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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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  • Obama calls Netanyahu about Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

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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?

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Netanyahu: Iran deal will allow nuclear breakout in less than a year

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators will leave Iran with the capability to develop a nuclear weapon in under a year.

    [Related: The critical importance of ‘Lausanne’]

    For...

  • U.S. says ready to work past deadline for Iran nuclear deal if needed

    2 weeks ago

    The United States said it was prepared to work past a midnight deadline into Wednesday if progress was being made towards clinching a preliminary nuclear deal between Iran and global powers.

    Negotiations appeared to be bogged down on an outline agreement aimed at curbing...

  • Daily Kickoff: Hillary talks to Malcolm | O’Malley learns Heschel | Obama’s favorite Iowa hotel

    By Jewish Insider

    3 weeks ago

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    2016 WATCH: Hillary talks to Malcolm: "Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a telephone discussion with Malcolm Hoenlein... that she thinks “we need to all work together to return the...

  • Iran negotiations: The critical importance of ‘Lausanne’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    Does today feel to you like a special day? Has the last month felt to you like a critical month? Did the last winter feel to you – in the words Ulysses S. Grant used to describe the winter of 1860-61 – like “one of great excitement”?

    There are critical decisions that are preceded...

  • Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises as Israel hopes for failure

    3 weeks ago

    Iran and six major powers were exploring possible compromises to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned they were unable to move on several sticking points.

    The news came as Israel said the details of a possible agreement emerging from talks...

  • Benjamin Netanyahu: The new Republican hero

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just won a startling re-election by linking his fate not to the United States as a whole, but to the U.S. Republican Party. Risking opprobrium for alienating President Barack Obama as well as Israel’s international support, he nevertheless...

  • U.S., Iran resume talks on preliminary nuclear deal as deadline looms

    3 weeks ago

    The United States and Iran resumed negotiations on Thursday aimed at clinching a nuclear deal before a March 31 deadline, and officials close to the talks said some kind of preliminary agreement between Tehran and six powers was possible.

    As the talks began, Washington and Tehran...

  • Cutting losses on Iran nuclear deal, Israel eyes small print

    3 weeks ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed.

    The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu's contentious speech...

  • Hezbollah sees Yemen strikes causing more Mideast tension

    3 weeks ago

    Hezbollah condemned as "unjust aggression" Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen on Thursday and said it takes the region towards increased tension.

    The Shi'ite group, which is backed by Iran, also called on Saudi Arabia and its allies to immediately and unconditionally halt the...

  • Beyond the toxic rhetoric: Obama, Bibi and prospects for peace

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama remains furious at Benjamin Netanyahu. He and many European leaders were counting on Israelis to get rid of an intractable "hawk" and replace him with Yitzak (Bougie) Herzog, the more flexible "dove.” With Bibi out of the way, the path would have been cleared...

  • Daily Kickoff: U.S. spying on Israel uncovers Israel spying on Iran talks | Dems’ Dermer Dinner

    3 weeks ago

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    High Stakes Spy Game: "Israel Spied on Iran Talks" by Adam Entous: “It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back...

  • On election night, remembering when Israelis loved Iran

    March 23, 2015 | 10:34 am

    While Israel’s election results were still rolling in, one predominantly Jewish audience in New York was watching Israelis talk about Iran.

    But the Israelis in the documentary screened Tuesday night at the Center for Jewish History weren’t addressing the Islamic Republic’s...

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