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  • Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship

    4 days ago

    President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation.

    "As soon as this particular debate is...

  • Opposition to Iran deal grows among U.S. Republicans

    5 days ago

    Opposition to a nuclear pact between Iran and major powers grew among U.S. Republicans over the past month, a Reuters poll showed, reflecting a partisan struggle in Congress as President Barack Obama sought to win approval for the deal.

    The poll, taken from Aug. 20-27, showed...

  • To live with the Iranian threat

    By Elad Massuri

    5 days ago

    When I was 5 years old,  my mom picked me up from kindergarten and brought me back to our house in North Tel Aviv.

    I asked her a question that seemed so normal: “Mom, at what age do people go to the military?”

    “At the age of 18,” she answered.

    “And what will I need to do...

  • Israelis aren’t unified on Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    6 days ago

    One of the strongest arguments the Jewish opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have wielded is that Israelis are unified in their opposition to it.

    If the famously fractious Israelis all agree that the Iran deal is bad, they argue, it must really be awful. This line of reasoning...

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  • Obama pressed to reverse legal opinion on religious freedom

    1 week ago

    More than a dozen Jewish organizations signed on to a letter urging President Barack Obama to instruct the Justice Department to reverse a legal opinion that allows religious organizations to avoid religious nondiscrimination laws in hiring.

    The Anti-Defamation League, the...

  • Democratic Senator Stabenow backs Iran nuclear deal

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama on Monday picked up the support of another Democratic senator for the Iran nuclear deal as Debbie Stabenow of Michigan announced that she will vote to allow the pact to go ahead.

    "I have determined that the imminent threat of Iran having a nuclear weapon outweighs any flaws I see in the international agreement. For this reason, I must support the agreement," Stabenow said in a statement.

  • Obama’s Democrats face intense pressure as they weigh Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    As he weighed whether to support President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, Representative Donald Norcross was showered with the sort of attention rarely shown to junior members of the U.S. Congress.

    The New Jersey Democrat, a former labor union leader, met with Obama and...

  • Our fight over Iran: Kishkes vs Sechel

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    The Jewish community is used to intense internal debates, but our fight over the Iran nuclear deal has taken us to new levels of divisiveness. Why is that?

    The first and easy answer is that this is an existential issue, especially for Israel. When an anti-Semitic regime that...

  • Obama builds Iran nuclear deal support one vote at a time

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama is gradually building support in Congress for an international nuclear deal with Iran, working the phones to counter lobbying against the pact and sending a letter to lawmakers urging them to support it.

    Obama needs to win the backing of one-third of either...

  • To those who hear anti-Semitism when it is not there

    By Michael Berenbaum

    2 weeks ago

    I’ve learned a new term: “dog whistle.” The term was used by Lee Smith, a political columnist for the online magazine Tablet, who wrote that President Barack Obama was “hinting broadly at anti-Semitic conceits — like dual loyalties, moneyed interests, Jewish lobbies — to scare off...

  • Senate Democrats stake out both sides of Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) blasted the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, vowing to oppose it in defiance of President Barack Obama, who picked up much-needed support for the deal from two other Senate Democrats.

    As September voting on the agreement in...

  • White House hires first openly transgender staff member

    2 weeks ago

    The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member, officials said on Tuesday, marking the latest step in President Barack Obama's public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

    Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a transgender woman who has worked as a...

  • Two senators defy Obama on Iran nuclear deal

    2 weeks ago

    A second U.S. Democratic senator lined up on Tuesday in opposition to the U.S.-led international nuclear agreement with Iran, defying President Barack Obama.

    New Jersey's Bob Menendez said that, along with New York's Chuck Schumer, he was opposing the deal, which would place new...

  • Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez announces opposition to Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), in a scathing critique of the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and other major powers, announced on Tuesday that he will vote to kill the pact.

    Speaking in his home state of New Jersey, the former chairman of the Senate...

  • Iran deal: Anatomy of a rip-off

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    Why am I opposed to the Iran nuclear deal? Because I hate getting ripped off. I would hate to buy a great-looking car and find out the next day that the brakes don’t work.

    Whether you’re Republican, Democrat, Buddhist or Jewish, no one likes getting ripped off. And the Iran deal,...

  • Why we disagree with Chuck Schumer on the Iran deal

    3 weeks ago

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a key voice in the Democratic Party leadership, has announced that he will not support the international agreement designed to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. We realize that all senators must balance their concerns about the Joint...

  • The Iran deal: getting to checkmate

    3 weeks ago

    The Iran nuclear deal has been likened, ad nauseam, to a game of chess. It is with that model in mind that I favor the deal — though not for the usual reasons. 

    Proponents and opponents of the deal make a number of valid points. Most salient are the following: 

    1) The sanctions...

  • Responses to 20 of the president’s arguments for the nuclear deal

    By Dennis Prager

    3 weeks ago

    There are many reasons the Israeli political left is opposed to the American nuclear deal with Iran, just as there are many reasons that Haim Saban, one of the Democratic Party’s and Barack Obama’s leading fundraisers, has come out against the deal. It is terrible for America,...

  • What it’s like to be an Iranian Jew

    By Gina Nahai

    3 weeks ago

    Time was, you could claim to be a patriotic Iranian, a supporter of Israel and a lover of the United States all at once and be believed by most Iranians. You could say you were all three things without pretense or contradiction, or the need to rank your loyalties in order of...

  • Los Angeles’ Iranian community fears Iran nuclear deal has hidden dangers

    By Karmel Melamed

    3 weeks ago

    For some, the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Argentina, which claimed 85 lives and injured hundreds more, is history. But for many Iranian Jews living in Los Angeles and elsewhere outside Iran, the terror attack, widely believed to be perpetrated by agents of...

  • Why Obama should welcome a ‘No’ vote on the Iran deal

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    I don’t know any proponent of President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal who doesn’t believe the deal can be improved. They would love the inspections regime, for example, to be closer to the “anytime, anywhere” ideal, so that we could be sure to catch the world’s best cheaters...

  • Bloomberg to Obama: Don’t oversimplify Iran deal

    3 weeks ago

    Michael Bloomberg said President Barack Obama’s arguments in defense of the Iran nuclear deal are simplistic.

    “Overstating the case for the agreement belies the gravity of the issue and does more to breed distrust than win support,” the former New York mayor, now reinstalled at...

  • If the Iran deal fails, II

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    The American Jewish establishment has hitched its fate to a questionable strategy of unbending opposition to the Iran deal. That decision will exact a high price if it fails, and perhaps an even greater one if it succeeds.   

    I’m for the Iran deal. No, it’s not great. Secretary...

  • Stop! Don’t Shoot!

    By Mindy Leaf

    3 weeks ago

    Another day, another senseless shooting.

    We bring you this summer's blockbuster season of random shootings in our nation's movie theaters! See guns discharged by madmen in quiet suburbs of Tennessee and Louisiana! (The message may be a rerun, but it's no less frightening.)...

  • U.S. Senate leader McConnell: Obama’s choice on Iran deal ‘absurd’

    August 6, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama's pitch for the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was "absurd" to argue that lawmakers must essentially choose between the agreement or going to war.

    Obama made a "huge mistake" with that argument,...

  • What can Iran hide in 24 days?

    August 5, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    Congress has until mid to late September to decide whether to reject or approve the nuclear restrictions for the sanctions rollback deal reached by Iran and six major powers on July 14. Some of the debate is over the meaning of certain provisions in the accord. Here’s a breakdown...

  • Obama, Jewish leaders exchange concerns about distortions and attacks in Iran deal debate

    August 5, 2015 | 10:44 am

    President Barack Obama and pro-Israel leaders exchanged concerns about how each side distorts the other’s arguments in the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, and how the distortions are creating divisions in the Jewish community.

    The meeting Tuesday evening at the White House...

  • Netanyahu asks U.S. Jews to oppose Iran nuclear deal

    August 4, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to rally U.S. Jews on Tuesday against the Iranian nuclear deal championed by President Barack Obama and facing review by Congress, saying it risked a catastrophic Middle East war.

    In a webcast organised by Jewish groups in North...

  • U.S. House to vote on Iran deal disapproval resolution

    August 4, 2015 | 11:18 am

    The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on legislation to disapprove of the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran when lawmakers return to Washington in September, party leaders said on Tuesday.

    "This deal gives up too much, too fast, to a terrorist...

  • U.S. Democrats see ‘fire wall’ holding to preserve Iran deal

    August 3, 2015 | 11:19 am

    U.S. backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive.

    By the time the House of Representatives recessed for the summer...

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