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  • Benjamin Netanyahu: The new Republican hero

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 26, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just won a startling re-election by linking his fate not to the United States as a whole, but to the U.S. Republican Party. Risking opprobrium for alienating President Barack Obama as well as Israel’s international support, he nevertheless...

  • Start mending U.S. rift by firing ambassador, Zionist Union lawmaker urges Netanyahu

    March 26, 2015 | 10:04 am

    An Israeli lawmaker called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fire the country’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer.

    Firing Dermer would be a first step to repairing the U.S.-Israel relationship, Erel Margalit of the Zionist Union party said in a letter sent to...

  • U.S., Iran resume talks on preliminary nuclear deal as deadline looms

    March 26, 2015 | 9:10 am

    The United States and Iran resumed negotiations on Thursday aimed at clinching a nuclear deal before a March 31 deadline, and officials close to the talks said some kind of preliminary agreement between Tehran and six powers was possible.

    As the talks began, Washington and Tehran...

  • Hezbollah sees Yemen strikes causing more Mideast tension

    March 26, 2015 | 8:30 am

    Hezbollah condemned as "unjust aggression" Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen on Thursday and said it takes the region towards increased tension.

    The Shi'ite group, which is backed by Iran, also called on Saudi Arabia and its allies to immediately and unconditionally halt the...

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  • Former U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl faces desertion charges

    March 25, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan who was released last summer in a controversial prisoner exchange, was charged on Wednesday with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, his attorney said.

    Eugene Fidell, a lecturer at Yale Law School, said...

  • Canada says it will bomb Islamic State ‘safe havens’ in Syria

    March 24, 2015 | 3:58 pm

    Canada will expand its military mission against Islamic State by launching air strikes against the militants' safe havens in Syria as well as Iraq, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.

    That will make Canada the second NATO member nation after the United States to attack...

  • Daily Kickoff: U.S. spying on Israel uncovers Israel spying on Iran talks | Dems’ Dermer Dinner

    March 24, 2015 | 9:40 am

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    High Stakes Spy Game: "Israel Spied on Iran Talks" by Adam Entous: “It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back...

  • Tea Party hero Ted Cruz announces presidential bid

    March 23, 2015 | 10:30 am

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cast himself as a leader of a grassroots conservative army on Monday as he became the first major figure to jump into the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Monday.

    Speaking at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia, the Republican...

  • Israel’s Steinitz says world powers, Iran likely to agree bad nuclear deal

    March 23, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Israel said on Monday it was probable that world powers and Iran would agree a "bad deal" on Tehran's nuclear program and it would do all it could to toughen any accord before talks resume this week.

    "We think it's going to be a bad, insufficient deal," Strategic Affairs Minister...

  • Daily Kickoff: MSNBC, Fox News, NPR interview Bibi | Boehner to visit Israel | and more

    March 20, 2015 | 10:13 am

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    TOP TALKER: "Iran Talks Stall Over Ending of Sanctions" by Laurence Norman and Jay Solomon: "As deadline nears for nuclear agreement, Tehran wants U.N. sanctions lifted right away; U.S., Europeans...
  • Obama, Netanyahu talk by phone after election spat

    March 19, 2015 | 3:25 pm

    President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, and the two leaders agreed to continue discussing the "difficult path forward" on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the White House said.

    "The president reaffirmed the United States' long-standing commitment to a two-state solution that results in a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and viable Palestine," the White House said in a statement.

  • Israelis are not that weird

    By David Suissa

    March 19, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Peace lovers everywhere are depressed about all those Israelis who voted for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Some of these peace lovers are in near hysterics because, well, they're so sure of themselves. They're sure that a vote for Bibi was a vote against peace, and that a vote...

  • Netanyahu: I haven’t changed policy on Palestinian state

    March 19, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday abandoning his commitment to the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, backing away from comments he made during his re-election campaign that drew sharp criticism from Israel's ally the United States.

    "I haven't...

  • American Jews and the Israeli election

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2015 | 6:31 pm

    If there is one lesson American Jews will learn from Israel’s election, it’s this:  they’re not us.

    Israel is not New York. Or LA. Or Chicago or Boston or Miami or Philadelphia. It is a Jewish “community” unlike any in America.

    Israelis went to the polls this Tuesday and...

  • 5 notable takeways from the Israeli election

    March 17, 2015 | 6:12 pm

    In the United States, the magic number on Election Day is 270, the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. In Israel, it’s 61, the number of seats needed to capture a majority in the 120-seat Knesset — and with it, the premiership.

    With Prime Minister...

  • Closing in on nuclear deal, U.S. demands ‘tough choices’ from Iran

    March 16, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    The United States and Iran inched closer to a political deal that would set the stage for a landmark nuclear agreement, but a U.S. official warned on Monday that Iran must make tough choices to allay fears about its atomic ambitions.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian...

  • Whether ‘Bibi’ or ‘Bougie,’ Israelis demand living costs relief

    March 10, 2015 | 11:41 am

    Whoever wins Israel's election next week must answer demands for relief from soaring housing prices and a high cost of living, but the days of big state spending on social programs are unlikely to return.

    Opinion polls show that more than half of Israelis believe social issues...

  • Republicans warn Iran nuclear deal with Obama may not last

    March 9, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    Republican U.S. senators warned Iran's leaders on Monday that any nuclear deal with President Barack Obama could last only as long as he remains in office, an unusual partisan intervention in foreign policy that could undermine delicate international talks with Tehran.

    The open...

  • U.S., France ‘on same page’ over Iran, want stronger deal

    March 8, 2015 | 9:27 pm

    The United States and France sought on Saturday to play down any disagreements over nuclear talks with Iran, saying they both agreed the accord now under discussion needed to be strengthened.

    "We are on the same page," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after talks...

  • U.S. official: Proposed agreement with Iran not limited to decade

    March 8, 2015 | 9:13 pm

    The proposed nuclear agreement with Iran will not be limited to a decade, a senior U.S. official said.

    On Sunday, the unnamed official who briefed Israeli journalists by phone said the deal would include several phases and last for longer than a decade, according to Israeli media...

  • Where is Obama’s grand vision?

    By David Suissa

    March 5, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    For a man who got elected on grand visions and “hope” and “change,” President Barack Obama has brought little hope to the people of the Middle East.

    Obama’s first move was grand enough, when he reached out to Muslim and Arab leaders with an apologetic speech in Cairo. The...

  • Netanyahu’s popularity rises after U.S. speech, polls show

    March 4, 2015 | 5:47 pm

    Israeli opinion polls on Wednesday showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got a slight boost in popularity after his U.S. speech slamming an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, but he is still running neck and neck with his leading rival in a March 17 election.

    A survey published...

  • U.S. considering possible Middle East missile defense

    March 4, 2015 | 5:13 pm

    The U.S. military is considering sending its THAAD missile defense system to the Middle East, a senior U.S. Army general said on Wednesday, citing what he called an urgent need to respond to foes with missile systems and the will to use them.

    General Vincent Brooks, head of U.S....

  • Despite Netanyahu claim, cheap oil not seen swaying Iran behavior

    March 4, 2015 | 5:08 pm

    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices.

    But the claim that lower oil...

  • Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL approval

    March 4, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    The Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

    The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of...

  • Netanyahu says U.S. must up the ante on Iran

    By Jared Sichel

    March 3, 2015 | 4:35 pm

    With every seat plus standing room filled in the House chamber on Capitol Hill on March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s highly anticipated and much-debated speech on a potential nuclear deal between the United States and Iran did not reveal new information about the...

  • Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

    March 3, 2015 | 1:56 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that paved the way to a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing the depth of a U.S.-Israeli rift.

    Delivering dueling messages...

  • Netanyahu’s speech to Congress gets mixed reception in Israel

    March 3, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made an argument that many Israelis support in warning Congress on Tuesday about a potential nuclear deal with Iran, but critics asked whether it was worth the widening rift with the White House.

    The address was broadcast live on...

  • Rabbi Mark Borovitz statement: ‘Netanyahu does not speak for the Jewish people!’

    March 3, 2015 | 12:06 pm

    Los Angeles, Calif. – While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out his case against the nuclear deal with Iran, Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T'Shuvah expressed disappointment regarding the timing of the speech and believes it was ultimately disrespectful to an ally.

    ...
  • Bibi’s speech to Congress: Watch out for the details

    By David Suissa

    March 2, 2015 | 6:17 pm

    Don’t let anyone tell you that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday is not important, or, as President Barack Obama put it on Monday, a “distraction.” It’s hardly that. It’s more like a piece of history.

    First, as the hour approaches, we’re...

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