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  • Last bid to kill Iran nuclear deal blocked in Senate

    September 17, 2015 | 9:47 am

    Senate Democrats blocked legislation meant to kill the Iran nuclear deal for a third time on Thursday, securing perhaps the greatest foreign policy of President Barack Obama's six years in office and clearing the way for the agreement's implementation.

    By a vote of 56-42, the...

  • Desalination: Science, engineering and alchemy

    September 11, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    'Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press; September 15, 2015) reveals the secret to Israel’s bold approach to water security and how the rest of the world can adopt these measures now, to get ahead of the looming global...

  • Obama hails Senate vote protecting Iran nuclear deal

    September 10, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    President Barack Obama welcomed a Senate vote blocking a Republican-backed measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement, saying it was a victory for diplomacy and U.S. and international security.

    "I am heartened that so many senators judged this deal on the merits, and am gratified by the strong support of lawmakers and citizens alike," Obama said in a White House statement after Senate opponents of the pact failed to get the 60 votes necessary to advance a resolution of disapproval.

  • Khamenei says Israel will not last 25 more years; will not negotiate with U.S. beyond nuclear talks

    September 9, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Iran's Supreme Leader has said Tehran will not negotiate with the United States on any issue after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers in July and that Israel "will not see next 25 years” and adds that the Jewish state will be hounded until it is destroyed, according to his...

  • Obama musters more Senate votes for Iran nuclear deal

    September 8, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured 42 votes in the U.S. Senate for the international nuclear deal with Iran, more than enough to keep Congress from passing a resolution disapproving of the pact.

    Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal, Gary Peters, Ron Wyden and Maria...

  • Kerry reaffirms U.S. commitment to Israel security in call with Netanyahu

    September 8, 2015 | 11:31 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Iran with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a weekend telephone call and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel's security, the State Department said on Tuesday.

    "The secretary and the prime minister reiterated the need to...

  • Why we lost the debate to kill the Iran deal, and how we could ultimately win

    September 8, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Early on in February of this year, as the President and his Secretary of State were starting to leak information on the  negotiations around the proposed deal with Iran, the world looked on and assumed like so many attempts before it, the prospects of success where slim - they...

  • After Iran deal, EU bids to restart Israel-Palestinian talks

    September 4, 2015 | 10:24 am

    Arab countries will join the Middle East Quartet in New York at the end of September to seek ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday, part of a new European diplomatic initiative.

    Encouraged by Europe's role in securing...

  • Biden: Iran deal opponents seek regime change

    September 4, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said opponents of the Iran nuclear deal were seeking regime change, which could only be achieved through a messy war.

    “The only thing that would satisfy deal opponents,” including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “is a change in regime,” Biden...

  • Senate Democrats line up behind Iran nuclear deal

    September 2, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Another senator declared support on Wednesday for the U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran, providing a crucial 34th vote to protect it from being killed by Republicans in Congress.

    Democrat Barbara Mikulski provided the pivotal commitment to defending the deal negotiated by the...

  • What America will offer Israel after the nuclear deal

    September 1, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    The moment the Iran nuclear deal becomes law, as seems increasingly likely given growing congressional support for the agreement, the focus of the U.S.-Israel conversation will shift to the question of what’s next.

    What more will Washington do to mitigate the Iranian threat and...

  • Obama in landmark interview: Hezbollah will be a focus of post-Iran deal

    August 31, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    A focus of security enhancement once the Iran nuclear deal goes through will be neutralizing Hezbollah’s threat to Israel, President Barack Obama said in a landmark interview with The Forward.

    “As soon as this debate is over, we will, I think, be able to invigorate what has been...

  • Could a ‘broken windows’ policing strategy work for the Iran deal?

    August 28, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    As Congress weighs the Iran nuclear agreement, confidence that Tehran will comply must be high on its agenda. Because the revolutionary regime has a history of cheating on nuclear deals, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany have tried to ensure compliance...

  • Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship

    August 28, 2015 | 1:19 pm

    President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation.

    "As soon as this particular debate is...

  • More than 900 rabbis sign letter opposing Iran nuclear deal

    By Aron Chilewich

    August 27, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Over the past three weeks, more than 900 rabbis across every major denomination have signed an open letter calling upon the United States Congress to reject the proposed Iran nuclear deal. The letter was written by two Los Angeles rabbis, Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation and...

  • Swiss envoy says: invest in Iran, Middle East’s ‘pole of stability’

    August 27, 2015 | 9:39 am

    Switzerland's ambassador on Thursday called Iran a "pole of stability" in the Middle East and urged companies to make the most of a lucrative market about to re-open after years of crippling sanctions.

    Ambassador Giulio Haas was addressing some 500 Swiss business people as...

  • Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15, other semi-automatic rifles

    August 26, 2015 | 4:14 pm

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the United States' top seller of guns and ammunition, said on Wednesday it would stop selling the AR-15 and other semi-automatic rifles because of sluggish demand and focus instead on "hunting and sportsman firearms."

    Wal-Mart said the decision was unrelated...

  • Is ISIS here to stay?

    August 26, 2015 | 9:45 am

    The Islamic State (ISIS) has already outlived predictions of its early demise offered by some US military officials. The Islamist group has survived the near fatal assassination of its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi by airstrike earlier this year and has continued its voracious march...

  • Withhold U.S. aid over Palestinian teens’ deaths, U.S. lawmaker suggests

    August 25, 2015 | 11:22 am

    A Minnesota congresswoman called on State Department officials to investigate whether the killing of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli soldiers requires the withholding of U.S. military aid.

    Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat, in a letter made public Monday sought the probe over...

  • Is U.S. taxpayer money subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs?

    August 25, 2015 | 9:06 am

    Taxpayer dollars in the United States and Israel are subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs, a complaint filed with the New York state Attorney General’s Office alleges.

    The accusations follow a recent expose by Israel’s Channel 10 about the work of the 13-year-old Israeli...

  • Wall Street has worst day in four years, S&P now in correction

    August 24, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    U.S. stock indexes plunged almost 4 percent on Monday as investors, rattled about China's economy, sold heavily in an unusually volatile session that confirmed the S&P 500 was formally in a correction.

    The Dow Jones industrial average briefly slumped more than 1,000 points, its...

  • France honors Americans, Briton who disarmed train gunman

    August 24, 2015 | 10:30 am

    French President Francois Hollande on Monday awarded France's highest honor, the Legion d'honneur, to three U.S. citizens and a Briton who helped disarm a machine gun-toting suspected Islamist militant on a train last week.

    "Faced with the evil called terrorism there is a good,...

  • Israel was set to strike Iran in 2012, but joint drill with U.S. interfered

    August 24, 2015 | 8:50 am

    Israel was reportedly set to bomb Iran nuclear facilities in 2012, but aborted the operation because it coincided with a joint military exercise with the United States.

    The attack was being readied for January of that year, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported on Friday, until it...

  • Netanyahu pressed for Iran attacks, but was denied, ex-defense chief says

    August 23, 2015 | 8:40 am

    Israel's political leaders pushed to attack Iran at least three times in the past few years but had to back down on the advice of the military and due to concerns about its ally the United States, former defense minister Ehud Barak said.

    In interviews to his biographers aired...

  • Obama’s Democrats face intense pressure as they weigh Iran deal

    August 21, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    As he weighed whether to support President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, Representative Donald Norcross was showered with the sort of attention rarely shown to junior members of the U.S. Congress.

    The New Jersey Democrat, a former labor union leader, met with Obama and...

  • Former President Jimmy Carter says cancer has spread to his brain

    August 20, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday that his cancer has spread to his brain and he will start radiation treatment for it later in the day, adding that his fate was "in the hands of God."

    Carter, 90, held a news conference on his condition barely a week after...

  • AP: Iran has side agreement with UN allowing it to do its own nuke inspections

    August 19, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Iran has a secret agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency enabling it to choose its own experts to inspect its Parchin nuclear site.

    In a finding that could have implications for the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and six world powers, including the United...

  • U.S. Western wildfires stretch resources thin

    August 17, 2015 | 11:38 am

    Dozens of large wildfires roared largely unchecked across several Western states on Monday, stretching resources thin for agencies struggling to contain the flames amid a heat wave gripping the drought-parched region.

    Among the areas hardest hit was northern Idaho, where an...

  • Bernie has it.  Trump has it.  Joe has it.  Does Hillary?

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 17, 2015 | 10:28 am

    As Joe Biden polls family and friends about entering the presidential fray, he’s getting two kinds of advice – personal and political.  The personal is about his life, his values and what he can give to his country.  The political is about Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability.


  • 340 U.S. rabbis sign letter supporting Iran deal

    August 17, 2015 | 8:47 am

    In a letter to Congress, 340 U.S. rabbis from the major streams of Judaism expressed support for the Iran nuclear deal.

    The letter sent Monday urges the House of Representatives and Senate to endorse the agreement, in which sanctions are lifted in exchange for restrictions on...

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