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Israel On The Outs Over Iran?

U.S. talk of thawing relations with Rouhani highlights rift with Jewish state.

10/01/2014
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Washington — Obama administration officials and Iran skeptics, chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are presenting starkly different outlooks of what the world would look like should negotiators meet a Nov. 24 deadline and strike a nuclear deal.

A view of the reactor at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in Southern Iran as the first fuel is loaded in 2010.

Why The U.S. And Israel Are Not Getting Along

Counting the ways, from each side’s perspective.

09/02/2014
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All is not well in the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Somehow, the 50 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas frayed ties between Washington and Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama meeting in the Oval Office in March.  Getty Images

Time To Reexamine US-Turkey Relations

Turkey took another step away from democracy and closer to becoming an extremist Islamist state and patron of terrorists this week when Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the country's first elected president.

He has said he wants to build a "new Turkey" that will respect the diverse views of his nation, but he is the one most responsible for the deep divisions that plague it and damaging its international standing. 

Poll: Four In 10 Americans Support Contraception Mandate

06/03/2014
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More than four in 10 Americans support the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate, which requires nonprofits and businesses to provide birth control even if they have religious objections.

Most Americans do not support the contraception mandate. RNS

Water As A Challenge, And Answer, In Mideast Peace Talks

03/19/2014
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Water is the common denominator of the human experience. Our home is called the Blue Planet because of the spacious amounts of water covering the earth. Adding to our shared experience, water makes up about 60 percent of our body mass, and water plays a significant role in the world’s religions. The three Abrahamic religions, born out of the waterless deserts of the Middle East, all use water in significant ways.   Yet, freshwater, literally our source of life, makes up only 2.5 percent of all of the earth’s water, and so we are not surprised when we look at the Arab-Israeli conflict, and discover that water factors as a source of confrontation.

Kerry’s Framework: Key To Mideast Peace

Former Shin Bet head Ami Ayalon is stateside to promote the two-state solution.

03/11/2014
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Ami Ayalon, a former head of Israel’s internal security agency, is a founder of Blue White Future, a nonpartisan political movement committed to a two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian peace. He was here this week for a town hall meeting organized by J Street’s $1 million national “The 2 Campaign” to build the “great constituency” Secretary of State John Kerry has called for to promote a two-state solution.

Ami Ayalon: Former Shin Bet head favors two-state solution.  Gili Getz

AIPAC Charts Roadmap

As confab nears, Israel lobby still trying to figure out its legislative agenda.

02/11/2014
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Washington — The highlight of AIPAC’s year is the final day of its annual policy conference, when thousands of activists ascend Capitol Hill to lobby for the passage of the organization’s legislative priorities.

 Senator Menendez: Hopes to avoid partisan process.  Getty Images

White House Names Envoy For Holocaust Survivors

01/28/2014
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The Obama administration named a special envoy to the Holocaust survivor community.

Aviva Sufian, a staff member at the Health Department’s Administration for Community Living, will be the special envoy for U.S. Holocaust survivor services, a White House announcement said Friday.

Split Over Tactics As Pollard Drive Heats Up

Link convicted spy to peace talks? Leaders divided on way forward after clemency fails.

12/31/2013
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After President Barack Obama again refused to include imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard on his Christmas clemency list, supporters of Pollard’s release are conflicted on how best to proceed.

Secretary of State John Kerry, here at a memorial service in November for slain Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. Getty Images

Understanding The Deal With Iran

Looking at the fine print of the agreement to curb the country’s nuclear program.

11/26/2013
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Tel Aviv — For the first time in a decade, the United States and a coalition of world powers have reached an agreement with Iran to curb the country’s nuclear program.

Is Iran deal a ‘historic mistake’ or a way to rein in the country’s nuclear program? Getty Images
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