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  • Pakistan’s Malala challenges world leaders to educate Syrian refugees

    September 24, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Pakistani education crusader Malala Yousafzai and other youth activists challenged world leaders on Monday to come up with $175 million to educate 400,000 Syrian children who fled to neighboring Lebanon to escape a civil war in their homeland.

    As leaders gather in New York for...

  • The shifting Syrian red line

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 20, 2013 | 2:05 pm

  • U.N. says chemical arms report on Syria attack ‘indisputable’

    September 18, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    The United Nations on Wednesday defended a report by U.N. chemical weapons experts that Russia has criticized as "one-sided," saying its conclusion that rockets loaded with sarin gas were used in an August 21 attack should not be questioned.

    "The findings in that report are...

  • The tweets heard round the world

    September 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Is there a line between the much-ballyhooed Rosh Hashanah greetings from the Iranian leadership and a U.S.-Iran accommodation on Syria?

    At the New Yorker, George Packer draws that line

    The clearest path to a settlement now may be not through Moscow but through...

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  • Syria transferred weapons to Hezbollah, Saudi paper reports

    September 16, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad transported some of his country’s chemical weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah, a Saudi newspaper reported.

    The daily Al-Watan, citing opposition leader Kamal al Labwani, reported Monday that the Syrian government hid some of its chemical...

  • Israel under pressure to give up chemical, nuclear weapons

    September 16, 2013 | 10:47 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The United States-Russian deal for the destruction of Syria’s huge chemical weapon stocks caused Israelis to breathe an audible sigh of relief.

    Many expected that a US strike would push either Syria or its ally Hezbollah to...

  • Netanyahu denies urging Kerry to reach deal on Syria

    September 16, 2013 | 10:35 am

    [UPDATE: 3:56 p.m.] The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office is denying a report that Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to talk to Russia about a deal to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons.

    The Wall Street Journal, citing American and Middle...

  • The cost of doing nothing in Iran

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 13, 2013 | 1:59 pm

  • Kerry to talk peace, Syria with Netanyahu

    September 13, 2013 | 10:58 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss peace talks with the Palestinians and the Syria crisis.

    “The purpose of the visit it to have an in-depth discussion with the Prime Minister on the final status...

  • Report: Syria hiding chemical weapons to avoid disarmament

    September 13, 2013 | 9:30 am

    Syria has scattered its stockpile of chemical weapons in a bid to complicate U.S. efforts to track them, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    A secretive Syrian military unit had been given responsibility to move the arsenal of poison gas and munitions, the Journal reported...

  • Assad: Israel should destroy its chemical weapons too

    September 12, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Israel should be required to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons.

    “If we want stability in the Middle East, all countries should adhere to agreements and the first country to adhere to the agreements should be...

  • Syria — why diplomacy is not the answer

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 12, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    People say "don't compare," but comparison of recent events in Syria to Europe in the 1940's cannot be avoided. Millions of Jews were led to their deaths in the most hideous ways, the U.S, as well as the rest of the world, held photographed facts of the holocaust horrors, yet chose...

  • Muslims, stop blaming Israel

    September 11, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    Whenever calamities befall Muslim-majority nations, there is always a country to blame: Israel. Is there a revolution against a tyrant? Zionists are responsible. Who else could be at fault if there is a clash between Sunni and Shia groups? The Jews. Did a bomb explode on the other...

  • Syria, Obama and America

    By Dennis Prager

    September 11, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Ten thoughts on the current crisis:

    1. American red lines cannot be crossed.

    President Barack Obama has said that “Assad must go” and that the use of chemical weapons would constitute, in America’s eyes, a “red line.” If proclamations of an American president to other countries...

  • Fleeing conflict, Syrian artists curtail creativity to survive

    September 11, 2013 | 11:22 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Flashing images of corpses under rubble, the pungent stench of cadavers and nagging sounds of gunfire were enough to push Syrian artist Abdel Satar to join a fleet of refugees as they escaped the mayhem of war.

    Before the...

  • Obama’s full speech on Syria [VIDEO]

    September 11, 2013 | 11:16 am

    President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to explore a diplomatic plan from Russia to take away Syria's chemical weapons, but voiced skepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force if needed.

    Faced with resistance in polls and Congress to...

  • Sheldon Adelson offered to sway Congress members on Syria vote

    September 11, 2013 | 6:46 am

    Billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson said he was willing to assist President Obama in making the case to Congress for a Syria strike.

    “I would be willing to help out the administration, because I believe it’s the right thing to do,” Adelson, a leading backer of Republicans,...

  • Syria lost

    By Rob Eshman

    September 10, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    You know you live in a whacked world when you wake up one morning and read Nicholas Kristof wants war, AIPAC is throwing its full weight behind President Barack Obama, a man many of its delegates reviled a few years back, and that in a desperate search for answers, the media...

  • Reid links Assad’s attacks to Nazi gas chambers

    September 10, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Harry Reid, the majority leader in the U.S. Senate, compared Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attacks against his citizens to the Nazi gas chambers.

    “Millions and millions of civilians and prisoners of war were murdered by gas in Nazi death camps,...

  • Obama asks Congress to delay vote on Syria military strike

    September 10, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress to delay votes on authorizing military strikes against Syria in order to give Russia time to get Syria to surrender any chemical weapons it possesses, according to U.S. senators.

    "What he (Obama) wants is to check out the...

  • Concerned Israel sees some hope in Syrian weapons plan

    September 10, 2013 | 10:01 am

    A skeptical Israel saw potential positives in Syria's acceptance to surrender control of its chemical weapons to Russia, hoping the mooted deal would make Iran think twice about its nuclear project.

    Israeli officials had expressed dismay in private about U.S. President Barack...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 9, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Birthright for Christmas

    Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau came up with a new initiative to increase the number of tourists arriving in Israel: bringing young Evangelical Christians to Israel for a trip of a lifetime. In a press conference held in Tel Aviv ahead of Rosh...

  • Iron Dome anti-missile system placed in Jerusalem area

    September 9, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    An Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was positioned in the Jerusalem area, reportedly for the first time.

    The deployment came on Sunday, according to international news agencies, which also showed photos of the battery in place.

    The Israeli military did not comment on its...

  • Syria’s Assad denies chemical weapons use; U.S. presses case for strike

    September 9, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad denied that he was behind a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, as the White House on Sunday pressed ahead with the uphill effort of persuading Congress to approve a military strike to punish Assad.

    The Obama administration faces a crucial...

  • AIPAC to lobby lawmakers for limited Syria strike

    September 9, 2013 | 7:38 am

    AIPAC officials reportedly said the pro-Israel group will lobby U.S. lawmakers to authorize a retaliatory strike on Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

    The unnamed officials told several media outlets over the weekend that the group would send activists to Capitol Hill...

  • Rabbis urge Congress to back Obama on Syria

    September 6, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    Leading rabbis covering the religious and political spectrum urged lawmakers in Congress to support President Obama’s plans to strike Syria to stop its use of chemical weapons.

    “We write you as descendants of Holocaust survivors and refugees, whose ancestors were gassed to death...

  • “We cry and scream for the ones whose voices cannot be heard.”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 6, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Eyal Edlin from Herzliya, Israel, decided he can no longer stand still to the horrors in Syria. So he opened a Facebook page, "Israelis for the children of Syria" (ישראלים למען ילדי סוריה) and alongside the IL4Syria organization, went on a journey to shake up and wake up the world...

  • Obama declines to say if will strike Syria if U.S. congress votes ‘no’

    September 6, 2013 | 8:39 am

    President Barack Obama on Friday declined to speculate whether he would go ahead with a military strike in Syria if Congress votes against authorizing it, saying he would try to convince Americans and lawmakers of the need to act against the government of President Bashar Assad.

    ...
  • Most G20 leaders agree Assad was behind chemical attack, Obama says

    September 6, 2013 | 8:33 am

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that most leaders of the G20 countries agree that Syrian President Bashar Assad is responsible for using poison gas against civilians as the U.S. leader tried to rally support at home and abroad for a military strike.

    Obama said he planned to...

  • How to slow down the rush to war: What Obama should do about Syria

    September 4, 2013 | 12:59 pm

    The tragic dilemma we now face is that the murderous Assad regime in Syria should have been overthrown long ago, but the U.S. has no moral standing or credibility to be the agent of that overthrow.  

    The U.S. interest in Syria is not perceived by much of the world as a human...

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