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  • 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...

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  • 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

    In-depth

    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...

  • U.S. to honor Israel’s Barak, outgoing architect of Iran policy

    November 28, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    Outgoing Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will receive the highest award he could be given by a U.S. secretary of defense when he visits the Pentagon on Thursday, three days after announcing his exit from political life next year.

    The 70-year-old Barak, a leading strategist in...

  • Israel’s crazy election cycle

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 28, 2012 | 11:33 am

    This might be the craziest election cycle in the history of Israel. It is short, but not a week passes without shifts and changes in the political landscape: On Nov. 26, it was Defense Minister Ehud Barak resigning from his post to pursue new horizons. Barak is the cat with nine...

  • As Barak bids politics bye bye, questions remain about his legacy and future

    November 27, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Is Ehud Barak a calculating political survivor or a military man who, in his own words, “never had any special desire” for political life? Will he be remembered as a warrior or as a seeker of peace? And what will he do next?

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s announcement of...

  • November 27, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 27, 2012 | 2:05 am

    In-depth

    Shame on Anyone Who Ever Thought Mohammad Morsi Was a Moderate

    The Egyptian president's new power grab is hardly unexpected given the modus operandi of the Muslim Brotherhood, writes Eric Trager of the New Republic.

    The Brotherhood, in other words, does not...

  • Ehud Barak says he’s quitting politics

    November 26, 2012 | 7:36 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he is leaving politics after more than half a century and will not run in the upcoming elections.

    Barak made the surprise announcement Monday, less than a week after Israel's military ended its Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, for...

  • Craziest election developments of the week: Livni coming, Barak going

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 26, 2012 | 7:16 am

    This might be the craziest election cycle in the history of Israel. It is short, but not a week passes without shifts and changes in the political landscape – today, it was Defense Minister Ehud Barak resigning from his post to pursue new horizons. Barak is the cat with the seven...

  • November 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 26, 2012 | 12:59 am

     In-depth

    Mursi kills Egypt’s spring

    By giving himself sweeping powers, the Egyptian president has betrayed the principles of the country's revolution, writes Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed in Asharq Al-Awsat

    The presidential decrees are equivalent in terms of their importance...

  • Should Israel have agreed to a cease-fire? The complex answer

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 21, 2012 | 10:02 am

    I moderated a conversation last night between two book authors whose books were published fairly recently by the Publishing House for which I work as head of non-fiction. The host was Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem, the crowd surprised and showed up, disregarding the rockets (why are...

  • In Tel Aviv many stay cool as rockets explode

    November 16, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Pleasure-loving, wheeler-dealer Tel Aviv withstood Saddam Hussein's Scud missiles 20 years ago and Palestinian suicide bomb attacks a decade later.

    The latest threat - Palestinian rockets from the Gaza Strip - is something new, but in a sense familiar.

    Some in the throbbing...

  • Israel taking steps to mobilize up to 75,000 reservists

    November 16, 2012 | 9:54 am

    Defence Minister Ehud Barak sought government approval on Friday to mobilize up to 75,000 reserve troops for Israel's Gaza campaign, political sources said, in a sign of preparations for a possible ground offensive.

    The sources, speaking after Palestinian rockets were fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, said ministers were being polled by telephone by the cabinet secretary to approve the call-up.

    Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Crispian Balmer

  • Barak says Gaza militants to pay price for Tel Aviv rocket fire

    November 15, 2012 | 10:20 am

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak, signaling stronger Israeli military action against Palestinian militants, said on Thursday they would be made to pay a price for firing rockets toward Tel Aviv.

    He also announced he had ordered the military to enlist more reservists "so that we can...

  • Barak: Current episode with Gaza ‘not over’

    November 13, 2012 | 7:25 am

    Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the current episode of rocket fire from Gaza is not over, during a visit to the border with Gaza.

    Barak on Tuesday held a security analysis with the Israel Defense Forces chiefs in the area, including Gaza Division Commander Brig. Gen....

  • Netanyahu in meeting with envoys talks tough on stopping Gaza barrage

    November 12, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Israel will "take whatever action is necessary to put a stop" to the barrage of rockets from Gaza targeting the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ambassadors.

    Netanyahu met Monday in Ashkelon with some 100 foreign envoys to talk about Israel's response to the...

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