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- Posted byon March 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM EST
- Posted byon March 26, 2012 at 7:05 PM EST
Peace and Security for Israel
Remarks as Prepared by Antony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President
J Street Conference, Washington, DC - March 26, 2012
- Posted byon March 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM EST
Yesterday, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, addressed over 2,500 attendees at the J Street Conference in Washington, DC. There, Valerie reiterated the President’s iron-clad commitment to Israel’s security and shared stories of her personal connections to the Jewish people. Attendants at the J Street Conference also heard from Tony Blinken, the National Security Advisor to the Vice President.
- Posted byon March 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM EST
Last Friday, I had the privilege of visiting the Robert M. Beren Academy Stars basketball team in Houston, TX. The team received attention after they chose to forfeit the Texas state semi-final for high school basketball rather than playing on Shabbat. After receiving attention in thenational news, the league eventually agreed to move the game and the Beren Stars were allowed to play in the state championship.
- Posted byon March 19, 2012 at 1:18 PM EST
On March 8, Jews around the world celebrated the holiday of Purim, made famous in the Book of Esther, which tells the story of the Jews of ancient Persia overcoming a murderous plot by Haman. White House and Agency staffers from all faiths and backgrounds gathered in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to celebrate the holiday. In partnership with Rabbi Levi Shemtov of the American Friends of Lubavitch, staffers were led in a reading of the Megillah by Rabbi Shua Hecht.
- Posted byon March 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM EST
On Monday, March 5th, Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice addressed the Synagogue Initiative lunch at the AIPAC Policy Conference. There, she reiterated the administration's support for Israel and shared the story of her personal connection with Israel. Following her speech, over 400 rabbis sang her favorite psalm, Hinei ma’tov uma-nayim, shevet achim gam yachad - "behold how good and how pleasing if people could sit together in unity."
Ambassador Rice's remarks are below:
- Posted byon March 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM EST
President Obama has stated that the most extreme threat to global security is nuclear terrorism. The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of the President’s main resources to combat this threat.
In mid-January, I traveled with colleagues from DNDO to Tel Aviv, Israel, to observe a national-level Israeli Ministry of Defense exercise. The exercise explored detection and response capabilities surrounding a simulated Radiation Dispersal Device (RDD) (“dirty bomb”) terrorist attack. As one of President Obama’s key nuclear terrorism experts, I sought to advance our collective efforts to prevent and ultimately detect the illicit movement of nuclear and radiological material.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Israel in Speech to AIPAC Policy ConferencePosted byon March 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM EST
On Tuesday, March 6th, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta addressed the AIPAC Policy Conference where he reaffirmed President Obama's "commitment to maintain and expand Israel’s qualitative military edge." This speech follows Secretary Panetta's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, March 5th.