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  • Iran nuclear talks extended a week

    2 days ago

    Iran nuclear talks have been extended a week past their deadline for a final deal.

    The talks, which were to have reached an agreement by Tuesday, were extended to July 7, Marie Harf, a State Department strategic expert attending the talks in Vienna, said on Twitter.

    U.S....

  • Marriage: What’s in a promise?

    By Gina Nahai

    2 days ago

    The week after my parents’ wedding, at the swanky Officers’ Club in downtown Tehran, another Jewish couple were married in the same ballroom, by the same rabbi, and before many of the same invitees. Like my parents, both members of the other couple were children of a new but...

  • The Iran talks: Where are we now?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    Is Iran’s long waiting game ending?

    Even with the extension of the Iran interim nuclear accord until July 7, and negotiations still ongoing, it is clear the Iranians have long known — looking at the actions of the Obama administration — that Iran would not risk much by sticking...

  • As Iran deadline approaches, skeptics draw dueling red lines

    By Ron Kampeas

    3 days ago

    In nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, it’s deadline time, and skeptics on both sides are laying out red lines in a bid to shape a final deal.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader who had been wary of the talks, last week outlined his own expectations for...

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  • Iran, powers give themselves to July 7 to strike deal

    4 days ago

    Iran and six world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a final nuclear accord after it became clear they would miss a deadline on Tuesday, with U.S. and Iranian officials sounding upbeat even though obstacles remain.

    With all sides accepting that Tuesday's original...

  • Iranian nuclear talks expected to go past scheduled deadline

    4 days ago

    Negotiations for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program will go past the scheduled deadline, several officials said from Vienna, where the final round of talks was underway.

    The agreement was scheduled to be concluded on Tuesday.

    On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad...

  • Western officials suggest Iran tries to wiggle out of nuclear pledges

    5 days ago

    Iran is backtracking from an interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago, Western officials suggested on Sunday, as U.S. and Iranian officials said talks on a final accord would likely run past a June 30 deadline.

    Securing an historic agreement would end a more...

  • U.S. lawmakers step up warnings against ‘weak’ Iran deal

    1 week ago

    As talks on an Iran nuclear deal enter the final stretch, U.S. lawmakers are sharpening warnings against a "weak" agreement and laying down red lines that, if crossed, could prompt Congress to trip up a carefully crafted international pact.

    Several influential lawmakers said they...

  • Beyond Iran and Gaza, Israel has socioeconomic worries too

    1 week ago

    With news focused on Gaza, Iran and the West Bank, it can be easy to forget that Israel has problems within its borders, too. Though Israelis rarely do. Thankfully, we now have a 62-page booklet full of graphs and charts to remind us.

    Published last week by the Taub Center for...

  • Making a Kosher Deal With Iran

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    1 week ago

    As the June 30th agreement deadline approaches, it has me wondering how the P5+1 will guarantee Iran doesn’t obtain nuclear weapons. While my work as a rabbi doesn’t include agreements and safeguards on nuclear nonproliferation — though I did study that in university back in the...

  • Shilling for Iran is unworthy of Senator Dianne Feinstein

    2 weeks ago

    The basis of any democracy is trust between the people and their representatives. When that trust is violated not only are the violators seen as lacking legitimacy but so too are the very institutions they represent.
     ...
  • U.S. denies Israeli report on Obama inviting Netanyahu to meet

    2 weeks ago

    The White House denied an Israeli newspaper report on Tuesday that U.S. President Barack Obama had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet in Washington next month.

    Citing unnamed U.S. State Department sources, Yedioth Ahronoth daily said the two leaders could...

  • Israel accuses world powers of yielding to Iran for nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused world powers on Sunday of stepping up concessions to Iran to enable a deal by June 30 on curbing its nuclear program even as Tehran balks at demands for heightened U.N. inspections.

    Netanyahu has argued that the agreement in the...

  • Israeli, Saudi former officials have met to discuss Iran strategy

    June 5, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    Former officials of the Israeli and Saudi governments have held five meetings over the last year and a half to discuss Iran strategy.

    The meetings were confirmed Thursday at a press conference in Washington at the Council on Foreign Relations. Speaking were participants Anwar...

  • Obama is hurt? So is Israel

    By David Suissa

    June 4, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about how President Barack Obama feels hurt and misunderstood by Israel and by many Jews in the pro-Israel community. The storyline is that those Jews simply don’t appreciate how “Jewish” the president really is and how much he cares for the Jews...

  • Saudis view Iran as greater enemy than Israel

    June 4, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    Saudis dislike Iran more than they dislike Israel.

    A poll released Thursday by the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya’s Institute for Policy and Strategy found that 53 percent of Saudis named Iran as their country’s main enemy, 22 percent named the Islamic State, or ISIS, and...

  • Obama and Israel: rationality, self-interest and hatred

    By Michael Berenbaum

    June 1, 2015 | 11:44 am

    This past week President Barack Obama went on a Jewish offensive trying to gain support for the forthcoming agreement with Iran by giving an interview to Jeffrey Goldberg, the wise and deeply committed Jewish writer for The Atlantic, and by speaking at Adas Israel Congregation, the...

  • U.S. defense aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears

    May 29, 2015 | 9:06 am

    U.S. defense aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington's efforts to assuage its ally's fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

    A current package worth $3 billion a year expires in 2017. A U.S....

  • Swiss court orders Israel to pay Iran $1.1 billion

    May 21, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    A Swiss court has ordered Israel to pay $1.1 billion to Iran over a shah-era oil debt.

    The debt harkens back to a 1968 agreement in which the government-controlled National Iranian Oil Company shipped oil through Israeli ports and sold crude oil to Israel. Under the agreement,...

  • 3 short notes from NY: Iran, US-Israel, Israel-Diaspora

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 21, 2015 | 4:00 am

    I spent the week in the US, discussing the “triangle” – The US, Israel, and the Jews – at a JPPI brainstorming conference and in several other meetings. Here are a couple of quick thoughts on things that were discussed and their implications:

    Iran: accept or fight to the (bitter)...

  • Iranian suspect in AMIA bombing denies involvement, cites ‘influence of ‘Zionism’

    May 19, 2015 | 10:40 am

    An Iranian suspect in the 1994 attack on the Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish center denied that his country was involved and blamed Argentina for being “under the influence of Zionism.”

    The accusation against Iran made by Argentina’s Justice Department “is unfounded, false and a lie,”...

  • Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft

    May 19, 2015 | 8:22 am

    A senior Israeli official took a swipe at the United States on Tuesday over Iran's reported purchase of second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the acquisition violated international sanctions and went ahead despite a tip-off from Israel.

    Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoondi...

  • A quest for understanding

    May 13, 2015 | 4:27 pm

    As we digest news of what could be an "understanding" with Iran and what could be a historic nuclear agreement with the "enemy," volatile rhetoric ratchets up on all sides, dividing the Jewish community here at home and the world over, making Israel more and more a divided partisan...

  • Why steering clear of the Middle East is a terrible idea

    May 12, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    Much as the United States may like to, staying out the Middle East just isn’t an option — not if security is a priority.

    Last month, Jeff Stein and Jonathan Broder wrote an article at Newsweek. It’s worth reading. Defending President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, the authors...

  • Tensions high along Israel-Syria border, but nobody wants war

    April 30, 2015 | 8:21 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Tensions have flared along Israel’s northern border for the second time this year, following a suspected Israeli Air Force attack on weapon deliveries to Hezbollah. Days later, when Hezbollah gunmen tried to plant an explosive...

  • Sunday Reads: Death of a Polish Giant, ‘Egypt’s Pinochet’, Netanyahu’s economic vision

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2015 | 4:24 am

    US

    Ann-Marie Slaughter argues in favour of President Obama’s attempts at bilateral engagement with isolated countries:

    Obama rejected his predecessor George W. Bush’s policy of isolating “rogue states,” recognizing that America’s only hope for influencing isolated countries’...

  • Obama: Meeting with Netanyahu only after nuke talks deadline

    April 23, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    (JTA) — President Barack Obama reportedly said he will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the June 30 deadline for the Iran nuclear talks.
    Obama told Jewish leaders last week that a face-to-face meeting with Netanyahu would probably end with Netanyahu...

  • Russia says missile deal with Iran will not happen in near future

    April 23, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    Russia will not sell Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles in the near future, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said.
    Russia earlier this month said it would lift its embargo on the sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran, antagonizing Israel and the United States. The advanced...

  • Major Clinton Foundation backer, a supporter of Jewish causes, trades with Iran

    April 22, 2015 | 8:38 am

    The largest single donor to the Clinton Foundation, a Ukrainian businessman who backs Jewish causes, reportedly also trades with Iran, according to Newsweek.

    Victor Pinchuk, a Jewish pipeline magnate, has sold his pipelines to Iran, the magazine reported Tuesday.

    The report...

  • Israel sentences Belgian-Iranian to seven years’ jail for spying

    April 21, 2015 | 9:01 am

    A Belgian-Iranian man was sentenced to seven years in jail in Israel on Tuesday after being convicted of spying for Iran that included photographing the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv from his nearby hotel balcony.

    A court in the central Israeli city of Lod said the information Ali...

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