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  • 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.

    ...
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  • 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...

  • Rice opposes AIPAC’s Iran agenda, Menendez opposes Rice

    By Jared Sichel

    March 2, 2015 | 6:03 pm

    National Security Advisor Susan Rice‘s speech on Monday may go down as the most contentious in recent memory at an AIPAC policy conference, during a historically tense period of the U.S.-Israel alliance.

    She began by heaping praise on Israel, saying some words in Hebrew and...

  • Rice: Congress should not ‘play spoiler’ in Iran nuclear talks

    March 2, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice warned U.S. lawmakers on Monday not to seek new sanctions against Iran while it is in talks with world powers on curbing its nuclear program, saying such intervention could ruin the diplomacy.

    "Congress has played a hugely important role...

  • Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

    March 2, 2015 | 2:35 pm

    Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday.

    Interviewed at the White House, Obama...

  • Day 2 at AIPAC: Bibi’s pre-Congress speech, crowd welcomes Obama officials, and (less) anxiety about Speechgate

    By Jared Sichel

    March 2, 2015 | 12:59 pm

    This story has been updated: Rice opposes AIPAC’s Iran agenda, Menendez opposes Rice


     

    As nervous anticipation filled the halls Monday morning at the AIPAC policy conference in advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address to Congress, there was one...

  • AIPAC wants to talk Iran, but it can’t get away from speechgate

    March 2, 2015 | 10:59 am

    For all its focus on Iran, AIPAC can’t seem to get away from the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending speech to Congress.

    Speaking to attendees Sunday at the launch of the largest-ever annual conference of the American Israel Public...

  • On Iran, we must listen more carefully to Obama’s promise

    By David Suissa

    March 2, 2015 | 8:15 am

    For years now, President Barack Obama and his representatives have passionately championed this one promise to the pro-Israel community: We will not allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon. Period.

    We heard it again on Monday morning, when U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power...

  • Kerry cautions Israel not to undercut Iran diplomacy as talks resume

    March 2, 2015 | 8:09 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut Iran nuclear negotiations that resume on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case against his diplomacy before the U.S. Congress.

    Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister...

  • U.S. ambassador to UN says U.S.-Israel relationship transcends politics

    March 2, 2015 | 7:36 am

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told the main U.S. pro-Israeli lobbying group AIPAC on Monday that the U.S.-Israel relationship transcends politics "and it always will."

    Ambassador Samantha Power addressed the group shortly before a speech by Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Life and death at the heart of Boston bombing trial

    March 1, 2015 | 4:07 pm

    From the moment U.S. prosecutors stand up on Wednesday and begin their case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, their minds and those of their defense counterparts will be focused on just one thing: The death penalty.

    Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing...

  • Israeli official sees U.S. Congress as ‘last brake’ to stop Iran deal

    March 1, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    The U.S. Congress could be "the last brake" for stopping a nuclear deal with Iran, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the United States for a speech this week that has strained U.S.-Israeli relations.

    The official, who...

  • Ex-Israeli military officials call on Netanyahu to cancel speech

    March 1, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    More than 180 Israeli former military and intelligence officials called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel his speech to the U.S. Congress.

    An alliance calling itself Commanders for Israel’s Security made the announcement on Sunday, hours after Netanyahu left for...

  • Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of some easing of tensions over Iran speech

    March 1, 2015 | 11:30 am

    The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

    Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm,...

  • House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

    February 27, 2015 | 5:02 pm

    The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency in an embarrassing setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight.

    With just hours left before...

  • Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week

    February 27, 2015 | 2:22 pm

    Negotiations on an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program have advanced substantially, but difficult issues remain and a senior U.S. official said he did not expect a deal in the coming week.

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will join in talks next week between U.S. Secretary...

  • How not to bomb Iran

    By Rob Eshman

    February 25, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    Oh, to be in Geneva right now, facing the Iranians across a long polished table in a quiet hotel room--  because everywhere else the debates over their nuclear ambitions are raging, and the anxiety, accusations and intrigue are exasperating. Never have so many weighed in on so much...

  • Kerry questions Netanyahu’s judgment as U.S.-Israel row deepens

    February 25, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    U.S. officials on Wednesday questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's judgment and said his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into U.S.-Israeli relations.

    In an escalation of hostile exchanges...

  • Peanut Allergy:  Eat Peanuts Early Like Israelis?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 25, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    Deadly peanut allergies are on the rise, not just in the United States but around the world.

    Israeli children have lower rates of peanut allergy when compared to Jewish children of similar ancestry in the United Kingdom.  Israelis consider the popular peanut-flavored Bamba their...

  • U.S. charges 3 with conspiring to support Islamic State

    February 25, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, U.S. authorities said.

    One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at...

  • White House: U.S. not negotiating 10-year nuclear deal with Iran

    February 24, 2015 | 10:34 am

    Reports that the United States was negotiating a 10-year nuclear deal with Iran are not true, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

    The Wall Street Journal reported that the United States and Iran were exploring the option of a 10-year nuclear freeze as part of talks over Tehran's nuclear program.

  • Israel attack victims awarded over $218 million in PLO trial in NY

    February 23, 2015 | 10:20 am

    A U.S. jury on Monday ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to pay more than $218 million for providing material support to terrorists, a victory for Americans suing over attacks in the Jerusalem area more than a decade ago.

    The verdict in the...

  • U.S. weighs slowing Afghan withdrawal to ensure ‘progress sticks’: Carter

    February 23, 2015 | 9:07 am

    The United States is considering slowing a planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan to ensure that "progress sticks" after more than a decade of war, new Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Saturday.

    Under the current plan, the...

  • How Jewish Students Abroad Can Face Rising Anti-Semitism: Coming Together

    By Alex Jakubowski

    February 20, 2015 | 10:44 am

    Despite rising anti-Semitism across the European continent, over the past few weeks nearly 10,000 American-Jewish students arrived in London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and other cities across the European Union to begin their study-abroad experience. For many students, their time abroad...

  • How Bibi could surprise the world

    By David Suissa

    February 18, 2015 | 10:02 am

    When the eyes of the world are on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu on March 3 as he speaks to the U.S. Congress, he’ll have an opportunity to shock them all – Congressmen, Israeli voters, the foreign press, European leaders, Arab dictators, the United Nations and...

  • Shattering the False Image of Perfection

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 13, 2015 | 2:45 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    In reading about Brian Williams’ fall from Grace, I am reminded that we, as a society, need to make gods for/of ourselves and love it when others fall from Grace. I am also reminded, as David Brooks writes in the New York Times, “that no matter how many...

  • Why Bibi should give his speech

    By David Suissa

    February 11, 2015 | 11:30 am

    Like many other American Jews, I’ve had serious reservations about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s decision to speak to Congress on March 3, against the wishes of President Barack Obama. I’m in that camp of Israel supporters who are obsessed with keeping the most...

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