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Biden’s bad foreign-policy deals

Because Barack Obama struck me as a clever fellow, I never understood why, when negotiating with despots, he failed to utilize the leverage available to him. For instance, he might have said to Russian President Vladimir...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. in 2018. Credit: a katz/Shutterstock.

Abbas’s snubs work like a charm on Biden

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas may be facing serious challenges to his reign in Ramallah, but he’s having no trouble playing the powers-that-be in Washington. After four years of being called to task by...
U.S. President Biden on the campaign trail in Henderson, Nev., on Feb. 14, 2020. Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore.

Biden’s ‘Nine-Miles-Wide Plan’

The Biden administration reportedly intends to demand that Israel return to the nine-miles-wide pre-1967 armistice lines. Should we be surprised? How dangerous would that be? And what should American Jews do about it? According to...
U.S. President Joe Biden talks on the phone with Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the Oval Office of the White House on Jan. 22, 2021. Credit: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz.

Biden speaks with Netanyahu for first time since entering office

U.S. President Joe Biden called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday in their first conversation since Biden took office nearly a month ago. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the conversation was “warm and...

Yiddish professor goes viral in town hall with President Biden

President Joe Biden engaged in a rare moment of kvelling during a live broadcast of a CNN town hall in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. “I actually know some Yiddish,” Biden revealed during an exchange with a Jewish...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2021. Source: Screenshot.

The issue is Biden not wanting to help Bibi, not a phone conversation

Most of those debating when President Joe Biden is going to finally pick up the phone and call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are either overestimating or underestimating the significance of this kerfuffle. The...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on March 9, 2016, during Biden's official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO.

White House: Netanyahu to be first Middle East leader Biden will call

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be the first Middle East leader President Joe Biden will call, the White House said on Tuesday. “His first call with a leader in the region will be with...
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon during a visit of U.N. Secretary General António Guterres at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on Aug. 28, 2017. Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

In viral tweet, former Israeli UN envoy urges Biden to phone Netanyahu

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Wednesday tweeted an appeal to U.S. President Joe Biden that he contact Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, listing other world leaders to whom the newly elected...
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 9, 2016. Photo by Flash90.

Biden urges democracy abroad, but will it apply to Palestinians?

In a stirring speech last week, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke eloquently of America’s commitment to fostering democracy and civil rights around the world. I wonder if any leaders of the Palestinian Authority were...
Official portrait of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Jan 10, 2013. Credit: David Lienemann/White House Photo.

GOP to Biden: Don’t revert to maximum ‘concession’ campaign vis à vis Tehran

Dozens of Republican lawmakers wrote to U.S. President Joe Biden urging him not to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal. In a letter signed by 51 Republican lawmakers and spearheaded by Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.), they...