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  • How not to bomb Iran

    By Rob Eshman

    1 day ago

    Oh, to be in Geneva right now, facing the Iranians across a long polished table in a quiet hotel room--  because everywhere else the debates over their nuclear ambitions are raging, and the anxiety, accusations and intrigue are exasperating. Never have so many weighed in on so much...

  • Kerry questions Netanyahu’s judgment as U.S.-Israel row deepens

    1 day ago

    U.S. officials on Wednesday questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's judgment and said his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into U.S.-Israeli relations.

    In an escalation of hostile exchanges...

  • Shaming the murderers

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    A religious Muslim who murders an innocent person in the name of the Quran desecrates his own religion. I wish that idea had been the theme of last week’s White House Conference on Violent Extremism. 

    Instead, President Barack Obama went out of his way to take religion out of...

  • Kerry appears to take swipe at Netanyahu over Iran nuclear talks

    2 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday appeared to take a swipe at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying critics of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran did not know what they were talking about.

    Speaking to senators, Kerry also said he expected to know soon whether...

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  • Obama rejects as ‘ugly lie’ the notion that West is at war with Islam

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama on Thursday urged countries to tackle violent Islamist militancy around the world and rejected as "an ugly lie" suggestions that the West was at war with Islam.

    Obama said there was a complicated history between the Middle East and the West and no one...

  • Israel Factor: Obama’s Palestinian policy ‘bad’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Three weeks ago, when the Netanyahu speech scandal was still fresh, we asked our Israel Factor panel of experts if Netanyahu should go to Washington or stay home. The verdict was quite clear: he should not go. But we did not reveal the other questions that the panel was asked. And...

  • American Jewish former diplomat speaks in Cairo

    1 week ago

    Daniel Kurtzer, the former diplomat, continues to be soft-spoken, and his outlook envisions opportunities for conflict resolution. But his assessment for future prospects for a Mideast peace settlement concentrate on Washington’s failure to hold Israel accountable for actions he...

  • Divers discover huge hoard of gold coins off Israeli coast

    1 week ago

    Scuba divers have discovered a rare haul of gleaming 1,000-year-old gold coins inscribed in Arabic on the sea bed off Israel, a find archaeologists say may shed light on Muslim rule in that age.

    Some 2,000 coins dated to the 11th century, a period when the Fatimid Islamic dynasty...

  • Yemen’s last Jews eye exodus after Islamist militia takeover

    2 weeks ago

    A few worried families are all that remain of Yemen's ancient Jewish community, and they too may soon flee after a Shi'ite Muslim militia seized power in the strife-torn country this month.

    Harassment by the Houthi movement – whose motto is "Death to America, death to Israel,...

  • Chaos is my Heaven: Q-and-A with Itai Anghel

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Rob Eshman: What year did you first meet Commander Media, the leader of the female militia you film in your documentary.

    Itai Anglel: 2010.  She was already a commander. So when I saw her now, it was very good, you know. It meant for her, you know, that, “Okay, it’s fine. He can...

  • Itai Anghel: The brave Israeli interviewing ISIS, Kurdish fighters in Syria

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Courage is a quality we value so highly we’re willing to pretend we have it.

    I don’t know whether Brian Williams fits that description, but I do know the unfortunate side effect of Coptergate is that it has cast suspicion on all TV journalists in the infotainment age. Are they...

  • Family of late American hostage Mueller releases text of letter

    2 weeks ago

    The following is the full text of a letter U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller sent to her family while she was held hostage by Islamic State militants.

    Mueller's family released the letter on Tuesday in confirming her death:

    Everyone, If you are receiving this letter it means I am...

  • Obama says Iran must show ‘political will’ at talks

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said an extension in nuclear talks with Iran was unlikely and that an agreement depended on the “political will” of Iran’s government.

    “I don’t see a further extension being useful if they have not agreed to the basic formulation and the bottom line that...

  • Islamic State pulls forces and hardware from Syria’s Aleppo

    2 weeks ago

    Islamic State has withdrawn some of its insurgents and equipment from areas northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and residents say, adding to signs of strain in the Syrian provinces of its self-declared caliphate.

    The group, which has recently lost ground to Kurdish and...

  • Jordan says planes bomb Islamic State targets for second day running

    3 weeks ago

    Jordan said on Friday it had carried out a second straight day of air strikes on Islamic State militants to avenge a captive Jordanian pilot burnt to death by the group.

    “Sorties of air force fighters executed several air strikes against select targets of the Daesh gang,” state...

  • Islamic State says U.S. hostage killed in Syria

    3 weeks ago

    The Islamic State militant group said on Friday that an American woman hostage it was holding in Syria had been killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held, the SITE monitoring group said.

    In Washington, U.S. officials said they could not confirm...

  • Jordan military jets pound Islamic State as king comforts pilot’s family

    3 weeks ago

    Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, before roaring over the hometown of the pilot killed by the militants while King Abdullah consoled the victim's family.

    A statement from the Jordanian armed forces said tens of jets were deployed in the...

  • Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese ISIS hostage unclear

    January 28, 2015 | 4:43 pm

    Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

    The fate of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was thought to be tied to that...

  • Drones, Jews and morality

    By Rob Eshman

    January 28, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    My address to the first interreligious conference on the morality of drone warfare didn’t go over particularly well.

    This happened last Saturday afternoon at Princeton Theological Seminary, where I was among 150 clergy, theologians, academics and peace activists gathered to...

  • Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State

    January 28, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Jordan is still holding a prisoner whose release has been demanded by Islamic State militants and her freedom depends on the fate of a Jordanian pilot captured by the insurgents, government spokesman Mohammad Momani said on Wednesday.

    "It's not true she has been released. Her...

  • U.S. says disagreements with Israel do not undermine security commitment

    January 23, 2015 | 10:04 am

    Disagreements with Israel over how to contain Iran's nuclear program do not undermine the U.S. commitment to Israel's security, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday.

    The United States is negotiating a deal with Iran over its nuclear capabilities, which Israel opposes.

  • Israel braces for Hezbollah retaliation

    January 20, 2015 | 11:34 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Thousands of Hezbollah supporters marched in an emotional funeral for a senior Hezbollah fighter, Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of former senior Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyeh, who was also allegedly assassinated by Israel in...

  • From orphans to terrorists: The childhood that became a breeding ground for vengeance

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 16, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    Before he killed two New York City police officers, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley was on a desperate search to find himself.

    He “tried on identities as if they were new clothes,” The New York Times reported. He was mostly a street hustler who dabbled in petty crime and spent...

  • Turkish PM says Israeli ‘provocations’ radicalizing Muslim world

    January 16, 2015 | 9:40 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday of terrorism and said Israeli "provocations" such as the bombardment of Gaza were contributing to radicalization in the Muslim world.

    "He himself killed, his army killed children...

  • Hezbollah says Assad’s allies have right to respond to Israeli attacks in Syria

    January 15, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday that Israeli strikes inside Syria were also an aggression against Syria's regional allies and they had the right to retaliate.

    "The frequent attacks on different sites in Syria is a major breach. We consider...

  • Syrian war and Israeli spies mean hard times for Hezbollah

    January 7, 2015 | 3:45 pm

    Drained and delegitimized by the Syrian civil war, penetrated by Israeli intelligence and separated from traditional allies, the Lebanese group Hezbollah’s self-proclaimed glory days of 2006, when it went to war with Israel, have never seemed so distant.

    Supporting President...

  • HarperCollins leaves Israel off maps in atlases for Middle East schools

    December 31, 2014 | 11:11 am

    The HarperCollins publishing house has omitted Israel from maps in atlases that it sells to English-speaking schools in the Middle East.

    Collins Bartholomew, a map-publishing company that is a subsidiary of HarperCollins, told The Tablet, an international Catholic news weekly...

  • Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

    December 16, 2014 | 8:16 am

    At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

    More than eight hours after militants slipped...

  • Israel not pushing for tougher Iran sanctions as talks go on

    December 11, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Israel will not press Washington to tighten sanctions on Iran while nuclear negotiations continue for the next six months, but will push for tough action if the talks' June deadline is not met, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Intelligence Ministry Director-General...

  • Why Jews still back Obama

    By Rob Eshman

    December 10, 2014 | 6:46 pm

    This entire week, people kept sending me emails with this screaming subject line: “OBAMA MULLING SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL.VERIFICATION ON GOOGLE.” 

    Neither turned out to be true: Obama is not mulling sanctions, and Google doesn’t verify the fact (or any fact, for that matter). In...

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