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A conference in Erbil, Iraq, hosted by the Center for Peace Communications, September 2021. Source: Screenshot.

The story behind Iraq’s first pro-Israel conference

It was as remarkable as it was unexpected. More than 300 Iraqis, both Sunnis and Shi’ites, gathered at a conference in a hotel ballroom on Sept. 24 in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil...
A conference in Erbil, Iraq, hosted by the Center for Peace Communications, September 2021. Source: Screenshot.

A cautionary tale about Arab-Israeli normalization

Those picking up The Wall Street Journal on Sept. 24 got some good news about the cause of peace in the Middle East. On its opinion page was an article by Sheikh Wisam Al-Harden, an influential tribal leader...
Mithal Jamal Al-Alusi speaking at an event hosted by the American Jewish Committee in 2019. Credit: American Jewish Committee

Former Iraqi politician warns of Iran using Iraq as ‘a way station for weapons...

America’s retreat from maintaining a strong military presence and moral leadership in the Mideast and Asia is a strategic blunder that aggressive regimes, including Iran, will seek to use to their advantage, says one...
A menorah belonging to the great-grandfather of Daniel Pearl is lit by Judea and Ruth Pearl, his parents, at a Hanukkah celebration on Dec. 10, 2007, in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, D.C. Credit: White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.

Ruth Pearl, mother of slain Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, dies at 85

Ruth Pearl, the mother of slain Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl, died on July 20 at the age of 85. In 2002, Ruth Pearl and her husband, Judea Pearl, were thrust into international attention after Al-Qaeda...
Donald Rumsfeld. Credit: Jason and Bonnie Grower/Shutterstock.

Donald Rumsfeld’s legacy: a warning against American retreat

With ironic timing, the death of Donald Rumsfeld this week has occurred when American foreign policy is lurching in precisely the opposite direction to everything he stood for. His passing has provoked a renewed chorus...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman on May 26, 2021. Credit: U.S. State Department photo by Ron Przysucha.

Jordan is ‘the eastern security zone against Iran’

As the fallout from the latest Israeli conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip continues, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz has spoken repeatedly in recent days of the need to strengthen a “coalition of...

The Farhud pogrom: From Iraq to Israel

Rioters stormed the streets, lit synagogues on fire, looted and destroyed Jewish homes and stabbed a Jew in the back. No, it wasn’t 1938 in Germany or 1929 in Hebron. These riots were instigated...
Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI united for world peace and mankind coexistence, Rabat, Morocco, March 2019

Pope Francis and Part Two of the Abraham Accords

Our father, Abraham, has had a lot on his plate lately—always for the good of humanity, as is his habit. “Lech lecha,” the Creator commanded him, “go from your land and from your birthplace...
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin with Pope Francis on Nov. 15, 2018. Credit: Koby Gideon/GPO.

Pope Francis sends message to Israeli president, people during flyover

Pope Francis on Friday sent a message to Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin and the Israeli people during his flyover of the country en route from Rome to Iraq. “To His Excellency Reuven Rivlin, president of...

US sanctioning of Iraqi militia leader highlights Iran’s role in 2019 protests

The United States sanctioned Iraqi Popular Mobilization Committee chairman and former Iraqi National Security Advisor Falih Al-Fayyadh on Jan. 8 for his alleged connection to grave human-rights abuses. In a statement, the U.S. Department...