West Bank Jewish communities in existence for two decades now legal

BY EDMUND SANDERS, LA TIMES— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that his Cabinet has decided to retroactively legalize three West Bank outposts that previous governments had conceded were built without permission, marking the first step toward what critics fear will become Israel’s first official new settlements since 1990. Government officials said it was…

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Germany shows true colors on Iran

BY MICHAEL RUBIN, COMMENTARY— It’s all well and good for the Obama administration to brag about how its diplomatic approach has brought European states onboard with sanctions on Iran, but as the White House grants waivers for countries to give them more time to disentangle themselves from their Iran investments, German companies are showing they…

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Armenian genocide and international relations

By HAROUT HARRY SEMERDJIAN, JPost— While the modern-day Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923, eight years after its Ottoman predecessors embarked on a massive and systematic undertaking to rid the empire of its Armenian population, the country today often finds itself in diplomatic spats with various Western nations over its history. Outside the periphery…

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Obama at Holocaust museum: 'I’ll be there for Israel'

BY YITZHAK BENHORIN, YNET— In his first appearance as president at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, a solemn President Barack Obama announced on Monday a new crackdown on Iran and Syria and said the world must never again allow hatred to take root into the “madness” of mass atrocities. The president announced new sanctions on…

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Suspected cyber attack hits Iran oil industry

BY REUTERS— Iran is investigating a suspected cyber attack on its main oil export terminal and on the Oil Ministry itself, Iranian industry sources said on Monday. A virus was detected inside the control systems of Kharg Island, the country’s largest crude oil export facility, but the terminal remained operational, a source at the National…

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