Barack Obama

Blocking An Iran Deal Could Backfire

The Republican demand for a Congressional vote on any nuclear deal with Iran could come back and bite them on election day. 

In the intensely polarized political atmosphere engulfing Washington these days, it is unlikely Republicans would approve anything Barack Obama negotiated, even if it was a total unconditional Iranian surrender. 

The Congress can hold hearings about on executive agreement with Iran, but unlike a treaty, it does not require Senate approval. 

Praying For Peace Like Talking To A Wall

Pope Francis should have learned in his visit last week to the West Bank and then to Jerusalem that praying for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is like talking to a wall. But he’s not one to give up easily, so he invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to come to the Vatican on June 8 to seek divine intervention.

That may be the best hope for peace, and that’s a very sad commentary. 

Peace Process? What Peace Process?

If you’re wondering what President Obama plans to do next about peace between Israel and the Palestinians just read his West Point speech this week.

Nothing.  He didn’t mention it once.

He only mentioned Israel twice and then in reference to other issues – Egypt’s peace treaty and Iran’s nuclear ambitions – and the Palestinians not at all.

Kerry: "Iran Is Not Open For Business"

Secretary dismisses Rouhani's claims about current restrictions, blasts critics in Israel as opposed to peace agreement.

02/05/2014
Assistant Managing Editor

The United States did not let Iran off the hook in its recent deal to limit nuclear enrichment in exchange for easing of some economic sanctions, Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN in an interview that aired Wednesday.

Kerry dismissed as posturing recent comments by President Hassan Rouhani at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and at home, that his country was no longer hampered by sanctions, and that concessions made to broker the deal could be easily overturned.

Kerry: Israel is safer now than before agreement. Via CNN.com

Who’ll Blink First?

The Israel lobby and the White House stare each other down over Iran and its rhetoric.

02/05/2014
Editor and Publisher

Soon after the ill-fated Oslo agreement was signed between Yasir Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin on the White House lawn in 1993, the PLO leader began speaking in Arab countries of “jihad,” explaining how, according to Islamic tradition, truces could be signed as a means of lulling one’s enemies before conquering them.

Gary Rosenblatt

Obama Officials To Jewish Groups: New Sanctions Are 'Dangerous'

01/16/2014

WASHINGTON -- Two top Obama administration officials urged Jewish groups not to back new Iran sanctions, calling them “dangerous.”

Gilad Shalit Appeals For Pollard's Release

12/30/2013

Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit wrote an open letter calling on all Israelis to demand that the United States free Jonathan Pollard.

Israeli officials have said that the revelation over the weekend that the United States spied on at least two sitting Israeli prime ministers opens the door for Israel to demand the release of Pollard, who has served 29 years of a life sentence in a U.S. prison for spying for Israel.

Shalit: Seeks 'return gesture' for Israel's release of terrorists. Getty Images

ADL Raps Kanye West For 'Classic Anti-Semitism'

12/02/2013

The Anti-Defamation League denounced recent comments by hip-hop star Kanye West as "classic anti-Semitism."

In a radio interview, West defended President Obama’s difficulty in passing his policies, saying “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.”

West made the comments on New York City’s 105.1 FM. The interview reportedly escaped notice until the Israeli daily Haaretz reported on it on Friday.

"There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government," said ADL national director Abraham Foxman in a statement.  "As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better.  We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.”

Kanye West, seen here at an Apple press event in September, once said people treated him like Hitler. Getty Images

Iran, Major Powers Achieve Interim Deal On Nuclear Program

Deal “a historic mistake,” Netanyahu says.

11/24/2013

Iran and the major powers achieved an interim deal to freeze some nuclear activity in exchange for some sanctions relief.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, shakes hands with Secretary of State John Kerry Nov. 24. Getty Images
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