Category Archive for: Israel and Middle East

What You Need To Know: Iran elections

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What You Need To Know: Iran elections Iranians will vote on February 26 for members of the country’s next parliament as well as its Assembly of Experts.  The parliament, also known as the Majlis, is Iran’s 290-member legislative body. Women and religious minorities are eligible as candidates.  The Assembly’s 88 members elect the Supreme Leader, which…



Washington Post: The mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debates

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Washington Post: The mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debates   By Tamara Cofman Wittes and Marc Lynch   Last year, six leading Washington think tanks presented more than 150 events on the Middle East that included not a single woman speaker. Fewer than one-quarter of all the speakers at the 232 events at those…



Politico: My Journey To Brussels’ Terrorist Safe Haven

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A former U.S. counterterrorism official says a recent visit to Molenbeek shows why ISIL is thriving in Europe. Politico: My Journey To Brussels’ Terrorist Safe Haven   By Matthew Levitt   BRUSSELS—The office of the mayor of Molenbeek municipality sits alongside a picturesque, typically European cobblestone square. Across the square, within plain view of the…



Future will be paved by relationships, says JCPA leader

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By Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer Pittsburgh (JC) — David Bernstein spent the morning of March 29 with insiders at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Over breakfast, Bernstein, the new president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, described the evolving nature of anti-Israel efforts on college campuses. Beginning with direct attempts made at university divestment from…



Why Dueling Camps On Israel Need Each Other

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By David Bernstein New York (JP) — The discourse between Jewish groups that engage in traditional Israel advocacy and those that attempt to alter the Israeli government’s stance on peace and human rights leaves much to be desired. The toxic discord is sad because it pits Jew against Jew. It’s sad because it makes it…



The Atlantic: The Obama Doctrine

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The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world.   The Atlantic: The Obama Doctrine   By Jeffrey Goldberg   Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered…



Urge Ambassador Power: Stop Iran’s Missiles!

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This month, the Iranian government launched several missiles; two of them, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency, were marked in Hebrew with the words “Israel must be erased.”  These recent launches are just the most recent of Iran’s repeated violations of UN Security Council Resolution 2231,  which specifically bans the country from testing ballistic…



Reuters: U.S. vows to push for U.N. action on Iran despite Russian opposition

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This article discusses the complexities of confronting Iran’s ballistic missile tests in the United Nations Security Council. Reuters: U.S. vows to push for U.N. action on Iran despite Russian opposition by Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau The United States on Monday vowed to continue pushing for United Nations Security Council action on Iran’s recent ballistic…



JCPA Condemns Attacks in Israel: “They must stop”

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Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – In the wake of yesterday’s terror attacks in Israel, the JCPA issued the following statement: The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemns yesterday’s terror attacks in Israel. Three different attacks in the span of a few hours, including a grisly stabbing spree in Jaffa, left one dead and…



Frank Fellows Reflection

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By Deborah Price On January 25, 2016, I curled up on my couch in my downtown St. Louis loft and flipped open my laptop to skim the news.  A story in the Times of Israel entitled “Israeli Man Fights off Palestinian Stabbers with a Supermarket Cart” caught my eye.  It featured an Israeli man named…