Making the Connection Israeli Corporations use MIDC to invest in Maryland

Panelists from the Israel Embassy answer questions at MIDC day in Washington, D.C. (Photos provided)

About 130 people turned out for MIDC day at the Israel Embassy in Washington, D.C., last month, hosted by the Maryland Israel Development Center. The attendees — a mix of businesspeople, academics and advocates from various Jewish organizations — mingled for an hour over food and drinks before listening to a panel discussion made up… Read More

Good or Bad? Area residents, clergy voice strong opinions about the United States’ nuclear deal with Iran


With an agreement having been reached between the United States and Iran, concerned citizens and clergy from the greater Baltimore region are beginning to weigh in. The agreement, signed July 14 in Vienna, will require Iran to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions previously imposed by the United… Read More

Merger Mess Clearer picture of Samsung anti-Semitism charges comes into focus

Only days away from a critical vote on a proposed merger that could shape the future of South Korea’s largest conglomerate and economic powerhouse, Samsung, the subsidiaries’ respective CEOs released a powerful joint statement attempting to distance themselves from a series of anti-Semitic attacks launched against one of the deal’s principals. After American hedge fund… Read More

Finally, Deal is Reached Agreement limits Iran’s nuclear abilities while lifting economic sanctions


Iran and a group of six countries led by the United States reached an agreement Tuesday morning that aims to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions. President Barack Obama said that because of the deal, “every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off.” The deal reached in Vienna was met… Read More

Iran Talks Extended Again Day-to-day negotiations punctuate the deal’s high stakes


Nuclear talks with Iran were extended yet again as negotiators continued to work toward a final deal. It was announced Tuesday that the current interim nuclear arrangement with Iran had been extended through July 10 to allow negotiators representing the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, China, France, Russia… Read More

Anti-BDS Section of Trade Bill in Danger of Non-Enforcement

Ben Cardin

Lawmakers are weighing their options following the announcement by the Obama administration that it will not enforce a provision in a recently signed trade bill that combats boycott efforts of Israel when it comes to settlements beyond the green line. In a statement released last week, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said: “By conflating Israel… Read More

Cuba in a Nutshell Visiting professor provides outlook on how U.S.-Cuba relations have evolved

Richard Feinberg says that although tensions have eased, U.S. investments, with some exceptions, are not tolerated in Cuba. (Provided)

About 200 people packed the room on the 21st floor of the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore on June 17 to hear renowned scholar Richard Feinberg present a lecture on relations between the United States and Cuba. Feinberg, professor of international political economy at the University of California, San Diego, began by discussing the… Read More

At Long Last State Department’s human rights report released after four-month delay

Secretary of State John Kerry, according to a spokesperson, is “very excited” about the release of the Human Rights Reports.
(United States Department of State )

The State Department was set to release the long overdue Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on June 25, after a delay, the longest ever, that spurred speculation in some political spheres that it was done in an effort not to upset Iran during ongoing nuclear negotiations, a charge the State Department denied. The Human… Read More

A Matter of Conversion Targeting modern Orthodox rabbi, Israeli rabbinate draws battle line

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, rabbi of the Jewish settlement of Efrat conducts the Pidyon HaBen ceremony for a 
30-day-old first-born son in Efrat, West Bank last month.
(Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

TEL AVIV — There’s no shortage of Israelis who want to reform the office of the Chief Rabbinate. Ranging from advocates of religion-state separation to leaders of Israel’s non-Orthodox movements to newspaper columnists, some want to end the Rabbinate’s monopoly over the country’s religious services; others want to dissolve it entirely. But this week, the… Read More