Obama said Friday that the U.S. is looking at limited action in Syria and warned that the use of chemical weapons threatens allies such as Israel, Jordan, and Turkey. Kerry said that Syria chemical attack on August 21 killed 1,429. Keep up to date with Haaretz’s live blog.
No bread for Obama: the U.S. president will be visiting Israel right before the beginning of Passover, and therefore the entire King David Hotel, where he will be staying with an entourage that will fill all 233 rooms from Wednesday March 20 to Friday March 22, will be made kosher for Passover.
However Executive Chef Michel Nabet isn’t worried. "So, we won’t eat pasta and Obama won’t either, it’s not so bad. We’ll eat more fresh vegetables – we have no shortage of ingredients.” Read more.
Netanyahu wants your Facebook vote: Which logo should Israel use for Obama’s visit? The Prime Minister’s Office has posted on Facebook logos designed by three graphic artists for the occasion. The logo that receives the most “likes” will appear on signs, flags and official documents made out for Obama’s visit to Israel next month.
A Tel Aviv peace rally has been planned to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama to Israel next month.
A movement called the Joint Camp plans to hold a mass peace rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on the day Obama arrives in Israel at the end of March. Organizers of the rally hope the president will be able to take part in the event, though his participation would require high security costs.
Most Israeli Jews support Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and most Israeli Arabs prefer U.S. President Barack Obama, according to a new poll.
Support for Romney includes 70 percent of self-defined right-wingers, 54 percent of centrists, and 30 percent of left-wingers. However, a plurality of Arab Israelis prefers Obama (45 percent) over Romney (15 percent). Read more.
Mitt Romney criticized U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday after the Democratic Party apparently removed a reference to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from the party’s platform.
In 2008, the platform said “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel”, while in 2012, the Democratic platform made no mention of Jerusalem.
Several pro-Israeli party functionaries at the convention fumed about the omission of Jerusalem, and later Romney’s campaigned released a statement in response, saying that t was “unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama’s shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.” Read more.