Middle East

Will Iranian Nukes Re-Elect Netanyahu?

The Tehran threat could yield political gains for Israel’s PM — or it could blow up his campaign.

10/03/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For weeks the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran threatened to upend the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. But now, it looks more likely that Iran will figure prominently in Israel’s elections next year.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed the cloud of possible war with Iran from the U.S. election when he told the United Nations last week (with the help of his by now famous bomb chart) that it would be take at least until spring 2013 to reach the “red line” for a military attack.

Netanyahu with his UN prop: Red-line diagram could be green light for campaign. Getty Images

El Al Ending Flights To Cairo

09/19/2012

El Al said it is discontinuing its weekly flights to Cairo.

In a letter published Sunday in the daily Maariv, El Al Airlines CEO Eliezer Shkedi said Israel’s official airline cannot afford the high security and operating costs for the nearly empty flights, according to news reports.

The airline declined comment. Irena Etinger, spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, confirmed the letter.

The letter, addressed to Lieberman, did not say when the flights would end.

Denying Reality Won’t Make It Go Away

08/28/2012
Editor And Publisher

How do you deal with Mideast heads of state who refuse to accept historical fact or reality?

Gary Rosenblatt

The Divide Between Israel And The U.S. Greater Than We Think

08/20/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

I write this editorial as I depart from Israel. I was here for four days to see the country, to better understand it and its people. I met with religious leaders and government officials, spoke to regular Israelis, and soaked in the sites that make Israel a cradle of civilization. I met with numerous leaders here, including Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Knesset.

Councilman Dan Halloran

Pranked Egyptians Show Hatred Of Israel

07/24/2012

Three Egyptian celebrities reacted violently after they were told in a prank that Israelis were interviewing them on a show they thought was German, according to a translation posted by The Middle East Media Research Institute’s (MEMRI), a pro-Israel group.

One of the Egyptians, actor Ayman Kandeel, assaulted the female interviewer.

The Real Challenge in the Middle East is Ideology

07/02/2012

Roger Garaudy, the French self-styled philosopher who died on June 13 aged 98, was an exceptional individual. And I don’t mean that as a compliment.

‘Flame’ Virus Attacks Middle East Computers

05/29/2012

A dangerous virus has reportedly struck nearly hundreds of computers in the Middle East, with the highest number coming in Iran.

Called the “most sophisticated cyber-weapon yet unleashed,” the virus attacked more than 600 computer systems in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority, Israel National News reported. 

Egypt’s Parliament: Remove Israeli Envoy, Stop Gas Exports

03/13/2012

The Egyptian parliament voted unanimously on a statement calling for the deportation of Israel’s ambassador and stopping gas exports to Israel.

The People's Assembly passed the resolution Monday night stating that the halting of gas exports is in protest against attacks by Israel on Gaza.

The measure also called for the withdrawal of the Egyptian ambassador from Tel Aviv, according to Al Masry Al Youm (the Egypt Independent) daily newspaper and a renewal of the Arab boycott against Israel.

New Iran Moves Fuel Fresh Debate

As ‘drums of war’ beat, can talks gain traction?

03/06/2012
Staff Writer

Just a day after Monday’s inconclusive U.S.-Israeli summit meeting aimed at forging a unified stance on Iran, the Islamic republic decided to open for inspection a secret military site believed key to its nuclear weapons program and the world powers agreed to restart talks with Iran aimed at ending that disputed program.

But the actions appeared to do little to salve those who fear Iran is determined to develop a nuclear bomb at all costs.

Any distance between them? President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at this week’s summit.

Israel Shifting Tone On Iran

After threats of an attack, a change as the rhetoric softens this week.

11/15/2011
Staff Writer

After much saber rattling about possible military action to halt Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, Israeli officials have changed tactics following the release of a report on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. 

“Now we’re not seeing talk of unilateral action but a call for a broader approach,” said Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University.

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