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How Obama Should Deal With Bullies

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

03/25/2014
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.

03/11/2014
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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.

03/04/2014
Israel Correspondent
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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

Iran Sanctions ‘Harmed By The Shutdown’

Obama administration makes case that gov’t shuttering undermining efforts.

10/16/2013
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Washington —  Is the U.S. government shutdown undermining the sanctions that helped bring Iran to Geneva this week for talks aimed at ending the standoff over its nuclear program?

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies this week before the House Foreign Affairs Commitee.

With Deal Struck, Pro-Israel Groups Suspend Lobbying For Syria Strike

09/17/2013
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Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speak during a Sept. 12 press conference. Getty Images

Leaked Report: U.S. Has Counterintelligence Operations Against Israel

08/30/2013
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The United States works actively to thwart spying by Israel on the U.S., just as it does against enemies like Iran, China, Russia and Cuba, according to a secret report published by the Washington Post on Thursday.

Netanyahu Visits Russia Amid Missile Flap

05/17/2013

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia amid concerns that Russia is planning to sell an advanced air defense system to Syria.

PresenTense Joins JDC In Russia

02/07/2012
Staff Writer

Russia has long been known for its musicians — and for the grueling conservatories in which those musicians are trained. The notion of learning and playing an instrument for pleasure is a foreign one, but with the support of PresenTense, the Jewish social entrepreneurship incubator, Sergey Novikov is trying to change that.

Sergey Novikov, seated at left, plans to build an anti-conservatory as a member of PresenTense’s first Moscow fellowship class.

White House Briefs Jewish Leaders On Quartet's Mideast Statement

09/26/2011

Top White House officials briefed Jewish community leaders about a Quartet statement urging Israelis and Palestinians to return to talks with no preconditions, a key Israeli demand.

"The Quartet reiterated its urgent appeal to the parties to overcome the current obstacles and resume direct bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations without delay or preconditions," said a statement released Friday evening by the grouping of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union that guides Middle East peace talks.

Tightening The Syria Noose

After weeks of ratcheting up the criticism and pressure, President Obama has finally explicitly called for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to resign. He intensified sanctions on by freezing all assets of the regime under American jurisdiction and imposing other tough measures, but he ruled out “foreign intervention.” 

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