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Candidates Agree On Pressuring Iran

In "capital of the world," mayors need foreign policy, Lhota says.

09/23/2013
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In a rare show of accord, both major candidates for mayor on Monday called for continued U.S. pressure on Iran to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons, as the country’s new president heads to Manhattan for the United Nations General Assembly.

President Hassan Rouhani’s overtures to the West, as he tries to strike a more conciliatory tone than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have won him open ears in the State Department.

But Republican Joseph Lhota and Democrat Bill de Blasio joined a chorus of public figures outside UN headquarters calling for vigilance.

"We won't be fooled again," says de Blasio, left. "Words are not as important as actions," says Lhota. Adam Dickter

Obama, Netanyahu To Meet At White House

09/18/2013
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President Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House to discuss the peace talks with the Palestinians and developments in Syria.

While Iran Is Watching

09/11/2013
Editorial

Officials in Jerusalem are not pleased or comfortable at being thrust into the center of an American political controversy over a possible U.S. military strike against Syria. There’s no doubt that Israel favors a strong response from Washington to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s evil use of chemical warfare against his own civilian population. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government would prefer to stay out of the limelight, insisting, correctly, that this issue is not about Israel, which fortunately can defend itself against Damascus. It’s about the perception of America in the international community, and particularly in the eyes of Iran’s leaders, who are watching carefully to see if the world’s only superpower is willing to make good on its word to prevent “red lines” of non-conventional warfare from being crossed.

‘Where Will It Leave Us?’

Israelis ponder the Russian proposal and a possible U.S. strike, with eyes trained on Iran.

09/10/2013
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Jerusalem — Like other Israelis, Chloe Levy, a 32-year-old Jerusalemite, was caught completely off-guard by the Russian proposal to rein in Syrian chemical weapons.

A rally outside the White House, above, protests a possible U.S. attack on regime of Bashar Assad. Getty Images

In Comptroller Race, A Nasty Personality Clash

With no real issues in the race, Stringer and Spitzer focus on trashing each other.

08/30/2013
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One promises “no drama” if he is elected, noting that “I have not embarrassed my constituents,” while embracing the role of “policy wonk.”

Eliot Spitzer, top, and Scott Stringer aren't far apart on issues, but disagree on each other's fitness for office. Adam Dickter

Leaked Report: U.S. Has Counterintelligence Operations Against Israel

08/30/2013
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The United States works actively to thwart spying by Israel on the U.S., just as it does against enemies like Iran, China, Russia and Cuba, according to a secret report published by the Washington Post on Thursday.

House Overwhelmingly Votes To Add New Iran Sanctions

08/01/2013
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The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to add new sanctions on Tehran that would drastically reduce Iran’s trade.

The bill, which passed Wednesday evening by a vote of 400-20, would expand sanctions to shut down U.S. trade with any entity that trades substantively with Iran. Until now, such sanctions were imposed on entities that traded with Iran’s energy sector. The law maintains humanitarian exceptions for food and medicine.

Arms Sale Complicates Iran Picture

U.S. says yes to refueling tanker planes, no to bunker-busting bombs.

04/24/2013
Israel Correspondent and Staff Writer

Tel Aviv — The Obama administration’s announced arms sale to Israel this week has raised as many questions as it answers.

Chuck Hagel has reaffirmed Israel's right to defend itself. Getty Images

Iran Declares Day Of Mourning For Hugo Chavez, Foe Of Israel

03/06/2013

Iran declared a day of mouring Wednesday for Hugo Chavez, the longtime president of Venezuela who often spouted anti-Israel rhetoric and befriended Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Kerry, Hagel, Brennan: Harmful To Israel, Soft On Terrorists

01/25/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia, seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program, and putting “daylight” between his Administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA.

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