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  • Conflicting U.S., Iranian accounts on sanctions relief

    April 6, 2015 | 10:17 am

    After Iran and world powers agreed last week to a framework deal on curbing Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, Tehran and Washington seem to have different interpretations over how that will be done.

    Many details must still be hammered out, including the pace...

  • Netanyahu seeks better deal on Iran; Obama says it is best hope on nuclear issue

    April 6, 2015 | 8:27 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States on Sunday to seek a better deal to curb Iran's nuclear program and said he would press American lawmakers not to give Tehran "a free path to the bomb."

    President Barack Obama, hoping to sway skeptics at home and...

  • Keep your enemies closer

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 2, 2015 | 7:04 pm

  • Reporting Iran talks: stampedes, dirty shirts and $72 cocktails

    April 2, 2015 | 2:31 pm

    Hundreds of journalists have been crammed into a pair of large lounges at a 19th century hotel for over a week now, eager for any scrap of information on closed door negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program.

    Reporters from dozens of American,...

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  • Iran, world powers reach initial deal on reining in Tehran’s nuclear program

    April 2, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran's nuclear program for at least a decade, a step toward a comprehensive accord that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.

    The tentative agreement, after eight days of marathon...

  • What you need to know about the Iran nuclear negotiations

    April 1, 2015 | 12:08 pm

    Diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, have extended their deadline on a framework accord on Iran’s nuclear program. But even if an agreement is reached soon, it’s merely a way station toward a comprehensive deal that is due by June 30.

    If a deal is reached, who needs to approve it?...

  • U.S. says ready to work past deadline for Iran nuclear deal if needed

    March 31, 2015 | 10:07 am

    The United States said it was prepared to work past a midnight deadline into Wednesday if progress was being made towards clinching a preliminary nuclear deal between Iran and global powers.

    Negotiations appeared to be bogged down on an outline agreement aimed at curbing...

  • Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises as Israel hopes for failure

    March 29, 2015 | 9:16 am

    Iran and six major powers were exploring possible compromises to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned they were unable to move on several sticking points.

    The news came as Israel said the details of a possible agreement emerging from talks...

  • Benjamin Netanyahu: The new Republican hero

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 26, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just won a startling re-election by linking his fate not to the United States as a whole, but to the U.S. Republican Party. Risking opprobrium for alienating President Barack Obama as well as Israel’s international support, he nevertheless...

  • Start mending U.S. rift by firing ambassador, Zionist Union lawmaker urges Netanyahu

    March 26, 2015 | 10:04 am

    An Israeli lawmaker called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fire the country’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer.

    Firing Dermer would be a first step to repairing the U.S.-Israel relationship, Erel Margalit of the Zionist Union party said in a letter sent to...

  • U.S., Iran resume talks on preliminary nuclear deal as deadline looms

    March 26, 2015 | 9:10 am

    The United States and Iran resumed negotiations on Thursday aimed at clinching a nuclear deal before a March 31 deadline, and officials close to the talks said some kind of preliminary agreement between Tehran and six powers was possible.

    As the talks began, Washington and Tehran...

  • Hezbollah sees Yemen strikes causing more Mideast tension

    March 26, 2015 | 8:30 am

    Hezbollah condemned as "unjust aggression" Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen on Thursday and said it takes the region towards increased tension.

    The Shi'ite group, which is backed by Iran, also called on Saudi Arabia and its allies to immediately and unconditionally halt the...

  • Former U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl faces desertion charges

    March 25, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan who was released last summer in a controversial prisoner exchange, was charged on Wednesday with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, his attorney said.

    Eugene Fidell, a lecturer at Yale Law School, said...

  • Canada says it will bomb Islamic State ‘safe havens’ in Syria

    March 24, 2015 | 3:58 pm

    Canada will expand its military mission against Islamic State by launching air strikes against the militants' safe havens in Syria as well as Iraq, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.

    That will make Canada the second NATO member nation after the United States to attack...

  • Daily Kickoff: U.S. spying on Israel uncovers Israel spying on Iran talks | Dems’ Dermer Dinner

    March 24, 2015 | 9:40 am

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    High Stakes Spy Game: "Israel Spied on Iran Talks" by Adam Entous: “It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back...

  • Tea Party hero Ted Cruz announces presidential bid

    March 23, 2015 | 10:30 am

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cast himself as a leader of a grassroots conservative army on Monday as he became the first major figure to jump into the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Monday.

    Speaking at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia, the Republican...

  • Israel’s Steinitz says world powers, Iran likely to agree bad nuclear deal

    March 23, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Israel said on Monday it was probable that world powers and Iran would agree a "bad deal" on Tehran's nuclear program and it would do all it could to toughen any accord before talks resume this week.

    "We think it's going to be a bad, insufficient deal," Strategic Affairs Minister...

  • Daily Kickoff: MSNBC, Fox News, NPR interview Bibi | Boehner to visit Israel | and more

    March 20, 2015 | 10:13 am

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    TOP TALKER: "Iran Talks Stall Over Ending of Sanctions" by Laurence Norman and Jay Solomon: "As deadline nears for nuclear agreement, Tehran wants U.N. sanctions lifted right away; U.S., Europeans...
  • Obama, Netanyahu talk by phone after election spat

    March 19, 2015 | 3:25 pm

    President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, and the two leaders agreed to continue discussing the "difficult path forward" on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the White House said.

    "The president reaffirmed the United States' long-standing commitment to a two-state solution that results in a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and viable Palestine," the White House said in a statement.

  • Israelis are not that weird

    By David Suissa

    March 19, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Peace lovers everywhere are depressed about all those Israelis who voted for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Some of these peace lovers are in near hysterics because, well, they're so sure of themselves. They're sure that a vote for Bibi was a vote against peace, and that a vote...

  • Netanyahu: I haven’t changed policy on Palestinian state

    March 19, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday abandoning his commitment to the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, backing away from comments he made during his re-election campaign that drew sharp criticism from Israel's ally the United States.

    "I haven't...

  • American Jews and the Israeli election

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2015 | 6:31 pm

    If there is one lesson American Jews will learn from Israel’s election, it’s this:  they’re not us.

    Israel is not New York. Or LA. Or Chicago or Boston or Miami or Philadelphia. It is a Jewish “community” unlike any in America.

    Israelis went to the polls this Tuesday and...

  • 5 notable takeways from the Israeli election

    March 17, 2015 | 6:12 pm

    In the United States, the magic number on Election Day is 270, the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. In Israel, it’s 61, the number of seats needed to capture a majority in the 120-seat Knesset — and with it, the premiership.

    With Prime Minister...

  • Closing in on nuclear deal, U.S. demands ‘tough choices’ from Iran

    March 16, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    The United States and Iran inched closer to a political deal that would set the stage for a landmark nuclear agreement, but a U.S. official warned on Monday that Iran must make tough choices to allay fears about its atomic ambitions.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian...

  • Whether ‘Bibi’ or ‘Bougie,’ Israelis demand living costs relief

    March 10, 2015 | 11:41 am

    Whoever wins Israel's election next week must answer demands for relief from soaring housing prices and a high cost of living, but the days of big state spending on social programs are unlikely to return.

    Opinion polls show that more than half of Israelis believe social issues...

  • Republicans warn Iran nuclear deal with Obama may not last

    March 9, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    Republican U.S. senators warned Iran's leaders on Monday that any nuclear deal with President Barack Obama could last only as long as he remains in office, an unusual partisan intervention in foreign policy that could undermine delicate international talks with Tehran.

    The open...

  • U.S., France ‘on same page’ over Iran, want stronger deal

    March 8, 2015 | 9:27 pm

    The United States and France sought on Saturday to play down any disagreements over nuclear talks with Iran, saying they both agreed the accord now under discussion needed to be strengthened.

    "We are on the same page," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after talks...

  • U.S. official: Proposed agreement with Iran not limited to decade

    March 8, 2015 | 9:13 pm

    The proposed nuclear agreement with Iran will not be limited to a decade, a senior U.S. official said.

    On Sunday, the unnamed official who briefed Israeli journalists by phone said the deal would include several phases and last for longer than a decade, according to Israeli media...

  • Where is Obama’s grand vision?

    By David Suissa

    March 5, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    For a man who got elected on grand visions and “hope” and “change,” President Barack Obama has brought little hope to the people of the Middle East.

    Obama’s first move was grand enough, when he reached out to Muslim and Arab leaders with an apologetic speech in Cairo. The...

  • Netanyahu’s popularity rises after U.S. speech, polls show

    March 4, 2015 | 5:47 pm

    Israeli opinion polls on Wednesday showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got a slight boost in popularity after his U.S. speech slamming an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, but he is still running neck and neck with his leading rival in a March 17 election.

    A survey published...

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