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  • Israel wary as U.S. paroles ex-spy Pollard

    5 days ago

    Israel offered a cautious welcome on Wednesday to the planned U.S. release of former spy Jonathan Pollard, wary that too warm a celebration might hurt efforts to persuade the Obama administration to let him leave for Israel immediately.

    Under parole terms announced on Tuesday,...

  • Ordeal not yet over for Jonathan Pollard

    5 days ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Johnathan Pollard, the civilian American naval intelligence analyst who in 1987 was sentenced to life in prison for passing classified material to Israel, will be released from jail on Nov. 20, after having served 30 years: the...

  • Israelis say Pollard release won’t change stance on Iran

    5 days ago

    When the United States frees convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in November — a development announced July 28 — many in Israel will celebrate the moment for which they have fought and hoped. What Pollard’s release won’t do, officials and analysts say, is make most Israelis feel any...

  • Pro-Israel, anti-deal crowd rallies at Federal Building

    5 days ago

    Reality TV celebrity Reza Farahan stood on a platform, sporting aviator glasses and an impressive mustache as he addressed a crowd of nearly 1,000 people on July 26 during a frenzied “Stop Iran” rally at the Federal Building in West Los Angeles. 

    “I posted that I would be here on...

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  • Top U.S. general says Iran deal lowers near-term atomic arms risk

    6 days ago

    The top U.S. military officer supported a proposed nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, saying it reduced the risk of Tehran developing atomic arms while buying time to work with allies to confront the Islamic Republic over other "malign activities."

    Army General Martin Dempsey,...

  • We support the Iran Deal

    6 days ago

    For more than a decade, we’ve been told that an Iran with nuclear weapons would pose not only a grave threat to Israel, but an imminent threat to Israel’s existence. For this reason, for more than a decade we’ve been pressing U.S. presidents and Congress to take action to address...

  • Sander Levin statement on the Iran nuclear agreement

    1 week ago

    Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee, today released the following statement regarding his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon:

    “Consideration of the Iran nuclear agreement...

  • How not to celebrate the release of Jonathan Pollard

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    1. The decision to release Jonathan Pollard from prison, announced this week, is a timely decision. For a number of years, it became clear that the insistence on keeping him in prison was, to put it mildly, suspicious. Pollard was sent to prison for all the right reasons; he was...

  • Iran Deal: A few comments on leadership and historical comparisons

    1 week ago

    Michael Berenbaum’s July 22, 2015 “Geneva is Not Munich, and President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain,” is written with characteristic knowledge and insight.  His concerns about polarization in the Jewish community are worth heeding, as is his reminder that we have to work...

  • Kerry heads for Egypt and the Gulf to discuss Iran deal, ISIS

    1 week ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Egypt and the Gulf next week for talks on the recent nuclear deal between major powers and Iran and the fight against Islamic State militants, then he will head to Southeast Asia, where countries share U.S. concerns about China's...

  • Liberals Need to Stop Feeling Shame When Supporting Israel

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    2 weeks ago

    All my life, I have been liberal and I have been Jewish.  These identities are badges I have worn proudly and which have long bolstered one another.  Except on one subject: Israel.  So for a long time, I just stayed away from the landmine that discussing Israel can be.  I wore...

  • Kerry: critics of Iran deal spinning ‘fantasy,’ urges approval

    2 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, telling skeptical lawmakers it would be fantasy to think the United States could simply "bomb away" Tehran's atomic know-how.

    Testifying publicly before Congress...

  • Rouhani assures critics nuclear deal is good for Iran

    2 weeks ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended Iran's nuclear deal with world powers after it came under attack from conservatives at home, arguing on Thursday it reflected the nation's will and was "more valuable" than carping over the details.

    While many Iranians hope last week's...

  • Iran: ‘This deal is not the last step’

    2 weeks ago

    I have three identities: I’m Iranian, I’m American, and I’m Israeli. Historically, what that has meant is that there are very few places in the world that I’ve found where all my identities have been welcome. Actually, through my extensive travels, including Afghanistan, North...

  • After Israel talks, Pentagon chief says: ‘Friends can disagree’

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter never expected to win over Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the merits of the nuclear agreement with Iran but tried to put a brave face on their sometimes blunt, closed-door exchange on Tuesday.

    "We don't agree on everything. And...

  • In Europe, worried Iranian expats warn mullahs can’t be trusted

    3 weeks ago

    Thinking of his native Iran brings professor Afshin Ellian a mix of pain and pleasure.

    Under police protection for his vocal opposition of Islamist extremism, Ellian feels the pain of millions languishing under the Islamic regime and Western sanctions that he views as...

  • Israel won’t strike Iran alone, no matter how much it hates the nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    The day after a nuclear deal with Iran was announced, the sun rose high above Jerusalem's shimmering hills just as it does every July, as if the ancient land shrugged off two decades of apocalyptic warnings from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and decided to go about its...

  • Israel: Iran deal ‘naked as emperor with no clothes’

    3 weeks ago

    Israel's nuclear affairs minister said his country was like the boy in the fairy tale who pointed out the emperor had no clothes, heaping scorn on the Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday and emphasising Israel's right to unilateral self-defence.

    Tuesday's agreement between six world...

  • Netanyahu, Obama have contentious conversation about Iran deal

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister had a contentious phone call after the major powers achieved a deal with Iran.

    Netanyahu in a statement said he raising two objections in the phone call.

    “One, the agreement allows Iran to develop extensive capabilities that...

  • Read the full text of the Iran Deal here

    3 weeks ago

    The 159-page final Iran Deal agreement is available online for anyone who's interested in reading it in its entirety. Below is the first part of the document.


    Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

    Vienna, 14 July 2015

    PREFACE

    The E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian...

  • Israel likely to turn to congress to fight Iranian nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    There’s a joke making the Facebook rounds of Israelis.

    “Knock knock”

    “Who’s there?”

    “A nuclear Iran.”

    “A nuclear Iran, who?”

    “BOOM.”

    The joke shows the deep skepticism most Israelis have, from officials down to the man in...

  • A ‘bad’ agreement with Iran: Adjust or fight?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    There is nothing less reassuring than a band of experts telling a nation that there is no reason for panic. And that is exactly the message Israel was getting on Tuesday morning, hours before the expected announcement of an Iran deal. The agreement – officials, ex-officials and...

  • Iran, world powers push for Tuesday nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Nuclear negotiations between Tehran and six world powers were set to miss a midnight deadline on Monday to reach a final deal, but diplomats from all sides said they hoped for a breakthrough in the coming hours.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said an agreement was...

  • U.S. forensic pathologist: Nisman case more likely a homicide

    3 weeks ago

    A U.S. forensic pathologist believes that the late Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman likely was murdered.

    “The evidence argues strongly and scientifically against it being a suicide,” Cyril Wecht said in an interview aired by Argentina television’s Channel 13 on Sunday...

  • Report: White supremacists more violent, but numbers not growing

    3 weeks ago

    White supremacists have committed about 83 percent of extremist-related murders in the United States in the last decade, according to a new Anti-Defamation League report.

    The report, released Monday, also found that most of those murders were perpetrated for non-ideological...

  • Obama commutes sentences of 46 U.S. federal prisoners

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal prisoners on Monday, a move he said is part of his commitment to reforming the U.S. criminal justice system.

    Obama has now commuted the sentences of 89 prisoners, the vast majority of whom were nonviolent drug offenders...

  • Iran’s Zarif says no nuclear deal expected on Monday

    3 weeks ago

    Nuclear negotiations between Tehran and six world powers will not finish on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, with diplomats reporting deadlock over a U.N. arms embargo and other sticking points.

    The White House said significant issues remained to be...

  • Israeli, American flags burned during Iran’s annual ‘Jerusalem Day’

    July 10, 2015 | 9:14 am

    Millions of Iranians participated in annual pro-Palestinian Al-Quds Day rallies, which in many places featured chants calling for death to Israel and the United States.

    The government-organized rallies, named for the Arabic name for Jerusalem, took place across Iran on Friday and...

  • Iran says Western powers backtracking as nuclear deadline expires

    July 10, 2015 | 8:00 am

    Iran accused major powers on Friday of backtracking on previous pledges and throwing up new "red lines" at nuclear talks, after the deadline to reach an agreement in time to receive expedited scrutiny from the U.S. Congress expired with no deal.

    Iran's foreign minister Mohammad...

  • U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Israel and religious hypocrisy

    July 8, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    Last week, along with the enlightened world, we celebrated the dramatic ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. The cause of same-sex marriage enjoys wide support in the Jewish community, and in Israel the majority of the Jewish population also supports it. Thirteen American-Jewish...

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