Russia

Once A Prop For Anti-Semites, The Talmud Makes A Comeback In Russia

08/18/2016 - 12:03

(JTA) — A century ago, passages from the Talmud were translated into Russian to be used as evidence in the anti-Semitic show trial of Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Jew charged with — and eventually acquitted of – murdering a Christian boy.

The cover of a new Russian translation of the Talmud. (Courtesy of Knizhniki publishing house)

New Fears Over Russia’s Role In Syria

Is policy reassessment imminent?

03/01/2016 - 22:30
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — The Quneitra Overlook rest stop at the eastern edge of the Golan Heights border with Syria offers a front-row-seat look into a country decimated by five years of civil war.

Syria’s Bashar Assad: A boost from Putin.

Trump: What If?

Donald Trump has one great advantage over all the other presidential candidates:  he has no set of core beliefs.  He reminds me of that old Groucho Marx line, "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."

He's the current frontrunner in a close race with Ted Cruz with the rest of the field training far behind.  The GOP establishment wishes both would go away, but they're warming to Trump because they think he'd have a better chance of winning in November and can't stomach Cruz.

Judge Orders Opening Of 1950 Testimony That Implicated Ethel Rosenberg

05/26/2015 - 20:00

A federal judge has ordered the opening of grand jury testimony in the 1950 case of convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg shortly before their execution for espionage in New York, 1953. Getty Images

Raids To Rid Russia Of Nazi Imagery Run Amok

Pulitzer-Prize winning ‘Maus’ is trashed

04/27/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In an attempt to rid Moscow of all Nazi imagery, bookstores mistakenly trashed the Pulitzer-Prize winning graphic novel, “Maus,” which tells the story of a Jewish family during the Holocaust.

The novel, written by cartoonist Art Spiegelman, portrays Jews as mice and Germans as cats in order to illustrate the horrors of Nazism and the concentration camps. The novel displays a caricature of a swastika on the cover.

Art Spiegelman poses in front of his work at an exhibition in Paris in 2012. Getty Images

Iran Focus Shifts To Weapons Deal

Russia’s move could end up favoring Hamas, Hezbollah.

04/14/2015 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The recent deal between the world powers and Iran heightened the debate between Israel and the Obama administration about whether the agreement will push Tehran farther away from nuclear weapons, or leave it on the precipice of becoming the newest nuclear power.

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Arming Iran. Getty Images

Putin Lifts Ban On Russian Air Defense Missile Sales To Iran

04/13/2015 - 20:00

President Vladimir Putin of Russia lifted a ban on the sale of an advanced Russian missile defense system that could reinforce Iran’s defense of its nuclear facilities.

How Obama Should Deal With Bullies

They know when you’re bluffing, and only back down when they’re convinced you mean business.

03/24/2014 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

President Obama is getting beat up pretty bad lately — from the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Syrian President Bashar Assad, who are testing his foreign policy moxie. Also from much of the press, world opinion and national polls, for not standing up to the above, and for projecting a sense of weakness from the leader of the world’s most powerful nation.

Gary Rosenblatt

Will Ukraine Crisis Have Fallout For Iran Nuclear Talks?

Most foreign policy experts say stakes are too high for Russia to use issue against West.

03/10/2014 - 20:00
JTA

Washington — The world powers holding a new round of nuclear talks with Iran starting next week are divided by another issue of geopolitical importance: the crisis in Ukraine.

The first fuel is loaded at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant in August 2010. Getty Images

Crimea River Of Complexity

Ukraine conflict has ripple effect on Mideast crises, given Russia’s key role.

03/03/2014 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Russia’s military takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea couldn’t seem more distant from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through Washington this week for White House talks with President Obama, many officials and analysts back home see the potential for fallout in places like the Middle East.

The Russian incursion into Crimea, at the direction of President Vladimir Putin, is complicating the Mideast picture.Getty
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