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  • Mossad: All 11 Jews missing after fleeing Iran in the 90s were murdered

    By JNi.media

    3 hours ago

    One year after determining that eight Jews who tried to escape from Iran in 1994 were murdered on their way to Israel, the Mossad has recently found that three other Jews who left Iran three years later were also murdered, Ynet reported. The new determination enabled the Rabbinical...

  • Obama knocks Huckabee, Trump for slide in Republican rhetoric

    4 hours 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...

  • Federation: Take it back

    By Rob Eshman

    23 hours ago

    In the hours immediately following the announcement of the Iran nuclear deal, the Jewish community fell victim to a rare and unbecoming phenomenon:  groupthink.

    The word went out from Zion, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu castigated the deal before it had even been...

  • Lead by Fear, Jewish Leadership Fails

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    3 days ago

    “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region,” said the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    We cannot dismiss these types of comments by senior leadership in Iran regarding Israel's destruction as merely rhetoric. Iran...

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  • Temples in Time.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 days ago

    It's Shabbat, before fast of Av.

    Iran Deal sizzles inside all Jews.
    German ovens’ stench, we sing the blues.
    Our temple remains shattered- atone .
    All in post traumatic mode, none alone.

    They say we control the world, its wealth,
    in small numbers win large prizes, stealth....

  • The Iran deal and the hubris of certainty

    4 days 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

    4 days 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,...

  • Kerry: critics of Iran deal spinning ‘fantasy,’ urges approval

    4 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, telling skeptical lawmakers it would be fantasy to think the United States could simply "bomb away" Tehran's atomic know-how.

    Testifying publicly before Congress...

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

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    The Jews of Israel oppose the agreement with Iran. The Jews of America support it. The just-released LA 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...

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

    4 days 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...

  • Rouhani assures critics nuclear deal is good for Iran

    4 days ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended Iran's nuclear deal with world powers after it came under attack from conservatives at home, arguing on Thursday it reflected the nation's will and was "more valuable" than carping over the details.

    While many Iranians hope last week's...

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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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...

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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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...

  • Will the nuclear deal impact California’s sanctions against Iran? It appears not

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    As Congress debates whether to approve the Obama administration’s agreement to lift many of the United States’ sanctions against Iran in return for a temporary curb on its nuclear program, one particular paragraph in the 159-page deal has activists and politicians in California...

  • Chessmasters: Israel and the Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    5 days 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....

  • Iran rejects sanctions extension beyond 10 years

    5 days ago

    Iran will not accept any extension of sanctions beyond 10 years, an official said on Wednesday, in the latest attempt by its pragmatist government to sell a nuclear deal with world powers to skeptical hardliners.

    Abbas Araqchi, one of several deputy foreign ministers, also told a...

  • After Israel talks, Pentagon chief says: ‘Friends can disagree’

    6 days ago

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter never expected to win over Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the merits of the nuclear agreement with Iran but tried to put a brave face on their sometimes blunt, closed-door exchange on Tuesday.

    "We don't agree on everything. And...

  • Biden defends Iran deal in call with Jewish leaders

    6 days ago

    Vice President Joseph Biden defended the Iran nuclear deal in a call with the organized Jewish community that drew a thousand listeners.

    Biden, considered the closest Obama administration official to the Jewish community, said Monday that he has fielded much skepticism among Jews...

  • Should American Jews show solidarity with Israel?

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    For as long as I can remember, American Jews who have opposed Israeli policies have justified it by pointing to a vigorous opposition inside Israel. In many ways, this was one of their most powerful arguments: Look at all the Israelis who agree with us! 

    Now, suddenly, with the...

  • Germany, Iran pledge to revive economic ties after long freeze

    1 week ago

    Germany and Iran moved tentatively on Monday toward reviving a once close trade relationship, anticipating the lifting of Western economic sanctions against Tehran following a landmark nuclear deal.

    Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, making the first top level German government...

  • The Iran deal: how to decide what to do now

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    There are people who think that the agreement with Iran is a positive development – that any alternative to such a deal was, as Secretary of State John Kerry said, a fantasy. These people will see no reason for Congress to spend too much time scrutinizing the deal's details and...

  • Israel signals may ask for more US military aid over Iran deal

    1 week ago

    Israel signalled on Friday that it would ask the United States for increased military aid to counter any threats that may arise as result of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

    Israel gets $3 billion in annual military aid from Washington under a package due to...

  • Israeli daily poll: 47% back Iran strike following nuke deal

    1 week ago

    Seventy-one percent of Israelis say they believe accord brings Iran closer to bomb, and 51 percent support bypassing Obama in effort to nix it.

    Forty-seven percent of respondents in a survey conducted by Maariv, an Israeli daily, supported a military strike to prevent Iran from...

  • Senior Iranian cleric challenges nuclear deal with world powers

    1 week ago

    A senior cleric challenged Iran's historic nuclear deal with world powers on Friday, echoing a cautious early assessment of the accord by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an arch-conservative who has the last word on matters of state.

    Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani...

  • It’s All About Me (and Pluto)

    By Mindy Leaf

    1 week ago

    NASA scientists celebrated a new landmark in space exploration, and human achievement, early Tuesday morning. After traveling for nine-and-a-half years and a distance of three billion miles, New Horizons — the fastest spacecraft ever to leave earth's orbit — successfully flew past...

  • Kerry: ‘Very, very hopeful’ Iran will release detained Americans

    1 week ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he raised the topic of detained Americans at every meeting he held with Iranians during the final weeks of nuclear negotiations and said he is hopeful Tehran would release them.

    The Obama administration has faced criticism for not...

  • The Torn Iranian American Jew

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    My father served the ‪‎Iranian‬ government for over thirty years.

    With the majority of his friends and colleagues ‪Muslim‬, few ‪‎Persian‬ Jews know of him now.

    He pulled himself out of poverty, away from the misery of losing his own father at a young age. He reached one of the...

  • In Europe, worried Iranian expats warn mullahs can’t be trusted

    2 weeks ago

    Thinking of his native Iran brings professor Afshin Ellian a mix of pain and pleasure.

    Under police protection for his vocal opposition of Islamist extremism, Ellian feels the pain of millions languishing under the Islamic regime and Western sanctions that he views as...

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