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  • Yes, Netanyahu’s days are ‘numbered’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2016 | 4:04 am

    I would not take former Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s recent promise that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s days in office “are numbered” too seriously. Barak himself does not take it quite seriously: “If it takes months or years, they are numbered,” he said. Well – isn’t that obvious?...

  • Former Israeli prime minister: Netanyahu enabling ‘budding fascism’

    June 17, 2016 | 1:33 pm

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is encouraging “budding fascism.”

    Speaking at the Herzliya Conference Thursday, Barak, who served as defense minister under Netanyahu until 2013, said, “A fanatic nucleus of extremist ideology has taken...

  • Are we still allowed to cheer?

    By David Suissa

    March 23, 2016 | 1:07 pm

    There’s a new sin in town – it’s not heckling or insulting or bullying.

    It’s cheering.

    Apparently, we’re no longer allowed to cheer, if who and what we’re cheering offends certain Jews, mostly liberal Jews.

    I was there on the night of March 21 at the Verizon Center in...

  • U.S. civil suit brought against Israeli ex-PM Ehud Barak

    October 21, 2015 | 4:24 pm

    Relatives of a 19-year-old U.S. citizen killed in Israel's 2010 storming of a Turkish-led aid flotilla are suing former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for the raid, in which nine activists died.

    Furkan Dogan, a dual Turkish-U.S. citizen, was filming on the flotilla carrying...

  • Ehud Barak discusses Mideast affairs

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    At a time when Israel is engulfed in terror, millions of Syrians are living as refugees and the Islamic State is a source of havoc in the region, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said he has deep uncertainties about the future of the Middle East. 

    “We are living in a...

  • Calendar: October 16-22

    By Amanda Epstein

    October 14, 2015 | 11:37 am

    SUN | OCT 18


    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak will kick off the Distinguished Speaker Series of Southern California. In addition to serving as prime minister, he served Israel as chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces, foreign minister and, most...

  • Ehud Barak’s biographer leaked interview tapes about Iran strikes

    August 24, 2015 | 12:28 pm

    A biographer of Ehud Barak said he leaked videotapes of the former Israeli prime minister talking about possible Israeli strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities following a dispute over the book’s English-language rights.

    Ilan Kfir, who co-wrote the biography with Danny Dor, gave...

  • Israel was set to strike Iran in 2012, but joint drill with U.S. interfered

    August 24, 2015 | 8:50 am

    Israel was reportedly set to bomb Iran nuclear facilities in 2012, but aborted the operation because it coincided with a joint military exercise with the United States.

    The attack was being readied for January of that year, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported on Friday, until it...

  • Netanyahu pressed for Iran attacks, but was denied, ex-defense chief says

    August 23, 2015 | 8:40 am

    Israel's political leaders pushed to attack Iran at least three times in the past few years but had to back down on the advice of the military and due to concerns about its ally the United States, former defense minister Ehud Barak said.

    In interviews to his biographers aired...

  • Ehud Barak and Netanyahu pushed to bomb Iran in ’10 and ’11

    August 21, 2015 | 2:20 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Defense Minister Ehud Barak both wanted to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2010 and 2011, but other leaders blocked the move, Barak said.

    The retired Labor politician, who was prime minister from 1999 to 2001, revealed the...

  • Daily Kickoff: Biden to attend Dermer’s Yom Ha’atzmaut event | Gensler to Hillary | Stewart’s Slack

    By Jewish Insider

    April 17, 2015 | 6:42 am

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    TOP TALKER: Ambassador Ron Dermer posts on Facebook -- "I am honored to host Vice President Biden at Israel's Independence Day event in Washington, D.C. on April 23rd. I look forward to...

  • Daily Kickoff: Spotlight on Sen. Cardin | Abramovich buys in Tel Aviv | Ghermezian’s Dream Approved

    By Jewish Insider

    April 15, 2015 | 6:29 am

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    TOP TALKER: "After Last-Minute Changes, Iran Bill Sweeps Key Vote With White House Support" by Jessica Schulberg: "After several months of wrangling between the White House and Senate...
  • Kerry stands by record, wishes for ‘apartheid’ rewind

    April 29, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry defended his Israel record, but also agreed that his use of the word “apartheid” to describe the dangers of a failed peace process was not appropriate in a U.S. context.

    “I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a...

  • The Middle East: Where upheaval reigns

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 12, 2013 | 11:32 am

    In December 1973, shortly after the Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur War, Israel’s director of central intelligence submitted a report about the performance of the intelligence community before the war. The report acknowledged an “intelligence failure.” The problem wasn’t the collection of...

  • 675 housing units approved for West Bank’s Itamar settlement

    June 12, 2013 | 10:38 am

    Some 675 new housing units were approved for the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

    The construction plans were approved before January’s elections in Israel, but first reported on Wednesday by the Israeli news website Ynet.

    Of the approved housing, 137 are existing apartments...

  • Ehud Barak leaves Israeli politics — for now

    March 14, 2013 | 10:53 am

    Ehud Barak stepped down as Israeli defense minister at an official farewell event.

    Barak, 71, who served as defense minister for six years, announced in November that he would leave political life. He told CNN recently that he would stay away from politics for at least five...

  • The Iranian Debate: Credibility or Trust?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 8, 2013 | 5:42 am

    Next week, I’ll tell you all about my meeting with Senator Rand Paul, and about other interesting meetings I had in Washington. In the meantime, go read my piece for the print edition:

    This year’s AIPAC conference was bizarrely quiet. In the rooms where the panels of experts and...

  • AIPAC makes its voice heard in Washington

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 5, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    It was a surprisingly sunny day Tuesday, ahead of an expected snowstorm, when the 12,000 or so AIPAC delegates concluded the three-day annual “policy conference” in Washington this week, ready to move on to Capitol Hill to lobby their representatives. They had been fully primed for...

  • Barak: consider unilateral separation from West Bank

    March 4, 2013 | 6:14 am

    Israel should consider unilateral steps to separate itself from the Palestinians should peace talks fail, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

    "We should consider unilateral steps in order to place a wedge on this extremely dangerous slippery slope to a binational state," Barak said...

  • Hagel to meet Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak in D.C.

    March 3, 2013 | 7:47 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is scheduled to be the first foreign defense minister to meet with newly confirmed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

    The two men will meet at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed U.S. official.

    The meeting will take...

  • Biden to address AIPAC conference

    February 26, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Vice President Joe Biden will address the upcoming AIPAC policy conference.

    Biden will speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on the morning of Monday, March 4, officials in the White House and with AIPAC told JTA.

    His speech comes ahead of President...

  • Ehud Barak coming to Washington for consultations

    February 11, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is traveling to Washington to meet with top defense officials.

    Barak, who announced in November that he was retiring from politics and did not run in the January elections, "will meet with senior administration officials and the heads of the...

  • Iran says Israel will regret Syria air strike

    February 4, 2013 | 7:40 am

    Iran told Israel on Monday it would regret its air strike against Syria last week, without spelling out whether Iran or its ally planned any military response.

    "They will regret this recent aggression," Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, told a...

  • Israeli voters force Netanyahu to seek centrist partner

    January 24, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Israel's next government must heed voters and devote itself to bread-and-butter issues, not thorny foreign policy problems such as Iran's nuclear plans and the Palestinian conflict, senior politicians said on Thursday.

    Israelis worried about housing, prices and taxes have...

  • The no-alternative Israeli elections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 16, 2013 | 11:09 am

    The story of the upcoming Israeli elections, which will take place on Jan. 22, can be written in many different ways. 

    One is with an eye to the small numbers, a story of preserving the political status quo: Back in 2009, the Kadima Party got 28 mandates. In 2013, if polls are to...

  • January 16, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 16, 2013 | 3:50 am

    The US

    Headline: Schumer Backs Hagel Nomination

    To Read: As Barack Obama prepares for his second inauguration, Wil Haygood of the Washington Post looks at the similarities between the first black president and Martin Luther King.

    In [Jesse] Jackson’s mind, the lives of...

  • Diskin: Netanyahu untrustworthy on Iran

    January 4, 2013 | 9:40 am

    Yuval Diskin, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, said he distrusts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s motives in dealing with the Iranian threat.

    “I and my colleagues were not confident of the ability of Netanyahu and Barak to lead a move on Iran,”...

  • Yasser Arafat planned the second intifada, his widow says

    December 31, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Yasser Arafat planned the second intifada, his widow said in a television interview.

    Suha Arafat said the late PLO leader told her about his plans in Paris immediately following the failed summit at Camp David in 2000 featuring Arafat, President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime...

  • Hamas leader calls for third intifada

    December 26, 2012 | 9:36 am

    A senior Hamas leader called for a third intifada, including suicide bus bombings in Israel.

    Hamas Jerusalem bureau chief Ahmed Halabiyeh on Tuesday called for new, violent action against Israel,  saying that ”we must renew the resistance to occupation in any possible way, above...

  • December 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 2, 2012 | 1:07 am


    Legal Implication of the UN Resolution on Palestine

    The vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state of the UN will only make it harder to reach a two-state solution, writes Alan Dershowitz for Newsmax.

    If all the territory captured by Israel in its defensive...

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