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  • ‘One Wish’ creators making the world a better place

    By Zan Romanoff

    October 30, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    The concept of the viral YouTube video “One Wish for Iran, Love Israel” was simple: Ask folks on the streets of Jerusalem what they want the people of Iran to know in anticipation of Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration this past summer as the nation’s president.

    Creator and Angeleno...

  • White House presses Congress not to intensify sanctions

    October 24, 2013 | 10:17 am

    The Obama administration reportedly is asking Congress to delay passing new Iran sanctions.

    The National Security Council on Thursday hosted top staffers from congressional committees dealing with Iran sanctions at a White House briefing.

    According to BuzzFeed, the thrust of...

  • A deal with Iran can strengthen U.S.-Israel relationship

    October 16, 2013 | 10:35 am

    The beginning of talks with Iran this week in Geneva follow dramatic developments at the United Nations General Assembly last month that culminated in a phone call between President Barack Obama and President Hassan Rouhani. But the new atmosphere of at least minimal dialogue has...

  • Bipartisan Group in Congress asks Treasury Dept. to recall workers overseeing Iran sanctions

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 11, 2013 | 8:48 pm

    For the first time since most of the federal government shut down on Oct. 1, there appeared to be some hope on Capitol Hill on Friday that Congressional Republicans and President Obama could come to a compromise that will allow the federal government to be reopened, possibly in the...

  • Netanyahu would ‘consider’ taking call from Rouhani

    October 4, 2013 | 9:37 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. media he would not initiate contact with the new Iranian president, but would not turn down an overture out of hand.

    “Yeah, we’re not the first to call,” Netanyahu told Piers Morgan, a CNN host who asked him in an...

  • Rouhani outreach rejected

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 3, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    Iran’s recently elected President Hassan Rouhani may have reached out to Iranian-American Jews during his visit last month to New York, but Iranian-American Jews aren’t returning the gesture.

    Instead, they have responded with cynicism, declaring that recent comments made during...

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talked the talk

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 3, 2013 | 11:21 am

    As one who has studied a folio of Talmud each day for the last 14 months, I am tempted to present President Hassan Rouhani’s interview with CNN as a text to be studied, dissected point by point, sentence by sentence in talmudic fashion.

    According to the translator hired by the...

  • In case you missed it, Bibi doesn’t like Rouhani

    October 2, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Say what you will about Bibi, but the guy stays on message.

    In his speech at the U.N. yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drove home the same point he’s been repeating since he (re)took office in 2009: Iran’s trying to get the bomb, we need to stop it and...

  • Netanyahu talks tough on Iran, leaves door open to ‘meaningful’ diplomatic solution

    October 2, 2013 | 8:30 am

    The “credible military threat” against Iran that Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to hear while he was in the United States this week eventually emerged — from his own lips.

    The Israeli prime minister, in a blunt speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, warned that...

  • Netanyahu calls on Obama to maintain sanctions, military pressure on Iran

    September 30, 2013 | 11:14 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked President Obama not to relieve sanctions or military pressure on Iran until the Islamic Republic proves that it has ended its suspected nuclear weapons program.

    “I believe it’s the combination of a credible military threat and the...

  • Obama speaks by phone to Iran’s Rouhani, sees chance for progress

    September 27, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a historic phone call on Friday, in the highest level conversation between the estranged nations in more than three decades.

    Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said both men had directed their...

  • AIPAC discouraged Rouhani overture, Rabbi Wolpe says

    By Jared Sichel

    September 25, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    The pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC “actively discouraged” an effort by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to reach out to Iranian-American Jews in Los Angeles, according to Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe.

    During Shabbat services on Sept. 21, Wolpe informed his congregation,...

  • Full-court press charm offensive: Iranian leader’s smooth diplomacy poses new challenge for Israel

    September 25, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    A charm offensive toward the West by Iran's new president and his nuanced approach to his predecessor's Holocaust denial have run into an Israeli wall of suspicion hardened by Tehran's nuclear pursuits.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will not be fooled by Hassan...

  • After U.N. speeches, Israel strikes wary tone on Iran

    September 25, 2013 | 9:42 am

    The good news for Israel in President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations was his insistence that any steps Iran might take to solve the standoff over its nuclear program must be transparent and verifiable.

    The bad news was that Obama wasn’t clear about what those steps...

  • Rouhani says will present ‘true face of Iran’ at U.N.

    September 23, 2013 | 9:49 am

    President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday he would use his visit to the United Nations this week to present the "true face of Iran" and to pursue talks and cooperation with the West to end Iran's nuclear dispute.

    A moderate conservative elected in June, Rouhani was speaking shortly...

  • U.S. says open for Iran talks based on ‘mutual respect’

    September 20, 2013 | 4:16 pm

    The United States is ready to engage in talks "on the basis of mutual respect" with Iran about its disputed nuclear program as long as Tehran is willing to demonstrate that its program is for civilian purposes, the White House said on Friday.

    "We have had a number of engagements...

  • Iran’s Rouhani says wants he peace, blames Israel for region’s ‘instability’

    September 19, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a television interview, said his country is not seeking war but harshly criticized Israel for bringing "instability" to the Middle East and for questioning his government's intentions toward nuclear arms.

    The comments from the new Iranian...

  • Israel accuses Iran of deception to buy time for atom work

    September 18, 2013 | 9:05 am

    Israel accused Iran on Wednesday of using "deception and concealment" to buy time for its nuclear program, signaling skepticism that the Islamic state's new government would agree to curb its atomic activities.

    The election of a relative moderate, Hassan Rouhani, as new Iranian...

  • The tweets heard round the world

    September 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Is there a line between the much-ballyhooed Rosh Hashanah greetings from the Iranian leadership and a U.S.-Iran accommodation on Syria?

    At the New Yorker, George Packer draws that line

    The clearest path to a settlement now may be not through Moscow but through...

  • Iran, U.S. waiting for other side to make nuclear compromise

    August 7, 2013 | 9:51 am

    The presidency of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani has opened a window of opportunity in Iran's delicate nuclear diplomacy with the West but Tehran-watchers say that window could close as each side waits for the other to make the first move.

    Cautious optimism about talks between...

  • Iran leader reaches out to U.S., raises hopes for resolution of nuclear dispute

    August 6, 2013 | 9:37 am

    Iran's incoming President Hassan Rouhani used his first press conference on Tuesday to offer an olive branch to the United States in protracted talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear program, raising hopes of progress after years of stalemate.

    Rouhani, seen in the West as a...

  • Iran looks to the north

    July 24, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    In the United States, our focus is on Iran’s activities to its west and east. Tehran supports Bashar Assad in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, menaces oil exports in the Gulf and threatens Israel with annihilation. On its other flank, it seeks influence in Afghanistan as U.S....

  • You’ve got mail: Government to assign email addresses to all Iranians

    July 9, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Iran is to assign all citizens an individual email address which the communications minister said on Monday would aid interaction between state authorities and the people.

    It was unclear whether the move would add to regulations on Internet use imposed by a conservative Islamist...

  • The Iranian elections were a complete charade!

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 22, 2013 | 11:15 am

    For past month it has been frustrating to see how American and European news media outlets have been naïve and stupid enough to give coverage to the latest presidential “election” in Iran that was nothing more than a charade. There was nothing democratic, fair or just about the...

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