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  • Middle East unrest triggers concern, even on Alhambra’s quiet Main Street

    February 2, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    This story originally appeared in the Alhambra Source.

    The Arab-language television blared with protesters filling Cairo’s streets and the conversation flew — in the front of the patio in Arabic, in the back in Hebrew. Alhambra’s quiet Main Street may be a long way from the...

  • Dilemma of pro-Israel groups: To talk Egypt or not?

    February 1, 2011 | 11:17 am

    As Egypt convulses, pro-Israel groups and U.S. Congress members are seized by the ancient maternal dilemma: If you have nothing nice to say, should you say anything at all?

    The question of whether to stake a claim in the protests against 30 years of President Hosni Mubarak’s...

  • At least one million in Egypt take to the streets to call for Mubarak’s ouster [VIDEO]

    February 1, 2011 | 10:51 am

    At least one million people rallied across Egypt on Tuesday clamoring for President Hosni Mubarak to give up power, piling pressure on a leader who has towered over Middle East politics for 30 years to make way for a new era of democracy in the Arab nation.

    Cairo’s Tahrir...

  • Israel beefs up troops on Egyptian border

    February 1, 2011 | 8:36 am

    Israel’s military has increased its presence on the border with Egypt over fears that terrorists and migrants will take advantage of the unrest in Egypt to cross into Israel.

    The army and Border Police also are concerned that large groups of Bedouin living in the Sinai will attempt...

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  • Watching Egypt, On Israel’s Side

    By Uri Dromi

    January 31, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    It was early in the morning in June 1967, during the Six Day War, when, as a young lieutenant in the Israeli Air Force, I was low-flying over the Mediterranean, approaching the coast of northern Sinai. As a kid I read the epic Enemy Coast Ahead, by Wing Commander Guy Gibson V.C., the...

  • The Al Jazeera document dump and you

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    January 26, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Map making seems to be an increasingly popular pastime in the Middle East these days.

    The Palestinians claim they prepared their mapped vision of the two-state solution but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to look at it. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is reportedly...

  • ‘Quartet’ to meet on Israeli-Palestinian talks

    January 14, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    The “Quartet” guiding the Middle East process will meet next month and the top U.S. envoy is in the region attempting to re-start Israeli-Palestinian talks.

    The Quartet of the United States the European Union, the United Nations and Russia will meet in Munich Feb. 4-6, the German...

  • The Billboard Debate on the Middle East

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 11, 2011 | 6:36 pm

    “Be on our side,” the clutter-free advertisement reads. “We are the side of peace and justice.” It shows two men smiling. One is Palestinian, the other is Israeli, and each is accompanied by a smiling young girl. The ad, which first appeared in three Bay Area Rapid Transit...

  • A lawyer’s personal investment in Mideast peace

    By Tom Tugend

    December 22, 2010 | 3:24 pm

    Josef Avesar is a soft-spoken lawyer with a wife and four children, but for the past six years he has spent most of his time and a considerable amount of his own money on an all-consuming project: to establish an Israeli-Palestinian Confederation (IPC) and break the interminable...

  • Wikileaks cable: Netanyahu’s patience with Abbas has ‘run out’

    December 20, 2010 | 3:20 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s patience with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has “run out,” a WikiLeaks cable leaked on Monday revealed.

    In a “secret” December 2009 cable dispatched to Washington from the embassy in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu’s senior policy aide Ron Dermer is...

  • U.S.: One year may not be enough to achieve Mideast peace

    November 15, 2010 | 4:59 pm

    Mideast peace talks may not reach fruition before their initial September 2011 deadline, a U.S. State Department official said on Monday, citing recent negotiations deadlock over Israel’s refusal to extend its moratorium on settlement building as one reason for the delay.

    Speaking...

  • After electoral ‘shellacking,’ Obama ‘unwavering’ on peace

    November 5, 2010 | 10:15 am

    President Obama’s commitment to Middle East peace talks is “unwavering,” even after crushing midterm elections, a top aide said.

    “The president has made it very clear that he is committed to doing whatever he can to foster talks in the Middle East – that’s...

  • Why Israel allowed the settlement freeze to expire

    September 28, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    In the four weeks since direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumed, settlement construction has been identified widely as the most immediate obstacle to the survival of negotiations.

    In media accounts about the diplomatic standoff over the issue, Israel’s decision not to...

  • No hasty decisions on peace talks, Abbas says

    September 27, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he will not make a hasty decision to pull out of renewed peace talks in response to new construction in West Bank settlements.

    Abbas at a joint news conference Monday in Paris with French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will seek...

  • Abbas threatens to resign if talks fail

    September 19, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to resign if peace talks with Israel fail.

    Abbas made a statement indicating that he would quit over a failure of the recently launched direct peace negotiations at a recent meeting of the Fatah Central Committee, The...

  • Abbas says he will not compromise

    September 7, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas said he will not compromise during peace negotiations on core issues such as final borders and the status of Jerusalem.

    The Palestinian Authority president also said in an interview with the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper that he rejects Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Barak, Abbas hold secret meeting

    August 31, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak reportedly met secretly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the eve of peace talks.

    Barak met with Abbas Sunday night in Amman, Israeli media reported, hours after meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah at his palace. Barak...

  • Seeking Honesty in the Middle East

    April 20, 2010 | 6:10 pm

    Of all the players that took part in the recent Israel-United States flair-up, I find President Obama to be the most straightforward.

    My interpretation of what the president was telling Israel is as follows:

    “I am prepared to live with a nuclear Iran, but, to contain it, I need...

  • U.S. official stumping Middle East on water issues

    April 15, 2010 | 10:15 pm

    A top U.S. official is traveling to Israel, Jordan and Egypt to promote cooperation in the use and sharing of water.

    The visit this week by Maria Otero, the undersecretary for democracy and global affairs, “will underscore the need to elevate our diplomatic efforts surrounding...

  • Putting the Swiss ban on minarets in context

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 1, 2009 | 3:20 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of discussion about the Swiss vote Sunday to ban the building of minarets, the towers above mosques from which the call to prayer goes out.

    The New York Times led its story with “In a vote that displayed a widespread anxiety about Islam and undermined the country’s...

  • UN watchdog: Iran nuclear program has ‘military dimensions’

    August 28, 2009 | 6:12 am

    A new report commissioned by the International Atomic Energy Agency says that Iran’s nuclear energy program may contain “military dimensions.”

    In other words, the report states that Iran may be working towards acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. The report was issued just prior to the annual meeting of IAEA member states which is scheduled to convene next month in Vienna.

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Report: Israel fears U.S. ‘no’ on Iran attack

    July 7, 2009 | 2:39 pm

    Israeli leaders have not asked the United States for approval to attack Iran for fear Washington will turn them down, according to a news report.

    The Washington Times reported Tuesday that two unnamed Israeli officials close to Benjamin Netanyahu said the prime minister is concerned...

  • Obama: ‘time of the essence’ on peace

    May 29, 2009 | 8:01 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians don’t have “a moment to lose” in pursuing peace, President Barack Obama said, while recognizing political obstacles on both sides.

    Obama spoke Thursday after meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, just over a week after he met with...

  • As Olmert Exits, Creeping Doubts About His Ouster

    March 31, 2009 | 7:15 pm

    After finally leaving office this week, Ehud Olmert will have his hands full fighting the corruption charges against him.

    There is little sympathy in Israel for the outgoing prime minister, who is widely viewed as a corrupt politician who failed to achieve the lofty goals he set for...

  • Protest Outside AIPAC fundraiser

    By Jay Firestone

    March 9, 2009 | 3:25 am

    Christina Gonzalez of Fox News recently covered a protest outside an AIPAC fundraiser at the Universal Hilton. While Gonzalez labels the protestors, “peace activists,” she fails to mention that many of those featured in this report are actually members of the International Jewish...

  • The Muslim cold war and the prospects of peace

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 28, 2009 | 12:38 am

    I’m not sure how related the book pictured here is, but the Jerusalem Post has an interesting article breaking down the “Muslim cold war” gripping the Middle East and what it means for President Obama’s pursuit of peace. An excerpt:

    Relations among the Muslim states of the Middle...

  • Palestinian civil war casts shadow over peace process

    November 26, 2008 | 7:01 pm

    President-elect Barack Obama's refrain of "change" has become a source of inspiration to many American Jews who wish to see Palestinian-Israeli peace talks assume greater importance, as compared to the last eight years under President Bush. They have been further buoyed by the fact...
  • ANALYSIS: Obama worked hard to gain Jewish trust

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 27, 2008 | 7:49 pm

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (JTA)—A major Republican tack against Barack Obama has a simple theme: By his friends you shall know him.

    For the McCain campaign, in recent weeks this has meant repeatedly linking the Democratic presidential nominee to William Ayers, the former member of the...

  • Worshipping Allah at the Jesus Christ Mosque

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 6, 2008 | 8:16 pm

    In Israel, Jesus Christ had his tomb. On Broadway, his play. And now in Jordan, God’s son has his own mosque:

    A mosque named after the central figure of Christianity is the latest milestone of interfaith coexistence in Jordan.

    Both Muslim and Christian leaders expressed delight...

  • Debate wrap up: Palin contradicts McCain, will make peace process a ‘priority’

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 3, 2008 | 6:53 pm

    ST. LOUIS (JTA)—Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would be a priority of a McCain administration, Sarah Palin said last night.

    “A two-state solution is the solution,” Alaska Gov. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, said in her debate with the Democratic vice-presidential...

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