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  • Iran a threat not just to Israel, says Germany’s Merkel

    February 25, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Germany views Iran as a potential threat not just to Israel, but also to European countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    But she stopped short of endorsing her host's demand that Tehran give...

  • Top U.S. official: Iran talks might not produce final deal

    February 18, 2014 | 11:13 am

    It is not yet clear whether interim talks between Iran and the major powers will achieve a deal to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. official said.

    “We don’t know if, at the end of these six months, we will be able to achieve a comprehensive agreement,...

  • Senators, after Obama meeting, ready to delay new sanctions

    November 19, 2013 | 11:01 am

    Senate leaders appeared ready to delay intensified sanctions targeting Iran while President Obama seeks a deal to roll back that country’s nuclear program, although several warned not to yield on demands that Iran end its uranium enrichment.

    In comments after the meeting, Sens....

  • Kerry tells senators to disregard Israeli reports on Iran

    November 14, 2013 | 9:55 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly told U.S. senators to disregard Israeli reports of Iran’s progress in developing a nuclear weapon.

    Also, his spokeswoman dismissed an Israeli Cabinet minister’s account of a proposed deal with Iran as “inaccurate, exaggerated, and not...

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  • Hagel: U.S. ‘clear-eyed’ on Iran’s support for terror

    November 1, 2013 | 1:31 pm

    The United States is testing Iran’s diplomatic intentions but remains “clear-eyed” on Iran’s role as a state-sponsor of terror and exporter of extremism, said U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

    “But foreign policy is not a zero-sum game,” he said. “If we can find ways to...

  • Will Santa bring Obama peace for Christmas?

    October 30, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    It is too early to tell what will emerge from talks among the new diplomatic triumvirate composed of the United States, Russia and Iran. But one thing is for certain: Even the worst of all agreements is far superior to the current situation. 

    Certainly, I understand the problems...

  • Obama to Congress: Talk tough on sanctions, but don’t do anything

    October 28, 2013 | 3:11 pm

    The Obama administration may be on a collision course with pro-Israel advocates over an intensified sanctions bill that the White House fears may scuttle negotiations to resolve the standoff over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.

    The American Israel Public Affairs...

  • Netanyahu’s mission: to head off Iran sanctions relief

    October 21, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek to dim the optimism after nuclear talks with Iran, cautioning that Tehran is strengthening its strategic regional position by calling the shots in Syria as President Bashar Assad's puppet master on Wednesday.

    In talks with U.S....

  • Is a common fear of Iran driving Israel and Saudi Arabia together?

    October 21, 2013 | 12:52 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping the enemy of one’s enemy truly does become a friend.

    In recent years, Netanyahu has said the enmity for Iran shared by Israel and the Arab states could become a spur to regional reconciliation. Last week, in a speech to...

  • Hagel, in meeting with Yaalon, pledges to remain firm with Iran

    October 9, 2013 | 10:50 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met at the Pentagon for the third time in six months.

    Hagel told Yaalon during Tuesday’s meeting that while U.S. officials intend to test the prospect for a diplomatic solution with Iran, “we...

  • Netanyahu talks tough on Iran, leaves door open to ‘meaningful’ diplomatic solution

    October 2, 2013 | 8:30 am

    The “credible military threat” against Iran that Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to hear while he was in the United States this week eventually emerged — from his own lips.

    The Israeli prime minister, in a blunt speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, warned that...

  • North Korea to Bibi: Israel’s ‘a cancer’

    October 1, 2013 | 12:31 pm

    A week of debate at the United Nations came to a close this week with a much-anticipated address from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who, as expected, devoted nearly all of his speech to Iran’s nuclear program.

    Then, things got interesting.

    See, there’s this thing at...

  • At J Street, giving Iran the benefit of the doubt

    September 30, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Amid the dramatic shift in tone in the U.S.-Iran relationship following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit last week to the United Nations, Israeli officials are broadcasting a clear message: Be skeptical.

    But at the J Street conference in Washington this week, which drew...

  • Israel’s Netanyahu meets Obama, will urge no let-up on Iran

    September 30, 2013 | 8:38 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will warn President Barack Obama in White House talks on Monday that Iran's diplomatic "sweet talk" cannot be trusted and will urge him to keep up the pressure to prevent Tehran from being able to make a nuclear bomb.

    While Obama...

  • Obama at U.N.: America’s Mideast focus is on Iran, peace talks

    September 24, 2013 | 9:54 am

    President Obama in an address to the United Nations said U.S. focus in the Middle East will be keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    The two issues “have been a major source of instability for far too long,” Obama said Monday at the...

  • Iran warning, message of hope end Israeli Presidential Conference

    June 20, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, interrupted by protesters, delivered more warnings on Iran as the Israeli Presidential Conference came to a close.

    President Shimon Peres offered a message of hope as the two-day conference in Jerusalem ended on Thursday.

    Netanyahu,...

  • Obama, Netanyahu convey broad agreement on Iran, Syria, two state solution

    March 20, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed broad consensus on Israel’s top security priorities in a statements following a meeting in Jerusalem.

    In the statements, given Wednesday evening, the first day of Obama’s first presidential trip to Israel,...

  • House resolution would back Israel strike on Iran

    March 6, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    A slate of Republican congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a resolution that would support an Israeli strike against Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

    The non-binding resolution introduced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) "fully supports...

  • Iran nuke unlikely to start Mideast arms race, report says

    February 20, 2013 | 10:51 am

    Fears that an Iranian nuclear weapon might trigger an atomic arms race across the Middle East are overplayed, a U.S. security thinktank said on Tuesday, arguing that countries like Saudi Arabia face big disincentives against getting the bomb.

    Western powers believe Iran is trying...

  • Ahead of hearings, Hagel commits to preventing Iranian nukes

    January 30, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    In answers prepared for his Senate hearings, Chuck Hagel says he is committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if this means military action.

    "With the ever present threat of Iran, the next Secretary of Defense must be vigilant in pursuing the goal of...

  • Netanyahu talks Syria, Iran with congressional delegation

    January 25, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with a U.S. congressional delegation and discussed the prospect of an Iran with a nuclear weapon and the dangers posed by chemical weapons in Syria.

    Netanyahu met Friday with the bipartisan delegation, helmed by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Netanyahu's office said. It did not say who else was in the delegation.

    The fate of Syria's chemical weapons during the current turmoil in that country has concerned Israeli and U.S. leaders.

  • Hagel reassures Jewish leaders on Iran, Israel’s edge

    January 22, 2013 | 9:27 am

    Chuck Hagel in a meeting with Jewish organizational leaders affirmed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge.

    "Sen. Hagel met with the leadership of several major American Jewish organizations at the...

  • Biden, Ryan spar on Iran

    October 12, 2012 | 9:43 am

    Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan clashed over Iran’s nuclear program during their televised debate.

    Ryan assailed President Obama’s approach to the issue in Thursday night's vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville,...

  • Promises, promises

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 2, 2012 | 10:10 am

    After a week of UN speeches, I had the urge to tell you about politicians from my point of view. For several days now my mind has been occupied with a rumble of thoughts and feelings, and I figured the only way I can make sense of it all is to write it down. So who are politicians?...

  • At U.N., Netanyahu tries to portray Iran as ticking time bomb

    September 28, 2012 | 9:37 am

    For Benjamin Netanyahu, it’s all about advancing the view that a nuclear Iran is not simply a theoretical threat, but a ticking time bomb.

    It’s why he’s pressing President Obama to establish explicit red lines when it comes to Iran’s nuclear progress. It’s why he came to the U.N....

  • Report: Iran moving along on ability to build nuclear weapons

    September 11, 2012 | 11:54 am

    Iran has moved further along in its ability to build nuclear weapons, according to some diplomats.

    The diplomats say intelligence provided to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear monitor of the United Nations, shows that Iran has advanced its work on calculating...

  • POLL: Most Americans would back US strike over Iran nuclear weapon

    March 13, 2012 | 3:25 pm

    A majority of Americans would support U.S. military action against Iran if there were evidence that Tehran is building nuclear weapons, even if such action led to higher gasoline prices, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

    The poll showed 56 percent of Americans would support...

  • Do Iran sanctions work?

    March 12, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    To this point, the U.S. administration and the rest of the international community has responded to the perceived threat of a nuclear Iran with diplomacy and economic sanctions.

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made their pitches for and against the...

  • On the day after, not much can be done- if Iran will….

    Veronique Brüggemann

    February 22, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    According to the latest Gallup poll, Americans perceive Iran as the United States greatest enemy, 25 percent listed Iran before others. It also found that Republicans are more likely to support this view than Democrats.
    Yet, while very few Americans would wish for a nuclear Iran, it...

  • Iran-  voice of a citizen from Israel

    Dana Hadadi Israel

    February 20, 2012 | 6:38 am

    Why protesting won’t work?
    Besieged by international sanctions over the Iranian nuclear program, including a planned embargo by Europe Iran warned its 6 largest European buyers to act first- cutting them of Iranian oil. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the era of bulling Iran...

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