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  • Congressmen tell Obama to increase pressure on Iran over nukes

    July 2, 2013 | 7:43 am

    In the wake of Iran’s recent election, a bipartisan group of congressmen are calling on President Obama to increase pressure on Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

    The new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, was perceived to be the most moderate of the candidates and...

  • Iran’s new president still Khamenei-approved, Netanyahu says

    June 17, 2013 | 11:19 am

    The election of cleric Hassan Rohani as president of Iran does not change anything, since he was shortlisted by the country’s radical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Candidates who did not conform to Khamenei’s extremist outlook...

  • Russia’s Putin says Iran nuclear push is peaceful

    June 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he has no doubt that Iran is adhering to international commitments on nuclear non-proliferation but regional and international concerns about Tehran's nuclear program could not be ignored.

    Putin, whose country is among six world...

  • Israel strikes Syria, says its targeting Hezbollah arms

    May 5, 2013 | 5:06 pm

    Israeli jets devastated Syrian targets near Damascus on Sunday in a heavy overnight air raid that Western and Israeli officials called a new strike on Iranian missiles bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah.

    As Syria's two-year-old civil war veered into the potentially atomic arena of...

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  • Hosting U.S. defense chief, Israel hints at patience on Iran

    April 22, 2013 | 7:46 am

    Israel suggested on Monday it would be patient before taking any military action against Iran's nuclear program, saying during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel there was still time for other options.

    With Iran's presidential election approaching in June there has...

  • Iran announces ‘comprehensive’ offer in resumed nuke talks

    April 5, 2013 | 8:01 am

    Iran said it has made a “comprehensive proposal” to “establish a new bedrock for cooperation” in resumed talks about the Iranian nuclear program between Tehran and six world powers.

    The announcement by Ali Baqeri, deputy head of the Iranian delegation, came after the opening...

  • After lavish Chavez funeral, Maduro sworn in as interim president of Venezuela

    March 11, 2013 | 6:56 am

    Nicolas Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late Hugo Chavez, was sworn in as the interim president of Venezuela amid opposition calls that the choice was unconstitutional.

    Maduro, the former foreign minister, took the oath of office on Friday night promising to uphold the...

  • Kerry sees ‘finite’ time for Iran nuclear talks

    March 4, 2013 | 3:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday there was "finite" time for talks between Iran and world powers on its disputed nuclear program to bear fruit, but gave no hint how long Washington may be willing to negotiate.

    Israel, Iran's arch-enemy and convinced Tehran is secretly...

  • For Netanyahu, N. Korea nuclear test offers lesson on Iran

    February 19, 2013 | 12:44 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed on Monday to North Korea's latest nuclear test as proof the world must keep up pressure on Iran to prevent it acquiring atomic weapons.

    In a speech to a gathering of international Jewish leaders, Netanyahu said sanctions alone...

  • UN inspectors see new centrifuges at Iran nuclear site, diplomat says

    February 14, 2013 | 6:35 am

    U.N. nuclear inspectors have seen a small number of advanced centrifuges at an uranium enrichment plant where Iran has said it will install and operate them, a diplomatic source said on Thursday.

    On Wednesday, Iran's atomic energy chief said it had started installing a new...

  • Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann honored at Berlin film festival

    February 14, 2013 | 5:40 am

    French documentary filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann will be honored at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, where he spoke about filming his famous "Shoah" documentary.

    Lanzmann, 87, will receive an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement on Thursday...

  • Report: Iran converting enriched uranium to reactor fuel

    February 12, 2013 | 6:04 am

    Iran announced that is converting some of its enriched uranium to reactor fuel.

    An Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that some uranium enriched to 20 percent purity was being converted into fuel for a research nuclear reactor in Tehran, the New York Times...

  • Iran denies involvement in Bulgaria bomb attack

    February 8, 2013 | 7:29 am

    Iran played no part in the bombing of a bus last year that killed Israeli tourists, its ambassador to Bulgaria said on Friday, rejecting Israeli charges that it was involved in the attack.

    Bulgaria has accused the Iranian-backed Hezbollah of carrying out the July attack, a charge...

  • Ahmadinejad seeks strategic axis with Egypt

    February 6, 2013 | 7:22 am

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the first visit to Cairo by an Iranian leader in more than three decades, called for a strategic alliance with Egypt and said he had offered the cash-strapped Arab state a loan, but drew a cool response.

    Ahmadinejad said outside forces were...

  • Iran says Israel will regret Syria air strike

    February 4, 2013 | 7:40 am

    Iran told Israel on Monday it would regret its air strike against Syria last week, without spelling out whether Iran or its ally planned any military response.

    "They will regret this recent aggression," Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, told a...

  • Syria may hold uranium stash, Western and Israeli experts say

    January 11, 2013 | 8:32 am

    Western and Israeli security experts suspect Syria may have tonnes of unenriched uranium in storage and that any such stockpile could potentially be of interest to its ally Iran for use in Tehran's own disputed nuclear program.

    They say natural uranium could have been acquired by...

  • 2012 Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs

    December 28, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    1.  EGYPT’S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

    Today effectively rules the Arab world’s largest and most important nation

    MOHAMMED BADIE

    MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD’S MORAL GUIDE

    “The Jews have dominated the land, spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions...

  • Iran, U.N. nuclear agency to resume talks in December

    November 9, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Iran will return to talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency next month, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday, the latest push to seek a peaceful end to a dispute that has raised fears of a new Middle East war.

    The IAEA announcement came days after U.S. President...

  • U.S. says it’s willing to meet with Iran on nukes but no talks set

    October 20, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    [UPDATE: 6:31 pm]

    The New York Times reported on Saturday that the United States and Iran have agreed in principle to hold one-on-one negotiations on Iran's nuclear program but the White House quickly denied that any talks had been set.

    The Times, quoting unnamed Obama...

  • Romney says he and Netanyahu have same ‘test’ for Iran

    October 10, 2012 | 11:35 am

    Mitt Romney has said that he and Benjamin Netanyahu would employ the same "test" for Iran's nuclear program, but that a strike was “a long way” off.

    Speaking to CNN on Oct. 9, the US Republican presidential candidate said: "My own test is that Iran should not have the capability...

  • Netanyahu to set ‘clear red line’ for Iran in U.N. speech

    September 27, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will set out, in his speech at the United Nations on Thursday, an ultimatum for Iran to halt its disputed nuclear drive or risk coming under military attack, an Israeli official said.

    Netanyahu faces the world body after U.S. President...

  • Obama to tell U.N.: Nuclear Iran poses existential threat to Israel

    September 25, 2012 | 7:24 am

    President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday the United States will "do what we must" to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned against threatening attacks whose consequences would be devastating.

    Taking the podium at the United...

  • U.N. chief defies U.S., Israel; plans trip to Tehran

    August 22, 2012 | 9:56 am

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to attend a summit meeting of leaders of non-aligned developing nations in Tehran next week, defying calls from the United States and Israel to boycott the event, U.N. diplomats said on Wednesday.

    A spokesman for Iran’s U.N. mission said it...

  • Dear Ahmadinejad: Let me tell you about cancer

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 21, 2012 | 10:51 am

    This column originally appeared at WashingtonPost.com.

    When the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad compares Israel to a cancer, I take it personally.

    On Monday, you see, I traveled to Israel to co-officiate at a wedding. And I have cancer.

    I’ve been in remission from lymphoma...

  • Israel minister: Possible war with Iran could be month-long affair

    August 15, 2012 | 9:11 am

    War with Iran would probably turn into a month-long conflict on various fronts with missile strikes on Israeli cities and some 500 dead, Israel’s civil defense minister said in an interview published on Wednesday.

    “There is no room for hysteria. Israel’s home front is prepared as...

  • U.S.: Iran still not on ‘verge’ of weapon

    August 10, 2012 | 11:07 am

    The U.S. assessment remains that Iran is not on the verge of achieving a nuclear weapon, a U.S. official said, apparently pushing back against claims to the contrary by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

    “We believe that there is time and space to continue to pursue a diplomatic...

  • Ahmadinejad says world’s effort should be the ‘annihilation’ of Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 3, 2012 | 10:28 am

    It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned a plea from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to erase Israel. I feel like that used to be a regular feature on The God Blog. JTA reports on the latest:

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the objective of the world must be the “annihilation” of...

  • Panetta: Iran sanctions have not yet stopped nuclear program

    July 31, 2012 | 8:58 am

    Two days before his visit to Israel, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that though tough international sanctions have not yet caused Iran to drop its nuclear ambitions, they would eventually persuade the regime to “do what’s right.”

    Speaking in Tunisia on Monday, Panetta...

  • Iran threatens Israel; new EU sanctions take force

    July 2, 2012 | 8:24 am

    Iran announced missile tests on Sunday and threatened to wipe Israel “off the face of the earth” if the Jewish state attacked it, brandishing some of its starkest threats on the day Europe began enforcing an oil embargo and harsh new sanctions.

    The European sanctions - including a...

  • Egypt’s Morsi keen to renew long-severed Iran ties

    June 25, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Egypt’s Islamist President-elect Mohamed Morsi voiced interest in restoring long-severed ties with Tehran to create a strategic “balance” in the region, in an interview published on Monday with Iran’s Fars news agency.

    Morsi’s comments are likely to unsettle Western powers as they...

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