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  • This is what it takes to resettle a refugee

    February 24, 2016 | 5:14 pm

    San Diego could hardly be more different from the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement.

    When Sebazira Amatutule, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, arrived in California on June 10, 2015, after spending nearly two decades in a refugee camp in Uganda, he found a world where...

  • House Committee passes measure boosting U.S.-Israel economic cooperation

    February 24, 2016 | 4:30 pm

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed on Wednesday a bipartisan resolution – among four bipartisan measures on the agenda – which recognizes the importance of the United States-Israel economic relationship and encourages new areas of cooperation.

    The resolution (H. Res. 551...

  • Be True To Your Past.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 24, 2016 | 4:18 pm

    From 1979, the beginning of the Iranian revolution, until 1988, I spent most nights sleeping on the floor, bed-less.  With limited resources, I gave priority to other family members, over myself.

    Friends ask why I tell such stories that can belittle me in public.  I like to write...

  • RJC, J Street heads to discuss Israel in Las Vegas next month

    February 23, 2016 | 1:18 pm

    The Republican Jewish Coalition and J Street are set to put aside their political differences for a brief pause to discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship next month in Las Vegas, according to a news release.

    In a first-of-its-kind event, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and...

  • Revolution - Implications for Israel, for the Arab World, and the West

    February 23, 2016 | 11:22 am

    Since Iran became a radical Islamic Shiite state some 46 years ago, it has been recognized as a perpetrator of both regional and global terrorism. The proxy organizations that it has established have turned into terrorist armies. Hezbollah in Lebanon has, for all intents and...

  • Anti-BDS laws gain momentum across US, but some say they go too far

    February 23, 2016 | 8:48 am

    Nearly half the states in the country are considering legislation aimed at countering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement. But critics say some bills are cause for concern, either because they seek to legitimize Israeli settlements or go so far in punishing...

  • SGS, Weatherford trade blame over Iraq’s missing nuclear material

    February 18, 2016 | 3:52 pm

    Swiss inspections group SGS and U.S. group Weatherford International Plc traded recriminations on Thursday, both denying responsibility for the disappearance last year of radioactive material used to test pipes at an oil field in southern Iraq.

    Reuters reported on Wednesday that...

  • Americans disapprove of Iran deal 2-to-1

    February 18, 2016 | 2:03 pm

    The implementation of the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year appears to have done little to allay the American public’s concerns about a nuclear-armed Iran, a new Gallup poll released on Thursday showed. 

    According to the survey, 57 percent of U.S. adults disapprove the...

  • U.S. planned major cyber attack on Iran if diplomacy failed

    February 17, 2016 | 10:21 am

    The United States had a plan for an extensive cyber attack on Iran in case diplomatic attempts to curtail its nuclear program failed, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing a forthcoming documentary and military and intelligence officials.

    Code-named Nitro Zeus, the plan...

  • ‘Zero Days’ director says U.S. government secrecy trend ‘appalling’

    February 17, 2016 | 10:07 am

    The director of a new documentary outlining U.S. plans for an extensive cyber attack on Iran said on Wednesday he was angry and appalled by the rapidly growing trend towards secrecy in the U.S. government. 

    Veteran documentary maker Alex Gibney was speaking to reporters in...

  • Obama urges Senate to act on court nominee despite Washington’s rancor

    February 16, 2016 | 3:34 pm

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to pick an indisputably qualified nominee to the Supreme Court and urged the Republican-led U.S. Senate to move forward on the nomination despite the rancor of Washington politics.

    Obama did not promise to nominate a moderate to fill the...

  • Hillary Clinton meets with black leaders in New York City

    February 16, 2016 | 11:52 am

    Hillary Clinton met with black civil-rights leaders in New York City on Tuesday as she seeks to maintain a crucial edge in popularity among black voters over her Democratic rival for the presidency, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

    "I thought that the secretary demonstrated an...

  • Jeb: Bad feelings cannot jeopardize U.S.-Israel alliance

    February 16, 2016 | 11:45 am

    Something as personal as bad feelings between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have broken the special U.S.-Israel relationship, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush charged on Tuesday.

    During a town hall meeting in Columbia, South...

  • Bill Clinton meets Jewish leaders in Palm Beach

    February 16, 2016 | 11:00 am

    Former President Bill Clinton met with over hundred Jewish community leaders, rabbis, elected officials, and supporters in South Florida on Monday to discuss issues important to the Jewish community and the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. 

    The “Jewish Americans...

  • Scalia’s death boosts legal chances for Obama’s climate plan

    February 16, 2016 | 10:49 am

    A vote to block the Obama administration's ambitious climate regulation was one of Antonin Scalia's last acts as a Supreme Court justice. His sudden death may have opened a new path to the rule's survival.

    Scalia died Saturday. Four days earlier, he voted with the other...

  • U.S. blacklists prominent Islamic State preacher, two others

    February 11, 2016 | 2:15 pm

    The United States blacklisted three people on Thursday for working for Islamic State, including the militant group's most prominent ideologue and a senior oil official.

    Turki al-Bin'ali was sanctioned for helping Islamic State recruit foreign fighters, the U.S. Treasury said in a...

  • U.S.-Iranian businessman’s jailing sends chilling message to investors

    February 9, 2016 | 10:54 am

    When Iran and the United States sealed the implementation of a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program with a prisoner exchange last month, Siamak Namazi was among the detainees some expected to be freed by the Iranian authorities.

    The businessman with dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship...

  • Rubio: Election by itself will reset U.S.-Israel relationship

    February 8, 2016 | 11:22 am

    The relationship between the U.S. and Israel will be reset by itself with the election of a Republican president in the fall, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said on Monday.

    Addressing national security at BAE Systems Inc., an aerospace company headquartered in...

  • Israel without Hebrew

    February 4, 2016 | 2:31 pm

    Israel, like the United States, was a nation founded by immigrants. To this day Jews from around the world (or certain parts of it, more precisely) continue to ‘make aliyah’ (immigrate) to begin a new life in the Holy Land.

    A number of challenges await the new immigrant. Brits...

  • The Kotel compromise: A time for rejoicing

    February 3, 2016 | 3:52 pm

    The time for singing has come …

    It is a time for singing and rejoicing! 

    The historic vote by the Israeli Cabinet to create and fund an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, and the ongoing negotiations by the Reform movement in Israel and the United States are cause for...

  • Sanders, citing email controversy, questions Clinton’s electability

    February 1, 2016 | 11:44 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday took a jab at rival Hillary Clinton's electability, pointing to the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server as evidence of potential damage to the front-runner's campaign.

    "In terms of what people are...

  • Navy: Iranian drone flew over U.S. carrier in ‘unprofessional’ move

    January 29, 2016 | 10:25 am

    An unarmed Iranian drone flew directly over a U.S. aircraft carrier operating in international waters in the Gulf this month in a move that was "abnormal and unprofessional," the U.S. military said on Friday.

    Iranian state television said a surveillance drone flew over a U.S....

  • U.S. Customs renews order labeling Israeli settlement products

    January 28, 2016 | 4:37 pm

    Is the U.S. joining the EU in labeling Israeli settlement products?

    On January 23, the U.S. Customs released a statement reminding American importers that goods produced in the West Bank should not be allowed to be imported if labeled as “Made in Israel.”

    “Goods produced in...

  • WATCH: President Obama at Righteous Among Nations Awards Ceremony

    January 28, 2016 | 4:08 pm

    President Obama delivered remarks at the Righteous Among Nations Award Ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. This is the first time this ceremony has been held in the U.S. 


    THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Good...

  • Canada to lift Tehran sanctions, allow Bombardier to export to Iran

    January 26, 2016 | 1:26 pm

    Canada confirmed for the first time on Tuesday that it plans to lift its sanctions on Tehran and said that if Airbus is allowed to sell to Iran, then its aircraft maker Bombardier Inc should be allowed to export there as well.

    "If Airbus is able to do it, why Bombardier will not...

  • Hillary: U.S.-Israel alliance more important than ever

    January 25, 2016 | 11:03 am

    Strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship in a new world and a homeland facing new challenges of global terror is more important than ever, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Monday.

    “The alliance between Israel and the U.S. in now more important than...

  • Jeb: Israel is under attack

    January 22, 2016 | 11:23 am

    The United States needs to restore its relationship with Israel to confront the challenges she faces from terrorist attacks to the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Thursday. 

    “Israel is under attack. We are negotiating with Iran...

  • Wall St hammered; S&P 500 hits lowest since Oct 2014

    January 15, 2016 | 11:34 am

    U.S. stock indexes notched deep losses in volatile trading on Friday, with the S&P 500 hitting its lowest since October 2014 and the Dow losing more than 500 points, as oil prices dived below $30 per barrel.

    All 10 major S&P sectors were in the red and all 30 Dow components...

  • In his final State of the Union, Obama pleads for multilateralism

    January 13, 2016 | 8:12 am

    President Barack Obama in his final State of the Union address called on the United States to sustain a foreign policy that emphasized multilateralism after his presidency ends.

    Obama devoted a significant chunk of his speech Tuesday night to defending his insistence throughout...

  • Pot doesn’t need kosher certification, Canadian agency says

    January 8, 2016 | 1:45 pm

    On the day kosher-certified medical marijuana first went on sale in New York, Canada’s largest kashrut agency said it believes such certification is unnecessary.

    Following a debate Thursday, the Kashruth Council of Canada announced that medication need not be kosher, The Canadian...

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