COLUMBUS — When Mikaela Koski traveled to Jerusalem in June, she never expected that she’d return home a month later knowing how to tell the difference between fireworks and gunshots. Nor did she foresee the adrenaline “rush” she’d experience when a wailing siren signaled an incoming rocket.
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he's pursuing a Gaza cease-fire — and it's not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Palestinians.
Republican candidates vying for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat showed little tolerance for abortion, gay marriage and immigration at a Tuesday night forum in Billings.
How do we stop Iran? Considering the threat that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to Israel and the Middle East at-large, it’s a critical question to ask ourselves.
Last weekend, like other fellow Jerusalemites, I was confined to my home, besieged by the horrendous snowstorm that plagued our city. When power was cut off in our Beit HaKerem neighborhood for two agonizing days, I proudly lit my wood-burning stove. For years, I have been a victim of ridicu…
WASHINGTON — Now that the Obama administration has won its breakthrough first-step nuclear deal with Iran, officials are planning strategy for the decisive second round that over the next six months will seek a broader and tougher comprehensive agreement.
HELENA — On the day the Obama administration revealed an interim nuclear agreement with Iran, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester was in Israel, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – and Tester says Netanyahu was not happy.
HELENA — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, back from a week-long trip to Israel sponsored by a pro-Israel group, said Tuesday he came away convinced that maintaining a strong defense is the best foundation for securing peace and stability in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON — Two qualities rarely associated with modern secretaries of state are patience and keeping your mouth shut in public. But in his first six months, John Kerry has demonstrated both — and his stubborn silence appears to have brought him to the door of renewed Israeli-Palestinian pe…
WASHINGTON -- The administration has set expectations for President Obama's trip to Israel so low you'd think he was making another visit to Ohio. Yet this is a very consequential journey because it comes at a moment when hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are…
For centuries, the Middle East has dazzled travelers and traders. In the past 100 years, millions of tourists have traversed the mystical and troubled land. Some seek wealth. Others seek enlightenment. Most answer the call of the land’s rich history, its wonders both natural and man-made.
An Israeli soldier takes time off to meditate next to a citizen or traveler at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The wall, one of the most significant sites in the world for Jewish people, is a remnant of the wall that surrounded the Jewish temple, the Temple Mount. It has been …
The River Jordan in Israel is the scene of daily baptisms. The site is near the Sea of Gallilee and is believed to be where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
Shula and Yosh Wichman have deep ties to Israel. Shula was born in 1948 during the War of Independence, and Yosh immigrated from Poland, where family members were killed during the Holocaust.
CAIRO — I found many echoes of Barack Obama's Middle East policy in Mitt Romney's supposedly tough critique of it at Virginia Military Institute on Monday. I suppose that's reassuring — that Romney generally sees the same set of problems that Obama does, and in many cases would take pretty m…
The Middle East showdown over Iran’s apparent effort to obtain nuclear weapons capability is not entirely about nuclear arms, nor even about regional security. The dispute is, at heart, about power, and preserving it. It’s about the governments of two religiously defined nations using nuclea…
BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has a lot on his mind these days, from cutting the defense budget to managing the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But his biggest worry is the growing possibility that Israel will attack Iran militarily over the next few months.
On a visit to Israel you see lots of history and lots of buses.
View photos from Sue Olp's trip to the Holy Land.