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President Joe Biden participates in his first official press conference Thursday, March 25, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. Credit: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz.

How Biden is smashing America’s moral compass and dragging the West behind it

For eight years, the administration of former President Barack Obama behaved as if the security needs of the State of Israel were such an irritating impediment to American foreign-policy aims that it had no...
U.S. Capitol at dusk as seen from the eastern side, Washington, D.C., 2013. Credit: Martin Falbisoner via Wikimeda Commons.

Is bipartisanship on Iran a lost cause?

On its face, it seems like very good news. A pair of gestures—a letter from members of the House of Representatives and a resolution introduced in the chamber—aimed at restoring a vestige of bipartisanship...
President Barack Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a phone call from the Oval Office, Monday, June 8, 2009. Credit: White House/Pete Souza.

Report: Obama offered Syria Israeli withdrawal from Golan Heights

Just a few months before the Syrian civil war erupted in March 2011, the Obama administration offered the Assad regime an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for severing ties with Iran...
Marc Nozell from Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

For Obama, Israel was ‘No Promised Land’

Barack Obama was one of the least qualified presidents when it came to knowledge of foreign policy, and that ignorance was reflected in his policymaking. This was especially true in the Middle East, where...
President Barack Obama exchanges a wave with Alya Dorelien Bitar, one-year-old daughter of Maher Bitar, the outgoing National Security Council Director for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, and his wife, Astrid Dorelien, during a family photo in the Oval Office, Sept. 21, 2015. Photo: Pete Souza/White House.

Biden appoints Palestinian American to key intelligence role

U.S. President Joe Biden has appointed Palestinian American Maher Bitar to the role of senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, according to a report in the political journalism site Politico. Maher served...
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in March 2016. Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO.

The changing of the guard in US-Israel relations

Like many American policies now expected to undergo an about-face following the inauguration of 46th President Joe Biden, U.S.-Israel relations may be gearing up for a great reset. The past four years featured punishing sanctions...
Saul Berenthal (front left), 75, was born and raised in Cuba but left for Miami in 1960, following the 1959 Castro revolution. He is pictured here in Havana, cruising around in a classic 1950s American-made car. Credit: Courtesy.

‘Jewbans’ prosperous in America, while brethren in Cuba ‘hangs on the precipice’

Experts in global Jewish history believe that highlighting minority voices within the Jewish community has the power to honor its nuances and interconnectedness. JNS’s new series highlighting Jewish ethnic minorities aims to elevate their...
Former U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement on the Iran nuclear agreement in the East Room of the White House on July 14, 2015. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Will Biden follow Obama’s path on Iran or forge his own?

One of the top foreign-policy issues President-elect Joe Biden will be forced to address upon taking office in January will be the Iranian threat. During the campaign trail, in what was seen as a dig...
President-elect Joe Biden speaking in Gettysburg, Pa., on Oct. 7, 2020. Source: Joe Biden/Facebook.

Biden administration will likely seek to make its own stamp on Mideast, say experts

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s yet-to-be-confirmed victory over incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump has ushered in a flurry of questions in Israel over what a Biden-Harris administration would look like and how it would differ...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivering remarks at Ariel University along with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. Credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO.

With bilateral agreements, Trump administration reverses Carter, Obama settlement policies

Less than one week before Americans will decide whether to entrust President Donald Trump with another four years in office, the current administration completed its reversal of a legacy U.S. policy prejudiced against Israeli...