tank missiles (to be sold with restrictions on use and transfer, according to the Pentagon), and 156 jet engines for F-16 aircraft. Saudia Arabia, Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates also have new military acquisition contracts with the United States.
Israel's Prime Minister's Office issued a complaint to the White House lamenting ongoing incitement against Israel by Palestinian leaders. In the complaint, senior officials in the Prime Minister's Office urged their American counterparts to demand that Palestinians President Mahmoud Abbas cease to glorify the memory of terrorists who murdered Israelis. The complaint went on to insist that the Palestinians live alongside Israelis peacefully and spread peace.
George Mitchell: The U.S. can cut aid to Israel
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An American official said Saturday night that Mideast envoy George Mitchell's remark that US aid to Israel may be jeopardized was not a threat, but a response to an interviewer's question on the American administration's options if Israel refused to resume peace talks with the Palestinians
Israel downplays White House envoy Mitchell's threat to cut off Israel loan guarantees
George Mitchell, Obama's Middle East envoy, is using a suspect poll regarding Israelis' views of Barack Obama in order, apparently, to pressure Israel. Interviewer Charlie Rose questions Mitchell as to why Obama's poll numbers in Israel show him at a historically low 4%. The poll Mitchell relies upon seems to be from the "New America Foundation", a Soros left wing group run by George Soros' son Jonathan Soros.
In a step widely seen as off limits for government officials, Hannah Rosenthal, Obama's appointed "anti-semitism" envoy, criticized in a newspaper interview the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, for his characterization of J Street as a “unique problem. A breach of protocol by the administration’s new envoy on antisemitism recieved an implicit rebuke from her superiors at the State Department and a sharp retort from her former colleagues in the organized Jewish community
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