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  • Ehud Barak discusses Mideast affairs

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    At a time when Israel is engulfed in terror, millions of Syrians are living as refugees and the Islamic State is a source of havoc in the region, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said he has deep uncertainties about the future of the Middle East. 

    “We are living in a...

  • Beings of no nation, but a world of refugees

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 20, 2015 | 4:57 pm

    So the world is awake.

    We thought all we needed was the indelible image of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi and his delicate little body washed up on a beach to rouse us from passivity to passion regarding Syrian refugees.

    It wasn’t enough that for four years, we saw images of beheadings,...

  • Beings of no nation, but a world of refugees

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 20, 2015 | 3:18 pm

    So the world is awake.

    We thought all we needed was the indelible image of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi and his delicate little body washed up on a beach to rouse us from passivity to passion regarding Syrian refugees.

    It wasn’t enough that for four years, we saw images of beheadings,...

  • U.N. says it is pushing Russia, US for urgent agreement on Syria

    October 12, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    The U.N. mediator trying to convene Syria peace talks said on Monday it was urgent for Russia and the United States to reach an understanding to avert a military escalation that could effectively dismember the country.

    The two powers are pivotal to ushering Syria's warring sides...

  • What Syria’s refugees think about Israel might surprise you

    October 9, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Israel’s government is in cahoots with Syrian President Bashar Assad. America wants to keep the Syrian civil war going for as long as possible. Russia is outmaneuvering the United States on the global stage.

    Those are some of the viewpoints you’re likely to hear if you...

  • U.S. pulls plug on Syria rebel training effort; will focus on weapons supply

    October 9, 2015 | 11:36 am

    The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said on Friday.

    The U.S. announcement...

  • Clinton: Middle East peace almost impossible

    October 8, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday poured cold water on those eager to see the Israeli-Palestinian peace process renewed in the near future.

    Appearing at a campaign event in Mount Vernon, Iowa,...

  • Kerry told Lavrov concerned Russia’s targets in Syria not Islamic State

    October 8, 2015 | 1:10 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry had a 30-minute telephone call with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on Thursday to express concern that Russia's targets in Syria were not related to Islamic State.

    "The Secretary repeated our concerns about the preponderance...

  • U.S. officials say Russian cruise missiles aimed at Syria crashed in Iran

    October 8, 2015 | 10:58 am

    U.S. officials said four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from a warship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday had crashed in Iran while Russia insisted they had reached their targets in Syria.

    The White House declined to comment on the report from the officials, who asked not to...

  • Local groups rally support for Syrian refugees

    By Ryan Torok

    October 7, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    With the number of Syrian refugees climbing above 4 million, local Jewish organizations are taking note and reaching out.

    Jewish World Watch (JWW), whose mission is fighting genocide, recently launched a fundraising campaign that has collected about $10,000 to help fund fully...

  • After Syria coordination talks with Israel, Russia beckons to Turkey, U.S.

    October 7, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Russia ended high-level military talks with Israel on Wednesday with a call on other countries, including a suspicious United States and aggrieved Turkey, to coordinate operations in Syria.

    The two countries discussed how they can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in...

  • Israel-Russia military coordination talks on Syria to open Tuesday

    October 5, 2015 | 1:26 pm

    A senior Russian military delegation will visit Israel on Tuesday for two days of talks on how the countries can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in Syria, an Israeli military officer said.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin...

  • Everyone’s talking ISIS at the UN, leaving Netanyahu glaring

    October 1, 2015 | 4:03 pm

    All anyone attending the United Nations General Assembly opening seemed to want to talk about was the threat posed to the world by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    That was much to the consternation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who argued in his speech before...

  • Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

    October 1, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

    Russian warplanes, in a second day...

  • Ukraine leader mocks Russia’s call for anti-terrorism coalition

    September 29, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday derided Russia's call for the creation of an international antiterrorism coalition, saying the Russians inspire terrorism on their own doorstep and back bellicose puppet governments.

    Russian President Putin on Monday called for the...

  • Powers struggle to agree on Syria; Russia urged to strike Islamic State

    September 29, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    France challenged Russia to back its words with deeds over fighting Islamic State militants in Syria as major powers on Tuesday struggled to resolve differences between Moscow and the West over ending the civil war in the Middle Eastern country.

    After Russian President Vladimir...

  • Trump backs Russia, Iran efforts to fight Islamic State

    September 29, 2015 | 9:30 am

    Leading Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said he supported Russian efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East, including Syria.

    Asked whether he backed those like Russia who supported Syrian President Bashar al Assad or those who see...

  • Humanitarian crisis in Syria worsens

    September 29, 2015 | 8:35 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    As world attention has focused on the tide of Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe, aid organizations try to contend with a growing humanitarian crisis inside Syria. According to the United Nations, 7.6 million people have been...

  • Israel faces potential challenge from Russia over Syria

    September 29, 2015 | 8:22 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Periodically throughout the four and half years of the Syrian civil war weapon shipments destined for Hezbollah were intercepted and decimated by airstrikes inside Syria. In each instance Israel, whose air force has enjoyed...

  • In Syria, both Putin and Obama are a problem for Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 29, 2015 | 3:54 am

    Thinking about Russia’s involvement in Syria and its impact on Israel, there are two black boxes that have to be considered: One is the content of the conversation last week between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; the other one is the...

  • Rouhani says Iran ready to help bring democracy to Syria, Yemen

    September 28, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran was ready to help bring democracy to war-torn Syria and Yemen, and blamed the spread of terrorism in the Middle East on the United States.

    In a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Rouhani...

  • At U.N., Obama and Putin clash over working with Syria’s Assad

    September 28, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    The United States said on Monday it was willing to cooperate with Russia, as well as Iran, to try to end the Syrian civil war but the two big powers clashed over whether to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Speaking at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S....

  • Important quotes from President Obama’s U.N. speech

    September 28, 2015 | 10:39 am

    President Barack Obama addressed a range of global topics in a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly on Monday, including the war in Syria, where he said the United States was willing to work with Iran and Russia to end the conflict. 

    The following is a selection...

  • Rouhani: U.S.-Iran ties better but ‘still a long road to travel’

    September 25, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday said ties with the United States had improved, though there was "still a long road to travel" before the two estranged nations could have normal relations.

    "The situation has certainly changed," Rouhani, in New York for the United...

  • SodaStream offers to take in Syrian refugees

    September 21, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    The Israeli company SodaStream has offered to take in Syrian refugees and employ them in its new factory in the Negev Desert.

    In an announcement over the weekend, SodaStream and the mayor of Rahat, which is near the home beverage maker’s factory, said they can absorb up to 200...

  • Netanyahu to quiz Putin on Russia’s reinforcement of Syria

    September 21, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow on Monday to seek reassurance from President Vladimir Putin about Russia's military deployment in Syria and to lay out Israel's concerns about the risk of weapons reaching militants on its borders.

    With fighter planes part of the...

  • Wide awake: A spiritual response to the collapse of compassion

    September 17, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Four facts:

    1. In the last 4½ years, the war in Syria has killed about 240,000 people, including 20,000 children.

    2. 11.6 million people have been displaced, 4 million of whom are now refugees.

    3. Half of the refugees, vulnerable to starvation, disease, abuse and...

  • Obama wants U.S. to prepare for 10,000 Syrian refugees next year

    September 10, 2015 | 11:20 am

    President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees next year, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.

    The number reflects a "significant scaling up" of the U.S. commitment to accept refugees from the war-torn country and to provide for their basic needs, White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

  • Why Europe is so woefully unprepared for the new refugee crisis

    September 8, 2015 | 3:07 pm

    No time is a good time for an epic humanitarian crisis. But Europe today seems woefully unprepared for the human wave from the Maghreb, the Horn of Africa and lands reaching all the way to Afghanistan.

    I was overseas for much of the last few weeks and had a chance to watch Al...

  • Israel and the refugee crisis: Should we take them in?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 7, 2015 | 4:14 am

    Short answer: no.

    Israel should not offer to absorb a significant number of Syrian refugees. But an explanation is needed. And other action is needed.

    In recent days, as the crisis of the Syrian refugees intensifies and is becoming a dominant item on the world's agenda, a...

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