Iran

Biden: U.S. Will ‘Not Sign A Bad Deal’ With Iran

11/11/2014

Oxon Hill, Md. – With the Nov. 24 deadline for negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program looming, Vice President Joe Biden vowed that the United States “will not sign a bad deal.”

US-Israel In Crisis? Not Yet. Stay Tuned

A Wall Street Journal interviewer this week declared "the US-Israel relationship has hit new lows in the Obama era." 

If she had bothered reading this blog or my Washington Watch column, or had she even done a little bit research she'd have known better.

On Iran, ‘No Deal’ On Nukes Looking Better

10/22/2014
Editorial

One month away from the Nov. 24 deadline on the talks between the U.S. (and its allies) and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear program, the two sides appear to be far apart and an agreement unlikely. That would be good news, given that the alternative — a deal that has Iran reduce its operational centrifuges but keeps it on the threshold of producing a nuclear bomb — is far worse.

Israel On The Outs Over Iran?

U.S. talk of thawing relations with Rouhani highlights rift with Jewish state.

10/01/2014
JTA

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.

A view of the reactor at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in Southern Iran as the first fuel is loaded in 2010.

Republican Senators Question Kerry On Iran Concessions

09/24/2014

Republican senators queried Secretary of State John Kerry on what concessions the Obama administration was willing to make with Iran at nuclear talks in New York.

Obama Sets Record Straight On Israel-Arab Conflict

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. 

Here's what the President said:

Hillary Clinton Defends Israel And Netanyahu, Says Anti-Semitism Might Fuel Some Criticism

08/11/2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton defended Israel’s handling of the Gaza conflict and said anti-Semitism was possibly behind some of the criticism of Israel.

Progress Seen In Iran Talks

Government advisor and scholar Robert Einhorn says Iran is cooperating because it truly wants sanctions lifted.

08/05/2014
Staff Writer

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).

Robert Einhorn: “Iran genuinely wants an agreement that will lift the sanctions against it.”

Hold Iran To Account On AMIA Bombing

07/22/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

On July 18, 1994, a hellish scene unfolded in Buenos Aires as a car bomb set by Iranian agents destroyed the AMIA/DAIA Jewish center, killing 85 people and wounding hundreds.

Robert Singer

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. 

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