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  • Iran deal could stumble on sensitive nuclear monitoring

    April 10, 2015 | 11:59 am

    Beefing up international monitoring of Iran's nuclear work could become the biggest stumbling block to a final accord between Tehran and major powers, despite a preliminary deal reached last week.

    As part of that deal, Iran and the powers agreed that United Nations inspectors...

  • Iran’s Khamenei breaks silence in nuclear deal, says sanctions must go

    April 9, 2015 | 8:51 am

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday demanded that all sanctions on Iran be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear program is concluded.

    Khamenei, the Islamic Republic's most powerful figure and who has...

  • The Iranian deal: Cause for skepticism, concern and disappointment

    By Sam Yebri

    April 8, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    Americans who are Iranian and Jewish cannot help but view the recently announced nuclear understanding between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 with skepticism, concern and disappointment.  

    First, we are skeptical because there is no “deal.” Nothing was signed in...

  • The Iranian deal: Accept an imperfect deal, then make it better

    April 8, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    In “King Lear,” William Shakespeare cautioned against “striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.” French philosopher Voltaire wrote that “perfect is the enemy of the good.” What each of these maxims tells us is that efficiency is a worthy objective. In striving to reach 100...

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  • Maybe Obama knows what he’s doing

    By Rob Eshman

    April 8, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    At our seder this year, one guest, an Israeli of Iraqi origin, told me her family has a very different way of recounting the Ten Plagues God sent to Egypt.

    Instead of spilling a little wine at the mention of each plague — blood, boils, hail, frogs, the likeher father would...

  • A third of Republicans support Iran nuclear deal

    April 8, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Thirty-one percent of U.S. Republicans favor a new nuclear deal with Iran, creating a challenge for their party's lawmakers who largely oppose the framework accord sealed between Tehran and world powers, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.

    Another 30 percent of Republicans...

  • Middle East prepares for Iran nuclear deal

    April 7, 2015 | 10:24 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    The signing of the framework agreement to end Iran’s nuclear program is having repercussions throughout the Middle East. In Israel, itself a nuclear power, there is deep skepticism that Iran will comply with the terms of the...

  • U.S. says Iran sanctions face phase-out, Obama knocks Israel demand

    April 7, 2015 | 9:06 am

    The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognizing Israel.

    "The notion that we would...

  • U.S. and Israel escalate war of words over Iran

    April 7, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Israel and the Obama administration have stepped up their war of words over the framework agreement that aims to limit Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a gradual rollback of sanctions.

    President Barack Obama made his most detailed effort yet to persuade skeptics of the...

  • Hezbollah says Iran nuclear agreement ‘rules out specter of regional war’

    April 6, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Monday that a framework nuclear agreement that Iran reached with world powers last week rules out the specter of regional war.

    "There is no doubt that the Iranian nuclear deal will be big and important to the region," Sayyed Hassan...

  • Want to stop Iran’s nukes? Use less oil

    April 6, 2015 | 2:36 pm

    With the conclusion of a framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear agreement last week, many remain profoundly unsure whether the deal will successfully prevent Tehran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon.

    Under the terms of the agreement, much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will...

  • Hamas maneuvers among regional powers

    April 6, 2015 | 11:20 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Hamas is attempting to maneuver between rival regional powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Hamas is siding with Iran against the US on negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, but with Saudi Arabia against Iran on the Shi’ite Houthi...

  • Obama makes pitch for Iran deal, promises to stand by Israel

    April 6, 2015 | 11:14 am

    President Obama promised to defend Israel in making his most comprehensive case yet for a diplomatic resolution of the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.

    In a lengthy interview Saturday with Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, Obama made his pitch for the framework accord...

  • Conflicting U.S., Iranian accounts on sanctions relief

    April 6, 2015 | 10:17 am

    After Iran and world powers agreed last week to a framework deal on curbing Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, Tehran and Washington seem to have different interpretations over how that will be done.

    Many details must still be hammered out, including the pace...

  • Netanyahu seeks better deal on Iran; Obama says it is best hope on nuclear issue

    April 6, 2015 | 8:27 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States on Sunday to seek a better deal to curb Iran's nuclear program and said he would press American lawmakers not to give Tehran "a free path to the bomb."

    President Barack Obama, hoping to sway skeptics at home and...

  • Do you trust Obama on Iran and Israel? 3 short comments for Pesach

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 6, 2015 | 2:05 am

    1. Iran — a matter of trust

    It is heartwarming to watch President Barack Obama talking about “the deep affinities that I feel for the Israeli people and for the Jewish people.” Whether one believes him is another matter. Obama is campaigning to sell a deal with Iran, and the deal...

  • Keep your enemies closer

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 2, 2015 | 7:04 pm

  • Obama calls Netanyahu about Iran deal

    April 2, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the agreement reached with Iran to limit its nuclear program, the White House said.

    Obama told Netanyahu that the deal represents significant progress toward a lasting solution that cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, the statement said.

    Obama also said the progress on the nuclear front did not diminish concerns about "Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and threats towards Israel," the White House said.

  • Jewish community reacts to Iran nuclear deal

    April 2, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    The Jewish community in Los Angeles and nationwide reacted Thursday to the news that the framework of an initial deal on limiting Iran’s nuclear program had been set:

    Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Los Angeles):

    “The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has embraced the...

  • Reporting Iran talks: stampedes, dirty shirts and $72 cocktails

    April 2, 2015 | 2:31 pm

    Hundreds of journalists have been crammed into a pair of large lounges at a 19th century hotel for over a week now, eager for any scrap of information on closed door negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program.

    Reporters from dozens of American,...

  • Iranians celebrate announcement of framework agreement

    April 2, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    Celebrations broke out in Tehran on Thursday night as a landmark framework agreement for a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was announced.

    Videos posted on social media showed cars driving through the streets of Tehran with honking horns and passengers clapping.

    ...
  • Israel dismisses Iran nuclear framework as detached from reality

    April 2, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Israel dismissed celebration of a nuclear framework deal between major powers and Iran on Thursday, calling it detached from reality, and vowed to continue lobbying to prevent a "bad" final agreement.

    Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a statement after the...

  • Obama says ‘historic’ Iran framework could make world safer

    April 2, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    President Barack Obama on Thursday said a framework agreement reached at talks in Switzerland on Iran's nuclear program is "a good deal" that would, if fully implemented, prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and help make the world safer.

    Speaking at the White House...

  • This Passover, raging anti-Semitism, ascendant Iran stand between Jews and the promise of Elijah the Prophet

    April 2, 2015 | 11:20 am

    This post originally ran on Fow News.

    On Friday night Jewish families in Israel and throughout the world will celebrate our Passover Seder, a wondrous interactive event remembering we were once slaves unto Pharaoh and celebrating our freedom and first baby steps as a nation. In...

  • Iran, world powers reach initial deal on reining in Tehran’s nuclear program

    April 2, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran's nuclear program for at least a decade, a step toward a comprehensive accord that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.

    The tentative agreement, after eight days of marathon...

  • Kerry extends Iran talks, French foreign minister returns

    April 1, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German and French counterparts extended marathon talks in Switzerland on Wednesday for a second day beyond a self-imposed deadline to reach a preliminary agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.

    A diplomat close to the talks said late...

  • Daily Kickoff: Deadline Day Delay | “Support for Palestinian state hits two-decade low in U.S.”

    By Jewish Insider

    April 1, 2015 | 2:07 pm

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    TOP TALKER: "As Nuclear Talks Drag on, U.S. and Iran Find It Harder to Hear Each Other" by David E. Sanger: “We are all about quantifiables: how many centrifuges can spin, how much plutonium can come...

  • Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

    April 1, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    President Barack Obama’s refusal to accept Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ostensible recommitment to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has watchers of the U.S.-Israel relationship wondering if the recent crisis is a mere speed bump or a sign of a...

  • What you need to know about the Iran nuclear negotiations

    April 1, 2015 | 12:08 pm

    Diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, have extended their deadline on a framework accord on Iran’s nuclear program. But even if an agreement is reached soon, it’s merely a way station toward a comprehensive deal that is due by June 30.

    If a deal is reached, who needs to approve it?...

  • Let’s leave Obama out of our seders

    By David Suissa

    April 1, 2015 | 11:16 am

    Jews have big mouths. Put those big mouths in a society that reveres freedom of speech and it’s a sight to behold. On the whole, it’s a wonderful attribute. We analyze everything, we criticize endlessly, we kvetch, we yell, we do everything but shut up. It’s as if we’re taking...

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