White House: Obama will discuss ‘settlements’ with Netanyahu

By Ben Ariel, Israel National News— U.S. President Barack Obama will raise concerns about “Israeli settlements” during his meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in New York on Wednesday, White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said on Tuesday night, according to Reuters. Rhodes was quoted as having told reporters that the United States…

Obama may be out, but ‘Obamaism’ is here to stay, Israel’s Oren reportedly says

By Jpost— The isolationist policies of US President Barack Obama are likely to continue after he leaves office in January, Deputy Minister Michael Oren (Kulanu) reportedly said this week. According to Channel 10, Oren said in a talk to the Harvard Alumni Club in Israel on Tuesday that “Obama may be going home, but ‘Obamaism’…

Obama admin. sent taxpayer money to campaign to oust Netanyahu

By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times— The State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded Tuesday. Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to…

Shared values shape relations

By Yoram Ettinger— Long-term trends in U.S.-Israel relations do not hinge solely, or even mostly, on U.S. presidents. This has been documented since Israel’s establishment in 1948, and especially since the early 1980s, when, despite systematic presidential pressures on Israel, bilateral cooperation in the fields of industry, commerce, science, technology, agriculture, homeland security and defense…

Op-Ed: Obama redefines Palestinian terrorism; Israel will pay the price

By Stephen M. Flatow, Israel National News— When does Palestinian terrorism against Israelis not count as terrorism? When the Obama administration redefines it for political purposes. The State Department’s annual report on human rights around the world was released this past week, and it included an unprecedented denunciation of Israel. The Israeli security forces are guilty…

Do Israelis prefer Clinton or Trump in the White House?

By HERB KEINON, JPOST— Hillary Clinton would be a better US president in terms of Israel’s interests than Donald Trump, according to an Israel Democracy Institute poll of Israeli attitudes on the two leading presidential candidates released on Monday. When asked which of the two candidates would “be better from the standpoint of Israeli interests,”…