Obama warned against visiting al Aqsa mosque

Palestinian political and religious leaders on Sunday stressed that US President Barack Obama should not visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem in a way that might compromise its “Muslim sovereignty.” Obama will be arriving in Israel and the Palestinian territories

McCain: ‘Syria civil war could have been stopped last year’

The civil war in Syria could have been stopped last year if President Obama had armed the rebels, Republican Senator John McCain told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “I always believed that we could provide weapons and training, but I also felt it was important to establish a safe zone,”

Obama visit could see three or four-way summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama could hold a three-way summit during the US president’s upcoming visit, Israel’s deputy foreign minister said on Saturday. “During the visit of President Obama, a three-way summit could take place or even four-way with King Abdullah II of Jordan,”

Sharp division within US administration over Syria policy

The Pentagon’s top leaders said Thursday that they favored supplying weapons to rebels locked in a grinding civil war with the Syrian government, a position that put them directly at odds with the White House. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Obama to Visit Israel, Jordan, West Bank this spring

President Barack Obama plans to visit Israel, the West Bank and Jordan in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, stepping up U.S. efforts to coordinate policy on Iran, Syria and the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The president discussed the proposed visit during a phone call on Jan. 28 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, […]

President Obama addresses the Syrian people via Video

US President Barack Obama released a video statement to the Syrian people attesting to the U.S. commitment to their humanitarian needs amid fresh reports of civilian killings by the Assad regime. The three-minute video with Arabic subtitles was circulated today by the White House in connection with a U.S. announcement of $155 mill