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  • Key lawmaker opposes Iran nuclear deal in blow to Obama

    4 hours ago

    Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said on Friday he would vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran, lessening the chances that President Barack Obama can win enough votes to avoid having to use his veto power to protect the international agreement.

    "This is a close call, but after a...

  • How much did Jeb Bush really do to rescue Ethiopian Jews?

    7 hours ago

    Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor running for the Republican presidential nomination, has been called out for exaggerating his role in the rescue of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s.

    Bush takes credit on his campaign website for Operation Joshua, a U.S.-led transfer of Ethiopian...

  • Biden: Iran deal opponents seek regime change

    10 hours ago

    Vice President Joe Biden said opponents of the Iran nuclear deal were seeking regime change, which could only be achieved through a messy war.

    “The only thing that would satisfy deal opponents,” including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “is a change in regime,” Biden...

  • Portman’s directorial debut is a bitter-sweet Israeli homecoming

    1 day ago

    Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman made her directorial debut with a film sympathetic to the Holocaust-haunted refugees who founded her native Israel, but she bristles at the idea that the portrayal might be patriotic.

    Instead, she considers "A Tale of Love and Darkness," her...

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  • To buttress Iran deal, a NATO-like treaty with Israel

    1 day ago

    When America faced fears of a nuclear attack during the Cuban Missile Crisis more than 50 years ago, President John Kennedy offered a strong statement to the Soviet Union: “It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in...

  • Netanyahu says U.S. public and Israel see eye-to-eye on Iran nuclear issue

    1 day ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Thursday most Americans agreed with Israel over dangers posed by Iran, even as he lost a battle to persuade the U.S. Congress to reject Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers including Washington.

    In remarks at a Jewish New...

  • Israel to continue to fight against Iran Deal

    1 day ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    It is now clear that the Iranian nuclear deal will pass Congress. President Obama now has the 34 votes to override any Congressional objections, and is well on the way to being able to prevent any vote at all, if he can achieve...

  • Was the battle against the deal a failure? (and six other comments)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    1.

    President Obama got his veto power. He can now make the Iran agreement pass. And that was no big surprise. It will also not be a huge surprise if he gets the 41 Senators with which to prevent a vote – by filibustering the Iran debate. After all was said and done, the Iran vote...

  • Kerry: U.S. will use ‘all tools’ to confront Iranian destabilization

    2 days ago

    The Obama administration will oppose Iran’s bids to destabilize the region “with every national security tool available,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, defending the Iran nuclear deal.

    “Have no doubt, the United States will oppose Iran’s destabilizing policies with...

  • After the Iran vote, now what?

    By Rob Eshman

    2 days ago

    Is it over?

    On Wednesday morning, during a KPCC radio talk show about the Iran deal, the host, Patt Morrison, asked me whether, now that President Barack Obama has the 34 votes he needs to support the Iran nuclear agreement, the rancor and vitriol within the Jewish community that...

  • I am not my ideology

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    I hate the Iran deal
    but I am not that hate.
    I fear the evil that wants to hurt my people
    but I am not that fear.
    I ridicule those who just don’t get it
    but I am not that ridicule.

    I am not hate or fear or ridicule.

    I am my mother’s moufletas melting with butter and honey...

  • In defense of Natalie Portman

    2 days ago

    Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is taking a pretty good beating in the Jewish community for her remarks on the Holocaust during a recent interview with a British newspaper, The Independent, to promote her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”  Her sin? She...

  • Pallywood’s World of Lies

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    This phenomenon is not new, but it seems like even nowadays, nine years after the documentary which officially exposed it was released, many people have still never heard of Pallywood.

    Pallywood, a portmanteau of "Palestinian" and "Hollywood", is a coinage that has been used...

  • The Conversion exchange, part 2: How strict is the Israeli public when it comes to Jewish identity?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Dr. Netanel Fisher is a visiting lecturer at Israel’s Open University and head of a research group at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. Dr. Fisher holds a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has served as a an adjunct lecturer at the Hebrew University and as an...

  • Half-Truths and Israel-Blaming Don’t a Make a Convincing Case for the Iran Deal

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    3 days ago

    The reason [the Iran Deal] it is so controversial in the United States is because the political leader of Israel has said that the deal represents a mortal threat to the security of Israel. — Joe Cirincione

    In dissecting the reality that is the confusion surrounding the impending...

  • What America will offer Israel after the nuclear deal

    3 days ago

    The moment the Iran nuclear deal becomes law, as seems increasingly likely given growing congressional support for the agreement, the focus of the U.S.-Israel conversation will shift to the question of what’s next.

    What more will Washington do to mitigate the Iranian threat and...

  • Israel slams Palestinians’ push to fly their flag at U.N.

    3 days ago

    Israel on Tuesday complained to the United Nations about a Palestinian initiative to fly their flag alongside full member states' at the world body's headquarters, calling it "another cynical misuse of the U.N. by the Palestinian Authority."

    Currently, only member states' flags...

  • For aliyah promoters, Ukraine’s troubles provide a boost

    3 days ago

    Until April of last year, Julia Podinovskaya felt like she had a pretty good handle on where her life was going.

    Born to a middle-class Jewish family in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Podinovskaya, who is in her 20s, was volunteering with the local Jewish community while...

  • Netanyahu to peace activists: Ready for negotiations without preconditions

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a meeting with peace activists that he is prepared to continue negotiations with the Palestinians.

    “I am ready now to go to Ramallah or any other place in order to meet and hold direct negotiations without preconditions,”...

  • Families of Israeli submarine crew receive declassified reports on ’68 sinking

    3 days ago

    The families of the 69 sailors who died when an Israeli submarine sank nearly a half century ago have received all of the reports generated after the incident.

    The reports on the sinking of the Dakar on Jan. 25, 1968, had remained classified until Monday, when the families met...

  • Debate rages over filmed confrontation between Palestinian activists and Israeli soldier

    3 days ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Images of an Israeli soldier grabbing a Palestinian child around the neck and pinning him to the ground, during an arrest in the West Bank have gone viral on the Internet. One version of the video, on the Tamimi Press Facebook page,...

  • Can an Israeli teacher protest the IDF?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    Let’s suppose that the school your child attends gets a new principal. And let’s  suppose — you’ll soon see why — that this new principal just signed a petition that calls on citizens to cheat on their tax forms because he believes taxes are immoral or he is not satisfied with the...

  • Iran has not softened position on Israel, says supreme leader’s advisor

    4 days ago

    Iran has not softened its position on Israel, a top aide to Iran’s supreme leader said.

    “Iran will not recognize Israel. We still emphasize that Israel is a usurper and occupying regime and we will not come along with it,” Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser on international affairs...

  • Israel to allow Palestinian soccer players to travel for West Bank match

    4 days ago

    Israel will allow a soccer match in the West Bank between a Palestinian team and a squad from the United Arab Emirates.

    The Sept. 8 match at the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium in Al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, will test Israel’s stated willingness to relax its travel restrictions on...

  • U.S. national industrial union endorses BDS of Israel

    4 days ago

    A U.S. national industrial union accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

    The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union voted on the resolutions on Aug. 20 during its national convention, the union reported...

  • Obama in landmark interview: Hezbollah will be a focus of post-Iran deal

    4 days ago

    A focus of security enhancement once the Iran nuclear deal goes through will be neutralizing Hezbollah’s threat to Israel, President Barack Obama said in a landmark interview with The Forward.

    “As soon as this debate is over, we will, I think, be able to invigorate what has been...

  • Will dueling op-eds turn into dueling lawsuits?

    4 days ago

    A war of words between one of the country’s leading Israel-related organizations, the New Israel Fund (NIF), and Ronn Torossian, a scrappy public relations man who has been campaigning against the organization for the better part of a year, is now on the cusp of becoming a legal...

  • Iran jails two people for 10 years on espionage charges

    4 days ago

    A Revolutionary Court in Iran has sentenced two people to 10 years each in jail on charges of spying for the United States and Israel, the judiciary spokesman said on Sunday without naming those convicted.

    "These two people were sentenced to 10 years in jail by the Revolutionary...

  • A boy, a soldier, an occupation snapshot

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

    There is something inherently confusing about an IDF soldier that is attacked by Palestinian women as he attempts to arrest a Palestinian boy. The photo of such a soldier was published the other day, and it ignited a fierce debate among Israelis.

    It is confusing because the...

  • Sunday: The risks of going for a better deal with Iran, How to fight Israel haters on campuses

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    US

    James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment, takes a look at the risks of going for a better deal with Iran:

    If Congress now prevents the United States from implementing its part of the deal, the risk that the sanctions regime will...

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