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  • Peres receives credentials of Egypt, Jordan envoys

    October 17, 2012 | 9:31 am

    The new ambassadors of Egypt and Jordan presented their credentials to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Egyptian envoy Atef Mohamed Salem Sayed Elahl and Jordanian envoy Walid Khalid Abdullah Obeidat were among six new ambassadors to present their credentials to Peres in Jerusalem...

  • Knesset dissolution bill passes first reading

    October 15, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Legislation to dissolve the Israeli Knesset and go to national elections was approved unanimously on first reading.

    Israeli lawmakers voted 99-0, with one voting "present," on Monday night to dissolve the 18th Knesset and hold elections for a new government on Jan. 22. The...

  • For southern Israel, start of school is start of ‘rocket season’

    August 27, 2012 | 10:09 am

    As the school year got underway for more than two million Israeli students across the country on Monday, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open territory in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council in southern Israel—midway between Beersheba and Ashkelon—causing no...

  • What should Jews do about the circumcision crisis?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 24, 2012 | 11:31 am

    My two smart and well-informed colleagues, Dr. Rabbi Dov Maimon and Nadia ‎Ellis (of JPPI fame), just published a new report on the so-called Circumcision ‎Crisis. That is, the attempt to limit or ban circumcision and other religious ‎practices in Western Europe. The paper is...

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  • August 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 21, 2012 | 5:37 am

    In-depth

    The Israeli debate on attacking Iran is over

    By drawing attention to its vital relationship with the US, Shimon Peres has played the trump card in arguments against a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran, writes Shai Feldman in Foreign Policy.

    The presidential election...

  • August 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 17, 2012 | 1:43 am

    ‎‎In-depth

    Mursi and Israel

    The new Egyptian president cannot dodge questions about his stance on Israel forever, writes Khalil El-Anani in Al-Ahram.

    Mursi should bring himself to acknowledge the bitter truth. Dealing with Israel is not an option. It is an imperative...

  • Netanyahu aides: In opposing Israeli attack on Iran, Peres forgot his place

    August 16, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly clashed over the possibility of a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities on Thursday, with Netanyahu aides reportedly saying that Peres had “forgotten the role of a president in the State of Israel.”

    Earlier...

  • Peres says Israel can’t go it alone in Iran, trusts Obama

    August 16, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday came out against any go-it-alone Israeli attack on Iran, saying he trusted U.S. President Barack Obama’s pledge to prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons.

    His comments appeared to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and...

  • Israel to U.S.: Time running out in Iran nuclear dispute

    August 1, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    Israel warned visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday that time was running out for a peaceful settlement to the nuclear dispute with Iran, saying sanctions and tough talk over possible military action were failing to sway Tehran.

    Speculation is rampant over...

  • Romney, Obama show love for Israel in their own separate ways

    July 31, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    It was a weekend of Israel love politically that highlighted two approaches to showing affection for the Jewish state: Go to Israel, as Mitt Romney did, or go pro-Israel, as the Obama administration did.

    The pictures told the story, or as it were, stories: Romney in a kipah at the...

  • Israel receives first contact from Egypt’s Morsi

    July 31, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told Israel on Tuesday he wanted to work for peace in the Middle East, in the first official message sent by the Arab state’s new Islamist leadership to the Jewish state.

    Politicians in Israel had expressed alarm in private over the election of the...

  • Struggling with mourning on Tisha b’Av? Join the oh-so-Jewish club of ‎confusion

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 27, 2012 | 8:29 am

    Last week, I had lunch with President Shimon Peres at his residence. A ‎fascinating two-hour break from my usual schedule, talking mostly ‎about history and its lessons – or whether it had any. I was really a ‎sidekick at this event, the President wanted to meet a young and...

  • Planes with wounded return to Israel; Peres: ‘Israel will act against terror’

    July 19, 2012 | 9:36 am

    President Shimon Peres said in response to the deadly attack in Bulgaria that Israel will “locate and act against terror all over the world,” as the wounded and dead arrived in Israel.

    Two planes carrying Israelis wounded from Wednesday evening’s attack were landed in Israel at...

  • Clinton to Netanyahu: ‘We will continue to consult closely’

    July 16, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem Monday, fresh from a visit to Egypt, where she became the most senior U.S. official to meet newly elected President Mohamed Morsi, from the long-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

    It was Clinton’s first visit to the...

  • Clinton meets with Israeli leaders on Iran, Syria, Egypt and peace process

    July 16, 2012 | 10:03 am

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she and Israeli President Shimon Peres spoke about “Egypt and Syria, peace efforts, Iran and other regional and global issues” during their meeting in Jerusalem.

    Clinton arrived in Israel Monday for a day of meetings with Israeli leaders....

  • Israel’s fast, free and innovative way to save lives

    July 11, 2012 | 5:07 pm

    Minutes after the words “fainting in Mamilla Mall” appeared on his pager, paramedic Arie Jaffe was defibrillating the heart of a man lying on the floor of a Jerusalem pedestrian mall.

    The patient, a man in his early 60s who had been walking through the popular Jerusalem site...

  • Peres: Settlements bad for the Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 11, 2012 | 10:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that the West Bank settlements are bad for the Jews. JTA reports:

    “It is doubtful that a Jewish state without a Jewish majority can remain Jewish,” Peres said, inferring that settlements would lead to the inextricable inclusion of the Palestinians living on the West Bank.

    Peres’ remarks were an apparent response to the Levy Committee report, released Sunday, which stated that the West Bank settlements were legal because Israel does not meet the definition, under international law, of a military occupation.

  • Settlements a threat to Israel, Peres says

    July 10, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres called West Bank settlements a threat to Israel.

    The remarks, made Tuesday at the annual ceremony in memory of Zionism founder Theodor Herzl, appeared to address a report released Sunday that said “Israel does not meet the criteria of ‘military...

  • Peres cancels Olympics participation to avoid desecrating Shabbat

    July 10, 2012 | 11:24 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres canceled his participation in the 2012 Olympic Games in London after failing to find a way to attend the opening ceremony without desecrating the Jewish Sabbath.

    The opening ceremony begins on a Friday, July 27, before Shabbat starts, but will end well...

  • Putin in Israel for dedication, meetings

    June 25, 2012 | 4:17 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, in meetings with Israeli leaders, discussed Iran, Syria and the stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

    Putin on June 25 also attended the dedication of a memorial in the coastal town of Netanya to the Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany.

    ...
  • June 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 22, 2012 | 4:02 am

    Noteworthy

    Leading Syrians prepare to defect

    Following the defection by a Syria fighter pilot to Jordan, American officials believe Bashar Assad’s inner circle have been making exit plans, write Ruth Sherlock, Suha Maayeh and Peter Foster in the Daily Telegraph.

    The defection...

  • What do Israelis want from Diaspora Jews? EVERYTHING

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2012 | 12:23 am

    It’s a week of conferences for me; the first, on US-Israel relations, is behind me, the ‎second, Tomorrow - The Israeli Presidential Conference, started Tuesday. I’ll be ‎moderating a panel there on Thursday called “What does World Jewry Expect from ‎Israel?” that is promising...

  • Kissinger: Moment of truth on Iran within months

    June 19, 2012 | 4:29 pm

    Henry Kissinger, upon receiving Israel’s presidential award from Israeli President Shimon Peres, said the moment of truth on the Iran question will be in the months ahead.

    “The question is at what point one concludes that negotiations have reached their limit? It is not a question...

  • After Peres medal, pleas for Pollard persist

    June 19, 2012 | 10:11 am

    The Washington festivities honoring Israeli President Shimon Peres have come and gone, without an assurance of clemency for jailed spy Jonathan Pollard.

    But while Pollard’s 27th year in federal prison continues, so do calls for his release.

    “While I certainly don’t condone...

  • Peres calls for renewed peace talks in medal ceremony

    June 14, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, Israeli President Shimon Peres called for a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians.

    “Israel and the Palestinians are ripe today to restart” peace talks, Peres said at the White House ceremony on Wednesday. “A...

  • June 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 14, 2012 | 3:02 am

    Noteworthy

    It’s Still Mubarak’s Egypt

    The legacy of the ousted president still casts a long shadow over Egypt, writes Steven ‎A. Cook in Foreign Policy.‎

    The Egypt that Mubarak officially inherited from Anwar Sadat on Oct. 14, 1981, was very ‎different from the country...

  • Peres and Obama meet in the White House discuss Iran, peace process

    June 13, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    President Shimon Peres met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, prior to the official dinner and reception at the White House, during which Peres will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civic award in the U.S.

    The fate of the convicted spy Jonathan...

  • White House won’t budge on Pollard release, despite Peres plea

    June 13, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    The U.S. stance denying clemency to Jonathan Pollard remains the same for now, a White House spokesman said, despite the plea by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    “Our position has not changed and will not change today,” Jay Carney said Wednesday. “And I would simply remind you that...

  • Obama: Peres represents Israel’s self-defense, desire for peace

    June 13, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    Awarding Shimon Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Obama said the Israeli president embodied Israel’s need to simultaneously defend itself and to seek peace.

    “Shimon knows the necessity of strength,” Obama said in prepared remarks released to the media before...

  • In first, bipartisan House letter seeks Pollard’s release

    June 12, 2012 | 11:31 am

    Congressional Democrats and Republicans are joining forces for the first time in an effort to secure Jonathan Pollard’s release.

    A bipartisan letter is circulating in the U.S. House of Representatives soliciting signatures on a letter to President Obama asking him to commute...

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