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  • Israeli concerns about Turkey and Qatar fuel dispute with Kerry

    11 hours ago

    Behind the feud between John Kerry and Israel over the secretary of state’s efforts to broker a Gaza cease-fire is a larger tension concerning the role of Turkey and Qatar in Palestinian affairs.

    Israeli officials rejected the proposal for a cease-fire advanced by Kerry in part...

  • Dear Madeleine Albright, Israel is not “Overdoing It”

    3 days ago

    It's been 22 years since Madeleine Albright was a foreign policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter, 17 years since she was America's ambassador to the United Nations, and 13 since she was secretary of state. Yet all these years later, Albright is still pressuring Israel and trying...
  • U.S. says Russia firing artillery over border at Ukraine military

    4 days ago

    The United States said on Thursday that Russia was firing artillery across its border with Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf also said there was evidence that the Russians intended...

  • We will defend Israel

    5 days ago

    I remember it like yesterday. Blissfully ignorant of the horror that had been unfolding, I happily sent my kids off to school in Los Angeles, California that fateful morning of September 11, 2001. Within the hour, all children returned to the nestled safety of their homes, as we...

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  • 3 senators urge Obama to let Israel neutralize Hamas ahead of cease-fire

    5 days ago

    Three senators urged President Obama to ensure that Israel removes Hamas’ military threat before a cease-fire is in place.

    “The threats posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels whose only purpose is to kill and kidnap Israelis are intolerable, and Israel must be allowed to take any...

  • Rebels likely downed Malaysian jet ‘by mistake,’ U.S. officials say

    1 week ago

    U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday they believe pro-Russian separatists likely shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 "by mistake."

    Last week's downing of the airliner, in which all 298 people aboard were killed, has sharply deepened the Ukrainian crisis, in which separatist gunmen in the Russian-speaking east have been fighting government forces since pro-Western protesters in Kiev forced out a pro-Moscow president and Russia annexed Crimea in March.

    Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Jason Szep and Peter Cooney

  • U.S. issues travel warning for Israel, West Bank and Gaza

    1 week ago

    The State Department warned U.S. citizens on Monday against traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, citing the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas.

    "The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel and the...

  • U.S. government believes Malaysia jet hit by surface-to-air missile

    2 weeks ago

    A U.S. official said the United States believes a surface-to-air missile brought down the Malaysian airliner that crashed on Thursday in eastern Ukraine, killing all 295 people aboard.

    The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the origin of the missile was...

  • U.S., European agencies warned pilots about Ukraine airspace dangers in April

    2 weeks ago

    Aviation safety authorities in the United States and Europe warned pilots in April about potential risks flying in or near Ukraine airspace, where a Malaysian passenger airliner went down on Thursday.

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on April 23 issued a "special notice"...

  • Climbing the peace mountain

    2 weeks ago

    The rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza, Israel’s airstrikes in response, and the contemptible killing of the three Israeli teenagers and revenge killing of the Palestinian teenager remind us that the status quo does not endure in our region. Apparent calm can be upended at...

  • Kerry: U.S. would consider extending Iran talks

    2 weeks ago

    The United States would consider an extension to a July 20 deadline for an Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    Kerry, speaking Tuesday in Vienna after meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, and representatives of other nuclear powers negotiating...

  • Pro-Israel rally at Federal Building to begin at 4 p.m.

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    A pro-Israel rally at the Wilshire Federal Building, located on Wilshire and Sepulveda Boulevards, on Sunday, kicks off at 4 p.m. Click here for more information. Organizations 30 Years After; Stand With Us; and Israeli American Council; and others are sponsoring the event, and if...

  • U.S. bill would offer $5M reward for capture of Frenkel’s murderers

    3 weeks ago

    Legislation introduced in Congress would post a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Naftali Frenkel, the Israeli-American teen abducted with two others and murdered last month in the West Bank.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Co.) authored...

  • Beirut firm goes on U.S. sanctions list for helping Hezbollah

    3 weeks ago

    The Obama administration added a Beirut-based company to its sanctions list for its purchase of items to bolster Hezbollah armaments.

    The designation posted in a statement Thursday by the State Department named “brothers Kamel Mohamad Amhaz and Issam Mohamad Amhaz; their...

  • The U.S. can use Iran to help stabilize Iraq

    3 weeks ago

    The United States is facing a catastrophe in Iraq. Sunni Islamic extremists — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — have conquered Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists now have a large swath of territory on which to train for the next 9/11....

  • U.S. calls on Israel, Palestinians to de-escalate Gaza tensions

    3 weeks ago

    The United States on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to de-escalate tensions in Gaza and expressed concern for the safety of civilians on both sides as Israel pressed a campaign of air strikes and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland.

    State Department...

  • Israel investigating police beating of Palestinian rioter

    3 weeks ago

    The United States called for speedy investigation of an incident in which it said a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent appeared to have been badly beaten by Israeli paramilitary police during riots in East Jerusalem this week.

    A video clip circulated on the internet on Saturday...

  • Can Iraqi forces recapture lost ground alone? U.S. says ‘probably not’

    July 3, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Iraqi security forces will probably not be able to recapture ground they have lost to Islamist militants without assistance, the top U.S. military officer said on Thursday.

    General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that U.S. advisers now in Iraq...

  • Can U.S. and Iran work together in Iraq?

    July 2, 2014 | 4:52 pm

    The recent military conquest of much of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has ignited a debate on Iran’s role. Analysts and pundits have asked: Should Washington work with Tehran to stem ISIL’s seemingly inexorable march? U.S.-Iran cooperation seems possible,...

  • Israel said to accept U.S. offer in search for teens’ murderers

    July 2, 2014 | 10:23 am

    Israel accepted U.S. assistance in its search for the murderers of three kidnapped teenagers, U.S. deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said.

    “We’ve just offered to provide whatever assistance we can,” Rhodes said Tuesday in a briefing for the foreign press when asked what...

  • U.S. Jewish communities memorializing Israeli teens

    July 1, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    Jewish communities across the United States have responded to the murder of three Israeli teens with vigils and memorial services.

    The announcement that Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach had been found dead Monday of gunshot wounds in a field near Hebron prompted a...

  • U.N. Security Council condemns murders of Israeli teens

    July 1, 2014 | 4:28 pm

    The U.N. Security Council adopted a statement condemning and expressing “profound outrage” at the murder of three Israeli teenagers.

    “The members of the Security Council expressed their profound outrage at and condemned in the strongest terms the killing of three teenagers, whose...

  • U.S. Jews should respond to the murders with more than tears

    July 1, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Jews throughout the United States will hold memorial services this week to mourn the murders of the three Israeli teenagers. There will be tears, there will be prayers, there will be words of consolation. And then the mourning needs to be followed by action – political action.

    ...
  • U.S. sends 300 more troops to Iraq, narrows options for second operations center

    June 30, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    The United States is again ramping up its military presence in Iraq, sending around 300 additional troops into the country as well as a detachment of helicopters and drone aircraft, the Pentagon said on Monday.

    Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said about 200 forces...

  • ISIS propaganda campaign threatens U.S.

    June 27, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    This story originally appeared on ADL.org.

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced a new social media cam­paign this week designed to threaten the U.S. and warn it against send­ing mil­i­tary assis­tance to Iraq.

    The cam­paign, “Warn­ing to the Amer­i­can Peo­ple,”...

  • Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is ‘foregone conclusion’

    June 26, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Israel told the United States on Thursday Kurdish independence in northern Iraq was a "foregone conclusion" and Israeli experts predicted the Jewish state would be quick to recognize a Kurdish state, should it emerge.

    Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and...

  • Terror victims seek control of Iranian Internet domains

    June 26, 2014 | 10:34 am

    Lawyers in Israel and the United States representing victims of terrorism filed papers claiming Iranian Internet domain names.

    Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Tel Aviv and Robert Tolchin of New York served the claims on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, an...

  • Peres praises Abbas as ‘peace partner’ at Capitol medal ceremony

    June 26, 2014 | 10:18 am

    Accepting the Congressional Gold Medal, Israeli President Shimon Peres lauded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and called for renewing talks with the Palestinians.

    “President Abbas is clearly a partner for peace,” Peres said Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, where the...

  • American jailed in Cuba plans suicide, lawyer says

    June 25, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    A U.S. foreign aid contractor jailed in Cuba is planning suicide as his health declines and he grows increasingly depressed, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

    Alan Gross, 65, has served 4-1/2 years of his 15-year sentence for illegally attempting to establish an online network for...

  • House increases funding for Israel’s missile defense

    June 24, 2014 | 10:46 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives increased funding for Israel’s missile defense systems.

    Included in the House’s Defense Appropriations Bill approved last week is $351 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which is $175 million more than was requested in President...

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