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Israel Calls Up Reserves as Syria Bubbles

But its lobbyists are noticeably quiet

(Newser) - With a Western strike on Syria looking more likely by the hour, Israel mobilized some of its reservists and beefed up its missile defenses today, Reuters reports. But apart from that move, the country seemed strangely nonplussed by the furor surrounding its neighbor and longtime enemy. "Following a security... More »

Jewish Groups Mobilize Against Chuck Hagel

Neocons say potential defense chief is anti-Israel

(Newser) - Neoconservatives have come out in force against rumored prospective Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accusing him of being an enemy of Israel. "We will make sure every American knows he is an anti-Semite," a GOP Senate aide told the Weekly Standard last week. The controversy centers around a phrase... More »

Netanyahu to Obama: No Iran Hit Planned. Yet.

Iran has Israel, US in strained relationship

(Newser) - The US and Israel still don't quite see eye to eye on Iran, but Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the White House yesterday managed to reassure both sides. American officials emerged saying President Obama's tougher rhetoric had eased pressure on Israel to attack, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Netanyahu to Obama: 'We Are You, and You Are Us'

Iran tensions dominate talks

(Newser) - President Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu tried to project an image of unity today as the president welcomed his Israeli counterpart to the Oval Office. Speaking to reporters before their closed-door meeting, Obama said, "The United States will always have Israel's back," echoing his AIPAC speech. Netanyahu, meanwhile,... More »

Obama Assures AIPAC: 'I Have Israel's Back'

On Iran, president warns of 'loose talk' about war

(Newser) - President Obama followed a speech by Israeli President Shimon Peres at AIPAC today with a blunt assessment about Israel: “There should not be a shred of doubt by now: when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back." He reminded the audience of recent US aid to... More »

Israel's Peres: Iran 'Will Be Stopped'

Shimon Peres tells AIPAC that Tehran is 'an evil, morally corrupt regime'

(Newser) - Israeli President Shimon Peres took the stage at AIPAC today with Iran squarely in his crosshairs: Speaking just before President Obama, CNN reports that Peres said that while "peace is always our first option ... if we are forced to fight, trust me, we shall prevail." Peres minced no... More »

Jewish Vote Riding on Obama AIPAC Speech

With Iran, GOP pressuring, Obama needs to shore up Israel position

(Newser) - With Republicans hammering President Obama on Israel, his shaky relationship with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the looming threat of Iran's nuclear program, Obama's AIPAC speech this morning could be a "a pivotal moment" for keeping the Jewish vote heading into this fall's election,... More »

Israeli Pundits Pan Netanyahu's US Trip

Meanwhile, Obama loses top Jewish donor

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu got plenty of standing ovations in Washington, but back home the “nearly unanimous assessment” is that he’s badly damaged the peace process and fueled Palestine’s push for a UN resolution recognizing its statehood, the New York Times reports. “Those who are scared of peace... More »

Democrats Desert Obama on Israel

President left isolated after Netanyahu's hero's welcome

(Newser) - Top Democrats are making a show of standing behind Benjamin Netanyahu in his sort-of face-off with the White House, leaving President Obama more or less isolated, the Washington Post reports. In his own speech before AIPAC, Harry Reid offered a thinly-veiled jab at President Obama’s calls for a two-state... More »

Netanyahu: 1967 Borders 'Indefensible'

Protesters heckle Israeli prime minister at AIPAC

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu stuck to his guns in a speech to AIPAC yesterday, vehemently rejecting President Obama’s call for a return to Israel’s pre-1967 borders. Any peace agreement “must leave Israel with security, and therefore Israel cannot return to the indefensible 1967 lines,” he told the pro-Israel... More »

Obama: Israel Needs to Move on Peace Plan

Tells AIPAC that Thursday speech merely said out loud long accepted wisdom

(Newser) - President Obama says Israel will face growing isolation without a credible Middle East peace process, telling AIPAC today that "we cannot afford to wait another decade, or another two decades, or another three decades, to achieve peace." After a contentious couple of days, Obama said today his endorsement... More »

Hitchens: Rehire Rick Sanchez

And what's so terrible about calling the Jewish lobby powerful?

(Newser) - Rick Sanchez is out of a job and apparently sorry about it, but exactly what is the problem with pointing out the obvious power of the Jewish lobby, asks Christopher Hitchens over at Slate. Washington's elite plainly swoon before pro-Israel group AIPAC, Hitchens writes, and the author's own "overlapping... More »

Defiant Netanyahu Defends Building in Jerusalem

Israeli prime minister thumbs nose at US in AIPAC speech

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu won’t yield to US demands to halt construction in East Jerusalem, he told the pro-Israeli lobbying group AIPAC last night in Washington. “The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 years, and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today,” he said. “Jerusalem is not... More »

Feds Drop Spying Charges Against AIPAC Lobbyists

Earlier rulings made conviction unlikely: gov't

(Newser) - Government prosecutors say they will move to dismiss the espionage case against a pair of former AIPAC lobbyists linked to Rep. Jane Harman, the Washington Post reports. Prosecutors said they probably wouldn’t be able to secure a conviction because of the “additional intent requirement imposed by the court,... More »

Feds May Drop Case Against Lobbyists in Harman Flap

Move unrelated to scandal, they say

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors may drop charges against two pro-Israeli lobbyists at the center of a wiretapping scandal involving a member of Congress, the Washington Post reports. The feds say the possible move has nothing to do with the scandal involving Rep. Jane Harman. Instead, a series of recent court decisions in... More »

Wiretap Catches Rep Making Deal for Pro-Israel Lobby Group

Bushies helped kill probe of Dem Harman

(Newser) - A wiretap by the National Security Agency caught California Rep. Jane Harman promising a suspected Israeli agent she’d intervene on behalf of two pro-Israeli lobbyists facing espionage charges, sources tell CQ Politics. In exchange, the agent promised to pressure then-minority leader Nancy Pelosi into making Harman chair of the... More »

Jews Like Obama Far Better Than Lieberman, McCain

It's not even close

(Newser) - Despite Barack Obama’s much debated Jewish problems—and Joe Lieberman’s place of pride as unofficial Jewish spokesman—the Dem is viewed favorably by 60% of American Jews and unfavorably by only 34%, while the Independent scores 37% and 48% (McCain comes in at 34% and 57%). The numbers... More »

Obama: Israel's Security Is Sacrosanct

Candidate shores up Jewish support with post-primary speech

(Newser) - Less than 24 hours after securing the Dem nomination, Barack Obama moved to shore up his support among Jewish voters this morning, pledging before a pro-Israel lobby his unequivocal support of Israel. “Those who threaten Israel threaten us,” he told the AIPAC. “I will never compromise when... More »

McCain and Obama Joust on Iran Threat, Divestment

Republican mocks plan to talk 'as if it were some sudden inspiration;' Dem hits back

(Newser) - John McCain smacked Barack Obama on Iran today, telling a pro-Israel lobbying group the Democrat wanted to meet with “the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism … as if it were some sudden inspiration.” As the Republican proposed to lead a world divestment campaign echoing that against South... More »

Rice Ordered to Testify in Espionage Trial

10 top officials subpoenaed on behalf of pro-Israel lobbyists

(Newser) - In a rare move, a federal judge yesterday ordered Condoleezza Rice and 10 other high-ranking officials to testify at the upcoming trial of two pro-Israel lobbyists accused of espionage. National security adviser Stephen Hadley and former Defense official Paul Wolfowitz are among those subpoenaed to testify on behalf of the... More »

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