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  • U.S. court voids $655 million verdict against PLO over Israel attacks

    10 hours ago

    A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday threw out a $655.5 million verdict against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization for damages suffered by American families from terrorist attacks in Israel.

    By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

  • Israel approves hundreds of new West Bank housing units

    10 hours ago

    An Israeli planning committee approved the construction of hundreds of housing units in four West Bank settlements.

    The Civil Administration’s High Planning Committee on Wednesday approved construction of 234 living units in Elkana in the northern West Bank, designated to be a...

  • The Middle East prepares for US elections

    6 days ago

    This article origally appeared at themedialine.org.

    From Jerusalem to Beirut to Cairo, the upcoming US elections are being closely followed, partly for their entertainment appeal, but also as the US remains crucial for its role in the Middle East.

    “Partly because of the...

  • Date syrup: New meaning for an age-old sweet

    2 weeks ago

    Many ancient sweeteners are long forgotten, overtaken by the simple, clean taste of granulated sugar. Take for instance, date syrup. Also called date molasses, melasse de datte, rub, dibs or silvan, date syrup has a long, storied history for many millennia in the Levant, Ancient...

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  • Russia uses Iran as base to bomb Syrian militants for first time

    2 weeks ago

    Russia used Iran as a base from which to launch air strikes against Syrian militants for the first time on Tuesday, widening its air campaign in Syria and deepening its involvement in the Middle East.

    In a move underscoring Moscow's increasingly close ties with Tehran, long-range...

  • The Movement for Black Lives Matter manifesto, and why Jews need to be in the room

    3 weeks ago

    First things first. The manifesto of the Movement for Black Lives does not focus on international issues or the Middle East, but where it does, it is outrageous. To accuse Israel of genocide is simply obscene (as well as insulting — if the IDF were really trying to commit genocide,...

  • Pence: Israel is America’s most cherished ally in the world

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    August 2, 2016 | 4:27 pm

    Donald Trump in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last month referred to Israel as “our greatest ally in the region.” But according to his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Israel is not only the greatest ally in the Middle East, it’s America’s...

  • Clinton or Trump, Jews should celebrate!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 29, 2016 | 7:56 am

    After 2500 years, we Persian Jews were chased out of Iran.  My family came to America.  My uncle made Aliyah.  A school friend moved to France.  With increasing anti-Semitism, recently, half of his family moved to America and the other half made Aliyah.

    We Jews were divided on...

  • Sunday Reads: Putin vs. Hillary, Pride in Jerusalem, Erdogan’s witch hunt

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 24, 2016 | 4:04 am

    US

    Jeffrey Goldberg argues that a President Trump would advance Vladimir Putin’s agenda in the White House:

    I am not suggesting that Donald Trump is employed by Putin… I am arguing that Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic...

  • Saudi-based center ranks Hebrew University No. 1 in Middle East, 26th in world

    July 12, 2016 | 9:36 am

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was ranked as the best university in the Middle East, according to the Center for World University Rankings based in Saudi Arabia.

    The center also ranked the university 26th among more than 25,000 degree-conferring universities from...

  • Seeds of Peace: The summer of our discontent

    July 6, 2016 | 12:02 pm

    At age 15, I had barely interacted with a boy, let alone a Jew. 

    For a teenager living in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2001, the Middle East was a faraway place of despair and blood, and I knew almost nothing about it. From my father’s BBC fixation, I’d picked up that it was a place...

  • Sunday Reads: Elie Wiesel 1928-2016

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 3, 2016 | 4:45 am

    US

    Robert Satloff believes that the American public and its leaders need to differentiate between Islam and Islamism:

    If we, in our public rhetoric, have figured out how to differentiate between Christians and Klansmen, we should be able to talk with sensitivity and humility...

  • Iran’s Rouhani accuses West of exploiting Sunni-Shi’ite rift, raps Israel

    July 1, 2016 | 2:01 pm

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Western powers of trying to exploit differences between the world's Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims to divert attention from the Israel-Palestinian conflict, state television reported on Friday.

    Rouhani's comments came as tens of thousands of...

  • Violence, settlements, Gaza undermine hope for Mideast peace: U.N.

    June 30, 2016 | 10:07 am

    Violence and incitement, settlement expansion and a lack of control of Gaza by the Palestinian Authority are undermining hope for Middle East peace, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday, citing a report by the Middle East peace "Quartet".

    U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay...

  • Micah Goodman’s fearless realism: A partial peace solution

    By David Suissa

    June 29, 2016 | 8:22 pm

    How does a philosopher tackle an intractable problem like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

    On my recent visit to Jerusalem, I got an answer from Israeli scholar Micah Goodman, a youthful and charismatic leader in his early 40s whose recent books include best-sellers on the...

  • ADL calls on GOP to adopt same Israel language approved by Dems

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 29, 2016 | 10:56 am

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday praised the Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee for affirming America’s “longstanding commitment to Israel’s security” and the pursuit of the two-state solution.

    “The platform committee rightfully affirmed the Democrats’...

  • Jewish groups hail Israel-Turkey rapprochement deal

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 27, 2016 | 1:15 pm

    Jewish American groups on Monday welcomed the announcement of a reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey that will restore full diplomatic relations and renew the economic, military and political cooperation between the two Middle East countries.

    “The restoration of...

  • Adviser: Trump will increase military aid to Israel

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 22, 2016 | 2:05 pm

    Donald Trump, if elected president in the fall, will give in to Israel’s demands should negotiations with the Obama administration over a new long-term “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) hit a wall, Trump’s Israel adviser said in an interview broadcast on Wednesday.

    “I can’t...

  • Middle East poised for impact of UK withdrawal from EU vote


    June 21, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    In the run up to Thursday's vote in Britain on whether to exit the European Union, Israeli policymakers have studiously avoided comment, desiring not to be seen as interfering in the UK's internal affairs.

    Israeli analysts nevertheless stress that Israel has a definite stake...

  • How gas could warm relations between Israel and Turkey

    June 21, 2016 | 11:36 am

    On the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington in March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a private meeting with Israel's energy minister, Yuval Steinitz. It was the highest level contact between Israel and Turkey since diplomatic relations broke down six...

  • Europe declares war on terrorism*

    June 10, 2016 | 9:44 am

    Earlier this week, my Paris-based colleague, Dr. Shimon Samuels and I met with senior officials in Berlin that focused on the implications of 1 million Middle Eastern migrant/refugees coming to Germany. Social integration and the challenge of changing the problematic attitudes...

  • Arab and Jew – activist friends in Israel

    June 9, 2016 | 1:13 pm

    Zouheir Bahloul, an Israeli-Arab (and well-known sports announcer and recently, Knesset member) and Moshe Chertoff (a technical writer, and long-ago immigrant from Los Angeles) are friends and almost neighbors. Zouheir lives in the city of Akko, on the Israeli coast in the...

  • Fight BDS with a pro-Palestinian narrative

    By David Suissa

    June 5, 2016 | 3:50 pm

    After attending two anti-Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) conferences in New York City over two days last week – one organized by Israel’s Mission to the United Nations and one by the Conference of Presidents – I have some clarity about how to combat this demon.

    Yes, demon. I...

  • Clinton: Trump’s ‘neutral’ stance on Israel is ‘no small thing’

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 2, 2016 | 1:12 pm

    Donald Trump’s comments about remaining “neutral” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should not be easily dismissed, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

    “It is no small thing when [Donald Trump] says he’d be neutral with Israel,” Clinton said...

  • Message to Bernie: Listen to Antonio

    By David Suissa

    May 30, 2016 | 11:00 am

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a message for presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders: Don’t start a platform fight over Israel. As the media has widely reported, Sanders is planning to use his leverage to change current U.S. policy on Israel in the Democratic...

  • Avigdor Lieberman jokes about curbing his fiery nature

    May 25, 2016 | 10:29 am

    In first remarks as Israel's designated defense minister, right-wing settler Avigdor Lieberman joked about his fiery reputation: "I have undergone surgery to lengthen my fuse."

    In a more serious vein, the Soviet-born 57-year-old struck a conciliatory note, emphasizing "a strong...

  • Which one of these presidents was toughest on Israel?

    May 19, 2016 | 2:29 pm

    Have the United States and Israel ever had a relationship as bad as the one between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?  

    That is a question I am typically asked when speaking about my book “Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship From Truman to...

  • The Israeli twins — Independence and Nakba

    May 11, 2016 | 11:13 am

    Independence Day is also the Day of the Nakba (in Arabic, the Day of the Catastrophe). There is no escaping it. Whether we like it or not, Israel’s story includes the Jewish story as well as the Palestinian one. Hence, the question that faces Israel today is a simple one: Can Nakba...

  • Water autonomy: From Israel to California

    May 11, 2016 | 10:58 am

    On the eve of Israel’s 68th anniversary, it is important to remember water’s vital role in the success and continued independence of the Jewish state. The drought in the Middle East is the worst in 900 years, and it played a key role in the collapse of Israel’s neighbor Syria while...

  • Israel’s status at NATO headquarters gets an upgrade

    May 5, 2016 | 10:53 am

    NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, has upgraded its ties with Israel, bringing Jerusalem even closer into its circle at a time of mounting instability throughout the Middle East.

    Israel will open offices at NATO’s Brussels headquarters and will credential its...

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