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  • Peres to Clinton: Israel is ready to assist in Mideast transition

    April 5, 2011 | 10:44 am

    Shimon Peres told Hillary Rodham Clinton that Israel was ready to do what it could to facilitate transition among its neighbors to democracy.

    “We see this occasion as an occasion for better and for good will to cooperate in every possible way to enable this change to take the course...

  • Gilad: Israel faces isolation ‘no less severe than war’

    April 4, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    The chief of Israel’s diplomatic-security bureau warned this week that Israel faced an isolation “no less severe than war” should the United Nations recognize Palestine as an independent state this September.

    In remarks carried by Channel 10, General (res.) Amos Gilad said behind...

  • Ross: Turmoil sharpens Israeli needs for security guarantees

    April 4, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    The recent Middle East turmoil has sharpened Israeli needs for tangible security guarantees in exchange for concessions to the Palestinians, Dennis Ross said.

    Ross, President Obama’s top Middle East adviser, told the Anti-Defamation League’s annual leadership conference in...

  • Peres arrives in D.C.

    April 4, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Shimon Peres arrived in Washington for a three-day visit that will include a meeting with President Obama.

    Peres, who arrived Monday, will discuss “security cooperation between Israel and the United States, recent developments in the Middle East, and the pursuit of peace between...

  • Egypt’s foreign minister talks tough on Israel

    April 4, 2011 | 8:48 am

    Egypt’s new foreign minister said the days of Israel getting cheap gas and strategic benefits are over.

    In an interview Sunday on Egyptian television, Nabil al-Arabi said Egypt will demand that Israel pay the difference between the reduced prices it received and market value on the...

  • Israel attacks Hamas terror squad, killing 3

    April 3, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Israel’s Air Force attacked what it said was a terror squad planning to kidnap Israelis over the Passover holiday, killing three.

    The Israeli military stuck the men riding in a car in southern Gaza early Saturday morning.

    The IDF said in a statement that the three men killed in the...

  • Assad blames protests on ‘Israeli agenda’

    March 30, 2011 | 8:46 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed recent anti-government protests on “enemies with an Israeli agenda” during an address to the nation.

    “Our enemies work every day in an organized and public fashion to hurt Syria,” Assad said Wednesday in his first public address since...

  • Unrest in Syria presents Israel with potential dangers and opportunities

    March 29, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    With the turmoil rocking the Middle East now threatening the regime in Syria, Israel faces potentially grave dangers and huge opportunities.

    The dangers are clear: The emergence of a more radical regime in Syria could mean a stronger Iran-Syria-Hezbollah axis. Iran could get direct...

  • Syria government resigns in effort to appease protesters

    March 29, 2011 | 8:58 am

    Syria’s Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad’s 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian and closed-off nations in the Middle East.

    Assad, whose family has controlled Syria...

  • Clinton: U.S. not ready to intervene in Syria

    March 28, 2011 | 8:47 am

    The United States is not ready to send troops to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    “Certainly we deplore the violence in Syria,” Clinton said during an interview on the “Face the Nation” program on CBS Television that aired Sunday. “We call—as we have on...

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrives in Israel in blast’s wake

    March 24, 2011 | 9:36 am

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in Israel, where he is expected to press Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks in the wake of increased unrest.

    Gates, who landed in Israel on Thursday morning, less than a day after a bomb attack in central Jerusalem and...

  • ‘Miral’ filmmaker Schnabel is feeling the love — and the criticism

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 23, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    In an early scene in “Miral,” the new film by artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel opening March 25, a Palestinian activist named Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass) comes across a ragtag group of about 50 children in Jerusalem’s Old City, many of them crying, trembling, dirty, barefoot,...

  • When Syria falls

    By Rob Eshman

    March 23, 2011 | 2:11 pm

    The writer Leon Wieseltier opened his keynote address at the Daniel Pearl Memorial lecture at UCLA last month with a telling joke.

    “For 50 years, nothing ever changed in the Middle East,” he said, “until the minute I sat down to write this speech.”

    How true. Monarchs and...

  • Women journalists to speak to changing Middle East

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    The protests sweeping the Middle East are driven by a second revolution — the empowerment of Arab women.

    “The visibility of women as change mobilizers, political leaders and activists, followers and supporters, has never been as high as today,” Nadia Al-Sakkaf, editor-in-chief...

  • Libya declares cease-fire in wake of UN vote to intervene [VIDEO]

    March 18, 2011 | 8:53 am

    Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa annouces a cease-fire.

    Libya declared a ceasefire in the country and will comply with a United Nations resolution passed overnight, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said on Friday. The conciliatory message was in sharp contrast to comments...

  • Israel airstrikes hit Hamas compound, killing 2

    March 16, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Israeli airstrikes hit a Hamas compound in the central Gaza Strip, reportedly killing at least two Palestinians.

    Wednesday’s strike was in response to a rocket fired on the western Negev earlier in the day, according to the Israeli military. The rocket, which landed in Sderot,...

  • Doubt, fear as Egyptians head to polls

    March 15, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    The distance between the speaker on the stage and the hundreds of spectators seated in front of him in the coastal city of Ismailia was not very far. But the gap between the thoughts and the enthusiasm of the two sides was unimaginably huge.

    The talk in this street rally —...

  • Israel’s revolution for disabled needs a greater voice

    March 10, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    As revolution sweeps across the Middle East at a dizzying pace, cries for freedom, equality and an improved standard of living ring out, touching millions around the world and bringing hope to millions more.  Finally their voices are being heard, progress is being made.

    Still, an...

  • Dan Shapiro to be America’s new face in Tel Aviv?

    March 9, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    When Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell sat down for an interview before a crowd of nearly 1,000 in Washington, D.C., last year, his interlocutor, New York Times columnist David Brooks, wondered why the political heavyweight had agreed to openly discuss a matter as sensitive as...

  • Jaffa rally protests Islamic Movement advances

    March 2, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    Jewish right-wing activists demonstrated on a main street in Jaffa to protest what organizers see as the “Islamic Movement gaining control over the city.”

    At least 16 counter-demonstrators were arrested during Wednesday’s march as a result of clashes with police.

    Arab store owners...

  • Obama to Jewish leaders: U.S. supports Israel’s security

    March 2, 2011 | 8:09 am

    America opposes efforts to de-legitimize Israel, President Obama told a 50-member delegation of Jewish leaders during a White House meeting.

    Obama met Tuesday with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    A statement issued by the White House...

  • Why Israel should support Arab democracy

    March 1, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    Sitting with Israeli policy makers during the protests in Tunisia and then Egypt, I could feel the anxiety and alarm as senior officials from across the political spectrum attempted to decipher the implications for the Jewish state. Cries of panic have increased as the upheaval...

  • The solitude of the Arab soul

    By Gina Nahai

    March 1, 2011 | 6:29 pm

    “This,” I thought, “is what the surface of Mars must look like.”

    It was late February, and we were driving on a two-lane highway that spiraled up like a dark ribbon across a barren desert, through red, desiccated plains, along mountainsides with red rock surface and no...

  • U.S.: “Gadhafi has lost the legitimacy to govern”

    March 1, 2011 | 8:09 am

    From Huffingtonpost.com:

    International pressure on Moammar Gadhafi to end a crackdown on opponents escalated Monday as his loyalists fought rebels holding the two cities closest to the capital and his warplanes bombed an ammunition depot in the east. The U.S. moved naval and air...
  • Nuclear site reportedly identified in Syria

    February 24, 2011 | 8:56 am

    A suspected nuclear site has been identified in Syria using commercial satellite photos.

    The installation is said to be a nuclear conversion plant, according to the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, which published photos of the site in a report...

  • L.A.’s Iranian Americans keep tabs on new freedom protests in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 22, 2011 | 6:40 pm

    In the wake of the Feb. 14 Iranian protests for greater freedom, which took place throughout that country, Iranian Americans of various religious backgrounds in Southern California have been closely monitoring the developments and voicing support for those seeking democracy.


  • A King’s Speech

    By David Suissa

    February 22, 2011 | 5:32 pm

    To read a response to this essay by Jordan Elgrably, click here.

    Read this article in Arabic here.

    If I were advising the president or prime minister of Israel, I would suggest he go on Al Jazeera this week and deliver this message to the people of the Middle East:

    Dear Neighbors:...

  • AJC: Suspend Libya from U.N. Human Rights Council

    February 22, 2011 | 8:31 am

    The American Jewish Committee called on the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council.

    “The Gadhafi regime’s widespread use of brutal force against protestors makes a mockery of the U.N. Human Rights Council,” said AJC...

  • UN chief calls Gadhafi to demand immediate end to violence in Libya

    February 21, 2011 | 11:22 am

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Libyan President Moammer Ghadafi on Monday and urged to respect the basic freedoms and rights of his people, amid the bloody unrest that has swept the country over the last seven days.

    Ban held an extensive phone conversation...

  • “Friday of Fury” in Yemen [VIDEO]

    February 18, 2011 | 8:06 am

    Yemeni security forces and pro-government loyalists clashed with crowds demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule in several cities on Friday. At least five people were killed and dozens wounded.

    Tens of thousands of dissidents also thronged the city of Taiz,...

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