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  • Iran deal: Anatomy of a rip-off

    By David Suissa

    August 16, 2015 | 6:26 pm

    Why am I opposed to the Iran nuclear deal? Because I hate getting ripped off. I would hate to buy a great-looking car and find out the next day that the brakes don’t work.

    Whether you’re Republican, Democrat, Buddhist or Jewish, no one likes getting ripped off. And the Iran deal,...

  • Why we disagree with Chuck Schumer on the Iran deal

    August 14, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a key voice in the Democratic Party leadership, has announced that he will not support the international agreement designed to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. We realize that all senators must balance their concerns about the Joint...

  • Netanyahu critic Leon Wieseltier says Israeli PM is right on Iran deal

    August 13, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Political commentator Leon Wieseltier acknowledged that despite his dislike for Benjamin Netanyahu, he believes the Israeli prime minister is right about the Iran nuclear deal.

    “I’ve almost never written a good word about him, so he’s right not to like me,” Wieseltier, a veteran...

  • The Iran deal: getting to checkmate

    August 12, 2015 | 11:13 am

    The Iran nuclear deal has been likened, ad nauseam, to a game of chess. It is with that model in mind that I favor the deal — though not for the usual reasons. 

    Proponents and opponents of the deal make a number of valid points. Most salient are the following: 

    1) The sanctions...

  • Responses to 20 of the president’s arguments for the nuclear deal

    By Dennis Prager

    August 12, 2015 | 10:58 am

    There are many reasons the Israeli political left is opposed to the American nuclear deal with Iran, just as there are many reasons that Haim Saban, one of the Democratic Party’s and Barack Obama’s leading fundraisers, has come out against the deal. It is terrible for America,...

  • Why Obama should welcome a ‘No’ vote on the Iran deal

    By David Suissa

    August 11, 2015 | 5:03 pm

    I don’t know any proponent of President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal who doesn’t believe the deal can be improved. They would love the inspections regime, for example, to be closer to the “anytime, anywhere” ideal, so that we could be sure to catch the world’s best cheaters...

  • Kerry: No automatic return of sanctions if Iran breaks arms embargo

    August 11, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    Violations of an arms embargo by Iran or restrictions on its missile program would not force an automatic reinstatement or "snapback" of United Nations sanctions under a landmark nuclear deal, although other options would be available, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on...

  • If the Iran deal fails, II

    By Rob Eshman

    August 10, 2015 | 6:21 pm

    The American Jewish establishment has hitched its fate to a questionable strategy of unbending opposition to the Iran deal. That decision will exact a high price if it fails, and perhaps an even greater one if it succeeds.   

    I’m for the Iran deal. No, it’s not great. Secretary...

  • Sunday Reads: Incitement against President Rivlin, Yemen war escalates, On spiritual post-Zionism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 9, 2015 | 4:09 am


    According to David Brooks, the Iran deal, like Vietnam and Iraq, is a strategic defeat for America:

    This administration has given us a choice between two terrible options: accept the partial-surrender agreement that was negotiated or reject it and slide immediately into...

  • What if there’s no deal?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 5, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    If you oppose the Iran deal, you have to ask yourself one question: So then what?

    Saying the deal stinks without offering an alternative is not a thoughtful position, it’s an empty slogan.

    Until now, the debate has really just been a piling-on against the deal.  Supporters are...

  • Netanyahu asks U.S. Jews to oppose Iran nuclear deal

    August 4, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to rally U.S. Jews on Tuesday against the Iranian nuclear deal championed by President Barack Obama and facing review by Congress, saying it risked a catastrophic Middle East war.

    In a webcast organised by Jewish groups in North...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cyprus and Israel agree to strengthen ties on energy, security

    July 28, 2015 | 10:26 am

    Israel and Cyprus agreed on Tuesday to expand their cooperation on energy issues, including the use of pipelines and electricity grids to link to European markets, as both countries develop natural gas fields off their coasts.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cypriot...

  • Kerry warns U.S. Congress that scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

    July 28, 2015 | 10:23 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday he wanted to set the record straight on the Iran nuclear deal and equated walking away from the agreement to giving Tehran a fast track to a nuclear weapon.

    "There are conclusions that have been drawn that don't in fact...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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