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Arabs Try to Firebomb Car and Bus in Gush Etzion

August 4, 2015 - 12:31 AM
 
Yet Another Democrat Defects on the Iran Deal

August 4, 2015 - 12:07 AM
 
Jewish Woman Severely Burned, 2 More Injured in Yet Another Arab Firebombing Attack

August 4, 2015 - 12:00 AM
 
Getting a Grip on Guilt: It’s Not Always About the Jews

August 3, 2015 - 10:01 PM
 
New Poll: Americans Oppose Iran Deal 2 – 1

August 3, 2015 - 9:45 PM
 
Report: Schumer Will Join Republicans and Kill Iran Deal

August 3, 2015 - 7:06 PM
 
Kerry ‘Knows’ ObamaDeal Will Make the Middle East a Safer Place

August 3, 2015 - 6:56 PM
 
How Hot Is It? Naftali Bennett Just Demanded Settlement Freeze

August 3, 2015 - 6:26 PM
 
Two Mortar Shells Explode on Golan Heights

August 3, 2015 - 6:13 PM
 
Jerusalem Arabs Arrested for Brutally Beating Religious Jewish Couple

August 3, 2015 - 5:42 PM
 
Al Asqa Mosque Preacher: Jews Train Doctors to Spread Diseases

August 3, 2015 - 3:52 PM
 
Violent Bulgarian Soccer Fans Chase Israeli Team off the Field [video]

August 3, 2015 - 3:10 PM
 
Yitzhak Rabin’s Granddaughter Enters ‘Family Business’

August 3, 2015 - 3:08 PM
 
IDF Shoots to Scare Gaza Arabs Away from Security Fence

August 3, 2015 - 3:04 PM
 
Iran Openly Refuses UN IAEA Inspectors Access to Military Sites

August 3, 2015 - 1:21 PM
 
Rouhani: Iran Has Right to Enrich Uranium Under Nuclear Deal

August 3, 2015 - 11:06 AM
 
El-Sisi Signs New Election Law for Egypt

August 3, 2015 - 10:43 AM
 
Security Cabinet Classifies Duma Arson as Terror Attack

August 3, 2015 - 10:10 AM
 
Jewish Group Demands Obama Stop Demonizing Jews

August 3, 2015 - 6:45 AM
 
Jews, Arabs Unite to Underline Co-existence in Gush Etzion

August 2, 2015 - 8:39 PM
 
Israel Energy Use Breaks Record High in Heat Wave

August 2, 2015 - 7:33 PM
 
Body of Missing Israeli Found in Georgia

August 2, 2015 - 7:16 PM
 
PM Offers Condolences to Family of 16-yr-old Gay Pride Parade Victim

August 2, 2015 - 7:15 PM
 
Officials Reconsider Sprouting Wildfires After Terror Victim Memorial Torched

August 2, 2015 - 5:35 PM
 
Israeli Defense Company Elbit Gears Up for Cyber Arms Race

August 2, 2015 - 5:30 PM
 
Israeli Citizen Killed in Thailand

August 2, 2015 - 4:40 PM
 
Netanyahu: Zero Tolerance for Terror ‘Distinguishes Us From Our Neighbors’

August 2, 2015 - 4:19 PM
 
Chechen Women Con Online ISIS Recruiters

August 2, 2015 - 4:00 PM
 
Iran Banks on End to Sanctions, Will Raise Oil Production to 1M bpd

August 2, 2015 - 3:47 PM
 
Gva’ot Woman Hurt in Samaria Rock Attack

August 2, 2015 - 3:25 PM
 
Holy Land Extremely Hot, but Iran Has It Much Worse

August 2, 2015 - 2:49 PM
 
Jerusalem Suburb Evacuated as Wildfire Burns Homes

August 2, 2015 - 2:34 PM
 
Visitors Allowed at Temple Mount Despite Arab Violence

August 2, 2015 - 2:15 PM
 
Inspired by Israeli Tech and Expertise, the 1st Community-based Emergency Response Program Launched in Jersey City

August 2, 2015 - 2:12 PM
 
Khamenei Tells the World How to Destroy Israel

August 2, 2015 - 1:30 PM
 
E-Mails Show Clinton without a Clue on How to Relate to Israel

August 2, 2015 - 12:59 PM
 
Bennett Condemns ‘Attempts to Blacken 430,000 Settlers’

August 2, 2015 - 12:35 PM
 
Gush Etzion Arabs and Jews to Rally against Violence

August 2, 2015 - 12:17 PM
 
Wildcat Strikes Shuts Down Jerusalem Light Rail

August 2, 2015 - 9:52 AM
 
Rally against Violence Bars Religious MKs and Boos Right-Winger

August 2, 2015 - 9:37 AM
 
Former Democratic NY Congressman Ackerman Opposes ObamaDeal

August 2, 2015 - 8:46 AM
 
Sharks Circles Surfer Off Ashdod Coast

August 2, 2015 - 7:32 AM
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Analysis
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Posted on: November 4th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Saddam fell, the evil regime that he established fell with him and the people of Iraq could finally breathe freely.

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Posted on: October 30th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

There is a debate over the causes of terrorism and anti-Americanism in the world. One possible view is that the principal problem is that of genuine conflict. The adversaries hold certain ideological ideas—say, revolutionary Islamism—to which American society and policies are antithetical. The collision (as with Communism, Nazism, and aggressive Japanese militarism in earlier decades) is inevitable. The United States is inconveniencing the totalitarians both because of what it does (policies) and because of what it represents (freedom, democracy, capitalism).

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Youssef M. Ibrahim
 

Posted on: October 29th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

One of my most fun professional memories was when I walked endlessly, circling round and round and round that hall in Algeria in November 1988 with a burly, no-nonsense, and brilliant newspaper correspondent named Youssef Ibrahim, who was then working for the New York Times. Friendly, funny, sarcastic, and with absolutely no illusions or romanticism about the absurdities of Arab politics and the idiocies of Arab political ideology, Ibrahim’s only shortcoming is that there are not one thousand more exactly like him. If he was the kind of person leading Arab countries and people they would be far more prosperous, peaceful, happier and democratic.

Gazan women held the Qatari flag near the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in honor of visiting Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa.
 

Posted on: October 28th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

The visit of the Emir of Qatar to the Gaza Strip is certainly an important landmark on the course that the Hamas movement has been advancing since it took over the Strip in June of 2007. Hamas is trying its utmost to establish the independence of the Gaza Strip, vis à vis the PLO, the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Egypt, the Arab world and everyplace else as well.

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Posted on: October 28th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

A reader asks: “I agree that democracy and economic development are not panaceas for the Middle East, just as they are not for any other location on the planet. But aren't they a start? And since it is possible to chew gum and walk at the same time, does it hurt to at least pay lip service to doing things to bring the rest of the Middle East into the 21st century? And what would those things be in your opinion?” As you noted, both candidates in the presidential election spoke of economic development as a top priority in their Middle East policy. This sounds good to voters but is pretty meaningless.

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Meretz Chairperson Zehava Gal-On coined the nickname for the new mega-party on the right, which will likely deny the left access to governing for some time.
 

Posted on: October 26th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

The short announcement by the two men last night—there were no questions from the reporters in the room—described a logical union of Likud, with its 27 seats in the outgoing Knesset, and Yisrael Beitenu, with its 15 seats, to create a powerful new party with the potential to attract more seats than its sum total of 42.

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Posted on: October 25th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

One of President Barack Obama’s main themes has been to convince Middle Eastern Islamists and Arabs generally that America is not their enemy. But the reason this strategy never works is that the radicals, be they Islamists or nationalists, know better. They see the United States as their enemy and they are right to do so.

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Posted on: October 25th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

In the early dawn of 24 October, an arms factory in Sudan was attacked in the Yarmouk Industrial Complex approximately 6 miles south of central Khartoum. Video of the exploding building makes it clear that it was an arms factory, with an extended series of powerful secondary explosions characteristic of ammunition dumps. A Sudanese official claims that four Israeli aircraft conducted a strike on the factory.

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Posted on: October 24th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

Romney sees the Navy as a core element of our enduring strategic posture. For national defense and for the protection of trade, the United States has from the beginning sought to operate in freedom on the seas, and, where necessary, to exercise control of them. We are a maritime nation, with extremely long, shipping-friendly coastlines in the temperate zone and an unprecedented control of the world’s most traveled oceans, the Atlantic and Pacific.

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Posted on: October 23rd, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

A full analysis of the foreign policy aspects of the third debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Remember that the idea that someone “won” the debate in terms of an outside observer’s standpoint or even based on a poll is misleading. The only important thing is whether either candidate swayed additional voters to his side.

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
 

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

The news keeps getting worse. The Washington Free Beacon reports today that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has “blocked” four senior military officers from answering questions on the Benghazi attack posed by Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC).

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October Surprise
 

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

Are supposed negotiations with Iran the “October Surprise” intended to win the election for President Barack Obama, an Iranian trick for buying time, or both? The answer is both. It’s an incredibly transparent ploy though with the cooperation of the mass media such a gimmick might well have some effect.

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Manssor Arbabsiar
 

Posted on: October 19th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

Perhaps you remember an incredibly sensational story from back in October 2011 that after a brief period in the headlines disappeared completely. The U.S. government arrested an Iranian-American citizen in Texas and charged him with being an agent of the Iranian government who planned at Tehran’s behest to hire a Mexican drug gang to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in a fiery terrorist attack in Washington D.C. It would have been another September 11, albeit on a far smaller scale. Knowing about such an operation should have been a real game-changer for U.S. Middle East policy.

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Posted on: October 18th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

We’ve reached a watershed here, where we either live in our own heads affirming reality, regardless of spurious inputs from demagoguery or sentiment, or we give up on reality and let demagoguery and sentiment take over at the decision table. Did the president pull off a performance last night, in terms of sounding passionate and full of conviction? To some extent, yes. Does that mean he won the debate, or even achieved a draw with Romney? No.

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Obama with the sheikhs
 

Posted on: October 17th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

While foreign policy did not figure large in the second presidential debate, the Middle East again emerged as the overwhelmingly main international issue. In the beginning of the debate, President Barack Obama claimed that he put a high priority on energy independence, an assertion well refuted by Governor Mitt Romney. A president who wanted energy independence, from the unreliability of Middle East supplies, could easily expand oil drilling on federal land; the use of new technology to produce oil and gas; a major pipeline from Canada; and the continued production and use of coal for generating power. To do none of these things and put his effort into restricting traditional energy sources and push hard for untested, long-term, and failed “green energy” schemes subverts energy independence. But the main emphasis in the debate was on the Benghazi assassinations.

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obama teleprompter
 

Posted on: October 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

The short answer is: because he’s got nothing. There is no record to run on, no argument to make for four more years. The ideology that drives him is outdated and bankrupt. He has, in fact, implemented his policies – Republicans have had little means of stopping him – and those policies are the problem. But there’s a slightly longer answer too.

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Barack Obama at Cairo University
 

Posted on: October 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

One argument we will be increasingly hearing is that President Barack Obama couldn’t have done anything to change events in the Middle East. This is ironic of course because when things were going well he wanted to take credit as the inspiration for the "Arab Spring."

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
 

Posted on: October 15th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Recently, on this stage we have dealt with the increasing tension between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites in the Middle East. The coalitions, which are hostile to each other, reflect this inter-ethnic tension: on one side is the Shi'ite coalition that comprises Iran, Iraq and Hizb'Allah, which support the bloody, Shi'a-aligned Alawite regime, and on the other side is the Sunni coalition whose members are Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as a few other countries who offer background support, principally Jordan and Egypt. The war of Gog the Shi'ite against Magog the Sunni has been in progress since March 2011 on the soil of Assyria, modern Syria. Today we will focus on the Turkish-Kurdish-Egyptian triangle.

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Posted on: October 14th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

The Obama Administration's Middle East errors are deepened and the lessons of experience once again rejected in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s latest defense of these wrong-headed policies in a speech given at my first employers, the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. Her argument is that the United States should ignore violence and extremism while helping to build democracies. The problem is that most of the violence and extremism comes from forces that the Obama Administration supports or groups basically allied with those forces. The violence and extremism is the inevitable outcome, not a declining byproduct, of this process.

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Obama did nothing
 

Posted on: October 11th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

In other words, bad developments are sometimes reported though there is an attempt to explain it away. This does leave some margin for readers and viewers to use their brains. Are these explanations credible? Why do things keep getting worse? If Obama is such a big supporter of Israel why does he keep subverting its interests? If Obama has made people in the region love America why do they keep hating America? Come to think of it, if Obama is such a big supporter of America why does he keep subverting U.S. interests?

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