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  • Avigdor Lieberman jokes about curbing his fiery nature

    May 25, 2016 | 10:29 am

    In first remarks as Israel's designated defense minister, right-wing settler Avigdor Lieberman joked about his fiery reputation: "I have undergone surgery to lengthen my fuse."

    In a more serious vein, the Soviet-born 57-year-old struck a conciliatory note, emphasizing "a strong...

  • Which one of these presidents was toughest on Israel?

    May 19, 2016 | 2:29 pm

    Have the United States and Israel ever had a relationship as bad as the one between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?  

    That is a question I am typically asked when speaking about my book “Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship From Truman to...

  • The Israeli twins — Independence and Nakba

    May 11, 2016 | 11:13 am

    Independence Day is also the Day of the Nakba (in Arabic, the Day of the Catastrophe). There is no escaping it. Whether we like it or not, Israel’s story includes the Jewish story as well as the Palestinian one. Hence, the question that faces Israel today is a simple one: Can Nakba...

  • Water autonomy: From Israel to California

    May 11, 2016 | 10:58 am

    On the eve of Israel’s 68th anniversary, it is important to remember water’s vital role in the success and continued independence of the Jewish state. The drought in the Middle East is the worst in 900 years, and it played a key role in the collapse of Israel’s neighbor Syria while...

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  • Israel’s status at NATO headquarters gets an upgrade

    May 5, 2016 | 10:53 am

    NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, has upgraded its ties with Israel, bringing Jerusalem even closer into its circle at a time of mounting instability throughout the Middle East.

    Israel will open offices at NATO’s Brussels headquarters and will credential its...

  • The vanished Iraqi Jews

    April 20, 2016 | 10:50 am

    On Passover eve, seder night, Jews from all over the world gather at their homes with family and friends to recite the story of the biblical Exodus, the story of our ancestors’ flight to freedom from slavery in the land of the pharaohs. It is incumbent upon us also to remember the...

  • Jewish groups blast Sanders over Israel stance

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 11, 2016 | 10:58 am

    Bernie Sanders didn’t help himself with the Jewish community in New York – a strong constituency in next week’s primary – as he doubled down on his criticism of Israel’s 2014 military action in Gaza.

    “Was Israel’s response disproportionate? I think it was,” Sanders said during an...

  • Netanyahu: Israel has carried out dozens of strikes in Syria

    April 11, 2016 | 9:51 am

    Israel has launched dozens of strikes in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, acknowledging for the first time such attacks against suspected arms transfers to Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas.

    Though formally neutral on Syria's civil war, Israel has frequently...

  • Number of anti-Semitic incidents in Austria rises strongly

    April 6, 2016 | 2:39 pm

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Austria increased more than 80 percent last year, with reported internet postings denouncing Jews more than doubling, an Austrian group said on Wednesday.

    Jews across Europe have warned of a rising tide of anti-Semitism, fueled by...

  • The Panama Papers’ Middle East connection

    April 4, 2016 | 3:45 pm

    The King of Saudi Arabia and the former director general of then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel’s Sharon’s office both appear on the lengthy list of figures exposed by the leak from Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm hitherto known for the efficient creation of shell companies...

  • Sanders says he opposes case against Israel at ICC

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 4, 2016 | 2:23 pm

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addressed in length his policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during an editorial board meeting with the New York Daily News last Thursday, which its transcript was published on Monday.

    During the meeting, Sanders explained...

  • Sunday Reads: One year to the Iran Agreement, On Zionism and liberalism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 3, 2016 | 3:07 am

    US

    Elisa Catalano Ewers and Ilan Goldenberg take a look at America's reaction to the Iran deal one year after its signing:

    Although Iran’s actions may not have warranted an extreme U.S. response, the narrative of U.S. concession toward Iran is difficult to combat. It...

  • Obama says nuclear terrorism threat remains despite progress

    April 1, 2016 | 10:36 am

    President Barack Obama warned on Friday of a persistent threat of terrorists getting their hands on nuclear materials despite progress in reducing such risks, and called on world leaders to do more to safeguard nuclear facilities.

    “There is no doubt that if these madmen ever got...

  • Netanyahu to meet Putin in Moscow on April 21

    March 29, 2016 | 11:35 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April 21 to discuss security issues in the Middle East, an Israeli political source said on Tuesday.

    Israel and Russia have maintained a hotline to help avoid their aircraft...

  • Sunday Reads: Israeli politicians on the Brussels attack, Trump’s Middle East, Shandling’s legacy

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 27, 2016 | 4:21 am

    US

    Adam Garfinkle explains why Saudi-bashing is not a smart way to go:

    Have the Saudis contributed roughly since 1979 to a major historical shift in the Sunni Muslim world toward a more literalist, less tolerant attitude toward non-Muslims and non-Sunni Muslims? Yes. Have...

  • ISIS explains why it’s not attacking Israel — yet

    March 25, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    The Islamic State said in its weekly newspaper that it has not focused on attacking Israel because it does not believe the Palestinian cause is more significant than other issues affecting Muslims.

    According to the Times of Israel, which cited a translation by the Middle East...

  • Can Belgium protect its Jews? A community has its doubts

    March 25, 2016 | 10:11 am

    The hundreds of rifle-toting police and soldiers who patrol Isaac Michaeli’s neighborhood have done little to improve his sense of safety.

    “When the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, the soldiers might as well be cardboard cutouts,” he said.

    A jeweler in his...

  • Islamic State finance chief, other leaders, likely killed

    March 25, 2016 | 9:54 am

    Islamic State's top finance officer and other senior leaders were likely killed this week in a major offensive targeting the militant group's financial operation, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday.

    Carter said the United States believes it killed Haji Iman, a...

  • The right response to Brussels

    By Rob Eshman

    March 22, 2016 | 4:34 pm

    Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels make one thing abundantly clear: We need someone in charge who knows what he or she is doing.

    When it comes to ISIS, I’m not convinced President Barack Obama has proven he’s the man. Is Hillary Clinton the woman?  Or John Kasich the man? 

    ...
  • When Brussels meant freedom from fear for an Israeli

    March 22, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    Growing up, trips to stay with my Jewish family in Brussels were a taste of freedom.

    In my native Israel, waves of Palestinian terrorist attacks kept me under constant maternal surveillance. Fear of regular bus bombings limited my excursions to biking distance.

    On the tranquil...

  • How we must respond to Brussels

    March 22, 2016 | 2:58 pm

    I was at European Union headquarters in Brussels last month, before moving on to Paris to discuss anti-Semitic hate crimes, terrorism and thwarting ISIS’ brilliant leveraging of social media.

    At the end of our EU meetings, my Simon Wiesenthal Center colleague Dr. Shimon Samuels...

  • Joe Biden to AIPAC: Israeli, Palestinian apathy ‘incredibly disappointing’

    March 21, 2016 | 8:59 am

    Israelis and Palestinians must revive their will for peace, Vice President Joe Biden told AIPAC in a speech that earned thunderous applause for emotional expressions of affection for Israel and scattered boos for criticism of settlements.

    Biden’s speech Sunday night to the...

  • Hillary Clinton to AIPAC: Donald Trump’s foreign policy ‘dangerously wrong’

    March 21, 2016 | 8:51 am

    Hillary Clinton derided Donald Trump as a feckless negotiator and told AIPAC that “walking away” from the Middle East was not an option for the United States, a broadside against the Republican front-runner that signaled her general election strategy.

    “We need steady hands, not a...

  • Zionism isn’t important only to Jewish people

    March 19, 2016 | 11:17 am

    My name is Jessica Moore. I am a legal resident of Los Angeles, California and have applied for acceptance to UCLA to major in communications. I have requested the opportunity to address the California Board of Regents on March 23 to speak in support of the Report of the Regents’...

  • Cruz announces national security team

    March 17, 2016 | 10:35 am

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday announced his national security advisory team, consisting mostly of anti-establishment national security experts.

    Members of Cruz's national security team include Frank Gaffney, the founder and president of the Center for...

  • Sunday Reads: Responses to ‘The Obama Doctrine’, Should Israel just ignore BDS?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 13, 2016 | 5:24 am

    US

    Jeffrey Goldberg’s Obama Doctrine piece has generated a lot of curious response articles, like this one by Josef Joffe:

    If history is on America’s side, then Americans need not force or fight others. Let Iran, Russia, and China push their pawns forward in search of glory and...

  • New bin Laden documents show a suspicious, pressured al Qaeda

    March 4, 2016 | 12:44 pm

    Al Qaeda's leaders were increasingly worried about spies in their midst, drones in the air and secret tracking devices reporting their movements as the U.S.-led war against them ground on, documents seized in the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistani hideout and reviewed by...

  • NASA: Mideast drought the worst in 900 years

    March 4, 2016 | 8:28 am

     A recent 14-year dry spell in the Middle East was the worst drought in the past 900 years, according to a new NASA study.

    The American space agency’s researchers examined records of rings of trees in several Mediterranean countries to determine patterns of dry and wet years...

  • Iran reformists cheer election gains, conservatives play down shift

    February 29, 2016 | 3:24 pm

    President Hassan Rouhani and his allies won big gains in elections that could deepen Iran's engagement with the world after his government ended years of sanctions by agreeing to curb its nuclear program.

    The outcome in the results for Tehran on Monday was a blow to the...

  • Israel welcomes Syria truce but hints could attack if threatened

    February 29, 2016 | 2:44 pm

    Israel welcomed the cessation of hostilities in neighboring Syria but hinted on Sunday it could still launch attacks there if it saw a threat.

    Guns mostly fell silent in Syria and Russian air raids in support of President Bashar al-Assad stopped on Saturday, the first day of a...

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