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  • Obama leads U.S. in remembrance of Sept. 11 victims

    1 week ago

    Led by President Barack Obama, Americans commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Thursday by observing moments of silence for the thousands killed that day at New York City's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

    In what has become...

  • U.S. confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia air strike

    2 weeks ago

    The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. air strike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al-Qaida-affiliated organization.

    "We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane,...

  • Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow, Pentagon intel chief says

    July 29, 2014 | 10:49 am

    A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.

    The remarks by Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the...

  • U.S. aims to support Israeli defense systems despite budget cuts

    March 5, 2013 | 10:04 am

    New U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with his Israeli counterpart on Tuesday, expressing strong support for Israeli missile and rocket defense systems despite fiscal uncertainty caused by across-the-board spending cuts.

    "Secretary Hagel is committed to working with members...

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  • Hagel to meet Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak in D.C.

    March 3, 2013 | 7:47 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is scheduled to be the first foreign defense minister to meet with newly confirmed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

    The two men will meet at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed U.S. official.

    The meeting will take...

  • Senate clears way for vote on Pentagon nominee Chuck Hagel

    February 26, 2013 | 10:06 am

    The Senate cleared the way on Tuesday for the likely confirmation of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense.

    The Senate voted 71-27 to end debate and move forward, almost two weeks after Republicans launched a filibuster to block Hagel's nomination. It...

  • Jewish Agency asks Obama to grant clemency to Pollard

    February 19, 2013 | 11:12 am

    The Jewish Agency in a resolution called on President Obama to grant clemency to spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    The agency's Board of Governors passed the resolution unanimously on Tuesday during its annual meeting in Jerusalem calling for Pollard's release on humanitarian...

  • Senators assail Obama’s Hagel nomination, question judgment

    January 31, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Republican lawmakers harshly attacked Chuck Hagel on Thursday at a contentious hearing over his nomination to become the next U.S. defense secretary, questioning his judgment on war strategy and putting him broadly on the defensive.

    In one of the most heated exchanges,...

  • Pentagon lifts U.S. ban on women in combat

    January 24, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles on Thursday in a historic step toward gender equality in the U.S. armed forces after 11 years of nonstop war, during which the front lines were often not clearly defined.

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General...

  • As the Hagel battle intensifies, Pentagon nominee gets key support from Jewish Dems

    January 15, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    Even as critics intensify their efforts to depict him as unfit to protect the U.S.-Israel relationship, Chuck Hagel has convinced several of the most prominent Jewish Democratic lawmakers to endorse his nomination to lead the Pentagon.

    Since rumors of his nomination first...

  • Israel reportedly told Pentagon about Syria poison gas

    January 8, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Israel notified the Pentagon that Syria was preparing a chemical believed to be deadly sarin gas and loading it into dozens of 500-pound bombs destined for airplanes.

    Israel's warning to the United States at the end of November, involving intelligence showing up on satellite...

  • Obama nominates Hagel as Defense Secretary, Brennan for CIA

    January 7, 2013 | 10:32 am

    President Barack Obama on Monday nominated former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA, potentially setting up a Senate confirmation battle on two fronts and establishing a tough tone to start his...

  • Iranian warplanes fired on U.S. drone over Gulf, Pentagon says

    November 8, 2012 | 4:05 pm

    Iranian warplanes fired at an unarmed U.S. drone in international airspace last week but did not hit the aircraft, the Pentagon said on Thursday, disclosing details of an unprecedented incident that triggered a formal warning to Tehran through diplomatic channels.

    The November 1...

  • Nuclear plant in Iran nearing full operation, country’s energy minister says

    November 8, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    Iran's energy minister said his country's first nuclear power plant will be fully operational in the next two months.

    Najid Namjou was quoted Thursday by the Islamic Republic's semi-official Fars news agency about the Bushehr plant, according to Reuters.

    The same day, the...

  • July 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 11, 2012 | 4:10 am

    In-depth

    Israel’s Illogical Settlement Decision

    Writing in the National Interest, former US ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer explains why he disagrees with this week’s findings of an Israeli state commission on settlements. 

    The Levy committee’s assertion of...

  • Torture: What did we know, and when did we know it?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 27, 2008 | 7:19 pm


    “After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes.  The only question that remains to be answered is whether those...

  • Air Force Flies New Tolerance Guidelines

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Just in time for the High Holidays, U.S. Air Force officials are disseminating new guidelines for religious tolerance, in hopes of improving an atmosphere that some airmen say is unwelcoming to religious minorities.

    However, while some are calling the new regulations a good first...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    London, Tel Aviv Bombing Link

    One of the terrorists in the July 7 London transit-system bombings reportedly knew one of the bombers in a 2003 Tel Aviv terrorist attack. Mohammed Siddique Khan knew Omar Sharif, one of the two British terrorists to attack Mike's Place, a Tel Aviv...

  • AIPAC Staffers Go to Grand Jury

    By Edwin Black

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Top officials at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) have appeared before a grand jury and two senior staffers have been placed on paid leave in the latest developments in the federal investigation of the pro-Israel lobby for allegedly passing classified...

  • Is Israel Spy Claim a Neocon Backlash?

    By James D. Besser

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Hours after CBS News first reported that federal officials were investigating a possible Israeli "mole" at the Pentagon, the first analysis hit the wires claiming that the emerging scandal wouldn't damage U.S.-Israel relations.

    It was quick journalistic work, but it wasn't worth the...

  • Sept. 11 Report: Israel Was a Target

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Long before the Sept. 11 attacks, Al Qaeda was planning terrorist attacks against Israeli and American Jewish sites.

    That, at least, is one conclusion of the 9/11 Commission Report, which was released Thursday.

    The report shows that American intelligence agencies received signals...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Crown Heights Decision Overturned

    The brother of the Chasidic man killed in the 1991 Crown Heights riots will fight a court decision overturning the convictions of two men. Norman Rosenbaum told JTA that he plans to fly from Australia to New York in the coming days. "I have a...

  • Reform Leader Angers Orthodox

    By Julie Wiener

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Orthodox Jewish leaders are outraged by an Israeli Reform leader's comments drawing comparisons between fervently Orthodox Jews and the Islamic fundamentalists who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

    But Rabbi Uri Regev, the outspoken director of the Israel Religious...

  • People of All Faiths Find Solace in Prayer

    By Julie G Fax

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center seemed to have had the perfect combination of factors needed to dismantle people's religious beliefs: an atrocity committed in the name of religion and God, coupled with so many dead and wounded that even for those of strong...

  • Surreal in the City

    By Peter Ephross

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for North American Jews used to thinking about security issues at home -- and confronting terrorist acts in Israel -- the series of horrific acts that struck Tuesday came as a devastating, unimaginable blow.

    "This is surreal. This whole situation seems surreal," said Martin...

  • Exploding American Complacency

    By James D. Besser

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Terrorism, a part of everyday life in Israel for decades, exploded in the face of a complacent America with the twin terror attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11 and left a gaping, charred hole in the Pentagon in Washington.

    The bombings could have...

  • Terror Strikes Home

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Four downed planes. Three landmark buildings, two towers leveled. One nation under attack.

    Angelenos who woke up early Tuesday morning may have caught the beginning of the series of the terrorist attacks, when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City and...

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