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  • At 92, Shimon Peres is very much alive — and busy as ever

    January 11, 2016 | 1:05 pm

    Last month, rumors flooded the Internet that former Israeli President Shimon Peres was dead. True to form, the man who tirelessly trumpets his country’s high-tech sector took to Facebook to clear the air.

    “I wish to thank the citizens of Israel for the support, concern and...

  • Saudi-Iran crisis latest reality check for Iran deal backers

    January 8, 2016 | 1:04 pm

    Just months after the conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran that the Obama administration hoped would help defuse a volatile region, the Middle East seems ready to spiral out of control.

    Protests have erupted across the region this week in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s execution of...

  • Trump sets economic conditions for siding with Saudi Arabia over Iran

    January 6, 2016 | 1:19 pm

    Republican presidential Donald Trump on Monday suggested that the U.S. should defend Saudi Arabia in its escalating dispute with Iran only if the Saudis pay us back economically.

    In an appearance on Fox News Monday evening, Trump told host Bill O’Reilly that in order to stop...

  • Saudi Arabia vs. Iran

    January 6, 2016 | 12:22 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Turkey should avoid picking sides in the current diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran, according to experts.

    “I hope that Turkey doesn’t feel that it needs to rush in and take sides in this issue. It’s not in the...

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  • Israel wary of continued conflict in Syria

    December 29, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    It’s been seven years since Israel and Syria were in talks mediated by Turkey.

    Those negotiations in Ankara were premised on de-coupling Damascus from its alliance with Iran and Hezbollah and dislodging Israel from the Golan.

    Neither side could envision paying the price...

  • In Putin’s policing of Middle East, some see a boon for Israel

    October 12, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    As a defiant Russia again flexes military muscles in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Cold War analogies are, perhaps, unavoidable.

    The deployment last month of Russian warplanes in Syria laid bare Moscow’s readiness to use force to punish leaders who would challenge its...

  • Tensions at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque spill over onto international stage

    September 17, 2015 | 10:18 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Following three days of clashes between Israeli security forces and Muslim demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the King of Jordan has warned Israel that its “provocation” is risking the relationship between the two...

  • Netanyahu: Preventing Iran nukes is this generation’s top challenge

    July 13, 2015 | 3:27 pm

    Keeping Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons power is the “paramount challenge” of this generation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a pro-Israel conference.

    Netanyahu kept his remarks brief on Monday in a live video feed to the annual conference of Christians...

  • Eliot Engel on foreign policy

    By Aron Chilewich

    June 17, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) has served as the ranking minority member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs since 2013, when he replaced his colleague from Southern California, Howard Berman. These days, Engel is busy dealing with issues ranging from Israel’s new governing...

  • Obama’s latest wooing of Jews not working

    June 12, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    It’s early days for the White House’s latest charm offensive among American Jews, but a new poll suggests that the wooing effort is having little effect.

    The poll, published Wednesday by J Street, a liberal pro-Israel group that generally backs President Barack Obama’s Middle...

  • Israeli, Saudi former officials have met to discuss Iran strategy

    June 5, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    Former officials of the Israeli and Saudi governments have held five meetings over the last year and a half to discuss Iran strategy.

    The meetings were confirmed Thursday at a press conference in Washington at the Council on Foreign Relations. Speaking were participants Anwar...

  • Saudis view Iran as greater enemy than Israel

    June 4, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    Saudis dislike Iran more than they dislike Israel.

    A poll released Thursday by the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya’s Institute for Policy and Strategy found that 53 percent of Saudis named Iran as their country’s main enemy, 22 percent named the Islamic State, or ISIS, and...

  • Question of Palestine Debate

    December 8, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    Delivered to UN General Assembly on November 24th.

    Mr. President, 

    I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side.  And yet, I...

  • Kerry open to conversation with Iran on ISIS

    September 16, 2014 | 9:31 am

    The Obama administration is ready to communicate with Iran in the bid to stop ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “We’re not coordinating with Iran, but as I said, we’re open to have a conversation at some point in time if there’s a way to find something constructive,”...

  • Heart of Syria

    By Rob Eshman

    June 6, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    In the constant argument that is Middle East politics it is very rare to achieve anything like universal agreement, but no one can begrudge what Hazem Chehabi did.

    He quit. 

    Since Chehabi resigned last week as honorary consul general of Syria in Southern California, he has...

  • April 4, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 4, 2012 | 5:02 am

    Israel is not the threat, Mr. Obama. Iran is.

    Writing in Christian Science Monitor, John Bolton criticizes President Obama for what he says is his determination to prevent an Israeli strike on Iran at any price.

    Three years of merciless private pressure against Israel having...

  • Brooklyn College reinstates adjunct professor

    February 1, 2011 | 10:07 am

    Brooklyn College has rehired an adjunct professor whose academic work was said to be anti-Israel to teach a seminar on Middle East politics.

    Kristofer Petersen-Overton, 26, will teach the graduate-level course that begins Feb. 3, college President Karen Gould said in a statement...

  • The Second Lebanon War—one year later

    By Leslie Susser

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One year after the Second Lebanon War, Israel's northern front is quiet, U.N. forces are patrolling the border area and Hezbollah fighters have been pushed back deep inside Lebanese territory.

    That's the good news.

    On the other side of the equation, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is...

  • ‘Hamastan’ in Gaza is a big challenge for Egypt, too

    By Uri Dromi

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The emergence of "Hamastan" in Gaza sent leaders in the Middle East and elsewhere scrambling for an answer: Whose fault is it? Is it reversible? Will the same thing happen in the West Bank? What should and could be done now?

    In this soul-searching process there is plenty of blame...
  • A Pyrrhic victory for Hamas?

    By Gidi Grinstein

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Hamas coup in Gaza last week might seem like a victory for Iran and its followers, who now have a foothold on Israel's doorstep. But if Israel plays its cards wisely, it might turn things around.

    Since the 1979 Israel-Egypt Camp David accords, Israel has been on a quest to end...

  • 1967-2047

    By Rob Eshman

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Forty years ago, Israel launched a preemptive attack against belligerent Arab nations and emerged victorious, bringing under its control East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. It is called the Six-Day War because it was over in six days.

    Yeah, right.
    ...
  • Bittersweet legacy of the Six-Day War

    By Leslie Susser

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Universal Newsreel from 1967 recaps the Six-Day War
    Was the Six-Day War a blessing or a curse for Israel's place in the Middle East and its long-term survival?

    Forty years on, the jury is still out.


    In the war's immediate aftermath, it seemed Israel's sweeping victory would...
  • Rocket attacks pose huge policy dilemma for Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    More than a week of unabated Qassam rocket attacks on Sderot has created a huge policy dilemma for the Israeli government: What should it do to stop radical Gaza-based terrorists from firing missiles on Israeli civilians and causing pandemonium in the border town of 22,000.

    Should...
  • Jews and Muslims unite behind Iran divestment bill

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Fourteen national and state Jewish organizations and dozens of Iranian Muslim groups opposed to Iran's regime have found common ground in support of California Assembly Bill 221, which would require state pension funds to divest an estimated $24 billion in investments from more than...
  • Pelosi’s delegation to Syria—who said what to whom?

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Did Rep. Nancy Pelosi drop the ball in the Middle East? Was she fouled? Was there a ball at all?

    Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, earned White House vituperation -- unusual for its intensity in even these partisan times -- after delivering what she said was...
  • At Odds

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Iran’s Jewish legislator criticized during L.A. appearance

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A group of local Iranian Jewish activists spoke out in protest of the Dec. 4 appearance of Maurice Motamed, the only Jewish representative to the Iranian parliament, at the Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF) synagogue in West Hollywood, where he provided an update on the...
  • Films: Oscar buzz surrounds Israel ‘Disengagement’ documentary

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Storm of Emotions," a documentary on the agonizing evacuation of Jewish settlers from their Gaza Strip homes, is the first Israeli production in decades to have a serious shot at Oscar honors. A close-up and personal account of the "disengagement" operation in August 2005, the film...
  • Depression grips Sderot as rockets continue to fall

    By Dina Kraft

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A warm, late-autumn sun spills over empty swing sets and slides. The children of this working-class border town have no time to play. Listening for alerts of falling rockets from Gaza, they scurry between home and school.

    It's a routine that has intensified in recent weeks, with the...

  • Wary Olmert takes chance on Gaza cease-fire

    By Leslie Susser

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Disappointed by cease-fires so often in the past, but casting an eye to a better future, Israelis greeted this week's cease-fire announcement in the Gaza Strip with a mixture of skepticism, fear and hope.

    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is determined to give the truce a chance in the...

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