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  • So Israel is a little bit of a fixer-upper…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    In recent years, it seems as if every policy Israeli decision makers issue is followed by massive, harsh criticism by the global community. World leaders use every opportunity to look down at Israel's leaders, judge them for their "problematic decision" and urge them to reconsider...

  • North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

    1 week ago

    North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

    An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would...

  • U.S. blames N.Korea for Sony cyberattack, vows ‘consequences’

    1 week ago

    The U.S. government on Friday blamed North Korea for a devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures, calling it an unacceptable act of intimidation and vowing to impose "costs and consequences" on those responsible.

    It was the first time the United States had directly accused...

  • North American immigration to Israel rose 7 percent in 2014

    1 week ago

    Immigration to Israel from North America rose 7 percent in 2014 over the previous year to 3,762 olim from the United States and Canada, according to Nefesh B’Nefesh.

    The immigrants came on 17 special aliyah flights from North America, sponsored by facilitated by Nefesh B’Nefesh...

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  • Beyond interfaith marriage

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 week ago

    There is a methodological debate among demographers as to counting the number of Jews in the United States. Some demographers maintain that the Jews in the America are 5.6 million. Another group of demographers maintain that the Jewish population in the United States is 5.2...

  • Punishing Bennett won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    People do crazy things when they get desperate and run out of ideas. That’s the first thought that came to mind after I read that a group of pro-Israel academics have decided that the best way to help the comatose Israeli-Palestinian peace process is to stop people like Naftali...

  • In U.S. relations with Israel, context is key

    1 week ago

    The strain in United States-Israel ties is a live issue in the Israel election campaign — and rightfully so. But if you glance at U.S. and Israeli media during the last couple of months, you’d think the relations have never been worse. Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic,...

  • Sony pulls release of ‘Interview’ as U.S determines N.Korea behind attack

    1 week ago

    Sony Pictures on Wednesday pulled the theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," hours before a U.S. government source said investigators determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony over the film.

    Hackers attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking...

  • Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

    1 week ago

    Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

    Gross’ flight home to suburban Washington on Wednesday with his wife, Judy, was part of a...

  • Who is Alan Gross and what did he do?

    1 week ago

    Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews.

    [Related: An in-depth look into...

  • CIA chief admits agency used ‘abhorrent’ methods on detainees

    2 weeks ago

    CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday some agency officers used "abhorrent" methods on detainees captured following the Sept. 11 attacks and said it was "unknowable" whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques yielded useful intelligence.

    With his agency under fire...

  • U.S. under fire over Senate’s report on CIA torture

    2 weeks ago

    The United States on Wednesday faced criticism from the United Nations as well as governments that Washington often reprimands for human rights violations over a Senate report on CIA torture techniques in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Some U.S. allies, who could face...

  • U.S. citizen indicted in Israel on weapons charges

    3 weeks ago

    A U.S. citizen has been indicted in Israel on weapons charges and told investigators he had been weighing the possibility of attacking Muslim holy sites, the Israeli domestic security service Shin Bet said on Tuesday.

    The man's lawyer told reporters that the Shin Bet was...

  • Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in new U.S. report

    3 weeks ago

    "Enhanced interrogation" techniques used by the CIA on militants detained in secret prisons were ineffective and never produced information which led to the disruption of imminent terrorist plots, a declassified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee found.

    The report...

  • Obama promises more aid, loan guarantees to Jordan

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that the United States and its allies are making slow but steady progress in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and he pledged new aid to Jordan to grapple with Syrian refugees.

    Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah made...

  • U.S., France secure $60 million for survivors of rail deportations

    3 weeks ago

    The United States and France have tentatively arrived at a $60 million lump sum agreement to settle claims by survivors deported to Nazi camps via the French rail system.

    The agreement, announced Friday in a conference call with reporters by Stuart Eizenstat, the State...

  • Ben Carson, potential GOP presidential candidate, stands by U.S.-Nazi Germany comparison

    3 weeks ago

    Dr. Ben Carson, who is considering a 2016 Republican presidential run, reiterated his provocative opinion that the United States is comparable to Nazi Germany.

    Carson, asked Wednesday in an interview Wednesday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer whether he would like to qualify or retract...

  • Israel goes to new elections

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Just 20 months after the current government was sworn in, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two of his top cabinet ministers, leading their parties to pull out of the government and the Knesset, or parliament, to vote to...

  • State Dept.: Qatar pledges not to fund Hamas

    December 2, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    The Obama administration says it has received assurances from the Arab nation Qatar that its assistance to the Palestinians will not reach Hamas.

    “Qatar has pledged financial support that would be directed to the Palestinian people in Gaza,” Julia Frifield, the assistant...

  • Kerry: Progress in Iran talks, tough road ahead

    November 24, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

    "If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we...

  • Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defense secretary

    November 24, 2014 | 8:39 am

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan.

    It was the first major change to Obama's...

  • AIPAC holds fire as Iran deadline looms

    November 21, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    As the United States and other powers negotiate down to the wire on a nuclear deal with Iran, one voice has been unusually quiet – the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

    Israel deeply distrusts the attempt to reach a deal at talks in Vienna that would lift harsh international...

  • Obama: Helping terror go nuclear

    November 21, 2014 | 10:54 am

    Last Tuesday’s terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue killed five people: four rabbis (including three born in the USA) and a Druze police officer. Two Palestinians entered during morning prayers and attacked worshipers with knives, meat cleavers, and a handgun. Congress showed...

  • Palestinian Authority must face U.S. trial over terror support

    November 20, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    U.S. victims of bombings and shootings in Jerusalem more than a decade ago have cleared a final hurdle to take the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization to trial in New York for supporting the attacks.

    U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan...

  • Cartoon: THE GOP WINS THE SENATE!

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 12, 2014 | 2:30 pm

  • U.S. says it is ‘deeply concerned’ about Israeli settlement decision

    November 12, 2014 | 11:10 am

    The United States said on Wednesday it was "deeply concerned" about an Israeli decision to approve construction of 200 new homes in East Jerusalem.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the decision impeded attempts to reach a two-state solution between the Israelis and...

  • At D.C. confabs, U.S. and Israel present a united front

    November 11, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Joe and Bibi? Still buddies. U.S. and Israel? Still allies. Agreement on Iran and the Palestinians?

    Well.

    The governments of President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were back on joshing terms this week, but the deep differences that led to recent...

  • Netanyahu: Iran is U.S. enemy, not partner

    November 11, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    The United States should treat Iran as an enemy and not as a partner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jewish leaders.

    “Iran is not part of the solution, it’s a huge part of the problem,” Netanyahu said Tuesday, referring to reports that the United States may be...

  • Israelis in the U.S.A.

    By David Suissa

    November 11, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    When your ancestors yearned for 19 centuries to return to their homeland of Israel, and you were fortunate enough to be born there but still decide to move to America, it’s natural that somewhere deep inside, you might feel a little guilty. How could you not? Regardless of how...

  • Israel, U.S. say it’s business as usual as warplane plant unveiled

    November 4, 2014 | 10:04 am

    Israel and the United States used the inauguration of a joint warplane project on Tuesday to stress it was business as usual in an alliance hit by acrimony over Israeli settlement building and strategy against Iran.

    At a ceremony at the Israeli manufacturer of wings for Lockheed...

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