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  • Obama to sign enhanced Israel security act

    July 26, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    President Obama will sign a bill to strengthen security cooperation between the United States and Israel.

    Obama will sign the Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 on Friday, said Tommy Vietor, the spokesman for the National Security Council.

    “The bill deepens our security...

  • At What Cost?

    By David Mamet

    July 25, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    It has been suggested that the purpose of a college education is to ease the transition into adulthood. After several decades teaching college-age students, I would agree, only substituting delay and prevent for ease.

    Eric Hoffer wrote in “The Ordeal of Change” (1963) that the...

  • Who will protect us from the NRA?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 25, 2012 | 11:50 am

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) claims it exists to protect our rights. My question is this: Who will protect us from the NRA?

    The gun lobby is not responsible for the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., last week that has so far claimed 12 victims. 

    But its consistent and...

  • Obama names seven to Holocaust memorial council

    July 25, 2012 | 10:26 am

    President Obama named or renamed seven members of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

    The selections—all donors to Democrats—included representatives from the entertainment, social media and human rights sectors, as well as a past AIPAC president.

    In a release Tuesday, Obama named...

  • U.S. military doctors in Germany will continue circumcision

    July 24, 2012 | 4:33 pm

    U.S. military doctors stationed in Germany will continue to perform circumcisions despite a ruling that has roiled the country’s medical and political establishments.

    Stars and Stripes on July 23 quoted U.S. officials as saying that a decision by a Cologne court banning...

  • Obama campaign: Visit to Israel will take place in second term

    July 23, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    President Obama would visit Israel in a second term, a top campaign surrogate said.

    “We can expect him to visit Israel in a second term, should he be reelected,” Colin Kahl, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East, who is now a campaign spokesman on the...

  • U.S. official: Bulgaria bomber a Hezbollah operative

    July 20, 2012 | 10:12 am

    The suicide bomber who perpetrated the attack on Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, was a member of Hezbollah, U.S. officials said.

    The suicide bomber was “acting under broad guidance” to hit Israeli targets, an unnamed senior U.S. official told The New York Times. Other U.S....

  • Suspected suicide bomber had fake U.S. I.D.; Surveillance camera captures image

    July 19, 2012 | 10:33 am

    A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

    Iran denied it was behind Wednesday’s attack at Burgas...

  • U.S. officials discuss possibility of Israeli attack on Syria

    July 19, 2012 | 10:22 am

    U.S. Pentagon officials discussed with Israeli defense officials whether Israel could destroy Syrian weapons facilities in the event of the collapse of the Syrian government, The New York Times reported.

    The Obama administration is not advocating an attack, according to newspaper,...

  • Omar Suleiman dies in U.S. hospital

    July 19, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Former Egyptian head of intelligence and one-time presidential candidate Omar Suleiman died in a U.S. hospital.

    Suleiman, a close confident of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, who named him vice president just days before he was deposed, died at the Cleveland Clinic after undergoing...

  • Obama condemns deadly bus attack on Israelis in Bulgaria

    July 18, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    President Barack Obama strongly condemned an attack on Wednesday that killed at least four Israeli tourists in an explosion on a bus outside a Bulgarian airport.

    “The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack,” Obama said in a statement, calling the attack “completely outrageous.”

    Reporting By Alister Bull; Editing by Sandra Maler

  • As U.S. officials descend on Israel, Republicans rally for votes

    July 17, 2012 | 9:43 am

    For a few days at least, the old joke about Israel being the 51st U.S. state feels true.

    A litany of U.S. officials and politicians are parading through Israel this month, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt...

  • U.S., Israel now on same page regarding Iran, Clinton says

    July 16, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    Israel and the United States on the “same page” with regard to Iran, which both countries suspect is using a civilian nuclear programme as a cover to develop atomic weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.

    “It’s absolutely fair to say that we are on the same...

  • Clinton to Netanyahu: ‘We will continue to consult closely’

    July 16, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem Monday, fresh from a visit to Egypt, where she became the most senior U.S. official to meet newly elected President Mohamed Morsi, from the long-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

    It was Clinton’s first visit to the...

  • Syria reportedly moving chemical weapons

    July 13, 2012 | 10:21 am

    U.S. officials are warily watching as Syria begins moving undeclared chemical weapons out of its storage facilities.

    Syria’s Assad regime may be preparing to use the weapons against rebels fighting its control, or may be moving them to safeguard them against opponents and to...

  • U.S. says Syria envoy’s defection shows Assad losing grip

    July 12, 2012 | 11:28 am

    The White House said on Thursday that the defection of a Syrian ambassador showed that desperation was growing within President Bashar Assad’s government and was a further sign that he was losing his grip on power.

    “Those around him, both in his inner circle and more broadly in the...

  • Settlements a threat to Israel, Peres says

    July 10, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres called West Bank settlements a threat to Israel.

    The remarks, made Tuesday at the annual ceremony in memory of Zionism founder Theodor Herzl, appeared to address a report released Sunday that said “Israel does not meet the criteria of ‘military...

  • Jewish Dems’ call on GOP to cut off Adelson’s giving revives civility talk

    July 10, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Sheldon Adelson, whose cash and rhetoric has hit candidates hard this election cycle, just got swiped himself.

    The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) wants Republicans, including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to stop taking “dirty money” from Adelson...

  • To London from the U.S.—via Israel’s Olympic team

    July 10, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Growing up outside of Chicago, Jillian Schwartz never expected that one day she would be an Israeli citizen. Now the hardest part of her immigrant experience is leaving Tel Aviv—- with her roughly 17-foot-long Olympic equipment.

    “Trying to get out of here with poles is very...

  • William Burns, heading for Israel, reassures Egypt of assistance

    July 10, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Deputy U.S. Secretary of State William Burns after meeting with new Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said the United States was “fully committed” to assistance for Egypt.

    Burns, who will visit Israel later this week for another round in the U.S.-Israel strategic dialogue, met Monday...

  • Iran’s parliament speaker Larijani calls for end to West, Israel

    July 6, 2012 | 10:57 am

    An Iranian official said the West and Israel should disappear.

    “Today, the time has come for the disappearance of the West and the Zionist regime (Israel)—which are two dark spots in the present era—from the face of the universe,” Ali Larijiani the speaker of Iran’s parliament,...

  • Ex-CIA head Woolsey calls for Pollard clemency

    July 5, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Being an American Jew has kept Jonathan Pollard in prison for longer than other spies for friendly countries, former CIA head R. James Woolsey wrote in a letter to the editor to The Wall Street Journal.

    Woolsey, who recommended against clemency for Pollard while director of the...

  • Church of Nativity gets Heritage status over U.S., Israel objections

    June 29, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    UNESCO has agreed to name the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a World Heritage Site, and list it as in Palestine.

    The secret vote, which came during the United Nations body’s World Heritage Convention in St. Petersburg, Russia, was 13-6, with two abstentions.

    Israel and the...

  • Spain reaches out to American Jewish tourists

    June 27, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    Unless you can read artistically distorted Hebrew, you might not realize that the logo of a program by Spain’s tourism board spells out the four letters of “Sepharad,” the Hebrew word for Spain. And unless you know European geography, you might not realize that the distorted...

  • Israelis divided on U.S. role in peace process, survey finds

    June 27, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Israeli Jews have mixed feelings about the success of the role of the United States in the Middle East peace process, a survey found.

    According to the seventh annual B’nai B’rith World Center Survey on Contemporary Israeli Attitudes Toward Diaspora Jewry, one-third of the...

  • George Washington’s Jewish correspondence

    June 26, 2012 | 10:45 am

    In a letter that will go on display before Independence Day, George Washington conveys his commitment to one of America’s founding principles while corresponding with the Jewish community.

    At the center of “To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom”—an...

  • Riding across the U.S., Hazon bikers are spokespeople for food justice

    June 26, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Eleven Jews are pedaling—and peddling—their message across the country.

    Joined by more than three dozen other bicyclists at segments along the way, participants in the Hazon Cross-USA Ride, a 10-week journey across America, are on a multifold mission.

    They are bringing attention to...

  • Iraq cutting cooperation with U.S. over Jewish archives

    June 26, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Iraq said it is cutting archaeological cooperation with the United States because the U.S. has not returned Iraq’s Jewish archives.

    Iraqi Tourism and Archaeology Minister Liwaa Smaisim is pushing for the return of the archives that were removed from Iraq following the 2003 U.S....

  • In Supreme Court’s immigration ruling, Jewish groups see progress but have concerns

    June 25, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Most Jewish groups who have weighed in on Arizona’s controversial immigration law saw progress in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to repeal three of the law’s four parts, but had concerns that law enforcement officials would still be allowed to check the legal immigration status of...

  • Israeli Arab sentenced to life in prison for Michigan murder

    June 25, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    An Arab-Israeli immigrant to the United States was sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of a Michigan man, part of a series of killings and attacks.

    Elias Abuelazam, 33, a Christian Arab from Ramla, was sentenced Monday for the stabbing death of Arnold Minor, 49....

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