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  • Israeli Arab List chairman: We want to be part of the process

    15 hours ago

    It is nearly 9 pm in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament; its cafeteria abuzz and Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List – the block of four Arab parties – is preparing to enjoy a much needed bowl of hot soup. He’s surrounded by a diverse cast of fellow parliamentarians including...

  • Canada to end bombing missions in Iraq and Syria

    1 day ago

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday Canada would pull out six jets that have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria, ending a controversial combat role in the fight against Islamic State.

    Trudeau's Liberals won an election last October promising to withdraw the...

  • Sunday Reads: Syria & Obama’s legacy, Hitler’s Romanian ally, Secular Israel’s ignorance

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    US

    Max Boot laments Obama’s Syria policy, which he views as a huge stain on his presidency (video):

    The Obama administration doesn't want to do anything serious in Syria and so, therefore, it's doing unserious things to make it appear as if it's doing something when it's...

  • Calling out anti-Semitism

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    If you discriminate against the only Jewish country in the world, is that anti-Semitism?

    Let’s take the European Union (EU), which routinely discriminates against the Jewish state. Among the numerous “occupied territories” around the world, for example, the EU has singled out...

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  • Sunday Reads: The problem with Open Hillel, Sisi’s fracturing regime

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    US

    Charles Krauthammer thinks the GOP got the Iran prisoner swap wrong:

    Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday’s official...

  • Jeb vows stronger relationship with Israel to confront Iran

    3 weeks ago

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday pledged to confront Iran’s military ambitions and redo the nuclear deal signed with the Iranian regime last July on Day One by reestablishing a strong diplomatic and military relationship with Israel, as well as imposing...

  • Islamic State media outlet confirms death of ‘Jihadi John’

    3 weeks ago

    A media outlet associated with Islamic State on Tuesday released a eulogy for "Jihadi John," a member of the militant group who gained notoriety for his filmed execution of hostages, the monitoring organization SITE reported.

    The militant was identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a...

  • Islamic State shows new strategy with Istanbul attack

    3 weeks ago

    The latest Islamic State (ISIS) bombing in Turkey, which killed 11 tourists, marks a change in the group’s strategy.

    Ten Germans and one Peruvian were killed, and at least a dozen injured in a suicide bombing in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood on Tuesday.

    “Clearly...

  • Senior Jewish Democrats question Sanders on Iran

    3 weeks ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raised some eyebrows when he suggested during Sunday’s TV debate that the U.S. should normalize relations with Iran.

    During the Democratic presidential TV debate in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday evening, Sanders expressed...

  • Turkey unsettled by ‘anti-Islamic’ messages in U.S. presidency race

    January 11, 2016 | 2:48 pm

    Turkey is unsettled by "anti-Islamic" messages in the U.S. presidential campaign, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, citing the 2016 race for the White House that has seen the Republican front-runner advocate a ban on Muslim immigration. 

    Donald Trump, the...

  • Iranian media reports final nuke deal obligation fulfilled

    January 11, 2016 | 2:02 pm

    Iran reportedly has completed the obligations required before sanctions could be lifted under the nuclear deal reached with world powers.

    According to the state-sponsored Fars News Agency, Iran finished taking out the core of its heavy water nuclear reactor in Arak and filling it...

  • Hillary Clinton: Taking the U.S.-Israel relationship to the next level

    January 6, 2016 | 11:49 am

    In this time of terrorism and turmoil, the alliance between the United States and Israel is more important than ever.  To meet the many challenges we face, we have to take our relationship to the next level.

    Israel needs a strong America by its side, and America needs a strong...

  • Saudi Arabia recruits Sunni allies in row with Iran

    January 4, 2016 | 11:21 am

    Saudi Arabia rallied Sunni allies to its side in a growing diplomatic row withIran on Monday, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric.

    Bahrain and Sudan cut all ties with Iran, following Riyadh's example...

  • Trump: Iran has violated the nuclear deal

    January 4, 2016 | 10:09 am

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday called on the U.S. to impose sanctions on Iran for violating the nuclear deal.

    Trump started off his speech at a campaign rally in Biloxi, Miss., Saturday evening by blasting the Obama administration over the...

  • Iraqi prime minister vows to defeat ISIS in 2016 after army’s first major victory

    December 28, 2015 | 10:29 am

    A triumphant Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared on Monday that the coming year will see his forces defeat Islamic State, after his military achieved its first major victory since collapsing in the face of the fighters 18 months ago.

    Iraqi forces flew the national flag...

  • It is Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays

    By Diana Emuna

    December 25, 2015 | 6:38 am

    This week one of my supervisors brought each of us a box of chocolate.  He came to me last.  He was afraid I might be offended at the offer of a Christmas gift.   He was so worried he consulted a co-worker who assured him, no offense would be taken.  When I thanked him and wished...

  • Sunday Reads: American Values against Islamic Extremism, Israel and Turkey Rapprochement?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 20, 2015 | 4:05 am

    US
    Larry Diamond emphasizes the importance of strengthening American values of freedom in-face of the fight against Islamic extremism

    You can’t beat a surging ideology with no ideology or higher sense of purpose. In the face of the persistent challenge of violent Islamist...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan: Normalization of ties with Israel would benefit region

    December 14, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the normalization of ties between his country and Israel would benefit the entire Middle East.

    “This normalization process would be good for us, Israel, Palestine and the entire region,” Erdogan told reporters Sunday, the Turkish Daily...

  • Sunday Reads: Obama and Kerry’s wishful thinking, Corporate bonuses in Jewish organizations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 13, 2015 | 4:11 am

    US

    Frederic C. Hof thinks Obama and Kerry suffer from too much wishful thinking on Syria:

    No doubt Syrians, Russians and Iranians would be much better off, and the world a safer place, if the president’s “truths” were taken to heart by their political leaders. Alas, these...

  • President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address or: ‘The Plot Against America II’

    By David N. Myers

    December 9, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    January 16, 2018

    “My Fellow Americans, Vice President Palin, distinguished members of Congress, and esteemed guests, I am deeply honored to offer this State of the Union address, my first since being elected your president in November 2016. 

    I must commence with a warning. ...

  • Jews against Trump

    By Rob Eshman

    December 8, 2015 | 4:51 pm

    In ways direct and subtle, the Jews of America and the Jews of France, the Jews of the left and the Jews of the right, the Jews of the Reform movement and the Jews of the Orthodox movement, have sent Donald J. Trump a message: Feh.

    “Feh” is a Yiddish expression of disgust.  And...

  • Israel trained against Russian-made air defense system in Greece

    December 4, 2015 | 8:35 am

    Israel has quietly tested ways of defeating an advanced air-defense system that Russia has deployed in the Middle East and that could limit Israel's ability to strike in Syria or Iran, military and diplomatic sources said.

    The sources said a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft system,...

  • Four Israeli reactions to the Turkish-Russian fallout

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 2, 2015 | 12:54 pm

    Turkey and Russia — long allied against alleged overweening Western interference — have been on the outs since last week, when the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey says crossed into its airspace. Russian fighter jets are targeting enemies of Syria’s Bashar...

  • Islamic State’s online supporters include 300 Americans

    December 1, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    Active online supporters of the Syria-based Islamic State movement now include about 300 people identifiable as Americans, said a study by academic experts published on Tuesday.

    George Washington University's Program on Extremism said in the study that the number of other...

  • Clinton: No U.S. combat troops to fight Islamic State

    December 1, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rejected the idea of sending thousands of U.S. ground troops to fight Islamic State in the Middle East, saying such a move would give the militant group a recruitment tool to boost its ranks.

    In her first television interview...

  • Worldwide terror: Connecting the ISIS dots

    November 30, 2015 | 10:50 am

    When it comes to fighting terrorism, we frequently miss the obvious, in two ways.

    A few weeks before the September 11, 2001 attacks I was in Jerusalem, having dinner with Eli Borowski, an elderly Polish-born Jew with an amazing clarity about the past and the future.

    As a young...

  • What’s a dollar a month worth?

    By David Suissa

    November 24, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    People love the Jewish Journal. They love picking it up, at a shul or deli or cafe or market, and flipping through the stories of the Jewish world. There’s nothing quite like it in Los Angeles — a gathering place where all the voices of our community can be heard.

    I can’t tell...

  • Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of ‘serious consequences’

    November 24, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had repeatedly violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said...

  • Clinton urges stepped-up fight against Islamic State in Syria

    November 19, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged a tougher approach to fighting Islamic State militants than President Barack Obama has pursued, with an intensified air campaign and more U.S. special forces and trainers.

    Speaking at the Council on Foreign...

  • Israel says 90 pct of Syria’s ballistic missiles used up on rebels

    November 18, 2015 | 10:46 am

    Syria has used up more than 90 percent of its ballistic missiles against rebels during a more than four-year-old civil war but a few were transferred to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday. 

    Israel, which is expanding...

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