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  • 5775: Old conflicts, new hopes in the new year

    By Arthur Cohn

    20 hours ago

    Israel turned 66 years old in 5774, the year that just passed. Some 8.2 million people live in Israel, of which 24,000 immigrated in the past year. Some 178,000 babies were born, and 42,000 people died. Jews make up 75 percent of the population; Arabs make up 20.7 percent. When...

  • P.A. peace negotiator Erekat compares Netanyahu to ISIS leader

    1 day ago

    Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel, compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of ISIS.

    Erekat’s comparison in an interview with the French news agency AFP came a day after Netanyahu in his speech to the U.N....

  • At U.N., Abbas attacks Israel, but Netanyahu’s mind is elsewhere

    2 days ago

    In the end, there was much to talk about at the U.N. General Assembly but few genuine surprises.

    With an eye on the jihadist group ISIS, President Obama focused on the need for the international community to counter the dangers of violent extremism. Israeli Prime Minister...

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

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days 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 days 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...

  • U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on fighters in Syria

    1 week ago

    The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of ISIS fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war.

    In a remarkable sign of shifting...

  • Elan Carr hesitant to support sending U.S. troops back to Iraq

    By Bill Boyarsky

    1 week ago

    I happened to interview Elan Carr, a Republican congressional candidate with substantial Middle East experience, on a day that may be remembered as noteworthy in the latest American attempt to defeat terrorism in that tormented region.

    Carr, currently a deputy Los Angeles County...

  • ISIS urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

    1 week ago

    ISIS urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group.

    ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in...

  • New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Each week, we are forced to bear witness to hideous acts of terrorism committed on a piece of barren sand thousands of miles away, then transmitted to our eyeballs via miracles of modern technology, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the Internet.

    Evidently, fanatics...

  • Islamic State shows captive British journalist in new video

    2 weeks ago

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

    The Islamic State, which controls...

  • Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions

    2 weeks ago

    Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously...

  • The martyrdom of Steven Sotloff

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 weeks ago

    “It is OK to be angry,” a reader scolded in an email I received over the weekend. 

    “When I saw you waxing nostalgic for your friend who was murdered (not killed) by Islamic trash, I wish that you (and others) would show some anger and look into the camera, point a finger, and...

  • ISIS-inspired lone wolves seen as posing ‘significant’ threat to Jews

    2 weeks ago

    Jewish institutions, which have faced attacks in recent years by lone wolves — extremists who draw their inspiration from the like-minded but act on their own — now must be wary of returnees from the Iraq-Syria arena who are trained and indoctrinated by the jihadist group ISIS, top...

  • German on trial for ISIS ties played for Jewish soccer team

    2 weeks ago

    A German man on trial for being a member of the jihadist group ISIS once played for a Jewish soccer club.

    Kreshnik Berisha, 20, went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday, The Associated Press reported. Berisha is alleged to have traveled to Syria, where he fought with ISIS for five...

  • Kerry open to conversation with Iran on ISIS

    2 weeks ago

    The Obama administration is ready to communicate with Iran in the bid to stop ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “We’re not coordinating with Iran, but as I said, we’re open to have a conversation at some point in time if there’s a way to find something constructive,”...

  • U.S. sees Middle East help fighting ISIS, Britain cautious after beheading

    2 weeks ago

    Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

    U.S. Secretary of State John...

  • Netanyahu following Briton’s beheading: ISIS, Hamas ‘branches of same poisonous tree’

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called ISIS and Hamas “branches of the same poisonous tree” after ISIS released a video showing the beheading of a British aid worker.

    ISIS, or the Islamic State, on Saturday released a video showing the apparent murder of David Haines,...

  • I would have booed Ted Cruz, too

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be the gutsiest supporter of Israel in American history, if you believe media accounts of his actions at a recent Christian assembly. After some in the audience booed his pro-Israel remarks, he had the gumption to walk out, saying, “If you will not...

  • Islamic State releases video showing beheading of UK hostage David Haines

    3 weeks ago

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

    Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of...

  • Top Republicans back Obama’s plan to fight Islamic State

    3 weeks ago

    The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives voiced support on Thursday for President Barack Obama's expanded campaign against Islamic State militants, but members of his party questioned whether the plan was forceful enough.

    Obama sent a panel of top administration...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • 5 notes on Obama’s this-is-not-a-war speech

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    Obama’s speech on ISIS (which Obama refers to as ISIL) was thin on detail but fairly clear in intent. Here’s what he said, and what he did not say, as I understand it.

    1. Broadening the front

    Obama said he would strike ISIS within Syria. That is a change of policy. But as Rajiv...

  • Obama says will allow no ‘safe haven’ for Islamic State militants

    3 weeks ago

    Read President Barack Obama's full speech here.

    President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

    Obama's...

  • Read Obama’s full speech on his strategy against ISIS

    3 weeks ago

    Below you can find the full text of Obama's speech on the Islamic state and his strategy to counter it:

    As Prepared for Delivery

    My fellow Americans - tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately...

  • Obama shifts on Syrian rebels, but is it too late?

    3 weeks ago

    Struggling Syrian rebels that President Barack Obama once derided as "former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth" now form a key pillar of the U.S. leader's strategy to beat back the militant insurgency known as Islamic State.

    For over three years, Obama has kept the...

  • Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama, who will set out a broad long-term strategy to defeat the Islamic State in a speech to Americans on Wednesday evening, is prepared to authorize air strikes against the group in Syria, U.S. officials said.

    Pursuing the Islamist radicals inside Syria would...

  • Obama expands air strikes against Islamic State

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sunday, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement.

    Obama has branded Islamic State an...

  • Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State, Western diplomat says

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Obama to set out plan to go on offensive against Islamic State

    September 7, 2014 | 11:01 am

    President Barack Obama will explain to Americans and congressional leaders this week his plan to go on the offensive against Islamic State militants, who he said could eventually become a threat to the United States.

    Obama said he will make a speech on Wednesday to "describe what...

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