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  • Sunday Reads: Obama’s alliance with Russia & Iran, What did Abbas actually say?, AIPAC’s tough times

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago


    Rob Satloff and James Jeffrey believe that President Obama has his priorities wrong in the Middle East and that an alliance with Russia and Iran isn't the way to go:

    Taken together, the Administration’s wrong assumptions led it to an analysis that misreads the Middle East...

  • Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

    4 days ago

    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

    Russian warplanes, in a second day...

  • Trump backs Russia, Iran efforts to fight Islamic State

    6 days ago

    Leading Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said he supported Russian efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East, including Syria.

    Asked whether he backed those like Russia who supported Syrian President Bashar al Assad or those who see...

  • Rouhani says Iran ready to help bring democracy to Syria, Yemen

    1 week ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran was ready to help bring democracy to war-torn Syria and Yemen, and blamed the spread of terrorism in the Middle East on the United States.

    In a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Rouhani...

  • At U.N., Obama and Putin clash over working with Syria’s Assad

    1 week ago

    The United States said on Monday it was willing to cooperate with Russia, as well as Iran, to try to end the Syrian civil war but the two big powers clashed over whether to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Speaking at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S....

  • Israel’s soaring population: Promised Land running out of room?

    1 week ago

    Israel's birth rate, the highest in the developed world and once seen as a survival tactic in a hostile region, could be its undoing unless measures are taken to reverse the trend.

    The average Israeli woman has three babies in her lifetime, nearly double the fertility rate for...

  • Rouhani: U.S.-Iran ties better but ‘still a long road to travel’

    1 week ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday said ties with the United States had improved, though there was "still a long road to travel" before the two estranged nations could have normal relations.

    "The situation has certainly changed," Rouhani, in New York for the United...

  • Fighting for the soul of the Jewish people

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    2 weeks ago

    These are challenging times for the Jewish people.

    Despite our being the wealthiest and most privileged Jews in our 3600-year history, and despite the state of Israel being the most powerful, democratic and humane nation in the Middle East, we Jews feel vulnerable and afraid, and...

  • Last bid to kill Iran nuclear deal blocked in Senate

    3 weeks ago

    Senate Democrats blocked legislation meant to kill the Iran nuclear deal for a third time on Thursday, securing perhaps the greatest foreign policy of President Barack Obama's six years in office and clearing the way for the agreement's implementation.

    By a vote of 56-42, the...

  • Obama hails Senate vote protecting Iran nuclear deal

    September 10, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    President Barack Obama welcomed a Senate vote blocking a Republican-backed measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement, saying it was a victory for diplomacy and U.S. and international security.

    "I am heartened that so many senators judged this deal on the merits, and am gratified by the strong support of lawmakers and citizens alike," Obama said in a White House statement after Senate opponents of the pact failed to get the 60 votes necessary to advance a resolution of disapproval.

  • The finale Iran deal Senate vote tally

    September 10, 2015 | 11:40 am

    DEMOCRATS – YES (42)

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)

    Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.)

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) 

    Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.)

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (Calif.)

    Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

    Sen. Maria Cantwell (Wash.)

    Sen. Tom Carper (Del.)

    Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (Pa.) 

  • On Iran deal, Biden tells Jews, ‘I promise you it will be enforced’

    By Rob Eshman

    September 9, 2015 | 9:09 pm

    If the Jewish community can’t find a way to heal its wounds after the bruising Iran deal battle, it’s not because Joe Biden didn’t try.

    On Wednesday night, Sept. 9, the vice president and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a reception for the Jewish community at their residence on...

  • Khamenei says Israel will not last 25 more years; will not negotiate with U.S. beyond nuclear talks

    September 9, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Iran's Supreme Leader has said Tehran will not negotiate with the United States on any issue after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers in July and that Israel "will not see next 25 years” and adds that the Jewish state will be hounded until it is destroyed, according to his...

  • Clinton: I’d bomb Iran if it closed in on nukes

    September 9, 2015 | 11:34 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said that as president she would strike Iran should it appear to be closing in on a nuclear weapon.

    “I will not hesitate to take military action if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon,” Clinton said in a foreign policy speech Wednesday delivered at the...

  • Clinton vows tough approach to Iran on nuclear deal

    September 9, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vowed on Wednesday she would not shrink from military action against Iran if it tries to obtain atomic weapons and threatened to impose penalties on Tehran for even for small violations of its nuclear deal with world powers.


  • Trump accuses talk-show radio host of ‘gotcha’ question on Middle East

    September 4, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not take kindly in a radio interview on Thursday to being asked to identify the affiliations of various militant leaders in the Middle East, saying the host was asking "a gotcha question."

    Discussing Islamist extremism,...

  • Refugees a sign of unraveling world order

    September 4, 2015 | 11:02 am

    As the known and secret parts of the Iran nuke deal spin into place like the uncertain number of Iranian centrifuges, President Barack Obama has succeeded in winning one-third-plus votes in the U.S. Senate to defeat attempts to overturn what he deems his legacy foreign policy...

  • After Iran deal, EU bids to restart Israel-Palestinian talks

    September 4, 2015 | 10:24 am

    Arab countries will join the Middle East Quartet in New York at the end of September to seek ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday, part of a new European diplomatic initiative.

    Encouraged by Europe's role in securing...

  • Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers

    September 3, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt.

    Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary...

  • Iran’s Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers

    September 3, 2015 | 10:51 am

    Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported.

    President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist whose 2013...

  • The Betzavta Method: Turning Conflict into an Opportunity for Growth

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    August 31, 2015 | 11:14 pm

    "Conflict is a different form of aliveness" ~ Wendel Meldrum

    After gaining invaluable experiences and skills in conflict resolution, my perception of everyday conflicts and misunderstandings is increasingly met as a chance for gaining greater self-awareness, self-transformation,...

  • Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship

    August 28, 2015 | 1:19 pm

    President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation.

    "As soon as this particular debate is...

  • To live with the Iranian threat

    By Elad Massuri

    August 27, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    When I was 5 years old,  my mom picked me up from kindergarten and brought me back to our house in North Tel Aviv.

    I asked her a question that seemed so normal: “Mom, at what age do people go to the military?”

    “At the age of 18,” she answered.

    “And what will I need to do...

  • Swiss envoy says: invest in Iran, Middle East’s ‘pole of stability’

    August 27, 2015 | 9:39 am

    Switzerland's ambassador on Thursday called Iran a "pole of stability" in the Middle East and urged companies to make the most of a lucrative market about to re-open after years of crippling sanctions.

    Ambassador Giulio Haas was addressing some 500 Swiss business people as...

  • Independent Senator King says he will back Iran nuclear deal

    August 19, 2015 | 5:55 pm

    Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said on Wednesday he will support the nuclear deal with Iran, calling it the best available option to stop Iran from developing a nuclear arms capability in the near future.

    "A nuclear-armed Iran would be a serious threat to the United States and to the...

  • Dear Congressman Sherman: Your ‘no’ vote on Iran deal threatens Israel

    August 19, 2015 | 11:21 am

    In the least plausible alternative version of my life, I would have stayed in the San Fernando Valley rather than leaving more than 40 years ago and moving to Jerusalem. In that scenario, I’d be represented in Congress by Democrat Brad Sherman — and I might be less infuriated by...

  • To those who hear anti-Semitism when it is not there

    By Michael Berenbaum

    August 19, 2015 | 11:00 am

    I’ve learned a new term: “dog whistle.” The term was used by Lee Smith, a political columnist for the online magazine Tablet, who wrote that President Barack Obama was “hinting broadly at anti-Semitic conceits — like dual loyalties, moneyed interests, Jewish lobbies — to scare off...

  • Two senators defy Obama on Iran nuclear deal

    August 18, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    A second U.S. Democratic senator lined up on Tuesday in opposition to the U.S.-led international nuclear agreement with Iran, defying President Barack Obama.

    New Jersey's Bob Menendez said that, along with New York's Chuck Schumer, he was opposing the deal, which would place new...

  • Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez announces opposition to Iran deal

    August 18, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), in a scathing critique of the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and other major powers, announced on Tuesday that he will vote to kill the pact.

    Speaking in his home state of New Jersey, the former chairman of the Senate...

  • Use Iran deal to prevent nuclear weapons free-for-all, treaty body says

    August 17, 2015 | 11:19 am

    The head of the body trying to secure ratification of a global ban on nuclear testing urged world leaders on Monday to use the momentum of an atomic deal with Iran to prevent a slide toward a nuclear weapons free-for-all.

    More than 160 countries have ratified the Comprehensive...

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