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  • Hate, courtesy of the UN

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 24, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Richard Falk, a UN official, referred to the Boston Marathon in a column he wrote for the Foreign Policy Journal , saying the US "had it coming" because of its policy around the world and specifically in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yes, that's right. A respected person...

  • So, Obama says Israel doesn’t know its own interests…

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 15, 2013 | 5:04 am

    The Israeli press – and some Americans – became apoplectic over a nugget of trivia exposed by the indefatigable and indispensable Jeffrey Goldberg: When informed about the Israeli decision to build in E1, "Obama, who has a famously contentious relationship with the prime minister,...

  • ‘We should help Obama deal with Iran by trying for peace with the Palestinians’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 10, 2012 | 4:29 am

    Meir Sheetrit is an MK for Tzipi Livni’s newly founded party, The Movement. He has held senior positions in the Likud and Kadima governments over the last 12 years, serving as finance minister, justice minister, education minister and interior minister, among other posts. This is...

  • You can be angry at the Palestinians AND critical of the E1 decision

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 5, 2012 | 7:55 am

    Here's one thing to remember: you don't have to be a supporter of the U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood to oppose Israel's recent E1 action. The world is wide enough to tolerate people who, A. Think the Palestinians were irresponsible and counter-productive. B. The U.N. was – well...

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  • Gordis vs. Brous is not about ‘values’, and other notes

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 29, 2012 | 8:52 am

    1.

    If Israel is indeed somewhat nervous about a Secretary of State Susan Rice – as you can see here – it would be far more nervous about a Secretary of State or Defense Chuck Hagel. Josh Rogin reports that "Hagel is being vetted for a possible top national security post" and that...

  • November 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 22, 2012 | 12:14 am

    In-depth

    Winners & Losers

    Elliot Abrams of the Weekly Standard looks at the gains and losses of the parties in the newly ended Gaza conflict. 

    Israelis have appreciated that Netanyahu avoided bombastic statements, and used the days of conflict to reach out to President...

  • Washington Diary: Obama, go to Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 11, 2012 | 7:52 am

    President Barack Obama has many urgent issues on his desk as he enters his second term. His hard work begins now, having won the uphill battle against not just his rival, but also against the unemployment rate; the deficit; the slow economic recovery; and the overall pessimistic...

  • From Eisenhower to Obama

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 7, 2012 | 7:05 am

    I was working late last night to meet a deadline for the print edition, writing a story that while not nearly complete, is a little more comprehensive than yesterday's live blogging posts. Here's one paragraph from the story, you can read the full article here:

    Interestingly,...

  • November 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 7, 2012 | 4:32 am

    In-depth

    Obama victory spells trouble for Israel's Netanyahu

    Facing his own election, the Israeli prime minister must now contend with a re-elected prsident and critics at home who accused him of backing Romney, writes Jeffrey Heller for Reuters

    ... former Israeli...

  • September 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 9, 2012 | 2:05 am

    In-depth

    Lessons for Israel from Captured Iraqi Nuclear Documents

    Documents revealing Saddam Hussein's true motives for acquiring nuclear weapons in the 1980s could be applicable to Iran today, writes Dore Gold in Algemeiner

    In the debate over Israel’s future borders in...

  • August 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 23, 2012 | 3:02 am

    In-depth

    US-Israeli Relationship Should Transcend Partisan Politics

    Writing in the Daily Beast, former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni makes an impassioned plea to American politicians this election season.

    Keeping Israel above partisan politics is particularly...

  • The Israel Factor 07.2012, Questionnaire

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 20, 2012 | 3:16 am

    1. Please rank the two presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Mitt Romney – on the ‎following issues from 1 (totally disagree) to 10 (totally agree):



    ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

    Issue

    Obama

    Romney

    Shows good understanding of Middle East affairs

     

     

    Can be trusted to...

  • July 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 11, 2012 | 4:10 am

    In-depth

    Israel’s Illogical Settlement Decision

    Writing in the National Interest, former US ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer explains why he disagrees with this week’s findings of an Israeli state commission on settlements. 

    The Levy committee’s assertion of...

  • Advice for Romney: No ‘opposite’ please

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 19, 2012 | 7:07 am

    One of President Obama’s many mistakes when it comes to Israel was his ‎insistence on being the anti-Bush whenever possible. It was a mistake he ‎could have avoided, a decision against which he was advised by some of his ‎smarter advisors. President Bush didn’t leave office...

  • May 31, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 31, 2012 | 1:45 am

    Why Syria feels abandoned

    The international community must come up with a plan for ‎United Nations to monitor the abuses inside Syria, writes ‎Donatella Rovera in the Washington Post. ‎
    More than a year after the Syrian uprising started, world leaders have failed to ‎agree...

  • Five comments on Jonathan Pollard’s chances of being released soon

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 29, 2012 | 10:03 am

    While the campaign for the release of spy Jonathan Pollard from jail continues, here ‎are some sobering comments about his chances of soon being free:‎

    1.‎

    In the Algemeiner, not long ago, a mock debate between Obama and Romney ‎included their respective answers on Pollard...

  • So, what do Americans really think of Israel?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 17, 2012 | 9:03 am

    There’s no reason to disregard the BBC survey that ranked Israel as ‎the third from bottom on the list of most-popular countries. Of ‎course, the survey didn’t rank all countries in the world, and didn’t ‎survey the public in all countries. But it did survey quite a...

  • May 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 17, 2012 | 5:28 am

    The Future of Middle Eastern Christians

    The changes sweeping the Middle East could mean hope or despair for the region’s ‎Christian communities, depending on the attitude of each country’s rulers, write ‎Yoel Guzansky and Benedetta Berti in the National Interest.‎

    Looking...

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