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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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