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  • Kerry: Iran talks could go either way

    17 hours ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran and the world powers have made “genuine progress” in negotiations on a nuclear deal but that it “could go either way.”

    “We are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues,” Kerry told reporters Sunday in Vienna,...

  • Israeli pilot from Osirak raid: Only U.S. can destroy Iran’s nuclear program

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    Could a surprise Israeli attack like the one that destroyed Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 work against Iran’s much larger nuclear infrastructure?

    Israeli Brig. Gen. Relik Shafir, one of only eight pilots the air force selected to raid Osirak, offered his analysis in a...

  • The Iran talks: Where are we now?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Is Iran’s long waiting game ending?

    Even with the extension of the Iran interim nuclear accord until July 7, and negotiations still ongoing, it is clear the Iranians have long known — looking at the actions of the Obama administration — that Iran would not risk much by sticking...

  • Iran, powers give themselves to July 7 to strike deal

    1 week ago

    Iran and six world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a final nuclear accord after it became clear they would miss a deadline on Tuesday, with U.S. and Iranian officials sounding upbeat even though obstacles remain.

    With all sides accepting that Tuesday's original...

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  • Western officials suggest Iran tries to wiggle out of nuclear pledges

    1 week ago

    Iran is backtracking from an interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago, Western officials suggested on Sunday, as U.S. and Iranian officials said talks on a final accord would likely run past a June 30 deadline.

    Securing an historic agreement would end a more...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

    2 weeks ago

    The news Friday that the Supreme Court of the United States had issued a 5-4 ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide prompted both tears and enthusiasm from many in the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same...

  • Boston bomber apologizes, admits guilt for deadly 2013 attack

    2 weeks ago

    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday apologized for the deadly 2013 attack at a hearing, and a U.S. judge formally sentenced him to death for killing four people and injuring 264 in the bombing and its aftermath.

    "I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the...

  • Obama announces new hostage response, but no U.S. ransoms

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a more coordinated U.S. response to help rescue Americans held hostage by terrorists and acknowledged the government had sometimes let the families down.

    After an emotional meeting with relatives of executed hostages, he said: "I...

  • Victims’ families confront Boston bomber at sentencing

    2 weeks ago

    Parents of the dead and some of the scores wounded in the 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon defiantly confronted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, calling him "cowardly" at a hearing where he was to be formally sentenced to death.

    The same federal jury that earlier this year found...

  • Beyond Charleston: All lives matter

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    As moving as it was to see the national reaction of grief, sadness and outrage at the horrific mass killing that occurred at a Black church in Charleston last week, there was something that bothered me.

    What about all the other victims of homicide throughout America who are...

  • Obama, on Marc Maron’s podcast, blames gun lobby ‘grip’ on Congress for lax U.S. gun laws

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama blamed public apathy combined with the tight "grip" on Congress of the National Rifle Association, the powerful U.S. gun lobby, for blocking stricter gun laws.

    Speaking during an interview recorded on Friday, just two days after the mass shooting at a black...

  • Death in Charleston: Trapped by the tragic, unheeded lessons of the nation’s racial past

    3 weeks ago

    America's latest incident of racial violence, the massacre of nine people at historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., echoes some of the horrific scenes out of the civil-rights era. A young white shooter allegedly committed mass murder at a...

  • White suspect charged with murder in killings at black church

    3 weeks ago

    A 21-year-old white man has been charged with nine counts of murder in connection with an attack on a historic black South Carolina church, police said on Friday, and media reports said he had hoped to incite a race war in the United States.

    Residents of Charleston flocked to the...

  • New Jersey man charged with conspiracy to provide support to Islamic State

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. authorities on Thursday charged a New Jersey man with conspiring to support the militant group Islamic State, the fourth person arrested in recent days in the New York City region as part of a broader investigation.

    Samuel Rahamin Topez, 21, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was...

  • White suspect arrested in killing of nine at black U.S. church

    3 weeks ago

    A white man suspected of killing nine people in a Bible-study group at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina was arrested on Thursday and U.S. officials are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

    Law enforcement officials detained alleged gunman...

  • Torn between two loves

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    A plate of cheese and crackers served to hungry Israeli officials at the White House is one of the many images that lingered after I read Michael Oren’s riveting new book, “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide.” The book is an insider account of Oren’s tenure as the...

  • Al-Qaeda deputy leader killed in U.S. bombing in Yemen

    3 weeks ago

    The deputy leader of al-Qaeda, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, has been killed in a U.S. bombing in Yemen, the group and the White House said on Tuesday, removing the director of a string of attacks against the West and a man once seen as a successor to leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

    A close...

  • U.S. denies Israeli report on Obama inviting Netanyahu to meet

    3 weeks ago

    The White House denied an Israeli newspaper report on Tuesday that U.S. President Barack Obama had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet in Washington next month.

    Citing unnamed U.S. State Department sources, Yedioth Ahronoth daily said the two leaders could...

  • Jeb Bush vows to ‘fix’ Washington as he starts White House run

    3 weeks ago

    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush vowed to fix a dysfunctional Washington as he began his U.S. presidential bid on Monday with an attempt to move out of the shadow of the White House legacies left by his father and brother.

    Bush, 62, is seeking to be seen as his own man and break...

  • Israeli president says Syrian Druze under threat

    June 10, 2015 | 11:13 am

    Israel's president expressed his concern to the United States on Wednesday about the fate of the Druze minority in Syria, saying around 500,000 of them were under threat from Islamist militants in an area near the Israeli border.

    Israel's Druze, some of whom have reached the...

  • U.S. military chief seeks to reassure Israel on Iran threat

    June 9, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    America's top general sought to reassure Israel on Tuesday of "unshakable" U.S. military support, despite deep strains in political relations over the prospect of a U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran and differences over Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.

    U.S. General Martin Dempsey, on...

  • Two California men plead not guilty of seeking to help Islamic State

    June 9, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Two Southern California men pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    The arrests last month of Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, are...

  • Israel concerned about U.S. arms to Gulf states to deter Iran

    June 9, 2015 | 9:31 am

    Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon voiced concern on Tuesday that Washington's supply of advanced arms to Gulf Arab states to deter Iran could eventually challenge Israel's U.S.-backed regional military supremacy.

    "Even if there are not now any hostile designs (among them) against us,...

  • In Jerusalem, examining global press freedom

    May 27, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    As governments increase restrictions and casualties mount for journalists worldwide, the relatively new Jerusalem Press Club hosted the city’s first International Conference of Freedom of the Press, with participants demanding protection for reporters in war zones, authoritarian...

  • Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear arms ban at U.N.

    May 26, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a major United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday.

    It was a rare expression of diplomatic harmony with the...

  • U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban

    May 22, 2015 | 8:30 am

    A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday.

    Friday is the final day of a...

  • Israeli think tank ponders bilateral relations

    May 21, 2015 | 5:30 pm

    After President Barack Obama’s March 19 statement that he was going to “reassess” policy options following the pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bar Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) began...

  • A message to centrist American Jews: Time to speak out

    May 21, 2015 | 3:20 pm

    We’ve just celebrated Israel’s 67th Independence Day —– a remarkable achievement that makes us proud. But more and more American Jews worry that the sharpening divisions in our community are hampering our efforts to help Israel achieve long-term security and peace.

    And...

  • White House assures Israel on nuclear conference

    May 21, 2015 | 9:45 am

    The United States will ensure that any text coming out of a conference reviewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meets Israel’s interests, the White House said.

    Suggestions to the contrary are “offensive,” the White House said in an email sent to JTA on Thursday.

    Israeli...

  • U.S. approves sale of $1.87 billion in munitions to Israel

    May 20, 2015 | 2:50 pm

    The U.S. State Department this week approved the sale of $1.87 billion in munitions and precision guidance kits to Israel to improve the capability of existing systems and make it easier for U.S. and Israeli military forces to work together.

    The Pentagon's Defense Security...

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