How Pro-Israel is Obama? Assessing the Post-Veto Fallout

BY JONATHAN S. TOBIN— For the past two years the hottest debate in the pro-Israel community has been over how to assess the Obama administration. Despite the tense relationship with the Israeli government, the fights picked over building in Jerusalem and the pressure for a settlement freeze, there has been a considerable body of opinion that…

John Boehner says US will stand by Israel

BY GIL RONEN, ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS— US House Speaker John Boehner assured Israel Wednesday that the United States would back it in the face of growing Middle Eastern instability. Speaker Boehner met with Israel’s Ambassador to Washington, DC, Michael Oren. Following the meeting, Boehner said: “Israel is one of America’s strongest allies. We share common…

Obama's pressure on Mubarak could cost US regional influence

BY HOWARD LAFRANCHI President Obama has shifted increasingly over the past week toward the demand by Egypt’s anti-regime protesters that President Hosni Mubarak resign immediately. And as he has, a nagging question has dogged White House deliberations: What will be the impact on relations in the region — and on vital American interests — if…

Obama to withhold veto from Palestinian UN move to condemn Israeli settlements

by DEBKAfile Israel and the US are set for a collision if President Barack Obama stands by his refusal to veto a Palestinian-Arab motion due to be tabled at the UN Security Council condemning Israel for its settlement policy in the West Bank and Jerusalem, debkafile’s Washington sources report. If he did, he would be…

Where’s that reset button?

by Matthew RJ Brodsky, JPost   With the peace process returning to a deep freeze, the Obama administration is eyeing an opportunity to make headway with Syria. The theory is nothing new: If the regime in Damascus can make peace with Israel, end its sponsorship of terrorist groups such as Hizbullah and Hamas, distance itself from…

Pro-Israel activists: New congress will remain Israel ally

by Hilary Leila Krieger, JPost  WASHINGTON – The Congress that will be installed Wednesday might be losing four of its Jewish members, but Republicans and several pro-Israel advocates insist it will remain as supportive as ever of the Jewish state. “The members who are taking over will be at least as strong in their pro-Israel…