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  • A conversation with David Menashri on Iran

    December 4, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    Steven SpiegelHow do you see rapidly moving developments on the Iranian foreign policy front in terms of Iran’s relations with the rest of the world?

    David MenashriSince the election in Iran in June, and probably before, we have been witnessing a desire for change in Iran.

    ...
  • Israel built chemical weapons stockpile, CIA document indicates

    September 10, 2013 | 9:05 am

    A newly discovered CIA document indicates that Israel likely built up its own chemical weapons arsenal.

    Intelligence circles in Washington believe that Israel amassed a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons decades ago to complement its nuclear arsenal, Foreign Policy...

  • President Obama, is Turkey a Democracy?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2013 | 7:51 am

    If you had a chance to take a look at our new Israel Factor survey you might have noticed that besides the questions related to presidential candidates, we also included a question on policy: "Please rank the Obama administration’s policy on the following topics from 1 (terrible...

  • Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: A foreign policy difference?

    October 24, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    If Barack Obama is re-elected, he ought to consider making Mitt Romney his new secretary of state. I propose this far-fetched howler not because I’m trying to get into my own Dumb Idea Hall of Fame, or because white, male secretaries of state seem to be going the way of the dodo at...

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  • A week on the Florida campaign trail

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Day One: Departing Israel

    Spending a week in Florida on the eve of a presidential election has become a habit for me — one I cherish. Meeting the elderly women who suddenly become interested in politics; attending synagogues, to which the candidates flock in droves to speak;...

  • Israel features prominently in final debate

    October 23, 2012 | 9:11 am

    The U.S.-Israel alliance and the need to keep Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon were major themes in the final presidential debate.

    Both President Obama and Mitt Romney said Monday during their foreign policy debate that they would stand with Israel in an attack by Iran.

    ...
  • As candidates spar over Israel, Jewish L.A. watches on

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 23, 2012 | 12:41 am

    By the third or fourth time Mitt Romney called the Iranian nuclear threat “the greatest national security threat we face,” a good number of the few dozen youngish Jews who had gathered at Federation headquarters to watch Monday evening’s Presidential debate appeared to have stopped...

  • Third Presidential Debate [LIVESTREAM]

    October 22, 2012 | 6:18 pm

  • Obama, Romney meet for final debate as race tightens

    October 22, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off in front of the cameras for a final time on Monday as opinion polls show their battle for the White House has tightened to a dead heat.

    With 15 days to go until the Nov. 6 election, the two candidates turn to...

  • How to win the foreign policy debate? Go domestic

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 19, 2012 | 10:08 am

    For Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, the inherent peril of the third and final debate’s focus on foreign policy is obvious.

    “All he has is speeches,” my colleague Shmuel Rosner writes in this week’s Jewish Journal cover story, a formulation that sounds ironically...

  • Moderate Muslims must battle fanticism

    October 17, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    Blasphemy has become the focus of attention, with ongoing turmoil in the Middle East sparked by a crude YouTube trailer for a possibly nonexistent movie mocking Islam.

    Some, including the president of Egypt, and American associate professor of religious studies Anthea Butler of...

  • Foreign policy: In favor of Romney

    October 17, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    [Related: In favor of Obama]

    Mitt Romney likes to recount a conversation he had with Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, back when he was governor of Massachusetts. Peres told him that “America is unique in the history of the world for its willingness to sacrifice so many...

  • Who’s winning the foreign policy debate?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 17, 2012 | 11:42 am

    It is often assumed that foreign policy is a field in which deeds matter more than words. But looking at the two presidential candidates in the 2012 election cycle, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, one might end up with the opposite impression: It is words, not...

  • Report: Israel, U.S. considering joint ‘surgical strike’ on Iran

    October 9, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Israel and the United States are considering a joint "surgical strike" targeting Iranian uranium enrichment facilities, a former Clinton administration official who is close to the Obama administration said.

    David Rothkopf, an international relations expert writing in Foreign...

  • Romney decries Obama Middle East policy in foreign policy speech

    October 9, 2012 | 10:44 am

    President Obama has led "from behind" on the Middle East, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney charged in a foreign policy speech.

    Romney, in a speech Monday at the Virginia Military Institute, said the attacks last month in Libya that left four American diplomats dead "were...

  • Is Iran a game changer?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 19, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    What follows is an excerpt adapted from Shmuel Rosner’s book “The Jewish Vote: Obama vs. Romney, A Jewish Voter’s Guide,” published by Jewish Journal Books and available through Amazon.com.

    Would President Barack Obama be willing to use all necessary means to stop Iran from...

  • Romney visit reveals falling visibility of Palestinian issue

    July 30, 2012 | 11:56 am

    Mitt Romney’s policy speech in Israel covered plenty of bases: The presumptive Republican presidential candidate spoke about the status of Jerusalem, the threat of a nuclear Iran, the “tumult” of the Arab Spring and the “enduring shared values” that bedrock the U.S.-Israel...

  • Biden, Romney continue Israel sparring

    July 25, 2012 | 10:56 am

    Vice President Joe Biden and Mitt Romney continued their respective campaigns’ sparring over Israel.

    In a speech Tuesday in Reno, Nev., to the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual conference, Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said President Obama had distanced the...

  • Romney, Obama exchange foreign policy jabs, with Israel as an emphasis

    July 24, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    It’s foreign policy, stupid, at least for the next two weeks or so — and it’s the Middle East, especially.

    Mitt Romney’s planned trip to Britain, Poland and Israel beginning at the end of this week has shifted the presidential campaign debate for now from jobs, the economy...

  • Visit to Israel gives Romney chance to shore up foreign policy, evangelical cred

    July 3, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Mitt Romney’s announced trip to Israel, at the height of his campaign to wrest the presidency from Barack Obama, could be a twofer, drawing closer two critical constituencies: evangelicals and foreign policy hawks.

    A Romney campaign official confirmed to JTA a New York Times story...

  • Conference examines future of U.S.-Israel relations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 27, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    I’ve just finished moderating two panels at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem. I’ve just finished talking to dozens of the people attending and finished listening to other people’s panels. I’m tired and have a headache, and I am still trying to figure out a...

  • Opinion: Is Israel suicidal?

    January 13, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    A man wrote me the other day to complain about something I had written regarding my belief that Israel has every right to exist in peace and security. He responded that Israel should not exist, asserting that Israel is simply a Western colony implanted in the Middle East that is as...

  • Santorum: West Bank is part of Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 6, 2012 | 2:50 am

  • Opinion: Putting a price tag on Israel aid

    October 20, 2011 | 1:35 pm

    In my last piece, I highlighted a Washington Post column in which Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Walter Pincus urged that the $3 billion aid package to Israel be re-examined.

    Israel, with a population of seven million, receives $3 billion a year from the United States while the...

  • At AIPAC, effort to shift focus back to agenda: Iran, foreign aid, Capitol Hill relationships

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 24, 2011 | 8:14 am

    Let’s get past this U.S.-Israel relationship thing, so we can get on with important stuff, like the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    That seemed to be the message this week at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    With a record 10,000 people and...

  • Freeman affair sheds sunshine on ‘night flower’ Steve Rosen

    March 18, 2009 | 12:11 am

    The night flower is back, and he’sliking the light.

    Steve Rosen, the former AIPAC foreign policy chief, is at the center of Middle East policy attention nearly four years after his indictment on charges of handling classified information. He wrote a blog post highlighting past...

  • Analysis: Obama sounding similar to Bush on foreign policy

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 3, 2008 | 6:16 pm

    Not only is Barack Obama inheriting President Bush's Middle East, it looks like he's adopting his strategies.

    Perhaps the most striking presence on the Chicago stage Monday, where President-elect Obama presented his national security team, were the policies of the outgoing president....

  • ANALYSIS: Who advises McCain and Obama?

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 28, 2008 | 5:50 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- When the question of recognizing Israel landed on President Harry Truman's desk in May 1948, he had to balance the advice of his old friend, Clark Clifford, against the general he deeply admired, George Marshall.

    In the end Truman went with his friend,...
  • Questions for Obama’s California strategist, Mitchell Schwartz

    October 15, 2008 | 11:36 pm

    Mitchell Schwartz heads up Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in California and also sits on the board of Temple Israel of Hollywood. He has worked on campaigns for Sen. Barbara Boxer, Gov. Gray Davis and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as well as Bill Clinton's 1992...
  • 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...

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