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  • With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid

    July 22, 2014 | 11:53 am

    With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority.

    David Brog, the group’s executive director, said CUFI regarded...

  • Beirut firm goes on U.S. sanctions list for helping Hezbollah

    July 10, 2014 | 10:33 am

    The Obama administration added a Beirut-based company to its sanctions list for its purchase of items to bolster Hezbollah armaments.

    The designation posted in a statement Thursday by the State Department named “brothers Kamel Mohamad Amhaz and Issam Mohamad Amhaz; their...

  • Six powers, Iran launch crunch phase of nuclear diplomacy

    May 14, 2014 | 8:42 am

    Six world powers and Iran launched a decisive phase of diplomacy on Wednesday to draft a lasting accord that would curb Tehran's contested nuclear activity in exchange for a phased end to sanctions that have hobbled the Iranian economy.

    After three months of discussing...

  • Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians

    April 10, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians on Thursday in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate U.S. efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline.

    An Israeli official, speaking...

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  • U.S., EU set sanctions as Putin recognizes Crimea ‘sovereignty’

    March 17, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    The United States and European Union imposed personal sanctions on Monday on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the region as a sovereign state.

    The moves heightened the most...

  • British PM Cameron offers support for Israel in Knesset address

    March 12, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    British Prime Minister David Cameron told Israeli lawmakers that his country would work against international boycotts and sanctions against Israel.

    “You have a British prime minister whose belief in Israel is unbreakable and whose commitment to Israel’s security will always be...

  • AIPAC says ‘no’ to vote on Iran sanctions bill

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 9:35 am

    AIPAC, the main pro-Israel lobby on Capitol Hill, broke with its allies in the Republican Party, and came out against holding a vote on a new Iran sanctions bill until there is clear bipartisan support, The Hill reports.

    Here's a crash course on the last few months of...

  • Over 70 House Dems sign letter to Obama opposing sanctions

    February 4, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    More than 70 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to President Obama supporting his opposition to new Iran sanctions.

    The letter, initiated by Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and David Price (D-N.C.), expresses support for talks now underway between Iran...

  • Hillary Clinton opposes new Iran sanctions

    February 3, 2014 | 6:09 pm

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she was opposed to new Iran sanctions and urged Congress to give negotiations space to succeed.

    “As President Obama has said, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed, while keeping all options on the table,” Clinton said in...

  • AIPAC’s tough sanctions choice

    January 23, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    In previous AIPAC versus White House dustups, the pro-Israel lobbying group’s strategy was to speak softly and let Congress carry the big stick.

    But in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s face-off with the Obama administration over new Iran sanctions, congressional...

  • Doing the math on Dems and the Iran sanctions bill

    January 22, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    At The Washington Post, Greg Sargent uncovers letters from Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) opposing, at least for now, new Iran sanctions. (I wrote this week about how the bid to build a veto-proof majority for the sanctions legislation has stalled.)...

  • Obama to Congress: Now isn’t the time for new Iran sanctions

    January 15, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    President Obama urged Congress not to pass new Iran sanctions as jockeying continued among groups that favor and oppose the sanctions.

    “My preference is for peace and diplomacy, and this is one of the reasons why I’ve sent a message to Congress that now is not the time for us to...

  • Sanctions support grows

    January 15, 2014 | 10:28 am

    More than half the U.S. Senate has signed on to a bill that would intensify sanctions against Iran. But in a sign of the so-far successful effort by the White House to keep the bill from reaching a veto-busting 67 supporters, only 16 Democrats are on board.

    The number of senators...

  • Florida federations push Nelson on Iran sanctions

    January 3, 2014 | 10:57 am

    Four Jewish federations in south Florida urged Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to sign on to legislation opposed by the Obama administration that would enhance Iran sanctions.

    The Dec. 30 letter was sent amid a renewed post-holiday push by some pro-Israel groups to pass the...

  • Lew to JDC: U.S. will move against Iran sanctions busters

    December 12, 2013 | 11:50 am

    The United States is prepared to move against violators of its sanctions against Iran, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

    “Our enforcement of the sanctions regime will be as unflinching as ever, so any CEO, general counsel or...

  • Iran, six powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear deal

    December 9, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty-gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.

    The preliminary accord is seen as a first step towards...

  • Delay in launch of nukes deal gives Iran an edge, some say

    December 3, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    There’s the six-month interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program that trades some sanctions relief for a freeze on Iran’s nuclear program. And then there’s the interim before the interim begins.

    Little noticed in the wake of the historic pact reached last month by Iran and the major...

  • White House talks Iran deal with Jewish groups

    November 26, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    The White House held at least two phone calls with Jewish leaders to explain aspects of the interim sanctions-for-nuclear-rollbacks deal between Iran and major powers.

    Among the speakers on the conference calls Monday with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish...

  • What's next for Iran?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 25, 2013 | 10:11 am

    By Monday morning, the Israeli reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran had changed from “What happened?” to “Now what?”

    And that reaction makes a lot more sense.

    The interim agreement signed by Iran and the group of negotiating nations known as P5+1 on Saturday night, Nov. 23, ...

  • Barack or Bibi? Trust, loyalty and Iran

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    On Rosh Hashanah 2012, just a few weeks before the presidential election, Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe offered his congregants a sermon titled “The Most Important Question in the World Today.” In it, he told his congregation he was, at that moment, a single-issue voter: “I will...

  • Sanctions easing can be reversed if Iran does not deliver, Obama says

    November 14, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    President Barack Obama sought to reassure skeptical U.S. lawmakers on Thursday that any easing of sanctions on Iran that emerges from negotiations could easily be reversed and "ramped back up" if Tehran fails to curb its nuclear program.

    In his most direct appeal yet for more...

  • A call for Iran sanctions at Port

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 13, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    Amid the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, some national groups, as well as Los Angeles-based Jewish community organizations and other Iran human rights activists, have launched a new campaign calling for Los Angeles city officials to bar from the Port of Los...

  • 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....

  • Government shutdown over, Iran sanctions force back at full strength

    October 17, 2013 | 9:54 am

    The U.S. government returned to work, and officials who track Iran sanctions compliance were working at a full complement.

    Hundreds of thousands of government employees who had been furloughed since Oct. 1 returned to work on Thursday after Republicans in the House of...

  • Obama administration warns: Gov’t shutdown undermining Iran sanctions

    October 15, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Is the U.S. government shutdown undermining the sanctions that helped bring Iran to Geneva this week for talks aimed at ending the standoff over its nuclear program?

    Top administration officials have been emphatically making the case that it is.

    Wendy Sherman, the third-ranked...

  • Report: Iran will offer to reduce, but not end, uranium enrichment

    October 9, 2013 | 11:08 am

    Iran reportedly will offer to reduce but not eliminate its uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of sanctions.

    The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday quoted diplomatic officials as saying Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at talks in Geneva next week will present the...

  • Calif. bars state banks from funding Iran, terror groups

    August 27, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    California enacted a measure making it illegal for state-chartered financial institutions to be used, directly or indirectly, to funnel money to terrorist groups or the government of Iran.

    The law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown provides oversight mechanisms to ensure that the...

  • 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...

  • U.S. names 4 Iranian companies to sanctions list

    May 10, 2013 | 9:18 am

    The Obama administration added the names of four Iranian companies and an individual to those sanctioned for assisting Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

    "Iranian private sector firms should heed the risks incurred by conducting business with those who support Iran’s...

  • Iran, world powers ‘far apart’ after new nuke talks

    April 8, 2013 | 9:11 am

    The world powers will pursue further talks with Iran over its nuclear program, but will not continue them indefinitely, John Kerry said a day after another round of talks failed to produce any new proposals.

    The talks between Iran and six world powers - the United States,...

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