Iran

Fooled On Iran

05/11/2016 - 09:15
Editorial

Amidst the fallout over the remarkably blunt and candid interview President Obama’s key foreign policy expert gave to The New York Times Magazine this weekend, in which he spoke with pride of manipulating the media and referred to the foreign policy establishment as “the Blob,” there is the emerging picture of an administration that deceived us about the Iran nuclear deal, led by a president who may never have intended to prevent Tehran from having a nuclear weapon.

Moderate Gains In Iran

03/02/2016 - 08:59
Editorial

Iran held elections this week for its Parliament and its Assembly of Experts, which chooses the next Supreme Leader, and the clear winners were supporters of President Hassan Rouhani. The outcome seemed to bolster the Obama administration’s conviction that the nuclear deal with Tehran could signal a path toward moderation and improved relations with the U.S.

Israel's Nuclear Capable U-boats

There's no clearer sign of change than the Israeli navy taking delivery this month of a German-built submarine on the same day the German defense ministry announced plans to acquire Israeli-built drones.

Who would have imagined the Jewish state sailing with German-built U-boats and the German Luftwaffe flying Israeli-built aircraft?

Glowing Sands

When I heard Ted Cruz boast that that he'll "carpet bomb [ISIS] into oblivion" to see if "sand can glow in the dark," and Donald Trump bloviate about how he plans to "bomb the shit" out of ISIS, I was taken back to January 20, 1981.

I'd taken my family to the Mall to watch the Inauguration of Ronald Reagan.  He wasn't going to be another wimp like Jimmy Carter; no, he would get tough with America's enemies, starting with Iran, which had held 52 American diplomats and other citizens hostage for 444 days.

We Need To Thwart Iran On Two Fronts

12/29/2015 - 15:10
Special To The Jewish Week

On July 14, the United States signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb. I decided to support the agreement because I believe that approval of the JCPOA, for all its flaws, gives us the best chance of stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, which would pose a genocidal threat to Israel and the rest of the world. As I wrote in my statement at the time, “Although we know that Iran will remain a major menace to the region and the world, even without nuclear weapons, a nuclear armed Iran would represent an unacceptable threat to the United States, to Israel, and to global security.” 

Jerrold Nadler

Iran Is Testing Us

11/24/2015 - 19:00
Editorial

The announcement this week that Iran has sentenced Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to prison — for an unannounced period of time and after he already has spent the last 16 months in jail — is another blunt indication of Tehran’s thumbing its nose at the U.S.

Bibi To Meet Obama, Putin

The White House announced today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet President Obama at the White House on November 9. they will discuss boosting military aid to Israel and then engage in a lot of empty talk about peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

But first Netanyahu is going to Moscow next week to tell President Vladimir Putin that Russia's increased military presence in Syria and attempts to shore up the Assad regime pose "security" threats to Israel.

On Iran, A ‘Third Option’

09/01/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

Is there an alternative to the choice between a flawed but potentially effective Iran deal and another military confrontation in the Mideast? Some very thoughtful voices are saying there is. 

For U.S., A Lost Opportunity For Mideast Stability

08/24/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Obama administration’s policy toward Iran — the attempt to engage Tehran in the vain hope that the regime will somehow transform itself into a useful and productive member of the community of nations — represents a lost opportunity. Given the unrest in the Middle East, the administration had the chance to reshape the geopolitical contours of the region in a way that would have advanced American interests and assured regional stability for decades to come. That prospect has been squandered.

Menachem Genack

Prominent Jews Back Iran Deal

More than two dozen prominent Jewish community figures signed an ad in today's New York Times urging Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal.

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