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  • Netanyahu, showing seized rockets, says Iran fooling the world

    March 10, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, displaying on Monday what Israel said were seized, Iranian-supplied missiles bound for militants in Gaza, urged the West not to be fooled by Tehran's diplomacy on its nuclear program.

    Last week the Israeli navy captured a ship in the Red Sea...

  • Kerry calls for return of American missing in Iran for 7 years

    March 10, 2014 | 11:54 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marked the seventh year since the disappearance of an American Jewish man in Iran with a plea for his safe return.

    Robert Levinson, 66, of Coral Springs, Fla., disappeared seven years ago from Kish Island.

    Kerry in a statement on Sunday called...

  • Iran accuses Israel of faking ship raid

    March 7, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Iran accused Israel of faking a raid on a ship laden with arms bound for the Gaza Strip.

    “An Iranian ship carrying arms for Gaza. Captured just in time for annual [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] anti-Iran campaign,” Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, said...

  • U.S. to continue Iran talks despite ship seizure

    March 6, 2014 | 9:38 am

    The United States will continue taking part in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, despite the Israeli seizure of an Iranian ship carrying weapons to the Gaza Strip.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged Wednesday that Iran’s state sponsorship of terror has...

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  • IDF intercepts Iranian weapons ship bound for Gaza

    March 5, 2014 | 10:07 am

    The Israel Defense Forces intercepted an Iranian ship laden with weaponry and bound for terrorist organizations in Gaza.

    The interception took place Wednesday morning off the Somali coast in the Red Sea. IDF intelligence showed that the weapons originated in Damascus months ago...

  • In Washington, Netanyahu brings sunny peace vision, dark Iran warning

    March 4, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington determined to hold the line on Iran, but he also brought something new: an expansive vision of Middle East peace.

    The Israeli prime minister remained firm, after meeting with President Obama on Monday, in insisting that any nuclear deal must...

  • After bruising Iran sanctions battle, AIPAC conference is all about comity

    March 4, 2014 | 11:40 am

    You’ve got your rousing church choir, your multi-denominational trio of rabbis quoting Torah, your montages of Israelis and Palestinians coming together and, above all, your pleas to please, please, please be nice to one another.

    Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, Jew,...

  • Flight carrying 20 Israelis makes emergency landing in Tehran

    March 4, 2014 | 9:37 am

    A Turkish Airlines flight carrying 20 Israeli passengers made an emergency landing in Tehran.

    The flight Tuesday from Istanbul to Mumbai landed in the Iranian capital so a passenger could receive emergency medical treatment. After sitting on the runway for two hours, the plane...

  • Kerry on Iran: ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’

    March 3, 2014 | 5:54 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry pledged that the United States would not make a deal with Iran that allows it to develop nuclear weapons.

    “No deal is better than a bad deal,” Kerry said Monday evening, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy...

  • Netanyahu to Obama: Israel cannot allow nuclear Iran

    March 3, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Obama that Israel cannot let Iran get a nuclear bomb and said an end to uranium enrichment is an Israeli demand of any agreement with Iran.

    “If Iran is prevented from enriching uranium and dismantles fully its military nuclear...

  • Israel blasts IAEA’s reported shelving of Iran nuke report

    February 28, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency’s reported decision to shelve for now a report on Iran.

    Steinitz’s criticism Friday was in response to a Reuters report that the agency decided not to publish a report it had prepared...

  • Iran a threat not just to Israel, says Germany’s Merkel

    February 25, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Germany views Iran as a potential threat not just to Israel, but also to European countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    But she stopped short of endorsing her host's demand that Tehran give...

  • U.S.: Agreement in areas in Iran talks

    February 21, 2014 | 10:55 am

    Areas of agreement have emerged between Iran and the major powers in nuclear talks, a top administration official said, and the United States will keep Israel in the loop.

    The official, speaking Thursday to reporters in Vienna after the latest round of talks, said the...

  • World powers and Iran make ‘good start’ towards nuclear deal

    February 20, 2014 | 10:45 am

    Six world powers and Iran made a "good start" in talks in Vienna towards reaching a final settlement in the decade-old stand-off over Tehran's nuclear program, but conceded their plan to get a deal in the coming months was very ambitious.

    By late July, Western governments hope to...

  • Top U.S. official: Iran talks might not produce final deal

    February 18, 2014 | 11:13 am

    It is not yet clear whether interim talks between Iran and the major powers will achieve a deal to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. official said.

    “We don’t know if, at the end of these six months, we will be able to achieve a comprehensive agreement,...

  • AIPAC says ‘no’ to vote on Iran sanctions bill

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 9:35 am

    AIPAC, the main pro-Israel lobby on Capitol Hill, broke with its allies in the Republican Party, and came out against holding a vote on a new Iran sanctions bill until there is clear bipartisan support, The Hill reports.

    Here's a crash course on the last few months of...

  • Over 70 House Dems sign letter to Obama opposing sanctions

    February 4, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    More than 70 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to President Obama supporting his opposition to new Iran sanctions.

    The letter, initiated by Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and David Price (D-N.C.), expresses support for talks now underway between Iran...

  • Iran nuclear deal ‘not perfect’ but buys time, top U.S. official

    February 4, 2014 | 10:11 am

    An initial agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program was "not perfect" but it bought time to try to secure a comprehensive deal, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday in response to sharp criticism from Congress.

    Major world powers struck an agreement with Iran on Nov. 24 to offer...

  • Hillary Clinton opposes new Iran sanctions

    February 3, 2014 | 6:09 pm

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she was opposed to new Iran sanctions and urged Congress to give negotiations space to succeed.

    “As President Obama has said, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed, while keeping all options on the table,” Clinton said in...

  • AIPAC’s tough sanctions choice

    January 23, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    In previous AIPAC versus White House dustups, the pro-Israel lobbying group’s strategy was to speak softly and let Congress carry the big stick.

    But in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s face-off with the Obama administration over new Iran sanctions, congressional...

  • Iran wants full nuclear deal and investment, Rouhani tells Davos

    January 23, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Iran is determined to negotiate a comprehensive deal on its nuclear program with major powers so it can develop its battered economy, President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, inviting Western companies to seize opportunities now.

    Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos,...

  • Doing the math on Dems and the Iran sanctions bill

    January 22, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    At The Washington Post, Greg Sargent uncovers letters from Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) opposing, at least for now, new Iran sanctions. (I wrote this week about how the bid to build a veto-proof majority for the sanctions legislation has stalled.)...

  • Are Feinstein’s fears about the Iran sanctions bill overblown?

    January 16, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in a half-hour speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday, made her case against proposed new Iran sanctions. And she provoked some controversy with her take on some Israel-related language in the legislation.

    Feinstein left the Israel component for...

  • Jon Stewart: After Congress, Iran and Israel, Justin Bieber doesn’t seem so bad

    by Jewish Journal staff, via Ron Kampeas, JTA

    January 16, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    Jon Stewart last night talked about the congressional push for Iran sanctions, Moshe Yaalon, Hassan Rouhani and Justin Bieber.

    Watch:

     

  • Obama to Congress: Now isn’t the time for new Iran sanctions

    January 15, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    President Obama urged Congress not to pass new Iran sanctions as jockeying continued among groups that favor and oppose the sanctions.

    “My preference is for peace and diplomacy, and this is one of the reasons why I’ve sent a message to Congress that now is not the time for us to...

  • NATO says Turkey no longer balks at missile shield helping Israel

    January 15, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Turkey has accepted assurances a planned NATO missile defense system in which it is playing a part is not designed to protect Israel as well, the alliance's deputy secretary-general said on Wednesday.

    Alexander Vershbow said objections by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's...

  • Netanyahu, Rouhani due at Davos meeting

    January 10, 2014 | 10:48 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will both attend the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos this month, the organizers told Reuters on Friday.

    Asked about their attendance, a spokeswoman for the forum said: "Yes, it's...

  • Florida federations push Nelson on Iran sanctions

    January 3, 2014 | 10:57 am

    Four Jewish federations in south Florida urged Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to sign on to legislation opposed by the Obama administration that would enhance Iran sanctions.

    The Dec. 30 letter was sent amid a renewed post-holiday push by some pro-Israel groups to pass the...

  • Israel tests Arrow missile shield, sees Hezbollah threat

    January 3, 2014 | 10:02 am

    Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow missile interceptor for the second time on Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against ballistic threats it sees from Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas as well as from Iran and Syria.

    One of several elements of an...

  • Jaleh Naim: A passion for helping struggling Iranian-Americans

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 2, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    Two years ago Elena J., a middle-aged, impoverished Iranian-Jewish woman in Los Angeles, was stricken with a rare illness that forced surgeons to amputate one of her legs. With no family and no friends locally to help her, Elena faced a grim future, as she did not have enough money...

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