US Ambassador: Obama visit not connected to coalition talks

By HERB KEINON, JPOST— US Ambassador Dan Shapiro dismissed speculation on Wednesday that the timing of President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel is somehow aimed at impacting the coalition talks. “Obviously we don’t play a role and have no intention of interfering in Israeli coalition negotiations,” Shapiro told The Jerusalem Post, responding to claims…

Why elections in Israel may not warm relationship with Obama

By HOWARD LAFRANCHI, JWREVIEW— Elections can sometimes lead to new beginnings and bold initiatives, but few Middle East experts expect a rosy hue to suddenly color US-Israel relations after Tuesday’s national elections in Israel. Two key reasons explain why recent tensions in relations are likely to continue, analysts say: differences over the approach required to…

'Netanyahu will work with Obama while safeguarding Israel's interests'

By ISRAEL HAYOM— “ Netanyahu will know how to work with Obama very well while at the same time safeguarding Israel’s interests,” Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, who also acts as the Likud party’s election campaign chairman, said on Tuesday. “Netanyahu has the edge over all the other candidates in the diplomatic arena too, not just…