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  • A legacy of O

    4 days ago

    When he ran for President, Barack Obama promoted "we are not red states or blue states, but the United States." He didn’t mean it.

    Radicalized by his prolific communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, Barry (Soetero) enjoyed his pot-smoking “choom gang” in high school, and then...

  • Wiesenthal Center’s Hier defends decision to appear at Trump inauguration

    By Eitan Arom

    2 weeks ago

    Sitting in his office at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, where he’s founder and dean, Rabbi Marvin Hier pushed a stack of printouts across his desk — blessings and invocations he’s delivered on behalf of four sitting U.S. presidents.

    “I’ve done invocations for President [Bill]...

  • U.S. allows UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements to pass

    December 23, 2016 | 1:07 pm

    This story originally appeared on jewishinsider.com.

    After days of uncertainty, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) voted unanimously (14-0-1) on Friday afternoon to condemn Israeli settlement construction. The United States abstained, allowing the resolution to pass, and...

  • How to love Trump

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 22, 2016 | 4:53 pm

    For a majority of Americans, feeling traumatized and terrified are reasonable responses to the words "President-elect Donald Trump." But even if his inauguration marks the demise of the star-spangled mythos we grew up on, being catatonic is no way to spend the next four years,...

  • Trump’s triumph: Netanyahu is in a good mood

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 14, 2016 | 4:38 pm

    Love him or loathe him, when Benjamin Netanyahu walks into the room, everyone pays attention. 

    Bibi could be in a good mood, or a bad mood, or a little bit of both, but he is always an energy vortex: the center and the star, chest out, chin up, basking in the limelight.


  • The irony of hate

    November 16, 2016 | 4:33 pm

    Typically, I try to keep politics off of the pulpit. I believe the job of clergy is to help people deepen their relationship with God, and I recommend only that everyone act ethically and become active and involved in their political passions. But the circumstances of the last week...

  • In Hurricane Matthew aftermath, Jewish groups lend a hand

    October 10, 2016 | 10:55 am

    As the death toll from Hurricane Matthew continued to rise, Jewish groups were working to help victims in the United States and the Caribbean.

    The storm, which the National Hurricane Center downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on Sunday, has killed at least 19 people in the...

  • Bibi and Barack part amiably as chilly US-Israel relations thaw

    September 22, 2016 | 1:03 pm

    When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for what was likely to be the last time as leaders of their countries, the most important thing they said was "see you soon."

    Netanyahu's invitation to Obama to visit Israel post-presidency augured a thaw in...

  • To curb binge drinking, follow Israel’s lead

    September 14, 2016 | 10:53 am

    The scene outside a bar in Tel Aviv looks very different from the scene outside a college party in the United States. 

    Young American college kids may spend their evenings slumped over a curb, with heads in hands and consciousness in question. Young Israelis actually seem to be...

  • Israel and the United States sign historic 10-year, $38 billion defense assistance pact

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    September 14, 2016 | 10:22 am

    The United States and Israel formally signed the new $38 billion 10-year “memorandum of understanding” (MOU), in what the State Department called the “single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history,” at the U.S. State Department on Wednesday.

    The pact was...

  • Israeli security chief in DC reportedly to sign $38B defense assistance pact

    September 13, 2016 | 9:13 am

    Israel’s acting head of national security is in Washington, D.C., reportedly to sign a deal extending U.S. defense assistance to Israel for 10 years.

    Jacob Nagel arrived Tuesday, and according to Israeli media reports, will meet with his U.S. counterpart, National Security...

  • Trump: Nuclear deal turned Iran into dangerous ‘world power’

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    September 6, 2016 | 1:26 pm

    The Iranian regime was on the verge of being eliminated as a threat to the U.S. and Israel before the nuclear deal was signed, Donald Trump said on Tuesday.

    “The deal is one of the worst negotiated deals of any kind that I have ever seen,” the Republican presidential nominee said...

  • Executed Iranian nuclear scientist unfairly tried, said he was innocent, mother says

    August 9, 2016 | 11:45 am

    Iranian security forces may have pressured nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, hanged last week for spying for the United States, to admit to crimes he did not commit, his mother said in an interview this week.

    Amiri leapt to the global spotlight in 2010 when he claimed first that...

  • Hillary Clinton, accepting nomination, lays out progressive agenda, assertive foreign policy

    July 29, 2016 | 10:11 am

    Hillary Clinton laid out a broadly progressive domestic agenda as she accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, adopting rhetoric and policies championed by her primary rival, Bernie Sanders.

    Clinton also celebrated her achievement as the first woman to receive a major...

  • Israeli envoy: Hillary Clinton led the way to Gaza cease-fire in 2012

    July 28, 2016 | 2:22 pm

    Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador the the United States, credited Hillary Clinton with the leading role in achieving a cease-fire in Israel’s 2012 conflict with Hamas.

    Clinton flew to the region and conducted shuttle diplomacy between Egypt and Israel to end hostilities between...

  • A year in: Iran is still bad, the Iran deal is still good

    July 25, 2016 | 4:23 pm

    This time last year the US and the Jewish community were locked in ferocious debate over the nuclear deal between Iran and the major world powers. Pundits cautioned that the deal would be violated, that sanction relief would enrich Hezbollah and Hamas, that we would be facing a...

  • Convicted spy Pollard urges reversal of U.S. parole conditions

    July 25, 2016 | 9:39 am

    Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy U.S intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, asked a judge on Friday to overturn restrictive probation conditions imposed when he was released in November after serving 30 years in prison.

    Eliot Lauer, Pollard's lawyer, argued in...

  • Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon joins US think tank

    July 7, 2016 | 1:53 pm

    Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has found a new job at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as its Rosenblatt Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

    The Washington Institute, an independent and nonpartisan organization that provides research and...

  • Vote For Your Life

    July 6, 2016 | 3:22 pm

    In the past few weeks following the horrible atrocity committed in Orlando, in which a madman murdered 49 innocent people and wounded 53 more with an assault weapon, we have witnessed Congress yet again fail to enact any gun control legislation. Even following a nearly 15-hour long...

  • Anti-Semitism unchanged in 2015, ADL says, but cause for worry remains

    By Eitan Arom

    June 22, 2016 | 9:29 am

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States stayed roughly stable in 2015, rising 3 percent, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

    Despite the modest increase from 912 to 941 occurrences between 2014 and 2015, however, there are reasons to...

  • Israel, US sign cyber defense cooperation agreement

    June 22, 2016 | 8:44 am

    Israel and the United States have signed a joint declaration on operative cyber defense cooperation.

    The agreement was signed Tuesday in Israel by Israel National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Eviatar Matania and National Cyber Security Authority head Buky Carmeli in the presence...

  • Jared Kushner tensions reportedly behind ouster of Trump campaign manager

    June 21, 2016 | 9:23 am

    Tensions between Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly were behind Lewandowski’s departure announced Monday by the campaign.

    On the same day, Lewandowski said separately that he stood by Trump, the presumptive Republican...

  • Avigdor Lieberman has first meeting as Israel’s defense minister with US counterpart

    June 20, 2016 | 3:42 pm

    Israel’s newly installed defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, met Monday with his U.S. counterpart, Ashton Carter.

    Lieberman, who last month replaced longtime defense minister Moshe Yaalon, is in Washington, D.C., seeking to reassure Israel’s closet ally that the transition will...

  • The hate narrative and Muslims in America

    June 15, 2016 | 3:23 pm

    On the sixth night of Ramadan, June 11, I broke my fast at a synagogue during a Havdalah-Shavuot celebration. Around 10:30 p.m., at almost the same time that Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., I called an Uber to get from the Westwood synagogue to my...

  • AIPAC ‘disappointed’ at WH objection to increased funding for Israel’s missile defense system

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 14, 2016 | 3:41 pm

    The White House announced its opposition to a congressional proposal to increase funding by $445 million for Israel’s missile defense program in the 2017 budget.

    In a “Statement of Administration Policy” released by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday,...

  • Mexico’s Foreign Secretary lambastes Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric

    June 7, 2016 | 9:20 am

    Mexican Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu issued a blistering attack against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a speech to a prominent Jewish group in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

    “The United States benefits greatly from the economic relationship with Mexico,...

  • Ross: U.S. distancing itself from Israel won’t bring stability to Mideast

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 23, 2016 | 11:07 am

    Pressuring Israel and distancing itself from her to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not result in stability in the Middle East region, former Mideast peace envoy Dennis Ross said on Sunday.

    “Every administration that sought to distance itself from Israel gained...

  • US, Egypt discuss reviving Mideast peace talks while Netanyahu appoints hard-line minister

    May 18, 2016 | 2:59 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi to discuss how to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, along with other shared concerns.

    Meeting in Cairo Wednesday, Kerry “expressed his appreciation for [Sissi’s] recent statement of strong...

  • Senate passes bill allowing Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

    May 17, 2016 | 11:19 am

    The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to file lawsuits seeking damages from Saudi Arabia, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto.

    The Saudis, who deny responsibility for the 2001...

  • Obama to visit Hiroshima, will not apologize for World War II bombing

    May 10, 2016 | 2:55 pm

    Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit Hiroshima in Japan later this month, but he will not apologize for the United States' dropping of an atomic bomb on the city at the end of World War II, the White House said on Tuesday.

    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize early...

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