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Begging for American interference

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Military officers in democratic countries have a difficult mission: to protect the people and to wage war at the command of their governments. It isn’t easy, and the Israel Defense Forces, like the U.S....
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as he arrives at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2014, for a day of meetings about Iran's nuclear program. Credit: U.S. State Department.

Kerry denies claim he informed Iran of Israeli strikes in Syria

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U.S. Special Climate Envoy John Kerry on Monday denied allegations that he had discussed covert Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria with Iran’s foreign minister. “I can tell you that this story and these...
American and Israeli waving in the blue sky. Credit: ChiccoDodiFC/Shutterstock.

AIPAC applauds lawmakers for backing full US aid to Israel, without conditions

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AIPAC applauded the overwhelming majority of members of the House of Representatives on Thursday who signed a letter urging U.S. aid to Israel to be fully funded in the federal budget without condition, contradicting a handful...
A system security specialist working at System Control Center. Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock.

Bipartisan bill to boost cybersecurity cooperation between US and Israel

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill this week intended to foster closer cooperation in cybersecurity between Israel and the United States. If passed, the U.S. Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act—made up of Senate...
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon. Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.

Danon: US Jewish leaders can either support community or re-enter Iran deal

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American Jewish leadership must choose between either supporting its constituents or a Biden administration that seems to be in a rush to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations...
The Iranian nuclear program's heavy water reactor near Arak. Credit: Nanking 2012 via Wikimedia Commons.

Jerusalem limits focus to ‘influencing’ nuclear deal, Israeli TV report says

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Concluding that Washington is “rushing towards” a nuclear agreement with Iran, Jerusalem is limiting its goal to “influencing” the deal as much as it can, Israel’s Kan 11 TV reported on Tuesday. According to the report, Israel...
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...
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin meet in Tel Aviv on April 11, 2021. Credit: Ariel Hermoni/Israeli Defense Ministry.

US secretary of defense arrives in Israel amid Iran tensions

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin touched down in Israel on Sunday for his first official visit to the country. The visit comes in the shadow of growing military tensions between Israel and Iran,...
Then-IDF Brig. Gen. Tal Kalman, Aug. 2, 2018. Source: IAF/Twitter.

Iran and Israel’s strategic paradox

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The past year was very good for Israel, security-wise. The number of attacks was relatively low, and the intensive focus on the pandemic (and elections) pushed aside issues that in normal times would have...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Jonathan Pollard to Israel at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Dec. 30, 2020. Pollard is a former U.S. Navy analyst who served 30 years in prison after being convicted of spying for Israel. Credit: Courtesy.

‘I don’t regret helping my people and my land’

On Nov. 21, 1985, at 10 a.m., Jonathan Pollard and his then-wife arrive at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. He still recalls what happened in those moments, second by second, as if they had...