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  • Poroshenko to visit Israel for first time as Ukraine president

    2 weeks ago

    In a move that may anger Russia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly scheduled to visit Ukraine soon and host its president in Jerusalem.

    Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel, Hennadii Nadolenko, announced the plans for the visits in an op-ed published this week...

  • Russia steps up demand for U.S. to drop European missile shield

    3 weeks ago

    Russia urged the United States on Friday to scrap plans to station parts of a missile shield system in Europe now that Iran has reached an agreement with world powers to limit its nuclear program.

    Moscow has long opposed the plan, which it sees as a threat to its nuclear...

  • The Iran deal: getting to checkmate

    3 weeks ago

    The Iran nuclear deal has been likened, ad nauseam, to a game of chess. It is with that model in mind that I favor the deal — though not for the usual reasons. 

    Proponents and opponents of the deal make a number of valid points. Most salient are the following: 

    1) The sanctions...

  • Russia modernizing S-300 missile system for Iran: RIA, citing Putin aide

    July 30, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    Russia is modernizing its S-300 missile system to supply to Iran, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, RIA news agency reported.

    "It has partially been updated, separate elements are still being updated," said Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential adviser on...

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  • Iran deal: See dealer for details

    By David Suissa

    July 28, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    The more I get into the Iran nuclear deal, the more it feels like the television show “Mad Men” — you know, those slick advertising geniuses who seduce you with promises but downplay the fine print.

    It’s like one of those radio commercials for hot new car deals, where the...

  • Inspired by Iran deal, EU seeks coalition to revive Mideast peace push

    July 20, 2015 | 11:10 am

    Inspired by Europe's role in a nuclear deal with Iran, the European Union wants to form a broader, U.N.-backed coalition to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Taking up a French proposal, EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to try to create an...

  • Russian prosecutors investigate second Jewish educational institution

    June 15, 2015 | 3:09 pm

    For the second time in one month, Russian prosecutors conducted a surprise inspection at a Jewish educational institution.

    The latest inspection occurred earlier this month in Novgorod, a city located 335 miles northwest of Moscow, according to Russian Jewish Congress President...

  • Russia says it will retaliate if U.S. weapons stationed on its borders

    June 15, 2015 | 10:41 am

    A plan by Washington to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would be the most aggressive U.S. act since the Cold War, and Moscow would retaliate by beefing up its own forces, a Russian defense official said on Monday.

    The United States is offering to...

  • A Russian chief rabbi stands by his strongman, aka Putin

    June 5, 2015 | 3:27 pm

    Rabbi Berel Lazar’s mother was eager for grandchildren. So she gave her 25-year-old son an ultimatum: He could return to his beloved Jewish outreach work in Russia if — and only if — he got married.

    His yeshiva classmates jokingly said he was already wed, “to the idea of going to...

  • Summer film preview: Art, identity, violence and heroism

    June 1, 2015 | 4:42 pm

    This summer’s film offerings are heavily sprinkled with foreign fare, much of it dealing with issues of ethnic identity, fundamentalism and genocide.

    But art is the focus of the Russian movie “Chagall-Malevich,” a work of magical realism by filmmaker Aleksandr Mitta that...

  • Israeli air force chief unfazed Egypt may get Russia’s S-300

    May 27, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    The chief of Israel's air force on Wednesday played down worries voiced by some fellow officials about the possibility of Egypt acquiring advanced Russian-made air defenses.

    The Russian news agency TASS said in March Egypt would receive the Antey-2500 missile system, an S-300...

  • Israel says Egypt buying advanced Russian air defence system

    May 13, 2015 | 9:32 am

    A senior Israeli intelligence official who tracks the regional arms balance said on Wednesday that Egypt was buying Russia's advanced S-300 air defence system, a deal reported in Russian media but not confirmed by Cairo.

    Asked about the Israeli remarks, an Egyptian official...

  • Russian bookstores remove ‘Maus’ over swastika on cover

    April 29, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    Russian bookstores began removing the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Maus” from their shelves due to the large swastika on its cover.

    Concerns about raids by the authorities to remove the symbol ahead of May 9, when Russia will observe 70 years since the victory over the Nazis,...

  • Russia says missile deal with Iran will not happen in near future

    April 23, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    Russia will not sell Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles in the near future, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said.
    Russia earlier this month said it would lift its embargo on the sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran, antagonizing Israel and the United States. The advanced...

  • Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?

    April 21, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Russia for fear it could provide Syria with a powerful anti-aircraft missile called the...

  • Like a Miracle

    April 15, 2015 | 12:56 pm

    And still it is beautiful as a miracle
    This rosy twig of lilac…
    Even in our days
    of evil, terror and dread.

    Even in our street
    when hate swells grand with khutspa
    the little lilac twig stretches out
    to you and to me like a miracle…


    Zusman Segalovitch (1884-1948) was...

  • Israel ‘dismayed’ at S-300 missile deal with Iran

    April 14, 2015 | 10:34 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed Israel's "dismay" to Russian President Vladimir Putin at Russia's decision to lift a self-imposed ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran.

    A statement from Netanyahu's office said he "expressed Israel's dismay at the decision... (and) told President Putin that this step will only increase Iran's aggression in the region and will destabilize security in the Middle East."

    Putin lifted the ban on delivering the air defense system to Iran on Monday.

  • Russia opens way to missile deliveries to Iran, starts oil-for-goods swap

    April 13, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    Russia paved the way on Monday for missile system deliveries to Iran and started an oil-for-goods swap, signalling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran.

    The moves come after world powers, including Russia,...

  • Jewish-Christian charity helps Ukrainians move to Israel

    April 1, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Tatyana Orul would have moved to Israel years ago if not for her job as a television journalist in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which interested her too much to give up.

    But when bombs started falling next to her house last year, she reconsidered. The war between...

  • Scribbled note shows Nemtsov on trail of Russian deaths in Ukraine

    March 5, 2015 | 11:35 am

    It may have been the last note Boris Nemtsov ever wrote, a hurried scrawl in blue pen on a plain white sheet of A4 paper.

    A day before he was shot dead near the Kremlin last week, the Russian opposition figure and his close aide Olga Shorina were discussing a sensitive...

  • For Ukraine Jews, Purim holiday merely a respite

    March 5, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Jewish perseverance, and more than a bit of chutzpah, lies at the heart of the Purim holiday we celebrate this week. It is one of the reasons we are instructed to mark this raucous holiday with boundless joy and why thousands of Ukrainian Jews, despite the odds they face, will join...

  • For Russia’s Jews, Nemtsov murder is reminder of their vulnerability

    March 3, 2015 | 9:59 am

    During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the chauvinistic policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg, Zicer, 55, has limited hope for change in a country that is ranked 148th in the...

  • Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

    February 27, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday.

    Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been due to take part on Sunday in the first big...

  • Kerry appears to take swipe at Netanyahu over Iran nuclear talks

    February 24, 2015 | 11:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday appeared to take a swipe at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying critics of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran did not know what they were talking about.

    Speaking to senators, Kerry also said he expected to know soon whether...

  • Kerry: Russia is lying when it denies its troops are in Ukraine

    February 24, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Russia was lying when it said there are no Russian troops or equipment in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government troops.

    Fighting has abated in eastern Ukraine in recent days, raising hope that a ceasefire that...

  • Overlooked, battle for Watiyah air base key to Libya’s future

    February 18, 2015 | 5:48 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Russian heat-seeking rockets terrorize the fighters scattered along the front at the Watiyah air base in Western Libya. “Torpedoes are dangerous because they precisely target cars, often full of men,” one of the fighters told...

  • Kremlin says Putin, Obama urge swift end to bloodshed in Ukraine

    February 10, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted in a phone call on Tuesday the need for a political solution to the "internal" conflict in Ukraine to swiftly end the bloodshed there, the Kremlin said in a statement.

    The Kremlin also said the two...

  • EU official: Tensions with Russia must not muddle Holocaust record

    January 27, 2015 | 9:19 am

    Political tensions with Russia must not be allowed to obfuscate the historical record on the Holocaust, a senior European Union official said.

    Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — made the plea Monday at an event in...

  • Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

    January 27, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Auschwitz's last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

    European Jews warn of a growing...

  • Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed ‘aggression’

    January 26, 2015 | 11:42 am

    Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington...

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