The Hill: UN chief calls for Israel and Iran to cease hostilities: report

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Friday for suspension of “all hostile acts” in the Middle East, after Israel and Iran launched assaults against one another over Iran’s presence in Syria, The Associated Press reported. Guterres comments came a day after Israel responded to what its military said was an Iranian rocket attack…

Haaretz: Who Is Qasem Soleimani, the military maestro of Iran’s force that attacked Israel

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, which was responsible for Wednesday night’s missile launches at Israel, is commanded by Qasem Soleimani, one of the most prominent and influential military figures in Iran today. He is involved in Iranian military activity in many countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan and the Caucasus states, and is considered one of…

Haaretz: Israel struck ‘almost all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria,’ defense chief says

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that Israel struck ”almost all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria” overnight in response to a rocket barrage at its military outposts in the Golan Heights. He confirmed that no rockets landed in Israeli territory. Lieberman said that Israel won’t allow Iran to turn Syria into a “forward…

New York Times: Europe, again humiliated by Trump, struggles to defend its interests

It is by now a familiar, humiliating pattern. European leaders cajole, argue and beg, trying to persuade President Trump to change his mind on a vital issue for the trans-Atlantic alliance. Mr. Trump appears to enjoy the show, dangling them, before ultimately choosing not to listen. Instead, he demands compliance, seemingly bent on providing just…

Jewish News: Trump withdraws US from Iran nuclear deal

With the stroke of a pen Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement… But Ron Klein, the chair of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, criticized the move. “This decision is yet another sign that President Trump remains committed to abdicating of our great…