Obama Makes Pitch For Iran Deal, Promises To Stand By Israel

04/05/2015 - 20:00

President Obama promised to defend Israel in making his most comprehensive case yet for a diplomatic resolution of the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.

President Barack Obama delivering remarks at the White House about the Iran nuclear agreement, April 2, 2015. Chip Somodevilla

Leaders, Pols Focus On Iran Deal’s ‘Safeguards’

As Israel blasts nuke agreement, others are more cautious.

04/01/2015 - 20:00
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Israeli officials came out strongly against the agreement in principle announced today by Iran and six world powers designed to ensure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons.

World leaders announce an agreement on Iran nuclear talks on April 2 in Lausanne. Getty Images

Nuclear Deal Reached With Iran

04/01/2015 - 20:00

A framework for a nuclear deal with Iran has been reached, but significant hurdles remain.
At a White House news conference on Thursday, President Obama said the United States and the five other world powers negotiating with Switzerland had reached a “historic understanding with Iran” on a deal that, if fully implemented, would prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The deadline for a comprehensive agreement is June 30.

Rabbi Riskin Clarifies Remarks: Iran, Not Obama, Is Haman

03/31/2015 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — Rabbi Shlomo Riskin reversed his comparison of President Barack Obama to Haman, saying instead that Iran is comparable to the Purim villain.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Dermer: Israel Must Speak Up On Iran Threat

03/31/2015 - 20:00

 Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, said Israel should never be afraid to speak up on issues such as the Iranian threat to the Jewish state.

Spy Vs. Spy

Before leaving for Washington to speak to the U.S. Congress at the invitation of the Republican leadership three weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would reveal information about the bad deal the Obama administration was negotiating with Iran but not telling the Congress.

When there was nothing new in his formal address, just a rehash of what he’d been saying for months, it was assumed that his pre-speech hype was just that, hype.

AIPAC Handcuffed By Speechgate?

AIPAC wants to talk Iran, but it can’t get away from Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress.

03/02/2015 - 19:00

Washington — For all its focus on Iran, AIPAC can’t seem to get away from the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaking at the AIPAC conference Monday, a day before he addressed Congress. Getty Images

Bibi's Congress Speech Transcript

03/02/2015 - 19:00

The following is a transcript of the address Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered to Congress on March 3, 2015. The text was provided by the Prime Minister's Office.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking about Iran during a joint meeting of Congress, March 3. Getty Images

Netanyahu To Congress

A deal with Iran paves the way to the bomb.

03/02/2015 - 19:00

In his address to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued that the proposed nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran will lead inexorably to a nuclear-armed Iran and war in the Middle East.

Schakowsky: 'Ham Handed" Boehner Harms Israel

A leading Jewish lawmaker and Israel supporter said Speaker John Boehner's "ham handed politics" of sandbagging President Obama by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to lobby the Congress against the administration's Iran policy has damaged bipartisan support for Israel. 

"It was a dangerous mistake," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), who announced she will not be attending the speech.

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