Even as American Jewish leaders were saying for the first time they would be receptive to a private meeting with visiting Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to press for the release of 10 Jews convicted of spying for Israel, they organized a press conference here Monday at which the state's top political and Jewish leaders hammered home the same message.
Another year of Ahmadinejad at the United Nations, another protest rally attended by the same small segment of the Jewish community, and the clock is still ticking, with Iran rushing to develop a nuclear program that threatens Israel and the West.
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin may not know what the Bush Doctrine is, but be assured that the political and military leaders of Israel are well aware of the Begin Doctrine, and thinking about it every day.
Jewish leaders for weeks have quietly urged European leaders, businessmen, humanitarian groups and United Nations diplomats to press Iran to release 13 Jews arrested 10 weeks ago. Perhaps in response, Iran publicly announced their arrests Monday and said they had been charged with spying for Israel and the United States.
Pro-Israel groups are playing a cautious game of wait-and-see in response to last week’s dramatic developments in the battle over sanctions on Russian companies that contribute to Iran’s missile development program
Is Action On Russia Enough?
Pro-Israel groups are playing a cautious game of wait-and-see in response to last week’s dramatic developments in the battle over sanctions on Russian companies that contribute to Iran’s missile development program.
Facing an almost certain override of his veto of the Iran Missile Proliferation Sanctions Act, President Bill Clinton announced he would impose trade sanctions on seven of nine Russian companies accused of contributing to Iran’s weapons program.
Jewish groups were unhappy with this week’s decision by the Clinton administration to waive trade sanctions against three companies involved in a massive $2 billion gas development project in Iran
Green Light To Iran?
Jewish groups were unhappy with this week’s decision by the Clinton administration to waive trade sanctions against three companies involved in a massive $2 billion gas development project in Iran, although none were ready to call out their troops on Capitol Hill.
On Monday, President Bill Clinton, attending a U.S.-European Union economic summit in London, waived provisions of the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) applying to Total SA in France, Russia’s Gazprom and Petronas in Malaysia.
Last week's election of hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of Iran is seen by Israel as a new opportunity to press the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran until it ends its efforts to develop a nuclear bomb.
Iran is against a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, preferring instead to see one state that would encompass both Israel and the Palestinian territories, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the United Nations General Assembly.
Ahmadinejad, who in the past has called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” suggested this could be done through a referendum of Israelis and Palestinians that would decide their future government. But he made it clear that Iran favored a Palestinian state on that land.
The U.S., Teheran and The Flatow Ruling
Last week’s ruling by a Washington court slapping a $247 million fine on Iran for its role in the death of American student Alisa Flatow in 1995 was an important first step in fighting Iranian-sponsored terrorism, said the lawyer who fought the case. It could also turn into a major headache for the Clinton administration, which is considering how to respond to recent overtures from Teheran.
New Policy On Iran?
The Clinton administration’s Iran policy, never a model of clarity or consistency, had many Jewish leaders scratching their heads this week. Despite dogged U.S. efforts to encourage Iranian moderates, new information suggests the Tehran government has increased its support for terrorists opposed to the Mideast peace talks. And a recent U.S. decision on spare parts for airplanes may make it easier for Iranian suppliers to get material to them.