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  • U.S. Iranian Jews decline meeting with Rohani

    September 24, 2013 | 9:34 am

    The organized Iranian Jewish community in the United States has declined an invitation to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rohani during his visit to New York.

    The Iranian American Jewish Federation received an official invitation to meet with the new Iranian President more...

  • Netanyahu at U.N. will liken Iran to North Korea

    September 23, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will liken Iran to North Korea in his U.N. General Assembly speech.

    The speech is Netanyahu’s bid to emphasize Israeli reservations about any rapprochement with Iran by the United Nations.

    “Iran must not be allowed to repeat...

  • Report: Russia to sell Iran advanced anti-aircraft missile batteries

    September 11, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Russia will supply Iran with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile batteries and a new nuclear reactor, a Russian newspaper is reporting.

    The Kommersant daily reported Wednesday that “a source close to the Kremlin” said the agreement would be discussed Friday, when Russian...

  • U.S. asks Iran’s Rohani to free Jewish American

    August 29, 2013 | 9:30 am

    The United States asked Iran’s new president to free a Jewish American who has been detained there for six years.

    In a statement issued Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked Hassan Rohani “to work cooperatively with us” to free Robert Levinson, as well as dual...

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  • On bombing Iran

    By David Suissa

    August 14, 2013 | 10:42 am

    “The Iranian regime supports violent extremists and challenges us across the region. It pursues a nuclear capability that could spark a dangerous arms race and raise the prospect of a transfer of nuclear know-how to terrorists. ... The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my...

  • Netanyahu sees Rohani’s call for serious nukes talks as ploy

    August 7, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said new Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s call for serious negotiations over his country’s nuclear program is a ploy to continue enriching uranium.

    On Wednesday, a day after Rohani called for direct talks with the United States over his...

  • Vigilance, not optimism, in engagement with Iran

    August 5, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Hassan Rohani was sworn in as Iran’s president on Sunday. In his inauguration speech, he alleged that his government would walk the path of “detente” with the world, but that the international community should engage with Iran through “dialogue” and “respect” instead of sanctions....

  • Netanyahu’s office says his attack on Rohani’s based on bad translation

    August 2, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office blamed an erroneous translation for his earlier call on westerners who believe Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani is a moderate to abandon their “illusion.”

    Netanyahu’s office late Friday removed from the Twitter social...

  • Rohani’s statement, its distortion, and what it all means

    August 2, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Today, Iran marked Quds day, its annual rebuke to all things Zionist generally, and Israel’s control of Jerusalem specifically.

    ISNA, the semi-official Iranian news agency, quoted President-elect Hassan Rohani — much touted as a moderate — as saying the following:

    ...
  • Rohani or no Rohani, we must increase the pressure on Iran

    August 1, 2013 | 2:35 pm

    Before the election of President Hassan Rouhani , Iran’s centrifuges were spinning at an unprecedented pace.  After his election, they continue to not only spin, but multiply.  In response, the United States must once again deliver a firm message to Tehran: Halt your illicit...

  • House overwhelmingly votes to add new Iran sanctions

    August 1, 2013 | 9:02 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to add new sanctions on Tehran that would drastically reduce Iran’s trade.

    The bill, which passed Wednesday evening by a vote of 400-20, would expand sanctions to shut down U.S. trade with any entity that trades substantively...

  • Ahmadinejad calls Holocaust denial major achievement of his presidency

    July 8, 2013 | 10:08 am

    Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during a farewell ceremony that publicizing his Holocaust denial was a major achievement of his presidency.

    “That was a taboo topic that no one in the West allowed to be heard,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech Sunday, according to...

  • L.A. Iranian Jews pessimistic about new Iranian president

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 19, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    In the wake of the election on June 16 of Iranian cleric Hassan Rohani as the next president of Iran, Los Angeles’ Iranian-Jewish activists not hopeful that the new head of the Iranian regime will be able to transform Iran’s radical totalitarian Islamic dictatorship. 

    Local...

  • Iran’s president-elect Rohani: More of the same or a bridge to the West?

    June 18, 2013 | 9:40 am

    Former national security adviser, former nuclear negotiator, a decades-old friendship with the supreme leader — Hassan Rohani is as Iranian establishment as it gets.

    Which is why, some Iran watchers say, he may be an invaluable asset in the quest to reduce tensions between the...

  • Nuclear enrichment among Iran’s ‘inalienable rights,’ new president says

    June 18, 2013 | 7:34 am

    Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rohani said he would strive for transparency in his country’s nuclear program but would not stop enriching uranium.

    Rohani, in his first news conference following his upset victory over the weekend, also said he wants to reduce tension with the...

  • Time to enter the Iranian bazaar on the nuclear issue

    June 17, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    The election of the cleric Shia Mujtahid Hassan Rouhani is the perfect Iranian move in a nuclear chess match where Iran seems to be consistently outmaneuvering the United States.  After all, the Persians were among the first to introduce chess to the world in the 10th...

  • 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...

  • Iran- Good News or Bad News? (and Other Comments on the Current Events)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 17, 2013 | 8:14 am

    1. Iran

    So, Netanyahu or Peres? That’s the question when it comes to Iran- should Israel (and the rest of the world) adopt the more suspicious approach espoused by the Prime Minister following the victory of moderate – relatively moderate, that is – Hassan Rohani. Or maybe the...

  • Iran election offers choice, but little change

    June 11, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Friday's presidential election in Iran is unlikely to bring significant change to the Islamic republic, whose supreme leader has ensured hardline candidates dominate the field. But the sole moderate could yet upset the race.

    World powers embroiled in talks with Iran over its...