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  • Biking adventure takes Israeli around the world

    July 13, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Even during the darkest moments of his four-year cycling odyssey, traversing 42 countries on six continents, Roei “Jinji” Sadan knew he’d never stop.

    After all, Sadan had a bike he called Emunah — Hebrew for “faith.”

    In Melbourne recently on the eve of the last leg of...

  • Top U.S. official: No Syria role while crackdown continues

    June 22, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    Syria has no peace process role as long as its repression continues, a top Obama administration official said.

    “Our objective remains comprehensive peace, without question, and an Israeli-Syrian agreement is a component of that,” the senior administration official said Tuesday in a...

  • GOP senators urge suspending aid to P.A.

    June 22, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Republican senators urged President Obama to suspend U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless Hamas recognizes Israel and renounces terrorism.

    Republican Sens. John Boozman (Ark.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.), in association with the Zionist Organization of America, organized a letter...

  • Congressional initiatives target P.A.

    June 17, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    A number of initiatives are circulating in Congress targeting the Palestinians in the wake of their diplomatic tensions with Israel.

    Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) this week circulated through the Republican Study Committee, the GOP’s influential conservative caucus, a proposal to...

  • Jewish Dems blast GOP for singling out Muslims

    June 15, 2011 | 11:03 am

    The National Jewish Democratic Council blasted what it said was a Republican “obsession” with Muslims.

    An NJDC statement termed as “utterly unnecessary” a second hearing convened Wednesday by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland...

  • 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...

  • Obama, Merkel discuss new Iran sanctions

    June 7, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed imposing new sanctions on Iran. 

    “We agreed that if the International Atomic Energy Agency this week determines again that Iran is continuing to ignore its international obligations, then we will have no choice but to...

  • Santorum, prior to announcing bid, calls Obama a ‘paper tiger’ on Iranian nuke threat

    June 6, 2011 | 4:24 pm

    Hours before announcing his presidential run, Rick Santorum called President Obama a “paper tiger” with regard to Iran and threats to Israel.

    Santorum, a former U.S. senator representing Pennsylvania, appeared on “Good Morning America” early Monday, hours before his official...

  • U.S. tells Turkey of flotilla concerns

    June 3, 2011 | 10:28 am

    The Obama administration expressed to the Turkish government its concerns about the next Gaza aid flotilla.

    “We’ve been in consultation with the Turkish Government about this,” Mark Toner, the State Department spokesman, said on Wednesday. “We’ve shared our concerns.”


  • 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...

  • Senators introduce enhanced Iran sanctions bill

    May 27, 2011 | 10:34 am

    U.S. Senators introduced an enhanced Iran sanctions bill matching one recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The crux of both bills is a ban on business with any entity that does $1 million in a single trade with Iran’s energy sector, or $5 million over one year....

  • Obama extends Syrian cutoff to leadership, government

    May 18, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    President Obama extended a freeze on Syrian assets to the country’s government and its entire leadership.

    The order issued Wednesday is the most expansive yet targeting Syria, naming President Bashar Assad and including any “senior official of the Government of Syria” or “any...

  • U.S. airs concerns on Chabad-Russia feud over texts

    May 16, 2011 | 3:04 pm

    American officials have weighed in for the first time on a Chabad court victory over the ownership of Chasidic texts, reportedly saying it could jeopardize Russia-U.S. cultural ties.

    The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Justice Department’s response Monday to the...

  • Congress members urge Turkey to prevent flotilla

    May 13, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    A bipartisan slate of U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers urged Turkey to do what it could to prevent another flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip.

    The letter sent Wednesday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and spearheaded by Reps. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and Tom Cole...

  • Report: Bin Laden’s journal urged al-Qaida to hit Los Angeles, not just New York [VIDEO]

    May 12, 2011 | 11:04 am

    Files taken from Osama bin Laden’s compound reveal intent to plan another 9/11-scale attack on cities like Los Angeles, the Associated Press reports.

    He was well aware of U.S. counterterrorist defenses and schooled his followers how to work around them, the messages to his followers...

  • Obama to deliver new Muslim world speech

    May 11, 2011 | 10:25 am

    President Obama reportedly is planning a new speech to the Muslim world that would call for a rejection of Islamic militancy.

    The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the White House is planning for such a speech within the next two weeks, just as Israeli Prime Minister...

  • U.S.: Bin Laden was not armed during assault on compound

    May 3, 2011 | 3:02 pm

    Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was not armed when U.S. special forces stormed his compound in Pakistan but he did resist before he was shot, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

    Carney said also that the White House is evaluating the possibility of releasing photos of...

  • Co-author of Palestinian statehood plan set to take key role on Middle East

    April 28, 2011 | 1:29 pm

    The White House reportedly is set to name Steve Simon, the co-author of a comprehensive outline for a Palestinian state, as a top Middle East official.

    The Obama administration will tap Simon, a former top National Security Council official in the Clinton administration, to head the...

  • Israel’s first female Arab surgeon’s burden and joy

    April 20, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    For 29-year-old Dr. Rania El Hativ, the distinction of being Israel’s first female Arab plastic surgeon has its downsides. “I feel a lot of responsibility. Many people have expectations of you — other doctors, patients and people in my community.”

    On the surface, that may...

  • White House: Egyptian government should keep peace with Israel

    February 11, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    The next Egyptian government should recognize its peace with Israel, the White House said.

    “It’s important that the next government of Egypt recognize the accords that have been signed with Israel,” spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a news conference after President Obama congratulated...

  • Bill to pull some U.N. funding fails

    February 10, 2011 | 10:13 am

    A bill that would have pulled some United States funding from the United Nations failed to pass the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The measure, sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, would have pulled $179 million from...

  • Iran biggest world threat, Barbour says

    February 9, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, during a speech in Israel called Iran the biggest threat to world stability.

    “We must recognize and focus on Iran as the crucial strategic issue in the region,” Barbour said Wednesday at...

  • 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...

  • Middle East unrest triggers concern, even on Alhambra’s quiet Main Street

    February 2, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    This story originally appeared in the Alhambra Source.

    The Arab-language television blared with protesters filling Cairo’s streets and the conversation flew — in the front of the patio in Arabic, in the back in Hebrew. Alhambra’s quiet Main Street may be a long way from the...

  • Obama Vows to Combat Anti-Semitism ‘Scourge’

    February 2, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    President Obama, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, pledged to combat the “scourge of anti-Semitism” and other bigotries.

    “I join people here at home, in Israel, and around the world in commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as we mark one of the...

  • Sundance Festival recognizes 2 Israeli filmmakers

    February 2, 2011 | 12:49 pm

    Israeli filmmakers Erez Kav-El and Talya Lavie received awards at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

    Kav-El won the world cinema dramatic screenwriting award for his film “Restoration,” about a man coming to terms with his estranged son as his antique furniture-restoration shop...

  • Senate Dems press GOP on Paul’s call to cut aid

    February 1, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    Senate Democrats urged Republicans to reject a colleague’s call for an end to foreign aid, including aid to Israel.

    “Both Republicans and Democrats are committed to reining in the federal deficit, but assistance to Israel is not a matter of ‘pork barrel spending,’ ” said the letter...

  • American rabbi sues Australian synagogue

    February 1, 2011 | 10:04 am

    An American-born Orthodox rabbi is suing the board of an Australian synagogue for wrongful dismissal.

    Rabbi Yossi Engel, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native who served at the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation for seven years until his contract ended in 2006, is claiming more than $600,000 in...

  • Rand Paul: End foreign aid, including Israel

    January 27, 2011 | 3:02 pm

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to end all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel.

    Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending he says is critical to sustaining the U.S. economy. His focus was...

  • Holocaust Day programs snowed out in N.Y.

    January 27, 2011 | 10:12 am

    Heavy snow in New York caused the postponement of a special U.N. General Assembly meeting commemorating International Holocaust Day.

    The United Nations building was shut down due to the bad weather. Other Holocaust commemoration events planned for Thursday in New York also were...

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