Yasir Arafat

Candidates Agree On Pressuring Iran

In "capital of the world," mayors need foreign policy, Lhota says.

09/23/2013
Assistant Managing Editor
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In a rare show of accord, both major candidates for mayor on Monday called for continued U.S. pressure on Iran to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons, as the country’s new president heads to Manhattan for the United Nations General Assembly.

President Hassan Rouhani’s overtures to the West, as he tries to strike a more conciliatory tone than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have won him open ears in the State Department.

But Republican Joseph Lhota and Democrat Bill de Blasio joined a chorus of public figures outside UN headquarters calling for vigilance.

"We won't be fooled again," says de Blasio, left. "Words are not as important as actions," says Lhota. Adam Dickter

Arafat Exhumed For Poison Investigation

11/27/2012

The body of former Palestinian Authority President Yasir Arafat was exhumed Tuesday to test whether he died of radioactive poisoning.

Samples were taken by a Palestinian doctor under the supervision of Swiss, Russian and French experts. The body then was reburied, according to reports.

Analysis of the samples reportedly will take several months. Many Palestinians continue to believe that Arafat was poisoned by Israel because he was an obstacle to peace. Israel has denied any involvement.

Mubarak Remembered With Mixed Emotions

06/19/2012
Staff Writer

News that deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was near death late Tuesday was greeted by Israelis with remorse.

“He will be remembered as a partner for peace,” said Yoram Meital, chairman of the Herzog Center for Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University. “He will be remembered as a very strong leader.”

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