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  • 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

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    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...

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  • 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...

  • There’s no nuance in hatred

    By David Suissa

    August 1, 2014 | 7:34 am

    One of the cherished notions of the intellectual set is the notion of nuance-- the idea that nothing is ever truly black and white. There’s always a complicating factor or two that justifies a more nuanced view of any given situation.

    More often than not, that makes sense. But to...

  • Israel, Palestinians locked in vicious circle of Gaza wars

    July 31, 2014 | 11:53 am

    When Israel ended its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip by withdrawing settlers in 2005, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hailed it as a "disengagement" from conflict with Palestinians in the densely populated coastal enclave.

    But the conflict did not end, it only changed.

    ...
  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    July 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

  • Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow, Pentagon intel chief says

    July 29, 2014 | 10:49 am

    A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.

    The remarks by Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the...

  • Son of Hamas founder: ‘Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians’

    July 28, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Mosab Hassan Yousef (son of Hamas founder) discusses how Hamas and the situation in Gaza on CNN on July 24.

  • Peres steps down as Israeli president, sees peace ‘one day’

    July 24, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres bowed out of active political life on Thursday with an ardent defence of the war in Gaza against Hamas militants and a defiant prediction that peace will "one day" come to the Middle East.

    At a ceremony overshadowed by the 17-day Gaza...

  • Iran talks extended, but uranium enrichment remains stumbling block

    July 22, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    The issue of Iranian uranium enrichment remains as stubborn an obstacle to a nuclear deal as it was at the launch of the talks six months ago.

    Iran and the major powers, led by the United States, agreed July 18 to extend the talks another four months, citing progress in a number...

  • Life – if you can call it that – under Israel’s Iron Dome

    July 21, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    I’ve become pretty great at rocket dodging. As a New Yorker living in Tel Aviv while researching a book, I never thought I’d say that. And yet it’s true: since Hamas began firing rockets into Tel Aviv on July 8, I’ve learned to move quickly.

    Out jogging when a siren blares? I...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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