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  • Israel complains it hasn’t gotten promised Iran deal info

    2 days ago

    Israel’s national security adviser said Israel had yet to receive all the annexes to the Iran nuclear agreement, but the Obama administration insists the whole deal is a matter of public record.

    A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said that the...

  • How Rep. Adam Schiff weighs the Iran pact vote

    By Bill Boyarsky

    3 days ago

    As he prepares to decide on the Iran nuclear deal, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) talks to advocates on both sides of the controversy. He consults well-informed, open-minded experts. From his seat on the House Intelligence Committee, he digs deep into classified details. Schiff knows...

  • Kerry warns U.S. Congress that scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

    4 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday he wanted to set the record straight on the Iran nuclear deal and equated walking away from the agreement to giving Tehran a fast track to a nuclear weapon.

    "There are conclusions that have been drawn that don't in fact...

  • Obama knocks Huckabee, Trump for slide in Republican rhetoric

    4 days ago

    President Barack Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump on Monday for their blunt rhetoric about the Iran nuclear agreement and other issues, calling it damaging to political debate.

    Huckabee, one of more than a dozen candidates vying...

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  • The Iran deal and the hubris of certainty

    1 week ago

    Admit it: You might be wrong.

    Yes, you have a strong view about whether the nuclear deal signed with Iran last week will spell catastrophe for Israel, or whether it’s the best of a range of bad options for dealing with Iran’s apparent pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

    But we can’t...

  • Obama visits Jon Stewart on The Daily Show one last time

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama's campaign to convince Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal led him on Tuesday to a veterans' convention and The Daily Show, where he took jabs at those opposing the agreement.

    In a back and forth on Comedy Central's nightly political satire show,...

  • Jew vs. Jew (vs. Jew) on the Iran deal

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    The Jews of Israel oppose the agreement with Iran. The Jews of America support it. The just-released Jewish Journal survey turns an assumption into a fact: The two largest Jewish communities cannot agree on a major world development that could significantly change the state of the...

  • New poll: U.S. Jews support Iran deal, despite misgivings

    1 week ago

    By a wide margin, American Jews support the recently concluded agreement with Iran to restrict its nuclear program, and a clear majority of Jews wants Congress to approve the deal. In fact, as compared with Americans generally, Jews are more supportive of the “Iran deal,” in large...

  • U.S., Iran both counter-attack critics of nuclear deal

    1 week ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani both counter-attacked on Thursday against conservatives at home who are trying to block last week's nuclear deal.

    In Washington, Kerry told skeptical lawmakers that rejection of the accord would give Tehran...

  • U.S. Republicans, pro-Israel groups step up campaign against Iran deal

    1 week ago

    Top Republicans vowed on Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran as the biggest pro-Israel lobby geared up for an all-out campaign to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the agreement.

    A bigger push against last week's historic...

  • Israel, Arabs must break the Mullahs’ rise

    1 week ago

    The movie “Agora” captivatingly depicts the burning of the Great Library at Alexandria in 391 A.D. The city’s elites — torchbearers of science — are shown beset, then overrun, by a vengeful tide of Eastern Christianity. Enabled by an indolent, fattened Rome, the devout, frenzied...

  • Geneva is not Munich, and President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 week ago

    If I could wave a magic wand, I would ask the Jewish community to stop using Holocaust analogies. They simply don’t work. We are different and the world is different.

    Permit me a simple example. No one disputes that Israel has second-strike capacity and that anyone who...

  • Iran: ‘This deal is not the last step’

    1 week ago

    I have three identities: I’m Iranian, I’m American, and I’m Israeli. Historically, what that has meant is that there are very few places in the world that I’ve found where all my identities have been welcome. Actually, through my extensive travels, including Afghanistan, North...

  • Stop this Iran deal, get a better one

    By Sam Yebri

    1 week ago

    There’s an old Iranian joke: Ask an Iranian “What’s two plus two?” and he will answer, “It depends on whether I’m buying or selling.” We Iranians take pride in our bazaari mentality. Nothing pleases us more than a successful negotiation. For decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran...

  • Chessmasters: Israel and the Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    Critics of the Iran deal unfailingly say that the American negotiators, including President Barack Obama, were no match for their wily Iranian counterparts.

    The Persians, they remind us, excel at the culture of the bazaar. The Persians, they point out, invented the game of chess....

  • Boehner: We will do ‘everything possible’ to stop Iran deal

    1 week ago

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday said he and others in Congress would do "everything possible" to stop a new nuclear deal with Iran from moving forward.

    "Members of Congress will ask much tougher questions this afternoon when we meet with the president's...

  • Israel won’t strike Iran alone, no matter how much it hates the nuclear deal

    2 weeks ago

    The day after a nuclear deal with Iran was announced, the sun rose high above Jerusalem's shimmering hills just as it does every July, as if the ancient land shrugged off two decades of apocalyptic warnings from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and decided to go about its...

  • In Israel’s domestic politics, Iran deal is a gift for Netanyahu

    2 weeks ago

    Maybe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be thanking the Obama administration for the Iran deal.

    Netanyahu called Tuesday’s agreement on Iran’s nuclear program a “stunning historic mistake.” He says it’s going to endanger the Middle East.

    But within Israel, the...

  • Obama challenges Iran deal critics to come up with an alternative

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday challenged critics of the Iran nuclear agreement to come forward with a viable alternative, saying the only two real options were a negotiated deal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions or war.

    "What I haven't heard is: what is your preferred...

  • Obama calls Iran deal historic chance to pursue safer world

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, said on Wednesday the agreement represented a historic chance to pursue a safer world.

    During a White House news conference, Obama said, "Without a deal, the...

  • 10 day-after questions on where the Iran deal is going

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    1. Was there a better option?

    The Obama administration says no. This agreement, the way it is presented by the administration, is the one and only agreement that was viable – and the alternative for it was war. Obama's words.

    The Saudis, the Israelis, the Republican Party all...

  • The Iran nuclear deal simplified in seven key points

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Economic sanctions

    What Iran got: All nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be removed, many as early as this year. This is expected to quickly release to the Iranian government more than $100 billion worth of assets frozen...

  • Birthright group asks alum to lobby Congress against Iran Nuclear deal

    By Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    On Tuesday, a New York-based Birthright Israel alumni group sent an email to all of its members urging them to lobby Congress to reject the nuclear arms agreement between Iran and the United States.

    The email, however, does not speak for the national and global Birthright Israel...

  • Iranian nuclear deal is a win for anti-Semitism

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    2 weeks ago

    I suppose all hatred has an element of irrationality. Yet some hatreds are more irrational than others. For thousands of years, hatred of Jews has been unique.

    Sometimes acts of hatred, such as confiscating Jewish wealth or property, served utilitarian purposes for rulers or...

  • Why critics of the Iran deal should hope Obama is like Neville Chamberlain

    2 weeks ago

    It was just a few weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks and suddenly U.S.-Israel tensions were erupting. The White House was furious at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for essentially comparing President George W. Bush’s efforts to line up Arab support for his war on terror to...

  • Analysis: Chuck Schumer now the most important man in the world

    By JNi.media

    2 weeks ago

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is one of two dozen Republicans racing for the White House, on Tuesday challenged Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who will become the Senate Democratic leader in 2017, to turn his back on President Barack Obama and help kill the Iran deal.

    “Chuck...

  • Obama relishes Iran deal, warns Congress not to stop it

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama heralded a nuclear agreement with Iran on Tuesday as an opportunity to shift direction in the Middle East, and warned he would veto any attempt by deeply skeptical Republican lawmakers to overturn the deal.

    Obama, relishing a foreign policy win that...

  • Iranians dance in streets, thank Rouhani for nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Young Iranian men and women danced in streets in parts of Tehran and motorists honked car horns to cheer an historic nuclear accord with world powers they hope will end years of economic sanctions and decades of international isolation.

    Millions of Iranians had followed the talks...

  • Iran deal reached, Obama hails step toward ‘more hopeful world’

    3 weeks ago

    Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East.

    President Barack Obama hailed a step toward a "more hopeful world" and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said it...

  • The Iran deal gamble

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    Here’s what you need to know in order to make up your mind about the Iranian nuclear deal: No one knows.

    The people who have opposed the deal from the beginning, most prominently Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have no idea whether the deal announced July 14 will allow...

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