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  • Gazans pay heavy price for Hamas ties to Muslim Brotherhood

    July 21, 2014 | 9:43 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    As the situation becomes increasingly dire in the Gaza Strip, some are seeing the noticeable absence of vociferous support from the Arab world for beleaguered Gazans as a function of the Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood relationship. 

    ...
  • Iran, six powers agree to four-month extension of nuclear talks

    July 18, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    Iran and six world powers on Friday agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal that would gradually end sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, diplomats close to the talks said.

    Iran, the United States, Britain, France,...

  • U.N. chief to travel to Middle East in bid to end fighting

    July 18, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Middle East on Saturday in a bid to end the fighting between Israel and Palestinians, alarmed at a serious escalation that includes a ground offensive by Israel, said a senior U.N. official.

    Israel intensified its land...

  • A song for Shabbat: Bless us with peace

    July 16, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    It was one year ago this week when my husband, Don Goor, and I made aliyah. Moving to Israel was the culmination of years of planning and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, but in the backs of our minds, we always knew that Israel would be involved in another conflict. This was...

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  • Senate panel approves $350 million in Iron Dome funding

    July 16, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    A key U.S. Senate panel approved a spending bill that would double President Barack Obama’s request for funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

    The defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the $620 million missile defense...

  • 8 things you need to know about the Gaza-Israel conflict

    July 15, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Israel and Hamas are fighting their third major conflict in six years, and while some things have stayed the same, the battle lines have also shifted in a few notable ways. Here are eight things you need to know about the current conflagration:

    Iron Dome has been a game...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Israel of ‘tyranny,’ likens Israeli MP to Hitler

    July 15, 2014 | 8:38 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Israel of "terrorizing the region" with its bombardment of Gaza and likened an Israeli politician to Hitler in a broadside likely to further strain fragile relations between the two countries.

    Israel on Tuesday resumed its...

  • How is this Gaza conflict different from other Gaza conflicts?

    July 14, 2014 | 4:37 pm

    In the past week, Israel has endured a thousand rockets.

    Yet not a single Israeli has died so far from a rocket strike during the week-long conflict.

    In many ways, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge — its third Gaza operation in six years — is much like previous Israeli...

  • Reports: Israel ready to accept Egypt-proffered cease-fire

    July 14, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    Israel is ready to accept an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, multiple media reports said, although it is unclear whether Hamas also has agreed.

    The cease-fire that would end the eight-day Gaza conflict was first posted Monday on Twitter by Yossi Melman, a veteran Israeli...

  • Egypt proposes Tuesday ceasefire in Israel-Gaza fighting

    July 14, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Egypt proposed an initiative on Monday aimed at stopping fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, state news agency MENA said.

    The proposal, which would take effect at 0600 GMT on Tuesday, calls for a ceasefire within 12 hours of that time, followed by negotiations between both sides in Cairo within 48 hours. More than 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes since Tuesday, while Palestinian militants have fired rockets into Israel.

    Reporting by Stephen Kalin, editing by Mark Trevelyan

  • Winning the war, losing support

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 14, 2014 | 8:38 am

    The fact that 70% of the Israeli population spend their nights and days running for shelter and that more than 1000 missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza does not matter to the world, as long as the death toll stands at zero.

    In the past week, more than 1000 missiles were fired...

  • France’s Hollande says concerned about Gaza death toll

    July 10, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    French President Francois Hollande expressed concern about deaths in Gaza on Thursday, one day after telling Israel it should take "all the necessary measures" to protect itself from militants' rockets.

    Hollande, who was criticised by left-wingers in France for stating solidarity...

  • Top Abbas adviser says Hamas makes own decisions

    July 10, 2014 | 10:49 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line in an exclusive interview that the PA and Fatah have no ability to intervene in the Gaza crisis because the Gaza Strip is ruled exclusively by...

  • The U.S. can use Iran to help stabilize Iraq

    July 9, 2014 | 11:58 am

    The United States is facing a catastrophe in Iraq. Sunni Islamic extremists — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — have conquered Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists now have a large swath of territory on which to train for the next 9/11....

  • Kerry, Netanyahu discuss investigation of Palestinian teen’s death

    July 3, 2014 | 10:27 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an update on the investigation into the kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teen.

    U.S. officials in Israel also remain in close contact with the investigation, State Department spokeswoman...

  • Can U.S. and Iran work together in Iraq?

    July 2, 2014 | 4:52 pm

    The recent military conquest of much of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has ignited a debate on Iran’s role. Analysts and pundits have asked: Should Washington work with Tehran to stem ISIL’s seemingly inexorable march? U.S.-Iran cooperation seems possible,...

  • For murdered teens, revenge is not enough

    By David Suissa

    July 1, 2014 | 11:02 am

    When I first heard the tragic news that the three kidnapped Israeli boys had been murdered by Palestinian terrorists, my immediate instinct was to cry out for revenge. What other sentiment could I have? How else to respond to such cruelty? Should we not punish the murderers and...

  • Martin Indyk quits State Department, will continue to consult

    June 27, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Martin Indyk is resigning as the chief U.S. negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian peace, but will continue to consult on the matter, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    “I’m grateful for the wisdom and insight he’s brought to our collective efforts,” Kerry said in a statement.

    ...
  • Kerry and Lieberman meet in Paris on Iraq dilemma

    June 26, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, discussed the threat posed by an Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

    In their meeting Thursday in Paris, Kerry briefed Liberman on his trip to Iraq this week and asked the Israeli foreign minister for his...

  • Securing Syrian refugees’ future tied to Israel’s security

    June 25, 2014 | 11:04 am

    I have visited Israel many times in my life, but my most recent trip will remain seared into my memory forever. On a two-week trip to Israel and the West Bank, I saw many incredible sights. In Israel, the triumphs of the “startup nation” are miraculous and ever-present, while on...

  • Does the Presbyterian divestment have widespread support among pastors? ‘Hell no’

    By Jared Sichel

    June 24, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    In Rev. Drew Sams’ Sunday sermon before his congregation at Bel Air Presbyterian Church on June 22 — just two days after the national umbrella organization of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) endorsed divestment from three companies that do business in Israel — Sams registered...

  • Arab Spring: Where are the women?

    By David Suissa

    June 24, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Every time I see something in the Middle East that disgusts me, it’s usually associated with men. It’s not that women can’t be violent and evil, or that men can’t be compassionate and kind. It’s simply that the vast majority of evil in that part of the world — or, for that matter,...

  • At Presbyterian assembly, divestment advocates’ win is a limited one

    June 24, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    There were amendments and amendments to amendments in a debate lasting for more than four hours. There were dueling T-shirts. There was a last-minute appeal for a joint pilgrimage to speak hard truths to Benjamin Netanyahu. And there was a plea to emulate Jesus and speak hard...

  • At L.A. cultural center, Middle East translates to coexistence, not conflict

    June 24, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    It’s Friday night, and patrons are sitting and chatting over plates of tagine and hummus waiting for the evening’s main event, a stand-up comedy show.

    It could be any nightspot in this city. But a closer look reveals a bolder agenda than just good food and entertainment.

    The...

  • Israel strikes kill ten members of Syrian army

    June 23, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    Israeli air strikes on Syrian military positions killed at least 10 members of Syria's army, a monitoring group said on Monday, a day after Israel said an attack from inside Syria killed an Israeli boy in the Golan Heights.

    Israeli tanks and warplanes fired at Syrian army...

  • U.S. says its forces get immunity guarantees from Iraq

    June 23, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    Iraq has given assurances to the United States that U.S. special operations forces that President Barack Obama has ordered into the country will be shielded from possible prosecution in Iraqi courts, U.S. officials said on Monday.

    With the agreement, Washington has overcome a...

  • Iraq asks United States for air support to counter rebels

    June 18, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    Iraq has asked the United States for air support in countering Sunni rebels, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday, after the militants seized major cities in a lightning advance that has routed the Shi'ite-led government's army.

    However, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of...

  • U.S. says open to further talks with Iran about Iraq

    June 17, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that it is open to further talks with Iran about the instability in Iraq but that any such discussions are likely to take place at a lower level.

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns met with Iranian officials briefly on Monday on...

  • Iran, six powers push to salvage momentum for nuclear deal

    June 17, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Iran and six world powers re-launched talks on Tuesday to try to salvage a deal on Tehran's nuclear activity by a July deadline, striving to prevent a long-time standoff from descending into a wider Middle East war.

    With time running short if a risky extension of the nuclear...

  • Israel concerned about any U.S.-Iran cooperation in Iraq

    June 16, 2014 | 1:49 pm

    Israel voiced concern on Monday at the prospect of its closest ally, Washington, cooperating with its what it considers its deadliest foe, Iran, to stave off a sectarian break-up of Iraq.

    But, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Reuters, the United States and...

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