Posted: Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:45 |
Secretary of State John Kerry is flying to Jerusalem Sunday to personally brief Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his meetings in Geneva this week with his Russian counterpart about removing Syria's chemical weapons.
You can expect him to reassure the Israeli leader of President Obama’s continued commitment to making sure Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. Many Israelis see Obama’s confrontation with Syria as an indicator of American resolve to stand up to Iran on the nuclear issue.
Posted: Wed, 09/11/2013 - 19:30 |
After some low key lobbying to urge Congress to support military action against Syria – on the theory that punishing Bashar Assad for using poison gas was critical to American credibility in convincing Iran not to build nukes – AIPAC went very high profile, reportedly at White House urging.
Posted: Thu, 09/05/2013 - 22:41 |
It’s much too early to tell, but there was some encouraging news out of Tehran this week in the form of a Tweet from Iran’s new president wishing Jews, and particularly the 25,000 living in his country, wishes for “a blessed Rosh Hashanah.”
Here’s what he said:
Hassan Rouhani @HassanRouhani
As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah. pic.twitter.com/tmaf84x7UR
Posted: Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:51 |
One of the more startling reveltions by Edward Snowden was that Israel is lumped with countries like China, Russia, Iran, Cuba and Pakistan as a “priority target” for U.S. “surveillance and offensive” counerintelligence operations.
It’s not as though Israel hasn’t spied on the United States as well, but when the two allies aren’t targeting each other, they find a lot more time to work together, most notably targeting and sabotaging Iran’s nuclear program, with the successful (while it lasted) Stuxnet computer worm.