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  • Iran on agenda for White House aide talks in Israel

    May 6, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    National Security Adviser Susan Rice will travel to Israel on Wednesday and Thursday for meetings with Israeli officials in which nuclear talks with Iran will be on the agenda, the White House said on Tuesday.

    Rice's visit, the first in her role as national security adviser,...

  • White House aide Susan Rice to visit Israel for talks

    May 6, 2014 | 10:12 am

    National Security Adviser Susan Rice will travel to Israel on Wednesday and Thursday for regularly scheduled meetings with Israeli counterparts, the White House said on Tuesday.

    Rice's visit, the first in her role as national security adviser, comes as peace talks between Israel...

  • Israel, Palestinians at U.N. accuse each other of sabotaging peace

    April 29, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian envoys on Tuesday took advantage of a U.N. Security Council meeting on the Middle East to publicly blame each other for the latest breakdown in the fragile peace negotiations as the deadline for a deal expired.

    Robert Serry, the U.N. special coordinator...

  • Obama: It may be time for a peace process ‘pause’

    April 25, 2014 | 8:38 am

    President Obama said it may be time for a pause in Middle East peacemaking in the wake of a breakdown in Israel-Palestinian talks.

    “There may come a point at which there just needs to be a pause, and both sides need to look at the alternatives,” Obama was quoted by Reuters as...

  • Facing the “unaware public”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 23, 2014 | 11:55 am

    In the past couple of years, I often wrote about the “unaware public.” This is a group of people, the majority of the world’s population, actually, who is politically uninvolved with the conflicted Middle East, and does not find particular interest in the Israeli-Palestinian...

  • Fatah and Hamas sign unity accord, Israel cancels negotiations session

    April 23, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas have signed a unity accord.

    Under the agreement signed Wednesday, the factions are to form a unity government in five weeks, according to reports citing Palestinian officials. Fatah and Hamas representatives met...

  • Iran says it is drafting complete account of past nuclear work

    April 21, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    Iran said on Monday it was drafting a comprehensive account of its nuclear activities, but did not indicate whether this would be made available to help the final diplomatic push to resolve a decade-old dispute with the West over the program.

    The move could meet Western demands...

  • Gaza rockets hit south Israel, army strikes back

    April 21, 2014 | 10:17 am

    Seven rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday, drawing retaliatory air strikes from the Israeli army, officials said, the first cross-border clash in several weeks.

    Israel's army said its strikes hit two training...

  • Israeli motorist killed in West Bank shooting, IDF says

    April 16, 2014 | 11:38 am

    An Israeli man was killed in a shooting attack on a civilian car near the city of Hebron in the West Bank on Monday, the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, military sources said.

    Israeli media reported the car was carrying a family to see relatives for the Passover seder...

  • Iran, six powers face ‘significant gaps’ in nuclear talks

    April 9, 2014 | 9:45 am

    Iran will never slow down its nuclear research program, the Islamic Republic's clerical supreme leader said on Wednesday as negotiators from Tehran and six world powers struggled to narrow "significant gaps" blocking the way to a long-term deal.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said...

  • U.S. presses on with Middle East talks rescue attempt

    April 7, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    U.S. efforts to save Middle East peace talks from collapse showed little sign of progress on Monday amid threats from Israel to retaliate for what it saw as unilateral Palestinian moves towards statehood.

    The U.S.-brokered negotiations plunged into crisis last week after Israel,...

  • Kerry calls on Israeli, Palestinian leaders to ‘lead’ for peace

    April 3, 2014 | 10:23 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “lead” and to make compromises for peace.

    “You can facilitate, you can push, you can nudge, but the parties themselves have to make fundamental decisions and compromises,” Kerry said Thursday in...

  • Israel scraps Palestinian prisoner release, White House says Israeli delay creates challenges

    April 3, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Israel has called off a planned release of Palestinian prisoners meant to advance peacemaking and called for the U.S.-sponsored negotiations to be reviewed, an official briefed on the talks said on Thursday.

    The official, who declined to be identified, said Israeli negotiators...

  • U.N. rights investigator accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’

    March 21, 2014 | 10:31 am

    A U.N. human rights investigator accused Israel on Friday of "ethnic cleansing" in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate.

    He spoke against a backdrop of deadlocked peace talks...

  • Florida man pleads guilty to attempting to join al Qaeda group

    March 19, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    A 20-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group and receive military training as part of a holy war, or jihad.

    Shelton Thomas Bell admitted he recruited an unnamed juvenile and the two...

  • Kerry: PLO’s recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is a ‘minimal requirement for peace’

    March 13, 2014 | 5:07 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry told members of Congress on Thursday that international law already declares Israel a Jewish state, and called Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's insistence on a public declaration of Israel's Jewish character from the Palestinians "a mistake" in the...

  • Kerry calls for return of American missing in Iran for 7 years

    March 10, 2014 | 11:54 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marked the seventh year since the disappearance of an American Jewish man in Iran with a plea for his safe return.

    Robert Levinson, 66, of Coral Springs, Fla., disappeared seven years ago from Kish Island.

    Kerry in a statement on Sunday called...

  • AIPAC policy conference: Once more, with feeling

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 4, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    What does a pro-Israel lobbying group do at its annual policy conference when it knows with a high degree of certainty that its chief policy priority isn’t likely to go anywhere on Capitol Hill?

    The same things it does every other year.

    There was no perceptible lack of...

  • In Washington, Netanyahu brings sunny peace vision, dark Iran warning

    March 4, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington determined to hold the line on Iran, but he also brought something new: an expansive vision of Middle East peace.

    The Israeli prime minister remained firm, after meeting with President Obama on Monday, in insisting that any nuclear deal must...

  • Kerry on Iran: ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’

    March 3, 2014 | 5:54 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry pledged that the United States would not make a deal with Iran that allows it to develop nuclear weapons.

    “No deal is better than a bad deal,” Kerry said Monday evening, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy...

  • Amid Ukraine crisis, Obama meets Netanyahu on Mideast peace, Iran

    March 3, 2014 | 11:13 am

    Even as he grappled with the Ukraine crisis, President Barack Obama turned to White House talks on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to nudge him forward in Middle East peace efforts and ease his suspicions about diplomacy with Iran.

    With time running...

  • Israel blasts IAEA’s reported shelving of Iran nuke report

    February 28, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency’s reported decision to shelve for now a report on Iran.

    Steinitz’s criticism Friday was in response to a Reuters report that the agency decided not to publish a report it had prepared...

  • Iran a threat not just to Israel, says Germany’s Merkel

    February 25, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Germany views Iran as a potential threat not just to Israel, but also to European countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    But she stopped short of endorsing her host's demand that Tehran give...

  • Syria aid still stalled after U.N. resolution

    February 25, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding an end to restrictions on humanitarian operations in Syria, but aid workers doubt it has the punch to make Damascus grant access and let stuck convoys deliver vital supplies.

    President Bashar Assad's...

  • World powers and Iran make ‘good start’ towards nuclear deal

    February 20, 2014 | 10:45 am

    Six world powers and Iran made a "good start" in talks in Vienna towards reaching a final settlement in the decade-old stand-off over Tehran's nuclear program, but conceded their plan to get a deal in the coming months was very ambitious.

    By late July, Western governments hope to...

  • The Egypt flip-flop

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 19, 2014 | 1:10 pm

  • Crossing the Evros: Last chance for Syrian refugees

    February 18, 2014 | 11:23 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The bridge across the Evros River is rife with tourists. Couples and bus tours full of middle-aged women pose for photographs on the bridge while cafe balconies bustle with visitors taking tea and enjoying the late winter sun...

  • Sinai-based militants claim responsibility for bus blast in Egypt; Israel prepared to treat victims

    February 18, 2014 | 9:53 am

    The Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis said on Tuesday the bombing of a tourist bus in Egypt's Sinai that killed two South Koreans and the Egyptian driver on Sunday was a suicide attack carried out by one of its fighters, and threatened more strikes against economic...

  • John B. Judis and the ‘Genesis’ of the Arab/Israeli conflict

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 12, 2014 | 6:27 pm

    The struggle for Israel’s survival is a far more complex and nuanced matter than the readers of Tom Friedman’s short takes in the New York Times might suspect.  By contrast, John B. Judis, a senior editor at The New Republic, digs deeply into history, politics and diplomacy to...

  • Arabic voice of Donald Duck fired over anti-Israel tweet

    February 12, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    An Egyptian radio host who calls himself the official voice of Donald Duck on Disney Middle East was fired after sending anti-Israel tweets.

    Wael Mansour tweeted the news of his firing on February 6, six months after his tweet against Israel.

    “Disney decided I am no longer the...

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