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  • Israel did not warn U.S. on Syria attacks, U.S. official says

    May 6, 2013 | 7:19 am

    Israel did not provide advance warning to the United States on its alleged Israeli airstrikes on Syria, a U.S. intelligence official said.

    The unnamed official said the United States was told of the attacks as they were in progress, Reuters reported Monday.

    The Israel Defense...

  • What Americans Really Think About Syria, Part 2

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 6, 2013 | 6:28 am

    In the table below you can find the results of four American public opinion polls concerning a possible intervention in Syria. While each one of the four has its own way of asking the question, an interesting picture can be drawn based on all of them.

    Just to make sure you...

  • “You Shall Not Stand Idly By?” America and Syria – What to Do?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 5, 2013 | 8:00 am

    It should be clear that the last thing the Obama Administration wants is to get caught in another Middle Eastern war, with no “good guys” and no viable exit strategy. What else can explain American passivity in the face of 70,000 Syrian dead and 1 million refugees in two years?...

  • 7 Quick Comments on Israel’s Syria Bombings

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 5, 2013 | 5:10 am


    There should be no surprise. For 65 years, Israel has claimed that preemption is not an option but rather a necessity in this region– has claimed and has acted upon it when circumstances have made it feasible. For a country whose margin of error is relatively small, waiting...

  • Report: Israel rejects 1967 borders ‘precondition’

    May 3, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, has reportedly refused to accept the 1967 border as the basis for a final Israeli-Palestinian border prior to negotiations.

    Livni told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday that Israel would not agree to the 1967 borders as a...

  • This week in power: Drone, Sarin, WoW decision, BBC documentary

    By Danny Groner

    May 2, 2013 | 3:57 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Israel is facing a tough decision over a recent drone spotting. Prime MinisterNetanyahu's helicopter was forced to land after word got out and he remained grounded...

  • May 2, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 2, 2013 | 3:42 am

    The US

    Headline: Americans want U.S. to keep out of Syria conflict: poll

    To Read: Jordan Michael Smith writes about the problematic American practice of federally funding NGOs which aim to promote democracy by undermining foreign regimes-

    Yet the question emerges whether...

  • Over the line

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 1, 2013 | 1:32 pm

  • May 1, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 1, 2013 | 3:33 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels, officials say

    To Read: John Mueller takes a look at the important and possibly misleading reference to Chemical weapons as WMDs, and at how this might (or should) affect Obama's 'red line':


  • Thinking Methodically About Syria, Red Lines and Chemicals

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 29, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    Amid all the talk about “red lines” and “chemicals” one might get a little confused about both the facts and the conclusions that should be drawn. The following is a quick and incomplete guide with which to follow the debate:

    Chemical weapons, yes or no:

    Yes, there was...

  • Can’t we all just not get along?

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 29, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Maybe the problem with Washington isn’t that there’s too little comity  – there’s too much.

    Old hands lament the passing of the era when, by day, partisans went after one another red in tooth and claw, but when the sun hit the treetops the enmity took a breather.  Thanks to the...

  • White House: U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons

    April 26, 2013 | 7:38 am

    The U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons on anti-government rebels.

    The White House on Thursday informed Congress that intelligence shows that Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered government troops to use sarin gas against the rebels.


  • Hagel’s Message: There’s No Daylight (Between Him and Obama)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 22, 2013 | 8:07 am

    One wonders what it feels like to be Chuck Hagel visiting Israel, not very long after his contentious confirmation battle in which accusations related to his views on Israel were front and center; one wonders what Hagel really thinks as he talks to his Israeli counterparts whom he...

  • April 19, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 19, 2013 | 3:16 am

    The US

    Headline: Secretary of State John Kerry urges against new Iran sanctions

    To Read: Charles Krauthammer writes about Obama's constant fear of using the word 'terrorism':

    But if it is nevertheless found to be Islamist, will Obama use the word? His administration...

  • Post-Visit Israeli Opinion of Obama: Better but Far From Great

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 11, 2013 | 7:31 am

    So how is Obama doing among Israelis? I'm not going to rehash the reasons for which this question is important, and I'm not going back to explain the trajectory of Obama's approval ratings in Israel. You can take a look at our graphs and see for yourself what it's been like in the...

  • Gordon, Schulman appointed to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

    April 10, 2013 | 5:33 am

    Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon and Maureen Schulman are the newest members of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

    They were appointed Tuesday by President Obama.

    Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon is the founding rabbi of Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, Ill. and is vice president of the...

  • April 10, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 10, 2013 | 3:49 am

    The US

    Headline: United States mulls stepped up aid for Syria as G8 meets

    To Read: According to Military analyst and Iran specialist Bryan Prior, the sanctions against Iran can help US interests in many more ways besides delaying Iran's nuclear program:

    This is not to say...

  • April 9, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 9, 2013 | 3:30 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. Senators Seeking Tougher Economic Sanctions on Iran

    To Read: Military specialists Steven Metz and Douglas Lovelace argue that the US military should be careful of marginalizing its infantry and relying too heavily on high technology:

    Relying on a...

  • April 5, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 5, 2013 | 3:28 am

    The US

    Headline: World powers expect ‘concrete’ response from Iran: U.S.

    To Read: A new Atlantic council panel report stresses the importance of the White House engaging the Iranian people:

    Simultaneous with steps to resolve the nuclear dispute, the United States should...

  • Three Answers to Three Questions on Yesterday’s Post

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 4, 2013 | 9:32 am

    Yesterday I explained why official Israel isn't (and shouldn't be) thrilled about President Obama dropping his demand for a settlement freeze. What Obama really did, I said, is replace the technical annoyance of a freeze with a real headache – the drawing of the future...

  • Jewish leaders urge Netanyahu to work with Obama on peace

    April 4, 2013 | 5:52 am

    More than one hundred U.S. Jewish leaders urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make clear "Israel’s readiness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace."

    "We believe that this is a compelling moment for you and your new government to respond to...

  • April 4, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 4, 2013 | 3:25 am

    The US

    Headline: Hagel Outlines Plan for Defense Cuts

    To Read: Thomas Sewell criticizes the Obama administration's excessive optimism about democracy in the Middle East:

    The Obama administration treated the creation of “democracy” in the Middle East as a good thing....

  • Obama’s Big Brain Map

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 3, 2013 | 9:26 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    On Sunday, there was an article in the Los Angeles Times about a potential 10-year project proposed by the Obama Administration. In ten years, we could see fully detailed and clearly landscaped images and movies of a human brain in action. In ten years, we could...

  • Why Israel Isn’t More Thrilled About the Death of the ‘Settlement Freeze’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 3, 2013 | 9:31 am

    President Obama's visit was like a Rorschach test. Different people saw so many different meanings in it and different viewpoints led people to very different conclusions. The issue of settlements is a good example of this: Was it an Israeli achievement to get the President to...

  • Poll: Big drop in Israelis who see Obama as pro-Palestinian

    March 29, 2013 | 8:06 am

    The number of Israelis who view President Obama as pro-Palestinian dropped by 20 percent following his first presidential visit to Israel, according to a new poll.

    In the poll, conducted Sunday by Smith Research for the Jerusalem Post, 27 percent of 500 Israeli respondents said...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 25, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Obama's visit through Jerusalem's eyes

    Last week, President Obama visited Israel for the first time, in a three-day event some of us referred to as "FestiBama." During these three days, Jerusalem's businesses and hotels bloomed, while hosting not only politicians, but also...

  • Five Quick Notes on Politics and Passover Before the Seder

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 25, 2013 | 7:30 am


    Here’s one last leftover from the Obama visit: several knowledgeable Israelis whom I met with and whom I can't name here have noted that the Obama-Abbas press conference contained one item worthy of attention – and not the one most people focused on after the event. Of...

  • Why peace with Abbas and Hamas is worse than occupation

    By Mark Paredes

    March 24, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Mai bine singur decât cu o companie proastă [Better single than with bad company] – Romanian proverb


    When I was single, I met lots of people who thought that not being married was the worst thing that could happen to them. They allowed their marital status to define --...

  • Analysis: Obama scores unexpected successes on Middle East trip

    March 22, 2013 | 10:54 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama flew out of Israel in a duststorm on Friday, leaving behind a trail of symbolic gestures and fine oratory that should help preserve the status quo at a time of regional upheaval.

    In an unexpected diplomatic flourish, he also facilitated a surprise...

  • Obama brokers Israel-Turkey rapprochement

    March 22, 2013 | 10:31 am

    Israel apologized to Turkey on Friday for killing nine Turkish citizens in a 2010 naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla and both feuding U.S. allies agreed to normalize relations in a surprise breakthrough announced by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    The rapprochement could help...

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