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  • Pope Francis visit to Israel going forward despite diplomats’ strike

    March 27, 2014 | 9:43 am

    Pope Francis is going ahead with his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in May, despite a strike by Israeli diplomats.

    The Vatican on Thursday released the program for the papal trip, scheduled for May 24-26.

    The pope will have an intensive series of meetings...

  • Kerry interrupts Rome visit to salvage Mideast peace talks

    March 26, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry broke from a visit to Italy on Wednesday to try to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, even as Arab leaders declared they would never meet Israel's core demand to be recognized as a Jewish state.

    Kerry flew to Jordan to ask Palestinian Authority...

  • Peres rues Israeli army’s killing of Jordanian judge

    March 17, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres in a conversation with King Abdullah II of Jordan expressed Israel’s regret over the shooting of a Jordanian judge.

    Peres, speaking by phone to Abdullah on Monday, offered his “deepest condolences” to the Jordanian people in the death of Raed Zeiter...

  • Jordanians rally to demand closure of Israeli embassy over judge’s killing

    March 14, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Jordanians demonstrated on Friday to urge the government to shut the Israeli embassy and scrap its unpopular peace treaty with the Jewish state after a Jordanian judge was shot dead by an Israeli soldier at a border crossing.

    Jordan is one of only two Arab states to have formally...

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  • Israel says regrets killing of Jordanian judge

    March 11, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Looking to prevent a diplomatic crisis with Jordan,Israel expressed its regret on Tuesday over the death of a Jordanian judge, who was shot by Israeli soldiers after an altercation at a border crossing.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office also promised to establish a joint...

  • Palestinian killed after attacking Israel soldier

    March 10, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    A Palestinian man was shot and killed after he attacked an Israeli soldier and tried to take his rifle at the Jordan border crossing.

    Israeli military forces fired at the man after he attempted to seize the soldier’s weapon in Monday’s incident, the Israel Defense Forces said.

    ...
  • The forgotten refugees of Ghouta, Syria

    By Simone Wilson

    December 12, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    The most infamous attack over two-and-a-half years of civil war in Syria – a silent sarin gassing in the city of Ghouta that killed more than 1,500 and sent allied countries to the brink of world war – came in the middle of the night.

    When I woke up, I found that everyone in my...

  • Israelis helping Syrian refugees: Balancing aid and diplomacy

    By Simone Wilson

    December 11, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    Mafraq is a single-story city in the desert flats of northern Jordan, built in beige and white, spiked with mosques and dotted with chalky vacant lots that suffice as soccer courts. The pores and meridians of Mafraq’s streets are clogged with bits of trash — snack baggies, mini...

  • Dempsey: Israel, U.S. have ‘better military options’ against Iran

    August 15, 2013 | 9:24 am

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Israel and the United States have “better military options” against Iran than they did a year ago.

    “That’s because we’ve continued to refine them,” Dempsey told The New York Times in an interview from...

  • Jewish groups sending aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan

    July 25, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    A coalition of Jewish groups is providing more than $100,000 in aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

    The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, which is made up of 14 organizations and coordinated by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, convened Thursday in New York to...

  • Kerry says Israel, Palestinians lay groundwork for peace talks

    July 19, 2013 | 11:29 am

    Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork for resuming peace talks after an almost three-year stalemate, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, though he cautioned the deal was not final and required more diplomacy.

    Kerry, winding up his sixth Middle East...

  • Kerry to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace with Arabs

    July 15, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss his effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks with Arab officials in Jordan on Wednesday, according to the State Department, which declined to comment on whether a resumption may be at hand.

    Kerry will leave Washington on...

  • In Egypt, a fragile peace

    By Uri Dromi

    July 10, 2013 | 10:42 am

    The recent turmoil in Egypt might push Israelis to believe that time is working in Israel’s favor. If in the past we used to react to any regional development with the old worry, “Is it good or bad for the Jews?” today it seems that when it comes to Israel’s standing and interests...

  • Israeli heroes: Some of them admit to needing help

    By Simone Wilson

    July 9, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    At a recent charity dinner for wounded Israeli soldiers held in Israel's high-tech suburb of Kfar Saba, a soldier's mother, Diana Elankri, stood onstage and spoke of her son, Shimon ----  and of the day she watched him come back to life after being hit by a missile along the Gaza...

  • June 19, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 19, 2013 | 3:50 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. military team in Jordan planning ways to deal with Syria’s chemical weapons

    To Read: Jefrrey Golberg writes about the disagreement between State and Defense on Syria-

     It is possible, even for those of us who have been inclined toward intervention, to...

  • The Six-Day War, still

    By Rob Eshman

    June 5, 2013 | 3:11 pm

    The Six-Day War began at 7:10 a.m. on June 5, 1967. By 10 a.m., it was clear Israel had already won.

    In the tense months before the war started, no one predicted such an astonishing victory.  Israel was a small nation surrounded by enemies who had twice the soldiers, twice the...

  • Calls to destroy Israel heard at Muslim brotherhood’s Cairo rally

    May 10, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Calls for Israel’s destruction were heard in Cairo at the first anti-Israel rally organized by the Muslim Brotherhood since the movement’s candidate was elected president.

    Several hundred participated in the demonstration Friday, chanting “the people want destruction of Israel,”...

  • Hagel: U.S. strategy is to reinforce Israel, Arab allies

    May 9, 2013 | 6:06 pm

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said reinforcing Israel's edge and bolstering security relationships with neighbors like Egypt were both U.S. priorities.

    Hagel, speaking Thursday to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's annual Soref Symposium, described his recent...

  • This week in power: UN agreement, Marathon security, Florida law, Bible winner

    By Danny Groner

    April 25, 2013 | 3:43 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    New deal
    An "unusual partnership" was struck this week, reported The New York Times, that brings together the "United States and Russia, with the help of Jordan, Brazil... As part of...

  • April 22, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 22, 2013 | 3:18 am

    The US

    Headline: Arms deal with Middle East allies signal to Iran: Hagel

    To Read: Longtime Itzhak Rabin Advisor Eitan Haber is impressed by the American vigor following the Boston Bombing-

    Well, we could say that the terror and manhunt in Boston concern us in the State of...

  • April 3, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 3, 2013 | 3:05 am

    The US

    Headline: Abbas to meet Kerry Sunday in Jordan: Palestinian source

    To Read: Aaron David Miller takes a look at President Obama's lack of control over his Middle East legacy:

    Had the Arab Spring moved in the right direction, Obama would have been hailed as a...

  • Abbas, Jordanian king sign agreement to defend Jerusalem

    April 2, 2013 | 6:28 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II signed an agreement to coordinate efforts to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites.

    The agreement was signed Sunday in Amman following talks between the two leaders.

    Under the agreement, Jordan and the...

  • This week in power: Obama recap, Flotilla apology, Twitter suit, Passover message

    By Danny Groner

    March 28, 2013 | 3:25 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Presidential trip
    President Obama spent two days in Israel last week. So how'd it go? "Of course there is only so much Obama can do. He can’t make Netanyahu negotiate peace, nor can he...

  • Obama’s Middle East visit: 50 shades of gray

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 27, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    On March 21, four days before Pesach, Sarah Chazizza was at home in Sderot, doing what people do before Pesach. She was cleaning. It was still early in the morning, but the weather was getting warmer and the windows were wide open to let the dusted furniture breath. So the sound of...

  • After Mideast trip, Obama gains political capital. Will he spend it?

    March 25, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    For a trip that U.S. officials had cautioned was not about getting “deliverables,” President Obama’s apparent success during his Middle East trip at getting Israel and Turkey to reconcile has raised some hopes for a breakthrough on another front: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    ...
  • New Approach Please

    By Ariel Blumenthal

    March 20, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    “I hope that he [President Obama - A.B.] will see our life here, and will want to do something about it,” said an anonymous Jerusalem teenager to Israeli radio in anticipation to President Obama’s visit to the country. There’s no doubt that the President had seen and heard a lot...

  • U.N. peacekeepers held in Syria reach Israel, military spokeswoman says

    March 11, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    U.N. peacekeepers held by rebels for three days in southern Syria and freed at the weekend crossed into Israel from neighboring Jordan on Monday, a military spokeswoman said.

    The spokeswoman would not comment, however, on a report by an Israeli newspaper that Israeli troops had...

  • Report: Netanyahu, Abdullah meet to discuss peace process

    March 3, 2013 | 8:15 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah II met in Jordan to discuss the Middle East peace process.

    The meeting took place last week, the French news agency AFP reported on Saturday, citing an anonymous diplomatic source. The source told AFP that the...

  • Analysis: Tzipi Livni faces rough road in peace push with Palestinians

    February 20, 2013 | 5:26 am

    Tzipi Livni's coalition pact with right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu speaks volumes about the obstacles ahead for the moderate former Israeli foreign minister in her new task of pursuing peace with the Palestinians.

    Expectations of a new peacemaking initiative have been raised by a...

  • Sixty-five found executed in Syria’s Aleppo, activists say

    January 29, 2013 | 11:56 am

    At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday in a "new massacre" in the near two-year revolt against President Bashar Assad, activists said.

    Opposition campaigners blamed the government but it was impossible to...

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