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  • State Dept. designates Gaza-based council a terrorist group

    2 weeks ago

    The U.S. State Department designated a Gaza-based jihadist umbrella group as a terrorist organization.

    The designation for the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, which has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on Israel since the group’s founding in 2012,...

  • Cruz lifts hold on State nominees prompted by FAA ban

    July 28, 2014 | 6:27 pm

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lifted his hold on State Department nominees after the Federal Aviation Agency explained to him its reasons for a 36-hour ban on flights to Tel Aviv.

    “I appreciate the FAA’s efforts to respond to my questions, and so I have lifted my hold on State...

  • Israel says 8 Iranian Jews missing since 1990s were murdered

    March 20, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    Israel declared dead on Thursday eight Iranian Jews who disappeared while trying to leave Iran in the 1990s, saying its Mossad intelligence service had proof that they had been murdered.

    The men were among 12 members of the Islamic republic's Jewish minority whose disappearances...

  • State Dept. Israel report focuses on Bedouin

    February 28, 2014 | 11:50 am

    A focus of this year’s U.S. State Department human rights report on Israel was Bedouin rights.

    The report issued Thursday noted the Bedouin in its introduction, which it did not previously, and examined at length the demolition of Bedouin dwellings in 2013, a result of Israel’s...

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  • U.S.: Agreement in areas in Iran talks

    February 21, 2014 | 10:55 am

    Areas of agreement have emerged between Iran and the major powers in nuclear talks, a top administration official said, and the United States will keep Israel in the loop.

    The official, speaking Thursday to reporters in Vienna after the latest round of talks, said the...

  • State Department declined to sponsor canceled Israel UNESCO exhibit

    January 17, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    Does the State Department believe that accounts of ancient Jewish ties to the land of Israel are too sensitive to endorse — or not?

    We wrote today that UNESCO cancelled a Simon Wiesenthal Center-organized exhibit at the last minute because of pressure from Arab states. The...

  • Congressman pledges to end delay to U.S. gift for Auschwitz-Birkenau preservation

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 26, 2013 | 8:09 pm

    Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp where 1.1 million Jews and other victims were murdered, was not built to last forever. But that’s exactly what the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is charged with doing, and it is collecting $160 million from a group of 28 countries to make...

  • Congressman pledges to end delay to U.S. gift for Auschwitz-Birkenau preservation

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 23, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp where 1.1 million Jews and other victims were murdered, was not built to last forever. But that’s exactly what the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is charged with doing, and it is collecting $160 million from a group of 28 countries to make...

  • U.S.: Six-month clock on Iran hasn’t started

    November 27, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday that the six-month interim agreement with Iran has not yet started.

    The next step is “a continuation of technical discussions at a working level so that we can essentially tee up the implementation of the agreement,”...

  • U.S. State Department denies Israeli-Palestinian peace talks canceled

    August 26, 2013 | 11:15 am

    The U.S. State Department on Monday denied reports that U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians had been canceled following clashes in the West Bank.

    "I can assure you that no meetings have been canceled," State Department spokeswoman Mari Harf told Reuters....

  • Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume Aug. 14, U.S. says

    August 8, 2013 | 11:04 am

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume peace talk in Jerusalem on Aug. 14, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

    "Negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians will be resuming Aug. 14 in Jerusalem and will be followed by a meeting in Jericho (in the West...

  • U.S. diplomatic posts in Israel reopen, 19 others in Mideast to remain closed

    August 5, 2013 | 9:57 am

    The U.S. diplomatic missions in Israel reopened after a daylong closure due to what was deemed a credible al-Qaida threat.

    While the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, and the consulates in Jerusalem and Haifa reopened on Monday, the State Department issued a statement Sunday extending...

  • Peace talks to resume Monday in Washington

    July 28, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Talks between Palestinians and Israelis will resume on Monday evening, the first such formal deliberations in almost three years.

    Meetings between top negotiators will take place Monday night and Tuesday in Washington, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. Secretary of...

  • U.S. court: Americans born in Jerusalem not from ‘Israel’

    July 23, 2013 | 11:14 am

    A federal court upheld the State Department’s refusal to list “Israel” as the country of birth for Americans born in Jerusalem.

    The 42-page decision released Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia delved into constitutional law in finding that Congress,...

  • State Department: No announcement of restarted peace talks

    July 18, 2013 | 10:28 am

    A U.S. State Department official said there are no plans to announce a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after the Israeli government denied that it agreed to base new talks on the 1967 lines.

    “There are currently no plans for an announcement for the resumption of...

  • State Dept.: Ritual slaughter ‘important’ to Jewish, Muslim observance

    July 17, 2013 | 4:03 pm

    The U.S. State Department regards ritual slaughter as an “important aspect” of Jewish and Muslim religious observance, a spokesman said when asked about Poland’s ban of the practice.

    The spokesman, responding to a question from JTA, emphasized that the Polish government should be...

  • Michael Oren synthesized training as historian, role as diplomat

    July 15, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    Michael Oren was deep inside the State Department, relaxed and taking on all comers: He had the facts on his side.

    It was 2004 and the department was reviewing newly declassified National Security Agency evidence reinforcing Israel’s longstanding claim that its 1967 air attack on...

  • Tehran says U.S., not Iran, sponsors terrorism

    May 31, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    Iran on Friday rejected a U.S. State Department report that accused Tehran of increasing its support for terrorism overseas to levels not seen for two decades, saying it is the United States that backs terrorists in the Middle East.

    "Iran itself has been the victim of...

  • State Dept. report notes ‘marked resurgence’ in Iran-sponsored terror

    May 30, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    Iran-sponsored terrorism showed a “marked resurgence” last year, the State Department said in its annual report on terrorism.

    The report released Thursday named the Qods Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, its ministry of intelligence and Hezbollah, its ally in Lebanon,...

  • U.S. calls on Hezbollah to pull fighters out of Syria

    May 29, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    The U.S. State Department called on Lebanon's Hezbollah militia on Wednesday to withdraw its fighters from Syria immediately, saying their involvement on the side of President Bashar al-Assad signaled a dangerous broadening of the war.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki...

  • U.S. names 4 Iranian companies to sanctions list

    May 10, 2013 | 9:18 am

    The Obama administration added the names of four Iranian companies and an individual to those sanctioned for assisting Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

    "Iranian private sector firms should heed the risks incurred by conducting business with those who support Iran’s...

  • U.S. official talking ‘blood diamonds’ with Israel

    May 7, 2013 | 10:01 am

    A top U.S. official is traveling to Israel to discuss trade with a focus on conflict diamonds.

    Jose Fernandez, the assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, arrived in Israel on Monday for a two-day visit, the State Department said in a statement.

    "During...

  • Samira Ibrahim acknowledges ‘anti-Zionist’ tweet

    March 8, 2013 | 6:01 am

    After claiming her Twitter account was hacked, an Egyptian human rights activist appeared to acknowledge at least some of the anti-Jewish tweets that led the Obama administration to delay honoring her with an award.

    "I refused to apologize to the Zionist lobby in America on the...

  • State-honored activist claims tweets attacking Jews, Israelis were not hers

    March 7, 2013 | 9:45 am

    An Egyptian human rights activist set to be honored by the Obama administration says tweets on her Twitter feed attacking Jews and celebrating a a deadly attack on Israelis were the result of hacking.

    Samira Ibrahim is one of ten women who on Friday will receive the International...

  • U.S. knew of Yom Kippur War’s possibility early on, uncovered memo shows

    March 6, 2013 | 4:26 pm

    The U.S. government had information five months before the start of the 1973 Yom Kippur War that a conflict was imminent, a recently uncovered State Department memo shows.

    An article published Tuesday on the National Security Archive Internet site cited a secret U.S. State...

  • Israeli-Palestinian textbook study sparks controversy

    February 4, 2013 | 11:29 am

    A U.S. State Department-funded study on Israeli and Palestinian textbooks released in Jerusalem has set-off a wave of insults, charges and counter-charges. Israel’s Ministry of Education called the detailed report “biased and unprofessional” while the International Society for...

  • Clinton warns Russia, Iran of Syria conflict spreading

    February 1, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Iran and Russia on Thursday to rethink their support for Syria, saying the most dire scenarios of the conflict spilling beyond its borders could come to pass.

    Clinton told reporters there are signs Iran is sending more people and...

  • Top Egyptian official calls Holocaust a ‘myth’

    January 30, 2013 | 10:53 am

    A top Egyptian official close to President Mohamed Morsi called the Holocaust a myth.

    "The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented,” Fathi Shihab Eddim reportedly claimed in recent days.

    Shihab Eddim reportedly is responsible for appointing the editors of all...

  • Hillary Clinton discharged from N.Y. hospital, State Department says

    January 2, 2013 | 4:03 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was discharged from hospital on Wednesday after being treated for a blood clot in a vein behind her right ear, and her doctors expect her to make a full recovery, a State Department spokesman said.

    "Her medical team advised her that she is...

  • Hillary Clinton leaves New York hospital, then returns

    January 2, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefly left New York-Presbyterian hospital on Wednesday, only to return about 15 minutes later, the New York Daily News reported.

    The State Department declined to comment on where Clinton may have gone or the status of her hospital stay. She...

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