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  • 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...

  • Iran’s parliament OKs nuclear deal it may have violated

    October 13, 2015 | 10:34 am

    The parliament of Iran voted to approve the nuclear deal that its country’s negotiators reached with six world powers two days after it reportedly may have violated the agreement.

    Lawmakers backed legislation on Tuesday to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or...

  • In Putin’s policing of Middle East, some see a boon for Israel

    October 12, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    As a defiant Russia again flexes military muscles in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Cold War analogies are, perhaps, unavoidable.

    The deployment last month of Russian warplanes in Syria laid bare Moscow’s readiness to use force to punish leaders who would challenge its...

  • U.N. says it is pushing Russia, US for urgent agreement on Syria

    October 12, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    The U.N. mediator trying to convene Syria peace talks said on Monday it was urgent for Russia and the United States to reach an understanding to avert a military escalation that could effectively dismember the country.

    The two powers are pivotal to ushering Syria's warring sides...

  • U.S. pulls plug on Syria rebel training effort; will focus on weapons supply

    October 9, 2015 | 11:36 am

    The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said on Friday.

    The U.S. announcement...

  • Clinton: Middle East peace almost impossible

    October 8, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday poured cold water on those eager to see the Israeli-Palestinian peace process renewed in the near future.

    Appearing at a campaign event in Mount Vernon, Iowa,...

  • Local groups rally support for Syrian refugees

    By Ryan Torok

    October 7, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    With the number of Syrian refugees climbing above 4 million, local Jewish organizations are taking note and reaching out.

    Jewish World Watch (JWW), whose mission is fighting genocide, recently launched a fundraising campaign that has collected about $10,000 to help fund fully...

  • After Syria coordination talks with Israel, Russia beckons to Turkey, U.S.

    October 7, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Russia ended high-level military talks with Israel on Wednesday with a call on other countries, including a suspicious United States and aggrieved Turkey, to coordinate operations in Syria.

    The two countries discussed how they can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in...

  • Sunday Reads: Obama’s alliance with Russia & Iran, What did Abbas actually say?, AIPAC’s tough times

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 4, 2015 | 4:32 am


    Rob Satloff and James Jeffrey believe that President Obama has his priorities wrong in the Middle East and that an alliance with Russia and Iran isn't the way to go:

    Taken together, the Administration’s wrong assumptions led it to an analysis that misreads the Middle East...

  • Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

    October 1, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

    Russian warplanes, in a second day...

  • Trump backs Russia, Iran efforts to fight Islamic State

    September 29, 2015 | 9:30 am

    Leading Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said he supported Russian efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East, including Syria.

    Asked whether he backed those like Russia who supported Syrian President Bashar al Assad or those who see...

  • Rouhani says Iran ready to help bring democracy to Syria, Yemen

    September 28, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran was ready to help bring democracy to war-torn Syria and Yemen, and blamed the spread of terrorism in the Middle East on the United States.

    In a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Rouhani...

  • At U.N., Obama and Putin clash over working with Syria’s Assad

    September 28, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    The United States said on Monday it was willing to cooperate with Russia, as well as Iran, to try to end the Syrian civil war but the two big powers clashed over whether to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Speaking at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S....

  • Israel’s soaring population: Promised Land running out of room?

    September 25, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Israel's birth rate, the highest in the developed world and once seen as a survival tactic in a hostile region, could be its undoing unless measures are taken to reverse the trend.

    The average Israeli woman has three babies in her lifetime, nearly double the fertility rate for...

  • Rouhani: U.S.-Iran ties better but ‘still a long road to travel’

    September 25, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday said ties with the United States had improved, though there was "still a long road to travel" before the two estranged nations could have normal relations.

    "The situation has certainly changed," Rouhani, in New York for the United...

  • Fighting for the soul of the Jewish people

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 18, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    These are challenging times for the Jewish people.

    Despite our being the wealthiest and most privileged Jews in our 3600-year history, and despite the state of Israel being the most powerful, democratic and humane nation in the Middle East, we Jews feel vulnerable and afraid, and...

  • Last bid to kill Iran nuclear deal blocked in Senate

    September 17, 2015 | 9:47 am

    Senate Democrats blocked legislation meant to kill the Iran nuclear deal for a third time on Thursday, securing perhaps the greatest foreign policy of President Barack Obama's six years in office and clearing the way for the agreement's implementation.

    By a vote of 56-42, the...

  • Obama hails Senate vote protecting Iran nuclear deal

    September 10, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    President Barack Obama welcomed a Senate vote blocking a Republican-backed measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement, saying it was a victory for diplomacy and U.S. and international security.

    "I am heartened that so many senators judged this deal on the merits, and am gratified by the strong support of lawmakers and citizens alike," Obama said in a White House statement after Senate opponents of the pact failed to get the 60 votes necessary to advance a resolution of disapproval.

  • The finale Iran deal Senate vote tally

    September 10, 2015 | 11:40 am

    DEMOCRATS – YES (42)

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)

    Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.)

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) 

    Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.)

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (Calif.)

    Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

    Sen. Maria Cantwell (Wash.)

    Sen. Tom Carper (Del.)

    Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (Pa.) 

  • On Iran deal, Biden tells Jews, ‘I promise you it will be enforced’

    By Rob Eshman

    September 9, 2015 | 9:09 pm

    If the Jewish community can’t find a way to heal its wounds after the bruising Iran deal battle, it’s not because Joe Biden didn’t try.

    On Wednesday night, Sept. 9, the vice president and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a reception for the Jewish community at their residence on...

  • Khamenei says Israel will not last 25 more years; will not negotiate with U.S. beyond nuclear talks

    September 9, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Iran's Supreme Leader has said Tehran will not negotiate with the United States on any issue after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers in July and that Israel "will not see next 25 years” and adds that the Jewish state will be hounded until it is destroyed, according to his...

  • Clinton: I’d bomb Iran if it closed in on nukes

    September 9, 2015 | 11:34 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said that as president she would strike Iran should it appear to be closing in on a nuclear weapon.

    “I will not hesitate to take military action if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon,” Clinton said in a foreign policy speech Wednesday delivered at the...

  • Clinton vows tough approach to Iran on nuclear deal

    September 9, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vowed on Wednesday she would not shrink from military action against Iran if it tries to obtain atomic weapons and threatened to impose penalties on Tehran for even for small violations of its nuclear deal with world powers.


  • Trump accuses talk-show radio host of ‘gotcha’ question on Middle East

    September 4, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not take kindly in a radio interview on Thursday to being asked to identify the affiliations of various militant leaders in the Middle East, saying the host was asking "a gotcha question."

    Discussing Islamist extremism,...

  • Refugees a sign of unraveling world order

    September 4, 2015 | 11:02 am

    As the known and secret parts of the Iran nuke deal spin into place like the uncertain number of Iranian centrifuges, President Barack Obama has succeeded in winning one-third-plus votes in the U.S. Senate to defeat attempts to overturn what he deems his legacy foreign policy...

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