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  • Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump: A choice between two stark visions of America

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 3, 2016 | 10:27 am

    Our two political parties have never been more different from each other. They inhabit wildly opposite political and social universes. The two party conventions that just ended revealed one party whose view of America is of a hellish dystopia, while the other sees a struggling,...

  • Peres: Trump’s foreign policy proposals would be ‘a very great mistake’

    August 1, 2016 | 12:24 pm

    Israel’s former president Shimon Peres said carrying out Donald Trump’s isolationist foreign policy vision would be “a very great mistake.”

    In an interview with Bloomberg.com published Monday, Peres — who is 93 and served in numerous roles in Israel’s government since its...

  • Possible Clinton VP choice, an ex-NATO chief, slammed Iran deal and has close Israel ties

    July 13, 2016 | 3:05 pm

    A former NATO commander being considered as a running mate for Hillary Clinton has called for a formal U.S.-Israel defense treaty and was sharply critical of the Iran nuclear deal.

    James Stavridis, a retired four-star admiral, is being vetted by Clinton’s campaign to join the...

  • Baker suggests Trump’s foreign policy proposals would lead to more instability

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 12, 2016 | 12:03 pm

    The world “would be far less stable” if proposals floated by Donald Trump are implemented as U.S. foreign policy, former Secretary of State James Baker III told a Senate panel on Thursday at the same time the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was meeting party leaders on...

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  • Israel’s status at NATO headquarters gets an upgrade

    May 5, 2016 | 10:53 am

    NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, has upgraded its ties with Israel, bringing Jerusalem even closer into its circle at a time of mounting instability throughout the Middle East.

    Israel will open offices at NATO’s Brussels headquarters and will credential its...

  • NATO approves Israeli representation to its headquarters

    May 4, 2016 | 3:54 pm

    NATO said on Wednesday it had agreed to non-member Israel setting up representation at its Brussels headquarters, a tentative sign of rapprochement between the Jewish state and NATO member Turkey.

    Israel and Turkey have stepped up efforts to patch up a relationship badly damaged...

  • NATO weighs four battalions in Eastern states to deter Russia

    May 2, 2016 | 3:35 pm

    The NATO alliance is weighing rotating four battalions of troops through Eastern member states, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, in the latest proposal by allies to guard against aggressive behavior by Russia.

    The Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -...

  • Trump says U.S. should spend less on NATO

    March 21, 2016 | 2:31 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the United States should decrease the amount it spends on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

    "We are paying disproportionately. It's too much and frankly it's a different world than it was when we originally conceived of the idea," Trump said in an interview on CNN.

    "We have to reconsider. Keep NATO, but maybe we have to pay a lot less toward NATO itself," he said.

  • Russia and Turkey refuse to back down in row over jet downing

    November 25, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

    Underscoring the message, Russian...

  • Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of ‘serious consequences’

    November 24, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had repeatedly violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said...

  • Europe, ISIS and us: Now what?

    November 15, 2015 | 1:17 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal Center officials sat across from French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace some 18 months ago, sometime between the Toulouse Day School and the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher massacres. His words were devastating: “I can confirm that 1,000 French...

  • To buttress Iran deal, a NATO-like treaty with Israel

    September 3, 2015 | 11:11 am

    When America faced fears of a nuclear attack during the Cuban Missile Crisis more than 50 years ago, President John Kennedy offered a strong statement to the Soviet Union: “It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in...

  • Russia says it will retaliate if U.S. weapons stationed on its borders

    June 15, 2015 | 10:41 am

    A plan by Washington to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would be the most aggressive U.S. act since the Cold War, and Moscow would retaliate by beefing up its own forces, a Russian defense official said on Monday.

    The United States is offering to...

  • Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

    January 27, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Auschwitz's last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

    European Jews warn of a growing...

  • Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed ‘aggression’

    January 26, 2015 | 11:42 am

    Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington...

  • U.S. under fire over Senate’s report on CIA torture

    December 10, 2014 | 10:37 am

    The United States on Wednesday faced criticism from the United Nations as well as governments that Washington often reprimands for human rights violations over a Senate report on CIA torture techniques in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Some U.S. allies, who could face...

  • Israel goes to new elections

    December 3, 2014 | 9:53 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Just 20 months after the current government was sworn in, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two of his top cabinet ministers, leading their parties to pull out of the government and the Knesset, or parliament, to vote to...

  • The Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’ slander: Friends and allies shudder … despots and bullies rejoice

    October 29, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    A top, unnamed Obama administration official calls an important leader a “chickenshit.” Was this a hard-nosed warning aimed at Ayatollah Khamenei to pressure Iran to destroy those 23,000 centrifuges before next month’s nuclear negotiating deadline? Perhaps it was a signal to the...

  • Reading between the lines of, ‘Thank God it was the Americans’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 12, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    As reported by Bloomberg, five Black Hawk U.S. army helicopters and one Chinook chopper descended on a Polish farm in the town of Gruta on Wednesday in an emergency landing that was precipitated by thick fog. (Great photos available here.)

    Understandably, the residents freaked...

  • Obama expands air strikes against Islamic State

    September 8, 2014 | 10:42 am

    U.S. warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sunday, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement.

    Obama has branded Islamic State an...

  • Obama says hopeful but sceptical of Ukraine cease-fire

    September 5, 2014 | 9:39 am

    President Barack Obama said he was hopeful but sceptical about a ceasefire agreed in Ukraine on Friday and urged European allies to agree on new sanctions against Russia that could be suspended if the peace plan holds.

    He also said he was leaving a two-day NATO summit in Wales...

  • Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

    August 28, 2014 | 10:49 am

    Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

    Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was...

  • Putin seeks better ties with West but blasts U.S. over Ukraine

    May 23, 2014 | 8:48 am

    President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he wanted better ties with the West but fiercely criticized U.S. policy on Ukraine and the global economy – and acknowledged that sanctions were hurting Russia.

    In a speech to foreign and Russian businessmen gathered at Russia's answer to...

  • Russia, NATO discuss Ukraine as tension mounts over Crimea

    March 13, 2014 | 10:33 am

    Russia's top general discussed the situation in Ukraine with the chairman of NATO's Military Committee by telephone on Thursday, the Interfax news agency cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.

    The chief of general staff of the Russian armed forces, General Valery Gerasimov, discussed "the state of Russia-NATO relations and the current situation in Ukraine" with NATO General Knud Bartels, the report said.

    Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

  • Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia

    March 11, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.

    With their own troops in Crimea effectively prisoners in...

  • Abbas says NATO force can patrol Palestinian state

    February 3, 2014 | 6:04 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would be willing to allow a U.S.-led NATO force to patrol a Palestinian state for an indefinite amount of time.

    Israeli soldiers and Israeli settlements could remain for five years from the state’s establishment, Abbas also...

  • Abbas says NATO force can patrol Palestinian state

    February 3, 2014 | 6:00 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would be willing to allow a U.S.-led NATO force to patrol a Palestinian state for an indefinite amount of time.

    Israeli soldiers and Israeli settlements could remain for five years from the state’s establishment, Abbas also...

  • NATO says Turkey no longer balks at missile shield helping Israel

    January 15, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Turkey has accepted assurances a planned NATO missile defense system in which it is playing a part is not designed to protect Israel as well, the alliance's deputy secretary-general said on Wednesday.

    Alexander Vershbow said objections by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's...

  • U.S. readies strikes, Syrians prepare for attack

    August 28, 2013 | 10:59 am

    People in Damascus stocked up on supplies on Wednesday and some left homes close to potential targets as U.S. officials described plans for multi-national strikes on Syria that could last for days.

    United Nations chemical weapons experts completed a second field trip to...

  • Israelis line up for gas masks over Syria war fears

    August 26, 2013 | 10:21 am

    Thousands of Israelis are lining up for gas masks or ordering them by phone, spurred on by fears that any Western military response to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria could ensnare their own country in war.

    Western powers are considering military action to...

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