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  • Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

    1 day ago

    Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there’s plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East.

    But amid all the fighting, there’s also some good news for Israel.

    If it wasn’t obvious before, the conflagrations have...

  • Video shows Islamic State executing scores of Syrian soldiers

    1 day ago

    Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on YouTube on Thursday.

    The video, confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter, showed the bodies of...

  • Pearl Foundation: The pragmatic fight against evil

    By Susan Freudenheim

    2 days ago

    As the online video of an ISIS militant’s murder of American freelance journalist James Foley went viral on the Internet last week, the gruesome scene recalled another journalist’s murder more than 12 years ago. In 2002, al-Qaida member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed killed Daniel Pearl,...

  • Why didn’t Gazans use the IDF field hospital?

    By Simone Wilson

    2 days ago

    For those few Gaza hospitals not bombed or evacuated during the Gaza war, the influx of wounded and dead made for a hellish 24/7 chaos in their halls, as well as growing refugee camps on their perimeters. At the height of fighting in late July and early August, doctors and...

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  • European Union offers assurances to prevent misuse of Gaza imports

    4 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, head of delegation of the European Union to Israel, is no stranger to the region. Speaking to The Media Line’s Felice Friedson, Ambassador Faaborg-Andersen said in the mid-1970s following his...

  • The news summer from hell and the end of optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    4 days ago

    By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts.  Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse – that kind of feeling. 

    “What fresh hell is this?” – the question Dorothy Parker...

  • Sunday Reads: On General Sherman & the IDF, Saudi Arabia’s influence on ISIS, America’s ‘dirty wars’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

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    According to Russell Crandall, America has been fighting 'dirty wars' since its inception –

    America’s self-identity is that we are a reluctant nation when it comes to starting wars, but when forced we fight total wars regularly and successfully—and sometimes even leave...

  • Why Hamas is not like ISIS

    By Uri Dromi

    1 week ago

    As James Foley is beheaded and rocket attacks resume on Israel:

    For years, Israel has been trying to convince the West that it is the first line of defense against radical Islam, and that if Muslim extremists are not checked in their home territory, they might sooner or later...

  • Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan’s new prime minister

    1 week ago

    Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities.

    Erdogan said the ruling AK...

  • The killing machine called ISIS

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Long before ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – released the horrific video depicting the execution of journalist James Foley, the world had already become acutely aware that there was no limit to the group’s brutality...

  • Islamic State says it beheaded U.S. journalist

    1 week ago

    Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

    The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites. It was not immediately possible...

  • Interview with Pastor John Hagee, founder of ‘Christians United for Israel’

    2 weeks ago

    Last month Christians United for Israel (CUFI) – the largest pro-Israel organization in America with nearly 1.8 million members (and 1.2 million Facebook followers – 15 times as many as AIPAC) – held its ninth annual Washington Summit, with 4,800 delegates from all 50 states....

  • Sunday Reads: Does Netanyahu get America?, ‘Supporting the moderates’, King David’s Jerusalem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    US

    Aaron David Miller imagines what the foreign policy of a Hillary administration would have looked like had she won in 2008 –

    But on substance, Clinton’s policies would probably not have diverged fundamentally from the ones the president pursued while she was his secretary...

  • Why doesn’t the world seem to care when Christians die?

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    When Jews are killed, we make sure the world knows. When Palestinians are killed, the Web explodes. So why is it that when Christians are murdered and persecuted en masse, no one seems to care — not even other Christians?

    We see this mystery playing out in Iraq with the hundreds...

  • Wake up, Ban Ki-Moon!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    Mr. Ban,

    By the time these words are being written, about half of the world population knows that you and the organization you lead are a fraud.

    You may think we're blinded by the United Nations' original purpose, but it's not 1945 anymore, and your organization is no longer...

  • Safest place for Arabs is Israel

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    In a Twitter world of one-second images and three-second sound bites, it’s not surprising that Israel would be seen by most of the world as an enemy of Arabs.

    Especially since the start of the Gaza war, the images against Israel have been lethal. Never mind Hamas’s “dead baby...

  • How Obama and Netanyahu can make up

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not the best of friends — that seems pretty clear by now.

    But following reports during the Gaza conflict of cut-off phone calls, tough talk of “demands” and eavesdropping, it may be time for them to figure...

  • The Israel-Gaza conflict through the eyes of a teen

    August 4, 2014 | 11:52 am

    My name is Shiran, I'm 17 and I live in Israel, in a city named Ashdod. Although summer vacation has started a month ago, I'm closed in my home, instead of going to the beach or meet with friends. Not because I did something wrong, but because I'm an Israeli Jew.

    In the 21st...

  • Amid multiple attacks on U.N. facilities, Israel faces mounting criticism of Gaza tactics

    August 4, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Shortly after dawn on July 30, a bomb hit a United Nations school sheltering thousands of civilians displaced by the fighting in Gaza, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens.

    The attack on the Jabalia Elementary Girls School was the fifth attack on U.N. facilities in Gaza...

  • Erdogan dominates Turkey’s uneven presidential race

    August 4, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Cheers erupted from the packed stands when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan scored his third goal in a celebrity soccer match to mark the opening of an Istanbul stadium.

    His orange jersey bore the number 12, a reminder of Erdogan's ambition to become the nation's 12th...

  • There’s no nuance in hatred

    By David Suissa

    August 1, 2014 | 7:34 am

    One of the cherished notions of the intellectual set is the notion of nuance-- the idea that nothing is ever truly black and white. There’s always a complicating factor or two that justifies a more nuanced view of any given situation.

    More often than not, that makes sense. But to...

  • Israel, Palestinians locked in vicious circle of Gaza wars

    July 31, 2014 | 11:53 am

    When Israel ended its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip by withdrawing settlers in 2005, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hailed it as a "disengagement" from conflict with Palestinians in the densely populated coastal enclave.

    But the conflict did not end, it only changed.

    ...
  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    July 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

  • Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow, Pentagon intel chief says

    July 29, 2014 | 10:49 am

    A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.

    The remarks by Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the...

  • Son of Hamas founder: ‘Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians’

    July 28, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Mosab Hassan Yousef (son of Hamas founder) discusses how Hamas and the situation in Gaza on CNN on July 24.

  • Peres steps down as Israeli president, sees peace ‘one day’

    July 24, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres bowed out of active political life on Thursday with an ardent defence of the war in Gaza against Hamas militants and a defiant prediction that peace will "one day" come to the Middle East.

    At a ceremony overshadowed by the 17-day Gaza...

  • Iran talks extended, but uranium enrichment remains stumbling block

    July 22, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    The issue of Iranian uranium enrichment remains as stubborn an obstacle to a nuclear deal as it was at the launch of the talks six months ago.

    Iran and the major powers, led by the United States, agreed July 18 to extend the talks another four months, citing progress in a number...

  • Life – if you can call it that – under Israel’s Iron Dome

    July 21, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    I’ve become pretty great at rocket dodging. As a New Yorker living in Tel Aviv while researching a book, I never thought I’d say that. And yet it’s true: since Hamas began firing rockets into Tel Aviv on July 8, I’ve learned to move quickly.

    Out jogging when a siren blares? I...

  • Gazans pay heavy price for Hamas ties to Muslim Brotherhood

    July 21, 2014 | 9:43 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    As the situation becomes increasingly dire in the Gaza Strip, some are seeing the noticeable absence of vociferous support from the Arab world for beleaguered Gazans as a function of the Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood relationship. 

    ...
  • Iran, six powers agree to four-month extension of nuclear talks

    July 18, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    Iran and six world powers on Friday agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal that would gradually end sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, diplomats close to the talks said.

    Iran, the United States, Britain, France,...

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