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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Obama: Arab anti-Semitism, Palestinian conflict dog Israeli-Arab accord

    January 21, 2014 | 5:47 pm

    The Palestinian-Israeli conflict as well as Arab anti-Semitism dog reconciliation between Arab nations and Israel, even in the face of a common threat from Iran, President Obama said.

    “With respect to Israel, the interests of Israel in stability and security are actually very...

  • Obama: Arab anti-Semitism, Palestinian conflict dog Israeli-Arab accord

    January 21, 2014 | 5:47 pm

    The Palestinian-Israeli conflict as well as Arab anti-Semitism dog reconciliation between Arab nations and Israel, even in the face of a common threat from Iran, President Obama said.

    “With respect to Israel, the interests of Israel in stability and security are actually very...

  • Opposition mounts to Israel’s Arab Bedouin transfer plan

    December 11, 2013 | 11:07 am

    Israel is promoting a plan to transfer some 40,000 Arab Bedouin citizens from traditional villages into towns despite opposition by activists and senior government officials that threatens to derail it.

    Government supporters say the resettlement would encourage development, but...

  • Palestinian peace envoy urges Kerry to ‘save talks’ with Israel

    December 4, 2013 | 10:37 am

    The top Palestinian peace negotiator urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday to salvage American-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that both sides say are faltering.

    Sixteen Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed since negotiations began in July and...

  • Israeli Arab pleads guilty to Tel Aviv bus bomb

    December 2, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    An Israeli Arab pleaded guilty on Monday to planting a bomb on a Tel Aviv bus a year ago, during Israel's eight-day offensive in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, an Israeli court said.

    The bomb detonated as the bus was driving near the Israeli defence ministry, wounding 15 people.

    ...
  • What's next for Iran?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 25, 2013 | 10:11 am

    By Monday morning, the Israeli reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran had changed from “What happened?” to “Now what?”

    And that reaction makes a lot more sense.

    The interim agreement signed by Iran and the group of negotiating nations known as P5+1 on Saturday night, Nov. 23, ...

  • Old assumptions questioned in Arafat’s mysterious death

    November 22, 2013 | 11:50 am

    President Yasser Arafat's spartan bedroom remains largely as he left it in 2004, when he flew off to France for treatment for a mystery illness only to return home two weeks later in a coffin.

    More like a prison cell than the living quarters of an Arab leader, a single bed lies...

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