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Analysis

Israeli gov't has exaggerated Iranian nuclear threat for years

Analysis: A leaked Mossad report suggests Israel's own spy agency disagrees on the threat posed by Iran. ... Read more»

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Syria uses chemical weapons against rebels, Israel says

For the past month, in increasing tones even if not on-the-record, Israeli military intelligence officers have claimed there is evidence that Bashar al-Assad is using chemical weapons, specifically Sarin, a nerve gas, against rebel forces.... Read more»

Iron Dome: Israel’s game-changer

Israel's touted Iron Dome anti-missile system has taken on the aura of a semi-superhuman piece of machinery — as if it were something out of Skyfall — during the rain of missiles that have come during its conflict with Gaza.... Read more»

U.S. and Israel hold largest joint military exercise ever

If there was any doubt about the degree of cooperation between the top military brass of Israel and the United States, the coming month should put those doubts to rest.... Read more»

U.S. war game reveals dangers of Israeli strike on Iran

A U.S. war game showed that an Israeli strike against Iran and retaliation from Iran could pull the United States into the conflict and leave hundreds of Americans dead.... Read more»

Abbas makes bid at U.N. for Palestinian statehood

President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority formally requested that the Security Council elevate Palestine to full United Nations membership on Friday.... Read more»

Protests grip Israel

Massive protests centered on rental prices and scarce public housing continue to roil Israel as the movement rolled into its fourth week. This weekend saw the largest demonstrations yet. (with video)... Read more»

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Netanyahu calls 1967 boundaries 'indefensible'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech Monday that Israel must be mindful of its security and therefore cannot return to the 1967 borders.... Read more»

Obama, Netanyahu meeting cordial, but tense

Talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Barack Obama went better than planned, both sides said Friday before emphasizing that differences remained between the two leaders and their visions for Palestinian-Israeli peace.... Read more»

Analysis

Obama's call for Israel to return to 1967 borders a bold move

In his speech Thursday, President Barack Obama made it clear to both the Israelis and the Palestinians the status quo was "unsustainable," and that "Israel must act boldly to advance a lasting peace."... Read more»

Obama offers aid to Mideast nations

President Barack Obama on Thursday promised new aid to nations that embrace democracy while condemning attacks on demonstrators, notably in Libya and Syria. In a speech meant to define U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama also announced $1 billion in debt relief for Egypt and another $1 billion in loan guarantees for both Egypt and Tunisia. ... Read more»

Analysis

Arab spring could sweep in changes to U.S. policy

The hot winds of change in the Middle East will present a challenge for what is shaping up to be a crucial policy speech by President Obama.... Read more»

World leaders praise news of bin Laden's death

World leaders are praising the news that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist, has been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.... Read more»

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah announce unity deal

Rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, announced Wednesday in a surprise move that they have reached an agreement to reunite their governments after years of fighting, arrests and vicious attacks. The factions said they will create an interim unity government and hold elections within a year.... Read more»

Israel allows 800 Egyptian troops into the Sinai

Israel has allowed Egypt to move about 800 troops into the Sinai peninsula for the first time since the countries signed a 1979 peace treaty.... Read more»

Analysis: If Mubarak falls in Egypt, will Israel lose an ally?

Israelis are watching with growing wariness the burgeoning protests against President Hosni Mubarak's regime, a long-standing pillar of Israel's regional standing with which the Jewish state shares a peace treaty and strategic cooperation.... Read more»

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