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  • The amazing honesty of Joe Biden

    09/11/2015 10:59:55 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10 Sep 15 | Chris Cillizza
    Joe Biden's unique trait as a politician is -- and always has been -- his honesty. Sometimes that honesty gets him into varying degrees of trouble. Sometimes it makes it seem as though he's the closest thing to a real person you could possibly hope for in politics.
  • Vice President Biden loves to skinny dip, says tell-all book [HORRIFIC MENTAL IMAGES]

    08/01/2014 1:00:54 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 18 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1 Aug 14 | Celeste Katz
    It's the Joe Biden you didn’t know — and might not want to see. Secret Service agents dread being assigned to protect the vice president, in part because Biden’s a big fan of skinny dipping, according to a new tell-all book. In “The First Family Detail,” author Ronald Kessler quotes unnamed Secret Service agents dishing about the supposedly “hidden lives” of Presidents and the other important people they protect.
  • Biden to face anti-war Democrats at Iowa picnic

    09/15/2013 8:30:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/15/13 | Thomas Beaumont
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Vice President Joe Biden is heading into the belly of Democrats' anti-war opposition, venturing into a politically influential heartland state for the first time since President Barack Obama publicly endorsed a possible military strike on Syria. Biden is scheduled to headline a fundraiser in Iowa Sunday for Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, an annual steak picnic for the senator who is popular with anti-war Democrats. Even if Biden sidesteps talk of Syria, the issue will be as much a part of the backdrop as the bales of hay and smoke from the grilling steaks, and in a...
  • Officials: US wants Israel to cancel building plan

    03/15/2010 4:37:53 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 18 replies · 450+ views
    The Associated Press (hosted on Google) ^ | March 15, 2010 | Amy Teibel
    JERUSALEM — Israeli officials said Monday that the U.S. is pressing Israel to scrap a contentious east Jerusalem building project whose approval has touched off the most serious diplomatic feud with Washington in years. Competing Israeli and Palestinian claims to east Jerusalem were feeding tensions in the holy city, where Arabs and Jews maintain an uneasy coexistence and sometimes clash. Police were out in large numbers in the volatile Old City in expectation of renewed clashes. Top U.S. officials have lined up in recent days to condemn the Israeli plan to build 1,600 apartments in east Jerusalem, the sector of...
  • Biden and Art of Doublespeak

    03/15/2010 5:28:11 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 8 replies · 330+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3/15/2010 | Ken Blackwell
    Vice President Joe Biden says the Palestinians deserve a state. He has traveled to the Mideast to press the Israelis to surrender more territory more quickly to what has been termed the Palestinian Authority. The Obama administration is giving $900 million of our money to the Mahmoud Abbas regime on the West Bank of the Jordan River, supposedly for "humanitarian" causes. This administration went out of its way to avoid being seen as "meddling" with Iran, but it shows no such restraint with Israel. Meanwhile, the Palestinians go on naming schools for suicide bombers and coaching their children to emulate...
  • Officials: US wants Israel to cancel building plan (and to Surrender?)

    03/15/2010 5:55:45 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 10 replies · 348+ views
    AP Yahoo News ^ | March 15, 2010 | AMY TEIBEL,
    U.S. is pressing Israel to scrap a contentious east Jerusalem building project... Israeli officials said the U.S. also wants Israel to make a significant confidence-building gesture toward the Palestinians, including possibly releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners or turning over additional areas of the West Bank to Palestinian control. Washington....also has demanded that Israel officially declare that talks with the Palestinians will deal with all the conflict's big issues, including final borders, the status of Jerusalem, and the fate of Palestinian refugees who lost their homes during the war around Israel's 1948 creation.
  • Obama's Turn Against Israel

    03/15/2010 6:05:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 846+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 15, 2010
    In recent weeks, the Obama Administration has endorsed "healthy relations" between Iran and Syria, mildly rebuked Syrian President Bashar Assad for accusing the U.S. of "colonialism," and publicly apologized to Moammar Gadhafi for treating him with less than appropriate deference after the Libyan called for "a jihad" against Switzerland. When it comes to Israel, however, the Administration has no trouble rising to a high pitch of public indignation. On a visit to Israel last week, Vice President Joe Biden condemned an announcement by a mid-level Israeli official that the government had approved a planning stage—the fourth out of seven required—for...
  • Israel Builds Homes/Iran Builds Nukes: Clinton Mad At Israel

    03/15/2010 9:07:27 AM PDT · by Texas Peartree · 6 replies · 292+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | March 15, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    One sign of an insane foreign policy is the laser-like focus on the absurd at the expense of the important. Over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a heated 45-minutes call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the announced construction of 1,600 homes in Jerusalem . . . Israel's capital. There are arguments for having delayed the announced construction of the homes until after Vice President Joe Biden left Israel. It would have been polite to wait. On the other hand, why should Israel have waited? Did Clinton give the world community a "heads up" on the...
  • title:US wants Israel to cancel Jerusalem building plan

    03/15/2010 9:08:45 AM PDT · by pissant · 11 replies · 256+ views
    Kansis City Star ^ | 3/15/10 | Amy Teibel
    JERUSALEM - The U.S. is pressing Israel to scrap a contentious east Jerusalem building project whose approval has touched off the most serious diplomatic feud with Washington in years, American and Israeli officials said Monday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, gave no indication he intended to cancel construction of the 1,600 housing units, despite condemnation from a string of U.S. officials. Netanyahu offered a defense of his country's building in the city's eastern sector, which the Palestinians want as their future capital, and noted that Israel has been building there for more than 40 years. Read more:
  • Reports: US Wants Israel to Cancel Building Plan

    03/15/2010 9:30:48 AM PDT · by lbryce · 60 replies · 1,507+ views
    AP Via Goolge news ^ | March 15, 2010 | Amy Teibel
    Israeli media reported Monday that the U.S. is pressing Israel to scrap a contentious east Jerusalem building project whose approval has touched off the most serious diplomatic feud with Washington in years. Top U.S. officials have lined up in recent days to condemn the Israeli plan to build 1,600 apartments in east Jerusalem, the sector of the holy city that the Palestinians claim for their future capital. The project caused a storm in Washington because it was announced during Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the region last week, badly embarrassing the U.S. and complicating its efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian...
  • Netanyahu: Israel Will Keep Building In Jerusalem

    03/15/2010 2:37:59 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 17 replies · 478+ views ^ | 3-15-10 | Barak Ravid and Mazal Mualem,
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said that Israel would continue to build in Jerusalem in the same way that it has over the last 42 years. "The building in Jerusalem - and in all other places - will continue in the same way as has been customary over the last 42 years," said Netanyahu at a Likud party meeting.
  • What's all the fuss about?

    03/15/2010 5:02:44 PM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies · 313+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-15-10 | BARRY RUBIN
    At most, the newly announced housing plan shows Israel doesn't want to give up all of E. J'lem as part of a peace agreement. Not exactly news. There’s been much nonsense written about the government announcement that 1,600 apartments would be built in east Jerusalem. The timing was stupid, of course, since US Vice President Joe Biden was in town and didn’t like the idea. Moreover, to have such an announcement just when indirect talks with the Palestinian Authority were about to start doesn’t make Israel look helpful. But that’s about it. The action, if not the timing, was neither...
  • Israel reopening of historic synagogue angers Palestinians

    03/15/2010 5:19:09 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 28 replies · 651+ views
    AFP (hosted on Google) ^ | March 16, 2010 | Michael Blum
    JERUSALEM — Israel on Monday reopened a landmark synagogue in Jerusalem's walled Old City, saying it should symbolise religious tolerance, 62 years after the building was destroyed in fighting with Jordan. In a video message because he was unable to attend personally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the synagogue brought a message of coexistence. "We permit believers of other faiths to conserve their places of worship. We proudly protect our heritage, while at the same time allowing others freedom of religion," he said. But the rededication came against a backdrop of heightened political and religious tensions in the holy...
  • State Department: US does not object to Israel rededicating Hurva Synagogue

    03/15/2010 6:15:16 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 336+ views
    State Department: US does not object to Israel rededicating Hurva Synagogue U.S. Department of StatePhilip J. CrowleyAssistant SecretaryDaily Press BriefingWashington, DCMarch 15, p.m. ESTMR. CROWLEY: Good afternoon and welcome to the Department of State. Several announcements before taking your questions:On March 18th and 19th, Secretary Clinton will participate in a meeting of the Quartet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, European High Representative Catherine Ashton, as well as Quartet Representative Tony Blair to discuss efforts to promote Middle East peace....QUESTION: So when the Secretary spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu, did she make any...
  • Israel still a strategic US ally: State Dept

    03/15/2010 7:13:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 329+ views
    breitbart ^ | 3/15/10 | afp
    Israel remains a strategic ally of the United States, the US State Department reaffirmed Monday amid a dispute over Israeli plans to build settler homes in east Jerusalem.
  • Mitchell Delays Return Trip, US ‘Waiting’ for Netanyahu {Netanyahu needs adults in whitehouse?)

    03/16/2010 3:09:22 AM PDT · by Tigen · 20 replies · 715+ views
    INN ^ | 3-16-10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    ( U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell has delayed his scheduled trip to Israel on Tuesday while the United States waits for a formal response from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on his intentions concerning a building project for Jews in Jerusalem. Obama Under Fire U.S. President Barack Obama is behind the public chastising of Prime Minister Netanyahu over the housing plan, according to the New York Times. His handling of the diplomatic crisis with Israel is being increasingly criticized in the United States, with reporters confused following different signals by different American officials. The Obama administration apparently is not making...
  • Israel Feeling Rising Anger From the U.S.

    03/16/2010 5:12:09 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies · 970+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 15, 2010 | Mark Landler and Ethan Bronner
    An ill-timed municipal housing announcement in Jerusalem has mutated into one of the most serious conflicts between the United States and Israel in two decades, leaving a politically embarrassed Israeli government scrambling to respond to a tough list of demands by the Obama administration. The Obama administration has put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a difficult political spot at home by insisting that the Israeli government halt a plan to build housing units in East Jerusalem. The administration also wants Mr. Netanyahu to commit to substantive negotiations with the Palestinians, after more than a year in which the peace process...
  • US envoy cancels Mideast trip, Israel feud deepens

    03/16/2010 8:57:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 632+ views
    AP ^ | 03/16/10 | AMY TEIBEL
    US envoy cancels Mideast trip, Israel feud deepens By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Writer Tue Mar 16, 7:40 am ET JERUSALEM – A U.S. envoy's postponement of his Mideast trip appeared Tuesday to deepen one of the worst U.S.-Israeli feuds in memory — even as Israel's foreign minister signaled his government had no intention of curtailing the contentious construction at the heart of the row. Hundreds of Palestinians hurled rocks at police and set tires and garbage bins ablaze across the holy city's volatile eastern sector, where the construction is planned. Plumes of black smoke billowed and the air reeked...
  • Hillary Clinton Pledges "Unshakeable" Bond With Israel

    03/16/2010 10:19:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies · 340+ views
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday hailed the "unshakeable bond" between the United States and Israel in an effort to quell the diplomatic spat that has rocked ties between Washington and its closest Middle East ally. "We have an absolute commitment to Israel's security. We have a close, unshakeable bond between the United States and Israel," Clinton told a news briefing. Her comments marked a turn after days of tough U.S. talk following Israel's announcement last week that it would approve construction of a housing project in East Jerusalem, a move which infuriated the Palestinians and put hopes for...
  • Clinton dismisses suggestions of crisis in Israel ties

    03/16/2010 11:00:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 192+ views
    haaretz ^ | 3/16/10 | Natasha Mozgovaya
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that Israel must prove it is committed to the Middle East peace process, but brushed aside suggestions that U.S.-Israeli relations are in crisis. U.S. and Israeli officials are in intense talks over "steps that we think would demonstrate the requisite commitment to the process," said Clinton. She added that the Obama administration was awaiting a response from Israel to suggestions on how to repair damage caused by last week's announcement of new housing in East Jerusalem.
  • America’s Shiny New Palestinian Militia

    03/16/2010 11:09:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies · 757+ views
    NRO ^ | 3/16/10 | Daniel Pipes
    No matter how events play out, this story ends with U.S.-trained soldiers pointing their guns at Israel. ‘The stupidest program the U.S. government has ever undertaken” — last year that’s what I called American efforts to improve the Palestinian Authority (PA) military force. Slightly hyperbolic, yes, but the description fits because those efforts enhance the fighting power of enemies of the United States and its Israeli ally. First, a primer about the program, drawing on a recent Center for Near East Policy Research study by David Bedein and Arlene Kushner: Shortly after Yasir Arafat died in late 2004, the U.S....
  • Hammer the Jews

    03/16/2010 1:42:56 PM PDT · by sofaman · 18 replies · 500+ views
    Ynet ^ | 03.16.10, 18:08 | Michael Fenenbock
    A “Sister Souljah moment” in American politics occurs when a politician chooses to loudly rebuke a traditional ally to show they’re not beholden. The Biden dust-up is such a moment. Israelis are right to be insulted by the unequal and coerced treatment they have received at the hands of the Obama Administration. President Obama’sintentions are public and on the record. His Administration’s hostility toward the Jewish State is embedded in their agenda.No amount of hand wringing will change the facts. No amount of “Hasbara” will deflect their enmity. No amount of “explaining” will alter the Administration’s animosity or change their...
  • Iran's Nukes In, Israel's Houses Out

    03/16/2010 2:20:23 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 1 replies · 138+ views ^ | 3/16/10 | Joy Tiz
    Kurtz was referring to Rashid Khalidi, close friend of Barack Obama and Bill Ayers. Khalidi is the former spokesman for Original Terrorist, Nobel Prize winner, and inventor of the suicide bomb, Yasser Arafat. Following the traditional career trajectory of washed-out radicals, Khalidi went from terrorist advisor to academia as a professor at the University of Chicago. He eventually would take over from Edward Said the Middle East studies program at Columbia, described as a “bubbling cauldron of anti-Semitism.” Details are scant about Obama’s time at Occidental College in California and Columbia University. We know that at Columbia, Obama studied under...
  • From bad to worse-Why can’t Obama simply ask Mahmoud Abbas to stand up and deliver

    04/25/2010 7:12:14 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 301+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-25-10 | DAVID HOROVITZ
    Why can’t the Obama administration simply ask Mahmoud Abbas to stand up and deliver, as Netanyahu did at Bar-Ilan last year, a ‘two states’ speech? Sixty-two has been a lousy year for American-Israeli relations, and all the signs are that the coming 63rd year of modern Israel is going to be worse – notwithstanding President Barack Obama’s warm Independence Day message. On the personal level, many people on either side of the bitter divide acknowledge a fundamental lack of trust between our two nations’ leaders. Much worse, there is acknowledgement that each side believes the other to be plain wrong-headed....

    08/17/2012 11:28:46 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 13 replies
    No previous American president has had so strained a relationship with Israel as Barack Obama. As Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said in 2010, “Israel’s ties with the United States are in their worst crisis since 1975 ... a crisis of historic proportions.” Author and scholar Dennis Prager concurred, “Most observers, right or left, pro-Israel or anti-Israel, would agree that Israeli-American relations are the worst they have been in memory.” In the spring of 2011, David Parsons, spokesman for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, said: “There's a traditional, special relationship between America and Israel that Obama is basically throwing out the window...
  • Biden condemns new Israeli settlement plan

    03/09/2010 7:54:08 PM PST · by Gabrial · 35 replies · 711+ views
    AP ^ | March 9, 2010 | ARON HELLER
    Vice President Joe Biden condemned an Israeli plan to build hundreds of homes in disputed east Jerusalem on Tuesday — a disagreement that tarnished a high-profile visit that had been aimed at repairing ties with the Jewish state and kickstarting Mideast peace talks.
  • Blundering toward disaster

    03/22/2010 3:51:15 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 511+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-22-10 | DAVID HOROVITZ
    Clinton underlined profound US doubts about Netanyahu’s commitment to peace. WASHINGTON –They applauded her entrance. They applauded intermittently throughout her speech. The loudest and most sustained ovation, predictably, came when she demanded that “Gilad Schalit must be released immediately and reunited with his family.” Overall, the reception, if not euphoric, was warm. But most importantly, even though just 10 days ago she had apparently questioned, in her ground-shaking 43-minute telephone conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, whether Israel was truly committed to its bilateral relationship with the United States, not a soul among the 7,500 American pro-Israel activists who gathered...
  • White House Differs with Romney on Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

    07/30/2012 2:09:15 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 148 replies ^ | July 30, 2012 | By Fred Lucas
    Via what marks a decisive difference in the presidential campaign, one day after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the White House asserted that Romney’s position was different from that of the Obama administration. “Our view is that that is a different position than this administration holds. It’s the view of this administration that the capital should be determined in final status negotiations between parties,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Monday. “I would remind you that that is the position that has been held by previous administrations both Democratic and Republican. So, if...
  • Emperor has no clothes: Mainstream Jewish groups driven by need to placate leftist donors

    05/06/2010 9:26:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 398+ views
    Y-Net News ^ | May 7, 2010 | Michael Fenenbock
    AIPAC is a parody of itself. AIPAC's donor base is left-wing Democrats. Its chairman is a dyed in the wool supporter of President Obama. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is an antic joke. Their chairman has raised millions for various Obama campaigns and projects. In a moment of prideful boast he publicly assured those of us with doubts that President Obama would be "the first Jewish president." The emperor has no clothes. Of course, the actions of mainstream Jewish organizations and their leadership are not necessarily intended to benefit the Jewish state. They are most often...
  • Over to you, Mr. Abbas

    11/15/2010 5:41:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/14/2010
    PA president should come under pressure to compromise – and to take positions that give his people, and ours, the opportunity for genuine reconciliation. The Israeli government is moving toward accepting the Obama administration’s request to renew the building freeze in Judea and Samaria for another three months. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s support for the measure and Shas’s willingness to abstain in a vote would likely yield an approval of the plan in the appropriate cabinet forum. This is a necessary step, not principally because the US has sought the extension in return for a package of security incentives, various...
  • What makes Obama different?-No other US leader has drawn a line in the sand about Jews in Jerusalem

    03/31/2010 5:25:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies · 507+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-31-10 | JONATHAN S. TOBIN
    The humiliating treatment accorded Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his recent visit to the White House and the 13-point diktat that he received from President Barack Obama have brought relations between the US and Israel to a point of crisis. But however this particular dispute is played out in the days and weeks ahead, observers must ponder what will follow during the rest of the Obama presidency. Though much of the focus of Obama’s foreign policy has seemed to be a fixation with making nice with rivals and enemies, it has also been accompanied by what appears to be a...
  • On Israel, Obama Playing the Mideast Game Wrong

    04/23/2010 3:44:31 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 404+ views
    US News ^ | April 23, 2010 | Mortimer B. Zuckerman
    The Middle East peace process is stalled thanks to a second deadlock engineered by the United States government. President Obama began the process with his call for a settlement freeze in 2009 and escalates it now with a major change of American policy on Jerusalem. The president seeks to prohibit Israel from any construction in its capital—in an exclusively Jewish suburb of East Jerusalem. This, despite the fact that all former administrations had unequivocally understood that the area in question would remain part of Israel in any final peace agreement. Objecting to this early phase of the planning process for...
  • 'Israel planning to destroy al Aksa' 17/03/2010 03:18

    03/17/2010 4:47:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 470+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-17-10 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Martyrs Brigades calls on PA to release jailed "fighters" to "defend J'lem." The armed wing of Fatah, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, on Tuesday called on the Palestinian Authority to give back the weapons it had confiscated from the group’s gunmen so that they could participate in the “Jerusalem Intifada.” The call came as both the PA and Hamas continued to accuse Israel of planning to destroy the mosques on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. “We call on all the Palestinian security services in the West Bank to release all Palestinian fighters from prison and to give them back their weapons...
  • Would Muslims Surrender Mecca? Should Catholics Give Up The Vatican?

    03/18/2010 12:01:27 PM PDT · by anotherview · 93 replies · 906+ views
    Zionism and Aliya (blog) ^ | 18 March 2010 | Caitlyn Martin
    Would Muslims surrender Mecca? Should Catholics give up the Vatican? These may seem like ridiculous questions. The answer to both by any sane person would be "of course not." Why on earth would the answer to "Would Jews ever surrender Jerusalem?" be any different? The answer is simple. It shouldn't. With the exception of a seven year period in the sixth century when the Persians restored Jewish sovereignty, the Jewish people were denied a homeland from 70 C.E. until 1948. During that time the Jewish people suffered pogroms, expulsions, mass murder, persecution, and assorted other forms of denial of basic...
  • Obama, a 'Strategic Catastrophe' ("I am a muslim" Obama says to Egyptian FM)

    06/14/2010 4:31:10 PM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 48 replies · 2,132+ views ^ | May 2010 issue | Aviel Schneider
    Although Israeli officials publicly play down the crisis in relations between Jerusalem and Washington, privately the language is much different. Sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describe Obama as a “strategic catastrophe” for Israel. Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office, speaking on condition of anonymity to the nation’s top newspapers, see the Obama administration as a serious threat to the future of the State of Israel. On the record, Israel and the US have a “strategic partnership that is unbreakable”; off the record, the terminology is blunt to say the least. “President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...
  • 'Construction in e. J'lem will push on'

    05/10/2010 6:07:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 183+ views ^ | 5/10/10 | ap and jpost staff
    Construction of new housing for Jews in east Jerusalem will press forward, Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser illustrated in a statement on Monday. This drew Palestinian accusations that the plans could undermine newly relaunched peace talks. "Building is expected to begin soon in Har Homa ... and Neve Yaakov, where (construction) bids have been issued," Hauser told Army Radio, referring to two east Jerusalem neighborhoods. "Building in Jerusalem is continuing according to its regular pace."
  • Amr Moussa: Talks on hold

    03/10/2010 8:23:26 PM PST · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 157+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | March 11, 2010 | staff, Khaled Abu Toameh and Herb Kei
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not enter indirect peace talks with Israel as planned, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said overnight Wednesday, due to the approval of plans to build 1,600 housing units in Ramat Shlomo in east Jerusalem. “The Palestinian president has decided that he does not intend to enter negotiations at this stage,” Moussa said at a press conference in Cairo. A senior PA official in Ramallah had said Wednesday that the PA would resume talks with Israel in the coming days, despite the threats and strong condemnations coming from Ramallah. The official’s comments came after visiting...
  • Column One: Obama’s war on Israel

    03/20/2010 9:14:20 AM PDT · by Tigen · 14 replies · 650+ views
    Jpost ^ | 3-19-10 | CAROLINE GLICK
    Obama himself claims that he has launched a political war against Israel in the interest of promoting peace. But this claim, too, does not stand up to scrutiny. On Friday, Obama ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to present Netanyahu with a four-part ultimatum. First, Israel must cancel the approval of the housing units in Ramat Shlomo. Second, Israel must prohibit all construction for Jews in Jerusalem neighborhoods built since 1967. Third, Israel must make a gesture to the Palestinians to show them we want peace. The US suggests releasing hundreds of Palestinian terrorists from Israeli prisons. Fourth, Israel must...
  • Israelis protest costly housing – but not cost of settlements. Why?

    08/12/2011 8:42:57 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    CSMonitor ^ | August 12, 2011 | Joshua Mitnick
    A worker is seen on a construction site in the neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev in East Jerusalem, Thursday, Aug. 11. The Israeli government, facing public protests over the soaring cost of housing, announced on Thursday it is advancing plans for thousands of new homes in contested East Jerusalem. The Israeli government, facing unprecedented public protests over the soaring cost of housing, yesterday announced it is advancing plans for thousands of new homes in contested East Jerusalem. The announcement, which drew pointed criticism from Palestinians, the United Nations, and the US, highlights an issue that has been largely avoided by the...
  • Angry White House seeks to 'modify' Israeli regime

    03/20/2010 4:36:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 49 replies · 1,164+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/20/2010 | Adrian Blomfield in Ramat Shlomo and Alex Spillius
    President Barack Obama's team hope to push Right-wing premier Benjamin Netanyahu into a coalition which will put peace talks on track. For Jewish settler families, there is nothing controversial about the plans to erect 1,600 new homes. But for Washington they represent an insult that has reduced relations between the United States and Israel to their lowest ebb in a generation. The friendship that has been a cornerstone of American foreign policy for 40 years and sustained a small democracy in a perilously hostile neighbourhood has moved on to novel, shaky ground. Rather than peace process, the new buzz phrase...
  • PM, Clinton still due at AIPAC parley

    03/17/2010 5:08:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 229+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-17-10 | HERB KEINON AND HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    Group calls Washington’s statements on Israel “a matter of serious concern.” Though the crisis with the US over construction in east Jerusalem continues to percolate, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu still plans to travel to Washington next week to participate in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference, sources in his office said Sunday night. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also still expected to address the pro-Israel group, hours before Netanyahu on Monday, according to US officials, despite her tense phone call to the prime minister on Friday berating him for an Interior Ministry panel’s approval of the...
  • Obama’s war on Israel

    03/19/2010 1:23:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies · 799+ views ^ | 3/19/10 | CAROLINE GLICK
    Obama claims he's launched a political war against Israel in the interest of promoting peace. But this claim, too, does not stand up to scrutiny. Why has President Barak Obama decided to foment a crisis in US relations with Israel? Some commentators have claimed that it is Israel’s fault. As they tell it, the news that Israel has not banned Jewish construction in Jerusalem – after repeatedly refusing to ban such construction – drove Obama into a fit of uncontrolled rage from which he has yet to recover. While popular, this claim makes no sense. Obama didn’t come to be...
  • PA Bemoans Jerusalem Construction

    08/11/2011 3:14:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/8/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    The Palestinian Authority on Thursday condemned Israel’s decision to build new housing projects in Jerusalem and accused the Israeli government of seeking to create new 'facts on the ground,' the PA-run Maan news agency reported. Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) on Thursday approved 1,600 apartment units in the Jerusalem haredi neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo late on Wednesday night. It was also reported the Interior Ministry was working to prepare two additional projects, including 2,000 projects in Givat Hamatos and 625 units in Pisgat Zeev. Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the decision was an attempt...
  • What Biden told Netanyahu behind closed doors: "This is starting to get dangerous for us"

    03/11/2010 2:24:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 1,881+ views ^ | March 11, 2010 | Laura Rozen
    Publicly, Vice President Joe Biden tried to keep up a positive tone in his good will visit to Israel this week. But privately, the Israeli press reports, he had sharper words for Israeli decisions Biden said jeopardize the peace process and U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq, fight insurgents and stabilize Afghanistan and Pakistan, and strengthen an international and regional alliance to pressure Iran. The Israeli press has been extremely critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government's behavior during Biden's visit. See these excerpts from a piece by Shimon Shiffer in Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth today, headline: "Biden: You’re Jeopardizing Regional...
  • Israel fears Obama heading for imposed Mideast settlement

    03/28/2010 11:38:06 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 73 replies · 1,602+ views
    U.S. President Barack Obama's demands during his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Tuesday point to an intention to impose a permanent settlement on Israel and the Palestinians in less than two years, political sources in Jerusalem say. Israeli officials view the demands that Obama made at the White House as the tip of the iceberg under which lies a dramatic change in U.S. policy toward Israel. Of 10 demands posed by Obama, four deal with Jerusalem: opening a Palestinian commercial interests office in East Jerusalem, an end to the razing of structures in Palestinian neighborhoods in the capital,...
  • No Holds Barred: Obama as Israel’s friend-in chief?

    05/25/2010 4:55:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 346+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-25-10 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    Fearing that the Jewish community now perceives him as hopelessly unsympathetic to Israel, President Barack Obama has launched a Jewish charm offensive. Last week alone 15 rabbis and 37 Jewish members of Congress were invited to the White House. The rabbis met presidential advisers while the congressmen and senators, all Democrats, got the real deal, a pitch from the president himself. An invitation to the White House is a big deal and can play all kinds of tricks on people’s convictions, which might explain why so many of those who visited emerged with newfound praise for the president even though...
  • Palin to Obama: Stop picking on Israel

    03/18/2010 4:45:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies · 593+ views
    Israel Today ^ | 3-18-10
    Former Alaska governor and US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Tuesday urged the Obama Administration to lay off Israel, and noted that its recent hostile rhetoric toward the Jewish state only served to bolster the enemies of both nations. "The Obama Administration has decided to escalate, make unilateral demands of Israel, and threaten the very foundation of the US-Israel relationship," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "The Obama Administration needs to open its eyes and recognize that it is only Iran and her terrorist allies that benefit from this manufactured Israeli controversy," she continued. Palin was referring to last...
  • Details of Olmert offer to PA revealed

    12/08/2009 4:21:40 PM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies · 258+ views
    The Palestinians are now insisting on Israeli concessions which they had essentially given up during the government of former prime minister Ehud Olmert, Channel 10 reported Tuesday evening. During Olmert's tenure, then-foreign minister Tzipi Livni offered to establish a Palestinian state on 92.7 percent of the territories conquered in the Six Day War. The map presented to Palestinian negotiators did not include the Jordan Valley as part of the State of Israel. The settlement of Ariel would remain part of Israel, but the stretch of land ensuring its contiguity with the rest of the country would be very narrow, Channel...
  • 'Jerusalem construction will go on'

    03/15/2010 8:27:24 AM PDT · by Tigen · 50 replies · 673+ views
    Jpost ^ | 3-16-10 | By JPOST.COM STAFF
    Despite R. Shlomo crisis, PM says Israel will continue to build in all parts of the capital. While the United States continued to criticize Israel over an east Jerusalem housing project approved during US Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel least week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday said construction in the capital would continue as usual. "Construction in Jerusalem will continue in any part of the city as it has during the last 42 years," Netanyahu stressed at the Likud faction meeting. "In the past 40 years, there was no government that limited construction in any Jerusalem area...
  • Conservatives To Send Letter to Obama on Israel

    03/18/2010 7:07:51 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 8 replies · 337+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3-17-10 | Gary Bauer
    THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained a copy of the text of a letter written by conservative leader Gary Bauer to President Obama, challenging the Obama administration’s recent rhetorical assault on Israel. Bauer is circulating the letter to other conservative leaders as signatories, and apparently is getting a strong response. Here’s the text of the letter: Dear Mr. President, In recent days your Administration has unleashed an unprecedented barrage of criticism at Israel, our most reliable ally in the Middle East. The ostensible reason for this assault was a municipal zoning decision permitting construction to continue on a housing division inside...