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  • 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:


    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?



  • 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


    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...

  • Obama talks on Israeli TV about Netanyahu, Israel and David Blatt [TRANSCRIPT]

    June 2, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Below is a transcript of an interview between President Barack Obama and Israel Channel 2's Ilana Dayan on May 29 released by the National Security office of the White House 


    Ilana Dayan: Mr. President, thank you so much for having us at the White House.

    PresI.D.ent Barack...

  • Cyprus may have foiled major attack after ammonia find

    June 2, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Cyprus believes it may have foiled a major explosives attack, a security source said, in seizing nearly five tons of chemical fertilizer for a planned action Israel says bears the hallmarks of the Hezbollah guerrilla group.

    Authorities detained a Lebanese-Canadian in late May...

  • U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban

    May 22, 2015 | 8:30 am

    A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday.

    Friday is the final day of a...

  • A message to centrist American Jews: Time to speak out

    May 21, 2015 | 3:20 pm

    We’ve just celebrated Israel’s 67th Independence Day —– a remarkable achievement that makes us proud. But more and more American Jews worry that the sharpening divisions in our community are hampering our efforts to help Israel achieve long-term security and peace.


  • Houthis launch assault on critical media in Yemen

    May 20, 2015 | 4:52 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    An atmosphere of intimidation is silencing Yemen’s journalists. At least 100 media outlets have closed out of fear that they will be targeted by Houthi fighters who are waging a campaign to mute criticism of the Shi’ite Islamist...

  • Blatter proposes holding Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace match’

    May 19, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, visiting the Middle East to try to persuade the Palestine FA (PFA) to drop a proposal to suspend Israel from the world body, on Tuesday proposed a peace match between their national teams.

    Blatter appeared at a news conference in Jerusalem after meeting...

  • Vatican seeks to quiet uproar over Pope’s ‘angel of peace’ remark

    May 18, 2015 | 2:17 pm

    Every word counts in the delicate diplomacy of the Middle East, where negotiators have often resorted to creative ambiguity.

    So Pope Francis’ sotto voce greeting to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting at the Vatican on Saturday, in which he referred to...

  • Obama says Israel-Palestinian two-state solution ‘vital’ for peace

    May 14, 2015 | 4:14 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday he continues to believe a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians was "absolutely vital" for achieving Middle East peace.

    Obama said he believed the two-state option was also the best for the long-term security of Israel. He acknowledged the prospect of a peace accord "seems distant now," noting that a number of members of the new Israeli government did not share the view that a two-state solution was viable.

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