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Barney Breen-Portnoy is the Washington, D.C.-based managing editor of The Algemeiner. He previously worked in Tel Aviv, Israel, as a journalist and served in the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Barney holds a BA degree in Government and History from the University of Virginia. He can be reached at

ARTICLES BY: Barney Breen-Portnoy

February 13, 2019 2:57 pm

Netanyahu: Israel and Arab World United by ‘Common Interest of Combating Iran’

Israel and the Arab world are united by a “common interest of combating Iran,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday from Poland, where he...

February 5, 2019 2:28 pm

Israel’s Netanyahu to Meet Putin in Moscow Later This Month for Talks on Iran, Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday that he would fly to Moscow later this month for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin...

February 3, 2019 10:37 am

Israeli PM Cautions Visiting UN Diplomats Over Growing Iranian Influence in Lebanon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned a visiting delegation of UN ambassadors on Sunday over growing Iranian influence in Lebanon, where a new national unity...

February 1, 2019 12:18 pm

Two Americans Honored by Israel for Helping Police Officer During Jerusalem Terror Attack

Two American men were honored at a ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, on Thursday for the aid they provided to a police...

January 31, 2019 12:03 pm

With Gas Set to Flow From Leviathan Field by End of Year, Israeli PM Extols Energy Independence as ‘Great Revolution’

Israel is set to become an “energy power” after the flow of natural gas from the Leviathan field under the Mediterranean Sea begins later this...

January 29, 2019 3:06 pm

Democrats Launch Fresh Initiative to Stop Trend of Growing Partisanship Surrounding US-Israel Ties

Amid rising concerns over the growing partisanship surrounding US-Israel ties, a number of well-known Democrats launched a fresh initiative on Monday aimed at dealing with...

January 29, 2019 9:08 am

After Syria Pullout, Middle East Leaders Fear Reduced US Role in Region, Top American Jewish Official Says

Many leaders in the Middle East are watching developments in their neighborhood with "increasing trepidation" after President Donald Trump’s sudden decision last month to withdraw...

January 24, 2019 2:06 pm

UK and Israel Agree ‘in Principle’ on Post-Brexit Free Trade Deal

The United Kingdom and Israel agreed “in principle” on Wednesday on a post-Brexit free trade agreement. The announcement was made at the World Economic Forum in...

January 23, 2019 12:07 pm

After Gaza Border Flare-Up, Israel’s Netanyahu Vows ‘Lethal’ Response to Any Further Violence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday vowed a “lethal and very painful” response to any further violence emanating from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Netanyahu’s warning...

January 21, 2019 3:58 pm

Central Synagogue in Bulgarian Capital Vandalized by Rock-Throwing Assailant

Rocks were thrown through the windows of the Great Prayer Hall of the Central Synagogue in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on Saturday by an...

January 20, 2019 11:12 am

Israel and Chad Officially Reestablish Diplomatic Ties, as Netanyahu Visits N’Djamena

Israel and Chad officially reestablished diplomatic ties on Sunday, nearly five decades after they were severed. The announcement was made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

January 17, 2019 3:53 pm

European Parliament Urges Action to Recover Nazi-Looted Art

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday urging EU member states to take steps to identify and recover art and other cultural items looted...

January 16, 2019 2:06 pm

Israel’s Netanyahu Praises US Pullout From Iran Nuclear Deal as ‘Most Important Thing’ to Occur in Middle East in Past Year

US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal was the “most important thing that happened in the last year” in the...

January 15, 2019 3:54 pm

Elie Wiesel’s Family Welcomes Signing of Anti-Genocide Act Named After Late Nobel Laureate

The signing on Monday of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act by President Donald Trump was welcomed by the late Holocaust survivor and...


Israeli Director Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Berlinale

Nadav Lapid's "Synonyms," an anarchic story about an Israeli who tries to suppress his...

Why Matthew Broderick Wanted to Star in a Buddy Film About Jewish Mourning

Matthew Broderick’s comedic talent on screen is unquestionable. But starring in a film...


Jewish Singer Uses Music to Get Through a Rocky Road

In the age of streaming music, releasing an album with 21 songs might not be the best business move. Giving...

Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...

Has the US Intelligence Community Misread Iran’s Nuclear Program? - Donald Trump clashed with the intelligence community last week over the...


British Parliament Members Sign Letter Supporting New Holocaust Memorial - More than 150 parliament members in the United Kingdom from across the political spectrum have signed a letter supporting the Westminster Holocaust memorial, remarking that it would “stand as a testimony”...


IDF Accounts About Hamas War Crimes to Be Submitted to International Crimin... - Thirty-three testimonies of Israel Defense Forces’ combat soldiers were set to be submitted to the International Criminal Court in...

Middle East

Syria Kurds Evacuate Civilians From Islamic State Redoubt, Hail Trump Troop...

Kurdish-led forces in Syria said they would complete the evacuation of thousands of civilians from Islamic State's last redoubt in...