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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

September 12, 2019 3:54 pm

At Meeting With Putin, Netanyahu Says Israel Taking Action Against ‘Intolerable Threat’ Posed by Iran in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew on Thursday to the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sit-downs between...

August 28, 2019 2:08 pm

White House Official: Trump Peace Plan Won’t Be Unveiled Before Israel’s Elections Next Month

The Trump administration will not unveil the political component of its Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative until after the Knesset elections next month, a top American official...

August 23, 2019 7:38 am

Israeli Teenage Girl Killed in Bombing at West Bank Spring

An Israeli teenage girl was killed and her father and older brother were wounded on Friday when a bomb was detonated at a natural spring...

July 15, 2019 4:36 pm

At Antisemitism Summit, US Attorney General Says He Is ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Rise in Hate Crimes Targeting Jews

Attorney General William Barr said on Monday he was “deeply concerned” by an increase in recent years of the number of reported hate crimes targeting...

July 12, 2019 3:56 pm

Amid Heightened Gaza Tensions, Rocket Strikes Southern Israel

A rocket fired from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip exploded in an open area in southern Israel on Friday night, causing no injuries or damage. The launch...

July 11, 2019 1:54 pm

Trump, Netanyahu Discuss ‘Efforts to Prevent Iran’s Malign Actions’ in Middle East in Phone Call

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Wednesday, and Iran was at the top of the agenda. “The two...

July 1, 2019 1:28 pm

Israeli Foreign Minister Attends Abu Dhabi Climate Summit, Meets With UAE Official

Israel’s top diplomat traveled to Abu Dhabi on Sunday to attend an international climate summit. While in the Gulf emirate, Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz met...

June 21, 2019 1:22 pm

For First Time, Japanese Military Chief Visits Israel

The chief of staff of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, Gen. Kōji Yamazaki, stopped in Israel this week during a multi-nation Middle East swing. At the IDF...

June 19, 2019 11:16 am

Elderly Woman Suffers Serious Head Injury From Metal Object Thrown at Her Outside Synagogue in Paris

A 79-year-old woman was seriously injured on Tuesday when she was hit in the head by a metal object thrown at her as she exited...

June 14, 2019 12:52 pm

250,000 March in 21st Annual Tel Aviv Pride Parade

An estimated 250,000 people took part on Friday in Tel Aviv’s 21st annual Pride Parade. The event -- which draws LGBTQ+ tourists from around the world...

June 13, 2019 4:52 pm

Gaza Rocket Strikes School in Southern Israeli City, No Injuries Reported

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a religious school in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Thursday night, damaging the building but...

June 7, 2019 1:26 pm

Ahead of Japan PM’s Trip to Iran, Israel’s Netanyahu Tells Abe Pressure on Tehran Regime Must Be Maintained

Ahead of a planned trip to Iran next week, Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe spoke by telephone on Friday with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu. According...

May 30, 2019 11:34 am

Amid Israeli Political Tumult, Netanyahu Meets With Kushner in Jerusalem on Trump Peace Plan

Less than 24 hours after the Knesset dissolved itself, setting the stage for new national elections in September just five months after the previous ones,...

May 28, 2019 1:38 pm

Israel ‘on the Vanguard’ in Dealing With Legal Challenges of Warfare, US Official Says

Israel is “on the vanguard” when it comes to dealing with legal challenges that arise from warfare, an American official said on Tuesday. Addressing the 3rd...


Famed Boxer Many Pacquiao Speaks Hebrew, Talks Judaism in Meeting With Jewish Travel Vlogger

A Jewish travel vlogger met with legendary professional Filipino boxer Manny...

‘Miracle Team Israel:’ On the Road to Competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics - When the Miracle Mets won the World Series in 1969, baseball...

International Judo Federation Gives Iran the Chop - The International Judo Federation (IJF) declared on Wednesday that Iran is forbidden from participating in any future judo...


Bringing Young, Diverse Jews Together — Over Kugel

Simone Weichselbaum and Yossi Rosenberg decided it was time to shake things up. The best friends wanted to hold events...

Top This? Presidential Candidates Get Covered in Yiddishkeit - Along with giving out kipot to put on one’s head, Marc Daniels, a published author and the director...


US Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank, Fund After Saudi Oil Attack

The United States on Friday imposed another round of sanctions on Tehran, including on Iran's central bank and a development fund, following last week's attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia...


Israel’s Netanyahu Clings to Power as Coalition Talks Loom

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced Israeli media headlines on Friday suggesting power is slipping from his grasp after an election in which he trails his main rival with nearly all votes...

Middle East

Yemeni Houthis Accuse Saudi-Led Coalition of ‘Dangerous Escalation...

The Yemeni Houthi movement on Friday accused the Saudi-led coalition of a dangerously escalation of the situation around Hodeidah after...

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