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  • Netanyahu tells Israel’s Arabs he ‘regrets’ election-day rallying call

    4 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he regretted offending Israel's Arabs during a rallying call on election day last week that his critics had denounced as racist.

    In a video clip posted on his Facebook page, Netanyahu told representatives of Israel's Arab...

  • U.S. rebukes Israel’s victorious Netanyahu on Mideast policy

    1 week ago

    The White House on Wednesday scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his re-election victory for abandoning his commitment to negotiate for a Palestinian state and for what it called "divisive" campaign rhetoric toward Israel’s minority Arab voters.

    Even as...

  • Lieberman says Israel should execute Arabs who carry out deadly attacks

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday execution should be Israel's answer to deadly "Arab terror," adding more fire to an election campaign in which he has suggested disloyal Israeli Arabs should be beheaded.

    The far-right politician turned his focus to...

  • Child in Islamic State video may be linked to French gunman

    2 weeks ago

    French officials are investigating whether a child shown shooting dead an Israeli Arab in a video posted by Islamic State militants is French and has ties to an al-Qaeda-inspired gunman who killed seven people in March 2012, a police source said.

    The video shows Muhammad Musallam...

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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • How Bibi could surprise the world

    By David Suissa

    February 18, 2015 | 10:02 am

    When the eyes of the world are on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu on March 3 as he speaks to the U.S. Congress, he’ll have an opportunity to shock them all – Congressmen, Israeli voters, the foreign press, European leaders, Arab dictators, the United Nations and...

  • What we talk about when we talk about anti-Semitism

    January 21, 2015 | 3:46 pm

    In summer 2014, Muslims attacked Jewish sites in Paris in connection to Israel’s bombing of Gaza. This month, the French Jews killed in Hyper Cacher were buried in Israel.

    What links these two events? Fear-based politics desperate to have us believe it’s still 1938 — a...

  • Israeli cabinet approves Jewish nation-state law

    November 24, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    A divided cabinet approved on Sunday a bill to anchor in law Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation critics say could undermine its democratic foundation and the rights of its Arab minority.

    Right-wing supporters of the initiative, including Prime...

  • Israeli mayor imposes partial ban on Arab workers

    November 20, 2014 | 9:44 am

    An Israeli mayor has imposed a partial ban on employing Arab workers in his city in a sign of mounting security concerns after a surge in deadly Palestinian attacks.

    Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni announced on Facebook that he was stopping "until further notice" the work of Arab...

  • Symbol of Jerusalem’s progress, light rail becomes terror target

    November 10, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    It’s 3 p.m. on a Thursday and the Jerusalem light rail is packed with secular and religious, Jew and Arab, as it heads east from the city’s Central Bus Station.

    From there it passes some of the city’s most crowded venues, stopping at the Mahane Yehuda open market and coursing...

  • Israel faces tough months as pressure builds on Netanyahu

    November 10, 2014 | 9:19 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to keep his fractious coalition together as talk of early elections grows, but in trying to bolster himself domestically he runs the risk of further alienating international partners.

    To satisfy restive far-right parties in his...

  • U.S. unveils coalition to fight Islamic state in cyberspace

    October 27, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    The United States on Monday unveiled what it called an information coalition with Muslim and Western nations to combat efforts by Islamic State to recruit online and stoke sectarian hatred through a "cult of violence."

    U.S. officials told delegates from European and Arab...

  • Does slavery have a future? The ISIS challenge through Jewish lens

    October 22, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    Human Rights Watch recounts the journey from slavery to freedom of Rewshe, a Yazidi teenager from the Iraqi village of Sinjar, who was among 200 women and girls carried to Raqqa, ISIS’ de facto capital in Syria. There, she was auctioned off for $1,000 but escaped before her...

  • Khamenei blames United States, ‘wicked’ Britain, for creating Islamic State

    October 13, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday blamed the United States and the "wicked" British government for creating the Islamic State in his first speech since undergoing prostate surgery last month.

    The sharp remarks were a reminder of Iranian suspicions about the...

  • Should I talk to my enemies?

    By David Suissa

    October 7, 2014 | 10:03 am

    As I went through the long, exhausting prayers of Yom Kippur this year, reading a litany of sins, both personal and communal, and asking God for forgiveness, I occasionally reflected on the emotional reaction to my column last week about my debate with Israel bashers at a church in...

  • U.S., Kurds strike at Islamic State in Syria

    September 29, 2014 | 10:45 am

    U.S. warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit mills and grain storage areas in the northern...

  • U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on fighters in Syria

    September 23, 2014 | 10:21 am

    The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of ISIS fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war.

    In a remarkable sign of shifting...

  • U.S. sees Middle East help fighting ISIS, Britain cautious after beheading

    September 15, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

    U.S. Secretary of State John...

  • Top Republicans back Obama’s plan to fight Islamic State

    September 11, 2014 | 5:40 pm

    The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives voiced support on Thursday for President Barack Obama's expanded campaign against Islamic State militants, but members of his party questioned whether the plan was forceful enough.

    Obama sent a panel of top administration...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • Israel’s Leviathan in talks on $15 billion gas supply deal to Jordan

    September 3, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Israel is in advanced negotiations to supply natural gas from its vast Leviathan field to Arab peace partner Jordan under a 15-year, $15 billion agreement, the Israeli government, gas operators and industry officials said on Wednesday.

    The deal would involve the supply of 1.6...

  • 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...

  • 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. 

    ...
  • In Israel, mourning turns to anger and despair

    By Simone Wilson

    July 2, 2014 | 9:28 am

    When news broke in Israel at around 7:30 p.m. on June 30 that the dead bodies of the three kidnapped boys had been discovered in a field near to where they disappeared — after 18 days of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) searches, raids and arrests across the West Bank — grief blanketed...
  • As rescue is planned, security ramps up

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 11:10 am

    Shortly after the June 12 kidnapping of three Israeli teens  — Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel — Palestinian security forces found a torched Hyundai i35 with Israeli license plates near Hebron, just a few miles south of the Highway 60 junction where the teens were...

  • Should we fear BDS?

    April 30, 2014 | 10:40 am

    The movement to promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), is both old and new, simple and complex, effective and a failure, a danger and an opportunity. 

    While various Arab-led initiatives to boycott Israel go back decades, BDS was born 13 years ago, in the summer of 2001....

  • Israel encouraging more Christians to join military service

    April 22, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    Israel said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to encourage military enlistment by Christian Arab citizens, a community long closer to the larger Muslim minority in identifying with the Palestinians.

    Israel's Christian Arabs number about 160,000, some two percent of the Jewish...

  • Israeli mosque entrance torched in suspected price tag attack

    April 18, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    Israeli police are investigating the torching of the entrance to a mosque in northern Israel and the spraying of anti-Arab slogans on its walls.

    A security camera at the Abu Bakr al Sadik Mosque in Um al-Fahm filmed three unidentified men wearing masks spray painting “Arabs out”...

  • Iran says does not seek indefinite power for Assad

    April 2, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Iran, Syria's main regional ally, does not see President Bashar Assad staying in power indefinitely but neither does it want "extremist forces" to replace him, a senior Iranian diplomat said on Wednesday.

    Amir Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs,...

  • Kerry interrupts Rome visit to salvage Mideast peace talks

    March 26, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry broke from a visit to Italy on Wednesday to try to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, even as Arab leaders declared they would never meet Israel's core demand to be recognized as a Jewish state.

    Kerry flew to Jordan to ask Palestinian Authority...

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