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  • Birthright group asks alum to lobby Congress against Iran Nuclear deal

    By Tom Tugend

    3 weeks ago

    On Tuesday, a New York-based Birthright Israel alumni group sent an email to all of its members urging them to lobby Congress to reject the nuclear arms agreement between Iran and the United States.

    The email, however, does not speak for the national and global Birthright Israel...

  • Netanyahu, Obama have contentious conversation about Iran deal

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister had a contentious phone call after the major powers achieved a deal with Iran.

    Netanyahu in a statement said he raising two objections in the phone call.

    “One, the agreement allows Iran to develop extensive capabilities that...

  • Iran’s nuclear deal puts Saudis on edge

    3 weeks ago

    Iran's nuclear deal with world powers on Tuesday will make the Middle East a "more dangerous part of the world" if it comes with too many concessions, a Saudi official told Reuters, signaling Gulf Arabs' deep unease over the accord.

    The Saudis and their Gulf allies fear that the...

  • Iranian nuclear deal is a win for anti-Semitism

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    3 weeks ago

    I suppose all hatred has an element of irrationality. Yet some hatreds are more irrational than others. For thousands of years, hatred of Jews has been unique.

    Sometimes acts of hatred, such as confiscating Jewish wealth or property, served utilitarian purposes for rulers or...

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  • Why critics of the Iran deal should hope Obama is like Neville Chamberlain

    3 weeks ago

    It was just a few weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks and suddenly U.S.-Israel tensions were erupting. The White House was furious at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for essentially comparing President George W. Bush’s efforts to line up Arab support for his war on terror to...

  • Iranians dance in streets, thank Rouhani for nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Young Iranian men and women danced in streets in parts of Tehran and motorists honked car horns to cheer an historic nuclear accord with world powers they hope will end years of economic sanctions and decades of international isolation.

    Millions of Iranians had followed the talks...

  • Read the full text of the Iran Deal here

    3 weeks ago

    The 159-page final Iran Deal agreement is available online for anyone who's interested in reading it in its entirety. Below is the first part of the document.


    Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

    Vienna, 14 July 2015

    PREFACE

    The E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian...

  • Israel likely to turn to congress to fight Iranian nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    There’s a joke making the Facebook rounds of Israelis.

    “Knock knock”

    “Who’s there?”

    “A nuclear Iran.”

    “A nuclear Iran, who?”

    “BOOM.”

    The joke shows the deep skepticism most Israelis have, from officials down to the man in...

  • Iran deal reached, Obama hails step toward ‘more hopeful world’

    3 weeks ago

    Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East.

    President Barack Obama hailed a step toward a "more hopeful world" and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said it...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Iran nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    The Jewish community in Los Angeles and nationwide reacted to the news the Iranian nuclear deal had been reached:

    RABBI DAVID WOLPE / SINAI TEMPLE

    This agreement liberates resources to a regime whose core anti-Semitic and declaredly genocidal ideology is manifest. I fear that...

  • A ‘bad’ agreement with Iran: Adjust or fight?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    There is nothing less reassuring than a band of experts telling a nation that there is no reason for panic. And that is exactly the message Israel was getting on Tuesday morning, hours before the expected announcement of an Iran deal. The agreement – officials, ex-officials and...

  • IRNA: Iranian nuclear facilities will remain operational under nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Iran's state news agency IRNA said on Tuesday the country's nuclear facilities would remain operational under a deal reached between Tehran and six major powers.

    "All of Iran's nuclear facilities will continue working. None will be stopped or eliminated ... Iran will continue enrichment ... Research and development on key centrifuges (IR6, IR-5, IR4, IR 8) will continue," IRNA said in what it said was a summary of the deal, without citing a source.

  • POLL: Do you support the Iran nuclear deal?

    3 weeks ago

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    Do you support the Iran nuclear deal?

    Yes
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  • The Iran deal gamble

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    Here’s what you need to know in order to make up your mind about the Iranian nuclear deal: No one knows.

    The people who have opposed the deal from the beginning, most prominently Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have no idea whether the deal announced July 14 will allow...

  • Israel’s Netanyahu calls Iran nuclear deal ‘historic’ mistake

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the agreement reached on Tuesday by Iran and major world powers on Tehran's nuclear programme as a historic mistake and said he woud do what he could to block Iran's nuclear ambitions.

    "Iran is going to receive a sure path to...

  • Iran: An agreement to empower evil

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    While everyone else is weighing in on the merits of the Iran nuclear deal, I can name one person who probably hates it: Atena Farghadani.

    Farghadani is a 28-year-old Iranian artist and activist who was sentenced last month to 12 years and nine months in an Iranian prison because...

  • Iran, big powers clinch landmark nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East.

    Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations would...

  • Netanyahu: Preventing Iran nukes is this generation’s top challenge

    3 weeks ago

    Keeping Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons power is the “paramount challenge” of this generation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a pro-Israel conference.

    Netanyahu kept his remarks brief on Monday in a live video feed to the annual conference of Christians...

  • Jewish Law-Halacha and the Iran Agreement

    3 weeks ago

    It’s the question on everyone’s mind. Will the Iran deal push it back from the nuclear edge and become a pathway to moderation and the global community. Or, is it a dangerous agreement, a replay of Chamberlain’s tragic deal with the Germany that paved the way for war.

    Some have...

  • Iran’s Zarif says no nuclear deal expected on Monday

    3 weeks ago

    Nuclear negotiations between Tehran and six world powers will not finish on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, with diplomats reporting deadlock over a U.N. arms embargo and other sticking points.

    The White House said significant issues remained to be...

  • Israeli, American flags burned during Iran’s annual ‘Jerusalem Day’

    3 weeks ago

    Millions of Iranians participated in annual pro-Palestinian Al-Quds Day rallies, which in many places featured chants calling for death to Israel and the United States.

    The government-organized rallies, named for the Arabic name for Jerusalem, took place across Iran on Friday and...

  • Iran, powers give themselves to Monday for nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Iran and major powers gave themselves until Monday to reach a nuclear agreement, their third extension in two weeks, as Tehran accused the West of throwing up new stumbling blocks to a deal.

    Both sides say there has been progress in two weeks of talks, but British Secretary...

  • Iran says Western powers backtracking as nuclear deadline expires

    3 weeks ago

    Iran accused major powers on Friday of backtracking on previous pledges and throwing up new "red lines" at nuclear talks, after the deadline to reach an agreement in time to receive expedited scrutiny from the U.S. Congress expired with no deal.

    Iran's foreign minister Mohammad...

  • Panel: In Israel, will the future be hope or fear?

    3 weeks ago

    A post-Israeli election panel on the future of Israel. Featuring Rob Eshman, David Suissa and Shmuel Rosner. Moderated by Susan Freudenheim.

  • ‘Inside Out’ and Iran

    By Rob Eshman

    July 8, 2015 | 4:19 pm

    You want to understand the Iran nuclear negotiations? Read the analyses in Foreign Policy and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.  Read the pundits and editorials from left to right. Then, basically, ignore the pundits, and instead pay close attention to what the...

  • West ‘unimpressed’ with Iran’s new proposal in nuclear talks

    July 8, 2015 | 2:42 pm

    Iran has offered "constructive solutions" to resolve disputes in nuclear talks with six major powers, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on Wednesday, but Western officials suggested they had heard nothing new from Tehran.

    Iran and the powers are in the last stretch...

  • High-stakes Iran negotiations leave room for hope, doubt

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 8, 2015 | 10:05 am

    In 2007, a report from the American intelligence agencies concluded that Iran had halted its military nuclear program. The program, the report said, had been frozen since 2003, when the Iranians became apprehensive following the war in Iraq and because of the significant presence...

  • The U.S. and Iran: What happens once a deal is in place

    July 7, 2015 | 3:50 pm

    Years before it is deemed a success or a failure, a nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers could unleash far-reaching changes in the region.

    Much of the focus in Congress and the media in recent weeks has been on whether the deal would inhibit Iran’s nuclear capability...

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 6, 2015 | 11:45 am

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • Kerry: Iran talks could go either way

    July 6, 2015 | 9:01 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran and the world powers have made “genuine progress” in negotiations on a nuclear deal but that it “could go either way.”

    “We are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues,” Kerry told reporters Sunday in Vienna,...

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