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  • Mutually assured delusion: Obama defers to Iran

    26 minutes ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of the United Congress on Tuesday sought to call into question the perennially troubled Barack Obama administration's Middle East policy.

    Even many supporters of President Obama are finding it increasingly...

  • Argentine president’s full-page ad discredits Nisman’s complaint

    1 hour ago

    Argentina’s president published an advertisement in eight major newspapers discrediting AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s allegations against the government.

    The advertisement published Wednesday says the complaint prepared by Nisman, who was found dead in his Buenos Aires...

  • Kirchner: AMIA and embassy bombings were ‘collateral damage’

    2 hours ago

    Argentina’s president called the deadly attack on the AMIA Jewish community center in 1994 and the attack on the Israeli Embassy in 1992 “collateral damages in a war in which we had never been part, nor want to be.”

    The comments by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner,...

  • Is a new Jewish Portland rising in the east?

    2 hours ago

    Until recently, Jo Borkan was thinking about leaving Portland.

    She had lived in the city almost her whole life and owns a house on the city’s east side. But Borkan craved a connection to Judaism, and she couldn’t seem to find one that fit with her spiritual explorations into yoga...

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  • 3,000 women hold peace demonstration outside Knesset

    2 hours ago

    Three thousand women protested outside the Israeli Knesset calling for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.

    The protest Wednesday was held by Women Wage Peace, an Israeli organization founded after last summer’s war in Gaza that supports a peace agreement. According to the Times...

  • Hillary Clinton urges State Department to release emails

    2 hours ago

    U.S. Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broke her silence over a budding controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the U.S. State Department to release them swiftly.

    Clinton's statement was aimed at cooling a...

  • Israel resuming some Gaza produce imports halted in 2007

    3 hours ago

    Israel will start buying some fruit and vegetables from the Gaza Strip next week, a partial resumption of imports halted when the Islamist group Hamas took over the Palestinian territory in 2007, Israeli officials said on Thursday.

    They said the measure was designed to help a...

  • Netanyahu’s popularity rises after U.S. speech, polls show

    17 hours ago

    Israeli opinion polls on Wednesday showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got a slight boost in popularity after his U.S. speech slamming an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, but he is still running neck and neck with his leading rival in a March 17 election.

    A survey published...

  • U.S. considering possible Middle East missile defense

    18 hours ago

    The U.S. military is considering sending its THAAD missile defense system to the Middle East, a senior U.S. Army general said on Wednesday, citing what he called an urgent need to respond to foes with missile systems and the will to use them.

    General Vincent Brooks, head of U.S....

  • Despite Netanyahu claim, cheap oil not seen swaying Iran behavior

    18 hours ago

    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices.

    But the claim that lower oil...

  • Poem: The History of the Date

    19 hours ago

    Those aren’t wrinkles, merely places where

    the skin is burrowing to lick her own

    dark sweetness. Since her body’s fashioned from

    the clay remaining after Adam’s spine and hair,

    she often yields the fibers of her trees

    for baskets, shoes, the rope and needles, thread

    her...

  • The best is yet to come in evolving Israeli tourism

    By Ryan E. Smith

    19 hours ago

    Following a record year for tourism in 2013 — when 3.5 million visitors came to the Holy Land — things got off to an even better start in 2014. More people were on track to visit than ever … until the Gaza war last summer. By year’s end, the overall number of tourists arriving was...

  • The art, science and history of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    19 hours ago

    When “Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition” opens March 10 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, it will be the largest display of its kind ever shown outside of Israel, spotlighting 20 scrolls in two rotations, more than half of them never before seen in the United States,...

  • Why Santa Barbara Hillel’s largest donor is the Jewish Federation of … Boston

    By Jared Sichel

    20 hours ago

    Rabbi Evan Goodman, executive director of UC Santa Barbara’s Hillel, was concerned when annual funding allocations from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles were cut year after year, beginning in 2011. But he wasn’t surprised.

    After all, officials from the two...

  • IAC goes to Washington ...  and plans to stay

    By Jared Sichel

    20 hours ago

    On the evening of March 1, just before a private Israeli-American Council (IAC) event for college students at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C., it was difficult for two of IAC’s co-founders, Shawn Evenhaim and Adam Milstein, to...

  • Rabbi Denise Eger seeks to open doors wider to all Jews

    21 hours ago

    What does God require of you? Only to do justice, to love compassion and walk humbly with your God.

    “It’s on my wall,” said Rabbi Denise Eger, pointing to the spot in her office where her favorite Bible verse is written (also transcribed on her tallit). “Prophet Micah, Chapter 6,...

  • Opposites attract in ‘Kosher Soul’

    21 hours ago

    An interracial, interfaith relationship is the subject of the Lifetime reality series “Kosher Soul,” which plays on the Black-Jewish culture clash for laughs.

    The “docu-sitcom” that began airing Feb. 25 centers on Miriam Sternoff, 38, a Jewish wardrobe stylist, and...

  • In Israel, Netanyahu’s rival campaigns on U.S. Congress controversy

    By Simone Wilson

    21 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to the United States Congress regarding Iranian nuclear ambitions — one of the most talked-about, divisive and politicized events in the recent history of U.S.-Israel relations — has also become a key talking point for...

  • Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL approval

    21 hours ago

    The Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

    The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of...

  • Holder: Ferguson must act immediately on racial bias in policing

    22 hours ago

    Attorney General Eric Holder called on leaders of Ferguson, Mo., to take "immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action" on the problems with the city's police that the Justice Department unearthed while investigating the shooting of an unarmed man this summer.

    Holder,...

  • We’re all ‘Old Jews’ at heart

    22 hours ago

    An old Jewish man walks into a restaurant, walks up to the maitre d’ and says: “Pardon me, how do you prepare your chicken?” The maitre d’ says, “We tell ’em right up front they ain’t gonna make it.”

    That’s just one of the many jokes that exemplify Jewish humor in the comedy...

  • Judge rules Kansas City JCC shooter to be tried for capital murder

    23 hours ago

     Frazier Glenn Miller, the man charged with murdering three people outside two Kansas City-area Jewish institutions, will go on trial for capital murder, a judge ruled.

    Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan on Tuesday ruled that there is enough evidence to try...

  • U.N. envoy calls for investigation into civilian Gaza deaths

    23 hours ago

    A United Nations envoy called for an investigation into the civilian deaths during the Israel-Gaza conflict and the implementation of the Gaza reconstruction plan.

    Makarim Wibisono, who recently took over as the special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories,...

  • Three Israelis turn back clock in Berlin

    23 hours ago

    Alice Agneskirchner is not Jewish. In fact, before deciding to make her latest documentary, “An Apartment in Berlin,” which follows the lives of three young Israelis living in Berlin as they explore the story of a family killed in the Holocaust, Agneskirchner didn’t really know any...

  • Israel tells Argentina that it is responsible for embassy bombing investigation

    23 hours ago

    Israel told Argentina’s president that her country is responsible for investigating a 1992 attack on its embassy in Buenos Aires.

    The statement from Israel’s embassy in the Argentine capital came in response to an accusation made earlier in the week by Argentina’s President...

  • Israeli Apartheid Week 2015 - when anti-Semitism takes over.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    23 hours ago

    The Israeli Apartheid Week, currently taking place in campuses worldwide, has taken a frightening anti-Semitic turn. This radicalization had led Jewish pro-Israel students to refrain from standing up to this “Hate Fest,” and worse - to hide their identity because they fear of being...

  • Q&A with Ted Lieu: Netanyahu’s speech, potential deal with Iran

    23 hours ago

    Ted Lieu: The United States and Israel have an unbreakable bond and we share common values and policy goals, including preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.  I appreciated the Prime Minister’s praise for the high level of cooperation between the United States and Israel...

  • What will history tell us of Netanyahu’s speech?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    23 hours ago

    On May 26, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson met with Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba Eban to discuss a great tension in the Middle East. Johnson repeated America’s warnings against an Israeli attack on Egypt. Eban restated Israel’s position: The international community would have to...

  • The Jew, the Copt and the Yazidi

    By Gina Nahai

    23 hours ago

    I’ll get to those three in a minute but first, let me tell you what a Muslim friend said to me a couple of months ago. He’s an Iranian-born reporter who lives and works in the United Kingdom — one of the many used-to-be-Muslims who gave up religion once the mullahs took over in...

  • Centrist candidate Yair Lapid hopes for staying power

    1 day ago

    The key word in Yair Lapid’s political vocabulary might be “but.”

    His Yesh Atid Party is not right wing, he says, but it isn’t left wing either. He wants to withdraw from the West Bank, but disavows both a unilateral pullout and bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. He...

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