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Kerry Tries Reviving Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Kerry Tries Reviving Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Matty Ster/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv via Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — The U.S. and Great Britain are making a new push to restart peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians that have gone nowhere for the past five years.
Secretary of State John Kerry …

Syria Warns Israel of ‘All Possibilities’ After Strikes

Syria Warns Israel of ‘All Possibilities’ After Strikes

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Syria responded angrily to the overnight air strikes on military targets that it accused Israel of carrying out, warning that the attack “opens the door to all possibilities.”
Israel has not claimed responsibili…

Bill Richardson: U.S. Military Strikes Against Syria are ‘In the Cards’

Bill Richardson: U.S. Military Strikes Against Syria are ‘In the Cards’

Kris Connor/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In an appearance on ABC’s This Week, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said that American military strikes against Syria are likely, an opinion echoed by several other officials.
“I think [Presid…

Amid New Reports of Massacres, Israel Strikes Syria

Amid New Reports of Massacres, Israel Strikes Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEL AVIV, Israel) — Israeli warplanes struck weapons inside Syria that were bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, American and Israeli officials say.The attack, which reportedly took place Friday morning, was the seco…

Palestinians Frustrated by Obama’s Trip to the Middle East

Palestinians Frustrated by Obama’s Trip to the Middle East

(WASHINGTON) — President Barack Obama’s last day visiting Israel took him back to the West Bank for a cultural stop in Bethlehem. There he toured the Church of the Nativity, the biblical birthplace of Jesus, with Palestinian Authority President …

Tree Planted by Obama in Jerusalem May Be Uprooted for Inspection

Tree Planted by Obama in Jerusalem May Be Uprooted for Inspection

Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — It’s an old gospel song: “Just like a tree planted by the water, I shall not be moved.” But if you’re the magnolia tree the president of the United States planted today in Jerusalem, there&rs…

Obama Will Be All Ears in Israel

Obama Will Be All Ears in Israel

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama plans to do more listening than talking when he makes his first trip to Israel this week since first becoming commander in chief more than four years ago.Much has changed in the Middle East during t…

Poll: More Americans Sympathize with Israel than Palestinian Authority

Poll: More Americans Sympathize with Israel than Palestinian Authority

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many more Americans continue to side with Israel rather than the Palestinian Authority, but — with President Obama’s first visit there days away — most also prefer to leave peace negotiations to the two prota…

Biden: America’s ‘Not Bluffing’ on Iran

Biden: America’s ‘Not Bluffing’ on Iran

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Tough talk from Vice President Joe Biden Monday, warning that the U.S. is determined to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.“Big nations can’t bluff,” said Biden at a meeting of the American…

Israeli Prime Minister Issues New Warning About Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Issues New Warning About Iran

GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is talking tough on Iran in anticipation of President Obama’s trip to his homeland this spring.At a conference of American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on Monday, Netan…

Netanyahu Discusses Obama’s Spring Trip to Israel

Netanyahu Discusses Obama’s Spring Trip to Israel

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — In his first public statement since it was announced last week that President Obama will visit Israel in the spring, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the trip will reaffirm strong ties betwee…

Iran Warns Israel It Will Regret Air Strikes Against Syria

Iran Warns Israel It Will Regret Air Strikes Against Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Syria received a vote of support Monday when the head of Iran’s National Security Council warned Israel it would regret last week’s air strike near the border with Lebanon that targeted a truck convoy ca…

Israel Makes Indirect Admission to Air Strike in Syria

Israel Makes Indirect Admission to Air Strike in Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MUNICH) — Israel finally delivered a public yet coy statement on Sunday about last week’s assault on a truck convoy inside Syria.At a security conference in Munich, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak insisted he could not “add …

Syria and Allies Condemn Israeli Air Strike

Syria and Allies Condemn Israeli Air Strike

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There was still no word from the Israeli government Thursday confirming an air strike earlier in the week that targeted a truck convoy in Syria that U.S. officials say was carrying missiles to the Hezbollah in Lebano…

Israel and Syria Differ on Target of Israeli Air Strike

Israel and Syria Differ on Target of Israeli Air Strike

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — In spite of evidence to the contrary, the Syrian government on Wednesday accused Israel of conducting an air strike against one of its military facilities in Damascus the day before.According to a report by Sy…

Netanyahu Faces New Challenges After Disappointing Election Results

Netanyahu Faces New Challenges After Disappointing Election Results

GALI TIBBON/AFP/GettyImages(JERUSALEM) — Voters in Israel have surprised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but not in a way he would have preferred.While Netanyahu will stay his country’s leader — as was expected — his right-wing Likud-Beiteinu bloc…

Israelis Voting Tuesday in General Election

Israelis Voting Tuesday in General Election

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — As President Obama begins his second term, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t know until later Tuesday if he’ll continue as his country’s leader.Israelis are going to the polls in a general election …

Israel Building Fence Along Border with Syria

Israel Building Fence Along Border with Syria

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israel has plans to build a fence along the 40-mile stretch of the Golan Heights to assure that the violence in Syria doesn’t affect its own country.While there have been virtually no problems up to now, I…

Israeli Law Bans Skinny, BMI-Challenged Models

Israeli Law Bans Skinny, BMI-Challenged Models

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — A law that regulates people’s body weight would probably get little traction in Congress, not to mention U.S. courts.  But not so in Israel, where a new law took effect on Jan. 1 that aims to prevent fashion mo…

Israel Advocates Fight Over Chuck Hagel

Israel Advocates Fight Over Chuck Hagel

Junko Kimura/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Chuck Hagel will probably be nominated as the next secretary of defense, and some conservative Israel backers aren’t happy about it.A former Republican senator from Nebraska, Hagel could have expected some…

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