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  • Itai Anghel: The brave Israeli interviewing ISIS, Kurdish fighters in Syria

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2015 | 12:49 pm

    Courage is a quality we value so highly we’re willing to pretend we have it.

    I don’t know whether Brian Williams fits that description, but I do know the unfortunate side effect of Coptergate is that it has cast suspicion on all TV journalists in the infotainment age. Are they...

  • Family of late American hostage Mueller releases text of letter

    February 10, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    The following is the full text of a letter U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller sent to her family while she was held hostage by Islamic State militants.

    Mueller's family released the letter on Tuesday in confirming her death:

    Everyone, If you are receiving this letter it means I am...

  • Obama says Iran must show ‘political will’ at talks

    February 9, 2015 | 3:45 pm

    President Barack Obama said an extension in nuclear talks with Iran was unlikely and that an agreement depended on the “political will” of Iran’s government.

    “I don’t see a further extension being useful if they have not agreed to the basic formulation and the bottom line that...

  • Islamic State pulls forces and hardware from Syria’s Aleppo

    February 9, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    Islamic State has withdrawn some of its insurgents and equipment from areas northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and residents say, adding to signs of strain in the Syrian provinces of its self-declared caliphate.

    The group, which has recently lost ground to Kurdish and...

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  • Jordan says planes bomb Islamic State targets for second day running

    February 6, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Jordan said on Friday it had carried out a second straight day of air strikes on Islamic State militants to avenge a captive Jordanian pilot burnt to death by the group.

    “Sorties of air force fighters executed several air strikes against select targets of the Daesh gang,” state...

  • Islamic State says U.S. hostage killed in Syria

    February 6, 2015 | 10:22 am

    The Islamic State militant group said on Friday that an American woman hostage it was holding in Syria had been killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held, the SITE monitoring group said.

    In Washington, U.S. officials said they could not confirm...

  • Jordan military jets pound Islamic State as king comforts pilot’s family

    February 5, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, before roaring over the hometown of the pilot killed by the militants while King Abdullah consoled the victim's family.

    A statement from the Jordanian armed forces said tens of jets were deployed in the...

  • Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese ISIS hostage unclear

    January 28, 2015 | 4:43 pm

    Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

    The fate of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was thought to be tied to that...

  • Drones, Jews and morality

    By Rob Eshman

    January 28, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    My address to the first interreligious conference on the morality of drone warfare didn’t go over particularly well.

    This happened last Saturday afternoon at Princeton Theological Seminary, where I was among 150 clergy, theologians, academics and peace activists gathered to...

  • Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State

    January 28, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Jordan is still holding a prisoner whose release has been demanded by Islamic State militants and her freedom depends on the fate of a Jordanian pilot captured by the insurgents, government spokesman Mohammad Momani said on Wednesday.

    "It's not true she has been released. Her...

  • U.S. says disagreements with Israel do not undermine security commitment

    January 23, 2015 | 10:04 am

    Disagreements with Israel over how to contain Iran's nuclear program do not undermine the U.S. commitment to Israel's security, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday.

    The United States is negotiating a deal with Iran over its nuclear capabilities, which Israel opposes.

  • Israel braces for Hezbollah retaliation

    January 20, 2015 | 11:34 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Thousands of Hezbollah supporters marched in an emotional funeral for a senior Hezbollah fighter, Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of former senior Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyeh, who was also allegedly assassinated by Israel in...

  • From orphans to terrorists: The childhood that became a breeding ground for vengeance

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 16, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    Before he killed two New York City police officers, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley was on a desperate search to find himself.

    He “tried on identities as if they were new clothes,” The New York Times reported. He was mostly a street hustler who dabbled in petty crime and spent...

  • Turkish PM says Israeli ‘provocations’ radicalizing Muslim world

    January 16, 2015 | 9:40 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday of terrorism and said Israeli "provocations" such as the bombardment of Gaza were contributing to radicalization in the Muslim world.

    "He himself killed, his army killed children...

  • Hezbollah says Assad’s allies have right to respond to Israeli attacks in Syria

    January 15, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday that Israeli strikes inside Syria were also an aggression against Syria's regional allies and they had the right to retaliate.

    "The frequent attacks on different sites in Syria is a major breach. We consider...

  • Syrian war and Israeli spies mean hard times for Hezbollah

    January 7, 2015 | 3:45 pm

    Drained and delegitimized by the Syrian civil war, penetrated by Israeli intelligence and separated from traditional allies, the Lebanese group Hezbollah’s self-proclaimed glory days of 2006, when it went to war with Israel, have never seemed so distant.

    Supporting President...

  • HarperCollins leaves Israel off maps in atlases for Middle East schools

    December 31, 2014 | 11:11 am

    The HarperCollins publishing house has omitted Israel from maps in atlases that it sells to English-speaking schools in the Middle East.

    Collins Bartholomew, a map-publishing company that is a subsidiary of HarperCollins, told The Tablet, an international Catholic news weekly...

  • Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

    December 16, 2014 | 8:16 am

    At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

    More than eight hours after militants slipped...

  • Israel not pushing for tougher Iran sanctions as talks go on

    December 11, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Israel will not press Washington to tighten sanctions on Iran while nuclear negotiations continue for the next six months, but will push for tough action if the talks' June deadline is not met, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Intelligence Ministry Director-General...

  • Why Jews still back Obama

    By Rob Eshman

    December 10, 2014 | 6:46 pm

    This entire week, people kept sending me emails with this screaming subject line: “OBAMA MULLING SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL.VERIFICATION ON GOOGLE.” 

    Neither turned out to be true: Obama is not mulling sanctions, and Google doesn’t verify the fact (or any fact, for that matter). In...

  • Kerry to meet Netanyahu in Rome for Middle East talks

    December 10, 2014 | 10:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Rome on Sunday for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on developments in Israel and the West Bank, the State Department said on Wednesday.

    "John Kerry will travel to Rome on Sunday to meet with Prime Minister...

  • Finding solutions to reducing teen stress

    By Avishay Artsy

    December 9, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Every weekday at around 6:30 a.m., Henry Muhlheim hits the snooze button a few times before getting up and driving from Hancock Park to Harvard-Westlake School, one of the country’s top private high schools.

    The 17-year-old junior then winds his way through a grueling schedule of...

  • Israel's Knesset votes to dissolve

    December 8, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    Israel's parliament voted on Monday to dissolve itself in preparation for an early general election on March 17, after a crisis set in motion by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's dismissal of two ministers.

    The parliament's vote of 93 to 0 formalized a decision to move forward...

  • Sunday Reads: ISIS comes to Egypt, How Netanyahu can still lose

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 7, 2014 | 4:08 am

    US

    Michael Cohen takes on the idea that the US is ‘in retreat’:

    A nation actively retreating from the global stage would, for example, withdraw from international organizations, shed defense alliances, and cede power and influence to potential rivals. Quite the opposite is...

  • Proposed nation-state law crosses American Jewish red lines

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    I wish I could draw.

    A few years back, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the United Nations General Assembly with a cartoonish drawing of a bomb meant to illustrate Iran’s march toward achieving a nuclear weapon. He pointed to a red line across the top of the...

  • Franklin Graham: America’s failure to understand religion foils cogent Mideast policy

    December 4, 2014 | 9:50 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Franklin Graham, the son of legendary evangelical preacher Billy Graham and heir to the religious empire his father built has worked extensively in the Middle East and has watched America’s Mideast policies evolve over the years...

  • Israel needs a bigger message

    By David Suissa

    November 25, 2014 | 8:54 am

    I’m repulsed by these anti-Israel groups on college campuses that pretend to care about oppressed people in the Middle East. They don’t. What they really care about is undermining Israel. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, have no interest in engaging in a...

  • Hitler watercolor fetches 130,000 euros at Nuremberg auction

    November 25, 2014 | 12:25 am

    A 1914 watercolor by Adolf Hitler fetched 130,000 euros ($161,000) at auction in the German city of Nuremberg on Saturday, the auctioneers said.

    The buyer was a private person from the Middle East who attended the sale in person, said Kathrin Weidler, head of the auction house....

  • Netanyahu sees positive side to missing Iran nuclear deadline

    November 24, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the likelihood that Iran and six world powers would fail to meet a deadline on Monday for a nuclear agreement.

    "No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with...

  • Kerry: Progress in Iran talks, tough road ahead

    November 24, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

    "If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we...

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