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  • Netanyahu describes mutual interests in defending ties with Russia

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that outreach between Israel and Russia made sense because of shared concerns about militant Islam, a desire to avoid clashes in Syria and Russia’s interest in Israeli technology.

    Netanyahu appeared in New York on Sept. 22 to receive...

  • ‘For the Love of Spock’ doc celebrates the life and career of Leonard Nimoy

    By Gerri Miller

    2 weeks ago

    A Boston-born son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Leonard Nimoy played one of the most iconic TV characters of all time, the ever-logical half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on “Star Trek.” 

    Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the television series, the recently released documentary “For the...

  • European, Israeli Jews gather undisturbed in predominantly Muslim city in Russia

    September 2, 2016 | 11:28 am

    Hundreds of Israeli and European Jews convened in the capital of the predominantly Muslim Russian state of Tatarstan for an annual Jewish music festival as well as a Jewish learning Limmud FSU conference.

    The two events, which coincide with a third — the Sept. 4 European Day of...

  • Russia uses Iran as base to bomb Syrian militants for first time

    August 16, 2016 | 11:53 am

    Russia used Iran as a base from which to launch air strikes against Syrian militants for the first time on Tuesday, widening its air campaign in Syria and deepening its involvement in the Middle East.

    In a move underscoring Moscow's increasingly close ties with Tehran, long-range...

  • Russian synagogue with dark past invites Pokemon hunters to toast its revival

    July 19, 2016 | 11:03 am

    As the Pokemon Go phenomenon grows, some institutions connected to European Jewry’s darkest hour have taken precautions against it.

    The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum in Poland has banned the addictive smartphone game, in which players viewing their...

  • With Euro Cup brawl and Olympics doping scandal, Russia deepens its sense of isolation

    July 11, 2016 | 10:57 am

    In authoritarian political systems, sports take on outsized importance. After all, national greatness is part of the bargain: a measure of democratic freedom is traded for strength and victory, whether on the battlefield or in the stadium. That logic holds for Vladimir Putin’s...

  • Netanyahu on way to Russia to meet with Putin

    June 6, 2016 | 10:09 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel left Monday on an official visit to Russia to mark the 25th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet Wednesday at the...

  • Russia to return Israeli tank captured by Syria in 1982

    May 31, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    Russia said it will return to Israel a tank that Syrian forces captured in 1982 during a battle that ended with 20 Israeli soldiers dead and three missing in action.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order to return the tank from the Battle of Sultan Yacoub in the First...

  • Egyptian officials say terrorism more likely than accident in EgyptAir crash

    May 19, 2016 | 10:53 am

    An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 56 passengers and ten crew crashed into the Mediterranean on Thursday, apparently killing everyone on board, and raising fears that it was a terrorist attack. The plane had taken off from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport in France, and...

  • Russia delays U.N. council condemnation of N.Korea missile tests

    May 3, 2016 | 2:49 pm

    A United Nations Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile tests has been delayed by Russian amendments to a statement that had been agreed by the remaining 14 members, including Pyongyang's ally China, diplomats said on Tuesday.

    North Korea test-fired what...

  • 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 -...

  • Russian fighter did barrel roll over U.S. reconnaissance plane

    April 29, 2016 | 2:17 pm

    A Russian jet fighter intercepted a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane on Friday in an "unsafe and unprofessional manner" over the Baltic Sea, the Pentagon said, and CNN reported the Russian pilot did a barrel roll over the U.S. plane.

    The U.S. Air Force RC-135 plane was flying...

  • Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits

    April 26, 2016 | 12:33 pm

    When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defense system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day.

    Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin's decision a year ago to press ahead with the stalled sale...

  • Netanyahu, Putin meet to ‘avoid’ military mishaps over Syria

    April 22, 2016 | 8:12 am

    Amid tension between Israeli and Russian troops around Syria, Benjamin Netanyahu met with Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss ways to avoid friction.

    Israel’s prime minister and Russia’s president met Thursday in Moscow to “tighten security coordination between Israel and Russia...

  • Russian protesters demand ban on Chabad movement

    April 19, 2016 | 11:44 am

    Demonstrators protesting the allocation of land to the Jewish community in the Russian city of Perm demanded the outlawing of the Chabad movement.

    More than 100 people attended the rally near the area that municipal authorities in Perm, which is located 870 miles east of Moscow,...

  • Russia jets make ‘simulated attack’ passes near U.S. destroyer

    April 13, 2016 | 12:05 pm

    Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew simulated attack passes near a U.S. guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, a U.S. official said, describing it as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory.

    The repeated flights by the Sukhoi SU-24...

  • Iran says Russia delivers first part of its S-300 defense system

    April 11, 2016 | 11:57 am

    Russia has delivered the first part of an advanced missile defense system to Iran, Iranian media reported on Monday, starting to equip Tehran with technology that was blocked before it signed a deal with world powers on its nuclear programme.

    The S-300 surface-to-air system was...

  • Nuclear terrorism fears loom over Obama’s final atomic summit

    March 30, 2016 | 3:22 pm

    Just as fears of nuclear terrorism are rising, President Barack Obama's drive to lock down vulnerable atomic materials worldwide seems to have lost momentum and could slow further.

    With less than 10 months left in office to follow through on one of his signature foreign policy...

  • Poll: Trump, Clinton lead among Russian American Jews

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    March 29, 2016 | 4:04 pm

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the top choices for president among Russian-speaking American Jews, according to poll data obtained by Jewish Insider.

    16.3 percent of Russian American Jews support Trump, and 12.7 percent support Clinton, according to a poll of more than 500...

  • Netanyahu to meet Putin in Moscow on April 21

    March 29, 2016 | 11:35 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April 21 to discuss security issues in the Middle East, an Israeli political source said on Tuesday.

    Israel and Russia have maintained a hotline to help avoid their aircraft...

  • In wake of Russia’s planned Syria withdrawal, Putin and Netanyahu to hold security meeting

    March 17, 2016 | 8:20 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet soon in Moscow to discuss regional security and trade.

    At a joint news conference Wednesday with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin before their meeting in Moscow, Putin announced his plans for...

  • Merrick Garland’s Jewish family: Matzah, prayer shawls and Democratic Party politics

    By Jared Sichel

    March 16, 2016 | 3:05 pm

    Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the sudden death last month of Justice Antonin Scalia, is a renowned jurist on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., Circuit, a Harvard Law graduate and a Jew.


  • Rivlin to tell Putin: Syria pullout must not strengthen Iran, Hezbollah

    March 15, 2016 | 2:25 pm

    Any future peace agreement in Syria must not end up strengthening Iran and Hezbollah, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will tell Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in Moscow.

    With Wednesday’s meeting, Rivlin will be the first international leader to meet with Putin...

  • Putin says Russians to start withdrawing from Syria, as peace talks resume

    March 14, 2016 | 3:05 pm

    President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that "the main part" of Russian armed forces in Syria will start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed on ending the five-year-old war.

    Syria rejected any...

  • Putin announces Russian military withdrawal from Syria

    March 14, 2016 | 1:12 pm

    In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a military withdrawal from Syria.

    Saying its intervention, launched in 2015, has mostly achieved its goals, Putin said Monday the pullout of most of Russia’s forces will begin Tuesday, according to Reuters.


  • Israel says Syrian government used chemical weapons during truce

    March 1, 2016 | 12:59 pm

    Israel said on Tuesday that Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons against civilians since the start of a ceasefire aimed at preparing the way for an end to the five-year civil war.

    The truce, sponsored by Russia and the United States, began on Saturday and has been...

  • Israel welcomes Syria truce but hints could attack if threatened

    February 29, 2016 | 2:44 pm

    Israel welcomed the cessation of hostilities in neighboring Syria but hinted on Sunday it could still launch attacks there if it saw a threat.

    Guns mostly fell silent in Syria and Russian air raids in support of President Bashar al-Assad stopped on Saturday, the first day of a...

  • Russia will send first S-300 missile system to Iran on Thursday

    February 17, 2016 | 10:08 am

    Russia will send the first S-300 air defense missile system to Iran on Thursday, Russia's RIA state news agency reported on Wednesday quoting an unidentified source.

    The missile system will be delivered under the terms of an earlier contract.

    Russia to sign contract this year...

  • Russian Jews built this city on rock and roll (and klezmer)

    February 1, 2016 | 2:14 pm

    When the six members of the Simcha klezmer band hauled their instruments into a dilapidated rehearsal space, no one suspected they were about to hijack a government building in this large, clean city some 450 miles east of Moscow.

    But that’s exactly what happened in...

  • Russia’s Putin probably approved London murder of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko

    January 21, 2016 | 8:22 am

    President Vladimir Putin probably approved a 2006 Russian intelligence operation to murder ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London, a British inquiry concluded on Thursday, prompting a row with Moscow.

    Russia, which had declined to cooperate in...

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