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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Hezbollah: Uncertain future, but still dangerous

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 23, 2012

TEL AVIV -- Hezbollah may have hurt Israel with last week’s bus bombing in Bulgaria, but the Lebanese terrorist faction faces an uncertain future as one of its main sponsors -- Syria’s Assad regime -- faces a serious revolt and weakening support from...

Enough Already!

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished May 30, 2012

Sadistic Syrian leader Bashar Assad must be ousted from power at the earliest possible date, to stop the blatant atrocities occurring in that nation. To do so, the international community must put vastly more pressure on Assad’s regime, both diplomatically...

Editorial: It’s Never Easy

Published April 18, 2012

As Israel prepares to mark its 64th anniversary as an independent Jewish State, which has prided itself from its inception as being “the only democracy in the Middle East,” matters of national security continue to erode some of its time-honored principles....

Assad family, insiders slammed with new sanctions

JTAPublished March 23, 2012

E.U. foreign ministers are slapping new sanctions on the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, three other Assad family members, and eight Syrian government ministers, according to reports. The new restrictions, which are slated to go into effect on...

Hamas reportedly turns against Syria

JTAPublished February 26, 2012

Hamas reportedly has turned on its former Syrian sponsors. "I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform," Reuters quoted Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas leader of the...

Syrians demonstrating in the coastal city of Banias against the
regime of hard-line leader Bashar Assad in the spring of 2011.

As Syria crackdown intensifies, debate rages over U.S. options

By Zach Silberman, JTAPublished February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON—As the Syrian government intensifies its assault on opposition strongholds, the debate is heating up in Washington over how to end the bloody crackdown and bring about regime change.The Obama administration has tried to ratchet up pressure...

Israeli-Arabs demonstrate against Assad

JTAPublished February 19, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Arabs demonstrated against Syrian President Bashar Assad a day after the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution condemning his crackdown on dissenters. The General Assembly voted Feb. 16 by a vote of 137 to 12 with...

Turkish FM: We will never endorse striking Iran

JTAPublished February 10, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Turkey will never endorse a military strike on Iran, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a Washington audience. "A military strike is a disaster. It should not be an option, especially at this turning point in our region," he said...

Editorial: Russian to Judgment?

Published February 8, 2012

In what should not have been a surprise to those who view the foreign policies of Russia and China in historical context, those two autocratic regimes used their veto to block even a watered-down resolution calling upon Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad...

Hamas leader heading to Iran

JTAPublished January 31, 2012

Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip, will visit Iran. Haniyeh is going to Tehran at the invitation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad amid reports that relations between Hamas and Iran have soured because...

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Making sense of the mounting Mideast morass

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished August 17, 2011

The so-called "Arab Spring" which began on such hopeful notes a few months back has since morphed into a "Long, Hot, Arab Summer of Discontent." The confusing array of new developments has included setbacks to the interests of Israel and the United States....

Editorial: Talk Isn’t Cheap

Published August 10, 2011

Egyptians or Americans upset about United States offers of aid to groups promoting democratic principles ought only look a few hundred miles north to Syria. The latter country is suffering the worst of the violent and depressing stresses that occur so...

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