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Trump Signs Waiver Of Law Requiring Move Of U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem

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Despite campaign promises, President Trump won’t be moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem anytime soon.

Trump Administration Not Rushing To Move U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem

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Despite campaign promises, President Trump appears to be putting off any immediate decision on the location of the U.S. Embassy to Israel.

Former Israeli Prime Minister And President Shimon Peres Dies At 93

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One of the last survivors of Israel’s founding generation has passed away.

Jonathan Pollard Released From Federal Prison After Thirty Years

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After thirty years in Federal Prison, Jonathan Pollard is a free man. Make no mistake, though. Pollard is not, and never has been, a hero and he deserves to be remembered as nothing but the criminal that he is.

Obama Apparently Giving Up On Quixotic Bid For ‘Middle East Peace’

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President Obama has apparently come to the same realization as many of his predecessors, that trying to craft a legacy by single-handedly bring about “Middle East Peace” is largely a waste of time.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

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After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

Mike Huckabee’s Offensive, Idiotic Holocaust Rhetoric On Iran

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In bringing Holocaust imagery into the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, Mike Huckabee has displayed the intellectual bankruptcy of his position.

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

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Reports are circulating that the Obama Administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard, and many are seeing it as an effort to placate Israel in the wake of the Iran deal.

Supreme Court Slaps Back Congress In Jerusalem Passport Case

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In a case that took seven months to decide, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Presidency’s broad authority in foreign affairs, and inserted itself just a little bit in the thorny politics of the Middle East.

Vatican To Recognize Palestinian State

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The Vatican has announced that it will recognize Palestinian statehood, but this is not going to resolve the underlying issues that prevent a Palestinian state from actually coming into existence.

Netanyahu Forms Government At Last Minute, Beating Deadline

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As expected, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was able to reach an agreement with several smaller parties to allow him to form a government before yesterday’s deadline expired: JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel barely met the legal deadline to form a new government on Wednesday night and will start his fourth term […]

Benjamin Netaynahu Having Trouble Forming Government As Deadline Nears

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There hasn’t been much attention paid to Israeli politics since March, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have coasted to an overwhelming victory in elections that many thought would end up being closer than they ended up being. The only thing that remained for Netayanyahu after the results were clear was to put together […]

Rubio’s Israel Litmus Test For An Iran Nuclear Deal Is Foolish And Unrealistic

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Conditioning an Iranian nuclear deal on recognition of Israel is foolish, unrealistic, and very bad diplomacy.

The New Republican Orthodoxy On Israel

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More than ever before, even mild criticism of Israel seems to be verboten among Republicans.

Israel Spied On Geneva Iran Talks, Shared Information With Congress

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Yet another probable rift between the U.S. and Israel over Iran.

Rand Paul Tries To Explain Why He Signed The Cotton Letter To Iran, And Fails

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Rand Paul now says he signed the Cotton Letter to strengthen the Administration’s bargaining position.

Netanyahu Trailing In New Polls, But He Could Remain In Power

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Benjamin Netanyahu is trailing in the final polls leading to Tuesday’s election, but he still may be able to form the coalition needed to stay in power.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s Decision To Invite Netanyahu To Speak Before Congress

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By a wide margin Americans think it was wrong of the GOP to invite Israel’s Prime Minister to speak to Congress.

Netanyahu Reportedly Considering Canceling Speech To Congress

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apparently realizing that speaking to Congress may not be a good idea after all.

Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress Becoming Even More Of A Partisan Football

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s speech to Congress is becoming even more partisan, much to the apparent chagrin of the Israelis.

Democrats Consider Boycott Of Netanyahu Speech To Congress

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Some Congressional Democrats are considering skipping a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a Joint Session Of Congress.

Congress Is Making The U.S.-Israeli Relationship Even More Partisan

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By inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress, Republicans are damaging the U.S. relationship with Israel.

Supreme Court To Decide If Congress Can Dictate Where Jerusalem Is

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The Supreme Court will decide if Congress can override American foreign policy when it comes to declaring who has dominion over Jerusalem.

Gaza Cease Fire Extended, But Prospects For Bigger Peace Deal Seem Dim

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The two sides in Gaza keep extending the humanitarian cease fire, but remain miles apart on the major issues dividing them.

Gaza Truce Ends As Hamas Refuses To Extend Humanitarian Ceasefire

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Well, it was nice while it lasted.

Republicans Block Additional Funds To Israel For Iron Dome Over Deficit Concerns

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In a move you don’t see everyday, Senate Republicans blocked a measure that would have increased aid to Israel, specifically directed to the Iron Dome anti-missile shield, because of concerns about the deficit: In the end, the Senate couldn’t even agree to deliver emergency aid to one of the United States’ closest allies. A last-ditch effort to […]

72 Hour Gaza Ceasefire Collapses In Less Than Two Hours

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A glimmer of hope in Gaza is quickly snuffed out.

Americans Divided On Israel’s Actions In Gaza

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A new poll shows that Americans are divided over Israel’s actions in Gaza, but this most likely will not impact relations between the two countries.

Israel Rejects Temporary Cease Fire Plan As Gaza Conflict Continues To Rage

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Hopes for a temporary respite in the Gaza conflict faded away today.

A Partisan Divide Over Israel? Not Really.

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Recent polls notwithstanding, Republicans and Democrats remain largely in lockstep when it comes to U.S. policy toward Israel.

Israel Begins Ground Operations In Gaza

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The next phase of Israel’s attack on Hamas has begun.

Hamas Rejects Egyptian Cease Fire Deal Israel Had Accepted

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An effort yesterday to bring about a cease fire in Gaza came to naught when Hamas rejected the proposal.

Israel Intensifies Attacks On Gaza, Hints At Ground Invasion

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Things look to be going from bad to worse in Gaza.

Israel Hits Hamas In Response To Discovery Of Dead Teenagers

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Not surprisingly, the discovery late yesterday of the bodies of three dead teenagers, one of whom holds dual Israeli and American citizenship, has lead to retaliation against Hamas: The Israeli air force has launched a series of air raids on the Gaza Strip, hours after the bodies of three settlers were found in the occupied […]

Three Missing Israeli Teenagers Found Dead

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A sad end to the story of three missing Israeli boys: JERUSALEM — Israeli military searchers found three bodies believed to be those of the missing Israeli teenagers who disappeared more than two weeks ago in the occupied West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces said on Monday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel called an emergency […]

Pope Endorses Palestinian State In West Bank Visit

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Before Pope Francis departed on his trip to Jordan, the West Bank, and Israel, there was much speculation that he’d end up stirring up some news in the area, and it turns out that speculation was correct: BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Arriving here on Sunday, Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal for an end to […]

Kerry Apologizes After Warning Israel Could Become An ‘Apartheid State’

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Open mouth, insert foot.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Freed As Part Of Middle East Peace Deal?

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Middle East peace talks are apparently in such bad shape that the U.S. is thinking of releasing Jonathan Pollard as an incentive to Israel.

Ariel Sharon, Israeli General, Defense Minister, Foreign Minister, Prime Minister, Dead At 85

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After eight years in a coma, Ariel Sharon has passed away.

U.S., World Powers, Reach Temporary Nuclear Deal With Iran

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Small steps from both sides in the Iranian nuclear negotiations, but too early to say that we’ve reached a solution.

Progress On Iran Nuclear Deal?

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Signs of some progress in the talks over Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Swiss Report Supports Theory Yasser Arafat Was Poisoned, But Doesn’t Prove It

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Was Arafat poisoned? A new report raises some questions, but answers none of them conclusively.

Lindsey Graham Wants War With Iran By September

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Lindsey Graham is playing cynical political games with a dangerous part of the world.

John Kerry Leads America’s Latest Quixotic Quest For Middle East Peace

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Secretary of State Kerry becomes the latest American official to wade into the Middle East’s longest lasting quagmire.

Israel Launches Second Strike Against Syrian Targets

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Once again, the Israeli Air Force has hit targets inside Syria: (Reuters) – Israel carried out its second air strike in days on Syria early on Sunday, a Western intelligence source said, in an attack that shook Damascus with a series of powerful blasts and drove columns of fire into the night sky. Israel declined comment but […]

Israel Bombs Syria Over Weapons Transfer

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Yesterday we had yet another indication of just how easy it is for the civil war in Syria to turn into something far more dangerous: WASHINGTON — Israel aircraft bombed a target in Syria overnight Thursday, an Obama administration official said Friday night, as United States officials said they were considering military options, including carrying out their […]

Israel, Turkey Begin To Heal Wounds From 2010 Gaza Flotilla Raid

As President Obama was preparing to leave Israel yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was calling his counterpart in Turkey for the first time since relations between the two nations turned sour after an Israeli raid on a ship headed to Gaza that had originated in Turkey: JERUSALEM — Under persistent prodding from President Obama, Israel and Turkey […]

Report: Israel Forced Ethiopian Jews To Take Birth Control Without Their Knowledge Or Consent

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A truly shocking story out of Israel: Israel has admitted for the first time that it has been giving Ethiopian Jewish immigrants birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent. The government had previously denied the practice but the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general has now ordered gynaecologists to stop administering the drugs. According a report […]

Heading Off the Stupidest War

Would a formal guarantee of Israel’s security deter Iran from whatever nuclear weapons development program it has?

Yassir Arafat’s Body To Be Exhumed Tuesday

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Eight years after he died, the body of PLO founder Yassir Arafat will be exhumed next week to determine if his death was caused by poisoning: Ramallah, West Bank (CNN) – The body of former Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumedTuesday and samples taken to be tested for poisoning as part of an inquiry […]

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