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  • Words as weapons in new film ‘Diplomacy’

    By  Tom Tugend

    3 weeks ago

    As American and Free French divisions closed in on Nazi-occupied Paris in late August 1944, Hitler issued a clear order to the commander of Wehrmacht troops in the French capital.

    Before evacuating the City of Light, the Führer told Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz to blow up such...

  • Spotlight on Jewish characters in fall films

    September 22, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Few films with an expressly Jewish theme or Jewish characters are to be found this fall, but there will be some choice subjects onscreen.

    “Sleeping with the Fishes” follows the exploits of Alexis Fish (Gina Rodriguez), daughter of a Latina mother and a Jewish father. Alexis is at...

  • Diplomacy is back in action, Pharell Williams is HAPPY with Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 7, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is saved!

    The 11-day Foreign Ministry strike that closed embassies abroad and prevented high-profile visits both to and from Israel ended on Wednesday evening as the Treasury and the ministry’s workers committee signed a labor agreement. This ends...

  • Save the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 26, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Last week, Tel Aviv University took political science students - including me - on a field trip to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, in order for us to examine the various possible career paths there. Since high school, it has been very clear to me that my future would...

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  • Erdoğan’s test

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 10, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Turkish government seem to be playing a very childish game with Israel.

     

    After groveling, twisting and twirling to the Turks infantile demands, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is now being demanded to do more. More than six months after doing the impossible and...

  • Syria — why diplomacy is not the answer

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 12, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    People say "don't compare," but comparison of recent events in Syria to Europe in the 1940's cannot be avoided. Millions of Jews were led to their deaths in the most hideous ways, the U.S, as well as the rest of the world, held photographed facts of the holocaust horrors, yet chose...

  • Meet our future diplomats!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 21, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    Last week, the IsraMUN conference, the first academic international MUN (Model Uniited Nations*) in Israel, takes place in Rishon LeZion, Israel. This year’s IsraMUN theme is “Modernity and Traditionalism," when the aim of the conference is "to raise awareness to the importance of ...

  • Iran, U.S. waiting for other side to make nuclear compromise

    August 7, 2013 | 9:51 am

    The presidency of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani has opened a window of opportunity in Iran's delicate nuclear diplomacy with the West but Tehran-watchers say that window could close as each side waits for the other to make the first move.

    Cautious optimism about talks between...

  • Israel Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs has officially closed its gates

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 7, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    This week, the Israel Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs officially closed. With almost no media recognition, it has become a division in the Prime Minister's office. From a ministry to a division, just like that.

    I find this move unacceptable. Did someone think we...

  • This conflict CAN end!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    In the past couple of weeks, I have encountered a record number of hateful messages, written by Palestinians, calling me a terrorist and a killer and wishing for my immediate death. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I thought that the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was...

  • President Obama's diplomacy has been given a chance

    By Michael Berenbaum

    May 4, 2012 | 10:34 am

    According to Jewish tradition, prophecy ceased with the end of the Biblical era, but it doesn’t take a prophet to predict that Israel will not be attacking Iranian nuclear installations, at least not for a while.

    The conventional wisdom had been that the Israelis had a window of...

  • Obama: Diplomacy window shrinking

    March 14, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    The window for Iran to resolve its differences with the West through diplomacy is shrinking, President Obama said.

    “They should understand that because the international community has applied so many sanctions, because we have employed so many of the options that are available to us...

  • Iran’s supreme leader praises Obama’s emphasis on diplomacy

    March 8, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, welcomed President Obama’s emphasis on diplomacy to resolve tensions over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

    Iranian state TV reported Thursday that Khamenei had embraced Obama’s position that there was a “window of...

  • New book: Iran sanctions only If coupled with diplomacy

    January 31, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    News on the Iran front is getting more and more complicated. I am not referring to the situation at Iran’s nuclear facilities but to the one here in Washington, where Congress, deep into election-year fundraising and thinking about the March AIPAC policy conference, is crafting yet...

  • Obama: ‘All options’ - including diplomacy - still on with Iran

    January 24, 2012 | 11:32 pm

    All options are on the table for Iran, but a diplomatic solution to the impasse over its nuclear weapons program is still a possibility, President Obama said in his State of the Union speech.

    Obama said Iran was more isolated than ever because of the intensified sanctions he has...

  • Diplomats seek cease-fire as Gaza fighting rages [VIDEO]

    By Leslie Susser

    January 7, 2009 | 7:03 pm


    Military Editor of the Jerusalem Post, Yaakov Katz, discusses Israel's strategic perspectives

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In the second week of the war in Gaza, with Israeli ground troops poised to intensify their actions against Hamas militants, weapons stores and rocket-launching sites,...
  • Analysis: Gaza crisis is opportunity for Obama

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 29, 2008 | 7:55 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Does the mini-war underway between Israel and Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip present President-elect Barack Obama's incoming administration with a crisis or an opportunity?

    Israel's aerial bombardment, the most intensive in the Gaza Strip in the history of the...

  • Why Obama is better than McCain for Israel

    October 15, 2008 | 10:01 pm

    I wouldn't gamble with Israel's future. Why would you?

    Most arguments in favor of Sen. John McCain and his approach to Israel rest on his greater experience and knowledge. Yet, put simply, McCain is a gambler -- in practice, in personality and in judgment.

    No supporter of Israel...

  • Why I support Barack Obama

    October 9, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    It is highly unusual for me to be speaking out politically.

    I have worked for Republican and Democratic presidents alike. I was a political appointee during the Reagan administration, serving on the National Security Council staff in the White House. I held a senior position in the...

  • Ich bin ein Amerikaner

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 24, 2008 | 12:49 am

    "The world is waiting to love America again" ran the title of a recent London Observer editorial anticipating Barack Obama's visit to Europe.

    Love may be too strong a word to describe the world's feelings for America when George W. Bush was first sworn in as president, but not by...

  • Shut up and read this book review

    July 16, 2008 | 10:20 pm

    "Shut Up, I'm Talking: And Other Diplomatic Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government" by Gregory Levey (Simon & Schuster/Free Press, $24).

    Consider the Zionist dream of Jews living as "normal" people in a "normal" country. Then consider Gregory Levey's hilarious and unexpectedly...

  • Top Ten Signs we’re making progress towards peace

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Monday for the first time since Feb. 19 at the urging of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who dropped by briefly a week earlier to declare the peace process was "moving in the right direction."
    ...
  • Rice presses, Israel eases up on Palestinians

    By Leslie Susser

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    For the first time since the Annapolis peace parley last November, the United States is leaning heavily on Israel to move ahead in peacemaking with the Palestinians.

    This week, on her second visit to Israel and the Palestinian areas in a month, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza...

  • Israel is still fighting for independence

    By Rep. Elton Gallegly

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    On May 14, Israel will celebrate 60 years of independence. It's never been an easy independence. Israel is surrounded by regional instability and Israelis have needed to regularly fight their neighbors to maintain their independence -- if not their very existence.

    Despite those...

  • Peace in the Mideast remains an illusion

    By Arthur Cohn

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    President Bush's historic visit to Israel and the Middle East can only delay the inevitable disappointment.

    Why? It follows the enormous anticipation of the Annapolis conference

    in late 2007 -- a conference the overwhelming majority of Israelis believe failed. Since then, the...

  • No. 1 goal for new consul— telling L.A. ‘what Israel is’

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Yaakov Dayan, the new Israeli consul general for the Southwestern states, has just moved into his high-rise office on Wilshire Boulevard.

    The walls are bare and pockmarked with nail holes, but leaning against a chair are the first two pictures to go up. One is a head drawing of...

  • Rep. Lantos' call for sanctions <i>and</i> diplomacy puzzles L.A. Iranians

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Lantos, chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee, made headlines last April when he reiterated his desire to travel to Iran for informal talks with Iranian officials. And yet one month later the Democratic congressman from San Mateo introduced a tough Iran divestment bill...
  • Help Bush

    By Rob Eshman

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    George W. Bush has one last chance to leave behind a great legacy in the Middle East, and I want to help him. He has a year and a half left to support and encourage agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and to midwife and recognize the state of Palestine.

    Call this...

  • Bush flirts with peace talks but won’t commit to Palestinians

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The rug that Syrian President Bashar pulled out from under his widely reported but vaguely defined peace offensive last week was a Persian weave.

    He had been talking for months about unconditionally resuming negotiations with Israel over the Golan Heights, and it seemed like...

  • Only democratization can fight Islamists

    By Paul Kujawsky

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Natan Sharansky's June 5-6 Democracy and Security Conference in Prague could reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to support the growth of liberal democracy. If not, the Islamists win a crucial advantage.

    There are two basic foreign policy philosophies. The idealist...

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