Tag Archive for White House

Why is the Obama White House seeking to provoke Israel?

Although Israel and the United States may have different agendas, criticizing the other’s position on their merits or demerits is expected. But public scatological ad hominems has no place in an alliance between allies.



A senior Obama administration official recently went on the record with journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in calling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” A second senior official also went on the record calling Netanyahu a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat.

King David Hotel

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu look out a window before their lunch at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

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PayBack: White House rejected Ya’alon request to meet ranking gov’t officials

Tit for tat: Obama administration declined Ya’alon request for meetings with top figures, an act of political punishment for Israel’s defense minister calling John Kerry ‘obsessive & messianic’.

By Yitzhak Benhorin



WASHINGTON – The US administration prevented Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon from meeting with key officials during his visit to Washington, DC, American sources told Ynet on Friday.

Ya'alon and Power (Photo: Defense Ministry)

Ya’alon and Power – Photo: Defense Ministry

The defense ministry did not comment, though sources close to Ya’alon said “the aim was to meet with the security echelon, and that was what happened.”

Ya’alon arrived on Tuesday to meet his counterpart, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and American intelligence officials. Continue Reading »

Jordan & Iran issue similar condemnation of Israel’s ‘barbaric’ Gaza operation

Arab League summons UN action on Israel’s  #OperationProtectiveEdge, as White House spokesman Josh Earnest says: “We support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks.”

By News agencies



Jordan, one of just two Arab countries to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, on Wednesday demanded an immediate halt to deadly Israeli air raids in Gaza, raids it called “barbaric.” Similar comments were made by Iran, a Hamas ally.

Smoke & debris rise after an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip seen from the Israeli side of the Israel Gaza Border, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. - Photo AP

Smoke & debris rise after an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip seen from the Israeli side of the Israel/Gaza Border, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. – Photo: AP

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama urged both sides in the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestinians to show restraint and not act in a spirit of revenge, in a German newspaper article to be published on Thursday. Continue Reading »

Obama’s Administration Promised PLO-Hamas Elections in Israel’s Capital

Jordanian newspaper reports the U.S. promised to convince Israel to allow unity government elections in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu ‘deeply troubled’ by the new White House policy.

By Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar


According to new reports, the American administration has promised the new Fatah-Hamas unity government, which was sworn in this Monday, that it will convince Israel to allow that new government’s elections to be held in the eastern part of Jerusalem.

“A source that knows things,” apparently from within the Palestinian Authority (PA) or Hamas, was quoted in the Jordanian paper Al-Arab Al-Youm, reporting the American promise to work for parliamentary and presidential elections for the new unity government to be held in the Israeli capital. Continue Reading »

Abbas tells Obama: Palestinians Ready for peace based on ’67 lines


After his White House meeting, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, said Palestinians recognized Israel’s legitimacy back in 1988 and in 1993.

By i24news


US President Barack Obama on Monday told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that both he and Israeli leaders must make tough political decisions and take “risks” for peace.

Le président de l'Autorité palestinienne Mahmoud Abbas (g) et Barack Obama à la Maison Blanche, le 17 mars 2014 ( Saul Loeb (AFP) )

Mahmoud Abbas & Barack Obama at White House on 17 March 2014 – Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP

Meeting Obama at the White House, Abbas said a scheduled Israeli release of a fourth tranche of Palestinian prisoners by March 29 would show how serious Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was about extending peace talks.

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White House Promises Veto as Senate Promotes New Iran Sanctions

Barack Obama threatened to use his veto  against any new legislation that would impose additional sanctions on Iran.

By Elad Benari


The White House on Thursday threatened to use its veto power against legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran, as senators continued to promote such legislation in defiance of President Barack Obama.

Barack Obama – AFP photo

The threat came hours after a bipartisan group of senators filed a new Iran sanctions measure, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), would impose tougher sanctions on Tehran if it refuses to dismantle its contested nuclear program after the end of a six-month negotiating period. Continue Reading »

Ron Dermer, Israel’s New Ambassador to U.S. presents credentials to Obama


Ron Dermer officially becomes Israel’s 18th ambassador to the U.S. 

Amb. Dermer jots a few words to Obama in White House guest book: “I look forward to working with you and your administration to make the bonds between Israel and America stronger than ever.”

Shlomo Cesana, Yoni Hirsch and Israel Hayom Staff


Ron Dermer presented his credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday, officially becoming Israel’s 18th ambassador to the U.S.

U.S. President Barack Obama and new Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer – Photo: Courtesy of the White House

Dermer, a former top aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is a 42-year-old Florida native who studied at the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University before immigrating to Israel in 1997. Continue Reading »

Israel Steaming Over White House Leaks That Endanger Israel

Israeli gov’t officials angered by the White House’s exposing of Israel as being behind the attacks on Syrian missiles Thursday. The exposure could facilitate a much broader area conflict.

By Gil Ronen


Israeli officials expressed anger Friday at the White House’s decision to disclose that Israel carried out the two attacks on targets in Syria Thursday. The attacks in Latakiya and Damascus are believed to have targeted SA-8 missiles that were about to be transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

An Obama administration official confirmed to CNN that the target of the Israeli strike was “missiles and related equipment the Israelis felt might be transferred to Hezbollah.” Continue Reading »

U.S. Finalizing Delivery of F-16 Fighter Jets to Egypt

The White House decided to expedite transfer of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite Morsi’s overthrow.

By Elad Benari


The United States plans to go through with the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the coming weeks, despite the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, U.S. officials told the Reuters news agency on Wednesday.

The clarification came as Washington deliberated whether to call the ouster of Egypt’s elected leader a military coup.

A decision to brand Morsi’s ouster a coup would, by law, require the Obama administration to halt aid to the Egyptian army.

One defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the delivery of the four F-16s was likely to take place in August. Continue Reading »

US Apologized to Israel for Leak that May Lead Israel to War

Pentagon sources confirmed the United States has apologized for leaking information on Israel’s alleged attack in Syria several weeks ago which could have put Israeli lives in danger.

By David Lev


The United States has apologized for leaking information about Israel’s alleged attack on a convoy of weapons in Syria bound for Hizbullah terrorists several weeks ago. According to reports that appeared in the Jerusalem Post over the weekend, the “leak” about the U.S. leak came from an Israel Radio correspondent, who listed details of the leak, and the apology.

White HouseThe tweet came from Israel Radio’s diplomatic correspondent Chico Menashe. Continue Reading »

Is the White House covertly acquiescing to Iranian Nuclear ambitions?

The recent break down of talks between Iran & int’l nuclear inspectors resulted in the US & fellow world powers lessening their demands on the Islamic Republic.

PM Netanyahu said it was high time for the int’l community to take off its kid gloves in dealing with Iran.

By Israel Today Staff


The Obama Administration keeps insisting that it will never allow Iran to attain nuclear weapons, but Israel is growing increasingly concerned that the Washington has in fact resigned itself to the idea of a nuclear-armed Iran. Bomb             Recently, an Obama-linked think tank issued a report suggesting that there was little to fear from a nuclear Iran. Continue Reading »

After Syria Threatened Israel, White House Warns Syria on Weapons

Syria warns it reserves the right to retaliate to alleged Israeli air strike on its military research center.

By Gil Ronen


The White House on Thursday warned Syria not to transfer weapons to Hizbullah, as tensions mounted following reported Israeli raids on a military research center and a weapons convoy.

“Syria should not further destabilize the region by transferring weaponry to Hizbullah,” said Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor.

Syria on Thursday warned that it reserves the right to retaliate to what it says was an Israeli air strike on a military research center near Damascus, as it lodged a complaint with the United Nations. Continue Reading »

US ‘shocked’ by Israel’s new homes to be built in E. Jerusalem

NYT wrote: Israel gave U.S. only few hrs notice of their decision to pursue housing development that may actually prevent the creation a contiguous Palestinian state.

Former US Ambassador Kurtzer: ‘This is one of the most sensitive areas of territory,’

By Ynet


The Israeli approval of 3,000 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank came as a shock to the US administration, the New York Times reported Saturday.

US President Barack Obama (Archive photo: AFP/THE WHITE HOUSE / Pete Souza)

US President Barack Obama -Photo: AFP/THE WHITE HOUSE/Pete Souza

The Americans were particularly angry at the decision to pursue “preliminary zoning and planning preparations” for a development on the segment connecting the town of Ma’aleh Adumim to Jerusalem (known as area E1) that would separate Ramallah and Bethlehem from Jerusalem and could prevent the creation of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state. Continue Reading »

Video: White House Rejects Romney Naming Israel’s Capital

The White House criticized Romney for seeking  a position on Jerusalem that is contrary to previous administrations.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


The White House criticized Mitt Romney on Monday for adopting a policy on Jerusalem that is different from previous administrations’.

White House press conference
Photo: YouTube screenshot

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee declared in Jerusalem that the city is the capital of Israel, while the Obama administration and predecessors have refused to do because it includes areas of the city unrecognized by the United States.

Josh Earnest, White House spokesman, responded at a press conference to a reporter’s question on Romney’s remarks and criticized the Republican candidate for disagreeing with previously stated policies. Continue Reading »

White House Refuses To Identify Israel’s Capital …..Twice, at Press Briefing

White House spokesman Jay Carney continues to evade questions at WH press briefing regarding which city the U.S. considers to be the capital of Israel.

By Rachel Hirshfeld


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney evaded a question at Thursday’s press briefing regarding which city the U.S. considers to be the capital of Israel.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

Carney refused to disclose whether the U.S. officially believes Jerusalem or Tel Aviv to be the capital of Israel.

Persistently questioned for about a minute, an uncomfortable Carney only responded that, “I have not had that question in a while. Continue Reading »