Obama was no doubt mindful of Jewish voters in giving his Middle East speech. He'll need to work hard to win their backing again in 2012, and many are skeptical of his support for Israel.
Asian workers play cricket on their day off in Hamad Town, Bahrain.
NATO destroyed eight Libyan warships Friday in a week that saw a push for ICC arrest warrants for Qaddafi and a tough speech from Obama supporting the rebellion.
While President Obama has voiced support for pro-democracy uprisings across the Middle East, the instability has made Israel's Netanyahu wary of making concessions for peace.
Not much. A fact check on Huckabee and Romney's outrage, and Netanyahu's mention of a 2004 US 'commitment.'
Congressional appropriators voiced doubts about some aspects of Obama's speech. But the most pointed criticism was from the GOP. 'Obama has thrown Israel under the bus,' Mitt Romney said.
While those involved in Arab uprisings welcomed Obama's support, others were disappointed with his failure to apologize for US support for Middle East dictators.
President Obama on Thursday sought to align the US with forces of democratic change sweeping the Arab world. His Middle East speech also prodded Israel and the Palestinians on peace talks, but was met with immediate pushback.
President Barack Obama may have impressed much of the Arab world with his 2009 Cairo speech. But today's effort won't be remembered nearly as fondly.