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  • Polarizing Politics is More Fun Than Watching Miley Cyrus

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2013 | 10:00 pm

    I am sick of all the attention Miley Cyrus is getting for acting like a moron. Her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards was embarrassing, ridiculous, offensive, degrading, and simply not entertaining.  The poor girl is a mess and watching her self-destruct is sad. The fact is...

  • Iran commander: U.S. strike on Syria would bring Israel’s destruction

    August 29, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief said a U.S. military attack on Syria would lead to the "imminent destruction" of Israel and would prove a "second Vietnam" for America, according to an Iranian news agency.

    Shi'ite Muslim Iran, an arch-enemy of Israel, is supporting Syrian...

  • Red Lines

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 28, 2013 | 11:20 am

  • Obama condemns violence in Egypt, cancels military exercises

    August 15, 2013 | 8:21 am

    President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that the United States is canceling joint military exercises with Egypt next month, saying normal U.S. cooperation cannot continue in light of the armed forces' bloody crackdown.

    "The United States strongly condemns the steps that have...

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  • Israel, Palestinians deeply divided despite renewed peace talks

    July 31, 2013 | 8:54 am

    Israel and the Palestinians remain far apart over terms of any peace deal, officials from both sides made clear on Wednesday, a day after talks resumed in Washington for the first time in nearly three years.

    Israel's lead negotiator, Tzipi Livni, said the parties "need to build...

  • July 31, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 31, 2013 | 3:37 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama asks Republican Senators McCain, Graham to visit Egypt

    To Read: Senator Bob Corker believes that too much of the US' foreign policy is being managed covertly through intelligence agencies-

    Today, covert operations appear to have expanded to include...

  • Peace negotiators meet with Obama

    July 30, 2013 | 9:03 am

    President Obama met with the top Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators.

    The Tuesday-morning meeting took place a day after peace talks were launched for the first time since 2010, a White House official told JTA.

    John Kerry, Obama’s secretary of state, has pushed hard for a...

  • July 23, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 23, 2013 | 3:35 am

    The US

    Headline: Exclusive: U.S. congressional hurdles lifted on arming Syrian rebels

    To Read: Daniel Byman believes that the US needs to stop being stingy and remote when it comes to the Middle East-

    All of this underlines the extent to which the United States is now seen...

  • Skeptical yet hopeful- the days after Kerry’s announcement

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 22, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Kerry's announcement on Friday surely drew everybody's attention. It came out of nowhere. While the people of Israel were sitting on their couches, loosening their belts after their Shabbat dinners, and glancing at their Smartphones, it suddenly hit us- the negotiation is being...

  • What Obama Missed in his Trayvon Martin Speech

    By David Suissa

    July 19, 2013 | 9:30 pm

    In his personal and heartfelt speech yesterday on the Trayvon Martin tragedy, President Obama did a great job explaining why “the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”

    Had he stuck to that theme, it...

  • New White House Jewish liaison addresses community

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2013 | 2:50 pm

    The White House’s recently-appointed liaison to the United States Jewish community, Matt Nosanchuk, promised to help maintain a “two-way dialogue” between American Jews and the President in a statement released today.

    “I am committed to maintaining a robust two-way dialogue,...

  • Obama asks Netanyahu to start negotiating as Kerry ends 6th round of meetings

    July 19, 2013 | 7:30 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge him to resume negotiations with the Palestinians.

    Obama called Netanyahu on Thursday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with Palestinian negotiator in Amman, Jordan, on...

  • July 19, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 19, 2013 | 3:36 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. says no plans for Mideast talks yet

    To Read: Marc Lynch discusses the great surge in anti-American sentiments and conspiracy theories in Egypt-

    Typically, this would be the time for me to call for renewed public diplomacy to try to combat...

  • July 18, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 18, 2013 | 3:33 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama’s UN Envoy Nominee Power Pledges to Defend Israel

    To Read: Rosa Brooks writes about how American paranoia about anything government makes people overly suspicious about some pretty good journalism the State has been producing-

     Okay, I guess I get...

  • July 10, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 10, 2013 | 3:27 am

    The US

    Headline: In Egypt, gripes about U.S. government are a common theme

    To Read:  Walter Russell Mead thinks that President Obama is too impressed with his own rhetoric-

    You cannot be a great speaker unless you are a great doer. If Martin Luther King Jr. had not led the...

  • Democracy for Egypt? Come back in twenty years…

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 9, 2013 | 6:15 am

    Let's try to make it simple:

    For both the US and Israel, the most convenient situation in the inconvenience that is current day Egypt is the military remaining in charge. Not just now, but for the foreseeable future as well. Alas, the more the military is visible as the...

  • Tough congressional language limits Obama’s Egypt options

    July 5, 2013 | 9:58 am

    When it comes to foreign assistance, American law couldn’t be clearer: A coup d’etat suspends funding, period.

    But that directive, which has persisted for years in federal appropriations bills, is now clashing with another congressional priority: the apparent desire to foster an...

  • July 3, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 3, 2013 | 3:33 am

    The US

    Headline: Lawmakers urge Obama to press Iran harder on nukes

    To Read: Eli Lake and Josh Rogin question Obama's claim that he has been on the side of democracy in Egypt-

    President Obama said Monday his government makes decisions on aid to Egypt based on that...

  • Congressmen tell Obama to increase pressure on Iran over nukes

    July 2, 2013 | 7:43 am

    In the wake of Iran’s recent election, a bipartisan group of congressmen are calling on President Obama to increase pressure on Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

    The new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, was perceived to be the most moderate of the candidates and...

  • July 2, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 2, 2013 | 3:18 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry: US, Russia want Syria conference soon

    To Read: Politico's Josh Gerstein points out that Obama's difficult dilemma on Egypt is very similar to the one he faced a couple of years ago-

    As the Egyptian military issued what appeared to be an ultimatum...

  • June 24, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 24, 2013 | 3:32 am

    The US

    Headline: Russia defiant as U.S. raises pressure over Snowden

    To Read: Leon Hadar criticizes the Obama administration's murky representation of its motives in Syria-

    Instead of spinning the decision to scale up military support for the Syrian rebels as a...

  • Israel Factor: So How’s Obama Doing on Iran?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 23, 2013 | 7:17 am

    Three weeks in Middle East news are an eternity. Imagine that three weeks ago, the Obama administration was still hesitant to admit the Syrians used chemical weapons and was still insistent on its hands down policy in the country. Three weeks ago, the administration could also...

  • June 20, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2013 | 3:24 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama's Nuclear Proffer Gets Russian Rebuff

    To Read: David Rothkopff thinks that fear and worst case scenarios have been playing too big a role in US foreign strategy-

    From the invasion of Iraq to the Patriot Act to the embrace of torture to the expansion...

  • June 18, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 18, 2013 | 3:20 am

    The US

    Headline:  Obama, Putin differ on Syria during tense talks

    To Read: Vali Nasr believes that the results of the Iranian elections should make the US rethink its Iran policy-

    Washington must realize that its success in rallying the international community to isolate...

  • June 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 17, 2013 | 3:23 am

    The US

    Headline:  Obama, Putin to meet for talks on Syria at G8 summit

    To Read: According to Doyle McManus, Obama is following the 'Aspin Doctrine' doctrine in Syria ('a slope isn't slippery if you're willing to walk away')-

    Obama was left with two unpalatable options:...

  • House committee triples missile funding, seeks role in Iron Dome

    June 13, 2013 | 8:40 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives Armed Service Committee tripled President Obama’s request for missile defense collaboration with Israel and sought to include the United States in Iron Dome development.

    The increase in the National Defense Authorization Act from $96 million to...

  • Transparency in Government

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 7, 2013 | 11:21 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Here we go again! It is like 1964 all over again! We find the rhetoric of the Republicans (at that time Barry Goldwater) distasteful and the Democratic President (at that time LBJ) doing exactly the same things! This latest disclosure about Verizon and...

  • The Inner Korach - Then and Now

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 7, 2013 | 9:35 am

    The Wall Street Journal/NBC News published a poll this week reporting on the public’s approval rating of President Obama with special focus on his administration’s honesty and integrity in light of the Benghazi investigation, the IRS scandal and Drone attacks. The President...

  • Why I’m Going to Suspend my Worries about Samantha Power

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 6, 2013 | 5:20 am

    Can a big-mouthed person be the US ambassador to the UN? Can someone with a track record of controversial quotes be forgiven for not always being at the top of her game?

    It occurred to me that amid all the talk about Samantha Power’s nomination to succeed Susan Rice as the next...

  • In new White House role, Israel will still keep Susan Rice busy

    June 5, 2013 | 10:05 am

    Susan Rice has said that a “huge” portion of her work at the United Nations was defending Israel’s legitimacy. Her new job will likely be no less Israel-centric.

    President Obama plans Wednesday to name Rice his national security adviser and replace her at the U.N. with Samantha...

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