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  • L.A.-Eilat task force kicks off with water meeting at City Hall

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    On the heels of a cooperative agreement signed in March between the governments of Israel and California, the cities of Los Angeles and Eilat built on a 55-year sister-city relationship, holding an inaugural task force meeting Oct. 20 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    The gathering,...

  • Amid regional turmoil, Israel looks to its firm bond with Jordan

    2 days ago

    If there were a heat map showing instability in the Middle East, the area around most of Israel's borders would have turned a steadily deeper shade of red over the past few years.

    With attacks by Hezbollah from Lebanon, the threat from Islamic State and the Nusra Front in Syria...

  • Contemplating hypocrisy and double standards

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    Hypocrisy – the ability to do certain things and then criticize others for doing the exact same thing, is part of being a human being. We do it constantly, and in the age of social networks –we have no shame in sharing our hypocrite thoughts with the world. We try to hide it behind...

  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

    3 days ago

    Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.

    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was...

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  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • Joining Islamic State is about ‘sex and aggression,’ not religion

    6 days ago

    It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men - and some women - become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization-and how best to undo it.

    The appeal of Islamic State rests on individuals'...

  • Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Kobani

    1 week ago

    Two days of heavy air strikes by U.S. warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani.

    Last week Turkish and U.S. officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily...

  • Letter to world leaders calls for international effort to save Mideast Christians

    1 week ago

    This article originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A letter sent to 120 world leaders demanding a halt to the persecution of Middle East Christians was released in Jerusalem on Monday by its signatories, Dr. Jurgen Buhler, executive director of the International Christian...

  • Islamic State seeks to justify enslaving Yazidi women and girls in Iraq

    2 weeks ago

    The Islamic State group said it enslaved families from the minority Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq, in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils of war.

    In an article in its English-language online...

  • Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Sanaa suicide bombings

    2 weeks ago

    Al-Qaeda's wing in Yemen on Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on Yemen's powerful Shi'ite Houthi group that killed at least 47 people.

    On Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated a belt packed with explosives at a Houthi checkpoint in the center of the capital...

  • Islamic State seizes large areas of Syrian town despite air strikes

    2 weeks ago

    Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said on Thursday, as U.S.-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces nearby looked on without intervening.

    With Washington ruling out a ground operation in...

  • Should I talk to my enemies?

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    As I went through the long, exhausting prayers of Yom Kippur this year, reading a litany of sins, both personal and communal, and asking God for forgiveness, I occasionally reflected on the emotional reaction to my column last week about my debate with Israel bashers at a church in...

  • White House rejects Netanyahu’s criticism with withering response

    2 weeks ago

    The White House rejected criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a withering response on Monday, accusing him of refusing to acknowledge how much help the United States has been to Israel over the years.

    A long-time split between President Barack Obama and...

  • Sunday Reads: On Jewish DNA, the IDF and ISIS, America’s 14th Middle East campaign

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

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    Columbia professor Andrew Bacevich argues that whatever the outcome against ISIS, America will lose the bigger war in the Middle East (judging by its previous 13 campaigns in the region):

    By inadvertently sowing instability, the United States has played directly into the...

  • Netanyahu to Obama: Iran must not get nuclear arms

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. leader will make sure that any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does not allow Tehran to stand at the "threshhold" of being able to develop nuclear weapons.

    ...
  • 5775: Old conflicts, new hopes in the new year

    By Arthur Cohn

    3 weeks ago

    Israel turned 66 years old in 5774, the year that just passed. Some 8.2 million people live in Israel, of which 24,000 immigrated in the past year. Some 178,000 babies were born, and 42,000 people died. Jews make up 75 percent of the population; Arabs make up 20.7 percent. When...

  • Netanyahu’s full speech at the United Nations General Assembly

    3 weeks ago

    [Transcription]

    Thank you, Mr. President, 
    Distinguished delegates, 

    I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I've come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we see. I've come here to expose the brazen...

  • Sunday Reads: Is the peace process off the table?, Freud & the Nazis, On yielding to Iran

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 28, 2014 | 4:16 am

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    David Frum doesn’t think yielding to Iran (to gain its support against ISIS) is necessary –

    Little has come of all these attempts, for the uncomplicated reason that the rulers of Iran are not much interested in them. Or, to put it a little more complexly, the rulers of...

  • Focusing on ISIS in U.N. speech, Obama virtually ignores Iran

    September 24, 2014 | 10:29 am

    President Barack Obama devoted the bulk of his U.N. speech to the fight against violent Islamic extremism and hardly mentioned Iran’s nuclear program.

    In his U.N. General Assembly speech last year, Obama spent a lot of time talking about Tehran’s nuclear pursuit, describing it as...

  • Ranking high in education and life expectancy, Hollywood support and more -This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 22, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Four Israeli universities ranked in world’s top 300

    Four Israeli universities are among the 300 best in the world, according to the influential QS World University Rankings, which take into account research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook. The Hebrew...

  • Islamic State shows captive British journalist in new video

    September 18, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

    The Islamic State, which controls...

  • Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions

    September 18, 2014 | 10:02 am

    Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously...

  • Israel’s most valuable Muslim ally

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    September 17, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Jews worldwide will soon mark the onset of a Jewish New Year with the specter of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East. Amid the preponderance of daily bad news, it is uplifting to celebrate narratives of tolerance and respect. Earlier this month, I was one of 12...

  • U.S. sees Middle East help fighting ISIS, Britain cautious after beheading

    September 15, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

    U.S. Secretary of State John...

  • I would have booed Ted Cruz, too

    September 15, 2014 | 10:02 am

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be the gutsiest supporter of Israel in American history, if you believe media accounts of his actions at a recent Christian assembly. After some in the audience booed his pro-Israel remarks, he had the gumption to walk out, saying, “If you will not...

  • Sunday Reads: Is ISIL a threat to the US?, Israel’s new refusniks, The Eichmann trial revisited

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 14, 2014 | 4:38 am

    US

    Former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin addresses several questions concerning the upcoming campaign against ISIL –

    The president sidestepped the question of Syria’s Bashar Assad last night. What does this mean? That he hopes — and he is likely correct — that we can...

  • Obama says will allow no ‘safe haven’ for Islamic State militants

    September 10, 2014 | 6:15 pm

    Read President Barack Obama's full speech here.

    President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

    Obama's...

  • Read Obama’s full speech on his strategy against ISIS

    September 10, 2014 | 6:10 pm

    Below you can find the full text of Obama's speech on the Islamic state and his strategy to counter it:

    As Prepared for Delivery

    My fellow Americans - tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately...

  • Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

    September 10, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    President Barack Obama, who will set out a broad long-term strategy to defeat the Islamic State in a speech to Americans on Wednesday evening, is prepared to authorize air strikes against the group in Syria, U.S. officials said.

    Pursuing the Islamist radicals inside Syria would...

  • The media’s tragic obsession with Israel

    By David Suissa

    September 8, 2014 | 5:08 pm

    Who pays the highest price for the media’s obsession with Israel? Hint: It’s not Israel. It’s the millions of victims who are ignored while the media chases what former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman calls its “hostile obsession with Jews.” 

    Why this obsession?

    In his...

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