Obama courts Jewish vote with UN speech

BY ORLY AZOULAY, YNET— Hours before his UN General Assembly address, US President Barack Obama sought to ensure that prospective Jewish voters pay close attention to his speech. Three of Obama’s aides held a conference call with the president’s Jewish supporters and community leaders on Wednesday, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. The advisers, all Jewish themselves, asked…

Funding the enemy

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— Speaking Sunday at the UN’s conference of donors to the Palestinian Authority, Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon warned that while Israel supports economic assistance to the PA now, that is liable to change within the week. As he put it, “Future assistance and cooperation could be severely and irreparably compromised if…

Cliche-based foreign policy

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee kicked up a political storm this week. Tuesday Ros-Lehtinen introduced the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act. If passed into law it would place stringent restrictions on US funding of the UN’s budget. The US currently funds 22…