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  • Obama expands air strikes against Islamic State

    September 8, 2014 | 10:42 am

    U.S. warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sunday, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement.

    Obama has branded Islamic State an...

  • Steven Sotloff sounded the unanswered alarm about ISIS

    September 4, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    "As the international media is fixated on the struggle between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, few reporters are focusing on Syria. But a spate of kidnappings of foreign journalists in Syria has made the country a...

  • How Islamic State became ‘the best-funded terrorist group in history’

    September 4, 2014 | 11:51 am

    After months of rampaging through Iraq and stoking international fears that the Islamic State terrorist group could spread, a combination of Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, aided by targeted United States airstrikes, appear to have pushed back the self-proclaimed caliphate’s...

  • Obama administration to brief members of Congress on Islamic State

    September 4, 2014 | 11:41 am

    President Barack Obama's administration is dispatching senior intelligence officials to provide an in-depth briefing on the Islamic State militant group to key members of Congress and staff, a congressional aide said on Thursday.

    The briefing from the Office of the Director of...

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  • Coexist?

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 3, 2014 | 6:11 pm

  • Israel’s Leviathan in talks on $15 billion gas supply deal to Jordan

    September 3, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Israel is in advanced negotiations to supply natural gas from its vast Leviathan field to Arab peace partner Jordan under a 15-year, $15 billion agreement, the Israeli government, gas operators and industry officials said on Wednesday.

    The deal would involve the supply of 1.6...

  • Iran dramatically shifts Iraq policy to confront Islamic State

    September 2, 2014 | 11:53 am

    As pressure built up for Nouri al Maliki to step down from the prime minister post in Iraq last month, Iran, his most ardent supporter stayed surprisingly silent as top Iranian officials worked to get him out.

    Similarly, when the United States, regularly denounced as the Great...

  • U.N. peace-keepers rescued from militants in Golan Heights

    August 30, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    32 U.N. peace-keepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamist militants who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, the United Nations said.

    Another group of U.N. soldiers - also from the Philippines - remained trapped by the...

  • Hillary, Israel and the Jews

    August 29, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Last month, I read an opinion piece in a Jewish publication wrongfully accusing Hillary Clinton of being anti-Israel and not fighting for the issues that matter most to Jewish Americans. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has fought for...

  • Islamic State’s appeal presents Jordan with new test

    August 29, 2014 | 10:47 am

    He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn't enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    Handsome, courteous and highly regarded in his profession as...

  • Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

    August 28, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there’s plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East.

    But amid all the fighting, there’s also some good news for Israel.

    If it wasn’t obvious before, the conflagrations have...

  • Video shows Islamic State executing scores of Syrian soldiers

    August 28, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on YouTube on Thursday.

    The video, confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter, showed the bodies of...

  • Pearl Foundation: The pragmatic fight against evil

    By Susan Freudenheim

    August 27, 2014 | 11:50 am

    As the online video of an ISIS militant’s murder of American freelance journalist James Foley went viral on the Internet last week, the gruesome scene recalled another journalist’s murder more than 12 years ago. In 2002, al-Qaida member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed killed Daniel Pearl,...

  • Why didn’t Gazans use the IDF field hospital?

    By Simone Wilson

    August 27, 2014 | 10:31 am

    For those few Gaza hospitals not bombed or evacuated during the Gaza war, the influx of wounded and dead made for a hellish 24/7 chaos in their halls, as well as growing refugee camps on their perimeters. At the height of fighting in late July and early August, doctors and...

  • European Union offers assurances to prevent misuse of Gaza imports

    August 25, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, head of delegation of the European Union to Israel, is no stranger to the region. Speaking to The Media Line’s Felice Friedson, Ambassador Faaborg-Andersen said in the mid-1970s following his...

  • The news summer from hell and the end of optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2014 | 12:20 am

    By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts.  Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse – that kind of feeling. 

    “What fresh hell is this?” – the question Dorothy Parker...

  • Sunday Reads: On General Sherman & the IDF, Saudi Arabia’s influence on ISIS, America’s ‘dirty wars’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 24, 2014 | 4:24 am

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    According to Russell Crandall, America has been fighting 'dirty wars' since its inception –

    America’s self-identity is that we are a reluctant nation when it comes to starting wars, but when forced we fight total wars regularly and successfully—and sometimes even leave...

  • Why Hamas is not like ISIS

    By Uri Dromi

    August 21, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    As James Foley is beheaded and rocket attacks resume on Israel:

    For years, Israel has been trying to convince the West that it is the first line of defense against radical Islam, and that if Muslim extremists are not checked in their home territory, they might sooner or later...

  • Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan’s new prime minister

    August 21, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities.

    Erdogan said the ruling AK...

  • The killing machine called ISIS

    August 21, 2014 | 10:26 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Long before ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – released the horrific video depicting the execution of journalist James Foley, the world had already become acutely aware that there was no limit to the group’s brutality...

  • Islamic State says it beheaded U.S. journalist

    August 19, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

    The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites. It was not immediately possible...

  • Interview with Pastor John Hagee, founder of ‘Christians United for Israel’

    August 18, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    Last month Christians United for Israel (CUFI) – the largest pro-Israel organization in America with nearly 1.8 million members (and 1.2 million Facebook followers – 15 times as many as AIPAC) – held its ninth annual Washington Summit, with 4,800 delegates from all 50 states....

  • Sunday Reads: Does Netanyahu get America?, ‘Supporting the moderates’, King David’s Jerusalem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 17, 2014 | 4:14 am

    US

    Aaron David Miller imagines what the foreign policy of a Hillary administration would have looked like had she won in 2008 –

    But on substance, Clinton’s policies would probably not have diverged fundamentally from the ones the president pursued while she was his secretary...

  • Why doesn’t the world seem to care when Christians die?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    When Jews are killed, we make sure the world knows. When Palestinians are killed, the Web explodes. So why is it that when Christians are murdered and persecuted en masse, no one seems to care — not even other Christians?

    We see this mystery playing out in Iraq with the hundreds...

  • Wake up, Ban Ki-Moon!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 11, 2014 | 8:38 am

    Mr. Ban,

    By the time these words are being written, about half of the world population knows that you and the organization you lead are a fraud.

    You may think we're blinded by the United Nations' original purpose, but it's not 1945 anymore, and your organization is no longer...

  • Safest place for Arabs is Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 10, 2014 | 10:04 am

    In a Twitter world of one-second images and three-second sound bites, it’s not surprising that Israel would be seen by most of the world as an enemy of Arabs.

    Especially since the start of the Gaza war, the images against Israel have been lethal. Never mind Hamas’s “dead baby...

  • How Obama and Netanyahu can make up

    August 7, 2014 | 10:21 am

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not the best of friends — that seems pretty clear by now.

    But following reports during the Gaza conflict of cut-off phone calls, tough talk of “demands” and eavesdropping, it may be time for them to figure...

  • The Israel-Gaza conflict through the eyes of a teen

    August 4, 2014 | 11:52 am

    My name is Shiran, I'm 17 and I live in Israel, in a city named Ashdod. Although summer vacation has started a month ago, I'm closed in my home, instead of going to the beach or meet with friends. Not because I did something wrong, but because I'm an Israeli Jew.

    In the 21st...

  • Amid multiple attacks on U.N. facilities, Israel faces mounting criticism of Gaza tactics

    August 4, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Shortly after dawn on July 30, a bomb hit a United Nations school sheltering thousands of civilians displaced by the fighting in Gaza, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens.

    The attack on the Jabalia Elementary Girls School was the fifth attack on U.N. facilities in Gaza...

  • Erdogan dominates Turkey’s uneven presidential race

    August 4, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Cheers erupted from the packed stands when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan scored his third goal in a celebrity soccer match to mark the opening of an Istanbul stadium.

    His orange jersey bore the number 12, a reminder of Erdogan's ambition to become the nation's 12th...

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