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  • 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,...

  • Oxford students reject boycott Israel motion

    February 27, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    A motion calling for blanket sanctions against Israel was rejected by the Oxford University Students’ Union.

    According to the website of Britain’s Union of Jewish Students, the OUSU measure calling for the Oxford student union to boycott Israeli institutions, goods and produce...

  • EU diplomats recommend economic sanctions against settlements

    February 27, 2013 | 10:03 am

    European Union diplomats in eastern Jerusalem have recommended economic sanctions against Jewish settlements in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.

    The recommendations are part of the 2012 Heads of Mission report, which is non-binding. The recommendations were reported Wednesday...

  • 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...

  • 73 Senators sign AIPAC-backed letter urging continued Iran restrictions

    December 21, 2012 | 11:36 am

    A letter backed by AIPAC urging President Obama to keep up pressure on Iran even as he negotiates with the regime garnered signatures from 73 U.S. Senators.

    "We strongly believe there should be absolutely no diminution of pressure on the Iranians until the totality of their...

  • Senate passes enhanced Iran sanctions

    November 30, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    The U.S. Senate, urged by AIPAC, unanimously approved tightened Iran sanctions.

    "In an effort to circumvent international sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, some purchasers of Iranian oil and natural gas have been using gold and other precious metals to pay for petroleum...

  • Netanyahu praises EU for new Iran sanctions

    October 16, 2012 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the European Union for adopting new sanctions against Iran.

    Netanyahu, speaking Tuesday at the start of a meeting in Jerusalem with European Union member state ambassadors, called the sanctions "tough" and said Iran was "the...

  • Iranian police clash with protesters over currency plunge

    October 3, 2012 | 9:24 am

    Riot police clashed with demonstrators and arrested money changers in Tehran on Wednesday in disturbances over the collapse of the Iranian currency, which has lost 40 percent of its value against the dollar in a week, witnesses said.

    Police fired tear gas to disperse the...

  • Ahmadinejad: World goal must be to ‘annihilate’ Israel

    August 3, 2012 | 9:07 am

    Many thousands of Iranians shouted “Death to America, death to Israel” during state-organized protests on Friday and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told them there was no place for the Jewish state in a future Middle East.

    Iran, penalized by tough Western sanctions, faces the threat...

  • House, Senate pass final Iran sanctions enhancement

    August 2, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Congress approved a broad array of new sanctions targeting Iran, and the White House suggested it would implement them.

    The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate each passed the final version of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act on Wednesday—the House by a...

  • White House agrees with Netanyahu on sanctions, calls for patience

    August 2, 2012 | 9:10 am

    White House officials agreed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment that sanctions have not set back Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program, but counseled patience.

    “We completely agree with the prime minister’s assessment that Iran has failed to make that...

  • N.J. Gov. Christie signs law imposing Iran sanctions

    August 1, 2012 | 10:44 am

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law new sanctions against Iran that prohibit public contracts with any company or person that invests in Iran’s energy and finance sectors.

    Christie shared the announcement of the new legislation in remarks at a gala in Whippany on...

  • Panetta to meet Barak, Netanyahu, Peres in quick trip to Israel

    August 1, 2012 | 8:33 am

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Israel to discuss United States-Israel defense ties and the potential threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

    Panetta will meet with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.

    “We are a...

  • 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: no Iran attack plans to be discussed with Israel

    July 31, 2012 | 11:57 am

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta denied media reports on Tuesday that he would discuss possible military attack plans against Iran during a brief visit to Israel.

    Speaking at a press conference in Cairo shortly before departing for Israel, Panetta said he would be talking...

  • 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...

  • Penn State’s Jewish community weighs how to move forward

    July 24, 2012 | 11:24 am

    One unlikely venue for fallout from the Penn State University sex abuse scandal is the campus Hillel, for which now ousted university president Graham Spanier—the school’s first Jewish leader—was a fundraiser and vocal supporter.

    On Monday, the Penn State community was stunned...

  • Spate of attacks kills 107 across Iraq

    July 23, 2012 | 8:23 am

    At least 107 people were killed in bomb and gun attacks in Iraq on Monday, a day after 20 died in explosions, in a coordinated surge of violence against mostly Shi’ite Muslim targets.

    The bloodshed, which coincided with an intensifying of the conflict in neighboring Syria, pointed...

  • Death, grief in Syrian village, U.S. cries “murder”

    July 13, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    Graphic scenes of grief and death in a Syrian village bore witness on Friday to a massacre President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents say was the work of his troops and militia allies, drawing words of outrage from the outside world.

    There was “indisputable evidence that the regime...

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