State of the Union Address on Foreign Policy: Careful Phrasing Conceals Disasters

By BARRY RUBIN, PJ MEDIA— While the State of the Union message was overwhelmingly domestically oriented, the foreign policy sections were most interesting. I’ll review them here. The president began in the same neo-patriotic mode  used in the second inaugural address, with a special emphasis on thanking U.S. troops. He used the imagery of the…

Obama's 'friends of Hamas'? Records of Hagel and Brennan both suggest ties to Islamists

By FRANK GAFFNEY, JWREVIEW— Last week, 25 Republican senators wrote a letter to a former member of their caucus and the man President Obama wants to lead the Defense Department, demanding full disclosure of his financial dealings. To date, Sen. Chuck Hagel has demonstrated afresh his contempt for the legislature by declining to do so.…

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…