Obama's obsession with Israel

by Israel Today US President Barack Obama’s political setback in the recent midterm congressional elections, which saw Republicans seize a commanding majority in the House of Representatives, will likely increase his need to drive through an ill-advised Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Speaking to Arutz 7 radio, Professor Eitan Gilboa of Bar Ilan University said he believes…

Clinton warns Palestinians and Israelis against 'unilateral' actions

By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the United States was working “every day, indeed every hour” to revive stalled Middle East peace negotiations, and warned both sides against making unilateral moves that could compromise the outcome of these talks. “We do not support unilateral steps by either party that…

US suggests building tenders timed to embarass Netanyahu

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, Arutz Sheva Announcements from the municipality of Jerusalem on new housing units while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden may be aimed at “embarrassing” the Prime Minister, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley suggested Monday. For the second time this year, Jerusalem officials announcement a new…

Bush's memoir says Abbas was ready to make deal

by Hilary Leila Krieger, Jerusalem Post Former US president George W. Bush indicates that both Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas were willing to publicly back Olmert’s proposed peace agreement before Olmert’s ouster as prime minister ruined the deal, according to a memoir to be released on Tuesday. Bush also excoriates the US intelligence agencies that…

PA official: Israel intervened in US vote

by Ynetnews.comPalestinians unmoved by US election results, but view them as proof of Israeli attempt ‘to thwart negotiations.’ Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary-general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, said Wednesday morning that Israel intervened in the American mid-term elections in a bid to disrupt the Middle East peace process. According to the senior Palestinian…

Political earthquake in US

by Yoram Ettinger, Ynetnews.com The November 2010 mid-term election produced a seismic political effect: The most rapid and wide-in-scope Congressional and Gubernatorial victory since 1948. The outcome of the election repudiates Obama’s policies and dramatically erodes his political clout. It feeds the confrontational nature of a systematically pro-Israel Congress and increases the number of pro-Israel…

How will the Republican-controlled House affect US-Israel ties?

by Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz The Republican’s victory in the House of Representatives on Tuesday leaves many in Israel wondering whether President Barack Obama’s stymied domestic agenda will encourage him to concentrate more on foreign policy, including the Middle East peace process. The Republicans are expected to take a tougher stance on Iran and put pressure…