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  • The mufti’s hotel was just ranked the best in the Middle East (yes, that mufti)

    October 22, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    This week we learned that the grand mufti of Jerusalem gave Hitler the idea for the Final Solution — or at least that Israel’s prime minister believes that.

    But it turns out that Palestinian nationalist Haj Amin al-Husseini was not merely a notorious anti-Zionist and anti-Semite:...

  • The Iran deal is done: What history should teach us

    By Michael Berenbaum

    September 2, 2015 | 4:27 pm

    Thirty-four senators — 32 Democrats plus two Independents who caucus with the Democrats — have come out in favor of the Iran deal, enough to sustain a presidential veto, so approval of the deal with Iran and five American partners is a foregone conclusion. The questions to ask now...

  • To those who hear anti-Semitism when it is not there

    By Michael Berenbaum

    August 19, 2015 | 11:00 am

    I’ve learned a new term: “dog whistle.” The term was used by Lee Smith, a political columnist for the online magazine Tablet, who wrote that President Barack Obama was “hinting broadly at anti-Semitic conceits — like dual loyalties, moneyed interests, Jewish lobbies — to scare off...

  • Where does Bernie Sanders, the Jewish candidate for president, stand on Israel?

    August 17, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Bernie Sanders’ best friend is a Zionist who teaches Jewish philosophy, he had a formative experience on a kibbutz and “Saturday Night Live” dubbed him the “old Jew.”

    Still, Sanders can’t get away from the inevitable “But where is he on Israel?” question, especially now that the...

  • What it’s like to be an Iranian Jew

    By Gina Nahai

    August 12, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Time was, you could claim to be a patriotic Iranian, a supporter of Israel and a lover of the United States all at once and be believed by most Iranians. You could say you were all three things without pretense or contradiction, or the need to rank your loyalties in order of...

  • Theodore Bikel, actor, singer and activist, 91

    By Tom Tugend

    July 21, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    Theodore Bikel, folk singer, actor, liberal activist, Zionist and multilinguist, died of natural causes July 21 at the UCLA Medical Center. He was 91.

    Nicknamed Theo, Bikel was born in 1924 in Vienna and, as a 14-year-old in 1938, watched as Nazi troops march into his hometown...

  • Why are liberals bashing Michael Oren?

    By David Suissa

    July 7, 2015 | 5:28 pm

    After interviewing former ambassador Michael Oren last week at the Museum of Tolerance, and reading countless articles attacking him, I think I’ve figured out why his new book, “Ally,” has struck such a sensitive nerve, especially with pro-Obama liberal Zionists.

    In case you’ve...

  • ‘1913: Seeds of Conflict’ traces the roots of Arab-Israeli unrest

    By Gerri Miller

    June 30, 2015 | 1:23 pm

    Considering the State of Israel’s volatile history, it may come as a surprise to learn that 100 years ago, Jews and Arabs lived side by side in relative harmony in Palestine under Ottoman rule.

    What changed and why? The documentary special “1913: Seeds of Conflict,” premiering on...

  • Torn between two loves

    By David Suissa

    June 17, 2015 | 10:17 am

    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...

  • A settler’s Nakba

    May 14, 2015 | 3:29 pm

    Dispatches From Judea and Samaria: first in a series

    How does a passionate, religious Zionist who is also committed to Israel-Palestinian reconciliation and dialogue deal with nakba, the Arabic term for the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the founding of...

  • Hezbollah sees Yemen strikes causing more Mideast tension

    March 26, 2015 | 8:30 am

    Hezbollah condemned as "unjust aggression" Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen on Thursday and said it takes the region towards increased tension.

    The Shi'ite group, which is backed by Iran, also called on Saudi Arabia and its allies to immediately and unconditionally halt the...

  • Non-Jewish L.A. Zionist John Henry Patterson buried in Israel

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 9, 2014 | 5:10 pm

    Days after announcing the dissolution of his coalition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed a circle in modern Israel’s history, and his own family’s history, when he fulfilled Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson’s final wish to be buried among his Jewish comrades in Israel...

  • Seeing clearly in Tel Aviv

    August 18, 2014 | 9:42 am

    There is nothing unusual about sitting at Café Hemda on Ibn Gvirol Street in Tel Aviv and spotting your teenage son zip by on a bicycle.

    Unless your son does not know how to ride a bicycle.

    And is not wearing his glasses.

    We visited Israel for a month this summer.  Yes, for...

  • Is a two-state solution still possible?

    December 5, 2013 | 10:00 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A trumpeter playing sorrowful songs outside of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art seemed to symbolize the melancholy many of the proponents of the two-state solution of an independent Palestinian state next to Israel feel these days.

  • The consequences of Israel's contradictory dreams

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 24, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    The stirring scene that opens “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation,” by Yossi Klein Halevi (Harper, $35), is a flashback to the night of June 6, 1967, when the 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade of the Israel Defense...

  • Netanyahu’s office says his attack on Rohani’s based on bad translation

    August 2, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office blamed an erroneous translation for his earlier call on westerners who believe Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani is a moderate to abandon their “illusion.”

    Netanyahu’s office late Friday removed from the Twitter social...

  • Rohani’s statement, its distortion, and what it all means

    August 2, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Today, Iran marked Quds day, its annual rebuke to all things Zionist generally, and Israel’s control of Jerusalem specifically.

    ISNA, the semi-official Iranian news agency, quoted President-elect Hassan Rohani — much touted as a moderate — as saying the following:

  • Anti-Zionist rabbi blames Israel for his assault in Amsterdam

    June 25, 2013 | 10:47 am

    An anti-Zionist rabbi said he was attacked in Amsterdam because of Israel.

    Rabbi Josef Antebi, 50, an Orthodox Jew who lives in Amsterdam, told JTA he was assaulted on Sunday in the Dutch capital by a young man who “had relatively dark skin and didn’t look very Dutch, or at least...

  • Iran’s new president still Khamenei-approved, Netanyahu says

    June 17, 2013 | 11:19 am

    The election of cleric Hassan Rohani as president of Iran does not change anything, since he was shortlisted by the country’s radical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Candidates who did not conform to Khamenei’s extremist outlook...

  • Mezzo’s Kibbutz roots

    By Tom Tugend

    May 14, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    It’s a long way from Kibbutz Dalia, where Rachel Frenkel was raised, to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, but the mezzo-soprano is completing that journey this week.

    The slim and youthful wife and mother will sing and act the role of the count’s amorous page...

  • Syrian wake-up

    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Yes, America, we’ve heard: You’re war-weary.

    It’s at least something our divided country can agree upon: Americans across party lines oppose sending troops, weapons or air support to the rebel fighters in Syria. “War-weary Nation Wary of Syria,” the centrist Washington Post...

  • Syrians angry at Israel

    May 7, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Khalil Sharif wants everyone to stay out of his country’s business.

    “First the foreign jihadists hijack the revolution and now the Israelis,” the 31 year old electrician complained to The Media Line. “Why can’t they leave...

  • Leader of the free word

    By David Suissa

    March 22, 2013 | 2:40 pm

    Words matter, especially when spoken by people of power. I once read a book that dissected the 271 words of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Would that speech have become historic if, instead of phrases like “a new birth of freedom,” he had used phrases like “a reaffirmation...

  • The Sham(s) Movement at Harvard

    By Orit Arfa

    March 15, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Alex Shams is appropriately named. Mr. Shams is the leader of the “sham” movement at Harvard, the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee, proclaiming to be standing up for "Palestinian rights." He is not shy in letting us know that he openly seeks the destruction of Israel...

  • What do I think about Zionism as a Turkish Muslim?

    March 5, 2013 | 11:55 am

    For the last couple of years — and especially the last couple of days — my Jewish friends all over the world have expressed their concern whether anti-Semitism is on the rise in Turkey. First of all Turkey has a population over 70 million. There is a great deal of diversity and...

  • With time running out to form a government, Netanyahu facing tough choices

    March 5, 2013 | 9:02 am

    When he emerged bruised but unbeaten following the Jan. 22 elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced some tough choices.

    Should he aim for a narrow, right-wing governing coalition comprised of haredi Orthodox, nationalist and religious Zionist parties that would...

  • Documents show Venezuela spying on Jewish community

    February 5, 2013 | 10:38 am

    The Venezuelan human rights group Espacio Anna Frank says its goal is to promote tolerance by teaching the life story of the teenage diarist murdered by the Nazis.

    But is there something sinister lurking behind the organization’s benevolent facade?

    SEBIN, the Venezuelan...

  • Israel supporters rally

    January 30, 2013 | 5:08 pm

    Passers-by in the center of tourist-driven Hollywood were greeted on Jan. 27 by an uncommon scene — ralliers bearing Israeli flags and pro-Zionist signs while singing a rendition of “Am Yisrael Chai.”

    About 25 people attended the Sunday afternoon Rally Against Anti-Semitism...

  • Morsi blames ‘certain forces’ controlling media for bad U.S. press

    January 23, 2013 | 2:32 pm

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told U.S. senators that he gets bad U.S. press because "certain forces" control the media.

    The senators who met last week with Morsi understood him to be referring to Jews and "recoiled," one of the participating lawmakers, Sen. Chris Coons...

  • Are anti-Jewish slogans truly Islamic?

    January 23, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Anti-Jewish slogans uttered over the years within certain Muslim circles have given the impression that Islam is absolutely opposed to Jews. Indeed, many in the Muslim world consider hostility toward Jews as a sign of piety. And some leaders addressing the Islamic world have...

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