Some 300,000 civilians and 30,000 fighters are believed to be in Syria's largest city, which could be under total siege by the regime's forces within the next few days.
- New report says over 1 million trapped in besieged areas in Syria (AP)
- South Korea says working with U.S., Japan on 'strong' North Korea sanctions (Reuters)
- Judge again denies Texas' efforts to block Syrian refugees (AP)
- Earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude felt in New Zealand capital (Reuters)
- U.S.: Widow of Islamic State leader charged in death of American (Reuters)
- Knesset approves first reading of so-called 'NGO transparency bill' (Haaretz)
- Obama to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah in White House later this month (Reuters)
- Iran awards medals of honor to its nuclear negotiators (AP)
- 11-year-old wounded in suspected stabbing in central Israel (Haaretz)
- Australian hostage released by Al-Qaida in Burkina Faso; husband still held captive (AP)
- 11 migrants drown trying to cross from Turkey to Greek island of Lesbos (AP)
- Syrian army troops make gains near Aleppo, retake nearby village (AP)
- Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile fired from Yemen (AP)
- Russian security service detains 7 ISIS members planning attack in Moscow (Reuters)
- Israeli Bedouin to be indicted for making contact with Jordanian jihadists (Haaretz)
Calling the occupation 'unsustainable' is how liberal Zionists ease their conscience and excuse their timidity, by telling themselves it can’t last. But it will last – unless we start acting more like radicals.
The U.S. presidential candidate has the Democratic progressive vote in his pocket and is wise not to reveal that, on the Middle East, he stands more to the right than his fans would like him to.
Poem of the Week
Low on bread but high on passion: Malkiel Lusternik imagines pioneering life in pre-state Israel.
Houses were marked, people disappeared, the monsters smiled politely: Tuvia Ruebner delineates an ominous atmosphere – everywhere.
Raised in a post-World War II American Jewish family, Hal Sirowitz contemplates alternatives to the situation.
The noble Haim Gouri, above all a poet: He refused a prize for Zionist art because his latest work does not fit that definition.
For Yakir Ben-Moshe, a two-year old needn't walk down more roads because he is already a man -- and the human condition is terrifying
Jacob Oryah, a religious vintner, challenged the notion that wine touched by a secular person cannot be kosher – and was promptly punished for it. But he persevered to make what has been described as Israel's tastiest and most thought-provoking wine.
‘Borderlife,’ the book at the center of a controversy involving the Education Ministry, depicts a desperate attempt by the protagonists, a Jewish woman and an Arab man, to make love, not war. The issue of assimilation that it raises cannot be dismissed lightly.
Who needs the little gold statue? Nominees in the main categories will receive an extravagant gift basket valued at $200,000.