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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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...

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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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’

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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...

  • Israel won’t strike Iran alone, no matter how much it hates the nuclear deal

    2 weeks ago

    The day after a nuclear deal with Iran was announced, the sun rose high above Jerusalem's shimmering hills just as it does every July, as if the ancient land shrugged off two decades of apocalyptic warnings from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and decided to go about its...

  • In Israel’s domestic politics, Iran deal is a gift for Netanyahu

    2 weeks ago

    Maybe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be thanking the Obama administration for the Iran deal.

    Netanyahu called Tuesday’s agreement on Iran’s nuclear program a “stunning historic mistake.” He says it’s going to endanger the Middle East.

    But within Israel, the...

  • Netanyahu and Hammond face off over Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    An on-camera, testy exchange between British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid bare on Thursday tensions over the nuclear deal between foreign powers and Iran.

    A day after telling Britain's parliament that Israel would not have...

  • Obama challenges Iran deal critics to come up with an alternative

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday challenged critics of the Iran nuclear agreement to come forward with a viable alternative, saying the only two real options were a negotiated deal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions or war.

    "What I haven't heard is: what is your preferred...

  • Israel: Iran deal ‘naked as emperor with no clothes’

    3 weeks ago

    Israel's nuclear affairs minister said his country was like the boy in the fairy tale who pointed out the emperor had no clothes, heaping scorn on the Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday and emphasising Israel's right to unilateral self-defence.

    Tuesday's agreement between six world...

  • Obama calls Iran deal historic chance to pursue safer world

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, said on Wednesday the agreement represented a historic chance to pursue a safer world.

    During a White House news conference, Obama said, "Without a deal, the...

  • Deal or no deal? A busy road ahead for Congress

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    The region’s Democratic Congressmen are speaking out about the Iran nuclear deal forged by a Democratic president — with reservation.

    Speaking to the Journal hours after the landmark deal was announced on July 14, Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)...

  • 10 day-after questions on where the Iran deal is going

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    1. Was there a better option?

    The Obama administration says no. This agreement, the way it is presented by the administration, is the one and only agreement that was viable – and the alternative for it was war. Obama's words.

    The Saudis, the Israelis, the Republican Party all...

  • The Iran nuclear deal simplified in seven key points

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    Economic sanctions

    What Iran got: All nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be removed, many as early as this year. This is expected to quickly release to the Iranian government more than $100 billion worth of assets frozen...

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