Syria

Syrian Chemical Weapons Removed. Maybe

After weeks of delay and excuses, the last of Syria’s known stocks of chemical weapons have been shipped out of the country for destruction abroad, according to the U.N. monitoring organization, the New York Times reported today.

Historic Damascus Synagogue Destroyed

05/28/2014
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A historic synagogue on the outskirts of Damascus was destroyed amid fighting in Syria’s civil war.

IDF Ship Intercept ‘Saved Israeli Lives’

03/06/2014
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The Israeli Navy intercepted an Iranian ship in the Red Sea early Wednesday and found long-range, military-grade surface-to-surface rockets hidden behind containers holding bags of cement. Israeli officials said the rockets were bound for terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Terrorism Expert: New Beirut Blast Further Tie To Syria Civil War

01/03/2014
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A car bomb exploded in Hezbollah’s southern Beirut stronghold yesterday, reportedly killing five and injuring at least 20 in what an Israeli terrorism expert said is further evidence that the civil war in Syria is spilling over into Lebanon.

UN Envoy: We Won't Accept Bad Deal On Iran

'Mistrust of past is deep,' Samantha Power, top U.S. diplomat, tells ADL at centennial gathering; vows to stand up for Israel in world body.

10/31/2013
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America's top envoy to the world community, Samantha Power, told leaders of the Anti-Defamation League Thursday that the Obama administration stands firm against Iran's nuclear program and isn't weakening its position, despite emerging dialogue between the two countries.

"No deal is better than a bad deal" on nuclear disarmament, said Power, who succeeded Susan Rice as United Nations Ambassador in August. "We will not accept a bad deal."

Power talk: "On my watch we will push ceaselessly for further inclusion of Israel in regional groups." David Karp for ADL

Congress Must Affirm A Credible Military Threat Against Iran

09/30/2013
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In the last two weeks we have witnessed potentially historic diplomacy in the Middle East. One hopes that this yields a safer Middle East and lessens the likelihood of the United States or Israel engaging in dangerous military operations. As the President pursues diplomacy with Syria and Iran, the U.S. Congress must reaffirm the tough policy positions that have gotten us to this point.

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Helping Syrian Refugees

The president of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding says aid to refugees in Jordan is a Jewish imperative.

09/24/2013
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Georgette Bennett, president of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, spearheaded the effort with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) that led to the creation of a coalition of 16 Jewish organizations to aid Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan.

Georgette Bennett

Obama, Netanyahu To Meet At White House

09/18/2013
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President Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House to discuss the peace talks with the Palestinians and developments in Syria.

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

Jerusalemites Relax, Focus On Holidays Instead of Gas Masks

09/17/2013
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Jerusalem – Israel breathed a collective sigh of relief this week.

In the days before Yom Kippur on Saturday and the start of Sukkot on Wednesday night, between concern over a possible with Syria and the announcement of a tentative deal brokered by the United States and Russia, Israelis turned from thoughts of missile attacks to attention to the last of this month's series of Jewish holidays.

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