On Ice Treasury Department freezes assets of Hamas leaders, financiers

Four Hamas financiers and a company used to funnel millions of dollars to the Palestinian terrorist group had their assets frozen by the Department of the Treasury last week. Hamas political bureau member Salih al-Aruri, senior Hamas financial officer Mahir Jawad Yunis Salah, Abu Ubaydah Khayri Hafiz al-Agha and Mohammed Reda Mohammed Anwar Awad were… Read More

‘The Right Path’ Kerry offers impassioned defense of Iran Accord as deal’s victory clinched

PHILADELPHIA — In what could have been the first leg of a victory lap now that the survival of the Obama administration’s key foreign policy achievement is virtually assured, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to the birthplace of the United States Sept. 1 to lay out in the starkest and most comprehensive terms yet… Read More

Witnessing History Nuremberg Trials bring back pain, agony

It is almost 70 years since the Nuremberg Trials started Nov. 20, 1945. My brother-in-law, Shabtai Klugman Schonfeld, z’l, was the only Jewish survivor war correspondent invited to the trial. He was permitted to bring two guests at each session. I attended around 15 sessions. I lived in Weiden, Bavaria. The evening before I took… Read More

Done Deal 41 senators back Iran agreement

The nuclear agreement with Iran will likely survive the Senate, as President Barack Obama on Tuesday garnered the final votes he needed to block a vote on a resolution of disapproval. In quick succession, three Democratic senators — Ron Wyden (Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), both Jewish, and Gary Peters (Mich.) — announced they would vote… Read More

‘Everything I Believe In’ Meet J Street U’s new Muslim president, Amna Farooqi

Amna Farooqi, the new president of J Street U, the campus branch of the liberal, self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group, is a Muslim of Pakistani descent. She has no plans to convert to Judaism, though she does consider herself “culturally Jewish,” having grown up in heavily Jewish Montgomery County. She has long been open about… Read More

Will He or Won’t He? On Iran deal, both sides are counting on New Jersey senator

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) finds himself in the unenviable position of being caught between his president and his friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. As a rising star in the Democratic Party, Booker likely is being counted on by President Barack Obama to ensure that his promised presidential veto of a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal… Read More

Grounded! American Airlines cancels Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route

PHILADELPHIA — Getting a nonstop flight to Israel from the Mid-Atlantic region will become a lot more challenging come 2016. American Airlines announced late last month that it will no longer operate nonstop service between Philadelphia International Airport and Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv as of January. “Although the route has been a source… Read More

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

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