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  • Congress approves funds for Israel-U.S. energy cooperation

    December 21, 2011 | 11:04 am

    The U.S. Congress maintained funding for a cooperative agreement with Israel that develops energy alternatives.

    The Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed over the weekend by both houses keeps in place the $2 million contributed by the United States to the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative...

  • Iran officials: Country taking a hit from Western sanctions

    December 20, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    An Iranian government minister acknowledged that Western sanctions are affecting the Islamic Republic’s economy.

    Iran’s deputy oil minister, Ahmad Qalebani, told the official Iranian Students’ News Agency that Iran’s crude oil production in 2011 had declined from the previous...

  • The Israel Factor: Obama pretty bad for peace

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 20, 2011 | 5:36 am

    What do nine Israeli scholars and ex-officials know about American politics? Why should we even consider it worthy of attention? These questions are often asked whenever a new survey of The Israel Project is being released – and such surveys have been taken since 2006, so it’s been...

  • The 14th lie of I Love Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 19, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    Buried deep toward the very end of David Rothkopf’s The 14 Biggest Lies of 2011 you can find this observation:

    “I love Israel.”

    Everybody in U.S. politics says it. Most of those who say it however, mean, “I want American Jews to think I love Israel enough to vote for me and...

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  • Weekend tidbits, 12.17.11: Jewish vote wars

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    On Thursday, the “Emergency Committee for Israel” took out ads in major U.S. newspapers questioning Obama’s record on Israel. The ads accused the Obama administration of treating Israel “like a punching bag,” and quoted “cheap shots” made by U.S. officials about the...

  • Obama speaks at the URJ Conference

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2011 | 3:12 pm

  • Obama to meet with Ehud Barak

    December 16, 2011 | 7:49 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with President Obama on Friday morning, according to sources.

    The meeting will come shortly before President Obama’s address Friday afternoon to the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism, which is being held in nearby...

  • The Reform Movement must progress from being a collection of social clubs for liberal 60 year olds

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 16, 2011 | 2:59 am

    Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan is the rabbi of Congregation Kahal Kadosh Shaare Shalom, the United Congregation of Israelites, in Kingston, Jamaica and teaches Judaism at the United Theological College of the University of the West Indies. His books include Contemporary American Judaism;...

  • Cantor: U.S. must signal intolerance for Israel vilification

    December 15, 2011 | 10:35 am

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the Obama administration must clearly signal to emerging Arab governments that vilifying Israel and Jews is unacceptable.

    “Now is the time for Washington to send a clear signal to the emerging governments of the Middle East and the...

  • Quartet urges return to direct talks

    December 15, 2011 | 10:27 am

    The Mideast Quartet once again urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to peace talks without preconditions.

    A U.S. State Department statement issued Wednesday said envoys of the entities comprising the Quartet—- the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United...

  • The book of Maccabees, occupied

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 14, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    At the Dec. 5 meeting of the Los Angeles General Assembly — the utterly democratic body that acts to guide, if not exactly govern, Occupy Los Angeles — a facilitator named Chase posed the following question:

    “Should we reoccupy a space? And, if so: Where, how and why — or...

  • Opinion: Anchor babies away?

    December 14, 2011 | 11:47 am

    President Barack Obama’s administration said in July that it would give immigration officials more leeway to choose not to deport people who came here illegally but who have lived in the United States for most of their lives, committed no other crime, or have family here...

  • Fear, speculation in Iran over military strike

    December 8, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    The threat of military strikes on Iran has upturned the quiet and comfortable lives once enjoyed by many Iranians, ushering in a new era of struggle and fear.

    Like many Iranians, Maryam Sofi says the West and Iran are locked in a dangerous game. “I don’t think we can know just yet...

  • Remarks on Israel by three U.S. officials spark furor

    December 7, 2011 | 10:18 am

    The Obama administration is reaping a whirlwind of criticism in the wake of pointed remarks about Israel by several U.S. officials over three days.

    The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, caused an uproar when he suggested on Dec. 1 that hostility among European Arabs and...

  • U.S. envoy to Belgium staying on despite comments on anti-Semitism

    December 6, 2011 | 10:41 am

    U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman will remain in his position, despite his statements that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is prompting some global anti-Semitism.

    State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Monday night that the Obama administration has...

  • Al-Qaeda claims kidnapping of U.S. aid worker

    December 5, 2011 | 6:12 pm

    The leader of al-Qaeda took credit for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan.

    In a video posted on militant Web sites, Ayman al-Zawahiri claimed responsibility for the Aug. 19 capture of Warren Weinstein from his home in the Pakistani city of Lahore....

  • U.S. ramps up warnings on Iran strike risks

    December 5, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    The United States has pointedly ramped up its public warnings over the last few weeks about the risks of military action against Iran, accompanied by private words of caution to Israel, which sees Tehran’s nuclear push as a direct threat.

    But so far, at least, comments by U.S. and...

  • U.S. lawmakers call on Cuba to release Gross

    December 5, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Nearly 100 U.S. lawmakers called on the government of Cuba to release imprisoned Jewish U.S. contractor Alan Gross.

    Nineteen senators and 72 members of the House of Representatives sent letters to the government of Cuba at the urging of the Jewish Federations of North America and...

  • U.S. official says no sign Iran shot down drone

    December 4, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Iranian media reported on Sunday that their country’s military had shot down a U.S. reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran, but a U.S. official said there was no indication the aircraft had been shot down.

    NATO’s U.S.-led mission in neighboring Afghanistan said the Iranian report...

  • American Enterprise Institute admits the problem with Iran is not that it would use nukes

    December 2, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Suddenly the struggle to stop Iran is not about saving Israel from nuclear annihilation. After a decade of scare-mongering about the second coming of Nazi Germany, the Iran hawks are admitting that they have other reasons for wanting to take out Iran, and saving Israeli lives may not...

  • Netanyahu pulls ad campaign for Israeli expats that angered U.S. Jews

    December 2, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is canceling an ad campaign aimed at luring Israeli expatriates home that some American Jews have found offensive.

    The ads, produced by Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, attempt to convey the message that the children and families...

  • Barak: No strike on Iran anytime soon

    December 1, 2011 | 8:23 am

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday an Israeli attack on Iran is not imminent but all options remain open to stop what Israel sees as an Iranian bid to develop nuclear weapons.

    “We have no intention, at the moment, of taking action, but the State of Israel is far from being...

  • U.S. uncertain Israel would advise before Iran strike

    November 30, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    The top U.S. military officer told Reuters on Wednesday he did not know whether Israel would alert the United States ahead of time if it decided to take military action against Iran.

    General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also acknowledged differences in...

  • Opinion: What country commits suicide?

    November 29, 2011 | 11:47 am

    The drums of war with Iran will be beating increasingly loudly in the three months leading up to AIPAC’s policy conference early next March. The Republican candidates for president (with the exception of Texas Rep. Ron Paul) will try to outdo each other in professing devotion to...

  • Rep. Barney Frank, author of Wall Street reform, to retire

    November 28, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    U.S. Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat who helped to craft the landmark overhaul of financial regulations that bears his name, will not seek re-election in 2012, his office said on Monday.

    Frank, 71, one of the most outspoken liberals in Congress, will hold a 1 p.m. EST news...

  • Opinion: West must find political solution to Iran’s nuclear program

    November 22, 2011 | 4:59 pm

    The Israeli president’s recent threat to bomb Iranian nuclear sites focused world attention on Iran’s nuclear program even before the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) shocking report on the country’s efforts to get the bomb was published.

    Iran’s President...

  • Three U.S. students held in Egypt over protests

    November 22, 2011 | 2:33 pm

    Three U.S. students were paraded on Egyptian television on Tuesday after being accused of throwing petrol bombs at police during protests near Cairo’s Tahrir Square where demonstrators have been demanding an end to military rule.

    State television did not give their identities,...

  • U.S. tightens sanctions on Iranian economy

    November 22, 2011 | 10:09 am

    With new measures tightening sanctions on Iran, the United States moved one step further toward effectively cutting off the Islamic Republic’s economy from the West.

    President Obama issued the measures Monday in the form of an executive order.

    At a news conference the same day,...

  • Western states up sanctions on Iran

    November 21, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    The United States, Britain and Canada announced fresh plans on Monday to sanction Iran’s financial and energy sectors, steps analysts said would raise pressure on Tehran but were unlikely to halt its atomic program.

    The United States named Iran as an area of “primary money...

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