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  • U.S. pulls plug on Syria rebel training effort; will focus on weapons supply

    4 days ago

    The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said on Friday.

    The U.S. announcement...

  • Gunman kills one, wounds three at Northern Arizona University

    4 days ago

    An 18-year-old student opened fire with a handgun on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff early on Friday, killing one person and wounding three others, before police took him into custody in the latest in a series of U.S. school shootings, authorities said.


  • White House calls for fully restored status quo on Temple Mount

    5 days ago

    The Obama administration condemned escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians and called for a full return to the status quo at the Temple Mount.

    “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians,” White...

  • Iran deal, J Street activism prompts Joel Rubin to pursue congressional bid

    6 days ago

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    A former State Department official and a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal has joined the crowded field of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Congressman Chris Van Hollen in 2016.

    Joel Rubin, 44,...

  • The Third Intifada?: Violence rises as a two-state solution fades

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Reading “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” an illuminating new book by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, is a humbling experience. I read it over Sukkot and, in fact, it was the right book for a holiday during which one makes one’s home in a temporary shelter...

  • Jewish groups urge passage of gun control legislation

    2 weeks ago

    This post was originally published on jewishinsider.com.

    Major Jewish organizations are lining up behind President Barack Obama’s call on Congress to pass effective gun control legislation in wake of the horrific shooting and the killing of at least nine students at Umpqua...

  • Obama: gun laws must be changed, gun owners must speak up

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama on Thursday angrily called for stricter U.S. gun laws after the latest mass murder in Oregon and took aim at the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby for blocking reform.

    Appearing in the White House briefing room with a grim expression and an...

  • Poll: 75% of Republicans ‘less likely’ to vote for Muslim

    2 weeks ago

    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon seeking the Republican presidential nomination, drew fire last month when he said he would not "advocate" for a Muslim president, but it turns out that most Republicans agree with him.

    In a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Sept. 23-30, 75 per cent...

  • Former Obama adviser: Netanyahu’s tactics on Iran deal led to worst crisis in relationship

    2 weeks ago

    Israel’s public campaign against the Iran nuclear deal has led to possibly the lowest point in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Phil Gordon, until recently the top White House adviser on the Middle East, said on Wednesday.

    Speaking at a forum hosted by the Israel Policy Forum at the...

  • Obama, Castro meet as they work on thawing U.S.-Cuba ties

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the United Nations on Tuesday in a rare one-on-one meeting between the former Cold War foes as they work toward improving relations after decades of animosity.

    Castro, in the first speech at the U.N. by a...

  • Trump backs Russia, Iran efforts to fight Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    Leading Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said he supported Russian efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East, including Syria.

    Asked whether he backed those like Russia who supported Syrian President Bashar al Assad or those who see...

  • Contender for House speaker blasts Obama’s foreign policy

    2 weeks ago

    Republican U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, the leading candidate to be the next House speaker, voiced sharp disagreement with President Barack Obama's foreign policy on Monday with calls for a tougher response to Islamic State and Russian aggression in Ukraine.

    McCarthy was...

  • Important quotes from President Obama’s U.N. speech

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama addressed a range of global topics in a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly on Monday, including the war in Syria, where he said the United States was willing to work with Iran and Russia to end the conflict. 

    The following is a selection...

  • Rouhani: U.S.-Iran ties better but ‘still a long road to travel’

    3 weeks ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday said ties with the United States had improved, though there was "still a long road to travel" before the two estranged nations could have normal relations.

    "The situation has certainly changed," Rouhani, in New York for the United...

  • Trump under fire for not correcting man who called Obama a Muslim

    September 18, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came under fire on Friday from Republican and Democratic rivals and the White House for not correcting a man who called President Barack Obama a Muslim at a Trump campaign event.

    Trump, who in the past has expressed doubts about...

  • Last bid to kill Iran nuclear deal blocked in Senate

    September 17, 2015 | 9:47 am

    Senate Democrats blocked legislation meant to kill the Iran nuclear deal for a third time on Thursday, securing perhaps the greatest foreign policy of President Barack Obama's six years in office and clearing the way for the agreement's implementation.

    By a vote of 56-42, the...

  • Key Democrats object to new Republican Iran measure

    September 16, 2015 | 3:09 pm

    Senators Chuck Schumer and Ben Cardin, senior Democrats who oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran, will vote against a Republican effort to require new conditions before President Barack Obama could lift any sanctions under the deal, aides said on Wednesday.

    After Senate...

  • In the new year, moving forward ... together

    September 16, 2015 | 3:00 pm

    A reporter called us one day last month. He had been reading our columns and saw that we were on opposite sides of the Iran deal debate, yet we were working together running the Jewish Journal. How could that be?

    Our first reaction was a kind of bemused sadness: When two Jews who...

  • Obama-Netanyahu meeting in DC to discuss post-deal environment

    September 16, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss post-Iran nuclear deal strategies when they meet Nov. 9 in Washington, D.C.

    “The president looks forward to discussing with the prime minister regional security issues, including implementation of the Joint...

  • White House invites Texas student arrested over homemade clock

    September 16, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed who was taken away in handcuffs this week for bringing to his Dallas-area school a homemade clock that staff mistook for a bomb won a personal invitation from President Barack Obama on Wednesday to attend an astronomy night at the White House.

  • The end of the Iran battle: Some lessons learned

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 14, 2015 | 9:13 am

    Congress’ vote on the Iran deal will be final soon, and the long battle will be over. Those who wanted a different outcome will have to adjust to a new reality. Those supportive of the agreement — if they are not blind, and not all of them are  — would be wise to treat this painful...

  • Obama hails Senate vote protecting Iran nuclear deal

    September 10, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    President Barack Obama welcomed a Senate vote blocking a Republican-backed measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement, saying it was a victory for diplomacy and U.S. and international security.

    "I am heartened that so many senators judged this deal on the merits, and am gratified by the strong support of lawmakers and citizens alike," Obama said in a White House statement after Senate opponents of the pact failed to get the 60 votes necessary to advance a resolution of disapproval.

  • Senate Democrats block effort to kill Iran nuclear deal

    September 10, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    President Barack Obama achieved perhaps the greatest foreign policy victory of his six years in office on Thursday, when a Republican-backed effort to kill the Iran nuclear agreement was narrowly blocked in the U.S. Senate, clearing the way for the deal's implementation.

    42 and...

  • Obama wants U.S. to prepare for 10,000 Syrian refugees next year

    September 10, 2015 | 11:20 am

    President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees next year, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.

    The number reflects a "significant scaling up" of the U.S. commitment to accept refugees from the war-torn country and to provide for their basic needs, White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

  • Khamenei says Israel will not last 25 more years; will not negotiate with U.S. beyond nuclear talks

    September 9, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Iran's Supreme Leader has said Tehran will not negotiate with the United States on any issue after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers in July and that Israel "will not see next 25 years” and adds that the Jewish state will be hounded until it is destroyed, according to his...

  • Clinton: I’d bomb Iran if it closed in on nukes

    September 9, 2015 | 11:34 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said that as president she would strike Iran should it appear to be closing in on a nuclear weapon.

    “I will not hesitate to take military action if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon,” Clinton said in a foreign policy speech Wednesday delivered at the...

  • Clinton vows tough approach to Iran on nuclear deal

    September 9, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vowed on Wednesday she would not shrink from military action against Iran if it tries to obtain atomic weapons and threatened to impose penalties on Tehran for even for small violations of its nuclear deal with world powers.


  • Congress need not endorse Iran deal

    September 8, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    On coming to Congress in 1997, I said on the House floor that Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons represented the “greatest threat to the physical security of Americans.” I’ve been working to stop that threat for 19 years.

    The Iran deal includes the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In...

  • Obama musters more Senate votes for Iran nuclear deal

    September 8, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured 42 votes in the U.S. Senate for the international nuclear deal with Iran, more than enough to keep Congress from passing a resolution disapproving of the pact.

    Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal, Gary Peters, Ron Wyden and Maria...

  • Refugees a sign of unraveling world order

    September 4, 2015 | 11:02 am

    As the known and secret parts of the Iran nuke deal spin into place like the uncertain number of Iranian centrifuges, President Barack Obama has succeeded in winning one-third-plus votes in the U.S. Senate to defeat attempts to overturn what he deems his legacy foreign policy...

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