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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcoming Israel's 73rd Independence Day celebration. Source: Screenshot.

Blinken: US commitment to Israel ‘ironclad,’ welcomes more normalization agreements

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that America’s commitment to Israel is “ironclad,” and that he—and the Biden administration—supports more normalization agreements. Blinken appeared as part of a virtual event hosted by Israel’s embassy...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. in 2018. Credit: a katz/Shutterstock.

Abbas’s snubs work like a charm on Biden

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas may be facing serious challenges to his reign in Ramallah, but he’s having no trouble playing the powers-that-be in Washington. After four years of being called to task by...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Credit: mccv/Shutterstock.

Antony Blinken called the wrong guy

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In a phone call with a Middle East leader last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Palestinian Arabs are entitled to “freedom, security, prosperity and democracy.” Can’t disagree with a word of...
U.S. President Joe Biden signs a commission for Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce, March 3, 2021. Credit: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz.

Biden revokes Trump-imposed sanctions against ICC prosecutor

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U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday lifted the sanctions against International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that were imposed seven months ago by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump. The move was also directed at Phakiso Mochochoko,...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Credit: mccv/Shutterstock.

US blacklists two Iranian officials, families for human-rights violations

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The U.S. State Department designated two Iranian government interrogators of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Tuesday for their “gross violations of human rights.” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement: “I...
Former Jewish FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in March 2007 in Iran, was presumed dead by his family on March 25, 2020. Source: Screenshot.

Blinken urges Iran to release answers on death of former FBI agent Robert Levinson

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with the family of former Jewish FBI agent Robert “Bob” Levinson, who U.S. officials believe was abducted by the Iranian government more than a decade ago. “I was...
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Source: Joe Biden/Facebook.

US-Israeli security cooperation unlikely to change under Biden; Iran’s a different story

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As the incoming Biden administration continues to assemble its national security and defense teams, reportedly selecting the former commander of the United States Central Command Lloyd Austin III as Secretary of Defense, observers in...

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מע קען זיך צוהערן צו אַנדערע אַרטיקלען פֿונעם פֿאָרווערטס פֿאָרגעלייענט דורך שׂרה־רחל שעכטער, ווי אויך אַנדערע פֿאָרווערטס־רעקאָרדירונגען, דורכן קוועטשן דאָ. ווי איר האָט שוין אפֿשר געלייענט, האָט דער פֿריש דערוויילטער פּרעזידענט דזשאָו בײַדען אויסגעקליבן דעם ייִדישן...