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  • The Arab Spring’s missed opportunity

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 6, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Walid Phares, born and educated in Lebanon, is an experienced observer of events in what he calls “the Greater Middle East.” But perhaps his most telling credentials are found in the fact that he served as a foreign affairs advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney...

  • And the Oscar goes to ... Israel?

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    There’s a good chance that when they announce the winner in the Best Documentary Feature category at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, it will be the Egyptian film “The Square.”

    It’s one of my favorite movies this year. Throughout the film, which follows the uprisings in Tahrir...

  • The Egypt flip-flop

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 19, 2014 | 1:10 pm

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  • Israel lobbying U.S., EU to support Egypt’s military government

    August 19, 2013 | 7:59 am

    The Israeli government is pressing its efforts to convince the United States and the European Union to support the military-backed government in Egypt.

    The New York Times reported late Sunday that Israeli ambassadors in Washington and the European capitals will lobby foreign...

  • The silent killing of Christians

    By David Suissa

    July 31, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    The Middle East may be a raging wildfire, but the eyes of the world are on the revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace dance — that all-too-familiar game where the Jewish state makes concessions (such as releasing terrorists) for the privilege of talking to an enemy who demonizes...

  • Israel boosts rocket defenses on Egypt border

    July 23, 2013 | 8:34 am

    Israel has boosted its rocket defenses near its southern border with Egypt to counter possible attacks from Islamist militants fighting security forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, Israeli officials said on Tuesday.

    Violence in Sinai has surged since the army ousted elected...

  • Damn it, Israel was Right

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 16, 2013 | 7:19 am

    Israel was an early skeptic about the so called "Arab spring". In February of 2011, an eternity ago in 21st century Middle Eastern time, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke to the Knesset about the situation in Egypt. The hopes of people in the region and of observers in other places...

  • Violence overshadows new Egyptian cabinet; seven killed

    July 16, 2013 | 7:11 am

    Seven people were killed and more than 260 wounded when Islamist supporters of Mohamed Morsi fought opponents of the deposed Egyptian president and security forces, marking a return of violence that overshadowed the naming of an interim cabinet.

    Egyptian authorities rounded up...

  • Police fire tear gas in Cairo, U.S. envoy spurned by parties

    July 15, 2013 | 4:35 pm

    Police fired tear gas in central Cairo on Monday when protesters calling for the reinstatement of the ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, scuffled with drivers and passers-by annoyed that they had blocked major roads.

    Supporters of Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected...

  • U.S. envoy spurned by both sides on Egypt visit

    July 15, 2013 | 7:05 am

    The first senior U.S. official to visit Egypt since the army toppled its elected president was snubbed by both Islamists and their opponents on Monday.

    Deputy Secretary of State William Burns arrived in a divided capital where both sides are furious at the United States, the...

  • Egypt’s bruised Islamists protest after bloody week

    July 12, 2013 | 7:51 am

    Islamist supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, protested in Cairo on Friday after a week of violence in which more than 90 people were killed in a bitterly divided nation.

    More than a week after the army toppled Egypt's first elected leader after a wave of...

  • Egypt welcomes U.S. remarks on Morsi; food stocks dwindle

    July 11, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Egypt's interim rulers welcomed on Thursday remarks from the U.S. State Department describing the rule of toppled leader Mohamed Morsi as undemocratic, read in Cairo as a signal that Washington will not cut off its $1.5 billion in annual aid.

    In a stark illustration of the...

  • Spring into action

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 10, 2013 | 1:33 pm

  • Egypt orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders

    July 10, 2013 | 8:15 am

    Egypt's prosecutor ordered the arrest on Wednesday of the leaders of ousted President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, charging them with inciting violence in a clash that saw troops shoot 55 Morsi supporters dead.

    A week after the army toppled Egypt's first democratically...

  • Egypt seeks end to crisis with quick elections

    July 9, 2013 | 7:32 am

    Egypt's interim rulers unveiled a quick timetable for elections and won a $3 billion cash lifeline from the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, a day after 55 people were killed when troops fired on a crowd supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

    The worst day of violence in more...

  • Iran says Egyptian army interference is ‘unacceptable’

    July 8, 2013 | 7:09 am

    Iran on Monday called the Egyptian army's ousting of president Mohamed Morsi "unacceptable" and said Israel and the West did not want to see a powerful Egypt.

    The comments from Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi were more disapproving than his immediate reaction last...

  • Egyptian Islamists attack on Gaza border

    July 5, 2013 | 6:59 am

    Islamists attacked Egyptian military posts in the Sinai, killing at least one on the Gaza border.

    The attack on the police post at Rafah, a city on the Gaza-Egypt border with a Palestinian side and an Egyptian side, was one of several attacks Friday by Islamists on Egyptian...

  • Inevitability, Mr. Anderson?

    By Ariel Blumenthal

    July 4, 2013 | 8:45 pm

    No writer in Hollywood could have gotten it better. Revolution in Egypt: a season finale shocker.

    For decades it was common knowledge that Hosni Mobarak is sitting on a barrel of Islamist explosive, that only his firm hand is keeping the Muslim Brotherhood from taking over the...

  • The power and the mandate in Egypt

    July 4, 2013 | 2:44 pm

    Mohamed Morsi is now out, and it is virtually impossible for him to pull off a personal comeback in the near future. His downfall is a result of his and the Muslim Brotherhood’s unsophisticated view of democracy in conjunction with their naïve assumption that they had real power....

  • In Egypt, Pita over Allah

    By David Suissa

    July 3, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    It’s tempting to see the chaos in Egypt, with President Mohamed Morsi ousted and his Muslim Brotherhood party discredited, as just another failure of government. But there’s another aspect to this failure — and that is religion.

    It’s conceivable that if human beings didn’t have...

  • Washington Notes: The Egyptian c-word dilemma

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 3, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    It is a full-fledged coup, says the Morsi camp. It is the unlawful removal of a democratically elected President from power.

    “Don’t call it a coup”, cry the supporters of the military, the opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood who are taking over Egypt. They know that labeling it a...

  • Morsi, army refuse to budge as deadline passes

    July 3, 2013 | 8:59 am

    Egypt's army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Morsi each pledged to die for his cause as a deadline neared on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover backed by protesters.

    Military chiefs, vowing to restore order in a country racked by demonstrations over Morsi's...

  • Egypt army gives Morsi 48 hours to share power

    July 1, 2013 | 11:04 am

    Egypt's armed forces handed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi a virtual ultimatum to share power on Monday, giving feuding politicians 48 hours to compromise or have the army impose its own roadmap for the country.

    A dramatic military statement broadcast on state television...

  • Student killed in Egypt was active in Hillel, motivated by peace

    June 29, 2013 | 10:47 pm

    Andrew Pochter, the American student stabbed to death Friday during a protest in Egypt, was active in Hillel and motivated by a desire to encourage peace and democracy in the region.

    “He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and...

  • June 24, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 24, 2013 | 3:32 am

    The US

    Headline: Russia defiant as U.S. raises pressure over Snowden

    To Read: Leon Hadar criticizes the Obama administration's murky representation of its motives in Syria-

    Instead of spinning the decision to scale up military support for the Syrian rebels as a...

  • The Middle East: Where upheaval reigns

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 12, 2013 | 11:32 am

    In December 1973, shortly after the Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur War, Israel’s director of central intelligence submitted a report about the performance of the intelligence community before the war. The report acknowledged an “intelligence failure.” The problem wasn’t the collection of...

  • The Six-Day War, still

    By Rob Eshman

    June 5, 2013 | 3:11 pm

    The Six-Day War began at 7:10 a.m. on June 5, 1967. By 10 a.m., it was clear Israel had already won.

    In the tense months before the war started, no one predicted such an astonishing victory.  Israel was a small nation surrounded by enemies who had twice the soldiers, twice the...

  • Qatar: Arab Spring makes Israeli-Palestinian peace more pressing

    May 20, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Qatar's emir, who has thrown his state's riches behind Arab uprisings, said on Monday that the emergence of 'people power' had put Arabs in direct confrontation with Israel and made a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more pressing.

    "We heard in the past that reform...

  • Syrian wake-up

    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Yes, America, we’ve heard: You’re war-weary.

    It’s at least something our divided country can agree upon: Americans across party lines oppose sending troops, weapons or air support to the rebel fighters in Syria. “War-weary Nation Wary of Syria,” the centrist Washington Post...

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