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  • Breyer, in Holocaust commemoration, urges rule of law

    May 17, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer commemorated the Holocaust with an appeal to uphold the rule of law.

    “Justice and law are the foundations of your throne,” Breyer quoted the Psalms as saying in his keynote address Tuesday at the Days of Remembrance commemoration in the U.S....

  • U.S. airs concerns on Chabad-Russia feud over texts

    May 16, 2011 | 3:04 pm

    American officials have weighed in for the first time on a Chabad court victory over the ownership of Chasidic texts, reportedly saying it could jeopardize Russia-U.S. cultural ties.

    The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Justice Department’s response Monday to the...

  • U.S. warns citizens to avoid ‘Nakba’ protests

    May 13, 2011 | 11:14 am

    The U.S. embassy warned Americans to avoid demonstrations this weekend marking “Nakba Day,” when Palestinians and Israeli Arabs mark their losses in Israel’s Independence War.

    “As always, please be aware of your surroundings and remember that protests intended to be peaceful can...

  • Entebbe and bin Laden raids underscore U.S.-Israel alliance

    May 12, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    Nearly 35 years ago, on July 4, 1976, the streets of America were aglow. The nation was celebrating the bicentennial—the 200th anniversary of its independence. In Israel, too, the streets were radiant. Israel Defense Forces commandos had rescued some 100 hostages held captive by...

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  • U.S. Congress members to Turkey’s Erdogan: Stop Gaza flotilla

    May 12, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Members of the U.S. Congress issued a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday in which they urge Turkey’s premier to stop the departure of another flotilla to the Gaza Strip.

    “We write today to express our serious concern over reports that the so-called...

  • Did U.S. use lessons from Israel’s Entebbe raid to prep for bin Laden killing?

    May 9, 2011 | 10:46 am

    In the mid-1990s, William McRaven, then a U.S. Navy SEAL, wrote a book about commando operations. Entitled “Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice” (Presidio Press), the book featured six case studies. One chapter was devoted to Entebbe, beginning...

  • Abbas yes, Hamas no

    May 4, 2011 | 10:41 am

    As someone who wants the world to pressure Israel into ending the occupation, who hopes the UN recognizes Palestine in September, and who roots for Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad, I say their agreement Wednesday to form a unity government with Hamas was a blunder....

  • State slams Hamas mourning of bin Laden

    May 3, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    The Obama administration slammed as “outrageous” Hamas’ condemnation of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    “It goes without saying bin Laden was a murderer and a terrorist,” Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman told reporters. “He ordered the killings of thousands of innocent men,...

  • For Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hamas’ pen is mightier than bin Laden bullet

    May 3, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    The pen that launched the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is likely to have more of an impact on U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than the bullet that ended Osama bin Laden’s life.

    In at least one respect, Sunday’s raid in Pakistan could have an...

  • CIA director: U.S. was concerned Pakistan may ‘alert targets’ before bin Laden operation

    May 3, 2011 | 11:33 am

    U.S. officials were concerned that Pakistan could jeopardize the Osama bin Laden operation and “might alert the targets,” CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile Pakistan’s president denied on Tuesday that his government may have sheltered a bin Laden but admitted that...

  • U.S. believes it can now destroy al-Qaida after killing bin Laden

    May 3, 2011 | 11:33 am

    The United States will aim to destroy al-Qaida’s central organization now that its leader Osama bin Laden has been killed and its capabilities degraded by U.S. operations, a top White House adviser said on Tuesday.

    Since the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, al-Qaida has...

  • U.S. had no choice but to kill bin Laden, says U.S. defense official

    May 2, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    The United States has no choice but to kill al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden during the raid on his hideout in Pakistan, President Barack Obama’s top counter terrorism adviser said Monday.

    “We certainly were preparing to the possibility to capture him. If we had an opportunity to...

  • Reform defends Richard Jacobs as critics attack his Israel positions

    May 2, 2011 | 3:02 pm

    An angry exchange over the Zionist credentials of the incoming president of the Reform movement has intensified and exploded onto the public stage.

    The conflict pits the movement’s leadership against a group of dissidents who say they represent a growing number of Reform Jews...

  • Could U.S. still fund PA that includes Hamas?

    May 2, 2011 | 1:28 pm

    The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation may portend yet another Congress vs. White House showdown in the battle in Washington over Middle East policy.

    The Obama administration has expressed its unhappiness with the compromise reportedly negotiated this week in Cairo, but it is not counting...

  • U.S. officials: DNA evidence proves Osama bin Laden is dead

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    May 2, 2011 | 11:41 am

    DNA evidence has proven with 99.9 percent confidence that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead, two officials in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration said Monday.

    The officials did not immediately say where or how the testing was done but the test explains why Obama was...

  • Wanted: U.S. claimants of Holocaust-era assets in prestate Israel

    April 28, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    In Israel, restituting Holocaust-era assets isn’t just about getting European countries, banks and insurance companies to pay up.

    It’s also about finding the rightful heirs of thousands of prestate assets in Israel whose original Jewish owners perished during the Holocaust....

  • Israel ranks seventh in happiness level, poll finds

    April 27, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    Israel ranked seventh worldwide in the happiness level of its residents, according to a survey conducted by the Gallup Institute.

    Some 63 percent of Israelis are satisfied with their lives, Gallup’s global wellbeing surveys in 2010 found. Israel was ranked higher than the United...

  • U.S. Holocaust museum pushes West Coast visibility

    By Ryan Torok

    April 26, 2011 | 5:08 pm

    During a lecture on genocide prevention at American Jewish University (AJU) on April 13, Michael Abramowitz, director of the Committee on Conscience at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, discussed a shift in the international community’s view of how to handle crimes...

  • Second computer virus infiltrates Iranian systems

    April 26, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Iran has discovered a second computer virus designed to damage government computer systems.

    The discovery of the virus, called Stars, was announced Monday by a senior Iranian official, Gholam-Reza Jalali, head of an Iranian cyberdefense agency, according to reports.

    Jalali said in...

  • At least 39 said killed and dozens wounded by Syria troops in Daraa

    April 25, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    At least 39 people were killed and 70 wounded Monday by Syrian security forces in the southern city of Daraa, pro-democracy activists said, after the army moved into the city where the current wave of protests began, and fired at protesters.

    “Bodies of the dead and wounded were seen...

  • Revolutionary Guard chief: Iran can hit ships as far away as Indian Ocean

    April 22, 2011 | 10:23 am

    The commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard says his forces are expanding their capabilities to retaliate against possible enemy attacks from outside the Gulf.

    Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari says Iran can strike back against foreign warships launching attacks against Iran from as far away as the Indian Ocean. Jafari made the comments in an interview with the semi-official Fars news agency Friday.

    He made no direct mention of the U.S., but his remarks are a clear reference to American forces in the region.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • UN urges bold steps to relaunch Mideast peace talks

    April 21, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    The United Nations called on Thursday for “bold and decisive steps” to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the region awaits a possible new initiative by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    UN political chief Lynn Pascoe and ambassadors of key Security Council countries said...

  • U.S. official: Obama to give Libya rebels $25m in non-military aid

    April 20, 2011 | 11:50 am

    U.S. officials say the Obama administration has decided to give the Libyan opposition $25 million in non-military assistance after weeks of assessing their capabilities and intentions.

    The officials said Wednesday that Congress was briefed on the plan on Tuesday.

    They said the...

  • HIAS urges refugee application under renewed Lautenberg

    April 18, 2011 | 10:32 pm

    The top U.S. Jewish immigrant defense group urged potential refugee status applicants in Iran and the former Soviet Union to apply under an act just extended by Congress.

    “It is extremely important that our former HIAS clients waste no time in notifying relatives in the FSU or Iran...

  • Boehner to invite Netanyahu to address Congress

    April 14, 2011 | 11:18 am

    Rep. John Boehner, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said he plans to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress.

    “It will be a great honor for Congress to welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu next month as part of his...

  • Iran assisting Syria in crackdown, according to U.S. intelligence

    April 14, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Iran reportedly is providing material assistance to the Syrian government in its effort to quell protests.

    The Wall Street Journal on Thursday quoted Obama administration officials as saying that they have intelligence showing that Iran is providing the Assad regime in Syria with...

  • Date Night Phenomenon?

    By Julia Bendis

    April 13, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    I had to write about this phenomenon called ‘Date Night’.  Every couple I know has date nights where they spend an evening away from home, kids, pets, etc, while throwing money away doing it…  Only in America do people label every activity including a simple night out with their...

  • Clinton: U.S. will renew peace effort

    April 13, 2011 | 10:55 am

    The United States will renew its push for Israeli-Palestinian peace, Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    The U.S. secretary of state was outlining strategies for addressing the turmoil currently sweeping the Middle East in an address Tuesday to the U.S.-Islamic World Forum.

    “We start from...

  • U.S. blocks Quartet peace outline

    April 12, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    The United States reportedly blocked an initiative by other major powers to outline an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.

    The three other members of the Quartet guiding Middle East peace talks—the United Nations, the European Union and Russia—had pressed for publication of such...

  • For U.S. Jewish leaders, impact of Egypt changes depends on politics

    April 11, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    American Jewish leaders are divided along political lines on recent changes in Egypt, according to a new survey shows.

    Most Jewish leaders looked favorably upon what they see as a growing interest in democracy and human rights in the new Egypt, but they were split on what that...

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