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  • Arab Spring: Where are the women?

    By David Suissa

    June 24, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Every time I see something in the Middle East that disgusts me, it’s usually associated with men. It’s not that women can’t be violent and evil, or that men can’t be compassionate and kind. It’s simply that the vast majority of evil in that part of the world — or, for that matter,...

  • Israel strikes kill ten members of Syrian army

    June 23, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    Israeli air strikes on Syrian military positions killed at least 10 members of Syria's army, a monitoring group said on Monday, a day after Israel said an attack from inside Syria killed an Israeli boy in the Golan Heights.

    Israeli tanks and warplanes fired at Syrian army...

  • Obama fiddles while the world burns

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 18, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Under President Barack Obama, the world is becoming unglued. Iraq is being overrun by Islamist terrorists, and the United States is now evacuating its Baghdad embassy. The Arab Spring has led to either civil war and mass slaughter, as in Syria, or new Arab dictators, as in Egypt....

  • U.S. considers air strikes, action with Iran to halt Iraq rebels

    June 16, 2014 | 9:25 am

    The United States said it could launch air strikes and act jointly with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government, after a rampage by Sunni Islamist insurgents across Iraq that has scrambled alliances in the Middle East.

    Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

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  • Obama warns of U.S. action as jihadists push on Baghdad, Iraq

    June 12, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    President Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Thursday against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.

    Iraqi Kurdish forces took advantage of the chaos to take...

  • Iron Dome discharges in northern Israel after mortars fired from Syria

    June 5, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    The Iron Dome anti-missile system fired for the first time on the Syrian border after mortar shells from Syria was launched at the Golan Heights.

    Two mortar shells fired from Syria landed on the Golan on Wednesday. The explosives likely were unintentional, according to the Israel...

  • Israel retaliates for attacks from Gaza, Syria

    June 2, 2014 | 9:16 am

    Israel’s military returned fire on its northern and southern borders in response to attacks from the Gaza Strip and Syria.

    Several mortars were fired on Israel from Syria on Monday morning, with one explosive landing near an Israeli army outpost on Mount Hermon. No one was...

  • State Department says U.S. citizen was suicide bomber in Syria

    May 30, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    The U.S. State Department on Friday confirmed that an American citizen carried out a suicide bombing in Syria.

    The bomber, who called himself Abu Hurayra al-Amriki, carried out one of four suicide bombings on May 25 in Syria's Idlib province on behalf of Jabhat al-Nusra, al...

  • Historic Damascus synagogue destroyed

    May 27, 2014 | 4:06 pm

    Syrian army forces destroyed a historic synagogue on the outskirts of Damascus, opposition leaders said.

    In flattening the more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in an attack over the weekend — part of a months-long bombardment of the suburb of Jobar — opposition leaders...

  • Netanyahu: Obama’s deal on Syria ‘ray of light in dark region’

    May 23, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria and said his government had no partner in Ramallah.

    Netanyahu’s endorsement of Obama’s policy on Syria came in an interview he gave last week to the Bloomberg news agency which was...

  • U.S. says it has indications toxic chemical used in Syria this month

    April 21, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

    "We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical" in...

  • Iran says does not seek indefinite power for Assad

    April 2, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Iran, Syria's main regional ally, does not see President Bashar Assad staying in power indefinitely but neither does it want "extremist forces" to replace him, a senior Iranian diplomat said on Wednesday.

    Amir Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs,...

  • Turkey says Syria security leak ‘villainous’ as YouTube blocked

    March 27, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

    Turkish authorities ordered a shutdown of the site.

    Erdogan's...

  • Rubinstein new chief Syria envoy

    March 20, 2014 | 11:48 am

    A Jewish diplomat, Daniel Rubinstein, is slated to be the next U.S. special envoy for Syria.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on March 17 that Rubinstein would replace Robert Ford as the diplomat guiding the U.S. response to the crisis in the country.

    Rubinstein served as consul general, the top U.S. official at the Jerusalem consulate, from 2009 to 2012 and directed the State Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs in 2004-05. 

    His biography says he is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic and Portuguese.

  • Syrian army accuses Israel of escalation following airstrikes

    March 19, 2014 | 10:14 am

    The Syrian army accused Israel of breaking international law by firing on Syrian targets in the wake of a roadside explosive that injured four Israeli soldiers, one seriously.

    “We’re warning (Israel) of desperate attempts to bring to an escalation of the situation,” said a...

  • Four Israeli troops hurt in Golan blast, Israel blames Syria

    March 18, 2014 | 8:51 am

    A roadside bomb wounded four Israeli soldiers patrolling the Golan Heights on Tuesday, and Israel retaliated with artillery fire on Syrian army positions, the army said.

    It was not clear who had planted the bomb in an area where the Syrian military, Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas...

  • Bomb on Lebanese border targets Israeli soldiers, IDF says

    March 14, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    An explosive device was detonated against Israeli soldiers patrolling the border with Lebanon on Friday, causing no injuries, Israel's military said.

    Israel shot six mortars into southern Lebanon, causing no damage or injuries, a Lebanese security source said, and an Israeli...

  • Will Ukraine crisis have fallout for Iran nuclear talks?

    March 11, 2014 | 9:53 am

    With a new round of nuclear talks with Iran starting next week, the world powers arrayed on the other side of the negotiating table are divided by another issue of geopolitical importance: the crisis in Ukraine.

    Tensions between Russia and the West are mounting over the Russian...

  • Will Russia pay dearly for the invasion of Ukraine?

    March 5, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intention is to spark a civil war in Ukraine, even though he acts under the guise of Russia’s right to protect ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens.  The Upper House of Russian Parliament gave Putin authority to move the armed...

  • Hezbollah says will respond to Israeli air strike

    February 26, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Hezbollah will respond to an Israeli air strike that hit one of its bases on the border with Syria on Monday night, the Lebanese militant group said on Wednesday.

    "The new aggression is a blatant assault on Lebanon and its sovereignty and its territory ... The Resistance...

  • Syria aid still stalled after U.N. resolution

    February 25, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding an end to restrictions on humanitarian operations in Syria, but aid workers doubt it has the punch to make Damascus grant access and let stuck convoys deliver vital supplies.

    President Bashar Assad's...

  • Crossing the Evros: Last chance for Syrian refugees

    February 18, 2014 | 11:23 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The bridge across the Evros River is rife with tourists. Couples and bus tours full of middle-aged women pose for photographs on the bridge while cafe balconies bustle with visitors taking tea and enjoying the late winter sun...

  • Henry Waxman:
    Governed by tikkun olam

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 5, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The rain during Noah’s flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The Torah was given to Moses during a 40-day stay at the top of Mount Sinai. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert.

    And so it seems fitting that Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills), who announced last week...

  • Natalie Portman joins Israeli initiative to help Syrian refugees

    February 4, 2014 | 9:22 am

    We didn’t think it was humanly possible, but Natalie Portman has gone and inspired us yet again. This time, The Times of Israel reports, the actress, director, and  adorable mom has donated money and clothing to Syrian refugees via Operation Human Warmth.

    The initiative is the...

  • Syria’s Assyrian Christians find refuge with Turkish neighbors

    January 27, 2014 | 10:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Miydat's Assyrian Orthodox community is still encumbered with festive cookies and candied nuts from their Christmas festivities. In every home, tables groan with remnants from the recent celebrations, which for many of Midyat's...

  • Free HIV treatment for asylum seekers, the art of makeup, Israman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 26, 2014 | 11:55 am

    A wounded Syrian couple received emergency treatment in Israel

    As the blood continues to pour in the streets of Syria, Israel continues to provide treatment to wounded civilians.  Last week, Israel Defense Forces troops brought a wounded Syrian couple to Poriah Hospital near...

  • Israel sees safe passage for chemical arms out of Syria

    January 14, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Internationally-monitored convoys removing Syrian chemical weapons are at little risk of being seized by rebels fighting President Bashar Assad or by his Lebanese Hezbollah allies, a senior Israeli military officer said on Tuesday.

    The estimate suggested that Israel, which...

  • Israel’s new reality star, an unbelievable survival story, Birthright and more-This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Goodbye, Arik

    Former prime minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon passed away this Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him comatose. He will be remembered for his exploits in Israel's wars, the decision to leave Gaza, an infamous trip to the Temple Mount at the start of the second...

  • U.S. officials: Hezbollah upgrades missile threat

    January 3, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Hezbollah operatives are smuggling components of advanced guided missiles from Syria to Lebanon, U.S. officials said.

    Operatives from the Shi’ite terrorist group have been moving the components in parts to avoid detection and airstrikes by Israel, unnamed officials told The Wall...

  • Israel tests Arrow missile shield, sees Hezbollah threat

    January 3, 2014 | 10:02 am

    Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow missile interceptor for the second time on Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against ballistic threats it sees from Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas as well as from Iran and Syria.

    One of several elements of an...

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