Cardin Will Oppose Iran Deal

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On Friday, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said he will vote against the Iran nuclear agreement. The junior senator from Maryland wrote in an op-ed published in The Washington Post, “This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal. The JCPOA legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program. After 10 to… Read More

‘We’re Not Giving Away Anything’ Obama takes Iran pitch directly to Jewish community

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In an address to American Jews on Aug. 28, President Barack Obama insisted that the agreement negotiated between world powers and Iran blocks the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons without limiting the United States’ options in case of violations. “This deal blocks every way, every pathway Iran might take to obtain a nuclear weapon,”… Read More

Mikulski Support Hands Iran Deal Victory to Obama

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Maryland U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) announced her support Wednesday for the nuclear agreement with Iran. Mikulski’s support for the deal brings the number of senators in favor to 34. That’s the number of votes that President Barack Obama needs to sustain a veto. Republican majorities in the House and Senate are expected to pass… Read More

Tourism to Israel Is Down, but Optimism Abounds Despite decline in visitors, experts remain positive about country’s tourist offerings

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Senior reporter Marc Shapiro recently traveled to Israel as part of a Jewish press trip that was sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The weeklong trip, from July 22 to 28, allowed Shapiro and seven other journalists to travel throughout the country to Jerusalem, the Negev Desert, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and more. The following articles… Read More

What happens next? With a vote on Iran nuclear deal approaching, expert weighs in on likely outcomes

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Congress has less than a month left to review the Iran nuclear agreement before it comes to an expected vote in mid-September. Despite opponents lobbying hard and spending millions to sway undecided lawmakers, President Barack Obama may still get his way, the Senate majority leader said recently. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to the Associated… Read More

Museum on the Seam: Not Your Average Art Venue Jerusalem sociopolitical art museum in danger of shutting down

A banner declaring “The Revolution Is Not Over” greets museum visitors. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

When people think of Jerusalem, biblical history comes to mind: the Western Wall, the Old City and other sacred relics of the past. But situated in a modest building on the borders of Mea Shearim, Musara and East Jerusalem is what one might call an anomaly for Jerusalem, a contemporary art museum with alluring and… Read More

Israel’s Biblical Chef Moshe Basson’s culinary creations draw from the Torah and his multiethnic upbringing

Above: Chef Moshe Basson, known as Israel’s Biblical Chef, speaks with a group of journalists at his restaurant, The Eucalyptus. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

Many people connect to the earth by going on hikes, connect to the Bible by going to synagogue or church and connect with food by eating and cooking it. For Chef Moshe Basson of The Eucalyptus in Jerusalem, all of those pieces come together in his work. From picking his own herbs and vegetables to… Read More

Matisyahu calls festival cancellation ‘appalling, offensive’

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American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu spoke out against the organizers of a Spanish festival that canceled his performance because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood. On his Facebook page Monday, a day after festival organizers announced that he was no longer invited to perform there, Matisyahu said the festival organizers had asked him “to write… Read More

Reparations How much should the PLO pay in terror compensation?

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The Obama administration on Monday cited potential economic and political repercussions to the Palestinian Authority when it asked a federal judge to “carefully consider” the amount of bond he will require for the PA to appeal large damages awarded to American victims of terror. At the conclusion of a lengthy civil trial in February, the… Read More