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  • Barak visiting U.S.

    July 28, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak began a visit to the United States.

    Ehud Barak flew out Thursday for talks in Washington with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

    Barak...

  • Pollard urges visiting Oren: Work for my release

    July 27, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard urged Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, to work for his release during the envoy’s prison visit.

    Pollard asked Oren at the federal prison in Butner, N.C., to push Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, and President...

  • Opinion: U.S. Jews: Who are we?

    July 26, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    It will not come as a surprise if I suggest that we Jews are a peculiar people. For all the talk of escalating assimilation, we remain, in important respects, quite different from most other Americans. I report here on a massive survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and...

  • Israeli ex-generals, diplomats press for U.S. role in peace talks

    July 26, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    Seven retired Israeli diplomats and military officers met with high-ranking U.S. officials to press for greater U.S. engagement in brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    The seven, including Gen. Natan Sharoni, a former chief of planning; Gen. Nehemiah Dagan, a former chief education...

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  • Moody’s: Israeli loan guarantees will be affected by U.S. review

    July 21, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    Moody’s said loan guarantees for Israel would be included in its review of its AAA rating of U.S. bonds ahead of a possible deficit crisis.

    The credit rater said it was reviewing U.S. bonds for possible downgrade “given the rising possibility that the statutory debt limit will not...

  • Amid Murdoch scandal, Israel backers worry about muting of pro-Israel media voice

    July 19, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Pro-Israel leaders in the United States, Britain and Australia are warily watching the unfolding of the phone-hacking scandal that is threatening to engulf the media empire of Rupert Murdoch, founder of News Corp.

    Murdoch’s sudden massive reversal of fortune—with 10 top former...

  • Clinton: U.S. has no stake in Assad staying

    July 11, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is “not indispensable” and the West has “nothing invested” in keeping him in power, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    The remarks by Clinton, holding a press conference Monday with Catherine Ashton, the top European Union foreign...

  • U.S. State Dept. to study Saudi texts

    July 7, 2011 | 4:21 pm

    The U.S. State Department is launching a study of Saudi textbooks to determine their reach and whether they promote intolerance.

    The department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights will commission experts to examine textbooks for bigoted depictions of non-Muslims, including...

  • French flotilla boat seized, U.S. activists end activities

    July 7, 2011 | 11:45 am

    A French boat that left a Greek port for Gaza earlier in the week was detained by the Greek coast guard, while a U.S. activist group has ended its activities.

    The French-flagged Dignity, a pleasure craft with eight passengers on board, was detained Thursday while refueling in Crete....

  • U.S. Senate: Palestinians risking aid by seeking statehood vote

    June 29, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    The U.S. Senate threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to seek a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood.

    The resolution passed unanimously on Tuesday also reaffirmed U.S. opposition to any Palestinian government that includes Hamas unless the...

  • Iran tests missiles capable of reaching Israel, U.S. bases

    June 28, 2011 | 9:13 am

    Iran reportedly tested medium- and long-range missiles that are capable of reaching Israel and U.S. bases.

    Tuesday’s firing of the missiles came on the second day of the Revolutionary Guards’ war games.

    The day before, Iran’s military displayed on national television underground...

  • American Consulate to Israelis: Don’t work illegally in U.S.

    June 22, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    The U.S. Consulate in Tel Aviv is warning young Israelis not to work illegally in the United States, using a video on YouTube.

    In the 12-minute video, titled “The Price is Too High: Trying to Work Illegally in the United States,” Israeli citizens captured by U.S. authorities talk...

  • U.S. citizens leave for Gaza flotilla

    June 21, 2011 | 10:11 am

    A group of Americans have left for Athens to join a flotilla of ships planning to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    The 36 American participants, as well as four crew members and nine journalists, are planning to sail on the American-flagged boat The Audacity of...

  • Jerusalem think tank: Don’t make Israel a partisan issue in the U.S.

    June 20, 2011 | 5:36 pm

    A Jerusalem-based think tank urged Israel not to let Israel become political ammunition for partisanship between Republicans and Democrats.

    The Jewish People Policy Institute recommended that the Israeli government make “every possible effort to prevent the Middle East conflict from...

  • Israel’s UN ambassador tells U.S. Jews: Prepare for September vote on Palestinian state

    June 20, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor urged Jewish American leaders on Monday to form a clear and operational plan ahead of the United Nations vote in September regarding unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.

    During a closed meeting of the Conference of...

  • Overcrowded prisons fail inmates and society alike

    June 15, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    “It is known that a wide open living space widens one’s mind, and thus the opposite, a crowded living space and lots of people together, degrades one’s mind. Pharaoh strove to degrade the minds of the Israelites, and so he would press them in one place.” —Netziv (Shemot...

  • Top U.S. negotiators in Israel to push talks

    June 15, 2011 | 11:23 am

    Top U.S. negotiators are meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials in a bid to restart talks.

    Dennis Ross, the senior Middle East adviser to President Obama, and David Hale, the top envoy to the region, met Wednesday in Jerusalem and the West Bank with Israeli Prime Minister...

  • U.S. delegation visits jailed contractor Alan Gross

    June 13, 2011 | 10:14 am

    A delegation of Americans visiting Cuba met with jailed American contractor Alan Gross.

    The group met for two hours with Gross, 62, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence for “crimes against the state” for distributing laptop computers and connecting Cuban Jews to the Internet, on...

  • White House awaiting Netanyahu’s response on peace talks

    June 10, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    The Obama administration is waiting for the Netanyahu government’s response to its efforts to restart peace talks.

    Steve Simon, the top National Security Council official dealing with Israel and the Palestinians, told Jewish leaders in a conference call on Friday that the...

  • Iran: Israel and U.S. are trying to provoke a regional war

    June 8, 2011 | 4:45 pm

    Iran blames Israel and the U.S. for trying to provoke a military conflict in the region, Israel Army radio reported on Wednesday. According to the report, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that the two countries are conspiring against Iran.

    “The Americans...

  • Cheap blood

    By David Suissa

    June 8, 2011 | 10:56 am

    As I was doing research last week for a column on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I stumbled on a story in The New Republic titled “Darfur Is Getting Worse: Why Aren’t the U.N. and U.S. Pressuring Khartoum to Reverse This Horrific Trend?”

    According to Eric Reeves, a...

  • GOP lawmaker calls for U.S. to pull funding if UN recognizes Palestine

    June 7, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) introduced a resolution calling for the withholding of U.N. funding if the General Assembly recognizes a Palestinian state.

    Chabot said Tuesday that he hopes to dissuade any effort by the Palestinians to circumvent peace negotiations by going directly to...

  • Report: U.S. to offer Turkey major role in Mideast talks if it stops Gaza flotilla

    June 3, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    The U.S. government is considering to offer Turkey a deal in which Ankara would stop a second Gaza flotilla that is due to depart later this month in exchange for the opportunity to host an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit in Ankara, the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported...

  • White House posts defense of its Israel policies

    June 3, 2011 | 2:19 pm

    The White House website posted a defense of President Obama’s Israel record, and several prominent Jewish Democrats penned Op-Eds defending his policies.

    “President Obama: Advancing Israel’s Security and Supporting Peace,” which appeared online on Friday, addressed the controversy...

  • U.S. tells Turkey of flotilla concerns

    June 3, 2011 | 10:28 am

    The Obama administration expressed to the Turkish government its concerns about the next Gaza aid flotilla.

    “We’ve been in consultation with the Turkish Government about this,” Mark Toner, the State Department spokesman, said on Wednesday. “We’ve shared our concerns.”

    Activists...

  • Record amount approved for U.S.-Israel missile defense program

    June 2, 2011 | 9:58 am

    The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee awarded the highest-ever level of funding to the joint U.S.-Israel missile defense program Wednesday.

    The subcommittee appropriated $235.7 million in funding for the coming year.

    In a statement, committee member Rep. Steve Rothman...

  • U.S. won’t participate in Durban III, State Dept. says

    June 1, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    The United States will not participate in Durban III, this September, the State Department said.

    In a letter to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Joseph E. Macmanus, acting assistant secretary for legislative affairs, confirmed the United States would not attend the conference,...

  • Most U.S. Jews see Israel as serious in peace bid, poll finds

    June 1, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    American Jews strongly believe in Israel’s commitment to peace, and largely think the Palestinian leadership and people are opposed to it, according to a new poll.

    Eighty-four percent of respondents in the survey released last week said the Israeli government is committed to a...

  • Top UN official: U.S. veto would block vote on Palestinian statehood

    May 27, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    The president of the United Nations General Assembly said Friday there is no way that a Palestinian state could become a member of the United Nations without a recommendation from the Security Council.

    Joseph Deiss told a news conference that if the United States or any other permanent council member used its veto, the General Assembly would not be able to vote on membership for Palestine.

    The Palestinian UN Observer Mission had no immediate comment.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • U.S. to help Israel buy more Iron Dome systems

    May 26, 2011 | 10:46 am

    The United States will help Israel buy four more Iron Dome short-range anti-missile systems, a Pentagon official said.

    Lt.-Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, the head of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, told the Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee Wednesday that the agency has...

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