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  • U.S. welcomes Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire, urges compliance

    1 day ago

    The United States cautiously welcomes the latest Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and urges both sides to comply with the terms of the agreement, the State Department said on Tuesday.

    "We call on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms, and hope very much that the...

  • Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen,’ Pentagon says

    6 days ago

    The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaida, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

    "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere...

  • Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan’s new prime minister

    6 days ago

    Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities.

    Erdogan said the ruling AK...

  • The killing machine called ISIS

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Long before ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – released the horrific video depicting the execution of journalist James Foley, the world had already become acutely aware that there was no limit to the group’s brutality...

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  • Egypt urges U.S. restraint over Missouri unrest

    1 week ago

    Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.

    U.S. foes Iran and Syria also lambasted the...

  • Islamic State says it beheaded U.S. journalist

    1 week ago

    Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

    The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites. It was not immediately possible...

  • Islamic State vows to ‘break the American cross’

    1 week ago

    Islamic State, the Sunni militant group which seeks to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, released a video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it might attempt to strike American targets.

    The video with the theme "breaking of the American cross"...

  • It’s over for the Jews of Europe

    2 weeks ago

    It is now almost three years since I moved with my family to the United States. Life for a Jew in the USA is markedly different to the European experience. American Jews are proud of being Jewish, understandably, and they project that pride without equivocation. The idea that you...

  • How liberal critics failed Israel

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    If you listen to some prominent liberal critics of Israel, you might think that liberalism in Israel is in a deep coma. For many years now, these critics have been single-mindedly obsessed with one liberal cause: Israel’s failure to make peace with the Palestinians.

    It’s a great...

  • Report: U.S. stiffening oversight on missile sales to Israel

    2 weeks ago

    The United States is tightening controls on military sales to Israel in the wake of the conflict in Gaza.

    On July 20, days after Israel began its ground invasion in Gaza, Israel requested and received a shipment of munitions from the Pentagon without prior approval from the White...

  • On packed flight to Israel, hundreds of American Jews, emboldened by Gaza crisis, start lives anew

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Daniel Knafo was wide awake aboard the Boeing 747 as sunlight began peaking over the northern horizon of the Mediterranean Sea early on the morning of Aug. 12.

    Less than 10 hours earlier, he was at the departure terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than 300...

  • How Obama and Netanyahu can make up

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not the best of friends — that seems pretty clear by now.

    But following reports during the Gaza conflict of cut-off phone calls, tough talk of “demands” and eavesdropping, it may be time for them to figure...

  • U.S. allows use of Ebola test overseas as crisis deepens

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the use of an Ebola diagnostic test developed by the Pentagon to help contain the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus.

    The move was one of a number of steps taken by the U.S. government this week to address the highly...

  • Studying abroad in Israel: Safe and life-changing

    3 weeks ago

    When Ariel Brotman studied abroad in Israel two years ago, her most memorable lessons didn’t take place in the classroom.  

    Brotman, who graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, this spring, attended Hebrew University of Jerusalem from September 2012 to January...

  • What Would God Say?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 1, 2014 | 10:31 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am so conflicted! The situation in Israel conflicts me. The situation in America conflicts me. The situation in life conflicts me. I seem to be in the midst of conflict in most areas of my life. This week, someone who had sought recovery and then sought...

  • U.S. defends supplying Israel ammunition during Gaza conflict

    July 31, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    The United States on Thursday called on Israel to do more to protect civilians in its military offensive in Gaza and condemned an Israeli strike on a U.N.-run school, even as it defended moves to resupply its close ally with ammunition.

    The White House reiterated its position...

  • Israel, Palestinians locked in vicious circle of Gaza wars

    July 31, 2014 | 11:53 am

    When Israel ended its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip by withdrawing settlers in 2005, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hailed it as a "disengagement" from conflict with Palestinians in the densely populated coastal enclave.

    But the conflict did not end, it only changed.

    ...
  • Peace Corps pulls volunteers from West Africa due to Ebola

    July 30, 2014 | 4:22 pm

    The U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was pulling all 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus that has killed 672 people in the three countries since February.

    A Peace Corps spokesperson said two volunteers were isolated and...

  • UN says ‘enough is enough’ after another Gaza school attack

    July 30, 2014 | 11:16 am

    After another deadly attack on a U.N. school in Gaza sheltering Palestinians from fighting between Israel and Hamas militants, the United Nations declared "enough is enough" on Wednesday and asked – when civilians are warned to leave, where do they go?

    With 1.8 million people...

  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    July 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

  • Israel, U.S. deny account of tense Obama-Netanyahu call

    July 29, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    U.S. and Israeli officials sharply denied an account of a tense conversation between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The conversation described Tuesday night on Israel’s Channel One TV allegedly was the one Obama and Netanyahu had on Sunday...

  • In U.S., Gaza conflict reverberates on air and in the streets

    July 29, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    In Europe, the fight over Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza has prompted violent street battles, firebombs thrown at synagogues and even a mid-game attack against a visiting Israeli soccer team by protesters in Austria.

    In America, it has been more a battle of commentary,...

  • Boxer reintroduces enhanced Israel ally bill with broad support

    July 29, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Citing the Gaza war as a catalyst, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) re-introduced with broad bipartisan support a bill that would enhance U.S.-Israel strategic ties.

    “While we work toward a just peace in the Middle East and an end to the tragedy of war, it is critical that we...

  • Israeli concerns about Turkey and Qatar fuel dispute with Kerry

    July 28, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    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”

    July 25, 2014 | 7:58 pm

    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

    July 24, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    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

    July 24, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    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...

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

    July 24, 2014 | 11:28 am

    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

    July 22, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    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

    July 21, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    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...

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