U.S. talk of thawing relations with Rouhani highlights rift with Jewish state.
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Washington — Obama administration officials and Iran skeptics, chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are presenting starkly different outlooks of what the world would look like should negotiators meet a Nov. 24 deadline and strike a nuclear deal.
President Barack Obama told the United Nations and the world today what Israel and the rest of us have known and have been saying all along: The Arab-Israeli conflict is not the cause of instability in the Middle East. Rather it has been a convenient excuse for Arab leaders to fail to give their own people freedom and respect their basic human rights.
Government advisor and scholar Robert Einhorn says Iran is cooperating because it truly wants sanctions lifted.
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Robert Einhorn is a senior fellow with the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to Brookings in May 2013, he served as the State Department special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, playing a leading role in the formulation and execution of U.S. policy toward Iran’s nuclear program with respect to sanctions and negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries (the U.S., Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain).
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.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deserves great credit for focusing global attention on the potential Iranian nuclear threat. Threats to wipe Israel off the map cannot be dismissed as the rantings of a crazy man when his government is secretly building nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them while fomenting terrorism against the Jewish state.
Josh Fattal, an American hiker freed by Iran in September 2011 after two years in captivity, said the Iranians knew he was Jewish even though it was never explicitly stated.
“I was so scared in those first months about being a Jew with an Israeli father, but at a certain point I embraced it,” Fattal told the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. “They know already. If they are going to do something to me for my heritage, then they will — but I am not going to change myself. I am not going to hide who I am.”
The Israeli Navy intercepted an Iranian ship in the Red Sea early Wednesday and found long-range, military-grade surface-to-surface rockets hidden behind containers holding bags of cement. Israeli officials said the rockets were bound for terrorists in the Gaza Strip.