Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.


Israel Blames Attacks on Syria-Iran Axis

By Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.

Israel is pointing to this week’s Hezbollah raid as proof of its contention that Syria and Iran are leading a coordinated terror front, which includes Hamas and Hezbollah.After two Israeli soldiers were abducted Wednesday by Hezbollah militants operating out of Lebanon, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert issued a warning to Beirut, as well as toRead More


Facing Gaza Withdrawal, Egypt Eyes Larger Role in Peace Process

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.

Egypt is stepping up its involvement in Israel-Palestinian negotiations and pressing to revive a postponed Arab League summit in advance of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s visit to the United States, which is set for later this month.The Arab nation has also reportedly proposed establishing a new leadership for theRead More


Arab States Mulling Endorsement of Geneva Initiative

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.

several middle east countries are discussing ways to endorse the recent unofficial peace agreement known as the geneva understandings, according to an american scholar who played a key role in promoting a previous arab-backed peace initiative.Henry Siegman, a former head of the American Jewish Congress and longtime supporter of a two-stateRead More


Behind Warnings to Damascus: Reassessment of Younger Assad

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting By Ori Nir in Washington.

A sudden flurry of U.S. warnings to Syria in recent days indicates that Washington has undertaken what Israel and its supporters here have been urging for months: a comprehensive reassessment of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.In the past two weeks, while U.S. troops were taking control of neighboring Iraq, a string of top American officials —Read More


With ‘Road Map’ Set, Battle Shifts To Its Implementation

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Having apparently failed to secure any changes to the internationally sponsored “road map” to peace, Israel and its supporters in Washington are gearing up for diplomatic battles over the plan’s implementation.The Israeli government said this week that it would submit 15 proposed amendments to the document, which is expected to be releasedRead More






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