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  • Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

    1 week ago

    At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

    More than eight hours after militants slipped...

  • Israel not pushing for tougher Iran sanctions as talks go on

    2 weeks ago

    Israel will not press Washington to tighten sanctions on Iran while nuclear negotiations continue for the next six months, but will push for tough action if the talks' June deadline is not met, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Intelligence Ministry Director-General...

  • Why Jews still back Obama

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    This entire week, people kept sending me emails with this screaming subject line: “OBAMA MULLING SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL.VERIFICATION ON GOOGLE.” 

    Neither turned out to be true: Obama is not mulling sanctions, and Google doesn’t verify the fact (or any fact, for that matter). In...

  • Kerry to meet Netanyahu in Rome for Middle East talks

    2 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Rome on Sunday for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on developments in Israel and the West Bank, the State Department said on Wednesday.

    "John Kerry will travel to Rome on Sunday to meet with Prime Minister...

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  • Finding solutions to reducing teen stress

    By Avishay Artsy

    2 weeks ago

    Every weekday at around 6:30 a.m., Henry Muhlheim hits the snooze button a few times before getting up and driving from Hancock Park to Harvard-Westlake School, one of the country’s top private high schools.

    The 17-year-old junior then winds his way through a grueling schedule of...

  • Israel's Knesset votes to dissolve

    2 weeks ago

    Israel's parliament voted on Monday to dissolve itself in preparation for an early general election on March 17, after a crisis set in motion by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's dismissal of two ministers.

    The parliament's vote of 93 to 0 formalized a decision to move forward...

  • Sunday Reads: ISIS comes to Egypt, How Netanyahu can still lose

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    US

    Michael Cohen takes on the idea that the US is ‘in retreat’:

    A nation actively retreating from the global stage would, for example, withdraw from international organizations, shed defense alliances, and cede power and influence to potential rivals. Quite the opposite is...

  • Proposed nation-state law crosses American Jewish red lines

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    I wish I could draw.

    A few years back, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the United Nations General Assembly with a cartoonish drawing of a bomb meant to illustrate Iran’s march toward achieving a nuclear weapon. He pointed to a red line across the top of the...

  • Franklin Graham: America’s failure to understand religion foils cogent Mideast policy

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Franklin Graham, the son of legendary evangelical preacher Billy Graham and heir to the religious empire his father built has worked extensively in the Middle East and has watched America’s Mideast policies evolve over the years...

  • Israel needs a bigger message

    By David Suissa

    November 25, 2014 | 8:54 am

    I’m repulsed by these anti-Israel groups on college campuses that pretend to care about oppressed people in the Middle East. They don’t. What they really care about is undermining Israel. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, have no interest in engaging in a...

  • Hitler watercolor fetches 130,000 euros at Nuremberg auction

    November 25, 2014 | 12:25 am

    A 1914 watercolor by Adolf Hitler fetched 130,000 euros ($161,000) at auction in the German city of Nuremberg on Saturday, the auctioneers said.

    The buyer was a private person from the Middle East who attended the sale in person, said Kathrin Weidler, head of the auction house....

  • Netanyahu sees positive side to missing Iran nuclear deadline

    November 24, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the likelihood that Iran and six world powers would fail to meet a deadline on Monday for a nuclear agreement.

    "No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with...

  • Kerry: Progress in Iran talks, tough road ahead

    November 24, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

    "If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we...

  • Sunday Reads: On Israel’s controversial nation-state law, How ISIS corporatized terror

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 23, 2014 | 4:23 am

    US

    According to Henri J. Barkey, Obama’s upcoming review of America’s Syria strategy is unlikely to result in any serious changes:

    The options such a review would produce are unlikely to change policy anytime soon. This is not only because there are no good ones out there...

  • Sunday Reads: Accepting America’s decline, Iran’s peacemaking efforts, Power on anti-Semitism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 16, 2014 | 4:21 am

    US

    Rosa Brooks argues that admitting American power is in decline is essential for the formation of a coherent foreign policy:

    Unfortunately, American political leaders share a bipartisan inclination to deny these realities. Mostly, they succumb to the Lake Wobegon effect:...

  • Australia Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s protocols of Zion paranoia

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 11, 2014 | 10:14 am

    As an American who is married to an Australian, whose children are Australian citizens, and who visits this beautiful country annually, I care deeply when the decency of Australia is maligned by the likes of Bob Carr, Australia’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs.  His vicious...

  • Maher vs. Affleck vs. Harris Round 2

    By Rob Eshman

    November 5, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    I have one word for Ben Affleck, Sam Harris and Bill Maher: Rematch.

    The three of them began an argument on Oct. 10 on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” that came to an end when the episode concluded. It needs to continue.

    At issue was whether Islam is, in Maher’s view, a...

  • Egyptian militant group denies pledging loyalty to Islamic State on Twitter

    November 4, 2014 | 11:29 am

    Egypt's most active militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, denied in a Twitter message on Tuesday that it had pledged allegiance to Islamic State and it distanced itself from a statement that appeared in its name online.

    A statement purporting to be from Ansar appeared late on...

  • Israel’s new reality

    November 4, 2014 | 9:38 am

    The Middle East is always a complex part of the world, but never more so than today. One almost needs a scorecard to keep track of the shifting alliances, the new and old players, the longstanding and emerging threats and, of course, the opportunities that abound.

    In many of...

  • Kerry says reported U.S. slur of Israel’s Netanyahu ‘damaging’

    October 30, 2014 | 3:20 pm

    The description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" by an anonymous U.S. official as quoted in a U.S. magazine this week was disgraceful and damaging, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    Netanyahu on Wednesday condemned the comment from an...

  • Israel must export self-criticism

    By David Suissa

    October 29, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    It was unsettling to hear Israeli President Reuven Rivlin say last week, “The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment.”

    Rivlin was referring to the resurgence of animosity between Israeli Arabs and Jews in the wake of the Gaza...

  • Netanyahu fumes at ‘chickenshit’ slur

    October 29, 2014 | 10:05 am

    An anonymous U.S. official's reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration.

    The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic...

  • Car bomb kills 15 people in central Baghdad

    October 27, 2014 | 10:40 am

    A car bomb killed at least 15 people in central Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources in the Iraqi capital said.

    The attack took place on a street with shops and restaurants in the Karrada district, which is home to both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims as well as other sects and ethnic groups.

    Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Mark Heinrich

  • Netanyahu to expedite plans for 1,000 new settler homes

    October 27, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite planning for some 1,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem, a government official said on Monday, in a bid to placate a restive coalition ally without further aggravating a dispute with Washington.

    The ultranationalist Jewish...

  • L.A.-Eilat task force kicks off with water meeting at City Hall

    By Jared Sichel

    October 22, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    On the heels of a cooperative agreement signed in March between the governments of Israel and California, the cities of Los Angeles and Eilat built on a 55-year sister-city relationship, holding an inaugural task force meeting Oct. 20 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    The gathering,...

  • Amid regional turmoil, Israel looks to its firm bond with Jordan

    October 22, 2014 | 10:34 am

    If there were a heat map showing instability in the Middle East, the area around most of Israel's borders would have turned a steadily deeper shade of red over the past few years.

    With attacks by Hezbollah from Lebanon, the threat from Islamic State and the Nusra Front in Syria...

  • Contemplating hypocrisy and double standards

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 22, 2014 | 8:51 am

    Hypocrisy – the ability to do certain things and then criticize others for doing the exact same thing, is part of being a human being. We do it constantly, and in the age of social networks –we have no shame in sharing our hypocrite thoughts with the world. We try to hide it behind...

  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

    October 20, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.

    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was...

  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • Joining Islamic State is about ‘sex and aggression,’ not religion

    October 17, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men - and some women - become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization-and how best to undo it.

    The appeal of Islamic State rests on individuals'...

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