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  • Ross to rejoin Jewish policy group

    January 23, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Dennis Ross, the former top Obama administration Middle East strategist, is rejoining the Jewish People Policy Institute as its co-chairman.

    Ross, who left the White House last month, will serve as co-chairman of the board of directors and professional guiding council of the...

  • Nicolas Sarkozy: Time running out for Iran diplomacy

    January 20, 2012 | 8:53 am

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that time was running out to avoid a military intervention in Iran and he appealed to China and Russia to support new sanctions to force Tehran to negotiate over its uranium enrichment program.

    France has led international efforts for...

  • Iran warns region against ‘dangerous’ stance on Hormuz

    January 19, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Iran’s foreign minister warned Arab neighbors on Thursday not to put themselves in a “dangerous position” by aligning themselves too closely with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran’s nuclear activity.

    Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, used for a...

  • Obama administration: No ‘direct talks’ letter to Iran

    January 19, 2012 | 10:15 am

    The Obama administration said an Iranian lawmaker had mischaracterized its message warning against blocking the Strait of Hormuz and reiterating its commitment to dialogue.

    Ali Mothari was quoted Wednesday by The Associated Press as saying that “In the letter, Obama called for...

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  • U.S. expects Iran sanctions to bear results within two months

    January 18, 2012 | 10:59 am

    The Obama administration expects a significant drop in foreign dealings with the Central Bank of Iran in the next two months.

    U.S. officials launched a campaign to have countries that deal with Iran to comply with new sanctions as soon as President Obama signed them into law on Dec....

  • Two Palestinians planting bombs killed by Israeli troops

    January 18, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Two Palestinians were reported killed in an Israeli military strike near the Gaza border.

    Israeli troops fired Wednesday on Palestinians that the Israeli military said were placing explosives near the border fence in order to harm or kidnap Israeli soldiers. Two other Palestinians...

  • White House describes ‘progress’ in Jordan talks

    January 18, 2012 | 10:23 am

    The Obama administration heralded progress in Israeli-Palestinian talks held under Jordanian auspices.

    “We believe that those talks offer the parties a real opportunity to make meaningful progress towards peace,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday ahead of a visit by...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

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