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  • Israeli organized crime suspects extradited to U.S.

    January 12, 2011 | 12:54 pm

    Two Israeli brothers suspected of involvement in organized crime were extradited to the United States.

    Meir and Yitzhak Abergil boarded a U.S. government plane Wednesday afternoon accompanied by American federal marshals. The United States requested their extradition more than two...

  • Netanyahu: Only ‘credible’ military threat led by U.S. can stop nuclear Iran

    January 11, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    Only the convincing threat of military action headed by the United States will persuade Iran to drop plans to build an atomic bomb, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

    Speaking to foreign journalists, he said that although the latest round of international sanctions...

  • Toward defending Israel, mainstream U.S. Jewish groups critique it

    January 11, 2011 | 4:09 pm

    Enmeshed in the battle against Israel’s delegitimization, mainstream American Jewish organizations are embracing a strategy of acknowledging what’s wrong about Israel as a way of getting across what’s right about the nation.

    The strategy is hardly fresh—the New Israel Fund...

  • Napolitano visiting Israel to check security projects

    January 4, 2011 | 10:17 am

    United States Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is in Israel to check on joint security projects between the two countries.

    Napolitano visited Israel Monday and Tuesday as part of a multi-country tour that has included stops in Ireland, Afghanistan and Qatar. She will...

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  • In U.S., Israeli expats turn to growing number of Israeli rabbis

    January 3, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    Itzik Abu-Hatzera rarely attended synagogue in his native Haifa when he lived in Israel.

    But last December his family was among those of nearly 200 other Israelis in South Florida at a Chanukah party sponsored by the Chabad Israeli Center in Boca Raton.

    “In Israel you don’t...

  • U.S. Muslim group endorses Gazan visit to Holocaust museum

    December 21, 2010 | 2:44 pm

    A U.S. Muslim umbrella group strongly endorsed plans to bring Gaza Strip youths to the U.S. Holocaust museum in the wake of Hamas opposition.

    The Islamic Society of North America wrote to the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, which solicited endorsements in the wake of reports...

  • PA, Israeli officials in D.C., but not in talks

    December 9, 2010 | 10:41 am

    Palestinian and Israeli leaders will not meet for negotiations although they will be in Washington this weekend, the U.S. State Department said.

    “Right now, I’m not anticipating that we would have Israelis and the Palestinians in the same room at this time,” State Department...

  • Gross marks year in Cuban jail

    December 3, 2010 | 10:47 am

    Alan Gross, a contractor that the U.S. State Department says was assisting Cuban Jews, marked a year in a Cuban jail.

    Cuban authorities detained Gross on Dec, 3 2009 on his way out of the country.

    Gross’ family and State Department officials says he was in the country on a U.S....

  • U.S. builds Palestinian refugee community center

    May 20, 2010 | 11:14 am

    A new community center built with a $1.4 million donation from the United States was opened in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

    The center inaugurated Wednesday will be used by the nearly 144,000 Palestinian refugees living in the refugee camp, according to the United States...

  • Diplomats: U.S. will not pressure Israel on nukes

    May 5, 2010 | 4:56 pm

    A statement from the major powers committing to a nuclear-free Middle East will not result in pressure on Israel, according to two diplomats familiar with the issue.

    Reuters reported Wednesday that the five permanent, veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council—including the...

  • Obama, U.S. security chief reassert closeness of Israel ties

    April 22, 2010 | 11:13 am

    President Obama and his national security adviser reasserted that the alliance with Israel is in the United States’ interest.

    “Let me be very clear: We have a special relationship with Israel and that will not change,” Obama said in a letter this week to the Conference of Presidents...

  • 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...

  • Emanuel: No U.S. peace plan for now

    April 20, 2010 | 12:31 pm

    The time is not ripe for a U.S.-promoted Middle East peace plan, President Obama’s chief of staff said.

    “A number of people have advocated that,” Rahm Emanuel said Monday on the Charlie Rose show on Bloomberg Television.

    “That time is not now,” Emanuel said. The “time now is to...

  • U.S. official stumping Middle East on water issues

    April 16, 2010 | 10:21 am

    A top U.S. official is traveling to Israel, Jordan and Egypt to promote cooperation in the use and sharing of water.

    The visit this week by Maria Otero, the undersecretary for democracy and global affairs, “will underscore the need to elevate our diplomatic efforts surrounding...

  • Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman delivers mixed review of Obama’s Israel policy

    April 8, 2010 | 10:48 am

    “I know why you’re here, and I want to address it, but I think it’s a tempest in a teapot,” Brad Sherman, the Democratic Congressman from Sherman Oaks said Wednesday evening at a town hall at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills. The meeting was called to focus on U.S.-Israel...

  • Mitchell postpones visit to Israel

    March 16, 2010 | 12:43 pm

    U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell has put a planned trip to Israel on hold.

    Mitchell was scheduled to arrive Tuesday in Israel, but reportedly delayed his trip until Israel meets the conditions set down by the United States in the wake of the crisis fomented by Israel’s...

  • ANALYSIS: Israel and NGOs Clash Over Gaza War Assessments

    August 26, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    The fighting in Gaza ended months ago, but the fight over the war rages on between Israel and NGOs.

    NGOs have been issuing reports accusing Israel of war crimes. In response, the Israeli army recently released a 163-page, 460-point account seeking to rebut such claims and discredit...

  • Polo Mom Poolside at 18th Maccabiah

    By Gina Lobaco

    July 16, 2009 | 3:52 pm

    The games go on.  It’s Day 5 of the Chai Maccabiah and box scores can be found for most events in the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.  Just as the games go on, so do the snafus and foul-ups., 

    On Tuesday morning, just as the Israel-Mexico softball match was under way, local cops...

  • Israelis catch U.S. election fever

    By Dina Kraft

    October 28, 2008 | 8:01 pm

    TEL AVIV (JTA) -- Just beyond the beer taps at a Tel Aviv bar with an American flag hanging out front, a makeshift polling station draws dozens of Americans in Israel casting their vote for the U.S. election, 6,000 miles away.

    "This is more fun than voting in the Bronx," said one...

  • Twinning builds friendships between U.S. and Israeli youth

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 27, 2008 | 11:37 pm

    The first time Sarah Blau, 17, visited Israel, she felt like a tourist. But her second trip to the Jewish homeland in March 2007 was quite a different experience.

    "My second time there I was like, wow, I have a family here," said the Oakwood School student, who also attends Los...

  • Will new ‘Cold War’ play out in Middle East?

    By Leslie Susser

    August 27, 2008 | 5:12 pm

    When Prime Minister Ehud Olmert goes to Moscow next month, his first order of business will be to make sure the Russians don't sell sophisticated new weaponry to Syria that could alter the military status quo in the Middle East.

    Last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Russia...

  • Sunday wrapup from Beijing: U.S. swimmer Torres wins two silvers; Israelis lag

    August 17, 2008 | 5:46 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—United States’ swimmer Dara Torres won two more silver medals in Beijing.

    Torres won the medals Sunday in the Women’s 50m Freestyle and the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay.

    Jewish-American swimmers Jason Lezak and Garret Weber-Gale both added another gold medal to their...

  • Briefs: Syria and Israel talking again, Israeli colleges want Palestinian students

    July 30, 2008 | 2:05 am

    Indirect Israel-Syria Talks Resume

    Two advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert are scheduled to travel to Turkey Tuesday to begin a fourth round of negotiations, AFP reported, citing an anonymous Israeli source. Turkish officials shuttle between the two sides during the...

  • New Presbyterian statement irks Jewish groups, sparks divestment fears

    By Ben Harris

    June 19, 2008 | 4:07 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Just days before they are due to consider a range of motions on the Middle East at their biennial convention, the Presbyterian Church USA has released a document on combating anti-Jewish ideas. But Jewish organizational leaders say the statement is “infused with the...

  • 2008: The contest for the Jews

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    With Hillary Rodham Clinton's concession on Saturday, the real race begins. In the struggle between Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), there will be a fierce competition for Jewish support. Seeing potential weakness in Obama's Jewish flank, McCain will work...
  • Olmert in D.C.: Iran talk, not goodbyes

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 8, 2008 | 1:03 am

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Expressions of love, walks down memory lane, even the rain lashing the capital’s monuments.

    The latest meeting between Ehud Olmert and George Bush played out like the end of a movie romance. Only the Israeli prime minister says he’s not going anywhere because there...

  • U.S., Iran are obstacles in new Israel-Syria talks

    By Leslie Susser

    May 28, 2008 | 10:54 pm

    In their sixth major peacemaking effort since the unsuccessful 1991 Madrid peace conference, Israeli and Syrian negotiators face even tougher challenges than their failed predecessors.

    All the old questions -- borders, security arrangements, the nature of the peace, water, the...

  • More Information on Getting That Visa

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Visa Violations

    The U.S. government estimates that about 40 percent of people who are in this country illegally arrived on a legal visa but lost their legal status either by overstaying or otherwise violating the terms of their visa. These are sometimes referred to as "nonimmigrant...

  • Chipping Away at Israel Support Endangers U.S.

    By Joe R. Hicks

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I spent a fair amount of time in Israel in the late 1990s, traveling throughout the country. One of my many impressions of that nation was that there was a pervasive desire by Israelis for a lasting, mutually beneficial peace with hostile neighbors.

    At the time of my visit, I was...

  • Roberts Draws Little Jewish Opposition

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    So far, the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court has ruffled few feathers in the American Jewish community.

    Many Jewish organization leaders were poised to fiercely oppose a conservative nominee -- and to earmark resources to influence senators who must confirm...

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