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  • Iran tests new precision-guided ballistic missile

    October 12, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    Iran tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile on Sunday in defiance of a United Nations ban, signaling an apparent advance in Iranian attempts to improve the accuracy of its missile arsenal.

    The Islamic Republic has one of the largest missile programs in the Middle East,...

  • U.S. officials say Russian cruise missiles aimed at Syria crashed in Iran

    October 8, 2015 | 10:58 am

    U.S. officials said four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from a warship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday had crashed in Iran while Russia insisted they had reached their targets in Syria.

    The White House declined to comment on the report from the officials, who asked not to...

  • Iran’s supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States

    October 7, 2015 | 9:30 am

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July.

    Khamenei, the highest authority...

  • Iranian parliamentary panel gives conditional nod to nuclear deal

    October 5, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    An committee of Iran's conservative-dominated parliament gave its support on Sunday to Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers on condition there would be no foreign inspections of military sites and no curbs on developing its missile program.

    These proposals, contained in a...

  • Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

    October 1, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

    Russian warplanes, in a second day...

  • A year of danger for Israel

    By Arthur Cohn

    October 1, 2015 | 10:11 am

    The beginning of a new year is a good time to assess where Israel stands. Based on my conversations over the past year with experts, journalists and highly placed officials, it is possible to identify several trends of concern:

    1. Iran

    The nuclear deal with Iran, which will...

  • In UN speech, Netanyahu keeps focus on Iran

    October 1, 2015 | 9:51 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, urged the international community to “check your enthusiasm at the door” regarding the recently finalized agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

    On Thursday, Netanyahu also criticized Palestinian...

  • Skepticism on Iran still fills the Gulf

    September 29, 2015 | 3:40 pm

    The nuclear deal with Iran will shortly come into effect and the world powers will lift their economic sanctions on Tehran. For many, this third and final phase of the nuclear agreement represents a moment of hope for the Middle East. Supporters of the pact believe that the...

  • Iran’s Rouhani at U.N.: Israel ‘only impediment’ to nuclear-free Mideast

    September 29, 2015 | 10:35 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Israel the “only impediment” to a nuclear-free Middle East and said that the United States’ support for Israel was the cause of terrorism in the region.

    Rouhani also praised the he sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal reached in...

  • Rouhani says Iran ready to help bring democracy to Syria, Yemen

    September 28, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran was ready to help bring democracy to war-torn Syria and Yemen, and blamed the spread of terrorism in the Middle East on the United States.

    In a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Rouhani...

  • Kerry and Iranian counterpart meet on nuclear deal, Mideast issues

    September 28, 2015 | 10:13 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in his first meeting with his Iranian counterpart since reaching a nuclear deal, said achieving regional peace was on the agenda.

    “We have a lot of issues to talk about,” Kerry said Saturday before his meeting with Javad Zarif in New York...

  • Rouhani: U.S.-Iran ties better but ‘still a long road to travel’

    September 25, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday said ties with the United States had improved, though there was "still a long road to travel" before the two estranged nations could have normal relations.

    "The situation has certainly changed," Rouhani, in New York for the United...

  • Iranian president says it’s premature to talk normalizing ties with U.S.

    September 21, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on American television that it was premature to discuss normalizing U.S.-Iran relations.

    “The enmity that existed between the United States and Iran over the decades, the distance, the disagreements, the lack of trust, will not go away soon,”...

  • Going to bat for every Jew

    September 18, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    Last week, I traveled to Washington DC to join with a couple thousand pro-Israel activists to voice our deep concerns about the nuclear agreement with Iran. A few dozen of us met with our local Congressman Ted Lieu and were excited to hear that our calls and letters made a...

  • Stephen Mull named U.S. coordinator on Iran nuclear deal

    September 18, 2015 | 11:55 am

    Stephen Mull, a former U.S. ambassador to Poland with experience working on nuclear and sanctions issues, will be the lead U.S. coordinator for implementing the July 14 nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    "Steve will lead the interagency...

  • In the new year, moving forward ... together

    September 16, 2015 | 3:00 pm

    A reporter called us one day last month. He had been reading our columns and saw that we were on opposite sides of the Iran deal debate, yet we were working together running the Jewish Journal. How could that be?

    Our first reaction was a kind of bemused sadness: When two Jews who...

  • Obama-Netanyahu meeting in DC to discuss post-deal environment

    September 16, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss post-Iran nuclear deal strategies when they meet Nov. 9 in Washington, D.C.

    “The president looks forward to discussing with the prime minister regional security issues, including implementation of the Joint...

  • Iranian president tweets English Rosh Hashanah greeting

    September 16, 2015 | 11:08 am

    Iran’s president tweeted a Rosh Hashanah greeting to the Jewish people.

    The greeting from Hassan Rouhani was sent from his official Twitter account on Sunday before the start of the holiday.

    “May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect & bring peace & mutual understanding....

  • In 5775, the White House met with Jewish leaders a ton of times (and it was mostly on Iran)

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2015 | 1:32 am

    ***This story has been updated to account for additional meetings between the White House and the Jewish community. (Sept. 11, 5:15 p.m. EST)

    As the Jewish year of 5775 comes to a close, Jewish Insider looked back at the White House’s calendar of events as it pertains to Jewish...

  • Khamenei says Israel will not last 25 more years; will not negotiate with U.S. beyond nuclear talks

    September 9, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Iran's Supreme Leader has said Tehran will not negotiate with the United States on any issue after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers in July and that Israel "will not see next 25 years” and adds that the Jewish state will be hounded until it is destroyed, according to his...

  • Obama musters more Senate votes for Iran nuclear deal

    September 8, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured 42 votes in the U.S. Senate for the international nuclear deal with Iran, more than enough to keep Congress from passing a resolution disapproving of the pact.

    Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal, Gary Peters, Ron Wyden and Maria...

  • Why we lost the debate to kill the Iran deal, and how we could ultimately win

    September 8, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Early on in February of this year, as the President and his Secretary of State were starting to leak information on the  negotiations around the proposed deal with Iran, the world looked on and assumed like so many attempts before it, the prospects of success where slim - they...

  • New tests negate possibility of Nisman suicide

    September 8, 2015 | 9:48 am

    The results of new tests on the gun believed to have killed Alberto Nisman appear to negate the possibility that the AMIA special prosecutor committed suicide.

    Experts confirmed that three laboratory analyses performed on the gun tested positive for traces of gunpowder residue,...

  • Fla. Jewish congresswoman opposes Iran nuclear deal

    September 8, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Rep. Lois Frankel, a Jewish congresswoman from South Florida, came out against the Iran nuclear deal.

    Frankel, a Democrat whose district includes West Palm Beach, said in a statement that the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal reached in July between Iran and six...

  • Bid to stop Iran deal likely buried by backing of two more Jewish senators

    September 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Two Jewish senators announced their backing for the Iran nuclear deal, bringing the total of senators supporting to 41 — enough to block Republicans from advancing a vote against it.

    Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., among the 28 Jewish lawmakers in...

  • Key lawmaker opposes Iran nuclear deal in blow to Obama

    September 4, 2015 | 2:20 pm

    Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said on Friday he would vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran, lessening the chances that President Barack Obama can win enough votes to avoid having to use his veto power to protect the international agreement.

    "This is a close call, but after a...

  • White House: Sanctions relief depends on Iranian compliance with nuke deal

    September 4, 2015 | 11:56 am

    The removal of sanctions depends on Iran’s compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, the White House said.

    “We’ve been crystal-clear about the fact that Iran will have to take a variety of serious steps to significantly roll back their...

  • Refugees a sign of unraveling world order

    September 4, 2015 | 11:02 am

    As the known and secret parts of the Iran nuke deal spin into place like the uncertain number of Iranian centrifuges, President Barack Obama has succeeded in winning one-third-plus votes in the U.S. Senate to defeat attempts to overturn what he deems his legacy foreign policy...

  • Will Obama and Netanyahu reconcile next year?

    September 3, 2015 | 2:49 pm

    Now that enactment of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a sure thing, the profound and often personal disagreement between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran is not about to go away.

    In the contemplative spirit of the Days of Awe, we...

  • Biden meets Jewish leaders in Florida to defend Iran deal

    September 3, 2015 | 2:00 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden tried to reassure Jewish leaders in south Florida on Thursday that President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran would be a vital step toward making the world a safer place.

    Biden, on a two-day trip to the political swing state of Florida as he explores...

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