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  • U.S. vetoes U.N. resolution

    February 18, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    The United States vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as illegal.

    The Security Council resolution, which was brought to a vote Friday afternoon, earned the support of the council’s other 14 members.

    The Obama administration, which opposes...

  • Iranian officials blame Israel, U.S. for protests

    February 15, 2011 | 11:57 am

    Iranian officials blamed Israel and the United States for protests that broke out in the Islamic Republic, leaving one dead and dozens injured.

    “The parliament condemns the Zionist, American, anti-revolutionary and anti-national action of the misled seditionists,” Iranian Parliament...

  • Barak talks Egypt with U.S. officials

    February 10, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak talked about the unrest in Egypt with U.S. officials.

    The Americans “stressed the United States’ unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, including through our continued support for Israel’s military, and the unprecedented security cooperation...

  • Carter sued over book on Palestine

    February 3, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Five readers have filed a class-action lawsuit against former President Jimmy Carter for his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”

    His publisher, Simon & Schuster, also was named in the lawsuit over the book published in 2006.

    The lawsuit, Unterberg et al v. Jimmy Carter et...

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  • U.S. won’t interfere in Egyptian transition, White House official says

    February 3, 2011 | 10:16 am

    A senior White House official told Jewish leaders that the United States does not deal with the Muslim Brotherhood but would not interfere in the Egyptian transition process.

    Dan Shapiro, the senior National Security Council official dealing with Israel and its neighbors, briefed...

  • 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...

  • 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...
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