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UN’s 1,300 observers at loose ends after fleeing to Israel from Syria’s Golan Heights

UN observers on patrol in 2012 at the Golan Heights.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United Nations monitoring force is struggling to operate after fleeing Syria’s Golan Heights. A UN report said its monitoring force has been hampered by the loss of its bases in Syria as well as […]

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Wake up call: Where is Obama’s foreign policy revolution taking America?

A Hizbullah bomber killed 241 at a U.S. Marines barracks near Beirut on Oct. 23, 1983. / AP

Special to By Adam Turner Sometimes, the Obama Administration’s vaunted “smart diplomacy” can take your breath away. Take, for instance, the report that President Obama is considering sanctions on Israel for ongoing “settlement” construction in East Jerusalem. After initially […]

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Hamas conducting daily test launches of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea

Rockets are being test-launched almost daily from Gaza. / Reuters

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas has conducted a series of launches as part of efforts to produce a long-range rocket. Israeli and Palestinian sources said Hamas has been firing rockets nearly daily from bases in the Gaza Strip […]

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U.S. grants reprieve on aid to Egypt after lobbying from Saudis, Israel, Jordan, UAE

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States, after withholding military aid for more than a year, has granted a reprieve to Egypt. Congress has passed a spending bill that revises U.S. civilian and military assistance to Egypt. Under the […]

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Germany emerges as leading supplier to Israel’s navy

Meko A-100 corvette.

Special to LONDON — Germany plans to subsidize an Israeli procurement of naval corvettes. The German government said it would contribute to the purchase of four corvettes for the Israel Navy. The government said the subsidy for Israel was […]

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Israel reports another major gas find in Mediterranean

The Tamar gas field is 90 kilometers west of Haifa. / AP / Albatross Aerial Perspective

Special to TEL AVIV — An Israeli consortium has reported another major natural gas reserve in the eastern Mediterranean. The consortium said its three-dimensional seismic survey discovered a reserve with some 3.2 trillion cubic feet of gas. The so-called […]

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Israeli NSC’s annual brief: Iran threat is enhanced with Al Qaida offshoots massed on borders

Susan Rice and Yossi Cohen, respectively the U.S. and Israeli national security advisers, at the White House on Oct. 30. / White House

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel’s Cabinet has been briefed on regional threats. On Dec. 7, the Cabinet attended an annual briefing by the National Security Council on regional threats. Council director Yossi Cohen cited Iran as a leading security […]

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U.S. downsizes rebel forces in Syria after their defeat by Al Qaida’s Nusra

U.S.-backed rebels in Syria got their pink slips for Christmas.

Special to NICOSIA — The United States has suspended funding to most Sunni rebel militias in Syria who had complained that funding and arms they received was sporadic and inadequate. Opposition sources said the State Department halted salaries to […]

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Palestinian Authority suspends security ties with Israel after official died during demonstration

Ziad Abu Ain, facing Israel police at center left,  was leading a protest against Israeli settlements. / when the confrontation took place. / Abbas, Momani / AFT / Getty

Special to RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority has suspended security cooperation with Israel in wake of the death of a Cabinet minister during a clash in the West Bank. Officials said the PA has been ordered to suspend security […]

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Israel’s military granted emergency budget to compensate for Hamas war

IDF forces on patrol near Jenin. / AP

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel’s military, seeking to replenish armaments after the Hamas war, has been tentatively given a nearly $1.5 billion supplemental budget for 2015. Israel’s parliament has signaled its approval for additional funds to pay for the […]

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