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  • Netanyahu in D.C. salutes lawmakers for Iran efforts

    October 1, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their support in working to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

    At a meeting Monday night, Netanyahu offered his gratitude to the senators for approving sanctions against Iran,...

  • Obama speaks by phone to Iran’s Rouhani, sees chance for progress

    September 27, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a historic phone call on Friday, in the highest level conversation between the estranged nations in more than three decades.

    Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said both men had directed their...

  • Netanyahu at U.N. will liken Iran to North Korea

    September 23, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will liken Iran to North Korea in his U.N. General Assembly speech.

    The speech is Netanyahu’s bid to emphasize Israeli reservations about any rapprochement with Iran by the United Nations.

    “Iran must not be allowed to repeat...

  • Rouhani says will present ‘true face of Iran’ at U.N.

    September 23, 2013 | 9:49 am

    President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday he would use his visit to the United Nations this week to present the "true face of Iran" and to pursue talks and cooperation with the West to end Iran's nuclear dispute.

    A moderate conservative elected in June, Rouhani was speaking shortly...

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  • Iran, U.S. waiting for other side to make nuclear compromise

    August 7, 2013 | 9:51 am

    The presidency of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani has opened a window of opportunity in Iran's delicate nuclear diplomacy with the West but Tehran-watchers say that window could close as each side waits for the other to make the first move.

    Cautious optimism about talks between...

  • Iran leader reaches out to U.S., raises hopes for resolution of nuclear dispute

    August 6, 2013 | 9:37 am

    Iran's incoming President Hassan Rouhani used his first press conference on Tuesday to offer an olive branch to the United States in protracted talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear program, raising hopes of progress after years of stalemate.

    Rouhani, seen in the West as a...

  • Iran’s president-elect Rohani: More of the same or a bridge to the West?

    June 18, 2013 | 9:40 am

    Former national security adviser, former nuclear negotiator, a decades-old friendship with the supreme leader — Hassan Rohani is as Iranian establishment as it gets.

    Which is why, some Iran watchers say, he may be an invaluable asset in the quest to reduce tensions between the...

  • Iran election offers choice, but little change

    June 11, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Friday's presidential election in Iran is unlikely to bring significant change to the Islamic republic, whose supreme leader has ensured hardline candidates dominate the field. But the sole moderate could yet upset the race.

    World powers embroiled in talks with Iran over its...

  • Netanyahu says Iran hasn’t crossed nuclear ‘red line’

    April 29, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday Iran had not crossed the "red line" he set for its nuclear program, despite an assessment to the contrary by a former Israeli intelligence chief.

    At the United Nations in September, Netanyahu drew a red line across a cartoon bomb...

  • Researchers say Stuxnet was deployed against Iran in 2007

    February 26, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Researchers at Symantec Corp. have uncovered a version of the Stuxnet computer virus that was used to attack Iran's nuclear program in November 2007, two years earlier than previously thought.

    Planning for the cyber weapon, the first publicly known example of a virus being used...

  • Iran, world powers meet in Kazakhstan on Islamic Republic’s nuclear program

    February 26, 2013 | 7:28 am

    Iran and six world powers are meeting for talks on Iran's nuclear program.

    The talks began Tuesday in Kazakhstan. It is the first negotiations to be held in nearly eight months. The world powers are made up of Germany and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security...

  • Powers to offer Iran sanctions relief at nuclear talks

    February 25, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    Major powers will offer Iran some sanctions relief during talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this week if Tehran agrees to curb its nuclear program, a U.S. official said on Monday.

    But the Islamic Republic could face more economic pain if it fails to address international concerns...

  • Iran’s supreme leader rejects direct talks with U.S.

    February 7, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, rejected a U.S. proposal for direct talks between the two countries.

    Khamenei was responding to offers from the United States, including last week by Vice President Joseph Biden at the Munich security conference, to hold a...

  • Lack of deal with Iran on nuclear talks alarms Russia

    January 11, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Russia expressed alarm on Friday that no date or venue had been agreed for a new round of talks between global powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.

    Iran, which denies Western accusations it is seeking to develop a capability to make nuclear weapons, said last week it...

  • Iran ready to double nuclear work in bunker, IAEA says

    November 16, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Iran is set to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground site after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a U.N. nuclear report showed on Friday, a move that could increase Western alarm about Tehran's nuclear course.

    The latest quarterly International...

  • Barak: Iran has delayed building a nuclear bomb

    October 31, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Iran has pulled back from the brink of achieving a nuclear weapon, opting to use over a third of its medium-enriched uranium for civilian purposes, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a British newspaper.

    Iran's decision to convert that uranium into fuel rods for a civilian...

  • Netanyahu says strike on Iran would be good for Arabs

    October 30, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Tuesday to convince Arab states that an Israeli military strike on Iran would benefit them, removing a potential threat and easing tensions across the Middle East.

    Netanyahu has made a number of veiled threats to attack Iran's...

  • On the issues: Obama and Romney on abortion, Iran, Israel and more

    October 29, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    JTA reviews the positions of presidential candidates Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on some issues of importance to the Jewish community.

    ABORTION

    

Obama:

    Obama says he is “committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose” and...

  • Report: Iran says it provided U.N. nuclear watchdog with false info

    September 20, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    The head of Iran's nuclear agency said that he provided false information to United Nations nuclear inspectors.

    Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, who also serves as vice president of Iran, reportedly told the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Hayat that he lied to International Atomic...

  • Report: Iran war could cost Israel economy $42 billion

    August 21, 2012 | 9:25 am

    Israel’s economy would incur damages of as much as 167 billion shekels ($42 billion) should Israel attack Iran over its nuclear program, business information group BDI-Coface has projected.

    Direct economic damage would reach 47 billion shekels, BDI-Coface, a respected research...

  • Israel strike on Iran would be disaster, Shaul Mofaz says

    August 17, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    A former deputy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday a pre-emptive military strike against Iran over its nuclear program could embroil Israel in a “disastrous war”.

    Shaul Mofaz, a parliamentary opposition leader who quit Netanyahu’s cabinet last month where he...

  • House, Senate agree on enhanced Iran sanctions [UPDATE]

    July 31, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    Congressional negotiators have settled on a bill enhancing Iran sanctions, and President Obama announced new sanctions targeting fronts for Iran.

    “This bipartisan, bicameral Iran sanctions legislation strengthens current U.S. law by leaps and bounds,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen...

  • Panetta: Iran sanctions have not yet stopped nuclear program

    July 31, 2012 | 8:58 am

    Two days before his visit to Israel, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that though tough international sanctions have not yet caused Iran to drop its nuclear ambitions, they would eventually persuade the regime to “do what’s right.”

    Speaking in Tunisia on Monday, Panetta...

  • July 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 17, 2012 | 12:54 am

    in-depth:

    It’s Foreign Affairs, Stupid

    As the world roils, the upcoming US election should be about more than simply the economy, writes Zalmay Khalilzad in the National Interest.

    [K]ey regions are experiencing destabilizing transitions, particularly in the greater Middle East....

  • U.S., Israel developed Flame computer virus, according to anonymous Western officials

    June 19, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    The United States and Israel jointly developed the Flame computer virus that collected intelligence to help slow Iran’s nuclear program, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous Western officials.

    The so-called Flame malware aimed to map Iran’s computer networks and...

  • Ya’alon: Pressure can convince Iran to halt nuclear program

    January 25, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    Israel’s strategic affairs minister expressed confidence that international pressure could force Iran to halt its nuclear program.

    Moshe Ya’alon, speaking in New York at a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said the West needed to...

  • 30 Years After Applauds California’s Enforcement of Iran Divestment Legislation

    By Sam Yebri

    October 13, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    30 Years After, an Iranian-American Jewish civic organization, applauds the State of California’s vigorous enforcement of the Iran Contracting Act of 2010, authored by Assemblymembers Mike Feuer and Bob Blumenfield.  Pursuant to the new law, California recently published a list of...

  • Iran working on trigger for nukes, U.N. agency reports

    May 25, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Iran has conducted work on a trigger for a nuclear weapon and Syria “very likely” was building a nuclear reactor in 2007, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog formally concluded.

    A report on the progress of Iran’s nuclear program issued Tuesday by the International Atomic Energy...

  • With Pakistan in turmoil, Israel keeps eye on nukes

    By Leslie Susser

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    With the pro-U.S. regime of Pervez Musharraf in crisis following the Pakistani president's move to suspend his country's constitution and scuttle planned parliamentary elections, Israel is watching the developments with great concern.

    The turmoil in Pakistan presents Israel with...

  • Plenty of theater at the UN, but Iran nuclear issue still unresolved

    By Ben Harris

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The high political theater surrounding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to New York this week triggered plenty of protests, headlines and debates. But it remains unclear if, even after all the exertions this week, the international community has inched any closer to...
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