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No More Mr. Nice Guy for Barack Obama

By Reuters

Just two weeks before his second inauguration, President Barack Obama is acting as if he believes he has a big mandate for his next term. The latest sign: his decision to defy a concerted campaign against his choice for defense secretary.Read More


Egyptian Quits After Calling for Return of Jews

By JTA

Essam al-Erian, an advisor to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, resigned days after calling for Jews to return to Egypt and leave Israel to the Palestinians.Read More


Israel Steers Clear of Chuck Hagel Dispute

By Reuters

A senior Israeli diplomat has given a positive view of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as U.S. defense secretary, though some commentators in the Jewish state expressed worries that the choice could open a new fissure in bedrock ties with Washington.Read More


Chuck Hagel Would Be War Skeptic in Pentagon

By Reuters

A decorated Vietnam veteran acutely aware of the limits of military power, Chuck Hagel is likely to favor a sizable drawdown in Afghanistan, more frugal spending at the Pentagon and extreme caution when contemplating the use of force in places like Iran or Syria.Read More


Chuck Hagel: 'Total Support for Israel'

By Forward Staff

Pentagon nominee Chuck Hagel says he looks forward to facing his critics, especially from the pro-Israel community, who he said have “completely distorted” his record.Read More


Can Natan Sharansky Settle Western Wall Feud?

By JTA

He stood up to the KGB and survived the gulag. Now, Natan Sharansky is asked to find a solution to the growing battle over women’s prayer restrictions at Judaism’s holiest site.Read More


Vatican Rejects Catholic Sect's Criticism of Jews

By Reuters

The Vatican on Monday dismissed anti-Semitic comments by the head of a rebel Catholic traditionalist group, saying the Roman church did not see Jews as enemies.Read More


Chuck Hagel Faces Fight on Two Fronts

By Reuters

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator, as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA, urging the U.S. Senate to confirm them quickly.Read More


Chuck Hagel Gets Backing From Jewish Democrats

By JTA

The National Jewish Democratic Council said it was confident Chuck Hagel would follow what it called President Obama’s “unprecedented” pro-Israel record.Read More


Austrian Jews Warn of Rising Anti-Semitism

By JTA

The number of anti-Semitic incidents documented in 2012 by Austria’s Jewish community has doubled from the previous year, the leader of Vienna’s Jewish community said.Read More


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