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  • Ehud Barak: Attack on Iran ‘very far off’

    January 18, 2012 | 8:40 am

    An Israeli attack on Iran is “very far off,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

    “We haven’t made any decision to do this. The entire thing is very far off,” Barak said during an interview Wednesday with Israel’s Army Radio after being asked whether the United States was...

  • Cantor vows to raise Iran issues on Middle East trip

    January 6, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the U.S. House of Representatives majority leader, said he will raise the dangers posed by Iran during a Middle East tour.

    The delegation of nine lawmakers—eight Republicans and a Democrat—will head next week to France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the...

  • Israeli, Palestinian peace negotiators to meet on Monday, U.S. says

    January 5, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators will hold their second round of face-to-face talks within a week on Monday in Amman, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday.

    “We are encouraged that they are both coming to the table, they are talking directly,” spokeswoman...

  • Letters to the Editor: Middle East, climate change, Israel and the San Fernando Valley

    December 22, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    Peoples of the Middle East: Real or Invented?

    Not so much a bombshell as a failed firecracker (“Newt’s Bombshell,” Dec. 16). David Suissa turns back the clock to 1977 for a quote from Zahir Muhsein that states the obvious: “There is no difference between Jordanians,...

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  • Remarks on Israel by three U.S. officials spark furor

    December 7, 2011 | 10:18 am

    The Obama administration is reaping a whirlwind of criticism in the wake of pointed remarks about Israel by several U.S. officials over three days.

    The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, caused an uproar when he suggested on Dec. 1 that hostility among European Arabs and...

  • Panetta: Israel must address its growing isolation

    December 2, 2011 | 4:51 pm

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called on Israel on Friday to take diplomatic steps to address what he described as its growing isolation in the Middle East.

    Panetta, in prepared remarks that he was due to deliver in Washington on Friday evening, stressed U.S. efforts to bolster...

  • Barak: No strike on Iran anytime soon

    December 1, 2011 | 8:23 am

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday an Israeli attack on Iran is not imminent but all options remain open to stop what Israel sees as an Iranian bid to develop nuclear weapons.

    “We have no intention, at the moment, of taking action, but the State of Israel is far from being...

  • More explosions, but nothing much changed with Iran

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 30, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    As conflicting reports on the most recent explosion in Iran make it hard to assess the seriousness and severity of this event, CNN published an enlightening photo of the damage created by the explosion earlier this month. The Institute for Science and International Security published...

  • Prime Minister Fayyad: ‘Unity and Non-violence’ requisites for statehood

    November 29, 2011 | 9:55 am

    With skepticism rife over a Fatah-Hamas rapprochement and the Hamas demand to replace him, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the man credited with energizing the movement toward statehood and the man Western governments want holding the PA’s purse strings, discusses the...

  • Iran boycott mars rare Middle East nuclear talks

    November 21, 2011 | 11:54 am

    Israel and its Arab neighbors sat in the same room on Monday for rare discussions on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East, although the meeting was marred by the absence of boycotting Iran.

    Participants described the first day of the November 21-22 closed-door forum as less...

  • Iran to boycott Middle East nuclear talks

    November 18, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    Iran will not attend a rare meeting for Middle East countries next week to discuss efforts to free the world of nuclear weapons, an Iranian official said, signaling worsening ties between the U.N. atomic agency and Iran.

    Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International...

  • Ehud Barak plays down talk of war with Iran

    November 8, 2011 | 8:09 am

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak played down Tuesday speculation that Israel intends to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, saying no decision had been made on embarking on a military operation.

    “War is not a picnic. We want a picnic. We don’t want a war,” Barak told Israel Radio before...

  • Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran

    November 3, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran, a senior Israeli official has said. According to the official, there is a “small advantage” in the cabinet for the opponents of...

  • Iran warns against rumored Israeli military strike

    November 2, 2011 | 9:23 am

    Iran’s top military chief warned that his country would retaliate harshly against an Israeli strike on its nuclear sites, as Israel successfully test fired a new ballistic missile.

    Responding to reports that Israel was preparing to launch an attack against Iran, the Islamic...

  • Protestant leaders call for U.N. endorsement of Palestinian membership

    November 1, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Leaders of four American Protestant denominations issued a statement endorsing the Palestinian U.N. bid for statehood.

    “The Palestinians deserve membership in the United Nations—not only on the basis of international law and basic fairness—but to help preserve a multi-religious...

  • Opinion: The UNESCO Mess

    November 1, 2011 | 11:27 am

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. At some point, both the president and Congress would be faced with a clear choice between U.S. national interests and the demands made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his powerful Washington lobby.

    In the larger sense, it...

  • Senior Hamas leader arrested in West Bank

    November 1, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Israel arrested a senior Hamas leader just two months after releasing him from prison.

    Hassan Yousef and his son were arrested Tuesday morning at their home in the West Bank.

    Yousef, a Hamas founder, recently completed a six-year prison sentence on terrorism-related charges.

    He...

  • The Muslim world is out of control

    October 28, 2011 | 9:07 pm

    The Muslim world is out of control. And that’s a good thing.

    The control of ruthless dictators has declined markedly in less than a single year. Two brutal despots, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, are gone for good, and while it will take time for...

  • Turkey’s FM: Tension with Israel won’t change over aid

    October 27, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    Diplomatic tension between Turkey and Israel will continue despite Israeli earthquake aid to the stricken country, Turkey’s foreign minister said.

    Ahmet Davutoglu told the Turkish news service Today’s Zaman that “political conditions remain,” and Ankara will not change its...

  • Egyptians wait at border for Israel prisoner swap

    October 27, 2011 | 9:32 am

    Egyptians gathered at the border with Israel Thursday awaiting the handover of prisoners to be exchanged for an American-Israeli man held by Egypt and accused of spying.

    Israel will swap 25 jailed Egyptians for Ilan Grapel, 27, who was detained in Egypt in June on accusations he was...

  • Palestinians plan “other options” if U.N. bid fails

    October 20, 2011 | 9:30 am

    Palestinians want the Security Council to decide on their bid for full U.N. membership soon so they can pursue “other options”, the Palestinian U.N. envoy said, repeating charges that Washington is procrastinating to avoid a vote.

    Riyad Mansour, in comments to a Palestinian...

  • Granger warns UNESCO: Admit Palestinians, lose funding

    October 6, 2011 | 9:28 am

    A top congressional appropriator, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, warned UNESCO that granting the Palestinians full membership could mean a cutoff in U.S. funding for the cultural body.

    The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations on Wednesday allowed to...

  • Congress looks to punish Palestinians, but cuts to security aid pose dilemma

    October 4, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    If the Palestinians don’t pull back from their statehood push, congressional cuts in aid are inevitable, U.S. lawmakers say. Just how comprehensive such cuts will be, however, could end up depending on Israel’s stance on the issue.

    Lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional staffers...

  • Panetta urges Israel, Palestinians to negotiate

    October 3, 2011 | 9:21 am

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday called for “bold action” from Israeli and Palestinian leaders to achieve peace after cautioning that Israel was becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East.

    Panetta, making his first trip to Israel since becoming Pentagon chief, met...

  • Council takes first step on Palestinian U.N. bid

    September 28, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday took its first step on the Palestinian application to join the United Nations by handing it to a committee that will review and assess it in the coming weeks.

    The standing committee on the admission of new members to the world body is comprised...

  • Netanyahu rejects widespread criticism of homes plan

    September 28, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Western and Arab complaints that the planned construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo on annexed land close to Jerusalem would complicate Middle East peace efforts.

    “Gilo is not a settlement nor an outpost. It is a...

  • Opinion: Moral dimension of Palestinian statehood

    By Judea Pearl

    September 27, 2011 | 7:14 pm

    I felt terribly guilty when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly: “Enough! It is time for the Palestinian people to gain their freedom and independence.” How can we deny to others what we claim for ourselves?

    Let there be no...

  • U.S., EU condemn Israeli plan to expand settlement

    September 27, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    Israel approved on Tuesday the construction of 1,100 settlement homes on annexed land in the West Bank, complicating global efforts to renew peace talks and defuse a crisis over a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations.

    The plan was met with a chorus of Western criticism....

  • U.N. speech boosts Bibi’s ratings in Israel

    September 26, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s popularity has climbed in Israel after a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations opposing a Palestinian bid for statehood, an opinion poll showed on Monday.

    The right-wing leader’s approval rating rose to 41 percent from 32 percent in a previous...

  • Israel police arrest Hamas lawmaker in East Jerusalem

    September 26, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Israeli police arrested a Hamas lawmaker on Monday who had been sheltering for more than a year in the International Red Cross (ICRC) offices in East Jerusalem, a police spokesman said.

    Ahmad Attoun had taken shelter in the ICRC building along with another Hamas legislator and a...

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