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  • 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...

  • U.S., Iran both counter-attack critics of nuclear deal

    July 23, 2015 | 10:54 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani both counter-attacked on Thursday against conservatives at home who are trying to block last week's nuclear deal.

    In Washington, Kerry told skeptical lawmakers that rejection of the accord would give Tehran...

  • Rouhani assures critics nuclear deal is good for Iran

    July 23, 2015 | 9:39 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended Iran's nuclear deal with world powers after it came under attack from conservatives at home, arguing on Thursday it reflected the nation's will and was "more valuable" than carping over the details.

    While many Iranians hope last week's...

  • Iran: ‘This deal is not the last step’

    July 22, 2015 | 3:06 pm

    I have three identities: I’m Iranian, I’m American, and I’m Israeli. Historically, what that has meant is that there are very few places in the world that I’ve found where all my identities have been welcome. Actually, through my extensive travels, including Afghanistan, North...

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  • Iran rejects sanctions extension beyond 10 years

    July 22, 2015 | 9:09 am

    Iran will not accept any extension of sanctions beyond 10 years, an official said on Wednesday, in the latest attempt by its pragmatist government to sell a nuclear deal with world powers to skeptical hardliners.

    Abbas Araqchi, one of several deputy foreign ministers, also told a...

  • Should American Jews show solidarity with Israel?

    By David Suissa

    July 20, 2015 | 4:45 pm

    For as long as I can remember, American Jews who have opposed Israeli policies have justified it by pointing to a vigorous opposition inside Israel. In many ways, this was one of their most powerful arguments: Look at all the Israelis who agree with us! 

    Now, suddenly, with the...

  • Obama challenges Iran deal critics to come up with an alternative

    July 15, 2015 | 11:41 am

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday challenged critics of the Iran nuclear agreement to come forward with a viable alternative, saying the only two real options were a negotiated deal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions or war.

    "What I haven't heard is: what is your preferred...

  • Israel: Iran deal ‘naked as emperor with no clothes’

    July 15, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Israel's nuclear affairs minister said his country was like the boy in the fairy tale who pointed out the emperor had no clothes, heaping scorn on the Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday and emphasising Israel's right to unilateral self-defence.

    Tuesday's agreement between six world...

  • Obama calls Iran deal historic chance to pursue safer world

    July 15, 2015 | 10:49 am

    President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, said on Wednesday the agreement represented a historic chance to pursue a safer world.

    During a White House news conference, Obama said, "Without a deal, the...

  • Iran’s nuclear deal puts Saudis on edge

    July 14, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    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

    July 14, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    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...

  • Obama relishes Iran deal, warns Congress not to stop it

    July 14, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    President Barack Obama heralded a nuclear agreement with Iran on Tuesday as an opportunity to shift direction in the Middle East, and warned he would veto any attempt by deeply skeptical Republican lawmakers to overturn the deal.

    Obama, relishing a foreign policy win that...

  • Iranians dance in streets, thank Rouhani for nuclear deal

    July 14, 2015 | 11:22 am

    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...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Iran nuclear deal

    July 14, 2015 | 7:49 am

    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...

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

    July 14, 2015 | 1:57 am

    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?

    July 14, 2015 | 1:41 am

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    Do you support the Iran nuclear deal?

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  • The Iran deal gamble

    By Rob Eshman

    July 14, 2015 | 1:35 am

    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

    July 14, 2015 | 1:05 am

    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

    July 14, 2015 | 12:14 am

    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

    July 13, 2015 | 11:23 pm

    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...

  • ‘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...

  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    June 30, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

    The video statement, issued from...

  • U.S. lawmakers step up warnings against ‘weak’ Iran deal

    June 25, 2015 | 9:41 am

    As talks on an Iran nuclear deal enter the final stretch, U.S. lawmakers are sharpening warnings against a "weak" agreement and laying down red lines that, if crossed, could prompt Congress to trip up a carefully crafted international pact.

    Several influential lawmakers said they...

  • Owning up to truths: The UNHRC and its report

    June 23, 2015 | 4:13 pm

    The report on last summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas by a committee representing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) elicited the usual response from the Israel government – even before its formal release on Monday!  Prime Minister Netanyahu declared that the...

  • Al-Qaeda deputy leader killed in U.S. bombing in Yemen

    June 16, 2015 | 10:51 am

    The deputy leader of al-Qaeda, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, has been killed in a U.S. bombing in Yemen, the group and the White House said on Tuesday, removing the director of a string of attacks against the West and a man once seen as a successor to leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

    A close...

  • Sunday Reads: Michael Oren on Obama, The Iran-ISIS connection, Borges in the Holy Land

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 14, 2015 | 4:20 am

    US

    Gary Rosenblatt talks with Michael Oren about his new book on the distancing between the White House and Israel:

    Oren doesn’t say that the president is anti-Israel. Rather, “Obama is pro-Israel — but his is a certain mythical, pre-1967 Israel that never really existed,”...

  • Two California men plead not guilty of seeking to help Islamic State

    June 9, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Two Southern California men pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    The arrests last month of Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, are...

  • Obama is hurt? So is Israel

    By David Suissa

    June 4, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about how President Barack Obama feels hurt and misunderstood by Israel and by many Jews in the pro-Israel community. The storyline is that those Jews simply don’t appreciate how “Jewish” the president really is and how much he cares for the Jews...

  • Who won the Six-Day War?

    June 4, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    Forty-eight years ago, on June 5, 1967, I sat in a malben, a home for the elderly, on the border of Jerusalem, at 106 Chevron St. in Talpiot. How did I get there? After graduating college, I went to Israel to study in a yeshiva before entering rabbinical school. We studied Talmud...

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