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  • Sunday Reads: Death of a Polish Giant, ‘Egypt’s Pinochet’, Netanyahu’s economic vision

    By Shmuel Rosner

    20 hours ago

    US

    Ann-Marie Slaughter argues in favour of President Obama’s attempts at bilateral engagement with isolated countries:

    Obama rejected his predecessor George W. Bush’s policy of isolating “rogue states,” recognizing that America’s only hope for influencing isolated countries’...

  • 100 Years of waiting: Lebanon, a century after the Armenian genocide

    3 days ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line

    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hundreds of red lanterns glowed as they rose into the sky, watched by the crowds below until they disappeared behind the buildings that dot the fringes of the Lebanese coastline. The event is one of many building up...

  • Israel and Apartheid

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    1 week ago

    Everyday I open the internet to read that Israel is an apartheid country. Although the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is very small in number, it is getting a lot of press and its lies are repeated everywhere.  Left wing radical politicians all over the world  are...

  • Israeli military networks breached by hackers

    1 week ago

    Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems Inc.

    The four-month-old effort, most...

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  • Clinton weighs loyalty to Obama, distinctions on Israel issues

    1 week ago

    Hillary Clinton does not appear until 90 seconds into the two-minute video rolling out her campaign. No one among the bright and diverse array of everyday Americans in that video mentions foreign policy. Or Barack Obama.

    Jewish Democrats say the video released this weekend is...

  • U.S., EU optimistic that Congress will pass Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry made clear at a meeting of G7 foreign ministers that he was optimistic an Iran deal will get through Congress, Germany's foreign minister said, while the EU's foreign policy chief was also upbeat.

    President Barack Obama had agreed on Tuesday that...

  • U.S., allies conduct 18 air strikes in Syria, Iraq against Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with three air strikes and conducted another 15 strikes against the group in Iraq from Monday to Tuesday morning, the U.S. military said.

    All three of the strikes in Syria were conducted using fighter aircraft and hit targets near Kobani, it said in a statement released on Tuesday. In Iraq, the air strikes were conducted with fighter and attack planes as well as drones and occurred near Bayji, Fallujah, Mosul, Ramadim and Sinjar, it said.

  • Russia opens way to missile deliveries to Iran, starts oil-for-goods swap

    2 weeks ago

    Russia paved the way on Monday for missile system deliveries to Iran and started an oil-for-goods swap, signalling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran.

    The moves come after world powers, including Russia,...

  • Iran deal could stumble on sensitive nuclear monitoring

    2 weeks ago

    Beefing up international monitoring of Iran's nuclear work could become the biggest stumbling block to a final accord between Tehran and major powers, despite a preliminary deal reached last week.

    As part of that deal, Iran and the powers agreed that United Nations inspectors...

  • The Iranian deal: Accept an imperfect deal, then make it better

    3 weeks ago

    In “King Lear,” William Shakespeare cautioned against “striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.” French philosopher Voltaire wrote that “perfect is the enemy of the good.” What each of these maxims tells us is that efficiency is a worthy objective. In striving to reach 100...

  • A third of Republicans support Iran nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Thirty-one percent of U.S. Republicans favor a new nuclear deal with Iran, creating a challenge for their party's lawmakers who largely oppose the framework accord sealed between Tehran and world powers, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.

    Another 30 percent of Republicans...

  • Middle East prepares for Iran nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    The signing of the framework agreement to end Iran’s nuclear program is having repercussions throughout the Middle East. In Israel, itself a nuclear power, there is deep skepticism that Iran will comply with the terms of the...

  • Hezbollah says Iran nuclear agreement ‘rules out specter of regional war’

    3 weeks ago

    The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Monday that a framework nuclear agreement that Iran reached with world powers last week rules out the specter of regional war.

    "There is no doubt that the Iranian nuclear deal will be big and important to the region," Sayyed Hassan...

  • Hamas maneuvers among regional powers

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Hamas is attempting to maneuver between rival regional powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Hamas is siding with Iran against the US on negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, but with Saudi Arabia against Iran on the Shi’ite Houthi...

  • Kerry extends Iran talks, French foreign minister returns

    April 1, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German and French counterparts extended marathon talks in Switzerland on Wednesday for a second day beyond a self-imposed deadline to reach a preliminary agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.

    A diplomat close to the talks said late...

  • Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

    April 1, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    President Barack Obama’s refusal to accept Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ostensible recommitment to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has watchers of the U.S.-Israel relationship wondering if the recent crisis is a mere speed bump or a sign of a...

  • What you need to know about the Iran nuclear negotiations

    April 1, 2015 | 12:08 pm

    Diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, have extended their deadline on a framework accord on Iran’s nuclear program. But even if an agreement is reached soon, it’s merely a way station toward a comprehensive deal that is due by June 30.

    If a deal is reached, who needs to approve it?...

  • Let’s leave Obama out of our seders

    By David Suissa

    April 1, 2015 | 11:16 am

    Jews have big mouths. Put those big mouths in a society that reveres freedom of speech and it’s a sight to behold. On the whole, it’s a wonderful attribute. We analyze everything, we criticize endlessly, we kvetch, we yell, we do everything but shut up. It’s as if we’re taking...

  • Netanyahu: Iran deal will allow nuclear breakout in less than a year

    March 31, 2015 | 10:27 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators will leave Iran with the capability to develop a nuclear weapon in under a year.

    [Related: The critical importance of ‘Lausanne’]

    For...

  • Just released ADL audit shows significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents

    By Ryan Torok

    March 30, 2015 | 5:16 pm

    One Shabbat this past August, Jewish comedian Elon Gold was walking with his family when they were confronted by a Middle Eastern-looking man who harassed them and shouted, “I hope your children die! Just like you are killing children in Gaza!”

    This local incident was one of many...

  • Netanyahu to visiting senators: Proposed deal ‘paves way’ for Iranian bomb

    March 30, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a delegation of U.S. senators in Jerusalem that a proposed deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program “paves Iran’s way to the bomb.”

    Netanyahu met Sunday morning in Jerusalem with the delegation led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the...

  • Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises as Israel hopes for failure

    March 29, 2015 | 9:16 am

    Iran and six major powers were exploring possible compromises to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned they were unable to move on several sticking points.

    The news came as Israel said the details of a possible agreement emerging from talks...

  • Benjamin Netanyahu: The new Republican hero

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 26, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just won a startling re-election by linking his fate not to the United States as a whole, but to the U.S. Republican Party. Risking opprobrium for alienating President Barack Obama as well as Israel’s international support, he nevertheless...

  • Canada says it will bomb Islamic State ‘safe havens’ in Syria

    March 24, 2015 | 3:58 pm

    Canada will expand its military mission against Islamic State by launching air strikes against the militants' safe havens in Syria as well as Iraq, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.

    That will make Canada the second NATO member nation after the United States to attack...

  • Netanyahu vows to stop ‘Palestinian continuity’ toward Jerusalem

    March 16, 2015 | 12:27 pm

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Har Homa, Jerusalem – Standing on an apartment balcony beneath an olive tree overlooking the green hills between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a hastily convened news conference in this...

  • Israel: Democracy in action

    By David Suissa

    March 16, 2015 | 12:00 pm

    The messy and chaotic atmosphere that has permeated the election season in Israel has made it easy to overlook one simple fact – Israel’s neighbors are jealous of this very mess.

    "We really envy the Israelis,” a veteran Palestinian journalist told Khaled Abu Toameh of the...

  • UCLA Jews: Stop fighting and start winning

    By David Suissa

    March 11, 2015 | 4:55 pm

    When someone punches you in the face, there are three ways you can fight back: One, you can punch him back. Two, you can complain to authorities. Three, you can drive him crazy.

    Unfortunately, pro-Israel groups on U.S. campuses are very good at complaining, but very bad at...

  • Islamic State video claims to show child executing ‘Israeli spy’

    March 10, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    A video posted online by Islamic State militants on Tuesday showed a child killing Muhammad Musallam, an Israeli Arab accused by the group of being a Mossad spy, with a bullet to the head.

    The video, published by the group's Furqan media outlet, showed Musallam sitting in a room...

  • U.S. official: Proposed agreement with Iran not limited to decade

    March 8, 2015 | 9:13 pm

    The proposed nuclear agreement with Iran will not be limited to a decade, a senior U.S. official said.

    On Sunday, the unnamed official who briefed Israeli journalists by phone said the deal would include several phases and last for longer than a decade, according to Israeli media...

  • Where is Obama’s grand vision?

    By David Suissa

    March 5, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    For a man who got elected on grand visions and “hope” and “change,” President Barack Obama has brought little hope to the people of the Middle East.

    Obama’s first move was grand enough, when he reached out to Muslim and Arab leaders with an apologetic speech in Cairo. The...

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