Even though U.S. Treasury under the George W. Bush administration in 2004 designated the Islamic Relief Agency a terror-financing organization and singled out the group as a “conduit to Hamas,” the Obama administration approved a grant of $200,000 to the al-Qaida-linked group according to Daniel Pipes’ think-tank, the Middle East Forum.
By Erez Linn and Israel Hayom Staff
The Obama administration approved a grant of $200,000 of U.S. taxpayer money to an al-Qaida affiliate in Sudan – a decade after the U.S. Treasury Department designated it a terrorist-financing organization – the National Review reported last week, after the discovery was made by conservative think tank the Middle East Forum. Continue Reading »
According to an investigation by Senate Republicans, Obama administration officials sidestepped sanctions despite repeatedly testifying to the contrary before Congress, giving Iran access to the US banking system that would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7 billion in Omani rials to US dollars. – The treacherous plan failed when 2 US banks refused to cooperate.
By Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran brief access to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling the opposite to Congress and the public, according to an investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Israeli Ambassador to US tells CNN that Israel will present unquestionable evidence to President-elect Trump identifying the White House as driving force behind anti-Israel resolution at UN Security Council.
Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer spoke with CNN Monday, stating that Israel has proof that US President Obama’s administration is behind Friday’s UN Security Council resolution on Judea, Samaria, and east Jerusalem.
“We will present this evidence to the new administration through the appropriate channels. If they want to share it with the American people they are welcome to do it,” said Dermer.
Texas’ Governor Abbott formally responded on Monday to President Obama’s April 8th letter, stating that “Texas will maintain its sanctions against Iran.”
By DANIELLE ZIRI
New York – Texas will not lift its sanctions on Iran and will take no part in the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with the Islamic republic, which has made the world a “more dangerous and compromised” place, Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Jewish media at a special meeting in New York on Monday afternoon.
Activists gather at a Capitol Hill rally against the Iran nuclear deal in Washington September 9, 2015. – Photo: REUTERS
The Governor formally responded on Monday to a letter sent out by President Barack Obama on April 8 requesting that Texas “review” its economic sanctions against Iran as part of the deal concluded last year. Continue Reading »
Israeli humanitarian aid groups and teams of doctors have for years been providing free and low-cost assistance to the poorer regions of Africa.
By Israel Today Staff
US President Barack Obama’s step-grandmother received emergency eye surgery from Israeli doctors in Equatorial Guinea last week, Israel’s Yediot Ahronot reported.
Sarah Onyango Obama is the third wife of President Obama’s Kenyan grandfather. She lives in a remote Kenyan village.
It was recently discovered that Sarah required surgery for an unspecified problem, and the nearest full-service hospital was the Israeli-operated Shalom Hospital in the Guinean capital of Malabo.
The elderly Obama was personally escorted by Guinean Health Minister Tomas Mecheba Fernandez, and after her treatment was quoted as saying, “All of Africa is talking about your [the Israeli] hospital and the fact that one doesn’t need to fly to Europe to get medical treatment.”
Israeli humanitarian aid groups and teams of doctors have for years been providing free and low-cost assistance to the poorer regions of Africa. Continue Reading »
Washington understands well that Israel’s restrictions on the Gaza Strip are related to arms smuggling, and that a total relaxation of the restrictions would necessitate assurances that arms stop pouring into the enclave, a senior US official said Monday.
IDF vehicle patrols along Gaza border fence – Photo: REUTERS
The official’s comments came as Egyptian mediators began separate talks Monday with Hamas and Israel to flesh out details of last Wednesday’s cease-fire.
At a recent press conference when insistent journalists asked James Carney, Obama’s press secretary, what the White House considered Israel’s capital, Carney, adamantly evasive, refused six times to say Jerusalem.
By Aliza Davidovit
There is the old joke that if you have two Jews in a room you will have three opinions. But thanks to President Barack Obama, he has been able to accomplish what even Moses couldn’t do, create a consensus among Jews, well at least Israeli Jews. They have by a strong majority united on one thing: They don’t like President Obama. A recent poll commissioned by the Begin Sadat Center at Bar Ilan University and the Anti-Defamation League revealed that only 32% of Israelis have a positive view of Obama as compared to 2009, when his likeability among them was at 54%. Continue Reading »
President Obama releases additional aid while signing bill that underscores Washington’s ‘unshakable commitment to Israel.’ Romney camp: Bill does nothing to address Obama Administration’s evasiveness recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel
By Yitzhak Benhorin, AP
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Friday he is releasing an additional $70 million in military aid for Israel, a previously announced move that appeared timed to upstage Republican rival Mitt Romney‘s trip to Israel this weekend.
The stepped-up US aid, first announced in May, will go to help Israel expand production of a short-range rocket defense system. The system, known as Iron Dome, has proved successful at stopping rocket attacks fired at Israeli civilians from close range, including from Gaza. Continue Reading »
The people of Israel deserve better diplomatic protection than that they have been receiving from the United States under President Barack Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in an address on Tuesday.
Mitt Romney speaking in Costa Mesa, California – Photo by AP
Speaking at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Reno, Nevada on his upcoming visit to Israel, Romney accused the incumbent president of being “fond of lecturing Israel’s leaders.”
He also added a reference to Obama’s “hot mic” gaffe late last year, when French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Netanyahu “liar” and Obama replied “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.”
Romney is leading Obama in the polls by a new high of four percent as the president tries to win back sagging support from Jews.
Republican de facto presidential candidate Mitt Romney is leading President Barack Obama in the polls by a new high of four percent as the president tries to win back sagging support from Jews. Romney has sewn up the nomination and is scheduled to be officially nominated at the GOP’s summer convention.
Obama greets Jews at White House - Photo by Reuters
The latest daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday by Rasmussen gives 48 percent of the vote to Romney, 44 percent to Obama, 4 percent to other candidates and the rest undecided.
Toni Morrison, the Nobel-winning author who has accused Israel of perpetrating genocidal policies, is to be awarded the Medal of Freedom.
Toni Morrison, the Nobel-winning author who has accused Israel of perpetrating genocidal policies, is to be awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
US President Barack Obama - By REUTERS
Morrison is one of 13 recipients of the prize this year, alongside Israeli President Shimon Peres and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
In 2006 Morrison and 17 other writers signed a letter stating that, Israel’s aim “is nothing less than the liquidation of the Palestinian nation.”
The letter denounced public “outrage” over Hamas’s kidnapping of Gilad Shalit while there were “approximately 10,000 [Palestinians] in Israeli jails.”
“That this ‘kidnapping’ was considered an outrage, whereas the illegal military occupation of the West Bank and the systematic appropriation of its natural resources—most particularly that of water—by the Israeli Defense (!) Forces is considered a regrettable but realistic fact of life, is typical of the double standards repeatedly employed by the West in face of what has befallen the Palestinians, on the land allotted to them by international agreements, during the last 70 years,” the letter alleged. Continue Reading »
The Associated Press obtains a letter the Palestinian Authority president is planning to deliver to Israel, with planned ultimatum to dismantle the PA removed from the text.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has dropped a planned threat to dismantle the Palestinian Authority in protest of the deadlock in peace efforts with Israel, foreign diplomats said on Thursday.
Obama makes the case for an Israeli strike on Iran
By: Caroline Glick
In his commentary in Maariv’s Friday news supplement, the paper’s senior diplomatic commentator Ben Caspit laid out a hypothetical lecture that Obama might give Netanyahu when the two leaders meet alone in the Oval Office this afternoon. In Caspit’s scenario, Obama used the one-on-one to set out the law to the Israeli premier. If you bomb Iran’s nuclear installations before the November elections, in my second term Israel will no longer be able to buy spare parts for its weapons systems from the US. So too, Caspit’s Obama said, the US will end its support for Israel at the UN Security Council if Israel dares to take it upon itself to prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold before the US elections. Continue Reading »
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