Iran

Obama, Netanyahu Talk About Iran

09/30/2012

Israel and the United States are in "full agreement" on preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, the White House said after a conversation between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the president reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security," a White House statement said. "The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

‘There Is No Justice Here’

Israel UN ambassador storms out of Ahmadinejad’s speech as political leaders gather to denounce Iranian leader.

09/27/2012
Staff Writer

Unbeknownst to the political and communal leaders who stood outside the United Nations Monday to criticize Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s planned Wednesday speech to the UN General Assembly, the Iranian leader was already inside speaking.

Ahmadinejad had been introduced to speak at a forum on international law when Israel’s United Nations ambassador, Ron Prosor, rose and stormed out of the room as Ahmadinejad approached the rostrum.

Ahmadinejad’s scheduled speech at the UN on Yom Kippur brought criticism from Jewish, Christian leaders. Getty Images

Israel Angst Gets Personal

He may have traveled over 5,700 miles, but my son Zack is just a local call away.

That's because these days, for a relatively modest fee, you can give your kid a cell phone with a "virtual" U.S. number, creating something of a bizarre illusion that he is just a train ride away in the 646 are code rather than on another continent with a 972 country code.

Fears That A Filmmaker’s Lies Have Legs

Fallout from the furor over an anti-Islam movie and its false Jewish connections.

09/20/2012

There was no Israeli-American real estate developer named Sam Bacile, and the 100 Jews he claimed had financed his anti-Islam film were fictitious as well.

Both fabrications were offered to the media apparently to hide the true identity of the Egyptian Christian from Southern California who has since been fingered as the main figure behind the film that sparked violence across the Muslim world.

Palestinians burn an American flag at UN headquarters in Gaza City in protest against anti-Islam film. Photos by Getty Images

As Iran Crisis Mounts, Humility Is In Order

Bibi’s chutzpah, and American Jews’ naivete, when it comes to Iran.

09/19/2012
Editor And Publisher

As the story goes, a visitor to the Biblical Zoo in Israel was amazed when he approached the cage of the wolf and the lamb. There they were, peacefully resting near each other, calling to mind the prophecy of Isaiah, who imagined messianic times of peace.

“How is it possible to have a wolf and lamb live together?” the visitor asked the zookeeper.

“Simple,” the zookeeper said. “Every day a new lamb.”

And so it is in the Mideast, where appearances of stability give way to predators and daily bloodshed.

Gary Rosenblatt

Canada Leads The Way On Iran

09/19/2012
Editorial

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Yom Kippur, but he won’t be asking for forgiveness. Instead, he will rail against the U.S. and Israel, perhaps repeat his call for the destruction of the Zionists and defend his country’s quest to develop its nuclear program, which he insists is peaceful.

No doubt a few delegates will walk out in protest, but otherwise the Iranian leader’s abhorrent behavior, in violation of the prohibition against incitement to genocide under the Genocide Convention, will go unchecked.

Obama Tells Rabbis He's With Israel On Iran But Rejects Deadline

09/16/2012

President Obama told 1,200 rabbis of all denominations in a pre-Rosh Hashanah conference call that there is "no space" between the United States and Israel on Iran, but added that he would not make public a red line that could trigger a strike against Iran.

"There may come a time" Obama said on the call Friday, that the United States would "exercise a military option" to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon

Iran Crisis Evokes Memories Of Pre-’67 War Worries

09/11/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

‘We don’t know where we’re headed,” an Israeli librarian said to me during a visit my husband and I made to Israel last month. She was speaking, of course, about Iran, which fills the newspapers there as it does here. We were in the country during the peak of speculation about when Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, with headlines blaring that Benjamin Netanyahu had decided to attack within the next four months, or two months, or maybe one month.

Francine Klagsbrun

If Israel Strikes Iran, How Would U.S. React?

An ‘October Surprise’ could affect the election, upset Washington.

09/04/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Is Benjamin Netanyahu looking for a way to defuse his public debate over Iran with President Obama, or is he ratcheting up pressure for a U.S. military intervention?

That was the question analysts were grappling with after the Israeli prime minister issued a public call Monday for the U.S. to lay down a clear red line for Iran’s nuclear development that would trigger American military attacks. Such a call, the Israeli prime minister said, would reduce the possibility of conflict.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, top, said the U.S. will not be “complicit” in an Israeli attack on Iran.

The Iranian Pressure Cooker

Israelis are anxious about nukes and a war, but most still keep it on the back burner.

08/28/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — In a sketch from a recent episode of the Israeli television satire “Wonderful Country,” a real-estate broker showing a property to a young couple boasts of a sea view but opens up the window to reveal a building façade.

“Ah, in June, none of this building row will be here,” the broker explains. “There’s that thing with Iran this summer. So everything works out, the bomb!”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen by his critics as banging the drum for a strike against Iran.  Photos by Getty Images
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