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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

July 9, 2018 2:06 pm

Father of American Victim of Palestinian Terror Calls New US, Israeli Laws Penalizing PA ‘a Good Beginning’

The recent passage of laws in both the US and Israel penalizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) over its payments to terrorists and their families marked...

July 5, 2018 1:01 pm

Knesset Member Behind Israeli Taylor Force Act: Palestinians Will Learn ‘Terrorism Doesn’t Pay Off’

Following the Knesset’s passage earlier this week of an Israeli version of the Taylor Force Act, Palestinians “will gradually understand that terrorism doesn’t pay off,”...

June 27, 2018 2:37 pm

In US, Lapid Pushes for Recognition of Golan Heights Sovereignty, Seeks to Shore Up Bipartisan Support for Israel

In the half-decade since founding the centrist Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid has become a force to be reckoned with in the Israeli political world. After...

June 25, 2018 1:53 pm

US Diplomat Tells UN Security Council: Iran and Hezbollah at ‘Root of Violence’ in Middle East

The Iranian regime -- which “seeks political, military, and territorial advantage through the spread of violence and human misery” -- is one of the main...

June 13, 2018 4:56 pm

Attorney General Tells Jewish Gathering: Trump Administration ‘Aggressively Enforcing’ Hate Crime Laws

The Trump administration is “aggressively enforcing” hate crime laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Wednesday in an address to an Orthodox Union gathering in...

June 5, 2018 3:37 pm

Top US Treasury Official: Iranian Regime Must Change Its Malign Behavior, or Face ‘Economic Calamity’

The Trump administration is actively countering malign Iranian behavior, including financial malfeasance, across the globe, a top Treasury Department official said on Tuesday. Speaking at the...

June 3, 2018 10:24 am

Riding High in Polls at Home, Israeli PM Netanyahu Set to Talk Iran During Three-Nation European Swing

Iran will be at the top of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s agenda this week during a three-nation swing through Western Europe. "Tomorrow I will leave...

May 18, 2018 1:53 pm

Top American Jewish Leader: US Must Stand by Its Allies as Middle East Map Is Being Redrawn

As instability continues to reign in the Middle East, the US must back its allies and challenge its enemies, a top American Jewish leader told...

May 15, 2018 2:57 pm

American UN Envoy: No Country Would Act With More Restraint Than Israel Has in Gaza

A day after several dozen Palestinian rioters were killed in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as they tried to breach the border with Israel, America’s UN envoy...

May 2, 2018 2:53 pm

Likud Prime Ministerial Hopeful: Two-State Solution Is Dangerous Idea, Israel Has No Palestinian Partner for Peace

After nearly four years away from the Knesset, Gideon Sa’ar wants back in. The former education and interior minister -- who held the No. 2...

April 29, 2018 10:14 am

Amid First Overseas Trip as Secretary of State, Pompeo Meets With Israeli PM Netanyahu to Talk Iran

New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Tel Aviv on Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Pompeo flew to Israel from Riyadh, where...

April 27, 2018 11:52 am

Israeli Defense Minister: Idea of Achieving Middle East Peace Is an ‘Illusion’

The idea of achieving peace in the Middle East is an “illusion,” Israel’s defense minister said on Friday during a visit to the US. “I think...

March 27, 2018 4:17 pm

Saudi Crown Prince Meets for Over an Hour in New York With Reps of Major US Jewish Groups

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met in New York City on Tuesday afternoon with around a half-dozen representatives of major American Jewish groups, The...

March 22, 2018 3:12 pm

Top Israeli Diplomat: UNIFIL ‘Must Do More’ to Thwart Hezbollah’s Armament Efforts in Southern Lebanon

The UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon “must do more” to thwart Hezbollah’s armament efforts, a top Israeli diplomat told The Algemeiner on Thursday. Referring to...


A Brilliant ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish

Why is this Fiddler different than all others? I’ll tell you. Fiddler on the Roof is arguably the most important Jewish contribution to musical theater....

Israel Gets Set to Land Its First Spacecraft on the Moon - "Houston, the Eagle has landed” will soon be a common refrain for Israelis. While famed entrepreneur Elon Musk sent...

The Integration Between Israeli and American Jews in New Jersey - Rather than a classroom setting, New Jersey middle and high school students participating in the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC)...


Israeli Company’s Delivery Drone May Soon Take Flight in North Caroli...

An Israeli technology company that created a drone, designed to deliver food and other consumer goods to residential areas, is...

Middle East

Hamas Refuses to Work With Greenblatt, Kushner, Calling Them ‘Spokesm... – Hamas has rejected working with the United States on fostering peace between Gaza and Israel on Friday, despite...