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  • N.Y. rabbi pleads guilty to money laundering

    March 29, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    A leader of New York’s Syrian Jewish community pleaded guilty to laundering money through a religious charity.

    Rabbi Saul Kassin, 79, pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain Monday in federal court. He faces up to $250,000 in fines and could face up to five years in prison, though...

  • Unrest in Syria presents Israel with potential dangers and opportunities

    March 29, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    With the turmoil rocking the Middle East now threatening the regime in Syria, Israel faces potentially grave dangers and huge opportunities.

    The dangers are clear: The emergence of a more radical regime in Syria could mean a stronger Iran-Syria-Hezbollah axis. Iran could get direct...

  • U.S. condemns Syria’s ‘brutal repression’ of protesters

    March 29, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the Syrian government on Tuesday for the harsh way it had responded to pro-democracy protests, while the State Department spokesman said Syria must make more progress on reforms.

    “In a series of side meetings I also had the chance to...

  • Syria government resigns in effort to appease protesters

    March 29, 2011 | 8:58 am

    Syria’s Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad’s 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian and closed-off nations in the Middle East.

    Assad, whose family has controlled Syria...

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  • Report: U.S., France nixed Kerry visit to Syria

    March 28, 2011 | 10:34 am

    The Obama administration and France reportedly nixed a visit by U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to Syria.

    Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has cultivated a relationship with the regime otherwise treated as a pariah in the West in the hope of...

  • Clinton: U.S. not ready to intervene in Syria

    March 28, 2011 | 8:47 am

    The United States is not ready to send troops to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    “Certainly we deplore the violence in Syria,” Clinton said during an interview on the “Face the Nation” program on CBS Television that aired Sunday. “We call—as we have on...

  • When Syria falls

    By Rob Eshman

    March 23, 2011 | 2:11 pm

    The writer Leon Wieseltier opened his keynote address at the Daniel Pearl Memorial lecture at UCLA last month with a telling joke.

    “For 50 years, nothing ever changed in the Middle East,” he said, “until the minute I sat down to write this speech.”

    How true. Monarchs and...

  • Warren Christopher, overseer of Mideast talks, dies

    March 21, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    Warren Christopher, the U.S. Secretary of State whose intensive shuttling shepherded talks with Syria, Jordan and the Palestinians in the mid-1990s, has died.

    Christopher died March 18 at home in Los Angeles of complications from cancer. He was 85.

    As secretary of state under...

  • At funeral, Syrian protesters chant for freedom

    March 21, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    Anti-government demonstrators chanted “God, Syria, freedom” at the funeral of a fellow protester in the southern Syrian city of Deraa.

    The protesters at Monday’s funeral added to the chant, “The people want the overthrow of corruption,” Reuters reported. Black-uniformed security...

  • Fresh clashes in Syria as thousands protest Assad regime

    March 21, 2011 | 8:56 am

    The Syrian army deployed on Monday at the entrances to the southern city of Daraa as officials tried to calm passions following protests for freedom in which five civilians were killed, residents said.

    Thousands of mourners marched at the funeral of 23-year-old Raed al-Kerad who died on Sunday, the latest of five protesters to be killed by security forces. Mourners chanted slogans demanding political freedom and an end to corruption.

    “God, Syria, freedom. The people want the overthrow of corruption,” they chanted.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Syria eyes Libya seat on human rights council

    March 10, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Syria is seeking to replace Libya on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    Libya was suspended from the 47-nation body on March 1, the first time a country has been suspended since the council was founded in 2006.

    Syria, led by President Bashar Assad, declared Wednesday that it...

  • Hamas officials go to Syria to confer on Shalit deal

    March 4, 2011 | 10:13 am

    A Hamas delegation from Gaza reportedly is en route to Syria to discuss a possible deal for the release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    The delegation was to leave Gaza on Friday for Sudan, then continue on to Damascus, the Gaza-based Palestine Today reported. The Hamas leadership in Damascus traditionally has taken a harsher line on Israel-related issues than the Hamas leadership in Gaza.

    Israel and Hamas have been in touch via a German mediator regarding talks to release Shalit, who was taken captive in a cross-border raid in June 2006.

  • Iranian warships dock in Syria

    February 24, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Two Iranian warships that passed through the Suez Canal reportedly docked in Syria.

    The ships, a frigate and a supply ship, arrived at Syria’s main port at Latakia on Wednesday night after becoming the first Iranian naval ships to pass through the canal since the 1979 revolution.

    ...
  • Nuclear site reportedly identified in Syria

    February 24, 2011 | 8:56 am

    A suspected nuclear site has been identified in Syria using commercial satellite photos.

    The installation is said to be a nuclear conversion plant, according to the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, which published photos of the site in a report...

  • Syria-bound Iranian warships stop in Red Sea

    February 17, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Two Iranian warships bound for Syria withdrew a request to sail through the Suez Canal.

    The ships stopped Thursday in an area near the Saudi Arabian Red Sea port city of Jiddah after reportedly withdrawing the request. Other reports suggested that the ships never requested...

  • Israel watching Syria-bound Iranian warships

    February 16, 2011 | 2:06 pm

    Two Iranian warships have left for Syria and plan to sail through the Suez Canal, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.

    Lieberman in a statement released Wednesday called the move a recurring Iranian “provocation.” His statement suggested that Israel would not ignore...

  • Hoenlein reveals secret Syria visit

    February 14, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    Malcolm Hoenlein, head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said he met for several hours with Syrian President Bashar Assad during a secret visit to Damascus.

    In an interview published Monday by The Associated Press, Hoenlein said his recent...

  • Presidents Conference’s Hoenlein, Assad meet in Damascus

    January 3, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.

    Hoenlein said the meeting Monday was at the invitation of Syria and not, as had been reported originally by the...

  • WikiLeaks: U.S. accuses Syria of arming Hezbollah

    December 7, 2010 | 10:08 am

    The United States accused Syria of arming Hezbollah with advanced ballistic missiles, a new document released by WikiLeaks showed.

    The document was released by the site Tuesday, the same day that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange turned himself in to London police and was arrested...

  • Clinton, Syrian FM discuss Israel-Syria talks

    September 28, 2010 | 10:46 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton met with the Syrian foreign minister and discussed reviving Israeli-Syrian peace talks.

    The U.S. secretary of state met with Walid Muallem on the sidelines of the launching of this year’s U.N. General Assembly, the signature annual event that brings together...

  • Israel ready to negotiate with Syria, Peres tells U.N.

    September 20, 2010 | 3:16 pm

    Israel is ready to enter peace negotiations with Syria “right away,” Shimon Peres told the United Nations General Assembly.

    In his address Monday in New York to the international body’s annual meeting—the Nation’s Millennium Development Goals summit—Peres also said he believed that...

  • Shimon Peres: We are ready to enter direct negotiations with Syria

    September 20, 2010 | 10:29 am

    President Shimon Peres on Monday stressed Israel’s aspirations for peace with its neighbors, declaring Israel’s will to enter direct negotiations with Syria during his speech at the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals summit in New York.

    “Israel is the product of pioneering...

  • Israelis indicted for spying for Syria

    August 5, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    Three Israeli citizens were indicted for spying for Syria.

    The three men from Arab villages in northern Israel were indicted Thursday in a Nazareth court on charges of passing information to Syria.

    Fada Sha’ar and his father, Majd Sha’ar of the Druze village Majdal Shams, and...

  • B’nai B’rith: Condemn Syria for anti-Israel statement

    June 14, 2010 | 11:13 am

    A racist statement against Israel in the United Nations by a Syrian government official should be condemned, a Jewish group said.

    B’nai B’rith International condemned the statement made June 8 by Syrian First Secretary Rania Al Rifaiy, and called on the president of the United...

  • Obama renews Syria sanctions

    May 4, 2010 | 11:42 am

    President Obama renewed Syria sanctions for a year, noting among other factors its continued backing for terrorist groups.

    Obama wrote to the U.S. Congress on Monday saying that he was renewing congressionally mandated sanctions first implemented by President Bush in 2004. The...

  • Senior diplomat: Ambassador not a reward for Syria

    April 22, 2010 | 11:09 am

    Washington should not limit communication with Damascus over an alleged arms transfer to Hezbollah, a senior U.S. diplomat said.

    Jeffrey Feltman, the former U.S. ambassador to Lebanon and current assistant secretary of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, testified Wednesday before...

  • State Dept. summons Syria envoy on arms transfers

    April 20, 2010 | 11:57 am

    The Obama administration “condemned in the strongest terms” Syria’s alleged transfer of arms to Hezbollah and suggested that Syria’s actions would affect renewed bilateral relations.

    The administration summoned Syria’s top envoy to discuss the transfers, a sign that it has evidence...

  • Peres in Paris raps Syria, Iran

    April 14, 2010 | 1:02 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres criticized Syria and Iran during a visit to Paris.

    Peres arrived Monday to discuss the Middle East peace process and the Iranian nuclear threat with French leaders. On Thursday, he and Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe will inaugurate a new square near the...

  • U.S. Sen. Kerry: Syria is committed to peace

    April 1, 2010 | 11:24 am

    From Haaretz.com:

    United States Senator John Kerry said Thursday that Syria is committed to achieving peace in the Middle East and is essential to the process.

    “Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region,” Kerry said.

    However, the Democratic...

  • Deniers-in-Chief

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2009 | 12:06 pm

    New Year, same old s—-t.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the opportinity of a staged pro-Iranian, anti-Israel rally to oce again deny the Holocaust.  According to The New York Times:

    With sketchy accounts filtering past official media controls, Al Arabiya television in...

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