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  • Schumer: ‘Condoning’ terror against Israel led to Paris attacks

    November 16, 2015 | 11:17 am

    The world is now paying the price of not standing up to terrorism when it was directed only at Israel, as it had witnessed the murder of 132 people in the streets of Paris Friday night, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday.

    Speaking at the National Committee for Furtherance...

  • Israel angered by ‘appalling’ Swedish comments after Paris attacks

    November 16, 2015 | 9:45 am

    Israel described on Monday as "appallingly impudent" comments by Sweden's foreign minister that it interpreted as an attempt to link the Islamic State attacks in Paris to the plight of Palestinians in the West Bank.

    Sweden's ambassador to Israel was summoned to the Israeli...

  • Isaac Herzog wants ‘NATO-like’ alliance of Israel and moderate Arab states

    November 12, 2015 | 3:58 pm

    In the mind of Israel’s opposition leader, Labor Party chief Isaac Herzog, the array of threats in the Middle East these days present Israel with a historic opportunity.

    Yes, Palestinians are stabbing Israelis daily. Yes, Israel arguably has its most right-wing government since...

  • McDonough: Support for Israel’s security – our values in action

    November 10, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    Addressing a mixed Jewish audience in the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal debate, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Tuesday peppered his remarks with Yiddish and Hebrew phrases in an attempt to present a reset in the U.S.-Israel relationship following the meeting...

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  • Netanyahu says time for U.S. Jews to heal rifts over Iran deal

    November 10, 2015 | 11:10 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on North American Jews to unite behind Israel on Tuesday after a year of deep differences within the community over his vehement opposition to the U.S. backed nuclear deal with Iran.

    A day after taking steps to mend ties with U.S....

  • Russia, Iran have signed contract for missile system delivery

    November 9, 2015 | 4:05 pm

    Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying on Monday.

    "S-300, the air defense...

  • Obama wants to hear how Netanyahu will preserve 2-state option

    November 6, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    President Barack Obama expects Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to outline how he plans to preserve the two-state solution when they meet next week, his top aides said.

    The officials, Robert Malley, the top National Security Council official handling the Middle East; Ben...

  • Wasserman Schultz: Iranian nuclear threat has been ‘pushed backward’

    November 6, 2015 | 10:00 am

    The Iranian nuclear threat has been considerably lessened in light of the nuclear deal signed with Iran in July, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Thursday.

    “We have successfully pushed backward the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran,” the Florida congresswoman said...

  • Iran to meet Rouhani timetable on ending sanctions, Iranian nuclear chief says

    November 5, 2015 | 3:57 pm

    Iran will fulfill its commitments under the July nuclear agreement with major powers in time to have sanctions, that have crippled its economy, lifted by the end of the year, its atomic energy chief said on Thursday.

    President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed last week he expected...

  • U.S. calls Netanyahu’s new media chief’s remarks ‘offensive’

    November 5, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    The United States takes offense at comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new communications director accusing President Barack Obama of anti-Semitism and suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry had the mental abilities of a 12-year-old, the State Department...

  • U.S. officials: Israel wants up to $5 billion in annual military aid

    November 4, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Israel has made an initial request for its annual U.S. defense aid to increase to as much as $5 billion when its current aid package, worth an average $3 billion a year, expires in 2017, U.S. congressional sources said on Wednesday.

    Israel wants $5 billion per year in military...

  • U.S. says 85-90 percent of Russian strikes hit moderate Syria rebels

    November 4, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Eighty-five to 90 per cent of Russian strikes in Syria have hit the moderate Syrian opposition, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East told a congressional committee on Wednesday.

    Russia boosted its military support for President Bashar al-Assad's fight against rebels in the...

  • ‘Crippled America’: Trump blasts Iran deal, touts support for Israel

    November 3, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    According to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the deal President Barack Obama negotiated with Iran was the worst deal America has ever negotiated with another country. The relationship and partnership with Israel, however, was the best deal the United States has ever...

  • Geographical circumstances reason for divide between U.S. Jewry and Israelis

    November 2, 2015 | 10:34 am

    The growing divide between American Jews and the State of Israel is a challenge to be tackled on both sides of the ocean by defining common goals, according to Middle East expert Yossi Klein Halevi.

    “One of the main problems we face in our relationship between Israelis and...

  • Trump thinks President Obama hates Israel

    October 29, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump charged on Thursday that President Barack Obama hates the State of Israel.

    Speaking at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada a day after the 3rd Republican televised debate, Trump said that “many friends” in Israel “don’t know what...

  • Bring Bill Clinton back to the Israeli-Palestinian peace table

    By Rob Eshman

    October 29, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Monday night in Beverly Hills, a dozen Israeli and American Jews gathered for a night of luxurious despair over the Middle East.

    We were at the sprawling midcentury-modern home of Aviv Giladi, the Israeli-born serial entertainment entrepreneur. Good wines and a bottle of...

  • Cantor: ‘Tearing up’ Iran deal can’t be done alone

    October 27, 2015 | 12:59 pm

    Republican presidential candidates vowing to “rip to shreds” or “tear up” the Iran nuclear on day one is not a task the U.S. is able to carry out without the international community, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says.

    In a recent interview with Cherwell, an Oxford...

  • Parents receive body of first Russian to die in Syria, doubt suicide

    October 27, 2015 | 10:32 am

    The body of the first Russian serviceman confirmed dead in four weeks of air strikes in Syria was delivered on Tuesday to his parents, who said they were not convinced by the military's account that their 19-year-old son had hanged himself.

    In an interview with Reuters at their...

  • Israel says citizen, likely Arab, used paraglider to enter Syria

    October 26, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Israel said on Sunday that one of its citizens, probably a member of the country's Muslim Arab minority, had illegally flown to rebellion-wracked Syria by using a paraglider to cross the Golan Heights frontier.

    Israeli media gave the man's age as 23 and quoted investigators as...

  • Why the U.S. may still have to go to war against Iran

    October 26, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Effective enforcement of the Iranian nuclear deal remains a conundrum. Enshrined in the agreement is “snapback” – the restoration of international economic sanctions against Tehran should it violate the deal’s terms. Yet the expected rush of European, Russian and Chinese businesses...

  • Dennis Ross: Obama thought he had license to openly criticize Israel

    October 26, 2015 | 12:44 pm

    President Barack Obama’s treatment of Israel stemmed from a false understanding that increasing security and intelligence cooperation with Israel allows him to be openly critical of Israel, former Mideast peace envoy Dennis Ross said on Monday. 

    During a panel on the past,...

  • Sunday Reads: How the Macabees will fight BDS, Had Rabin not been murdered

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 25, 2015 | 6:08 am

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    Our Israel Factor panelist Eitan Gilboa believes that only the US can mediate between Israel and the Palestinians to stop the current tensions:

    Countries and nations tend to reach peace agreements after conflicts in which they pay higher prices than the prices of the...

  • Ehud Barak discusses Mideast affairs

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    At a time when Israel is engulfed in terror, millions of Syrians are living as refugees and the Islamic State is a source of havoc in the region, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said he has deep uncertainties about the future of the Middle East. 

    “We are living in a...

  • German anti-Islam protest swells on fears about refugee influx

    October 19, 2015 | 2:35 pm

    The German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA staged its biggest rally in months on Monday, sparked into fresh life on its first anniversary by anger at the government's decision to take in hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East.

    PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the...

  • Wave of violence spells trouble for Israel’s ‘Mr. Security’

    October 19, 2015 | 11:13 am

    The sound of a fist banging on a table came through sharp and clear as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his anger captured on a leaked audio tape, berated his own party members for not having his back in confronting a Palestinian wave of attacks.

    "I expect support from each and...

  • U.N. says Iran meets deadline for investigation of nuclear past

    October 15, 2015 | 2:34 pm

    Iran has met a deadline to give the U.N. nuclear watchdog information it needs to assess whether Tehran sought to develop nuclear weapons in the past, the agency said on Thursday, a step towards carrying out a deal between Tehran and world powers.

    The apparent progress reported...

  • Israel on edge following weeks of violence

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 14, 2015 | 4:52 pm

    Monday was a difficult day. At 8:58 a.m., at the Lion’s Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City, a knife-wielding Palestinian attacker was stopped and killed. At 2:17 p.m., a female attacker stabbed a policeman and was shot. Shortly after 3 p.m., demonstrations turned to confrontations...

  • Israel sets up East Jerusalem roadblocks in bid to stem attacks

    October 14, 2015 | 10:09 am

    Israel began setting up roadblocks in Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and deploying soldiers across the country on Wednesday to stop a wave of Palestinian knife attacks.

    In the latest incident, a Palestinian stabbed and moderately wounded a 70-year-old woman outside...

  • Rabbi Sacks: Empower religious leaders to stop continuing violence in Israel

    October 13, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Religious leaders should step in to lead the way to calm tensions in the Middle East amid the recent wave of terror attacks in Israel and the violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, former Chief Rabbi of the UK, Rabbi...

  • Washington Post says Iran’s conviction of its reporter is ‘contemptible’

    October 13, 2015 | 10:46 am

    The Washington Post on Monday denounced the conviction in Iran of the newspaper's U.S.-born Tehran correspondent in an espionage case as an "outrageous injustice" and urged Iranian leaders to overturn it.

    Jason Rezaian, who was arrested in July 2014, had 20 days to appeal the...

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