Mar 16, 2015

Blair poised to step back from Mideast role: report

Tony Blair is poised to step back from his role with the diplomatic Middle East Quartet, the Financial Times reported Sunday, citing several people familiar with the situation. The former British prime minister has discussed his position with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ...

Islamic State video shows child killing 'Israel spy'

Mar 11, 2015

Islamic State video shows child killing 'Israel spy'

The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday that purports to show the killing of a Palestinian man accused of being a spy for Israeli intelligence. In the 13-minute video posted online, a militant and a boy dressed in camouflage stand behind a man ...

Netanyahu plays the security card

Mar 6, 2015

Netanyahu plays the security card

by Gwynne Dyer

Israelis really don't need proof that the Iranians are actually working on nuclear weapons. Their anxiety on the issue is so deeply rooted that it resists all the reassurances by Israel's own military and intelligence communities that Iran is not working on such weapons.

Mar 6, 2015

PLO body to end security cooperation with Israel based on Oslo accords

The Palestinian Liberation Organization’s central council decided Thursday to end security cooperation with Israel, in a potentially explosive move after the Jewish state cut off a key source of funds. The PLO council decided “to stop security cooperation in all its forms with the ...

Mar 5, 2015

Israel to double water supplies to Gaza Strip amid tensions

Israel will double the amount of water provided to the Gaza Strip, despite a bloody war last summer against the territory’s Hamas rulers, defense officials said Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the commander of Cogat, the defense agency that deals with Gazan civilian affairs, ...

Netanyahu adds to history of dramatic speeches to Congress

Mar 3, 2015

Netanyahu adds to history of dramatic speeches to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech Tuesday has already roiled Washington. That’s because a foreign leader denouncing U.S. policy from within in the House of Representatives chamber, the grand hall of American democracy, upends nearly two centuries of tradition. In a preview of ...