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  • Russia says downing of Turkish plane not provocation

    June 26, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Russia said on Tuesday Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish warplane should not be seen as a provocation and warned world powers against using the incident to push for stronger action against Damascus.

    It was Moscow’s first reaction to Friday’s downing of a Turkish military aircraft...

  • Russia says Iran crucial to success of Syria meeting

    June 26, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday Iran’s participation was crucial to the success of a meeting on the escalating conflict in Syria planned by U.N.-Arab league peace envoy Kofi Annan in Geneva this weekend.

    Lavrov added that regardless of whether representatives...

  • Egypt stirs Islamist joy, Gulf, Israeli doubts

    June 25, 2012 | 11:43 am

    Egypt’s new president may lack real foreign policy clout for now, but the mere fact that a Muslim Brotherhood man is at the helm of the biggest Arab nation will embolden fellow Islamists seeking revolutionary change around the Middle East.

    Mohamed Morsi’s tenure as head of state is...

  • June 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 25, 2012 | 1:52 am


    Waking from the Democratic Dream

    Writing in the National Interest, Robert W. Merry calls on the US to understand that the culture of Middle Eastern Islam does not encourage the evolution of democratic norms.

    Americans can’t fathom the power of the Islamic idea that...

  • Report: Top Syrians ready to flee

    June 22, 2012 | 10:41 am

    Syrian regime officials reportedly are setting up escape and defection routes.

    The British Daily Telegraph on Friday quoted U.S. officials as saying that officials in dictator Bashar Assad’s inner circle have contacted figures in the opposition and Western governments and have begun...

  • The speech President Obama must give on Syria

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 21, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    I believe that the first African-American president has a special responsibility to promote human freedom and the infinite worth of the human person. I believe the same obligation will be incumbent upon the first Jewish president, whomever he or she will be. Two communities that have...

  • June 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2012 | 2:33 am

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    Syria Tests Russia’s Global Role

    The United States should not be looking to Russia, with its limited influence and own ‎interests, for a solution to the crisis in Syria, writes Paul J. Saunders in the National ‎Interest. ‎

    Russia has taken the same...

  • Time running out for Annan’s Syria peace plan, Britain’s U.N. envoy says

    June 14, 2012 | 5:52 pm

    Britain’s U.N. envoy said on Thursday time was running out for international mediator Kofi Annan’s plan to bring peace to Syria and that the U.N. Security Council needs to take “much tougher action” to enforce the six-point strategy.

    Violence has surged in recent weeks after an...

  • Syrian town deserted, burned after clashes

    June 14, 2012 | 5:43 pm

    The Syrian town of Haffeh was smoldering and nearly deserted on Thursday after days of clashes between government forces and rebels, while activists reported more army assaults on pro-opposition areas across the country.

    United Nations monitors had been trying to enter the town...

  • June 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 14, 2012 | 3:02 am


    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...

  • Putin, under fire backing Assad, to visit Israel

    June 13, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to visit Israel, Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced.

    It will be Putin’s first visit to Israel since 2005. No date has been set for the visit, The Jerusalem Post reported, citing the ministry.

    The Times of Israel reported Wednesday that...

  • Clinton: Russia shipping attack choppers to Syria

    June 12, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    The United States charged Russia with delivering attack helicopters to Syria.

    “We have confronted the Russians about stopping their continued arms shipments to Syria,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday at an appearance with Israeli President Shimon Peres. “We are...

  • What is Assad trying to tell us?

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    June 11, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    Don’t ignore the Iranian nuclear program, but bear in mind it is still in the development stage and probably years away from producing weapons that can be delivered on missiles, and start worrying more about the largest WMD stockpile in the Arab world and the thousands of ballistic...

  • Israel accuses Syria of genocide, urges intervention

    June 10, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    A senior Israeli minister on Sunday made the Jewish state’s most explicit call yet for military intervention to topple President Bashar al-Assad and accused him of committing genocide to suppress the 15-month-old uprising against his rule.

    Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz urged world...

  • June 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 10, 2012 | 2:37 am

    Iran prepares for Moscow
    Kaveh L Afrasiabi of Asia Times Online speaks to Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, about his country’s nuclear program.

    Neither the Stuxnet nor Flame [the latest cyber attack] nor other acts of...

  • June 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 7, 2012 | 3:50 am


    The Stalled Arab Spring

    Writing in the National Interest, Aaron David Miller fears the wave of ‎revolutions across the Arab world cannot lead to democracy. ‎

    Real power sharing requires a commitment by politicians and publics to a ‎national vision designed to...

  • Heart of Syria

    By Rob Eshman

    June 6, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    In the constant argument that is Middle East politics it is very rare to achieve anything like universal agreement, but no one can begrudge what Hazem Chehabi did.

    He quit. 

    Since Chehabi resigned last week as honorary consul general of Syria in Southern California, he has...

  • June 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2012 | 2:01 am

    Israel’s Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from ‎Germany

    Der Spiegel presents a history of Israel’s nuclear program from the 1950s to the ‎present day - and Germany’s controversial role in it. ‎

    In December 1957, Strauss met with a small Israeli delegation for a...

  • Syria: More leading from behind

    June 4, 2012 | 11:18 am

    The horrors currently unfolding in Syria offer further proof of what might reasonably be described as Kofi Annan’s law of international relations: Wherever Kofi Annan turns up, bloodshed is sure to follow.

    During and after his scandal-ridden decade as UN secretary-general, Annan...

  • Assad says Houla killings monstrous, crisis will end

    June 3, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad condemned on Sunday the “abominable” massacre of more than 100 people in Houla, saying even monsters could not carry out such acts, and promised a 15-month-old crisis would end soon if Syrians pulled together.

    Assad repeated earlier pledges to...

  • Timeline: Violence in Syria

    June 1, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Following is a timeline of events in Syria since protests began.


    March 15 - About 40 people join a protest in Old Damascus, chanting political slogans in a brief first challenge to the ruling Baath Party before dispersing into side streets.

    March 18 - Security forces kill...

  • U.N.‘s Ban Ki-moon says bold steps needed to stop Syrian violence

    June 1, 2012 | 11:08 am

    The escalating violence in Syria shows the urgent need for the international community to take bolder steps, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference in Istanbul on Friday.

    Ban voiced fears a day earlier that any repeat of the massacre of civilians a week ago in...

  • United Nations: Syrian forces face prosecution for Houla

    June 1, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Syrian forces and pro-government militia accused of committing a massacre in Houla could face prosecution for crimes against humanity, the United Nations said on Friday and rights experts said Syrian authorities had directly ordered torture.

    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights...

  • Iran official: Fallout from western military action in Syria will bury Israel

    May 30, 2012 | 4:40 pm

    A western military intervention in war-torn Syria will result in a regional upheaval that would undoubtedly engulf Israel, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday, following a massacre in the Syrian city of Houla, which garnered severe criticism in the West.

    Russia said on...

  • Israel urges tougher action against Assad

    May 30, 2012 | 8:26 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Wednesday for tougher world action against Bashar al-Assad, saying he doubted the Syrian president “lost an hour’s sleep” over the expulsion of his envoys from several capitals after the Houla massacre.

    “These events in Syria compel the...

  • Flame computer bug may have been released by Israel, minister says

    May 29, 2012 | 9:17 am

    A computer virus attacking computers in Iran and the West Bank may have been created with Israeli involvement, a government minister hinted.

    Israeli vice prime minister Moshe Ya’alon said in an interview Tuesday on Israel Radio that “Anyone who sees the Iranian threat as a...

  • May 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 29, 2012 | 4:38 am

    Syria is looking like Bosnia 20 years ago

    Despite the ongoing violence in Syria, in particular the massacre in Houla ‎over the weekend, it is seems less and less likely that an end is in sight, ‎writes Ian Black in the Guardian.

    Hanging over the whole bleak story is this...

  • ‘A window onto 1,000 turbulent years crucial to understanding today’s Mideast’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 27, 2012 | 4:30 am

    Journalist and author Matti Friedman discusses his new book, the Aleppo Codex, and the significance today for this often overlooked chapter in Jewish history.

    [Proper disclosure: Matti Friedman’s book was also published in Hebrew by Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan-Dvir, at which I’m the head...

  • Obama vs. Romney: The Jewish debate

    May 15, 2012 | 10:24 am

    On May 5, President Barack Obama kicked off his re-election campaign in front of a crowd of 14,000 people at Ohio State University. Obama presented his new campaign slogan, “Forward,” and strongly criticized his presumed Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

    Sixty-one percent of...

  • May 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 13, 2012 | 1:54 am

    Erdogan’s Next Move

    The Turkish prime minister is apparently trying to consolidate his power, writes ‎Andrew Finkel in the New York Times, but is it the right move for Turkey? ‎

    This week, Erdogan said that Turks should begin debating a move from the current ‎parliamentary...

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