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  • Our fight over Iran: Kishkes vs Sechel

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    The Jewish community is used to intense internal debates, but our fight over the Iran nuclear deal has taken us to new levels of divisiveness. Why is that?

    The first and easy answer is that this is an existential issue, especially for Israel. When an anti-Semitic regime that...

  • Nadler supports Iran deal following Obama letter

    2 weeks ago

    Despite recognizing perceived faults in the Iran nuclear deal, Congressman Jerrold Nadler announced his support for the agreement, citing “in large part” his support for Israel.

    The Democrat Jewish lawmaker from New York had withheld his support for the deal for over three weeks,...

  • Israel says rockets that hit village were fired from Syria

    2 weeks ago

    Rockets hit an Israeli village near the Lebanese border on Thursday and Israel struck back in the Syrian Golan Heights, saying the rare salvo had been launched there by an Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group.

    The group, Islamic Jihad, denied the Israeli allegation. It had...

  • Iran deal: From rip-off to swindle?

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    I didn't think the Iran deal could get any worse. I didn't think I would find any more loopholes that would make it even easier for the Iranians to cheat and get away with it. Then, this morning, I read this extraordinary news item from the Associated Press in our Jewish Insider...

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  • IAEA says report Iran to inspect own military site is ‘misrepresentation’

    2 weeks ago

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief on Thursday rejected as "a misrepresentation" suggestions Iran would inspect its own Parchin military site on the agency's behalf, an issue that could help make or break Tehran's nuclear deal with big powers.

    Without International Atomic Energy...

  • Only fools play tag with the Iranian-Islamic dragon

    2 weeks ago

    I was born in Iran, but I fled when I was just 17, leaving my home for the uncertainty of a life without family or friends, and enduring a dangerous desert crossing that forever changed my life. Although I love Iranians, I love the freedom and choices offered in the West more, and...

  • AP: Iran has side agreement with UN allowing it to do its own nuke inspections

    2 weeks ago

    Iran has a secret agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency enabling it to choose its own experts to inspect its Parchin nuclear site.

    In a finding that could have implications for the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and six world powers, including the United...

  • Imagine the following headline: 340 plumbers urge Congress to disapprove Iran nuclear deal

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    I have nothing against rabbis. In fact, some of my best friends and some of the wisest people I know are rabbis.

    I also have nothing against plumbers, even though I don’t have any plumber friends. But I have employed more than my fair share of plumbers, and some of them were fine...

  • Senate majority leader: Congress likely won’t overcome Iran veto

    2 weeks ago

    Sen. Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said the Congress would likely not muster the two-thirds majority needed to reject the accord over Iran’s nuclear program.

    To reject the agreement, a majority of Congress would need to vote against it, which is likely, and then garner a...

  • Use Iran deal to prevent nuclear weapons free-for-all, treaty body says

    2 weeks ago

    The head of the body trying to secure ratification of a global ban on nuclear testing urged world leaders on Monday to use the momentum of an atomic deal with Iran to prevent a slide toward a nuclear weapons free-for-all.

    More than 160 countries have ratified the Comprehensive...

  • 340 U.S. rabbis sign letter supporting Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    In a letter to Congress, 340 U.S. rabbis from the major streams of Judaism expressed support for the Iran nuclear deal.

    The letter sent Monday urges the House of Representatives and Senate to endorse the agreement, in which sanctions are lifted in exchange for restrictions on...

  • What do Eli Broad and Matt Weiner have in common? They’re for the Iran deal

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 weeks ago

    “Under negotiated terms, there’s never been a better nuclear deal created in the history of the world,” film producer Lawrence Bender declared from a beach in the Hamptons.

    Bender is one of 98 leaders from L.A.’s Jewish community, including internationally renowned architect...

  • Is a Better Deal With Iran Possible?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    3 weeks ago

    One of the main arguments that the Administration has been repeating, over and over again, is that they have not heard any better alternatives to the one they negotiated with Iran.

    Besides my concern and suspicion that they are not interested in any actual other proposals, now...

  • Al Franken backs Iran deal, 5th of 9 Jewish Senate Democrats to do so

    3 weeks ago

    Sen. Al Franken endorsed the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the fifth of nine Jewish senators to back the agreement.

    “Many have expressed reservations about the deal, and I share some of those reservations,” Franken, D-Minn., wrote in an op-ed published Thursday on CNN’s website.

    ...
  • ‘The Girl from the Garden’: A story of love and shame in Jewish Iran

    By Avishay Artsy

    3 weeks ago

    In 1984, in the midst of the Iran-Iraq war, the writer Parnaz Foroutan left Iran with her family. She was only 6 years old, but she remembers how tense life had become.

    “My early childhood, we would run down to the basement, with the lights off and the landlord’s wife screaming...

  • Responses to 20 of the president’s arguments for the nuclear deal

    By Dennis Prager

    3 weeks ago

    There are many reasons the Israeli political left is opposed to the American nuclear deal with Iran, just as there are many reasons that Haim Saban, one of the Democratic Party’s and Barack Obama’s leading fundraisers, has come out against the deal. It is terrible for America,...

  • What it’s like to be an Iranian Jew

    By Gina Nahai

    3 weeks ago

    Time was, you could claim to be a patriotic Iranian, a supporter of Israel and a lover of the United States all at once and be believed by most Iranians. You could say you were all three things without pretense or contradiction, or the need to rank your loyalties in order of...

  • Los Angeles’ Iranian community fears Iran nuclear deal has hidden dangers

    By Karmel Melamed

    3 weeks ago

    For some, the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Argentina, which claimed 85 lives and injured hundreds more, is history. But for many Iranian Jews living in Los Angeles and elsewhere outside Iran, the terror attack, widely believed to be perpetrated by agents of...

  • Memories of youth breed distrust of Iranian government

    3 weeks ago

    When Iranian-born Nazy Rafaeil, 44, a computer engineer from Woodland Hills, was asked about the proposed P5+1 nuclear accord, she started off with a litany of complaints about the current Iranian regime. However, after she finished, she said she wanted to be clear that she’s not...

  • A dybbuk in the nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    In Jewish folklore a dead malcontent may return to possess the living. The troubled soul is known as a “dybbuk’, and it runs amok making mischief. In books and on stage and screen the fiend is invoked to aggravate family wrangles to the point of madness. Yet for all its wicked...

  • Why Obama should welcome a ‘No’ vote on the Iran deal

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    I don’t know any proponent of President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal who doesn’t believe the deal can be improved. They would love the inspections regime, for example, to be closer to the “anytime, anywhere” ideal, so that we could be sure to catch the world’s best cheaters...

  • Iran debate devolves with charges of ‘dual loyalty’ and ‘dog whistles’

    3 weeks ago

    The dredging up of the dual loyalty charge — that lawmakers who reject the Iran nuclear agreement and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which is lobbying against it, are more closely aligned with Israel than the United States — illustrates just how tense the debate over...

  • The unending cost of killing the Iran deal

    3 weeks ago

    In his 2006 book, “The Accidental Empire,” Gershom Gorenberg writes of Israel’s breathtakingly subtle, yet relentlessly evolving occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan.  He points out that a then young Amoz Oz warned of the “moral destruction” and corruption that comes to...

  • Rivlin to GOP congressmen: Israel will defend itself against Iran

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told a delegation of visiting Republican Congress members that Israel “can and will do all that is necessary to defend itself” in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal.

    “Along with Israelis on all sides of the political spectrum, I am deeply concerned...

  • AIPAC: Obama administration peddling ‘inaccuracies’ about lobby

    3 weeks ago

    AIPAC said the Obama administration is peddling inaccuracies about the pro-Israel lobby’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.

    AIPAC President Robert Cohen emailed the organization’s activists on Monday, linking to a New York Times article published last week about tensions...

  • Bloomberg to Obama: Don’t oversimplify Iran deal

    3 weeks ago

    Michael Bloomberg said President Barack Obama’s arguments in defense of the Iran nuclear deal are simplistic.

    “Overstating the case for the agreement belies the gravity of the issue and does more to breed distrust than win support,” the former New York mayor, now reinstalled at...

  • ‘Anti-Semitism’ vs. ‘dual loyalty’: the Iran debate gets ugly

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

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    A month ago, the day the deal with Iran was completed, I wrote an article under the headline A ‘bad’ agreement with Iran: Adjust or fight? in which I highlighted some of the “crucial points that make this agreement highly problematic”.

    Four weeks later, with opponents and...

  • Obama: Iran must end anti-American, anti-Israel postures to be accepted

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said Iran must drop its anti-American and anti-Israel postures before it transitions into the international community.

    Obama defended the Iran nuclear deal in an interview posted Monday at Mic.Com, a news website aimed at millennials.

    “There’s going to...

  • Kerry says Hiroshima anniversary shows importance of Iran deal

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima underscored the importance of a deal reached on Iran's nuclear program last month.

    Ceremonies were held in Hiroshima on Thursday to mark the...

  • Do Americans support or oppose the Iran deal?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    It should be an easy question to answer: two or three public opinion polls, a simple question about a matter that is high on the agenda, and you have an answer. But as you can see in our Public Opinion on Iran tracker – nothing is ever simple in the world of understanding what the...

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