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  • Israel needs a bigger message

    By David Suissa

    11 hours ago

    I’m repulsed by these anti-Israel groups on college campuses that pretend to care about oppressed people in the Middle East. They don’t. What they really care about is undermining Israel. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, have no interest in engaging in a...

  • Hitler watercolor fetches 130,000 euros at Nuremberg auction

    20 hours ago

    A 1914 watercolor by Adolf Hitler fetched 130,000 euros ($161,000) at auction in the German city of Nuremberg on Saturday, the auctioneers said.

    The buyer was a private person from the Middle East who attended the sale in person, said Kathrin Weidler, head of the auction house....

  • Netanyahu sees positive side to missing Iran nuclear deadline

    1 day ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the likelihood that Iran and six world powers would fail to meet a deadline on Monday for a nuclear agreement.

    "No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with...

  • Kerry: Progress in Iran talks, tough road ahead

    1 day ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

    "If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we...

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  • Sunday Reads: On Israel’s controversial nation-state law, How ISIS corporatized terror

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    US

    According to Henri J. Barkey, Obama’s upcoming review of America’s Syria strategy is unlikely to result in any serious changes:

    The options such a review would produce are unlikely to change policy anytime soon. This is not only because there are no good ones out there...

  • Sunday Reads: Accepting America’s decline, Iran’s peacemaking efforts, Power on anti-Semitism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    US

    Rosa Brooks argues that admitting American power is in decline is essential for the formation of a coherent foreign policy:

    Unfortunately, American political leaders share a bipartisan inclination to deny these realities. Mostly, they succumb to the Lake Wobegon effect:...

  • Australia Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s protocols of Zion paranoia

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    2 weeks ago

    As an American who is married to an Australian, whose children are Australian citizens, and who visits this beautiful country annually, I care deeply when the decency of Australia is maligned by the likes of Bob Carr, Australia’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs.  His vicious...

  • Maher vs. Affleck vs. Harris Round 2

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    I have one word for Ben Affleck, Sam Harris and Bill Maher: Rematch.

    The three of them began an argument on Oct. 10 on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” that came to an end when the episode concluded. It needs to continue.

    At issue was whether Islam is, in Maher’s view, a...

  • Egyptian militant group denies pledging loyalty to Islamic State on Twitter

    3 weeks ago

    Egypt's most active militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, denied in a Twitter message on Tuesday that it had pledged allegiance to Islamic State and it distanced itself from a statement that appeared in its name online.

    A statement purporting to be from Ansar appeared late on...

  • Israel’s new reality

    3 weeks ago

    The Middle East is always a complex part of the world, but never more so than today. One almost needs a scorecard to keep track of the shifting alliances, the new and old players, the longstanding and emerging threats and, of course, the opportunities that abound.

    In many of...

  • Kerry says reported U.S. slur of Israel’s Netanyahu ‘damaging’

    October 30, 2014 | 3:20 pm

    The description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" by an anonymous U.S. official as quoted in a U.S. magazine this week was disgraceful and damaging, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    Netanyahu on Wednesday condemned the comment from an...

  • Israel must export self-criticism

    By David Suissa

    October 29, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    It was unsettling to hear Israeli President Reuven Rivlin say last week, “The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment.”

    Rivlin was referring to the resurgence of animosity between Israeli Arabs and Jews in the wake of the Gaza...

  • Netanyahu fumes at ‘chickenshit’ slur

    October 29, 2014 | 10:05 am

    An anonymous U.S. official's reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration.

    The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic...

  • Car bomb kills 15 people in central Baghdad

    October 27, 2014 | 10:40 am

    A car bomb killed at least 15 people in central Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources in the Iraqi capital said.

    The attack took place on a street with shops and restaurants in the Karrada district, which is home to both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims as well as other sects and ethnic groups.

    Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Mark Heinrich

  • Netanyahu to expedite plans for 1,000 new settler homes

    October 27, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite planning for some 1,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem, a government official said on Monday, in a bid to placate a restive coalition ally without further aggravating a dispute with Washington.

    The ultranationalist Jewish...

  • L.A.-Eilat task force kicks off with water meeting at City Hall

    By Jared Sichel

    October 22, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    On the heels of a cooperative agreement signed in March between the governments of Israel and California, the cities of Los Angeles and Eilat built on a 55-year sister-city relationship, holding an inaugural task force meeting Oct. 20 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    The gathering,...

  • 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...

  • Contemplating hypocrisy and double standards

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 22, 2014 | 8:51 am

    Hypocrisy – the ability to do certain things and then criticize others for doing the exact same thing, is part of being a human being. We do it constantly, and in the age of social networks –we have no shame in sharing our hypocrite thoughts with the world. We try to hide it behind...

  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

    October 20, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.

    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was...

  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • Joining Islamic State is about ‘sex and aggression,’ not religion

    October 17, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men - and some women - become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization-and how best to undo it.

    The appeal of Islamic State rests on individuals'...

  • Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Kobani

    October 16, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Two days of heavy air strikes by U.S. warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani.

    Last week Turkish and U.S. officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily...

  • Letter to world leaders calls for international effort to save Mideast Christians

    October 14, 2014 | 10:14 am

    This article originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A letter sent to 120 world leaders demanding a halt to the persecution of Middle East Christians was released in Jerusalem on Monday by its signatories, Dr. Jurgen Buhler, executive director of the International Christian...

  • Islamic State seeks to justify enslaving Yazidi women and girls in Iraq

    October 13, 2014 | 10:12 am

    The Islamic State group said it enslaved families from the minority Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq, in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils of war.

    In an article in its English-language online...

  • Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Sanaa suicide bombings

    October 10, 2014 | 11:58 am

    Al-Qaeda's wing in Yemen on Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on Yemen's powerful Shi'ite Houthi group that killed at least 47 people.

    On Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated a belt packed with explosives at a Houthi checkpoint in the center of the capital...

  • Islamic State seizes large areas of Syrian town despite air strikes

    October 9, 2014 | 11:13 am

    Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said on Thursday, as U.S.-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces nearby looked on without intervening.

    With Washington ruling out a ground operation in...

  • Should I talk to my enemies?

    By David Suissa

    October 7, 2014 | 10:03 am

    As I went through the long, exhausting prayers of Yom Kippur this year, reading a litany of sins, both personal and communal, and asking God for forgiveness, I occasionally reflected on the emotional reaction to my column last week about my debate with Israel bashers at a church in...

  • White House rejects Netanyahu’s criticism with withering response

    October 6, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    The White House rejected criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a withering response on Monday, accusing him of refusing to acknowledge how much help the United States has been to Israel over the years.

    A long-time split between President Barack Obama and...

  • Sunday Reads: On Jewish DNA, the IDF and ISIS, America’s 14th Middle East campaign

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 5, 2014 | 4:27 am

    US

    Columbia professor Andrew Bacevich argues that whatever the outcome against ISIS, America will lose the bigger war in the Middle East (judging by its previous 13 campaigns in the region):

    By inadvertently sowing instability, the United States has played directly into the...

  • Netanyahu to Obama: Iran must not get nuclear arms

    October 1, 2014 | 10:30 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. leader will make sure that any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does not allow Tehran to stand at the "threshhold" of being able to develop nuclear weapons.

    ...
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