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  • Refugees a sign of unraveling world order

    September 4, 2015 | 11:02 am

    As the known and secret parts of the Iran nuke deal spin into place like the uncertain number of Iranian centrifuges, President Barack Obama has succeeded in winning one-third-plus votes in the U.S. Senate to defeat attempts to overturn what he deems his legacy foreign policy...

  • After Iran deal, EU bids to restart Israel-Palestinian talks

    September 4, 2015 | 10:24 am

    Arab countries will join the Middle East Quartet in New York at the end of September to seek ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday, part of a new European diplomatic initiative.

    Encouraged by Europe's role in securing...

  • Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers

    September 3, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt.

    Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary...

  • Iran’s Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers

    September 3, 2015 | 10:51 am

    Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported.

    President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist whose 2013...

  • The Betzavta Method: Turning Conflict into an Opportunity for Growth

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    August 31, 2015 | 11:14 pm

    "Conflict is a different form of aliveness" ~ Wendel Meldrum

    After gaining invaluable experiences and skills in conflict resolution, my perception of everyday conflicts and misunderstandings is increasingly met as a chance for gaining greater self-awareness, self-transformation,...

  • Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship

    August 28, 2015 | 1:19 pm

    President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation.

    "As soon as this particular debate is...

  • To live with the Iranian threat

    By Elad Massuri

    August 27, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    When I was 5 years old,  my mom picked me up from kindergarten and brought me back to our house in North Tel Aviv.

    I asked her a question that seemed so normal: “Mom, at what age do people go to the military?”

    “At the age of 18,” she answered.

    “And what will I need to do...

  • Swiss envoy says: invest in Iran, Middle East’s ‘pole of stability’

    August 27, 2015 | 9:39 am

    Switzerland's ambassador on Thursday called Iran a "pole of stability" in the Middle East and urged companies to make the most of a lucrative market about to re-open after years of crippling sanctions.

    Ambassador Giulio Haas was addressing some 500 Swiss business people as...

  • Independent Senator King says he will back Iran nuclear deal

    August 19, 2015 | 5:55 pm

    Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said on Wednesday he will support the nuclear deal with Iran, calling it the best available option to stop Iran from developing a nuclear arms capability in the near future.

    "A nuclear-armed Iran would be a serious threat to the United States and to the...

  • Dear Congressman Sherman: Your ‘no’ vote on Iran deal threatens Israel

    August 19, 2015 | 11:21 am

    In the least plausible alternative version of my life, I would have stayed in the San Fernando Valley rather than leaving more than 40 years ago and moving to Jerusalem. In that scenario, I’d be represented in Congress by Democrat Brad Sherman — and I might be less infuriated by...

  • To those who hear anti-Semitism when it is not there

    By Michael Berenbaum

    August 19, 2015 | 11:00 am

    I’ve learned a new term: “dog whistle.” The term was used by Lee Smith, a political columnist for the online magazine Tablet, who wrote that President Barack Obama was “hinting broadly at anti-Semitic conceits — like dual loyalties, moneyed interests, Jewish lobbies — to scare off...

  • Two senators defy Obama on Iran nuclear deal

    August 18, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    A second U.S. Democratic senator lined up on Tuesday in opposition to the U.S.-led international nuclear agreement with Iran, defying President Barack Obama.

    New Jersey's Bob Menendez said that, along with New York's Chuck Schumer, he was opposing the deal, which would place new...

  • Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez announces opposition to Iran deal

    August 18, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), in a scathing critique of the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and other major powers, announced on Tuesday that he will vote to kill the pact.

    Speaking in his home state of New Jersey, the former chairman of the Senate...

  • Use Iran deal to prevent nuclear weapons free-for-all, treaty body says

    August 17, 2015 | 11:19 am

    The head of the body trying to secure ratification of a global ban on nuclear testing urged world leaders on Monday to use the momentum of an atomic deal with Iran to prevent a slide toward a nuclear weapons free-for-all.

    More than 160 countries have ratified the Comprehensive...

  • 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...

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