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  • Iraqi-American Jews oppose planned return of Jewish artifacts

    By Jared Sichel

    November 13, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    The last remnants of Iraq’s once-vibrant, 2,500-year-old Jewish community left that country long ago. (Only five Jews remain, according to a recent New York Times op-ed.) But some Iraqi Jewish manuscripts, community records and holy books may soon be sent back from the United...

  • Syria’s chemical weapons: decades to build, years to destroy

    September 11, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    If Saddam Hussein's Iraq is anything to go by, destroying Syria's massive chemical weapons arsenal will mean checking dozens of far-flung sites in a war zone while the government employs delaying tactics to hide the banned munitions, an expert involved in past U.N. disarmament...

  • Building case for lawmakers, U.S. says sarin gas used in Syria attack

    September 1, 2013 | 11:56 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday tests showed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly August 21 chemical attack near Damascus as he sought to build the case to convince skeptical lawmakers to authorize a military strike against the Syrian government.

    He invoked the...

  • Syria’s chemical weapons program was built to counter Israel

    June 4, 2013 | 8:05 am

    Syria, defeated by Israel in three wars and afraid its arch enemy had gained a nuclear arsenal, began in earnest to build a covert chemical weapons program three decades ago, aided by its neighbors, allies and European chemical wholesalers.

    Damascus lacked the technology and...

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  • Alleged chemical attack kills 25 in northern Syria

    March 19, 2013 | 4:25 pm

    Syria's government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday in what would, if confirmed, be the first use of such weapons in the two-year conflict.

    U.S. President Barack Obama, who has resisted overt military...

  • In Tel Aviv many stay cool as rockets explode

    November 16, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Pleasure-loving, wheeler-dealer Tel Aviv withstood Saddam Hussein's Scud missiles 20 years ago and Palestinian suicide bomb attacks a decade later.

    The latest threat - Palestinian rockets from the Gaza Strip - is something new, but in a sense familiar.

    Some in the throbbing...

  • November 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 12, 2012 | 1:18 am

    In-depth

    Is it Already Too Late to Stop Iran?

    Jonathan Tobin of Commentary raises the question that if Israel no longer has the capability to halt Iran's nuclear program, how long before the same true is of the United States. 

    Yet if it is now too late for Israel to stop...

  • September 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 9, 2012 | 2:05 am

    In-depth

    Lessons for Israel from Captured Iraqi Nuclear Documents

    Documents revealing Saddam Hussein's true motives for acquiring nuclear weapons in the 1980s could be applicable to Iran today, writes Dore Gold in Algemeiner

    In the debate over Israel’s future borders in...

  • Dealing with Iran’s nuclear challenge

    August 8, 2012 | 11:43 am

    Ten years ago this month a little- known Iranian dissident group — the National Council of Resistance of Iran — held a news conference in Washington, D.C. to present a finding that sent shock waves around the world: Iran had under construction two covert nuclear facilities — a...

  • Israel: Between Iraq and a Hard Place

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The intensifying crisis of Iran's nuclear program is bringing into sharp relief the problems created for Israel by the radical foreign policy of the Bush administration. In a world filled with nations and movements hostile to Israel, the United States has long been Israel's big...

  • Continue Hussein Trial for Greater Good

    By Nooredin Abedian

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants, which resumed in a fortified courtroom in Baghdad's Green Zone this week following a 40-day adjournment, has raised a few eyebrows. Among other criticisms, the Iraqi special court and the United States are being criticized for a...

  • U.S. Needs Time Frame on Iraq Mission

    By Sen. Russ Feingold

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's been nearly two and a half years since the president gave a triumphant speech about

    Iraq before a banner declaring, "Mission Accomplished."

    But while he was right to celebrate the skill and bravery of the U.S. military forces that deposed Saddam Hussein, he was wrong about...

  • Shattered

    By Rob Eshman

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I'm not sure, but Tom and I may be breaking up.

    It's not over yet, and he doesn't know about this -- largely because he couldn't care less -- but from where I sit, Tom Friedman is looking less and less like the Sage of Bethesda and more and more like a tone-deaf Telemachus.

    Back...

  • Cheney’s Israel-Iraq Comment Misleads

    By Janine Zacharia

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Israel has received scant attention in the run-up to the Nov. 2 presidential election. Iraq and the war against Al Qaeda have dominated the foreign policy discussions. And with neither candidate sketching out an approach to resuming the peace process, both sides prefer instead to...

  • What about Iran?

    By Janine Zacharia

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last week in Baghdad, 30 Iranians were captured fighting for the militant Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. A few days earlier, two trucks transporting weapons for Sadr's fighters were caught trying to drive into Iraq from Iran.

    NBC reported recently that "thousands" of Iranian-funded...

  • Rabbi Holds Services at Saddam’s Palace

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    If you're looking for one of the world's newest centers for Judaism, then look no further than at a perverse example of garish excess seen in the past year: one of Saddam Hussein's palaces. Comedian Al Franken lit Chanukah candles in the palace in an illuminative snub of the...

  • How Will Saddam’s Capture Affect Vote?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What does the capture of Saddam Hussein mean for Jewish voters in 2004? Will it shift the preferences of Jewish Democrats as they weigh the party's presidential contenders? Will it push Jewish voters closer to supporting President Bush for re-election?

    The heartfelt connection that...

  • What Made Saddam Run?

    By Reuven Firestone

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What was the driving force behind Saddam Hussein's behavior? Was it his Arabness? His Islam? Or just generic cruelty?

    There is a famous story from the Jahiliyya, that long period in Arabia before the emergence of Islam, about a Jew named Samaw'al (Samuel) B. Adiya. He was entrusted...

  • Israel and Saddam Share Long History

    By Dina Kraft

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Spewing anti-Israel vitriol was one of Saddam Hussein's specialties. Of all the leaders in the Arab world, Saddam seemed to have the most to say against Israel, and he seemed to say it the most often.

    Now that he has been captured and faces possible trial, experts are asking...

  • Saddam’s Fall Seen Just as First Step

    By Leslie Susser

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis have a long score to settle with Saddam Hussein: The former Iraqi dictator promised to destroy the Jewish State, fired 39 Scud missiles at Israeli cities during the Persian Gulf War and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

    So,...

  • Saddam Should Face Iraq ‘Nuremberg’ Trial

    By Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Smoked out of his rat hole by the U.S. Army, there was the Iraqi dictator, not spewing propaganda but having his heavily bearded mouth probed by a latex-gloved medic. The doctor may not only have been extracting a DNA sample but searching for a cyanide capsule -- the type used by...

  • Soldiers Celebrate High Holidays in Iraq

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Mitchell Ackerson blew the shofar this past Rosh Hashanah, it reverberated throughout one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces. More than 100 Jewish members of the U.S. forces stationed in Iraq attended the High Holiday services at the former Iraqi dictator's Baghdad...

  • Settlements Create

    By Leslie Susser

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's extended honeymoon with the Bush administration may fast be approaching its end, pundits in Israel warn. It could come down to the issue of settlements, which has long been a bone of contention in the Israel-U.S. relationship.

    The trigger is...

  • A Scream Looking for a Mouth

    By David Suissa

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The anti-war forces in America have blundered, and it's making them lose the war -- for our hearts and minds.

    The problem is the demonstrations. By their very nature, public rallies of this sort tend to reduce issues to black-and-white oversimplifications, fueled by a need to...

  • Beware of a ‘Farhoud’

    By Ehud Ya’ari

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Is the United States going to fight for that New Babylon, a democratic, peace-loving, malice-free Iraq that will serve as a model for the whole Arab re-gion? The answer is probably "yes."

    Is the success of the military operation guaranteed? Of course. There's no way that Saddam...

  • Charming? Not the Word for Politics

    By Leonard Fein

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Plato described democracy as "a charming form of government." Well, perhaps in ancient Greece there wasn't much else to charm away the days. But on the eve of Israel's elections and President Bush's State of the Union, "charming" is hardly the word that comes first to mind in...

  • A Year to Remember

    By Rob Eshman

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I once had a history teacher who was ambivalent about dates. Before a test, an anxious student would invariably ask whether we'd need to remember what year an event happened.

    He'd wave off the question, "Just remember the big ones."

    Don't you get the feeling 2003 will be a Big One?...

  • The Jewish War

    By Rob Eshman

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the Sept. 30 MSNBC show "Hardball," Chris Matthews hosted a debate between Pat Buchanan and Republican political analyst David Frum. Buchanan opposed a United States-led invasion of Iraq, while Frum supported President George W. Bush's plan for tough inspections first followed by...

  • Learning to Live on the Knife-Edge

    By David Silverberg

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What's it like to be a citizen of a country that preempts its enemies -- now that this is the official national security doctrine of the United States? Americans might look to the Israeli experience.

    Preemption has guided that Middle Eastern state since its founding in 1948. Israeli...

  • The Ethics of War

    By Uriel Heilman

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When the U.S. House and Senate voted last week to pass resolutions authorizing the use of military force against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, the domestic political debate surrounding the war issue was brought to rest, at least for the time being. But for many people across the...

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