Jan 16, 2015

Abe leaves for Mideast tour to back peace process

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Friday for a nearly weeklong tour of the Middle East, seeking to boost Japan’s engagement in the region. Abe chose Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories to kick off his first diplomatic tour of 2015. He will express ...

Jan 16, 2015

Hezbollah chief threatens to attack Israel over Syria strikes

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah threatened in an interview Thursday to retaliate against Israel for repeated strikes on Syria and said he has missiles that can hit the Jewish state. Nasrallah told Al-Mayadeen television that his powerful Shiite movement has had Iranian Fateh-110 missiles that ...

Jan 15, 2015

Netanyahu returns fire over Erdogan jibe on Paris rally

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who blasted him this week for “daring” to attend an anti-terror solidarity march in Paris. “I believe his shameful remarks must be repudiated by the international community, because the ...

Jan 12, 2015

Jews mull leaving France amid increasing anti-Semitic attacks

From the vicious rape of a woman because her partner is Jewish to last week’s deadly shooting at a kosher supermarket, a soaring number of anti-Semitic attacks is making many Jews wonder if they should simply leave France. “If I were 30, I would ...

Snow forecast takes Holy Land by storm

Jan 7, 2015

Snow forecast takes Holy Land by storm

With memories still fresh of the Holy Land’s worst storm in 50 years last winter, Israelis and Palestinians stocked up on supplies for a forecast heavy snowfall on Tuesday. The approaching storm, due to peak on Wednesday, was expected to be lighter than in ...

Jan 6, 2015

Israel approves plan to strengthen economic links with Japan

The Israeli Cabinet has approved a plan to expand economic relations and cooperation with Japan that calls for a 45 percent rise in Japanese tourists by 2017 and a 50 percent increase in Japan-bound exports to $1.1 billion per year by 2020. Prime Minister ...