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  • France’s Hollande says concerned about Gaza death toll

    20 hours ago

    French President Francois Hollande expressed concern about deaths in Gaza on Thursday, one day after telling Israel it should take "all the necessary measures" to protect itself from militants' rockets.

    Hollande, who was criticised by left-wingers in France for stating solidarity...

  • Top Abbas adviser says Hamas makes own decisions

    1 day ago

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line in an exclusive interview that the PA and Fatah have no ability to intervene in the Gaza crisis because the Gaza Strip is ruled exclusively by...

  • The U.S. can use Iran to help stabilize Iraq

    2 days ago

    The United States is facing a catastrophe in Iraq. Sunni Islamic extremists — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — have conquered Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists now have a large swath of territory on which to train for the next 9/11....

  • Kerry, Netanyahu discuss investigation of Palestinian teen’s death

    1 week ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an update on the investigation into the kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teen.

    U.S. officials in Israel also remain in close contact with the investigation, State Department spokeswoman...

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  • Can U.S. and Iran work together in Iraq?

    1 week ago

    The recent military conquest of much of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has ignited a debate on Iran’s role. Analysts and pundits have asked: Should Washington work with Tehran to stem ISIL’s seemingly inexorable march? U.S.-Iran cooperation seems possible,...

  • For murdered teens, revenge is not enough

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    When I first heard the tragic news that the three kidnapped Israeli boys had been murdered by Palestinian terrorists, my immediate instinct was to cry out for revenge. What other sentiment could I have? How else to respond to such cruelty? Should we not punish the murderers and...

  • Martin Indyk quits State Department, will continue to consult

    2 weeks ago

    Martin Indyk is resigning as the chief U.S. negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian peace, but will continue to consult on the matter, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    “I’m grateful for the wisdom and insight he’s brought to our collective efforts,” Kerry said in a statement.

    ...
  • Kerry and Lieberman meet in Paris on Iraq dilemma

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, discussed the threat posed by an Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

    In their meeting Thursday in Paris, Kerry briefed Liberman on his trip to Iraq this week and asked the Israeli foreign minister for his...

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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Does the Presbyterian divestment have widespread support among pastors? ‘Hell no’

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    In Rev. Drew Sams’ Sunday sermon before his congregation at Bel Air Presbyterian Church on June 22 — just two days after the national umbrella organization of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) endorsed divestment from three companies that do business in Israel — Sams registered...

  • Arab Spring: Where are the women?

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    Every time I see something in the Middle East that disgusts me, it’s usually associated with men. It’s not that women can’t be violent and evil, or that men can’t be compassionate and kind. It’s simply that the vast majority of evil in that part of the world — or, for that matter,...

  • At Presbyterian assembly, divestment advocates’ win is a limited one

    2 weeks ago

    There were amendments and amendments to amendments in a debate lasting for more than four hours. There were dueling T-shirts. There was a last-minute appeal for a joint pilgrimage to speak hard truths to Benjamin Netanyahu. And there was a plea to emulate Jesus and speak hard...

  • At L.A. cultural center, Middle East translates to coexistence, not conflict

    2 weeks ago

    It’s Friday night, and patrons are sitting and chatting over plates of tagine and hummus waiting for the evening’s main event, a stand-up comedy show.

    It could be any nightspot in this city. But a closer look reveals a bolder agenda than just good food and entertainment.

    The...

  • Israel strikes kill ten members of Syrian army

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli air strikes on Syrian military positions killed at least 10 members of Syria's army, a monitoring group said on Monday, a day after Israel said an attack from inside Syria killed an Israeli boy in the Golan Heights.

    Israeli tanks and warplanes fired at Syrian army...

  • U.S. says its forces get immunity guarantees from Iraq

    3 weeks ago

    Iraq has given assurances to the United States that U.S. special operations forces that President Barack Obama has ordered into the country will be shielded from possible prosecution in Iraqi courts, U.S. officials said on Monday.

    With the agreement, Washington has overcome a...

  • Iraq asks United States for air support to counter rebels

    3 weeks ago

    Iraq has asked the United States for air support in countering Sunni rebels, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday, after the militants seized major cities in a lightning advance that has routed the Shi'ite-led government's army.

    However, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of...

  • U.S. says open to further talks with Iran about Iraq

    3 weeks ago

    The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that it is open to further talks with Iran about the instability in Iraq but that any such discussions are likely to take place at a lower level.

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns met with Iranian officials briefly on Monday on...

  • Iran, six powers push to salvage momentum for nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Iran and six world powers re-launched talks on Tuesday to try to salvage a deal on Tehran's nuclear activity by a July deadline, striving to prevent a long-time standoff from descending into a wider Middle East war.

    With time running short if a risky extension of the nuclear...

  • Israel concerned about any U.S.-Iran cooperation in Iraq

    June 16, 2014 | 1:49 pm

    Israel voiced concern on Monday at the prospect of its closest ally, Washington, cooperating with its what it considers its deadliest foe, Iran, to stave off a sectarian break-up of Iraq.

    But, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Reuters, the United States and...

  • U.S. may discuss Iraq with Iran, not seeking atomic talks extension

    June 16, 2014 | 11:10 am

    The United States may discuss the security crisis in Iraq with Iran on the sidelines of this week's nuclear talks in Vienna, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, in what could mark a momentous step in U.S. engagement with its longtime adversary.

    The negotiations in the Austrian...

  • Ido Daniel, one of the #BringBackOurBoys campaign managers, talks strategy

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 15, 2014 | 8:10 am

    On Thursday nights, three Israeli teenagers went missing in Judea and Samaria, and on Saturday night were officially announced kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists. As the Israeli Defense Forces continue the search for Eyal (19) Gil-Ad (16) and Naftali (16,) a group of Israeli...

  • U.S. Treasury to discuss funding for Iraq militant group

    June 13, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will discuss counterterrorism financing during his visit to the Middle East, including the funding network of the group fomenting an insurgency in Iraq, Treasury officials said on Friday.

    President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States was...

  • Insurgents move into Iraqi town of Jalawla after army flees

    June 12, 2014 | 9:41 pm

    Insurgents moved into the town of Jalawla in eastern Iraq late on Thursday after security forces abandoned their posts there, security sources said.

    Kurdish peshmerga forces deployed more men to secure their political party offices in Jalawla before the insurgents arrived in the town, which is in the province of Diyala, bordering Iran.

    Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Jeremy Laurence

  • Obama does not rule out air strikes against Iraq insurgents

    June 12, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    The United States is not ruling out air strikes to assist the Iraqi government fight a growing radical Islamist insurgency, President Barack Obama said on Thursday, raising the possibility of the first American military intervention in Iraq since the end of the U.S.-led war.

    ...
  • Why higher Iran oil exports are not roiling nuclear deal

    June 12, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    At first glance, Iran appears to have exported more oil than allowed under a nuclear agreement with major powers, but rather than complaining, U.S. officials argue Tehran is skating just inside the deal's ambiguous limits.

    Iran's higher exports reflect its exploitation of a...

  • Israeli intelligence chief: Iran can build nuclear bomb within a year

    June 9, 2014 | 10:41 am

    Iran has the capability to build a nuclear bomb in less than a year, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said.

    Steinitz, speaking about Iran’s nuclear program at the Herzliya Conference on Monday, urged world powers to demand that Iran dismantle its nuclear program as...

  • Human Rights Watch: Shooting of Palestinian teens is Israeli war crime

    June 9, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Human Rights Watch labeled the shooting deaths of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli soldiers during a West Bank protest an Israeli war crime.

    In a report titled “Killing of Children Apparent War Crime” published Monday, the human rights group said the soldiers used live...

  • Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must seek peace ‘undaunted in dialogue’

    June 8, 2014 | 8:02 pm

    Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.

    The pope made his vibrant appeal to Israeli...

  • Israel says Iran giving ‘false explanations’ to U.N. nuclear inquiry

    June 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    Israel has condemned as unacceptably slow Iran's cooperation with a U.N. watchdog inquiry into suspected nuclear bomb research and accused Tehran of providing "false" explanations for its disputed activities.

    Iran, which says its nuclear program is peaceful and that it is...

  • Amnesia, not admiration for Israel’s 1964 soccer heroes

    June 4, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    Fifty years ago this week, a group of mostly blue-collar workers and army conscripts led Israel to its only senior international soccer title, winning the 1964 Asian Cup in front of rapturous home crowds.

    The achievements of those amateur players, who would skip work to train for...

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