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  • Egypt may import natural gas from Israel

    March 5, 2015 | 11:21 am

    Egypt might import natural gas from Israel, according to a senior Egyptian government official.

    Egypt would import the natural gas, drilled in the Mediterranean Sea off of Israel’s coast, if its price is low enough, and if one of the drilling companies drops a legal action...

  • At UCLA, the power of negative emotions

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2015 | 4:28 pm

    For several years now, a nasty anti-Israel group called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has bludgeoned Israel’s image on college campuses. They take no prisoners. They have little interest in polite and civil debate. They are lethal at manipulating the college bureaucracy...

  • Jordan says planes bomb Islamic State targets for second day running

    February 6, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Jordan said on Friday it had carried out a second straight day of air strikes on Islamic State militants to avenge a captive Jordanian pilot burnt to death by the group.

    “Sorties of air force fighters executed several air strikes against select targets of the Daesh gang,” state...

  • Israeli minister urges West to give more arms to Kurds, Jordan

    February 6, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Western states should provide more weapons to Jordan, Egypt, Kurdish forces and certain opposition forces in Syria, Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on the sidelines of the Munich Security conference on Friday.

    Israeli officials had previously stopped short...

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  • Jordan military jets pound Islamic State as king comforts pilot’s family

    February 5, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, before roaring over the hometown of the pilot killed by the militants while King Abdullah consoled the victim's family.

    A statement from the Jordanian armed forces said tens of jets were deployed in the...

  • Jordan hangs two Iraqi militants in response to pilot’s death

    February 4, 2015 | 8:52 am

    Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on Wednesday in response to an Islamic State video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage by the hard-line group.

    Islamic State had demanded the release of the woman, Sajida al-Rishawi, in exchange for a...

  • Islamic State shows burning of hostage, Jordan vows ‘earth-shaking’ response

    February 3, 2015 | 9:29 am

    Islamic State militants released a video on Tuesday appearing to show a captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive in a cage, a killing that shocked the world and prompted Jordan to vow an "earth-shaking" response.

    A Jordanian official said the authorities would swiftly execute...

  • Jordan to send ambassador back to Israel as tensions ease

    February 2, 2015 | 9:05 am

    Jordan will return its ambassador to Israel, the government said on Monday, three months after withdrawing the envoy in protest at Israeli restrictions on access to Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque.

    For the first time since making peace with its neighbor in 1994, Jordan announced in...

  • Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese ISIS hostage unclear

    January 28, 2015 | 4:43 pm

    Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

    The fate of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was thought to be tied to that...

  • Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State

    January 28, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Jordan is still holding a prisoner whose release has been demanded by Islamic State militants and her freedom depends on the fate of a Jordanian pilot captured by the insurgents, government spokesman Mohammad Momani said on Wednesday.

    "It's not true she has been released. Her...

  • Israeli scribes restore 200-year-old Iraqi scroll

    January 23, 2015 | 2:02 pm

    Israeli scribes restored a 200-year old Iraqi Torah scroll that arrived in Israel under mysterious circumstances.

    The Associated Press reported Thursday that the scroll, written in northern Iraq by two scribes using pomegranate ink, was delivered, water-damaged, to the Israeli...

  • Palestinian activist calls to reform UNRWA

    December 15, 2014 | 4:50 pm

    Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, has launched a crusade against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), tasked with providing “assistance and protection” for five million Palestinian refugees around the world. In Palestinian refugee camps in the West...

  • Clean-up of Israeli desert oil spill could take years

    December 10, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    Ecologists said on Wednesday it could take years to clean up a massive oil spill that flooded an Israeli nature reserve with up to five million litres of crude and threatened to spread to the Red Sea shore and neighbouring Jordan.

    A breached pipeline started spewing oil into...

  • Obama promises more aid, loan guarantees to Jordan

    December 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that the United States and its allies are making slow but steady progress in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and he pledged new aid to Jordan to grapple with Syrian refugees.

    Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah made...

  • Oil spill floods into Israeli nature reserve

    December 4, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Millions of litres of crude oil have gushed out of a pipeline to flood 200 acres of a desert nature reserve in southern Israel, officials said on Thursday.

    Israel Radio reported that the breach happened by accident during maintenance work on Wednesday night on the Eilat-Ashkelon...

  • Analysis: Why the Temple Mount is at the heart of Jerusalem strife

    November 19, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    The murders of four rabbis on Nov. 18 during morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue — a police officer also died of his injuries — could throw a wrench into the results of the Nov.13 summit in Amman that brought together Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Netanyahu accuses Abbas of incitement in Jerusalem

    November 17, 2014 | 9:38 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of incitement as the P.A.’s official media called for a day of rage in Jerusalem.

    Netanyahu pointed out the call at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday.

    On...

  • Israel, Palestinians agree to steps to calm Jerusalem tensions, Kerry says

    November 13, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians have pledged to take concrete steps to calm tensions around Jerusalem's holiest site, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday after talks in the Jordanian capital.

    Violence has flared in recent weeks over the compound where their biblical...

  • Jerusalem tension leaves Jordan more exposed to Mideast turmoil

    November 6, 2014 | 9:50 am

    As Jordan joins a military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, tensions in Jerusalem pose a potentially bigger risk to a nation only slightly scathed by the turmoil sweeping the Middle East.

    The U.S. ally has been alarmed and angered by recent Israeli actions at...

  • Netanyahu, Abdullah met in Amman over Jerusalem violence

    November 3, 2014 | 11:02 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordanian King Abdullah II reportedly met in Amman to discuss tension in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount.

    The secret meeting took place Saturday, the Kuwaiti Arabic-language daily Al-Jarida reported Monday, citing “well-informed...

  • Amid regional turmoil, Israel looks to its firm bond with Jordan

    October 22, 2014 | 10:34 am

    If there were a heat map showing instability in the Middle East, the area around most of Israel's borders would have turned a steadily deeper shade of red over the past few years.

    With attacks by Hezbollah from Lebanon, the threat from Islamic State and the Nusra Front in Syria...

  • Israel’s Leviathan in talks on $15 billion gas supply deal to Jordan

    September 3, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Israel is in advanced negotiations to supply natural gas from its vast Leviathan field to Arab peace partner Jordan under a 15-year, $15 billion agreement, the Israeli government, gas operators and industry officials said on Wednesday.

    The deal would involve the supply of 1.6...

  • Where is Obama on Hamas?

    By David Suissa

    September 2, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    I can understand why President Barack Obama would be reluctant to blindly support Israel at times when Israel’s neighbors have major grievances against the Jewish state. It serves no one’s interest for America to appear overly biased toward Israel. Better to appear fair and...

  • Islamic State’s appeal presents Jordan with new test

    August 29, 2014 | 10:47 am

    He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn't enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    Handsome, courteous and highly regarded in his profession as...

  • Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce

    July 21, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments, with rival powers competing to take credit for a truce, analysts and some officials say.

    The main protagonists are Arab...

  • Woman battling deportation cites judge’s Jewish ties in recusal request

    July 16, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    A woman convicted in Israel in connection with a 1969 terrorist bombing filed a motion to recuse the judge presiding over her deportation case because of his Jewish community ties.

    The motion filed this week and first reported by Politico suggests that Rasmieh Yousef Odeh will...

  • Israel ready to help Jordan fend off Iraq insurgents if asked

    July 4, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Israel is ready to meet any Jordanian request to help fight off Islamist insurgents who have overrun part of neighboring Iraq, an Israeli official said on Friday, although he believed Jordan was capable of defending itself.

    Jordan is one of two Arab countries - along with Egypt -...

  • Truck by truck, Israel builds trade gateway to Arab world

    July 1, 2014 | 11:13 am

    The hydraulic ramp of a Turkish freighter taps down on the eastern Mediterranean port of Haifa and, under a full moon, 37 trucks roll off onto an otherwise empty pier.

    In a convoy that stretches hundreds of meters, the trucks travel east across northern Israel, bringing goods...

  • Securing Syrian refugees’ future tied to Israel’s security

    June 25, 2014 | 11:04 am

    I have visited Israel many times in my life, but my most recent trip will remain seared into my memory forever. On a two-week trip to Israel and the West Bank, I saw many incredible sights. In Israel, the triumphs of the “startup nation” are miraculous and ever-present, while on...

  • 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...

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