Ceasefore ends, Gaza airstrikes back in force

Ceasefore ends, Gaza airstrikes back in force

Israeli warplanes carried out 30 air strikes over Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians, as militants fired six rockets into Israel, leaving international mediators scrambling to rescue ceasefire talks. Gaza emergency services said two men were killed in a strike on a motorcycle in Al-Maghazi camp and that the bodies of three others were pulled […]

Veterans, Israel fare well in Congress

Veterans, Israelis and governors and local officials have clout in the halls of Congress

Veterans, Israel fare well in Congress

In more than five years in Congress, Republican Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana recalls voting only once for emergency spending that raised the federal deficit. That was this week, on a bill to improve health care for veterans, and it helps explain the lineup of winners and losers in the hours before Congress began a […]

Congress steadfast over support for Israel

Congress steadfast over support for Israel

Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel. While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military operations. Many […]

New nuke deal with Iran leaves Israel with few options

New nuke deal with Iran leaves Israel with few options

After feverishly trying to derail the international community’s nuclear deal with Iran in recent weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu now has little choice but to accept an agreement that he has derided as deeply flawed. Netanyahu believes the six-month deal leaves Iran’s military nuclear capabilities largely intact, while giving Iran relief from painful economic […]

Obama visits Isreal amid low expectations

Obama visits Isreal amid low expectations

President Barack Obama faces a stony reception when he travels to the West Bank on Thursday for talks with Palestinian leaders who accuse him of letting Israel ride rough-shod over their dream of statehood. Obama has said he will not bring any new initiatives to try to revive long-dormant peace talks and has instead come […]

Obama faces new problems in a remade Mideast

Obama faces new problems in a remade Mideast

On his second trip to the Middle East as U.S. commander in chief, President Barack Obama this week will confront a political and strategic landscape nearly unrecognizable from the one he encountered on his first trip to the region shortly after assuming office in 2009. Gone are the authoritarian regimes and leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, […]

Obama set to defend policies on Israel

Obama set to defend policies on Israel

President Barack Obama is fighting back against Republicans who claim he is not fully supporting Israel, saying the efforts by his opponents are playing politics with the volatile middle east. Still, Obama is treading politically-sensitive waters Sunday when he tried to defend his differences with the Jewish state over Iran’s nuclear program in a speech […]

Worldview on Obama: He’s a failure

Worldview on Obama: He’s a failure

Barack Obama’s plummeting job performance ratings at home are nothing compared to the worldview of the American President — especially in the troubled Mideast where candidate Obama promised a different approach. Both sides of the Mideast debate agree on one thing: Obama the President is a failure and both the Israelis and Palestinians blame him […]

Helen Thomas in firestorm for remarks about Israel

Helen Thomas in firestorm for remarks about Israel

Legendary journalist Helen Thomas dared speak out about Israel last week and she’s paying for it. Nine Speakers Inc., which represented Thomas on the lucrative public speaking circuit, announced Sunday that it no-longer represents the acid-tongued Thomas . “It is with a heavy heart that Nine Speakers Inc. announces its resignation as the agent for […]