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Stern: From a moral giant to ‘groveling’ at the feet of Iran’s ayatollahs


The following excerpts are from remarks by Sarah Stern, founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, at the organization’s annual “Rays of Light in the Darkness” dinner on June 18. From the abandoned missile defense treaty made […]

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Hamas cuts deals with Egypt, Israel as tensions with Palestinian Authority simmers

Egypt-Gaza border crossing at Rafah.

Special to Officials said Hamas is reaching out to Egypt and Israel as it can no longer rely on the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank for much-needed funding. As icy relations between the two main Palestinian factions have […]

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Israel tests effects of ‘dirty’ bomb detonation at Dimona facility


Special to By Backgrounder, Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Al Qaida and other jihadists have threatened to use a so-called “dirty” bomb. Also know as a radiological dispersion device (RDD), the dirty bomb […]

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Facebook officials grilled by Knesset after Israeli’s suicide

Ariel Ronas

Special to Social media shaming made its way to Israel’s Knesset recently after a Facebook accusation of racism led a 47-year-old Israeli to commit suicide. The Knesset’s Science and Technology Committee pressed Julie de Bailliencourt, Facebook’s safety policy manager […]

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Potential Israeli dilemmas: one Saudi, one Chinese

Chinese dredging vessels at the disputed Mischief Reef.

Special to By Norman Bailey Recently the persistent rumors of informal talks between Israeli and Saudi officials were confirmed. Such meetings have been taking place for a long time and continue. Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as some […]

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Israelis who count on U.S. recovery are dreaming


Special to By Norman Bailey The U.S. remains Israel’s most important market, but its economic recovery is stalling. In recent years the Israeli government and the Israeli private sector have been very busy diversifying export markets and sources of […]

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Netanyahu points to Iran-backed terrorism, holds out for ‘better deal’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  /AP/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool

Special to “Preventing Iran from being able to build nuclear weapons is the preeminent challenge of our generation,” and there is still time to stop a bad nuclear deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on June 7. Speaking […]

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Poll of Saudis identifies Iran as No. 1 enemy, not Israel


Special to Saudi citizens see Iran and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) as the top threats to the kingdom, a poll conducted in Saudi Arabia found. A majority of respondents also favored peace with Israel. In the […]

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Israel, Saudi Arabia held 5 secret meetings on Iran threat since 2014

Dore Gold

Special to Israel and Saudi Arabia have conducted five secret meetings since 2014 to discuss the rise of Iran and the impact on the regional balance of power. The meetings were revealed on June 4 at the Council on […]

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America’s crucial credibility abroad declines with the loss of trust — and respect


Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The retrenchment of U.S. foreign policy under Barack Obama is triggering major changes in relations with formerly stout allies around the globe. In Europe, Asia and the Middle East, trust in the […]

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