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  • U.S.-Israel anti-missile exercise rescheduled for around October

    February 6, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    The United States and Israel have rescheduled their joint military exercise for around October.

    Top U.S. military officials will arrive in Israel later this month to plan the anti-missile exercise, the largest of its kind, after pushing it back in December from a scheduled spring launch. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak requested the delay for budgetary reasons.

  • Netanyahu to address AIPAC as Iran speculation intensifies

    February 5, 2012 | 11:54 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will address the AIPAC policy conference as speculation grows about how the United States and Israel will tackle Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.

    Netanyahu’s formal Twitter feed announced his decision on Sunday to attend the...

  • Conservative group prays in mixed minyan at Knesset

    February 3, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    A recent trip of American Conservative (Masorti) Jews to Israel included a first for the country, cutting to the heart of an issue that poses a problem for many American Jews — a mixed minyan for Mincha at the Knesset synagogue.

    Religious Jewish rituals in Israel are dictated by...

  • Israel says Iran seeking U.S.-range missile

    February 2, 2012 | 11:39 am

    Israel said on Thursday Iran had been working on developing a missile capable of striking the United States at a military base rocked by a deadly explosion three months ago.

    The blast on Nov. 12 killed 17 Iranian troops, including an officer regarded as the architect of Iran’s...

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  • Bipartisan group presses U.S. to pressure Iran

    February 1, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    A bipartisan group of foreign policy hawks called on the Obama administration to intensify pressure on Iran by increasing the U.S. military profile in the Persian Gulf and providing arms to Israel that could facilitate a strike on the Islamic Republic.

    The Bipartisan Policy Center,...

  • Spy boss: Iran more likely to hit on U.S. soil

    January 31, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    Iran’s leadership has shown itself more willing to carry out attacks on American soil, the U.S. intelligence chief told Congress.

    “The 2011 plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States shows that some Iranian officials—probably including Supreme Leader Ali...

  • Vice prime minister: ‘Iranian regime should be confronted by the West’

    January 30, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    Intelligence on Iran’s nuclear project is no longer subject to dispute in Israeli government circles, according to Moshe Ya’alon, vice prime minister of Israel and minister of strategic affairs.

    Instead, the focus of the discussion is on how to meet this challenge, Ya’alon...

  • President Obama: 2012 State of the Union [FULL VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    January 24, 2012 | 5:12 pm

    Follow as Shmuel Rosner’s live tweets the 2012 State of the Union

    President Barack Obama will frame an election-year State of the Union address on Tuesday in starkly populist terms by calling for tax reform to get rid of inequalities that allow the wealthy to pay a lower rate than...

  • Amid Iran concerns, top U.S. and Israeli officials meet

    January 24, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    Top U.S. and Israeli officials have met in recent weeks as the Obama administration continues to reassure Israel about its efforts to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb.

    Thomas Nides, the deputy secretary of state, and Neal Wolin, the deputy secretary of the Treasury, met...

  • Iran slams EU oil embargo, warns could U.S. targets worldwide

    January 23, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Iran accused Europeans on Monday of waging “psychological warfare” after the EU banned imports of Iranian oil, and President Barack Obama said Washington would impose more sanctions to address the “serious threat presented by Iran’s nuclear program.”

    The Islamic Republic, which...

  • Iran warns region against ‘dangerous’ stance on Hormuz

    January 19, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Iran’s foreign minister warned Arab neighbors on Thursday not to put themselves in a “dangerous position” by aligning themselves too closely with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran’s nuclear activity.

    Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, used for a...

  • Opinion: History lessons

    By Rob Eshman

    January 18, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Imagine you are a developing country in the heart of the Middle East. The entire world suspects you are starting to build nuclear weapons, but you deny it. The one country in the world that has the diplomatic, economic and military might to stop you — the United States of America...

  • Opinion: Why we should not bomb Iran

    January 18, 2012 | 10:48 am

    [Counter-point: Why we should attack Iran]

    In endorsing bombing Iran as a neat way to address Iran’s nuclear program, Matthew Kroenig makes the case that the theoretical nightmare of a nuclear Iran could be more or less eliminated, and that even if that can’t be fully...

  • Opinion: Why we should attack Iran

    January 18, 2012 | 10:21 am

    [Counter-point: Why we should not bomb Iran]

    This article has been adapted from an essay in the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine.

    The United States and Iran are on a path toward direct armed conflict. In early October, U.S. officials accused Iranian...

  • Delay of U.S.-Israel anti-missile exercise fuels speculation

    January 17, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The decision by Israel and the United States to delay a massive joint anti-missile exercise set off a frenzy of speculation as to what the move says about relations between the two allies amid mounting tensions with Iran.

    U.S. and Israeli officials confirmed to JTA over the weekend...

  • Two studies put U.S. Jewish census at up to 6.6 million

    January 17, 2012 | 10:51 am

    More than 6 million Jews are living in the United States, according to two independent studies.

    The two studies, using completely different methodology, discovered between 6.4 million and 6.6 million U.S. Jews, or about 1.8 percent of the population, the Forward reported.

    The...

  • Peres to visit the U.S.

    January 17, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres will visit the United States in March.

    Peres will leave for the United States on March 1 to attend the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, where the organization will pay tribute to him “in recognition of his life achievements in establishing and...

  • Israel, U.S. postpone joint anti-missile exercise

    January 15, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    The United States and Israel have delayed a major joint anti-missile exercise against a backdrop of heightened tensions with Iran.

    Sources in both countries said that the exercise, the largest of its kind, would be delayed from its planned spring date until the summer at the...

  • Opinion: The changing face of Judaism in the U.S., Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 11, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    Harvey E. Goldberg is emeritus professor and Sarah Allen Shaine Chair in Sociology and Anthropology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Utilizing both field research and historical documentation, he has focused on the cultural history of Jews in North Africa, ethnicity and religion in...

  • Obama, Abdullah to meet on talks

    January 11, 2012 | 10:52 am

    President Obama will meet with Jordanian King Abdullah to discuss renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    “The President looks forward to discussing a broad range of bilateral and regional economic and security issues during their Oval Office meeting, including King Abdullah’s...

  • Iranian, Venezuelan leaders rebuff U.S., joke about having nuclear bomb

    January 9, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez lavished each other with praise on Monday, mocked U.S. disapproval and joked about having an atomic bomb at their disposal.

    “Despite those arrogant people who do not wish us to be together, we will unite forever,” the...

  • Republican love for Israel all around

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 9, 2012 | 9:52 am


    How far would Republican candidates go to show their love for Israel? Here’s one version, some sarcastic punditry on this topic – from Tablet. I didn’t think it was very funny, but that’s for you to decide for yourselves. It might help you answer a question Ben Smith had...

  • Iran starts underground nuclear work, condemns American to die

    January 9, 2012 | 8:50 am

    Iranian and Western sources said on Monday Iran had switched on a uranium enrichment plant deep inside a mountain, a momentous step that aggravates Tehran’s nuclear dispute with the West.

    In a separate development that will infuriate Washington, Iran also announced that it had...

  • 6 quick comments on the NH Republican debate

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 8, 2012 | 5:34 am

    1.

    Iran – 27 mentions. By far, more than any other country in the world. “You want to talk about the most pressing issue that we’re dealing with today? It’s Iran”, said Rick Santorum in the first of two New Hampshire weekend debates.

    2.

    One should not be overly impressed by...

  • Santorum: West Bank is part of Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 6, 2012 | 2:50 am

  • 8 comments following Iowa: How the head of Mossad became a Paul supporter

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 4, 2012 | 2:36 am

    You don’t need me for comments on the Iowa caucuses and the 2012 race. These are available for you all over the web. Thus, the following comments will focus on three things: The caucuses, the Jews and Israel. See how far we can get with that.

    1.

    At the top spots there are now...

  • Talking to Paul supporters about the US-Israel alliance

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 3, 2012 | 4:57 am

    First one must say that they were all very courteous and nice. If Ron Paul supporters – today we can start calling them voters – bear any grudge against Israel, for being such an annoying country, or for Israelis, for being so needy and apprehensive, or for anyone who might be...

  • What Gingrich told the Des Moines Jewish community?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 2, 2012 | 8:21 am

    I saw Speaker Newt Gingrich six or seven weeks ago in New Hampshire, and I saw him again Sunday morning, January 1st in Des Moines. Back then, he looked fresh and combative, this Sunday he looked tired, almost exhausted. Maybe it is the roller coaster that took him up to be a top...

  • Witnessing European menace invading Des Moines

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 1, 2012 | 7:23 am

    Three days in Iowa, three more to go, and nine quick comments:

    1.

    Friday morning, drizzle, freezing wind, but 300-400 crazies still show up for a Mitt Romney event. Crazies in a good way. People who care enough about politics and about their vote to withstand the cold. To be...

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