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  • Kerry stands by record, wishes for ‘apartheid’ rewind

    April 29, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry defended his Israel record, but also agreed that his use of the word “apartheid” to describe the dangers of a failed peace process was not appropriate in a U.S. context.

    “I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a...

  • U.S. says it is ‘disappointed’ by Palestinian unity deal

    April 23, 2014 | 11:27 am

    The United States said on Wednesday it was disappointed by a unity pact agreed between the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and said it could seriously complicate peace efforts.

    "The timing was troubling and...

  • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

    April 23, 2014 | 11:15 am

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.

    Lavrov's comments came a day after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with...

  • Amb. Shapiro: Israelis welcome in the United States

    April 22, 2014 | 10:30 am

    The U.S. State Department is working to make tourist visas available for as many Israelis as possible, especially young people, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said.

    “Although two-thirds of young Israeli applicants receive visas, some people have a misconception that young...

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  • U.S., Israel teaming to push Israel into visa waiver program

    April 22, 2014 | 9:56 am

    The United States and Israel are creating a working group to help Israel advance toward joining the visa waiver program.

    “This is a goal of both the United States and Israel, and it would make travel easier for citizens of both countries,” Julia Frifield, the assistant secretary...

  • U.S. says will act ‘in days’ if no Russian action in Ukraine

    April 21, 2014 | 3:43 pm

    The United States government said on Monday it will decide "in days" on additional sanctions if Russia does not take steps to implement an agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine.

    In a telephone call with his Russian counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia to...

  • U.S. says it has indications toxic chemical used in Syria this month

    April 21, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

    "We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical" in...

  • Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

    April 21, 2014 | 11:17 am

    An agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.

    U.S. and European officials say they will hold Moscow responsible and impose new economic sanctions if...

  • State Dept. sees state bids to tie SNCF deals to reparations as ‘obstacle’

    April 18, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Bids by state legislatures to tie contracts with a French rail company to extracting Holocaust-era reparations “pose a serious obstacle” to achieving reparations, the U.S. State Department said.

    “The United States and France have entered into discussions of compensation for...

  • Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

    April 18, 2014 | 9:50 am

    Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

    The agreement, brokered by the United States,...

  • Tijuana to Tefilah

    By Jared Sichel

    April 17, 2014 | 5:19 pm

    As I stepped out of the van into the chilly, pre-dawn Tijuana air, I could just barely make out the shadows of the pedestrians nearby, all of them stepping over puddles and street trash, walking in the same direction. 

    I watched as two girls, Chaya Leibkinker, 16, and her sister,...

  • On Ukraine, Israel and Neocons not on same page

    April 16, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    When it comes to Ukraine, Israel is parting ways with some of its staunchest American allies, namely neoconservatives — and it’s not the first time.

    Israel’s reluctance to side too closely with the United States in its bid to isolate Russia is typical of an Israeli realpolitik...

  • U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring Eastern Ukraine unrest

    April 8, 2014 | 5:07 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces on Tuesday of stirring separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to prepare for military action as it had in Crimea.

    Armed pro-Moscow protesters were still occupying Ukrainian...

  • Kerry: Procedural issues holding up talks

    April 8, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    The Palestinians and Israelis are at odds now more about the process rather than substance, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “The bitter irony is that at this point the fight is over process, it’s not over the final status agreement,” Kerry said in testimony Tuesday...

  • U.S. warns on Iran ‘breakout’ capability as nuclear talks start

    April 8, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    The United States said on Tuesday Iran has the ability to produce fissile material for a nuclear bomb in two months, if it so decided, as Tehran and six world powers swung into a new round of talks in Vienna on resolving their atomic dispute.

    Secretary of State John Kerry's...

  • Alan Gross goes on hunger strike in Cuban prison

    April 8, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross has launched a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment in a Cuban jail and the lack of American assistance.

    “I began a fast on April 3rd in protest of the treatment to which I am subjected by the governments of Cuba and the United States,”...

  • U.S. presses on with Middle East talks rescue attempt

    April 7, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    U.S. efforts to save Middle East peace talks from collapse showed little sign of progress on Monday amid threats from Israel to retaliate for what it saw as unilateral Palestinian moves towards statehood.

    The U.S.-brokered negotiations plunged into crisis last week after Israel,...

  • Obama needs a better job

    By David Suissa

    April 2, 2014 | 11:36 am

    I feel bad for President Barack Obama. Here is a decent, intelligent, articulate man who had all the qualities to be a brilliant candidate but somehow ended up in the wrong job.

    As I see him running out the clock on his second term, gamely trying to appear in control but clearly...

  • Shalit to Obama: Free Pollard in peace talks gesture

    March 31, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    Former captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit called on President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard as part of peace negotiations.

    Shalit made his plea to the U.S. president in a letter published Monday in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot that reportedly also was sent to...

  • Kerry interrupts Rome visit to salvage Mideast peace talks

    March 26, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry broke from a visit to Italy on Wednesday to try to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, even as Arab leaders declared they would never meet Israel's core demand to be recognized as a Jewish state.

    Kerry flew to Jordan to ask Palestinian Authority...

  • State Dept.: Israel’s discrimination keeps it out of visa waiver deal

    March 25, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Discrimination against visiting Arab-Americans is the primary reason Israel is not eligible for a program allowing Israeli tourists in to the United States without visas, the Obama administration said.

    “The Department of Homeland Security and State remain concerned with the...

  • This is how you’ll feel when the GOP wins the Senate

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 24, 2014 | 10:06 am

    It’s the morning after.

    You stayed up late watching election results on TV.  By the time you went to bed, the Republicans had won five of the six Senate seats they needed to take control of both houses of Congress.  As the networks called each state for the GOP, it felt like a...

  • US senators see aid to Israel staying firm despite cuts

    March 20, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    The United States will continue providing Israel with defense aid after a current package providing it $3.1 billion a year expires in 2017, and the grants are unlikely to wane despite Washington belt-tightening, two U.S.... senators said on Thursday.

    Kelly Ayotte and Joe...

  • U.S., Middle East church leaders laud Kerry for peace moves

    March 20, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    U.S. and Holy Land church leaders commended U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for advancing a framework for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    The praise from 40 leaders – all but three from the United States — representing several denominations came in part because of the opportunities...

  • Rubinstein new chief Syria envoy

    March 20, 2014 | 11:48 am

    A Jewish diplomat, Daniel Rubinstein, is slated to be the next U.S. special envoy for Syria.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on March 17 that Rubinstein would replace Robert Ford as the diplomat guiding the U.S. response to the crisis in the country.

    Rubinstein served as consul general, the top U.S. official at the Jerusalem consulate, from 2009 to 2012 and directed the State Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs in 2004-05. 

    His biography says he is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic and Portuguese.

  • Yaalon calls Hagel, clarifies remarks seen as criticizing U.S.

    March 20, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon called his American counterpart Chuck Hagel to clarify remarks attributed to him that criticized the United States.

    The call to Hagel, the U.S. secretary of defense, came after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry complained directly to Israeli...

  • Bruce Pearl tapped as Auburn basketball coach

    March 19, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Bruce Pearl, who led the U.S. team to the gold medal at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, was hired as the head coach of the Auburn University men’s basketball team.

    The former coach at the University of Tennessee, Pearl was hired Tuesday to replace Tony Barbee, who was fired last week....

  • Palestinians and Israel as the ‘Jewish State’: Symptoms of neurosis

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    March 19, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Two more views on the issue of calling Israel the Jewish State:
    The problem won’t go awayTwo definitions, two implications

    Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, in an interview quoted in The New York Times, repeated his objection to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state:...

  • White House slams Israeli defense chief’s disparaging remarks

    March 19, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said he supports unilateral Israeli action against Iran and that the United States is weak, prompting condemnation from the Obama administration.

    “We had thought the ones who should lead the campaign against Iran is the United States,” Yaalon...

  • U.S. honors 24 minority veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam

    March 18, 2014 | 6:24 pm

    Two dozen U.S. Army veterans received the country's top military honor at the White House on Tuesday for acts of bravery in World War II, Korea and Vietnam as part of an effort to recognize those whose service may have been ignored because of their race or religion.

    President...

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