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David Ignatius: Kerry blunders in pushing too quickly for Mideast ceasefire

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.

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U.S. House candidates square off in Billings

U.S. House candidates square off in Billings

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.

April 29, 2014 9:32 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Congress, give diplomacy with Iran a chance

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.

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Guest opinion: Kerry will need a miracle to broker Mideast peace deal

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…

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David Ignatius: Next steps in Iranian nuke deal will be harder than first

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.

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Tester in Israel meets with prime minister as Iran nuclear deal is announced

Tester in Israel meets with prime minister as Iran nuclear deal is announced

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.

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Daines, returning from Israel, says U.S. must maintain strong defense

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.

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David Ignatius: Mideast diplomacy: Kerry's Captain Ahab quest

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…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Mideast diplomacy: Can Obama save 2-state solution?

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…

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Visit to Middle East finds people wanting to live and let live

Visit to Middle East finds people wanting to live and let live

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.

January 20, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Western Wall

Western Wall

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 …

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Baptisms in the River Jordan

Baptisms in the River Jordan

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.

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Shula and Yosh Wichman

Shula and Yosh Wichman

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.

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David Ignatius: What Romney got right and wrong in foreign policy speech

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…

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Guest opinion: Iran, Israel and the nuclear diversion

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…

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David Ignatius: Can Israel attack Iran without miring U.S. in another war?

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.

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Exploring Israel: A treasure trove of religion, history

Exploring Israel: A treasure trove of religion, history

On a visit to Israel you see lots of history and lots of buses.

July 10, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Gallery: Exploring Israel

Gallery: Exploring Israel

View photos from Sue Olp's trip to the Holy Land.

July 10, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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A narrow alley in Old Jaffa

A narrow alley in Old Jaffa

This is one of the narrow alleys in Old Jaffa, an ancient port city on the Mediterranean that has been incorporated into Tel Aviv. Jaffa, or Joppa, has significance to Christians because of its mention in the book of Acts and the dream the Apostle Peter had while there.

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The Western Wall plaza

The Western Wall plaza

The Western Wall plaza at the Western Wall, sometimes called the Wailing Wall, is divided into two areas where Jewish men, on one side, and women, on the other, come to pray, worship and study.

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