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  • Palestinian street begins to sound like Spring

    October 4, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Since the beginning of the Arab Spring almost two years ago, the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been remarkably quiet. There have been no large demonstrations against what Palestinians call the ongoing Israeli occupation; or against President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam...

  • October 4, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 4, 2012 | 3:05 am

    In-depth

    Iran Loses the Economic Battle

    John Allen Gay of the National Interest takes a hard look at the Islamic Republic's imploding financial system. 

    The Islamic Republic reportedly has funneled ten billion dollars into backing the Assad regime in Syria, yet the...

  • October 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 3, 2012 | 2:26 am

    In-depth

    Hunt for Obama’s Middle East Policy Comes Up Empty

    Writing for Bloomberg, Jeffrey Goldberg takes Obama to task for his procrastination when it comes to the Middle East. 

    Perhaps Obama isn’t quite the brilliant foreign-policy strategist his campaign tells us he is....

  • October 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 2, 2012 | 12:47 am

    In-depth

    Obama's Mideast Missteps

    The president's actions have made tense situations in Israel and Egypt even worse, writes Dov S. Zakheim in the National Interest.

    Netanyahu’s inserting himself and his country into the middle of the American presidential election...

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  • September 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 20, 2012 | 1:42 am

    In-depth

    As Jordan Stumbles, the U.S. Response Is Crucial

    The U.S. must provide wise counsel to Jordan as it seeks to calm an increasingly agitated population, writes David Schenker of the Washington Institute

    Aside from funding, perhaps the most important contribution...

  • Editorial Cartoon: Arab Spring

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 19, 2012 | 2:58 pm

  • Yaalon: Iran doesn’t see a real military threat

    August 31, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon fears that mixed messages are leading Iran to believe it does not face a real military threat from the outside world.

    “We have an exchange of views, including with our friends in the United States, who in our opinion, are in part...

  • Iran doubles underground nuclear capacity, United Nations says

    August 30, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment machines it has in an underground bunker, a U.N. report said on Thursday, showing Tehran continued to defy Western pressure to stop its atomic work and the threat of Israeli attack.

    In the weeks and months when Israeli politicians...

  • Clinton urges Egypt, Israel to talk about Sinai

    August 23, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Egypt’s foreign minister to keep lines of communication open with Israel amid tensions over an Egyptian push against militants in the neighboring Sinai desert, the State Department said on Thursday.

    Clinton spoke with Foreign Minister...

  • U.S., Israel, Jewish groups apprehensive about Iran-hosted non-aligned summit

    August 23, 2012 | 10:15 am

    As Iran gets set to host the Non-Aligned Movement triennial summit, Israel, the United States and a number of Jewish groups are worried that what happens in Tehran won’t stay there.

    The decision Wednesday by Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary General, to attend the 16th triennial...

  • EU’s Ashton condemns ‘hateful’ Iran remarks on Israel

    August 21, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    The EU foreign policy chief said on Saturday that comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called Israel a “cancerous tumor” with no place in a future Middle East, were “outrageous and hateful”.

    Catherine Ashton’s language was unusually forthright for the West’s chief...

  • Iran stirring tensions in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

    August 21, 2012 | 10:46 am

    In the restive city of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, the older Shiites are quiet. They had once cheered the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and had hoped their time had come for greater equality in the kingdom. But that dream has faded.

    The younger generation is...

  • U.S. urges non-aligned nations to press Iran on nukes

    August 21, 2012 | 10:30 am

    The Obama administration is urging countries attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran next week to press Iran to comply with demands to make its nuclear program more transparent.

    The United States, along with Israel and a number of Jewish groups, has said it favors a...

  • Obama warns Syria’s Assad chemical weapons a ‘red line’

    August 20, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    President Barack Obama bluntly warned Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday not to cross a “red line” by using chemical or biological weapons in his country’s bloody conflict and suggested that such action would prompt the United States to consider a military response.

    Pointing...

  • August 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 19, 2012 | 3:33 am

    In-depth

    The U.S. Role in a Changing Mideast

    America must appreciate that it cannot dictate events in the Arab world, especially in the light of the Arab spring, veteran Middle East expert, Edward P. Djerejian, tells the Council on Foreign Relations.

    One thing that is very...

  • Israel strike on Iran would be disaster, Shaul Mofaz says

    August 17, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    A former deputy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday a pre-emptive military strike against Iran over its nuclear program could embroil Israel in a “disastrous war”.

    Shaul Mofaz, a parliamentary opposition leader who quit Netanyahu’s cabinet last month where he...

  • Ahmadnejad: Israel an ‘insult to all humanity’

    August 17, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    In another sharp verbal attack on the Jewish state, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Israel’s existence is an “insult to all humanity.”

    The charge, reported by the Associated Press, comes amidst open discussion by leading Israeli policy makers as to whether...

  • Lebanon breaks with past in Syrian bomb probe

    August 17, 2012 | 10:18 am

    A plot hatched by Damascus and allegedly aimed at igniting a Lebanese civil war through a series of bomb attacks has come as little surprise in a nation where blame for political violence has often been laid at Syria’s door.

    The shock is that the Lebanese authorities have indicted...

  • Echoes of Lebanon civil war as Syrian turmoil spreads

    August 16, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    Tit-for-tat kidnappings by Syrian rebels and Lebanese Shi’ite gunmen have escalated tensions in Lebanon, where the specter of contagion from Syria’s conflict is alarming the fractured and war-scarred Mediterranean nation.

    Despite government efforts to insulate it from turmoil in its...

  • Michael Oren: Iran targeted Israeli Embassy

    August 16, 2012 | 10:09 am

    UPDATE (9:09 p.m.): On previous occasions, Israeli officials have suggested that Israel is considering a massive, crippling attack on Iran before it can move its nuclear facilities to safety deep underground. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren did not use that language in his interview...

  • Report: Morsi ‘interested in amending’ peace treaty with Israel

    August 15, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    Following unrest in the Sinai including a terrorist attack that killed 16 soldiers, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi “is interested in amending” the country’s 1979 Camp David Accords with Israel “with regards to the deployment of forces in Sinai,” said his judicial...

  • The Arab Spring springs surprises

    August 15, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    When a popular uprising started in Tunisia less than two years ago, it took the world by surprise. Not many observers had anticipated the outbreak, let alone the success, of popular uprisings in a region far better known for the longevity of its tyrants and despots.

    Contrary to what...

  • Israel hasn’t decided on Iran strike, Pentagon says

    August 14, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    The United States does not believe Israel has made a decision on whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday, following sharp rhetoric from Israeli officials that has put financial markets on edge.

    Panetta, who visited Israel...

  • Dealing with Iran’s nuclear challenge

    August 8, 2012 | 11:43 am

    Ten years ago this month a little- known Iranian dissident group — the National Council of Resistance of Iran — held a news conference in Washington, D.C. to present a finding that sent shock waves around the world: Iran had under construction two covert nuclear facilities — a...

  • August 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 8, 2012 | 2:42 am

    In-depth

    Who Are the Muslim Brothers?

    As the Muslim Brotherhood ascendance in Egypt, Steven A. Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations takes a look at the organization’s power structure, which is far from monolithic. 

    While there may be significant discipline among the Brothers,...

  • Russia tells Syria Chemical Arms Threat Unacceptable

    July 25, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Russia has told the Syrian government clearly that it is unacceptable to threaten to use chemical weapons, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday in its strongest condemnation of a recent warning by a Syrian official.

    In a meeting with Syria’s ambassador to Moscow, Deputy...

  • Assad chemical weapons plans blocked by Moscow

    July 24, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    Increasingly under pressure by rebels intent on unseating him, Bashar al-Assad has considered using chemical weapons against his enemies but Washington and Moscow have formed an unlikely alliance to force him to abandon such plans.

    Analysts and diplomats across the region and beyond...

  • Palestinian Diaspora discover their roots

    July 17, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    The participants gather outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s old city for a group photo. They look like any group of college students visiting Jerusalem on a summer trip.

    The photographer counts to three. “Free Palestine!” they yell in unison, and laugh.

    The 41...

  • Gadhafi’s mother was Jewish, his protocol chief says

    July 16, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Muammar Gadhafi’s mother was Jewish, the late Libyan leader’s chief of protocol told an Arabic newspaper.

    Nuri al-Samara told the daily Al-Hayat that Gadhafi’s mother was Jewish, the Israeli daily Maariv reported on its NRG news website. At 18 she married a Muslim man and converted,...

  • Obama says he has failed to advance Mideast peace ‘the way I wanted’

    July 16, 2012 | 11:11 am

    President Barack Obama said in an interview that he has failed to advance the Middle East peace process “the way I wanted.”

    “I have not been able to move the peace process forward in the Middle East the way I wanted,” he told WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, on July...

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