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  • 5 short comments on Israel’s almost-a-coalition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

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    Israel almost has a new coalition and a new government. Yesterday, Netanyahu completed the first round of negotiations and signed an agreement with two parties – Koolanu (Kahlon) and United Torah Judaism, the Ashkenazi Haredi party. Kahlon is easing himself into the role of...

  • Netanyahu’s Independence Day message praises troops’ ‘fighting spirit’ in Gaza

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    (JTA) — In his Independence Day address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the fighting spirit of troops in Gaza.

    Netanyahu’s praises came in the Hebrew-language version of a video released by his office at the start of Israel’s 67th Independence Day, which this...

  • Rivlin, Netanyahu spurn meeting with Jimmy Carter in Israel

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected invitations to meet with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

    The invitations reportedly were declined after consulting with the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council, Haaretz reported...

  • Israel sees migrant tragedy as validating policy of keeping them away

    2 weeks ago

    Israel said on Monday the drowning of hundreds of Africans off Libya's coast was tragic but validated its own policy of having buffered its land barriers with Africa to keep migrants away.

    Yisrael Katz, transport minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outgoing cabinet,...

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  • Netanyahu receives two-week extension to form government

    2 weeks ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have two more weeks to form a new government after he asked Israel's president on Monday to extend a 28-day period to form a coalition following his election victory.

    Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party came out on top in the March 17...

  • Is the Obama administration making nice with Israel?

    3 weeks ago

    On Monday, President Barack Obama met with two sets of Jews, and from what we were told, essentially wondered aloud each time why his love for the Jewish people and for Israel is not more widely known.

    The second group comprised donors and strategic advisers, and their answer,...

  • Report: Violent anti-Semitic incidents worldwide soar by 40 percent

    3 weeks ago

    Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014, with the highest number of incidents occurring in France, according to an annual study published in Israel on Wednesday.

    The report, by Tel Aviv University's Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, said 766...

  • Israel happy at compromise deal on Iran between Congress-Obama

    3 weeks ago

    Israel is pleased at a compromise deal on Iran achieved between the United States Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday.

    In what was seen as a setback for Obama, the U.S. president agreed on...

  • The Iranian deal panic gap

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    Last week, Foreign Policy magazine released a poll of 921 scholars of international relations at colleges and universities across the United States. By a 7-to-1 margin, the scholars agreed that the proposed deal with Iran will “have a positive impact on regional stability.”

    ...
  • Israel ‘dismayed’ at S-300 missile deal with Iran

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed Israel's "dismay" to Russian President Vladimir Putin at Russia's decision to lift a self-imposed ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran.

    A statement from Netanyahu's office said he "expressed Israel's dismay at the decision... (and) told President Putin that this step will only increase Iran's aggression in the region and will destabilize security in the Middle East."

    Putin lifted the ban on delivering the air defense system to Iran on Monday.

  • Kerry to ask Congress for more time and space on Iran deal

    3 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case this week to skeptical Republicans and Democrats that the U.S. Congress should give him another two and a half months to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran.

    In closed briefings with the full House of Representatives on Monday...

  • Obama is selling us a lemon

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    It’s easy to be lulled or seduced by President Barack Obama’s confident demeanor. He always appears so reasonable. 

    Obama will need all of his persuasive powers to sell us on his “framework” agreement with Iran because the agreement is a lemon — a dangerous lemon.

    At its best,...

  • Iran deal could stumble on sensitive nuclear monitoring

    3 weeks ago

    Beefing up international monitoring of Iran's nuclear work could become the biggest stumbling block to a final accord between Tehran and major powers, despite a preliminary deal reached last week.

    As part of that deal, Iran and the powers agreed that United Nations inspectors...

  • The Iranian deal: Cause for skepticism, concern and disappointment

    By Sam Yebri

    April 8, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    Americans who are Iranian and Jewish cannot help but view the recently announced nuclear understanding between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 with skepticism, concern and disappointment.  

    First, we are skeptical because there is no “deal.” Nothing was signed in...

  • The Iranian deal: Accept an imperfect deal, then make it better

    April 8, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    In “King Lear,” William Shakespeare cautioned against “striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.” French philosopher Voltaire wrote that “perfect is the enemy of the good.” What each of these maxims tells us is that efficiency is a worthy objective. In striving to reach 100...

  • Maybe Obama knows what he’s doing

    By Rob Eshman

    April 8, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    At our seder this year, one guest, an Israeli of Iraqi origin, told me her family has a very different way of recounting the Ten Plagues God sent to Egypt.

    Instead of spilling a little wine at the mention of each plague — blood, boils, hail, frogs, the likeher father would...

  • A third of Republicans support Iran nuclear deal

    April 8, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Thirty-one percent of U.S. Republicans favor a new nuclear deal with Iran, creating a challenge for their party's lawmakers who largely oppose the framework accord sealed between Tehran and world powers, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.

    Another 30 percent of Republicans...

  • Middle East prepares for Iran nuclear deal

    April 7, 2015 | 10:24 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    The signing of the framework agreement to end Iran’s nuclear program is having repercussions throughout the Middle East. In Israel, itself a nuclear power, there is deep skepticism that Iran will comply with the terms of the...

  • Netanyahu seeks better deal on Iran; Obama says it is best hope on nuclear issue

    April 6, 2015 | 8:27 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States on Sunday to seek a better deal to curb Iran's nuclear program and said he would press American lawmakers not to give Tehran "a free path to the bomb."

    President Barack Obama, hoping to sway skeptics at home and...

  • Netanyahu says in any nuclear deal Iran must recognize Israel’s right to exist

    April 3, 2015 | 9:09 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that any final nuclear deal with Iran must include a commitment from Tehran recognizing Israel's right to exist.

    Netanyahu, whose address to the U.S. Congress last month failed to stop the United States and five other major powers...

  • Obama calls Netanyahu about Iran deal

    April 2, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the agreement reached with Iran to limit its nuclear program, the White House said.

    Obama told Netanyahu that the deal represents significant progress toward a lasting solution that cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, the statement said.

    Obama also said the progress on the nuclear front did not diminish concerns about "Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and threats towards Israel," the White House said.

  • Israel dismisses Iran nuclear framework as detached from reality

    April 2, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Israel dismissed celebration of a nuclear framework deal between major powers and Iran on Thursday, calling it detached from reality, and vowed to continue lobbying to prevent a "bad" final agreement.

    Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a statement after the...

  • Obama says ‘historic’ Iran framework could make world safer

    April 2, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    President Barack Obama on Thursday said a framework agreement reached at talks in Switzerland on Iran's nuclear program is "a good deal" that would, if fully implemented, prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and help make the world safer.

    Speaking at the White House...

  • Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

    April 1, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    President Barack Obama’s refusal to accept Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ostensible recommitment to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has watchers of the U.S.-Israel relationship wondering if the recent crisis is a mere speed bump or a sign of a...

  • What you need to know about the Iran nuclear negotiations

    April 1, 2015 | 12:08 pm

    Diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, have extended their deadline on a framework accord on Iran’s nuclear program. But even if an agreement is reached soon, it’s merely a way station toward a comprehensive deal that is due by June 30.

    If a deal is reached, who needs to approve it?...

  • Netanyahu: Iran deal will allow nuclear breakout in less than a year

    March 31, 2015 | 10:27 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators will leave Iran with the capability to develop a nuclear weapon in under a year.

    [Related: The critical importance of ‘Lausanne’]

    For...

  • U.S. says ready to work past deadline for Iran nuclear deal if needed

    March 31, 2015 | 10:07 am

    The United States said it was prepared to work past a midnight deadline into Wednesday if progress was being made towards clinching a preliminary nuclear deal between Iran and global powers.

    Negotiations appeared to be bogged down on an outline agreement aimed at curbing...

  • Daily Kickoff: Hillary talks to Malcolm | O’Malley learns Heschel | Obama’s favorite Iowa hotel

    By Jewish Insider

    March 30, 2015 | 11:37 am

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    2016 WATCH: Hillary talks to Malcolm: "Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a telephone discussion with Malcolm Hoenlein... that she thinks “we need to all work together to return the...

  • Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

    March 30, 2015 | 10:16 am

    President Barack Obama’s refusal to accept Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ostensible recommitment to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has watchers of the U.S.-Israel relationship wondering if the recent crisis is a mere speed bump or a sign of a...

  • Netanyahu to visiting senators: Proposed deal ‘paves way’ for Iranian bomb

    March 30, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a delegation of U.S. senators in Jerusalem that a proposed deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program “paves Iran’s way to the bomb.”

    Netanyahu met Sunday morning in Jerusalem with the delegation led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the...

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