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  • Lots of listening, no grand initiatives expected on Obama’s Mideast trip

    March 12, 2013 | 10:55 am

    When President Obama visits Israel next week, Gavriel Yaakov wants him to jump-start the peace process.

    “I’m excited,” said Yaakov, 67, sitting in a Tel Aviv mall. “I want negotiations to get to an agreement on a long-term peace with the Palestinians.”

    Yaakov said he trusts...

  • Romney blames Obama for ‘daylight’ with Israel in second debate

    October 17, 2012 | 8:32 am

    Mitt Romney accused President Obama of putting "daylight between us and Israel" in the second presidential debate.

    Responding to Obama's pledge to investigate the circumstances of an attack that killed four U.S. diplomats in Libya last month, Romney assailed Obama's overall...

  • Romney’s triumph eases GOP Middle East policy rhetoric

    April 17, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    The Republican primaries are effectively over, and gone with them is the sharp-edged rhetoric and departures from past U.S. policy on the Middle East.

    Gone is Rick Santorum’s pledge to strike Iran and his suggestion that West Bank Palestinians should be referred to as Israelis....

  • For Mideast foes’ Oscar films, family trumps flag

    February 17, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    As their nations warn of war, the Israeli and Iranian directors facing off at next week’s Academy Awards share a reluctance to see politics read into their movies, both of which are portraits of troubled families.

    Joseph Cedar, director of Israel’s “Footnote,” and Asghar Farhadi,...

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  • Economy more worrying than Mideast for Florida Jews

    January 30, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Newt Gingrich describes the Palestinians as an invented people and seeks covert action against Iran, while Mitt Romney accuses President Barack Obama of throwing Israel under a bus.

    But the Republican presidential candidates’ tough talk on the Middle East in Florida before Tuesday’s...

  • Rice: ‘No shortcut’ to Mideast peace

    January 26, 2012 | 10:42 am

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, told a Jewish group that there is “no shortcut” to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Achieving a Palestinian state “can only come through direct negotiations and a negotiated two-state solution,”  Rice...

  • No breakthrough on Mideast peace, talks to go on

    January 3, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators made no breakthrough during their first high-level discussions in more than a year on Tuesday, but agreed to hold further talks in Amman on a confidential basis, Jordan’s foreign minister said.

    Tuesday’s talks were aimed at agreeing terms under...

  • Iran threatens to cut off Mideast oil

    December 27, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz if its oil exports are subjected to foreign sanctions, the Islamic Republic’s official news agency reported.

    “If they impose sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, then even one drop of oil cannot flow from the Straits of Hormuz,” IRNA quoted Mohammad...

  • Egypt votes in first post-Mubarak election

    November 28, 2011 | 7:33 am

    Egyptians voted on Monday in their first election since a popular revolt ousted Hosni Mubarak, amid fears the generals who replaced the deposed leader would try to cling on to power.

    In the nine months since the end of Mubarak’s 30-year rule, political change in Egypt has faltered,...

  • Egypt vote tests troubled political transition

    November 27, 2011 | 6:53 pm

    Egyptians vote on Monday in the first big test of a transition born in popular revolutionary euphoria that soured into distrust of the generals who replaced their master, Hosni Mubarak.

    In the nine months since a revolt ended the ex-president’s 30-year rule, political change in...

  • French Jewish groups call country’s UNESCO vote a betrayal

    November 1, 2011 | 9:10 am

    French Jewish groups said they feel betrayed by their country’s vote in favor of extending UNESCO membership to the Palestinians.

    “President Sarkozy broke his word and betrayed the ties of friendship that link France and Israel,” said the UPJF, a Jewish group of business...

  • Granger warns UNESCO: Admit Palestinians, lose funding

    October 6, 2011 | 9:28 am

    A top congressional appropriator, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, warned UNESCO that granting the Palestinians full membership could mean a cutoff in U.S. funding for the cultural body.

    The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations on Wednesday allowed to...

  • France’s Sarkozy proposes 1-yr Mideast peace map

    September 21, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed on Wednesday that the United Nations give the Palestinians status as a U.N. observer state while setting out a roadmap for peace within one year.

    In an impassioned speech at the U.N. General Assembly devoted entirely to the...

  • Obama rejects Palestinian U.N. statehood bid

    September 21, 2011 | 11:10 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected Palestinian plans to seek U.N. blessing for statehood and urged a return to peace talks with Israel as he tried to head off a looming diplomatic disaster.

    Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Obama—whose earlier peace efforts...

  • Obama to UN: Consider Israel’s security

    September 21, 2011 | 10:29 am

    President Obama appealed to the United Nations to recognize Israel’s security concerns in considering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    “We believe that any lasting peace must acknowledge the very real security concerns that Israel faces every single day,” Obama said in his...

  • Is rift looming in U.S.-Israel ties?

    September 20, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    In recent months, the tensions that have characterized relations between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government have largely receded into the background.

    The Obama administration is preparing to stand virtually alone with Israel at the United Nations in opposing the...

  • France Mideast envoy: Opposition to Palestine bid cost my job

    September 7, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    France’s special envoy to the Middle East said she was fired because she opposed a Palestinian plan to ask the United Nations for statehood.

    Valerie Hoffenberg learned over the weekend from a French Foreign Ministry announcement that she had been dismissed. Hoffenberg had been in...

  • U.S. lawmakers talk Palestinian statehood, Iran at Mideast confab

    June 23, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin said supporters of Israel must be prepared for a U.N. General Assembly vote recognizing a Palestinian state in September, saying the Palestinians have “the upper hand” in pushing through such a resolution.

    The Palestinians have a solid bloc of allies in the...

  • Obama’s morally confused Mideast policies endanger Israel

    June 21, 2011 | 12:16 pm

    Israel and America are at a dangerous crossroads in which the survival of Israel and the safety of the United States both hang in the balance.

    Year after year, the forces of terrorism become stronger, and the claims of terrorists become more acceptable to our European allies and...

  • Poll: Americans’ views on Mideast largely unchanged

    June 14, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    Americans’ views on Middle East issues have not changed in recent months, despite major headlines from the region, according to a new poll.

    The Pew Research Center poll, conducted during the end of May, found that Americans still sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians in their...

  • European rabbis urge religious tolerance in Mideast

    June 1, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    Senior European rabbis urged the European Union to ensure that the burgeoning democratic movements sweeping across the Arab world also guarantee religious freedom in the region.

    During a meeting Monday at the European Commission in Brussels, the four-member Conference of European...

  • Obama and the quest for Mideast peace

    June 1, 2011 | 10:40 am

    So, why was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu steaming when he came out of his tête-á-tête with President Barack Obama on May 20? The president’s inherently pro-Palestinian, con-Israeli stance may have been another rude awakening for the prime minister, but the...

  • Peres: Israel needs to formulate its own Mideast peace plan

    April 22, 2011 | 10:34 am

    Israel needs to draft its own Mideast peace initiative if it wants to avoid international pressure over a reported U.S peace plan, President Shimon Peres said on Friday, following a report claiming Washington was working on a plan to restart stalled peace talks.

    Peres’ comments came...

  • UN urges bold steps to relaunch Mideast peace talks

    April 21, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    The United Nations called on Thursday for “bold and decisive steps” to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the region awaits a possible new initiative by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    UN political chief Lynn Pascoe and ambassadors of key Security Council countries said...

  • Obama: Changes in Mideast make Israel-Palestinian peace more urgent than ever

    April 5, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    United States President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that with the winds of change sweeping the broader Middle East it was “more urgent than ever” to find a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Obama was speaking to reporters after holding White House talks with...

  • Peres to Clinton: Israel is ready to assist in Mideast transition

    April 5, 2011 | 10:44 am

    Shimon Peres told Hillary Rodham Clinton that Israel was ready to do what it could to facilitate transition among its neighbors to democracy.

    “We see this occasion as an occasion for better and for good will to cooperate in every possible way to enable this change to take the course...

  • Warren Christopher, overseer of Mideast talks, dies

    March 21, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    Warren Christopher, the U.S. Secretary of State whose intensive shuttling shepherded talks with Syria, Jordan and the Palestinians in the mid-1990s, has died.

    Christopher died March 18 at home in Los Angeles of complications from cancer. He was 85.

    As secretary of state under...

  • First Tunisia, then Egypt: Which Mideast autocracy will be next to fall?

    February 15, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    With popular uprisings having toppled two Arab dictators in the space of just a few weeks and unrest reverberating across the Middle East, are other regimes likely to fall, too?

    Nearly everywhere in the region, autocratic leaders seem to be on the defensive. Using carrots or sticks,...

  • Battle over Mideast transit ads heating up across U.S.

    February 8, 2011 | 12:49 pm

    With public bickering over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict already having spilled over into university student senates, corporate pension boards and even local farmers markets, the latest battlefield in the debate over the conflict is municipal transit systems.

    In several major...

  • Egyptian unrest stokes oil fears, but Mideast markets relax

    February 2, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    Investors began separating the losers and the gainers from Egyptian unrest on Wednesday, as fears the turmoil would interrupt the world oil trade lifted petroleum prices to their highest level in more than two years while share markets in the Middle East rebounded.

    The price of...

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