A growing debate within Israel over whether President Bush's Middle East policies really serve the interests of the Jewish state has spread to Washington, where influential voices within the US Jewish community are questioning the administration*
Nihad Awad, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations; John Mearsheimer, Co-Director of International Security Policy Program, Univ. of Chicago; Stephen Walt, International Relations Professor, Harvard University
If Israel asks, the US would "seriously consider" granting the Defense Ministry additional financial assistance because of the huge expenses incurred during the war in Lebanon, a high-ranking US diplomat revealed.
Israel's embattled leadership, discredited to an unprecedented extent by the Lebanon war and sex scandals, teetered Friday under calls for the prime minister, defense minister, and army chief to resign.
The agreements between Israel and the US regarding the use of the weapons are secret. It is not illegal under international law to use such weapons against enemy combatants. The US has used cluster bombs in Iraq, resulting in many civilian casualties
There is increasing evidence that Israel instigated a disastrous war on Lebanon largely at the behest of the US. The Bush administration was set on crippling Hezbollah. Hezbollah defied US efforts to democratize the region on American terms. The popu
The defense official blasted the US for "not doing enough" to stop Teheran's race to the bomb. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, he said, was leading the State Department in the direction of "appeasement."
Amnesty International has accused Israel of war crimes in its monthlong battle with Hezbollah, saying its bombing campaign amounted to indiscriminate attacks on Lebanon's civilian infrastructure and population.
Darkness had descended on the Bekaa Valley when the long convoy of cars snaked up a gentle slope toward Kefraya. In better times, the little town was celebrated for its wine. But to the Lebanese fleeing the war that night, it was a way station on the
The State Department is investigating whether Israel’s use of American-made cluster bombs in southern Lebanon violated secret agreements with the US that restrict when it can employ such weapons, two officials said.
With the purchase of two more German-made Dolphin submarines capable of carrying nuclear warheads, military experts say Israel is sending a clear message to Iran that it can strike back if attacked by nuclear weapons.
Police investigators conducted a search of President Moshe Katsav's home and offices on Monday night as part of their broad investigation into sexual harassment allegations aimed at the president. The police confiscated documents and computers
Hundreds of Israeli army reservists set up a tent city outside the prime minister's office to protest what they consider poor management of the war in Lebanon. Protesters held signs calling for the resignations of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defe
Syria is in the process of forming what an official from Syrian President Bashar Assad's Baath Party called the Front for the Liberation of the Golan Heights, a new "resistance" group that models itself after Hezbollah.
Lebanon had not even finished burying the dead from 34 days of war when the country's deep sectarian and political divisions split open again. That has shattered the semblance of unity that held, just barely, through the Israeli attacks against H
The Bush administration has agreed to a demand that a loan guarantee deal which allow Israel to borrow money on the international market for low interest rates be extended by an additional 3 years. Congress needs to approve the move.
Hezbollah volunteers proceeded with a vigorous and fast-paced reconstruction campaign, handing out grants of $12,000 - in stacks of American dollars - to families whose houses had been destroyed in the past month.
ISRAEL says countries which do not recognise it should be excluded from peacekeeping forces in Lebanon, amid faltering efforts to persuade countries to send troops to enforce a fragile UN-brokered truce.
A month of Israeli bombardment has inflicted a "disastrous" $3.6 billion worth of physical damage on Lebanon from which it could take years to recover, the country's reconstruction chief said on Friday.
[Told ya, suckers!] The Bush administration is scrambling to assemble a plan to help rebuild Lebanon, hoping that by competing with Hezbollah for the public's favor it can undo the damage the war has inflicted on its image and goals for the Middl
“We are Maronite Christians. We are neither with Israel nor with Hizbollah nor with any other party so why did they do this to us?” said Abu Hamad’s wife, breaking into tears.
“Their troops came and ruined the bedroom furniture. We threw out the c
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and the military’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, are all facing fierce, even vitriolic criticism in a country accustomed to swift and decisive battlefield triumphs against Arab enemies.
To enter southern Lebanon these days, you drive down roads where traffic is directed by young men in gray Hezbollah civil-defense-corps T-shirts, and past bulldozers from the Holy War for Reconstruction Company.
Ammar Balhas has had his house destroyed by Israeli bombardments three times in the past decade. But as he gazes at the pile of rubble that was home to him, his wife and eight children, he gives a phlegmatic shrug of the shoulders.
By surviving a ferocious month-long conflict with Israel, Hizbollah has foiled U.S.-Israeli hopes of destroying the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group and emboldened its allies in Iran and Syria.
The day after a tenuous U.N. truce took hold in Leba
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