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

    March 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

    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

    March 26, 2015 | 8:30 am

    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

    March 25, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    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

    March 24, 2015 | 9:40 am

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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...

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  • 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...

  • Daily Kickoff: MSNBC, Fox News, NPR interview Bibi | Boehner to visit Israel | and more

    March 20, 2015 | 10:13 am

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    TOP TALKER: "Iran Talks Stall Over Ending of Sanctions" by Laurence Norman and Jay Solomon: "As deadline nears for nuclear agreement, Tehran wants U.N. sanctions lifted right away; U.S., Europeans...
  • Obama calls on Iran to immediately release detained Americans

    March 20, 2015 | 10:06 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called on Iran's government to immediately release three detained Americans - Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian - and to help find Robert Levinson, an American who disappeared in Iran eight years ago, the...

  • Happy Nowruz from A Mystical Persian Jew.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 20, 2015 | 9:41 am

    “We plan and God Laughs,” they say.
    Remember Sarah?
    Sometimes God plans and we laugh.


    Today,
    As a Persian Jew,
    Celebrating Nowruz,
    In the USA- far from Iran,
    On the eve of the holiest day- Shabbat,
    Alongside Muslim sisters and brothers,
    In a blessed, lush, Christian...

  • Deadlocked Iran nuclear talks break off, set to resume next week

    March 20, 2015 | 9:38 am

    Iran and six world powers suspended negotiations on a historic nuclear deal and were set to convene again later next week to break a deadlock over sensitive atomic research and lifting of sanctions, Western officials said on Friday.

    While the negotiations have made progress over...

  • Obama to Iran’s people: ‘Best opportunity in decades’ to pursue different future with U.S.

    March 19, 2015 | 5:39 pm

    President Barack Obama, in a message to Iran's people and leaders on Thursday, said this year represented the "best opportunity in decades" to pursue a different relationship between their two countries.

    Obama said nuclear talks between Iran and Western powers had made progress...

  • Cartoon: Republican Slogans

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 18, 2015 | 2:36 pm

  • Did the Obama administration drop Iran and Hezbollah from its threat assessment?

    March 18, 2015 | 9:48 am

    There’s a change in how James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, assesses terrorist threats, and it has sowed some confusion.

    The Times of Israel this week reported that the DNI’s annual threat assessment “removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism...

  • Iran, U.S. line up technical options as push for deal intensifies

    March 17, 2015 | 9:26 am

    Iran and major world powers have been making headway in identifying technical options for a historic nuclear deal as an end-March deadline nears but difficult issues must still be addressed, U.S. and Iranian officials said on Tuesday.

    Iran and six world powers are seeking an...

  • Closing in on nuclear deal, U.S. demands ‘tough choices’ from Iran

    March 16, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    The United States and Iran inched closer to a political deal that would set the stage for a landmark nuclear agreement, but a U.S. official warned on Monday that Iran must make tough choices to allay fears about its atomic ambitions.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian...

  • Report backs Nisman’s claims on Argentina-Iran conspiracy in AMIA bombing

    March 16, 2015 | 9:38 am

    Iran financed the 2007 campaign of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in exchange for impunity for Iranians in the AMIA bombing, a Brazilian magazine reported.

    According to Veja on Saturday, the deal brokered by Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, also provided...

  • Under cloud of Iran talk, AIPAC quietly courts progressives

    March 9, 2015 | 10:39 am

    At the AIPAC conference, a sea of 16,000 Israel supporters spent their time talking Iran policy amid the swirling controversy over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

    To the sidelines fell discussion of the Israeli elections, the peace process and Israeli...

  • U.S., France ‘on same page’ over Iran, want stronger deal

    March 8, 2015 | 9:27 pm

    The United States and France sought on Saturday to play down any disagreements over nuclear talks with Iran, saying they both agreed the accord now under discussion needed to be strengthened.

    "We are on the same page," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after talks...

  • U.S. official: Proposed agreement with Iran not limited to decade

    March 8, 2015 | 9:13 pm

    The proposed nuclear agreement with Iran will not be limited to a decade, a senior U.S. official said.

    On Sunday, the unnamed official who briefed Israeli journalists by phone said the deal would include several phases and last for longer than a decade, according to Israeli media...

  • Iran hints might not reject 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work

    March 5, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10-year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail.

    U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a...

  • Khamenei hospitalized in serious condition

    March 5, 2015 | 11:27 am

     Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly has been hospitalized with late-stage cancer.

    Unofficial reports have emerged that Khamenei, 75, has stage-four prostate cancer and two years left to live, according to the Jerusalem Post. Khamenei reportedly has had the...

  • Iran FM: Iran “has saved Jews three times in its history”

    March 5, 2015 | 11:08 am

    In an extensive interview, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Israel of supporting terrorism, said Iran does not want to produce a nuclear weapon and praised his country for protecting Jews.

    Speaking to NBC News’ Ann Curry Wednesday, Zarif said the current...

  • U.S. considering possible Middle East missile defense

    March 4, 2015 | 5:13 pm

    The U.S. military is considering sending its THAAD missile defense system to the Middle East, a senior U.S. Army general said on Wednesday, citing what he called an urgent need to respond to foes with missile systems and the will to use them.

    General Vincent Brooks, head of U.S....

  • What will history tell us of Netanyahu’s speech?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 4, 2015 | 11:32 am

    On May 26, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson met with Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba Eban to discuss a great tension in the Middle East. Johnson repeated America’s warnings against an Israeli attack on Egypt. Eban restated Israel’s position: The international community would have to...

  • Netanyahu says U.S. must up the ante on Iran

    By Jared Sichel

    March 3, 2015 | 4:35 pm

    With every seat plus standing room filled in the House chamber on Capitol Hill on March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s highly anticipated and much-debated speech on a potential nuclear deal between the United States and Iran did not reveal new information about the...

  • Bibi, you’re no Moses

    By Rob Eshman

    March 3, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    So, he spoke.

    And while his rhetoric soared, his ideas sank.

    He gave us a thousand reasons why the deal whose details he may not know is a flawed one. He gave us not a single pragmatic better option.

    Not one.

    And life, they say, is not about what’s ideal. It’s about what’s...

  • Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

    March 3, 2015 | 1:56 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that paved the way to a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing the depth of a U.S.-Israeli rift.

    Delivering dueling messages...

  • Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal

    March 3, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region.

    Convincing Saudi Arabia to...

  • Netanyahu’s speech to Congress gets mixed reception in Israel

    March 3, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made an argument that many Israelis support in warning Congress on Tuesday about a potential nuclear deal with Iran, but critics asked whether it was worth the widening rift with the White House.

    The address was broadcast live on...

  • Bibi to Congress: Don’t be suckers

    By David Suissa

    March 3, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    As I watched from the press gallery in Congress on Tuesday morning as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu let loose with a cry of the heart, one thought kept popping up: If Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is watching this, he must be very, very happy that he’s not...

  • Iran: Netanyahu speech to U.S. Congress on Tehran’s nuclear work ‘boring and repetitive’

    March 3, 2015 | 12:18 pm

    Iran on Tuesday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress on Tehran's nuclear programme as "boring and repetitive, the state news agency IRNA said.

    In his address, Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama against negotiating a nuclear...

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