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  • Is Shavuot dead?

    By Rob Eshman

    May 20, 2015 | 10:40 am

    If you’re like most Jews, chances are you looked at the title of this piece and asked yourself one of two questions: either “Who cares?” or “Shavu-what?”

    Shavuot is the Jewish holiday that begins at sundown on May 23. Religiously speaking, it is one of the three major festival...

  • House overwhelmingly passes Iran review act

    May 15, 2015 | 8:39 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring congressional review of any nuclear deal with Iran.

    The bill approved Thursday 400-25 allows Congress up to 52 days to reject any sanctions relief for the nuclear activity rollback deal between Iran and...

  • U.S. citizens in Israel warned ahead of Nakba Day

    May 13, 2015 | 11:19 am

    The United States’ diplomatic missions in Israel have called on U.S. citizens to exercise caution due to demonstrations and violence associated with Nakba Day.

    Nakba Day is observed on May 15, the Gregorian anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day in 1948. The Palestinians, and...

  • For Netanyahu and Obama, mistrust is personal — and cynical

    May 12, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Obama administration officials have long contended that the friction between the U.S. president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not personal and that American support for Israel remains as robust as ever — and arguably even more robust by some metrics.

    But a year...

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  • FBI chief tells Poland’s U.S. envoy he regrets Holocaust remarks

    April 23, 2015 | 9:02 am

    The head of the U.S. intelligence service told the Polish ambassador to the United States that he regretted his remarks on what Poland has said was an accusation of complicity in the Holocaust, the Polish foreign ministry said on Thursday.

    Poland now considers the matter settled,...

  • Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?

    April 21, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Russia for fear it could provide Syria with a powerful anti-aircraft missile called the...

  • Iran says nuclear deal depends on lifting of sanctions

    April 15, 2015 | 11:50 am

    Iran said on Wednesday it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear program if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on it.

    The comments by President Hassan Rouhani came the day after U.S. President Barack Obama was forced to give Congress a say in...

  • U.S., EU optimistic that Congress will pass Iran deal

    April 15, 2015 | 8:27 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry made clear at a meeting of G7 foreign ministers that he was optimistic an Iran deal will get through Congress, Germany's foreign minister said, while the EU's foreign policy chief was also upbeat.

    President Barack Obama had agreed on Tuesday that...

  • The Iranian deal panic gap

    By Rob Eshman

    April 14, 2015 | 5:51 pm

    Last week, Foreign Policy magazine released a poll of 921 scholars of international relations at colleges and universities across the United States. By a 7-to-1 margin, the scholars agreed that the proposed deal with Iran will “have a positive impact on regional stability.”

    ...
  • Top U.S. negotiator tells Israeli journalists: Final Iran deal will be signed by June 30

    April 14, 2015 | 2:22 pm

    Iran and the world powers will reach a comprehensive final agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program by the June 30 deadline, the top U.S. negotiator in the talks told Israeli journalists.

    A diplomatic negotiated solution is the best option to slow Iran’s nuclear program,...

  • U.S., allies conduct 18 air strikes in Syria, Iraq against Islamic State

    April 14, 2015 | 11:35 am

    U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with three air strikes and conducted another 15 strikes against the group in Iraq from Monday to Tuesday morning, the U.S. military said.

    All three of the strikes in Syria were conducted using fighter aircraft and hit targets near Kobani, it said in a statement released on Tuesday. In Iraq, the air strikes were conducted with fighter and attack planes as well as drones and occurred near Bayji, Fallujah, Mosul, Ramadim and Sinjar, it said.

  • Kerry to ask Congress for more time and space on Iran deal

    April 13, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case this week to skeptical Republicans and Democrats that the U.S. Congress should give him another two and a half months to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran.

    In closed briefings with the full House of Representatives on Monday...

  • Clinton launches White House bid with promise to champion everyday Americans

    April 12, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday, kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times.

    Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as...

  • Earth Day, Race Day, Gun Day, Money Day

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 10, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Is change even possible? 

    The national conversation about excessive use of police force that we’re supposed to have been conducting since Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner were killed didn’t save Walter Scott’s life.  The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of 26...

  • Registered sex offender charged with attempting to aid ISIS

    April 9, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Joshua Ray Van Haften, 34, of Madison, Wisconsin, has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources, namely himself as personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization, according to the assistant attorney general for national security.  As alleged in the complaint, Van Haften intended to travel into Iraq or Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    Read more at Justice.gov.

  • The Iranian deal: Cause for skepticism, concern and disappointment

    By Sam Yebri

    April 8, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    Americans who are Iranian and Jewish cannot help but view the recently announced nuclear understanding between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 with skepticism, concern and disappointment.  

    First, we are skeptical because there is no “deal.” Nothing was signed in...

  • The Iranian deal: Accept an imperfect deal, then make it better

    April 8, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    In “King Lear,” William Shakespeare cautioned against “striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.” French philosopher Voltaire wrote that “perfect is the enemy of the good.” What each of these maxims tells us is that efficiency is a worthy objective. In striving to reach 100...

  • Rand Paul promises to ‘take our country back’ in 2016 White House bid

    April 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) promised to be a different kind of Republican on Tuesday, launching a 2016 White House bid that he said would highlight the conservative principles of reduced government and spending as he vowed to break up "the Washington machine."

    The senator from...

  • Middle East prepares for Iran nuclear deal

    April 7, 2015 | 10:24 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    The signing of the framework agreement to end Iran’s nuclear program is having repercussions throughout the Middle East. In Israel, itself a nuclear power, there is deep skepticism that Iran will comply with the terms of the...

  • U.S. says Iran sanctions face phase-out, Obama knocks Israel demand

    April 7, 2015 | 9:06 am

    The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognizing Israel.

    "The notion that we would...

  • U.S. and Israel escalate war of words over Iran

    April 7, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Israel and the Obama administration have stepped up their war of words over the framework agreement that aims to limit Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a gradual rollback of sanctions.

    President Barack Obama made his most detailed effort yet to persuade skeptics of the...

  • Hamas maneuvers among regional powers

    April 6, 2015 | 11:20 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Hamas is attempting to maneuver between rival regional powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Hamas is siding with Iran against the US on negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, but with Saudi Arabia against Iran on the Shi’ite Houthi...

  • Many Iranian expats in California have doubts about nuclear deal

    April 6, 2015 | 10:52 am

    Many members of the Los Angeles-area Iranian community, the largest in the United States, are skeptical about a preliminary nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, even though a pact could end decades of international isolation for their homeland.

    The prevailing sentiment...

  • Conflicting U.S., Iranian accounts on sanctions relief

    April 6, 2015 | 10:17 am

    After Iran and world powers agreed last week to a framework deal on curbing Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, Tehran and Washington seem to have different interpretations over how that will be done.

    Many details must still be hammered out, including the pace...

  • Netanyahu seeks better deal on Iran; Obama says it is best hope on nuclear issue

    April 6, 2015 | 8:27 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States on Sunday to seek a better deal to curb Iran's nuclear program and said he would press American lawmakers not to give Tehran "a free path to the bomb."

    President Barack Obama, hoping to sway skeptics at home and...

  • Keep your enemies closer

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 2, 2015 | 7:04 pm

  • Reporting Iran talks: stampedes, dirty shirts and $72 cocktails

    April 2, 2015 | 2:31 pm

    Hundreds of journalists have been crammed into a pair of large lounges at a 19th century hotel for over a week now, eager for any scrap of information on closed door negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program.

    Reporters from dozens of American,...

  • Iran, world powers reach initial deal on reining in Tehran’s nuclear program

    April 2, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran's nuclear program for at least a decade, a step toward a comprehensive accord that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.

    The tentative agreement, after eight days of marathon...

  • What you need to know about the Iran nuclear negotiations

    April 1, 2015 | 12:08 pm

    Diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, have extended their deadline on a framework accord on Iran’s nuclear program. But even if an agreement is reached soon, it’s merely a way station toward a comprehensive deal that is due by June 30.

    If a deal is reached, who needs to approve it?...

  • U.S. says ready to work past deadline for Iran nuclear deal if needed

    March 31, 2015 | 10:07 am

    The United States said it was prepared to work past a midnight deadline into Wednesday if progress was being made towards clinching a preliminary nuclear deal between Iran and global powers.

    Negotiations appeared to be bogged down on an outline agreement aimed at curbing...

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