IDF Retaliates, Barak Vows to 'Return Quiet to South'

By CHANA YA’AR, ARUTZ 7— The IDF retaliated — again — against Gaza terrorist rocket and mortar attacks Wednesday morning with tank fire and air strikes, as Defense Minister Ehud Barak vowed to “return the quiet to the south.” Two explosions struck Gaza City, according to Palestinian Authority Arab witnesses in the area quoted by…

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Two different views for changing Middle East

By ILAN BERMAN, USA TODAY— Monday night’s debate on foreign policy between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, saw plenty of tactical agreement on issues such as strengthening sanctions against Iran and the need for a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. But at least one topic — how America should approach the Middle East…

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Israel, Iran appear as top issues in presidential debate

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST— During the debate, which was devoted to foreign policy, both candidates said they would stand by Israel should it be attacked by Iran. “If Israel is attacked, America will stand with Israel,” US President Barack Obama said when asked that question by moderator Bob Schieffer. GOP challenger Mitt Romney echoed…

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Jimmy Carter says Mideast peace is 'vanishing'

By AP— Former US President Jimmy Carter said Monday during a visit to Jerusalem that the prospect of an Israel-Palestinian peace accord is “vanishing,” blaming Israeli settlement of the West Bank. Carter, a longtime critic of Israeli policies, called the current situation “catastrophic” and blamed Israel for the growing isolation of east Jerusalem from the…

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Libya, Jordan and Obama's guiding lights

By CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST The operational, intelligence and political fiascos that led to and followed the September 11 jihadist assault on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, all derive from the same problem. That problem is the failure of US President Barack Obama’s conceptual framework for understanding the Middle East. The Islamic revolutionary wave sweeping…

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Political Memory- Aryeh Deri and the Oslo Agreement

By RON JAGER– The popular ultra-Orthodox Israeli politician Aryeh Deri is preparing a comeback after a 13-year hiatus that included a prison term for accepting bribes. The charismatic Deri, 53, was a rising young star who transformed Shas from a small, niche party into a major factor in Israeli politics before he went to prison.…

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Netanyahu says he doesn't know of any U.S.-Iran talks

By NEWSMAX— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he didn’t know about any U.S. plans to talk bilaterally with Iran, saying tougher sanctions and a “credible military option” were the best ways to peacefully halt Tehran’s nuclear program. The White House had earlier denied a New York Times report that Washington and Tehran had…

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Netanyahu under pressure regarding Israel's biblical heartland

By RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself under increasing pressure both for and against adopting a recent study concluding that the Jews have a legal and historical right to resettle Judea and Samaria. Judea and Samaria are, of course, the biblical heartland of ancient Israel, a region central to the…

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Hamas airs film detailing Shalit's kidnapping

By ANNIE LUBIN, ARUTZ 7— The people of Gaza rejoiced Thursday, as they commemorated the one year anniversary of what they perceive as a victory — Israel’s freeing of 1,027 prisoners in exchange for the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive by terrorists for five years. As part of the celebration, Hamas’s…

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