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  • White House briefing of AIPAC activists ends in communication breakdown

    July 31, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Got questions about the Iran nuclear deal? Too bad, if you were an AIPAC activist at a briefing this week with top Obama administration officials.

    At the briefing Wednesday, Howard Kohr, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee director, stopped his activists from asking...

  • Accepting the deal and protecting Israel

    July 31, 2015 | 9:01 am

    Concluding the nuclear deal with Iran has intensified political arguments not only in Washington but also within the pro-Israel community. Many groups are devoting significant time and resources to opposing the  agreement and attempting to prevent its approval by Congress out of a ...

  • Russia modernizing S-300 missile system for Iran: RIA, citing Putin aide

    July 30, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    Russia is modernizing its S-300 missile system to supply to Iran, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, RIA news agency reported.

    "It has partially been updated, separate elements are still being updated," said Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential adviser on...

  • Russia reassures Israel over Iran nuclear deal

    July 30, 2015 | 1:31 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that the deal on Iran's nuclear program would improve security in the Middle East and guaranteed that Tehran would not acquire nuclear arms.

    Israel plans to lobby the U.S. Congress not to...

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  • Israelis say Pollard release won’t change stance on Iran

    July 30, 2015 | 10:03 am

    When the United States frees convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in November — a development announced July 28 — many in Israel will celebrate the moment for which they have fought and hoped. What Pollard’s release won’t do, officials and analysts say, is make most Israelis feel any...

  • Federation’s letter against Iran deal brings community’s divide to the surface

    By Jared Sichel

    July 30, 2015 | 9:54 am

    A recent community-wide email from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles opposing the Iranian nuclear deal has been met with strong — and opposing — reactions.

    “I was outraged by it,” said Rabbi John Rosove, senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood and a supporter of the...

  • Pro-Israel, anti-deal crowd rallies at Federal Building

    July 30, 2015 | 9:08 am

    Reality TV celebrity Reza Farahan stood on a platform, sporting aviator glasses and an impressive mustache as he addressed a crowd of nearly 1,000 people on July 26 during a frenzied “Stop Iran” rally at the Federal Building in West Los Angeles. 

    “I posted that I would be here on...

  • Top U.S. general says Iran deal lowers near-term atomic arms risk

    July 29, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    The top U.S. military officer supported a proposed nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, saying it reduced the risk of Tehran developing atomic arms while buying time to work with allies to confront the Islamic Republic over other "malign activities."

    Army General Martin Dempsey,...

  • Israel complains it hasn’t gotten promised Iran deal info

    July 29, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    Israel’s national security adviser said Israel had yet to receive all the annexes to the Iran nuclear agreement, but the Obama administration insists the whole deal is a matter of public record.

    A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said that the...

  • Moving and shaking: Taste of Summer in Santa Monica, Peter Beinart at IKAR and more

    By Ryan Torok

    July 29, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    The sun was gradually setting when nearly 600 people dressed in cocktail attire arrived at the fourth annual Taste of Summer event on July 25 in Santa Monica. 

    DJ Mark Chill and DJ Matt Urbano supplied the tunes as young professionals sampled palatable offerings from local...

  • What Huckabee could learn from Bibi about Holocaust analogies

    July 29, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Much of the outrage over Mike Huckabee’s Holocaust-Iran analogy was about sense and sensibility.

    First, sensibility. Sure, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compares the ayatollahs to the Nazis all the time — and warns that permitting them a pathway to the bomb is opening the...

  • How Rep. Adam Schiff weighs the Iran pact vote

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 29, 2015 | 11:25 am

    As he prepares to decide on the Iran nuclear deal, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) talks to advocates on both sides of the controversy. He consults well-informed, open-minded experts. From his seat on the House Intelligence Committee, he digs deep into classified details. Schiff knows...

  • Should Federation take sides?: A Rabbinic letter of support for the Iran agreement

    July 29, 2015 | 10:55 am

    On July 21, the Los Angeles Jewish Federation board sent an appeal to our community to urge Congress to oppose the joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Program, saying:

    “The proposed agreement with Iran … impacts the security of the United States, the stability of...

  • Jews stood up to the U.S. government 40 years ago, and should again on Iran

    July 29, 2015 | 10:21 am

    These days, like many Israelis and American Jews, I find myself in a precarious and painful situation. Those of us who believe that the nuclear agreement just signed between world powers and Iran is dangerously misguided are now compelled to criticize Israel’s best friend and ally,...

  • VIDEO: Jack Black, Morgan Freeman urge Americans to support Iran deal

    July 29, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Actors Jack Black and Morgan Freeman join other big shots, including Queen Noor of Jordan, in a comedic video released Tuesday that plumps for the Iran deal.

    The celebrities urge Americans to contact their representatives in Washington to encourage them to support the agreement...

  • Is Munich 1938 a valid analogy for the Iran nuclear deal?

    By Dennis Prager

    July 29, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Many commentators — and not only Jews — compare the agreement between Iran and the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China to Munich 1938. Is this admittedly overused comparison valid?

    Let’s review what happened in 1938. That year, democratic Western nations...

  • We support the Iran Deal

    July 29, 2015 | 9:18 am

    For more than a decade, we’ve been told that an Iran with nuclear weapons would pose not only a grave threat to Israel, but an imminent threat to Israel’s existence. For this reason, for more than a decade we’ve been pressing U.S. presidents and Congress to take action to address...

  • Sander Levin statement on the Iran nuclear agreement

    July 28, 2015 | 3:27 pm

    Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee, today released the following statement regarding his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon:

    “Consideration of the Iran nuclear agreement...

  • Iran deal: See dealer for details

    By David Suissa

    July 28, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    The more I get into the Iran nuclear deal, the more it feels like the television show “Mad Men” — you know, those slick advertising geniuses who seduce you with promises but downplay the fine print.

    It’s like one of those radio commercials for hot new car deals, where the...

  • Iran Deal: A few comments on leadership and historical comparisons

    July 28, 2015 | 12:16 pm

    Michael Berenbaum’s July 22, 2015 “Geneva is Not Munich, and President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain,” is written with characteristic knowledge and insight.  His concerns about polarization in the Jewish community are worth heeding, as is his reminder that we have to work...

  • Mossad: All 11 Jews missing after fleeing Iran in the 90s were murdered

    By JNi.media

    July 27, 2015 | 4:22 pm

    One year after determining that eight Jews who tried to escape from Iran in 1994 were murdered on their way to Israel, the Mossad has recently found that three other Jews who left Iran three years later were also murdered, Ynet reported. The new determination enabled the Rabbinical...

  • Obama knocks Huckabee, Trump for slide in Republican rhetoric

    July 27, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    President Barack Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump on Monday for their blunt rhetoric about the Iran nuclear agreement and other issues, calling it damaging to political debate.

    Huckabee, one of more than a dozen candidates vying...

  • Federation: Take it back

    By Rob Eshman

    July 26, 2015 | 8:09 pm

    In the hours immediately following the announcement of the Iran nuclear deal, the Jewish community fell victim to a rare and unbecoming phenomenon:  groupthink.

    The word went out from Zion, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu castigated the deal before it had even been...

  • Lead by Fear, Jewish Leadership Fails

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 24, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region,” said the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    We cannot dismiss these types of comments by senior leadership in Iran regarding Israel's destruction as merely rhetoric. Iran...

  • Temples in Time.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 24, 2015 | 8:43 am

    It's Shabbat, before fast of Av.

    Iran Deal sizzles inside all Jews.
    German ovens’ stench, we sing the blues.
    Our temple remains shattered- atone .
    All in post traumatic mode, none alone.

    They say we control the world, its wealth,
    in small numbers win large prizes, stealth....

  • The Iran deal and the hubris of certainty

    July 23, 2015 | 5:25 pm

    Admit it: You might be wrong.

    Yes, you have a strong view about whether the nuclear deal signed with Iran last week will spell catastrophe for Israel, or whether it’s the best of a range of bad options for dealing with Iran’s apparent pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

    But we can’t...

  • Obama visits Jon Stewart on The Daily Show one last time

    July 23, 2015 | 4:34 pm

    President Barack Obama's campaign to convince Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal led him on Tuesday to a veterans' convention and The Daily Show, where he took jabs at those opposing the agreement.

    In a back and forth on Comedy Central's nightly political satire show,...

  • Kerry: critics of Iran deal spinning ‘fantasy,’ urges approval

    July 23, 2015 | 3:29 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, telling skeptical lawmakers it would be fantasy to think the United States could simply "bomb away" Tehran's atomic know-how.

    Testifying publicly before Congress...

  • Jew vs. Jew (vs. Jew) on the Iran deal

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 23, 2015 | 1:02 pm

    The Jews of Israel oppose the agreement with Iran. The Jews of America support it. The just-released Jewish Journal survey turns an assumption into a fact: The two largest Jewish communities cannot agree on a major world development that could significantly change the state of the...

  • New poll: U.S. Jews support Iran deal, despite misgivings

    July 23, 2015 | 1:02 pm

    By a wide margin, American Jews support the recently concluded agreement with Iran to restrict its nuclear program, and a clear majority of Jews wants Congress to approve the deal. In fact, as compared with Americans generally, Jews are more supportive of the “Iran deal,” in large...

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