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  • UN chief to Syria’s Assad: World is waiting for you to implement peace plan

    March 29, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Arab leaders dropped a demand that Bashar Assad give up the presidency of Syria but urged him to act quickly on a U.N.-backed peace plan he has accepted as fighting between Syrian troops and rebels killed at least 22 people on Thursday.

    “The solution for the crisis is still in the...

  • Iran backs Annan’s Syria peace plan

    March 28, 2012 | 9:09 am

    Iran backs a U.N.-sponsored peace plan for Syria that calls for the withdrawal of troops that are crushing an uprising but does not demand the removal of Tehran ally President Bashar al-Assad, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.

    Iran backed popular uprisings that removed leaders...

  • A letter to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 25, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Dear members of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council,

    Let me start by saying how important it is, to me, that there is someone out there who’s job is to protect the most valuable thing in the world: human rights. You are here to make the world a safe place for those who can’t...

  • EU slaps sanctions on Assad’s family; mortars hit Homs

    March 23, 2012 | 8:31 am

    The European Union slapped sanctions on the mother, sister and influential wife of President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, increasing pressure on Syria to halt its bloody crackdown against a year-long uprising.

    The trio were among 12 Syrians added to a list of figures already hit with...

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  • Syrians need us

    By Rob Eshman

    March 21, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    It’s time for us to act for Syria.

    It’s been one year since the start of the Syrian revolution, and the organized Jewish community is still sitting on its collective thumbs, acting as if the turmoil is not its issue, and in any case, we can do nothing.

    It is, and we can.

    The...

  • Arab Spring fatigue or American fatigue?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2012 | 4:10 am

    Arab Spring fatigue is spreading across the board in the United States. One year after Tunisia triggered a wave of Arab demonstrations and revolutions, Americans are discovering that Tunisia is not in great shape, Egypt hasn’t changed much, the monarch is still in power in Morocco,...

  • Violence across Syria; soldiers killed in ambushes

    March 13, 2012 | 11:23 am

    Syrian government forces killed dozens of people in the northern city of Idlib, dumping their bodies in a mosque, while some 22 soldiers died in two separate rebel ambushes, opposition activists said on Tuesday.

    The army intensified its assault on the Idlib province near the Turkish...

  • Syria storms out of U.N. rights meeting

    February 28, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva stormed out of the U.N. Human Rights Council Tuesday after demanding angrily that countries stop “inciting sectarianism and providing arms” to opposition forces in his country.

    Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui said sanctions were preventing...

  • Syria approves new constitution amid bloodshed

    February 27, 2012 | 6:25 pm

    Syrian artillery pounded rebel-held areas of Homs as President Bashar al-Assad’s government announced that voters had overwhelmingly approved a new constitution in a referendum derided as a sham by his critics at home and abroad.

    The outside world has proved powerless to halt the...

  • Hamas ditches Assad, backs Syrian revolt

    February 24, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Leaders of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas turned publicly against their long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Friday, endorsing the revolt aimed at overthrowing his dynastic rule.

    The policy shift deprives Assad of one of his few remaining Sunni Muslim...

  • ‘Friends of Syria’ to demand ceasefire

    February 23, 2012 | 6:21 pm

    Western and Arab nations will demand that Syrian forces implement an immediate ceasefire to allow relief supplies to reach desperate civilians in bombarded cities such as Homs when they meet in Tunis on Friday.

    Piling pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, U.N. investigators accused...

  • Syrian hourglass

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 22, 2012 | 3:32 pm

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  • As Syria crackdown intensifies, debate rages over U.S. options

    February 21, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    As the Syrian government intensifies its assault on opposition strongholds, the debate is heating up in Washington over how to end the bloody crackdown and bring about regime change.

    The Obama administration has tried to ratchet up pressure on the Syrian regime through international...

  • Israel should wait and watch

    February 15, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    What should Israel do about Syria? The short answer is, well, nothing. Or not much. Or not much at this time. That is, if you care to follow the advice of Israeli experts — and we all should keep in mind that the experts’ stock has been in steep decline recently because of the...

  • Start planning now for transition in Syria

    February 15, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Syria is in the midst of a civil war. The common wisdom both from inside and out is that the Assad dynasty is doomed to follow the plight of Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mubarak in Egypt, and Gadhafi in Libya, not to mention Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The questions are how, when and how many...

  • ‘Assad will fall, but not so quickly’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 15, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Moshe Maoz, professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, talks to Rosner’s Domain about Israeli policy on Syria.

    What should Israel’s policy be regarding Syria at the present time?

    Israel couldn’t do very much. Basically, Israel should...

  • Bombings, bombardments kill across Syria

    February 10, 2012 | 8:30 am

    At least 28 people were killed in two bomb attacks in Syria’s second city Aleppo on Friday while in besieged Homs, opposition neighbourhoods endured another day of bombardment by President Bashar al-Assad’s troops.

    The Aleppo bombings were the worst violence to hit the country’s...

  • Must Read, January 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 18, 2012 | 2:57 am

    Can the center hold?

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Yossi Klein Halevi outlines the paradox facing Israselis – most of whom believe in a two-state solution, but mistrust the Palestinian commitment to ending the conflict.

    “Some centrists have criticized ¬Netanyahu for refusing to...

  • IDF official: Nuclear Iran may curb Israeli border wars

    January 17, 2012 | 8:37 am

    A nuclear-armed Iran could deter Israel from going to war against Tehran’s guerrilla allies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli general said on Tuesday.

    The Jewish state sees the makings of a mortal threat in Iran’s uranium enrichment and missile programs, and has...

  • Must Read, January 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 12, 2012 | 1:39 am

    Five Reasons Not to Attack Iran

    Writing in The Diplomat, Adam B. Lowther of the U.S. Air Force’s Air University presents his own reasons why the United States should think again before launching any kind of military assault on Iran.

    “Iran possesses what is likely the most...

  • Israel prepares for fall of Assad, Syria refugees

    January 10, 2012 | 8:47 am

    Israel is making preparations for the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a flood of refugees from his minority Alawite sect into the Golan Heights, Israel’s military chief told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

    “Assad cannot continue to hold onto power,” a committee...

  • Embattled Assad to make speech on ‘internal issue’

    January 9, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    Syria’s President Bashar Assad, locked in a violent struggle against a wave of unrest, is to make a speech on Tuesday on “the internal issue and international and regional developments,” state media said.

    The SANA news agency gave no further details. Assad, whose forces are accused...

  • Interior Minister: Suicide bomb kills 26 in Syria

    January 6, 2012 | 11:16 am

    A suicide bomber killed 26 people and wounded 63 in Damascus on Friday, Syria’s interior minister said, vowing an “iron fist” response to the carnage in the heart of the Syrian capital after similar attacks two weeks ago.

    The blast came two days before an Arab League committee was...

  • Holiday Card Etiquette

    By Julia Bendis

    December 23, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    When you receive your first holiday card, you realize that you’re officially in the holiday season, or as I like to call it, “The Holiday card nightmare”.  As we enter the holidays, we also enter the awkward holiday greeting card etiquette.  The other day a long-time friend asked me...

  • White House warning: Assad must end crackdown or face ‘additional steps’

    December 21, 2011 | 10:54 am

    The Obama administration warned that the international community will take “additional steps” to pressure Syria’s rulers to end their crackdown unless they agree to the full withdrawal of forces from residential areas.

    The statement issued Wednesday by the White House, reiterating...

  • Hamas reportedly leaving Damascus

    December 8, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Hamas is reportedly thinning its ranks in Damascus as pan-Arab pressure builds on the Syrian regime.

    Diplomats said this week that the Palestinian Islamist group, which has long had its headquarters in the Syrian capital, has been quietly relocating staff to Gaza following the Arab...

  • Hezbollah building up weapons in Lebanon, leader says

    December 6, 2011 | 10:09 am

    The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, whose backers Syria and Iran are at the center of heightened regional tension, made a rare public appearance on Tuesday marking the Shi’ite Muslim festival of Ashura and said his group was building up its arsenal.

    Surrounded by armed bodyguards,...

  • UN: Syria in state of civil war, death toll 4,000

    December 1, 2011 | 12:11 pm

    Syria is in a state of civil war with more than 4,000 dead and increasing numbers of soldiers taking up arms against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the top U.N. human rights official said Thursday.

    “We are placing the figure at 4,000, but really the reliable...

  • Arab League cracks down on Syria

    December 1, 2011 | 10:21 am

    The Arab League stepped up sanctions against Syria over its violent suppression of a popular revolt.

    The Cairo-based umbrella group of Arab countries, which last month expelled Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, announced a travel ban Thursday against 17 Syrian VIPs. Assad...

  • Analysis: Syria’s Assad seen ignoring Gadhafi’s fate

    November 21, 2011 | 11:42 am

    The chilling spectacle of Muammar Gadhafi’s brutal end last month and the capture of his son Saif Islam this week, far from deterring Bashar Assad, seem to have energized him into redoubling his efforts to crush Syria’s eight-month rebellion.

    As the Arab League intensified Assad’s...

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