Posts Tagged ‘White House’

Obama’s New Years Greetings To Oren

September 12, 2012

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, was so pleased with a Rosh Hashanah greeting he received Monday from President Barack Obama that he photographed it and put it on Twitter. “I’m deeply appreciative of President @BarackObama’s personal letter for Rosh Hashanah,” the ambassador tweeted.

The letter, typewritten on official White House stationery, was delivered to Oren’s home in Washington. In it, Obama makes specific reference to Oren’s wife Sally and children Yoav, Lia and Noam, wishing them and all others who will gather with the family a good and sweet New Year.

But don’t let the fancy letterhead and “L’Shanah Tovah” sign-off fool you. This may be a High Holiday greeting, but it is also a politician communicating during election season. “This holiday season is a time of reflection: a chance to reaffirm friendships and renew our commitments—including America’s unshakeable commitment to the State of Israel,” the President wrote. He went on to state that the security of Israel is “non-negotiable,” and made a specific point of claiming “the security cooperation between our two countries is stronger than it has ever been.”

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.



Initial Remarks

November 8, 2011

This post first appeared as “Bernstein’s First Speech as Obama’s Jewish Liaison” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

Jarrod Bernstein made his first public speech as President Obama’s liaison to the Jewish community at the second annual Agudath Israel legislative breakfast in New York on Monday. As might be expected, he did his best to remind the members of the pro-Israel Haredi organization of what the Administration is doing both for Israel and for the Jews at home.

Addressing an audience made up of people not generally known to be Obama fans, Bernstein pointed out that the Obama administration has allocated a record number of Pell grants, which benefit rabbinical and Yeshiva students. He also highlighted the fact that President Obama’s requests to Congress for aid to Israel have been the highest in history ($3 billion this year), and that this funding has been integral to the deployment of the Iron Dome missile defense system, which has been saving Israeli lives. Bernstein also spoke of Obama’s efforts to thwart the Iranian nuclear threat.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Portable Tent, Portable Protest

August 4, 2011

Update: Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz’s chief U.S. correspondent met the Israeli tent protest guys in Washington. It turns out they are a group of artists calling themselves Punk Hapoalim. Click here to read Mozgovaya’s blog post and to view a video of her interviewing the protesters  (skip to the middle of the video if you want to hear only what the Punk Hapoalim guys have to say).

Israel’s social justice protests have apparently reached all the way to the grounds of the White House. Here’s a photo circulating on Facebook that was posted on Hostel Ayalon Label‘s page.