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U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Credit: John Papadopoulos/Shutterstock.

Left-wing Jewish groups urge Biden not to enforce Trump’s ‘Made in Israel’ label policy

Six left-wing Jewish organizations asked the Biden administration on Tuesday to revoke a policy by the former Trump administration to label goods from Judea and Samaria, more commonly known as the West Bank, as...
Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaking on Aug. 3, 2016. Credit: Tim Brown/U.S. State Department.

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as next US ambassador to UN

The U.S. Senate confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Tuesday as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The final vote was 78-20. The 35-year veteran diplomat and Louisiana native will arrive in the backdrop of U.S. President Joe...
U.S. President Joe Biden salutes as he disembarks Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., prior to boarding Air Force One to begin his flight to New Castle County Airport in New Castle, Del., on Feb. 5, 2021. Credit: Official White House Photo by Carlos Fyfe.

Can Biden’s zeal to deal work better than ‘maximum pressure’?

If, as a New York Times headline noted, Israel’s reaction to the news that the United States is ready to start talking with Iran was “muted,” there was good reason for the low-key reaction. U.S. Secretary of...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas casts his vote at P.A. headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Dec. 3, 2016. Photo by Flash90.

Living in Israel, voting in the PA

In 1996, Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem, which lies within Israel’s sovereign borders, took part in elections in the Palestinian Authority, thereby smashing a taboo. Israel, under the leadership of Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon...
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken meets with U.S. President Joe Biden at the U.S. State Department on Feb. 4, 2021. Credit: U.S. State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha.

Biden administration: Ready to restart talks with Iran on nuclear deal

The Biden administration made its first major step towards reviving the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, announcing that it has agreed to meet with Iran and other world powers involved in the 2015 agreement. “The...
Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Through its Yemen maneuver, the Biden administration is giving a free pass to Iran

The Biden administration removed the Houthi rebels (Ansar Allah) in Yemen from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations on Feb. 16 after they were added to the list by the previous administration in January, shortly before...
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...
Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alevi (right) sitting next to Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei. Source: Khamenei.ir.

Despite appearances, Iran’s intelligence minister hasn’t broken ranks

Iran’s Tasnim news agency (affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) has strongly criticized Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi over his remarks in a television interview regarding the future of Iran’s nuclear program and the investigation...
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in March 2016. Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO.

Jerusalem and the new administration in Washington

What does it mean for Israel that the free world has a new leader, U.S. President Joe Biden? Will it be a “third Obama presidency,” based on coldness towards Israel, or will Biden choose to...
U.S. President Biden on the campaign trail in Henderson, Nev., on Feb. 14, 2020. Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore.

Biden says no to lifting Iran sanctions before Tehran complies with nuclear deal

U.S. President Joe Biden told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he would not lift sanctions on Iran as a way of persuading it to return to the negotiating table, and that it would...