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  • Israel prepares to fight Ebola in West Africa

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    1 week ago

    Even as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced new measures on Oct. 12 to screen for Ebola cases at Israel’s points of entry, officials from the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Health had worked over the weekend to put in place an emergency response program to...

  • White House rejects Netanyahu’s criticism with withering response

    2 weeks ago

    The White House rejected criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a withering response on Monday, accusing him of refusing to acknowledge how much help the United States has been to Israel over the years.

    A long-time split between President Barack Obama and...

  • Netanyahu to Obama: Iran must not get nuclear arms

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. leader will make sure that any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does not allow Tehran to stand at the "threshhold" of being able to develop nuclear weapons.

    ...
  • Netanyahu’s speech: Should Israel put itself at the forefront of the battle against radical Islam?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    AP called this "a blistering speech". That is a fair description of Benjamin Netanyahu's UN performance yesterday. All the elements were blended into it: terror and radicalism, world domination and Nazism, nuclear Iran and propaganda. Netanyahu did not talk about Israel – not just...

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  • Netanyahu: Iran poses greater threat than Islamic State

    3 weeks ago

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from Islamic State fighters and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat than "militant Islamists on pickup trucks."

    It was the fifth...

  • Bill and Hillary disagree on Netanyahu? Not so much

    September 16, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Politico and Haaretz have seized on C-Span video from Iowa that they claim suggests Bill and Hillary Clinton diverge on how ready Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is for peace.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to be stumping for an as yet unannounced presidential bid in...

  • Israel’s political mini-drama: a short guide for the (justifiably) perplexed

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 16, 2014 | 3:57 am

    Is Israel going to have another election much sooner than expected, much sooner than needed, and much sooner than what most of its parties want? There is still a good chance that the coalition is going to survive, but also signs that it might not. Too many people are climbing too...

  • Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State, Western diplomat says

    September 8, 2014 | 10:32 am

    Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the U.S.-led aerial campaign against Islamic State in Iraq, a Western diplomat said on Monday.

    Once "scrubbed" of evidence of its Israeli origin, the information has often been shared by Washington with...

  • Stars, fans, royalty pay tribute to Joan Rivers

    September 5, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    Acerbic comedian Joan Rivers died in New York on Thursday, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on her vocal cords, her daughter Melissa Rivers said.

    Fellow comedians, actors and even royalty paid tribute to Rivers:

    Melissa Rivers in a statement...

  • Gaza war leaves Israeli border villages seething with anger

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    September 4, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Israelis living on the Gaza border have warily returned home after fleeing mortar and rocket fire during a seven-week war but they are angry with the government and fear it is just a matter of time before their villages are targeted again.

    An open-ended ceasefire nine days ago...

  • End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

    September 2, 2014 | 10:00 am

    A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.

    With conflicts raging in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria – and the future of...

  • Hillary, Israel and the Jews

    August 29, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Last month, I read an opinion piece in a Jewish publication wrongfully accusing Hillary Clinton of being anti-Israel and not fighting for the issues that matter most to Jewish Americans. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has fought for...

  • Hamas leader says Gaza only a ‘milestone to reaching our objective’

    August 28, 2014 | 11:19 am

    Hamas will not cease its resistance against Israel until all its demands are met, the group's overall leader Khaled Meshaal said on Thursday, adding that the latest conflict over Gaza was only "a milestone to reaching our objective."

    Speaking at a news conference in Doha, where...

  • What’s in the Gaza peace deal?

    August 26, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed.

    Following are the broad...

  • Poll: Netanyahu’s approval rating plummets

    August 25, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    A poll of Israelis showed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval rating has plunged to 38 percent in the last month from a high of 82 percent.

    Netanyahu’s approval rating was at its highwater mark in the days after Israel began its ground war in Gaza, according to the...

  • Israeli PM deletes controversial ISIS tweet

    August 22, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has deleted a controversial tweet that used an image from a graphic beheading video released by ISIS.

    After coming under widespread criticism, the prime minister’s took down the hours-old tweet, which included an image of the late journalist...

  • Israel-Gaza cease-fire extended 24 hours as progress made on long-term truce

    August 18, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian officials reportedly have confirmed that the Gaza cease-fire will be extended by 24 hours.

    The extension of the current five-day cease-fire, which is set to expire at midnight Monday, will allow the sides to continue to discuss a long-term truce.

    The...

  • U.S. officials: No change in procedure for arming Israel

    August 14, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    U.S. officials denied reports of a change in the procedure through which their government supplies arms to Israel.

    Speaking to reporters on Thursday, State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf said: “Let me be clear: There has been no change in policy, period.” But she also...

  • Israel blocks rights group as alternative to military service

    August 14, 2014 | 10:56 am

    Israel has disqualified its foremost human rights group as a volunteer option for youths who choose civilian national service over military conscription, officials said on Wednesday, citing the group's criticism of the Gaza offensive.

    The government move against B'Tselem, while...

  • After the fog of war: An early assessment of the Israel-Gaza conflict

    By Michael Berenbaum

    August 13, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    It is far too early to assess the impact of the latest war in Gaza, but still some preliminary thoughts are in order:

    Anti-Semitism panic

    Judging by what I have been reading in the press blogs and emails, it seems as if many Jews are in a panic about the rise in anti-Semitism....

  • Netanyahu orders Israeli response to Gaza rocket fire, official says

    August 13, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli military to respond to Gaza rocket fire moments before a three-day truce expired on Wednesday, an Israeli official said.

    "With the breach of the cease-fire by Hamas, the prime minister and defense minister ordered the...

  • How Obama and Netanyahu can make up

    August 7, 2014 | 10:21 am

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not the best of friends — that seems pretty clear by now.

    But following reports during the Gaza conflict of cut-off phone calls, tough talk of “demands” and eavesdropping, it may be time for them to figure...

  • Israelis do not – do not! - trust the US to mediate negotiations with Hamas

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 7, 2014 | 3:26 am

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    Pollster Menachem Lazar of Panels Politics predicted in our conversation yesterday that Israelis would be inclined to trust Egypt more than they trust the US when it comes to the cease fire talks. He just didn't predict how wide the trust-gap would be. Thus, when he saw the...

  • Who won and who lost in the Gaza war?

    August 5, 2014 | 10:28 am

    Now that the latest Gaza conflict appears to be over – or, nearly, so — it’s time to take stock of the winners and losers.

    Who won the war?

    Perhaps more than the other two Gaza conflicts in the last six years, Israel is the clear winner this time. The Israel Defense Forces...

  • Israel quickly goes back to ‘grumbling as usual’ mode

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 5, 2014 | 3:27 am

    As I write on Aug. 5, as the battle winds down and another attempt at a cease-fire begins, the troops are getting ready for the battle of the aftermath. If there was a mishap, we need to know who’s at fault; if there’s a victory, someone is going to want the credit; if there’s an...

  • Israel, Palestinians accept Egypt’s 72-hour truce bid

    August 4, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement agreed on Monday to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire to end four weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip, while Jerusalem was rocked by two attacks that appeared to be a backlash to the violence.

    Egypt's plan called for a 72-hour-long truce to...

  • Netanyahu: All Gaza tunnels will be destroyed with or without cease-fire

    July 31, 2014 | 9:36 am

    Israel will destroy all of the tunnels that lead from Gaza to southern Israel, with or without a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Israeli troops have destroyed dozens of tunnel branches so far during the 24-day operation in Gaza, Netanyahu said Thursday...

  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    July 30, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

  • 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...

  • Israel, U.S. deny account of tense Obama-Netanyahu call

    July 29, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    U.S. and Israeli officials sharply denied an account of a tense conversation between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The conversation described Tuesday night on Israel’s Channel One TV allegedly was the one Obama and Netanyahu had on Sunday...

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