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  • Iran’s Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers

    September 3, 2015 | 10:51 am

    Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported.

    President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist whose 2013...

  • Israel to continue to fight against Iran Deal

    September 3, 2015 | 8:58 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    It is now clear that the Iranian nuclear deal will pass Congress. President Obama now has the 34 votes to override any Congressional objections, and is well on the way to being able to prevent any vote at all, if he can achieve...

  • Was the battle against the deal a failure? (and six other comments)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 3, 2015 | 4:04 am


    President Obama got his veto power. He can now make the Iran agreement pass. And that was no big surprise. It will also not be a huge surprise if he gets the 41 Senators with which to prevent a vote – by filibustering the Iran debate. After all was said and done, the Iran vote...

  • Kerry: U.S. will use ‘all tools’ to confront Iranian destabilization

    September 2, 2015 | 6:52 pm

    The Obama administration will oppose Iran’s bids to destabilize the region “with every national security tool available,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, defending the Iran nuclear deal.

    “Have no doubt, the United States will oppose Iran’s destabilizing policies with...

  • Letters to the editor: Prager v. progressives; Kishkas vs. Sechel; Bernie and Noam

    September 2, 2015 | 9:59 am

    In Conversation: Prager and a Progressive

    I have to start by saying I am a secular, progressive, left-wing Jew and, for the most part, disagree with the views expressed in Dennis Prager’s column (“Why Many American Jews Support the Iran Deal,” Aug. 28). 

    I also support the Iran...

  • Half-Truths and Israel-Blaming Don’t a Make a Convincing Case for the Iran Deal

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    September 1, 2015 | 6:35 pm

    The reason [the Iran Deal] it is so controversial in the United States is because the political leader of Israel has said that the deal represents a mortal threat to the security of Israel. — Joe Cirincione

    In dissecting the reality that is the confusion surrounding the impending...

  • What America will offer Israel after the nuclear deal

    September 1, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    The moment the Iran nuclear deal becomes law, as seems increasingly likely given growing congressional support for the agreement, the focus of the U.S.-Israel conversation will shift to the question of what’s next.

    What more will Washington do to mitigate the Iranian threat and...

  • Former Jewish lawmakers urge backing for Iran nuclear deal

    August 31, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    Jane Harman, a former Jewish lawmaker who once was the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was among 75 ex-Congress members who signed a letter urging their sitting colleagues to support the Iran nuclear deal.

    “We know of no viable alternatives to the Joint...

  • Iran has not softened position on Israel, says supreme leader’s advisor

    August 31, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    Iran has not softened its position on Israel, a top aide to Iran’s supreme leader said.

    “Iran will not recognize Israel. We still emphasize that Israel is a usurper and occupying regime and we will not come along with it,” Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser on international affairs...

  • Obama in landmark interview: Hezbollah will be a focus of post-Iran deal

    August 31, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    A focus of security enhancement once the Iran nuclear deal goes through will be neutralizing Hezbollah’s threat to Israel, President Barack Obama said in a landmark interview with The Forward.

    “As soon as this debate is over, we will, I think, be able to invigorate what has been...

  • Iran jails two people for 10 years on espionage charges

    August 31, 2015 | 9:55 am

    A Revolutionary Court in Iran has sentenced two people to 10 years each in jail on charges of spying for the United States and Israel, the judiciary spokesman said on Sunday without naming those convicted.

    "These two people were sentenced to 10 years in jail by the Revolutionary...

  • Could a ‘broken windows’ policing strategy work for the Iran deal?

    August 28, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    As Congress weighs the Iran nuclear agreement, confidence that Tehran will comply must be high on its agenda. Because the revolutionary regime has a history of cheating on nuclear deals, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany have tried to ensure compliance...

  • U.N. watchdog: Iran expanding Parchin facility

    August 28, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran has built an extension to its military facility at Parchin.

    A segment of the confidential report seen by the Reuters news agency says that while Iran has largely been complying with...

  • ‘The most dangerous weapons ever invented’: Policy expert talks nukes, Israel and the Iran deal

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 27, 2015 | 2:23 pm

    Joe Cirincione is a nuclear policy expert who served for nearly a decade on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee, beginning during the Reagan administration. He has since authored several books on the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear security strategy. Today, he is...

  • Opposition to Iran deal grows among U.S. Republicans

    August 27, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    Opposition to a nuclear pact between Iran and major powers grew among U.S. Republicans over the past month, a Reuters poll showed, reflecting a partisan struggle in Congress as President Barack Obama sought to win approval for the deal.

    The poll, taken from Aug. 20-27, showed...

  • To live with the Iranian threat

    By Elad Massuri

    August 27, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    When I was 5 years old,  my mom picked me up from kindergarten and brought me back to our house in North Tel Aviv.

    I asked her a question that seemed so normal: “Mom, at what age do people go to the military?”

    “At the age of 18,” she answered.

    “And what will I need to do...

  • לחיות עם האיום האיראני אלעד מסורי

    By Elad Massuri

    August 27, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    זה‭ ‬היה‭ ‬כאשר‭ ‬הייתי‭ ‬ילד‭ ‬בן‭ ‬חמש.‭ ‬אני‭ ‬זוכר‭ ‬שאימי‭ ‬ליוותה‭ ‬אותי‭ ‬בחזרה‭ ‬מהגן‭ ‬לביתנו‭ ‬אשר‭ ‬היה‭ ‬ממוקם‭ ‬בשכונה‭ ‬שבה‭ ‬גדלתי‭ ‬בצפון‭ ‬תל‭ ‬אביב. ‬שאלתי‭ ‬אותה‭ ‬שאלה‭ ‬שאז‭ ‬נראתה‭ ‬לי‭ ‬כל‭ ‬כך‭ ‬נורמלית:‭ ‬‮"‬אמא‭, ‬באיזה‭ ‬גיל‭ ‬הולכים‭ ‬לצבא‭?‬”


  • ‘The most dangerous weapons ever invented’: Policy expert talks nukes, Israel and the Iran deal

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 27, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Joe Cirincione is a nuclear policy expert who served for nearly a decade on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee, beginning during the Reagan administration. He has since authored several books on the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear security strategy. Today, he is...

  • More than 900 rabbis sign letter opposing Iran nuclear deal

    By Aron Chilewich

    August 27, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Over the past three weeks, more than 900 rabbis across every major denomination have signed an open letter calling upon the United States Congress to reject the proposed Iran nuclear deal. The letter was written by two Los Angeles rabbis, Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation and...

  • Swiss envoy says: invest in Iran, Middle East’s ‘pole of stability’

    August 27, 2015 | 9:39 am

    Switzerland's ambassador on Thursday called Iran a "pole of stability" in the Middle East and urged companies to make the most of a lucrative market about to re-open after years of crippling sanctions.

    Ambassador Giulio Haas was addressing some 500 Swiss business people as...

  • So you suddenly want to listen to what the military says? 2 notes on Iran

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 27, 2015 | 4:01 am


    In recent weeks some writers have been trying to convince their readers – and Obama administration officials have been encouraging this – that while the Israeli "government" opposes the Iran deal, Israeli "intelligence officials" really support the deal. These people point to...

  • Speaking of the mullahs in Iran

    By Gina Nahai

    August 26, 2015 | 3:12 pm

    Before she started to fight mullahs, Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian human rights lawyer of Nobel fame, spent a good deal of time advocating for them. This was in 1978. Only three years earlier, in 1975, she had become the first female judge in Iran, and the first woman president of the...

  • IAEA received ‘substantive’ data from Iran this month

    August 25, 2015 | 10:54 am

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Tuesday it received substantive amounts of information from Iran aimed at quelling concerns its nuclear past had military elements, although it was too early to say whether any of it is new.

    The nuclear watchdog also warned...

  • Israel and Australia: A conversation with Minister Turnbull

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 25, 2015 | 5:37 am

    The Australian Jewish News described my conversation with Australian Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull as “a vibrant, robust conversation”.  It was a conversation in front of a friendly crowd at the Zionist Federation of Australia’s 2015 plenary. Friendly to me – they invited...

  • Israel was set to strike Iran in 2012, but joint drill with U.S. interfered

    August 24, 2015 | 8:50 am

    Israel was reportedly set to bomb Iran nuclear facilities in 2012, but aborted the operation because it coincided with a joint military exercise with the United States.

    The attack was being readied for January of that year, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported on Friday, until it...

  • Netanyahu pressed for Iran attacks, but was denied, ex-defense chief says

    August 23, 2015 | 8:40 am

    Israel's political leaders pushed to attack Iran at least three times in the past few years but had to back down on the advice of the military and due to concerns about its ally the United States, former defense minister Ehud Barak said.

    In interviews to his biographers aired...

  • Ehud Barak and Netanyahu pushed to bomb Iran in ’10 and ’11

    August 21, 2015 | 2:20 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Defense Minister Ehud Barak both wanted to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2010 and 2011, but other leaders blocked the move, Barak said.

    The retired Labor politician, who was prime minister from 1999 to 2001, revealed the...

  • In letter to P5+1, Israel blames Iran for rockets from Syria

    August 21, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Israel submitted a formal diplomatic complaint to world powers about a recent rocket attack from Syria — blaming a specific Iranian general and warning of increased regional aggression by the Islamic Republic in the wake of the nuclear deal.

    The demarche was sent Friday to the...

  • Our fight over Iran: Kishkes vs Sechel

    By David Suissa

    August 21, 2015 | 12:25 pm

    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

    August 21, 2015 | 8:28 am

    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,...

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