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April 21, 2002 | JONATHAN D. JACOBY, Jonathan D. Jacoby is a consultant for Jewish organizations.
In my 30 years of working on behalf of Israel, I cannot remember a time when an administration official was repeatedly forced by hecklers to stop speaking at a major pro-Israel rally--until last week. At the Solidarity with Israel rally in Washington, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz, one of the Jewish community's most steadfast allies, was booed and jeered by rabble rousers when he said "innocent Palestinians are suffering and dying in great numbers as well." The disrespect shown Wolfowitz appalled the demonstration's organizers.
August 27, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Israel endured dozens of Scud missiles launched by Saddam Hussein's forces, but refrained from retaliating because of U.S. concern that Israeli involvement would fracture the international coalition it had built against Iraq. As the United States prepares for a possible military attack against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons, Israeli leaders are making it clear that they have no intention of standing down this time if attacked.
April 14, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir returned from the United States today saying he had halted a decline in U.S.-Israel relations. "At the end of the visit, I feel that what was done stopped the sense of deterioration of relations which are very important to us," Shamir told reporters at Ben Gurion Airport. "I came to the United States at a time when Israel was attacked and slandered daily in the media because of the disturbances in Judea, Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza."
December 5, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton indicated Wednesday that Washington is as concerned about Syria's chemical weapons falling into the hands of Syrian rebels as it is about the possibility that Syrian President Bashar Assad  may decide to deploy them. “Our concerns are that an increasingly desperate Assad regime might turn to chemical weapons,  or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within Syria,” Clinton told reporters at the end of two days of NATO ministerial meetings in Brussels.
March 18, 1987
Thank you for your editorial (March 6), "Spying: Punishment and Rewards." If I hear one more of our elected officials tell us what a great ally Israel is for this nation, I'll scream! We see just how Israel is able to manipulate our legislators because of the strong lobby that controls our elected politicians, through campaign contributions. Israel has been responsible for instigating Irangate and paying the traitors Jonathan and Ann Henderson Pollard to spy against our country for them.
July 24, 1988
With regard to your editorial "Arms and the Middle East" (July 14), I was struck by this piece as well as the front-page article "China-Syria Missile Deal Concluded, Officials Say," by Jim Mann. While your editorial seeks to question the prudence of the Congress and the pro-Israel lobby in seeking to block arms sales to Arab states on the premise that arms sales provide "useful influence," you report that the Chinese have, in fact, completed an arms arrangement with the Syrians. Isn't there a major discrepancy between your appeal for the continuation of U.S. involvement with Arab states in arms transactions, where you argue that such sales do not weaken Israel's security or change the balance of power in the Middle East, and the reality that arms transfers, including the announced Chinese-Syrian missile deal will have a significant impact on that region's political and military stability?
May 18, 2009 | Dore Gold, Dore Gold heads the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He served as Israel's ambassador to the United Nations from 1997 to 1999, during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first term.
If you've read the commentary in the media about today's summit meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama, you are no doubt expecting a tense encounter between two leaders with fundamentally divergent views of what needs to be done in the Middle East. But the truth is that much of this analysis is mistaken because it overstates the purported differences and underestimates the fundamental strategic interests that both countries still very much share.
March 16, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A behind-the-scenes look at Israel and U.S. policy in the Middle East will be offered at a Sunday brunch at the Mission Viejo Lodge of B'nai B'rith. Johanna Rose, area director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and a member of the editorial board of Hadassah Southern California Newsletter, will speak at the 11:30 a.m. meeting. The program will be at Villa Del Sol, 23792 Marguerite Parkway. Cost is $8.50 a person.
October 3, 1985
Aside from being a full-time apologist for Israel, Kirkpatrick engages in systematic perversion of fact. While she eagerly labels the Palestinians and the PLO as terrorists (during World War II I remember popular radio programs that referred to such groups as commandos, guerrillas, freedom fighters, or loyalists), she is quite incapable of labeling Israel's murder of innocent civilians in Lebanon as state terrorism. It is with good reason that Kirkpatrick and her Gang of Seven were not highly regarded at the U.N. Kirkpatrick and her double standard manifest a bankrupt belief that we must support Israel at any cost.
November 30, 2012 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations General Assembly voted by a lopsided margin over U.S. and Israeli objections to grant Palestinians an enhanced status that acknowledges their long-cherished goal of statehood. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas won 138 of the assembly's 193 votes Thursday - including those of several key European states - for his proposal to have the group's standing upgraded to "nonmember observer state" from "nonmember observer entity. " It was the use of the word "state" that was most important to Palestinians.
October 14, 2012 | By David N. Myers
In August 2009, an Israeli academic and political activist by the name of Neve Gordon published an Op-Ed article in the Los Angeles Times in which he reluctantly called for a gradual international boycott against his own nation. Gordon felt that such dramatic action was required to overcome the deep structural inequities between Jews and Arabs in Israeli society and the occupied territories, and to force the government back toward the goal of a two-state solution. Three years later, Gordon's academic home, the Department of Politics and Government of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is on the verge of being closed down by the Israeli Council for Higher Education, a highly unusual act in Israel.
September 22, 2012 | By Ned Parker and Reem Abdellatif, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - It was a recent Saturday night at the U.S. Embassy and a delegation of more than 100 American business leaders was rubbing shoulders with Egyptian counterparts, some of them affiliated with the newly dominant Muslim Brotherhood. Hassan Malak, a longtime Brotherhood leader, sat on a couch in deep conversation with an economic official from the embassy as executives from Boeing and Cisco floated through the crowd. Malak, who made his fortune selling furniture and software, was blunt.
September 10, 2012 | By Paul Richter and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is rebuffing Israeli pressure to sharpen its threats to Iran over its disputed nuclear development program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Sunday for the United States to declare "red lines" over Tehran's nuclear program, warning that otherwise, Iranian officials wouldn't take seriously Washington's implied threat of military action. "The sooner we establish one, the greater the chances that there won't be a need for other types of action," he told Canada's CBC News.
December 4, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
At an Iranian military base 30 miles west of Tehran, engineers were working on weapons that the armed forces chief of staff had boasted could give Israel a "strong punch in the mouth. " But then a huge explosion ripped through the Revolutionary Guard Corps base on Nov. 12, leveling most of the buildings. Government officials said 17 people were killed, including a founder of Iran's ballistic missile program, Gen. Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam. Iranian officials called the blast an accident.
November 2, 2011
In past decades, Palestinian nationalists thought they had to hijack planes or blow up Israeli civilians in order to attract international attention. Some still do, but moderate leaders are lately discovering that the path to recognition might lie instead through the United Nations. On Monday, they won a key victory when Palestine — a state that doesn't technically exist — was granted membership in the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. That's giving the Obama administration fits and angering pro-Israel members of Congress from both U.S. political parties, but regardless of how one feels about the proper borders of Israel, the Palestinian switch to a diplomatic strategy represents progress.
May 18, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is back on the tightrope. The last time he tried a high-stakes balancing act with rival Hamas, he famously plunged off the wire. After the militant group won parliamentary elections in 2006 and was promptly boycotted by Israel, the U.S. and Europe, an attempt at a unity government unraveled into open warfare between the rival Palestinian factions. But in the wake of a May 4 reconciliation deal with the Islamist Hamas, which the U.S. and Israel label as a terrorist organization, he's gambling on a better safety net this time.
March 25, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has reached Southern California healthcare facilities, according to a study released Thursday by Los Angeles County public health officials. Researchers found 356 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae , or CRKP, at healthcare facilities in Los Angeles County, mostly among elderly patients, said author Dr. Dawn Terashita, a medical epidemiologist with the county Department of Public Health. "We think that this is increasing," Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's public health chief, said of the infections.
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