Israel

  • Proposed Obama Budget Increases Israeli Missile Defense

    President Obama's proposed budget increases U.S. Military Aid to Israel's missile defense efforts from $95 million to $96.8 million.   DFI-LA President Andrew Lachman applauded the move noting that the military partnerships with Israel have created new technology to make Israel safer from rocket attacks while creating jobs and advancing military technology here in the U.S.

  • Gov Brown and PM Netanyahu Sign MOU on Trade and Tech

    MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Gov. Jerry Brown and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to the heart of the Silicon Valley on Wednesday and signed a deal that would promote trade and joint research between the Jewish state and California.

    The ceremony at the Computer History Museum was the latest international agreement signed by Brown, who led a trade mission to China last year and plans to take a delegation to Mexico this summer.

  • Kerry speech at AIPAC highlights support for Israel

    Secretary Kerry's comments to AIPAC, highlighted keeping Iran accountable and the administration support for Israel.  Have a read of his complete comments.

  • UCLA Rejects BDS

    The UCLA student government recently considered, and rejected a motion to encourage divestment in companies doing business with Israel and the West Bank.      Democrats for Israel supports Bruins for Israel and applauds the decision to reject such penalties.

  • The tentative Iran deal: What we know

    There's been a lot of hyberbole going around about the tentative Iran nuclear.    Rather than do that, let's deal with the facts and review what we know about the deal reached between the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China and EU) and Iran:

  • Obama and Netanyahu Meet: "Eyes Wide Open" on Iran

    This past roller coaster month in the Middle East has left us in a position that can only be described as a sense of "cautious optimism".

    Our optimism, however, comes from the recent meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Obama has made it clear that Israel's security is paramount and as the two leaders work closely together to define the parameters of a truly promising diplomatic moment.

    Bibi's prudent "eyes wide open" approach is resonating clearly in the international community.

    Truly, there are nice words coming out of Iranian President Rouhani and they are a nice shift from the anti-Israel demagoguery of the Ahmadinejad era, but only action counts. Words are meaningless without unambiguous and measurable actions to support them. The kinder words, though, are promising and an indication that the economic sanctions are having a significant impact within Iran.

    The relationship between the United States and Israel is closer than it has ever been with sanctions that have actually been working. As we said, this is a promising position, but Bibi is correct. President Obama has made clear we must not be so hopeful for peace that we refuse to acknowledge history or demand action.

    Iran must demonstrate its commitment to peace through the dismantling of their nuclear program before any sanctions are lifted or we risk providing the economic sustenance necessary to embolden a regime with a proven track record of supporting global terrorism and the complete destruction of Israel at precisely the moment we've been working to reach.

    And so we stand, cautiously optimistic. Cautious because of our acceptance of reality. Optimistic because Obama and Bibi are working together.

  • Analysis: Obama's Israel Trip Proves Anti-Israel Rumors False Once and For All

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  • Times of Israel: Obama's Unsurpassed Support for Israel's Security

    http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/obamas-unsurpassed-support-for-israels-security/

     

    The ink on newspapers touting President Obama’s re-election victory had barely dried when Hamas renewed its rocket attacks on Israel. Actually the rocket fire began in late October with 79 rockets launched into the Negev and Sderot from Gaza following the Emir of Qatar’s inaugural visit to Gaza. That pace picked up and accelerated in early November, along with direct attacks on IDF personnel just as the pundits were writing the obituaries on Mitt Romney’s loss.

    If President Obama was the “most anti-Israel President ever,” then this would be the safest time for him to ignore Israel’s call for help and let the Arab nations in the United Nations crack down on Israel. However, that is not what has happen.

  • Jewish Journal: Progressives Should Join Jews on Iran Strategy

    (reprinted from the Jewish Journal)

    Iran's nuclear ambitions have emerged not only as a foreign policy issue but recently have become an American political issue, as well.

    In response to the news offensive by the neoconservative movement and the Bush administration threatening military action against Iran and without backing any real new diplomatic initiatives, the new progressives have made opposing pre-emptive military action against Iran by the United States a major issue.

     

     

  • Oren Address "Bibi Snub" Rumors

    According to an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren denied that there was ever a snub or mistreatment of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

    President Obama never snubbed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s U.S. ambassador said.

    Michael Oren ran through what he said were the distortions of a March 23 White House meeting between Netanyahu and Obama during a dinner he hosted this week for top Democrats.

    According to an account of Oren's remarks prepared by the National Jewish Democratic Council, whose officers attended the dinner, Oren outlined why the Obama-Netanyahu meeting was not a snub.

    The meeting was last minute, Oren said—Obama was scheduled to be overseas, but stayed in Washington to shepherd a health care reform vote through Congress and was therefore not official. Such meetings do not have photo opportunities, Oren said.

    Oren also dispelled rumors that Netanyahu entered through the back door—he came in through the front door—and that Obama ended the meeting to dine alone with his family.

    In fact, he said, Netanyahu ended the first part of the meeting and asked if he could stay at the White House and consult with his staff before having another meeting with the president. Obama agreed.

    Furthermore, Oren noted, Obama's family was not in town.

    According to the NJDC, Oren said that his own relations with top U.S. officials were as good as or better than his predecessors.