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New Jersey Senate Candidate Cory Booker Knows His Torah. So What?

How the Newark mayor’s adopted Jewish identity—shaped by his Orthodox mentors—reflects his unique brand of politics

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Russia’s Middle-East End Game, at the Hands of the Post-Soviet Grandmaster

Why Putin believes U.S. policies in the Middle East since the Arab Spring have been misguided, unprincipled, and dangerous

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Rahm Emanuel Is a Terrible Dancer After All

Despite having been a dance major during college

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Will Egypt Save Itself From Total Collapse by Going to War With Israel?

Agents of Influence: With the nation divided, in turmoil, and lacking hope for peaceful prosperity, a Middle East neighbor has reason to fear

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As Chinese-Israeli Relations Enjoy a Second Honeymoon, America Frets

The last time China and the Jewish state drew close, the United States drove them apart. Now there’s even more at stake.

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Mideast News Site Offers Diverse Voices—but Often Parrots Syrian Regime

Al-Monitor, a D.C.-based website, publishes Washington bigwigs, Israeli columnists, and, worryingly, Hezbollah-aligned writers

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Daybreak: Shimon Peres’ Big Birthday

Barbra Streisand and Bill Clinton toast Israel’s president on his 90th birthday

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Debating the Syrian Muddle

Arms, no-fly zones, interventions, and confusion

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How Plato and Aristotle Help Us Understand the Tyranny of Bashar al-Assad

Today’s upheaval in the Arab world has antecedents in past revolutions. So, why are the lessons lost on U.S. policymakers?

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Obama’s Turkey

The president’s favorite Muslim democrat is turning into just another Middle Eastern despot

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Sundown: The Obama Push for Peace Continues

Israel takes another small step toward Haredi conscription

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Neighborhood Bully

Why the Israel Defense Forces hit Syria—and why they believe that Assad won’t hit back

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Parsing an Israeli McDonald’s Ad (and Burger)

President Obama and the Big America Burger

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Sundown: ‘We Will Keep Going’

President addresses Boston memorial, anti-Semites push conspiracy theories

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Daybreak: Obama Failing on Iran, Israel, Guns

But here’s Cynthia Ozick on the Belieber question

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Behind Obama’s Turkey Win

How Bibi Netanyahu handed the American president a big trophy—and got what Israel wanted all along

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A Very Israeli Take on Obama’s Speech

Ori Rosen, an Israeli student, writes in to weigh in

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Full Video of the Obama Jerusalem Speech

Plus a surprising video from the ADL

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Daybreak: Obama Exits Stage East

Plus two tourists, including an Israeli, are kidnapped in Sinai

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Sundown: Israel Toasts President Obama

Meanwhile, chaos in Syria takes a major Assad ally

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What Hasn’t Obama Said to the Israelis Yet?

We’ll know in a few minutes

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Daybreak: Gaza Rockets Fired, One Hits Sderot

Plus Obama says settlement freeze shouldn’t be a precondition to peace talks

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Bibi: ‘Fully Committed’ to Two-State Solution

And other highlights from Bibi-Obama Press Conference

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Breaking: President Obama to Make Aliyah

Nefesh b’Nefesh stages its biggest coup yet

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Imagining the Obama-Bibi Gabfest

Three subjects—Iran, the Palestinians, and Syria—will surely be the subject of tonight’s dinner in Jerusalem

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Sundown: Rallies for Pollard Release Continue

Meanwhile, some pushback on Pollard as well

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The Israeli Embassy’s Insane Obama Trip Video

It may or may not include the theme to  the ‘Golden Girls’

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America’s Anti-Gun Theocrats

Should rabbis and other clerics engage in politics? Only, it seems, if they support liberal policies.

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Sundown: The Conclave Picks a New Pope

Plus is the new pope good for the Jews?

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Obama to Break Bread with Black Miss Israel

Dinner with Ethiopian-born Yityish Aynaw on president’s Israel itinerary

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