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Daily Archives: February 17, 2021

U.S. President Ronald Reagan with Secretary of State George Shultz outside the Oval Office on Dec. 4, 1986. Credit: Reagan White House Photographic Collection via Wikimedia Commons.

Master diplomat George Shultz, and his interworking with Soviet and Jewish affairs

The long-term secretary of state, George Shultz, who died on Feb. 6 at the age of 100, will be remembered most for his negotiations on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987 and the...

Looking Beyond “America First”: Thought-Based Legal Strategies for Long-Term Survival

“The egocentric ideal of a future reserved for those who have managed to attain egoistically the extremity of `everyone for himself’ is false and against nature.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man From...
A view from Mount Bental, overlooking the border with Syria, in the Golan Heights on Aug. 22, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Report: Prisoner exchange in works between Syria, Israel

A prisoner exchange in the works between Israel and Syria was reported on Wednesday by Syrian state media and foreign sources. The release allegedly involves two Syrians who are prisoners in Israel and an Israeli...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2021. Source: Screenshot.

The issue is Biden not wanting to help Bibi, not a phone conversation

Most of those debating when President Joe Biden is going to finally pick up the phone and call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are either overestimating or underestimating the significance of this kerfuffle. The...
In the midst of coronavirus travel restrictions, the Israeli government enabled 6-year-old Benjamin from Ethiopia to come to Israel for urgent cardiac treatment, Feb. 12, 2021. Credit: SACHS.

Israeli government flies 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia for cardiac treatment

The Israeli NGO Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), along with the medical team at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, has provided life-saving treatment to thousands of children from around the world in the...
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Biden officials ‘recalibrating’ ties with Saudis, opening ‘path to diplomacy’ for Iran

Officials in the Biden administration announced a shift in U.S. Middle East foreign policy on Tuesday towards a more critical stance on Saudi Arabia while opening the door for direct diplomacy with Iran. In a...
Moderna CMO Tal Zaks speaking at the Birthright Excel Israel Summit virtual conference. Source: Screenshot.

Moderna’s Tal Zaks: US-Israel exchange of ideas based on sanctity of life, belief in...

The Birthright Israel Excel Summit took place virtually through Feb. 11 and included more than 5,000 students from more than 100 universities worldwide. Organized by Harvard and Columbia students, it featured keynote speakers such...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) with Health Minister Yuli Edelsten (far right) and the 4,000,000th Israeli vaccinated against COVID-19 on Feb.16, 2021. Credit: Koby Gideon/GPO.

Netanyahu urges those over age 50 to get vaccinated ASAP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a fervent appeal on Tuesday to the 570,000 people over 50 years old in Israel who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19. “Almost 100 percent of the deaths...
A meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Germany urges Iran not to block IAEA inspectors from nuclear sites

A German diplomat said on Tuesday that if Iran follows through on its threat to block International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors’ access to its nuclear sites, the move would be “completely unacceptable.” “We urge Iran to refrain...
French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the G20 summit on July 8, 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons via Russian Federation.

French lawmakers pass bill to combat Islamist extremism, separatism

France’s National Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday trumpeted by President Emmanuel Macron as a means to address the problem of Islamist extremism and separatism. “It’s an extremely strong secular offensive,” French Interior Minister Gerald...