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  • APRIL FOOL’S DAY ACCORD: IRAN DEAL REACHED, DETAILS TO FOLLOW

    03/31/2015 6:00:05 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 39 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 31 Mar 2015 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    After a marathon negotiating session that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, April 1–hours after the official deadline–the parties gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland reached a tentative deal on Iran’s nuclear program. Russian media, according to AFP, quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: “”One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key aspects of the final settlement of this issue, which will be put on paper in the coming hours or perhaps within one day.”
  • Israel, US Allies Feel Obama Is Abandoning Them for Iran

    03/31/2015 6:03:51 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 27 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | March 31, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — March 31, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today addressed the opening of the 20th Knesset. “The greatest threat to our security and to our future was and remains Iran’s effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” said Netanyahu. “The agreement being formulated in Lausanne paves the way to this outcome. It seems that it will leave in Iran’s possession underground installations, the nuclear reactor at Arak and advanced centrifuges, the same things that only a...
  • Tomorrow at noon: Netanyahu and Boehner give statements to the press in Jerusalem (5am EDT)

    03/31/2015 4:51:42 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Twitter ^ | 2:03 PM - 31 Mar 2015 | Barak Ravid
    Tomorrow at noon: Netanyahu and Boehner give statements to the press at the top of their meeting in Jerusalem. It will be interesting
  • Boehner Delegation Meets With Saudi Leaders on ISIL & Iranian-Backed Violence

    03/31/2015 2:52:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 31, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a delegation of senior committee leaders were in Saudi Arabia’s capital on Tuesday to continue a series of visits with key allies in the Middle East. In meetings with Saudi Interior Minister Mohammad bin Naif and Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, lawmakers expressed appreciation for the historic partnership between the two countries. Talks focused on our efforts to address the threats posed by ISIL and Iran’s rising influence in the region. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Arab states in a campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen....
  • Powers blow past deadline with Iran in nuclear negotiations (deal on April Fool's day?)

    03/31/2015 1:05:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/31/2015 23:01 | MICHAEL WILNER
    US threatens to walk; Germany suggests 'stopping the clock'; China departs and Iran says world powers lack coordination. LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Sunset fell on a deadline with Iran over its nuclear program with no agreement among diplomats gathered here in the Swiss Alps, who worked through the night unclear on the path forward. US negotiators said they would continue sleeplessly into the morning hours in order to hammer out a political framework with Iran, which they hope will address all major elements of a comprehensive accord ending concerns with Iran's decades-old nuclear program. The deadline for a far-reaching deal is...
  • Why US State Department Declassified the Report on Israel’s Nuclear Capabilities

    03/31/2015 11:36:25 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/31/2015 | Lee Kaplan
    Normally when somebody wants something from somebody else, they show their best behavior toward the person they want it from. Even a child knows this and will do what its parents want in order to get that ice cream cone or trip to Disneyland. Why is it we never see this normal human reaction from the Palestinians with regards to USAID and the President of the United States in order to get their “Palestinian state”? Machmoud Abbas continually praises terrorists who murder Jews, declaring memorials and naming streets after them. Abbas makes daily threats to the long term existence of...
  • Flashback: Obama: Iran Only Wants ‘Defensive’ Nukes

    03/31/2015 11:27:00 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/31/15 12:41pm | Joel Gehrke
    If President Obama seems less worried than Israel that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons as a result of his administration’s negotiations with the regime, maybe that’s because he’s less worried than Israel about Iran having nuclear weapons. “I think Iran is like North Korea,” Obama told David Brooks when he was running for president in 2007. “They see nuclear arms in defensive terms, as a way to prevent regime change.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagrees. “The ideology of Iran’s revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and that’s why this regime will always be an enemy of America,”...
  • Nuclear Talks With Iran Could Extend to Wednesday, Negotiators Say

    03/31/2015 10:04:07 AM PDT · by McGruff · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 31, 2015 | MICHAEL R. GORDON and DAVID E. SANGER
    With a deadline just hours away, negotiators from the United States, Iran and five other nations appeared on Tuesday to be struggling to move closer to a preliminary accord to limit Tehran’s nuclear program, and signaled that they might be prepared to work into Wednesday. Even if an agreement is struck, there have been signs that several of the most difficult issues will be deferred for a final agreement in three months.
  • ISIL & Iranian Influence Are Focus of Boehner Delegation Visit to Iraq (now in Kuwait)

    03/31/2015 10:36:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 31, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT – During a visit to Iraq on Monday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and senior lawmakers met with the country’s leaders and our ambassador and commanders on the ground to assess efforts to defeat ISIL and combat Iran’s rising influence. In Baghdad, the delegation met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq Salim al-Jabouri. Lawmakers also met with U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones and Lt. General James L. Terry, commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. Similar to the delegation’s visit to Jordan, discussions in Baghdad focused on Iran’s rising...
  • Nuclear talks reach dead end. Partial document to be released

    03/31/2015 5:19:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | March 31, 2015, 3:16 PM (IDT)
    Officials close to the nuclear talks in Lausanne between the six power and Iran confirm that this round has come to a dead end, having failed to reach agreement on fundamental questions by the March 31 deadline.. DEBKAfile has reported consistently that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s radical clergy and Revolutionary Guards had set their faces firmly against this deal, preferring to leave a diplomatic void for Tehran to continue to develop a nuclear weapon, without US interference. Sources in Lausanne report that the diplomats gathered there are working on a joint partial communiqué to mask the fiasco and...
  • Official: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase (No deal reached)

    03/31/2015 3:31:07 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3 hours ago
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The joint statement is to be accompanied by additional documents that outline more detailed understandings, allowing the sides to claim enough progress has been made thus far to merit a new round, the officials said. One of the officials said the statement was general in part because differences...
  • Boehner makes stop in Baghdad (on way to Israel)

    03/30/2015 9:01:02 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/30/15 12:12 PM EDT | Jesse Byrnes
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) traveled to Baghdad on Monday, where he met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the political and security situation there, according to the prime minister's office. In another meeting with Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, Boehner affirmed support for Iraq's democratic system and discussed the shared U.S. determination to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a parliamentary statement provided to The Hill by a local journalist. The Speaker's visit with a congressional delegation comes as local forces, including Iranian-backed Shiite militias, work to retake the city of Tikrit, about 100 miles northwest...
  • Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran (Washington Post Lies)

    03/30/2015 6:28:29 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 30 March 15 | Scott Clement and Peyton M. Craighill
    By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. But the survey — released hours before Tuesday’s negotiating deadline — also finds few Americans are hopeful that such an agreement will be effective. Nearly six in 10 say they are not confident that a deal will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, unchanged from 15 months ago, when the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia reached an interim agreement with Iran aimed...
  • Roby on CODEL: ‘I want the people of Israel to know we stand with them’

    03/30/2015 2:44:15 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Yellowhammer ^ | March 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm CDT
    MANCHESTER, UK — Alabama congresswoman Martha Roby is currently with eight of her colleagues, including House Speaker John Boehner, on a CODEL (congressional delegation trip) reinforcing the need for strong American leadership in the world, including in the fight to defeat ISIS. The CODEL began with British allies in Manchester, U.K., where more than 70 years ago General George S. Patton and the Third Army were stationed prior to the Normandy invasion. The delegation then traveled to Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently won re-election at a time of heightened tensions between Netanyahu’s government and the Obama administration over...
  • CODELs: Boehner to Israel, McCarthy to Tunisia, Pelosi to Asia

    03/30/2015 1:28:47 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4:08 p.m. March 30 | Emma Dumain
    Not everybody gets to travel overseas during the two-week House recess — just ask Louie Gohmert. However, many of those lawmakers who are participating in high-profile congressional delegations, or CODELs, will come back to Capitol Hill armed with new insights into some of the biggest policy issues facing Congress this year. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, is leading a delegation that will culminate in a meeting in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who just won re-election and addressed a joint meeting of Congress earlier this month. According to readouts from the speaker’s office, the group started out in Manchester,...
  • King receives US senators’ delegation (McConnell in Jordan)

    03/30/2015 9:45:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Petra ^ | March 30, 2015
    Amman - His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Monday, received a delegation of US senators, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The meeting reviewed ways to strengthen Jordan-US relations in various fields, and the latest regional and international developments. His Majesty the King expressed his appreciation for the United States' efforts to support Jordan in dealing with various challenges facing the region, and the aid that the US provided to the Kingdom, which helps Jordan implement its comprehensive and development plans and programs. The meeting tackled the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly endeavors to combat the threat...
  • King, U.S lawmakers discuss Mideast, ties (Boehner delegation in Jordan)

    03/30/2015 9:18:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    AMMONNEWS ^ | 3/29/2015 6:02:57 PM
    His Majesty King Abdullah II received on Sunday, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, and his accompanying delegation to discuss Middle East issues. The meeting, which was attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein, dealt with Jordanian-US ties and ways to enhance these, especially in political and economic fields, in addition to regional and international developments, top of which are efforts to combat terrorism and extremist ideology and achieve peace in the region. The King said efforts should be ramped up to fend off the threat of...
  • Netanyahu: 11th-hour Iran talks reward ‘aggression’

    03/30/2015 7:09:35 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 30, 2015, 4:55 pm
    In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Western powers that any agreement with Tehran would be seen as a reward for the country’s alleged “aggression” in Yemen. “The agreement being formulated… sends a message that there is no price for aggression and, on the contrary, that Iran’s aggression is to be rewarded,” Netanyahu said, referring to Iranian support for Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. “The moderate and responsible countries in the region, especially Israel and also many other countries, will be the first to be hurt by this agreement,” said the prime minister, who has waged a campaign against a...
  • In Jordan, Boehner Delegation Discussions Focus on Iranian-Backed Violence, Growing Terrorist Threat

    03/30/2015 6:58:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 30, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    AMMAN, JORDAN – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a delegation of senior lawmakers met with His Majesty King Abdullah II on Sunday during a visit to Jordan where talks focused on Iranian-backed violence in the region and the growing terrorist threat. King Abdullah hosted the delegation for a luncheon at Beit al-Urdun Palace. Lawmakers also met with U.S. Ambassador Alice Wells, Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s Foreign Minister, as well as senior embassy officials. Discussions focused on two major trends in the region: the violence caused by Iran’s allies and proxies, and the spreading of the terrorist threat. There was also...
  • #BREAKING: Provisional agreement on key elements of Iran deal: diplomats

    03/30/2015 6:14:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | March 30, 2015 | Staff
    #BREAKING: Provisional agreement on key elements of Iran deal: diplomats
  • PM Netanyahu Meets Senator McConnell (video at link)

    03/29/2015 9:19:46 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2 hours ago | IsraeliPM
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with with US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
  • Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared: Netanyahu

    03/29/2015 6:42:32 AM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 29, 2015 | DAN WILLIAMS
    (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared. Israel has mounted what it terms an "uphill battle" against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful. "This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that," Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as the United States, five other world powers and...
  • Netanyahu aide predicts wave of money in future Israeli elections (2/3rds ads were foreign funded!)

    03/29/2015 7:21:38 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2015, 09:30 am | Jesse Byrnes
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign manager is predicting a wave of outside spending in future Israeli elections. "I think in every election campaign from this point onward, you'll see external groups slugging the market. It'll be very interesting," Netanyahu's top strategist, Aron Shaviv, told The Hill. "This precedent, I think that we're about to see in Israeli elections, is the same effect that Citizens United vs. FEC had in the United States," Shaviv said, referring to the controversial Supreme Court ruling that allowed nonprofit groups to make unlimited independent political expenditures. In light of the precedent, Shaviv is considering...
  • Iran will not abide by nuclear agreement: House speaker Boehner

    03/29/2015 7:17:26 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 30 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/29/2015 16:58
    House Speaker John Boehner said Iran would not hold up its end of any agreement over its nuclear program, and that he was ready to ratchet up sanctions on the country if needed. Boehner said on CNN's state of the union that Iran's leaders "have no intention of keeping their word," and the fact that they are even negotiating is evidence current sanctions on Iran are working. Boehner opposes an agreement the Obama administration and other countries are negotiating to try to convince Iran to curtail its nuclear program in return for an easing of economic sanctions.
  • Boehner: Obama treatment of Netanyahu 'reprehensible'

    03/29/2015 7:13:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2015, 09:58 am | Jesse Byrnes
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted President Obama on Sunday for his treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible," Boehner said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And I think the pressure they've put on him over the last four or five years have frankly pushed him to the point where he had to speak up," Boehner added. Boehner's remarks came when asked about criticism from Obama and the White House over Netanyahu's pre-election comments on the Palestinian state and Arab Israeli citizens. Boehner, who...
  • PM Netanyahu at Cabinet: I just met US Senate Republican leader McConnell.

    03/29/2015 4:16:30 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    twitter.com/IsraeliPM/ ^ | 47 minutes ago | Benjamin Netanyahu
    PM Netanyahu at Cabinet: I just met US Senate Republican leader McConnell. Over the weekend I spoke with US Senate Democratic leader Reid. » I heard from both of them about strong and continuing bipartisan support for Israel and of course this is very important. » I expressed our concern over the agreement formulated with Iran in the nuclear talks, which appears to confirm all of our concerns and more» Even as meetings proceed on this dangerous agreement, Iran's proxies in Yemen are overrunning large sections of that country, » and are attempting to seize control of the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb...
  • Iran deal worse than Israel feared, Netanyahu says

    03/29/2015 3:51:35 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 39 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 29, 2015, 12:57 pm | Jonathan Beck
    PM warns of ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis'; officials say Tehran has agreed to ship out all enriched uranium to Russia Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday against the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, as Iranian and Western officials in Lausanne, Switzerland were rushing to reach a framework agreement by an end-of-month deadline. “After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is maneuvering from the south to take over the entire Middle East,” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting, one of the last for his outgoing government. “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped.” Netanyahu told ministers that he had spoken with...
  • Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal...

    03/28/2015 4:26:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 73 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | 3/28/15 | Michael Dorstewitz
    ""Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal would happen"" Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly responded in a most unusual way to a reporter’s question Friday whether a nuclear arms deal could be reached with Iran before the March 31 deadline. “Allah willing,” Kerry replied — in Arabic, according to Laura Rozen, a reporter covering the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the Washington, D.C.-based online publication, Al-Monitor. As news reached the public Friday that a deal may be forthcoming, Rozen tweeted:
  • Iran Nuclear Talks 'Enter Endgame' In Switzerland [Israel Sold Out!]

    03/28/2015 3:56:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    BBCNews ^ | March 28, 2015
    Iran Nuclear Talks 'Enter Endgame' In Switzerland How close is a final nuclear deal on Iran? Talks on Iran's nuclear programme have entered their "endgame", Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said. Negotiators from six world powers are attempting to strike a deal with Iran to restrict its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. The parties have set a deadline of the end of March to reach an agreement.
  • Iranian Defector: 'U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran’s Behalf'

    03/28/2015 3:22:51 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 38 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5:01 PM, Mar 28, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations. “The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal," Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks. The P 5 + 1 is made up of United States, United Kingdom, Russia,...
  • Odds of reaching nuke deal over 50%, Russia says

    03/28/2015 1:13:25 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 28, 2015, 8:47 pm
    Israeli minister warns of ‘worrying directions’ as negotiations intensify ahead of Tuesday deadline The chances of agreeing a nuclear deal with Iran are “more than 50/50,” Russia’s chief negotiator in six-party talks in Switzerland told Russian news agency RIA Novosti Saturday. “I think that the chances are more than 50/50,” Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying in Lausanne ahead of a Tuesday deadline to agree the outlines of a nuclear deal. Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, with the French and German foreign ministers joining US Secretary of State John Kerry in talks...
  • Speaker Boehner & Senior Lawmakers Visit UK to Discuss Economic & Security Ties (on way to Israel)

    03/28/2015 7:36:32 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 28, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    MANCHESTER, UK – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a delegation of senior House lawmakers visited the North of England on Friday to meet with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and discuss opportunities to deepen the economic and security ties between the US and the UK. Chancellor Osborne hosted the delegation for a working lunch at Peover Hall, which General George Patton and the Third Army used during World War II to plan and train for the Normandy breakout. There, participants had a fruitful discussion on the state of the British economy, our shared efforts to defeat ISIL, and...
  • Kerry updates Netanyahu as Iran deal nears completion (6,100 centrifuges, could be signed Sunday)

    03/27/2015 4:18:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 28, 2015, 12:33 am (IDT) | Avi Issacharoff
    Israeli TV says agreement will leave Iran with 6,100 centrifuges spinning; Israeli official calls looming accord ‘incomprehensibly’ bad US Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and again on Friday to update him on progress in negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program, as an Israeli official castigated the emerging deal as “incomprehensibly” bad. According to an unnamed senior American official quoted by Haaretz Friday night, the secretary’s calls to Netanyahu came amid indications that the negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, are making progress and that an agreement could be finalized by Sunday. Netanyahu has been...
  • Nasrallah: Arabs should unite to attack Israel, not Yemen

    03/27/2015 4:08:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 27, 2015, 11:52 pm | Itamar Sharon
    Hezbollah leader slams Saudi campaign: ‘You say the new situation threatens you… Do you not feel the threat posed by Israel?’ Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday bemoaned the Saudi-led Arab coalition engaged in a campaign against rebels forces in Yemen, saying Arabs should unite against Israel rather than the Houthi militias who have taken over the capital Sanaa and much of the country over the past months. The leader of Lebanon’s Shiite terror group slammed Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, dubbed Operation Decisive Storm, calling it “surprising and painful.” Hezbollah, like Yemen’s Houthi rebels, is supported by Iran, which...
  • Israeli official brands emerging Iran deal as ‘incomprehensibly’ bad

    03/27/2015 12:41:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 39 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 27, 2015, 6:13 pm | Avi Issacharoff
    As Tehran hails ‘massive progress’ in talks, Jerusalem protests that regime ‘is working against American-Arab-Israeli interests without paying a price’ As Iran hailed “massive progress” toward a deal on its nuclear program, an Israeli official described the terms of the looming agreement as “incomprehensibly” bad and rejected the Obama administration’s contention that it would keep the regime a year away from accumulating enough fissile material for a bomb. Estimating that a framework deal would indeed be signed soon, and that a full agreement would follow in June, the official lamented the US-led negotiators’ apparent readiness to remove sanctions without Iran...
  • U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together

    03/27/2015 10:23:26 AM PDT · by illiac · 71 replies
    Washngton Beacon ^ | 3/27/15 | Adam Kredo
    LAUSSANE, Switzerland—The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations. U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran. Until recently, the Obama administration had...
  • The Enemy of My Enemy

    03/27/2015 10:11:53 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    Taki ^ | March 27, 2015 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive. Among them are the Israelis and their powerful lobby AIPAC, the Saudis and their Sunni allies on the Persian Gulf, a near unanimity of Republicans and a plurality of Democrats in Congress. Is there a case to be made for a truce in the venomous conflict that has gone on between us since the taking of U.S. hostages in 1979? Is there any common ground? To both questions, President Obama and John Kerry believe the answer is yes. And they...
  • Obama Cites Ayatollah’s Fatwa on Road to Nuclear War

    03/26/2015 3:47:53 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 26, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Obama Cites Ayatollah’s Fatwa on Road to Nuclear WarPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On March 26, 2015 @ 12:29 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments As Iran continues edging closer to developing nuclear weapons—a major threat to the entire Mideast region, especially longstanding U.S. ally Israel—U.S. President Obama has come to the aid of the Islamic Republic, by citing an Islamic fatwa no less. In a video recording posted on the White House’s website, Obama said, “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, and President Rouhani...
  • Officials: Relationship Between Obama Administration and Israeli Government is ‘Irreparable’

    03/26/2015 7:27:57 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 26, 2015 9:52 pm | Davi Daoud
    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s senior advisers have described the relationship between the Obama Administration and the Israeli government as “irreparable,” the UK’s Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday. Their dire evaluation comes on the heels of weeks of hostility from the White House and State Department towards Netanyahu, a situation which has intensified since Netanyahu’s Likud party won the largest amount of Knesset seats in Israel’s general election last week. Less than 24 hours after polls closed in Israel, and Likud’s win became evident, the administration was already openly talking about a “reevaluation” of the relationship with Israel. The stance was...
  • On an Iran deal, reports of concessions galore

    03/26/2015 1:40:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 26 at 3:00 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    News reports over the past few days have featured a string of once unimaginable concessions from the P5+1 in the Iran nuclear talks. (One can imagine the French are feeding the media a steady diet of leaks. It is the French who have expressed the most concern about the bonanza of concessions, so leaks and ensuing public outrage is an understandable strategy if one is trying to stop a bad deal.) The Wall Street Journal reported: “Talks over Iran’s nuclear program have hit a stumbling block a week before a key deadline because Tehran has failed to cooperate with a...
  • AP: 'Not So Clear' That Israel Is Democratic

    03/26/2015 7:45:21 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 45 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 25, 2015 | 10:50 PM EDT | Tom Blumer
    The pundit class in the U.S. and much of the rest of the world is still seething over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's electoral triumph last week. On Monday, Dan Perry at the Associated Press took that hysteria to a new level, in effect attempting to discredit Bibi's win by writing that, after all, it may not really be correct to call Israel a democracy. That's because "Palestinians" who are in the occupied territories — whose leaders, and more than likely a majority of its residents would vote to expel all Jews from Israel in a heartbeat if they could —...
  • To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran

    03/26/2015 7:35:54 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | Today | John Bolton
    In theory, comprehensive international sanctions, rigorously enforced and universally adhered to, might have broken the back of Iran’s nuclear program. But the sanctions imposed have not met those criteria. Naturally, Tehran wants to be free of them, but the president’s own director of National Intelligence testified in 2014 that they had not stopped Iran’s progressing its nuclear program. There is now widespread acknowledgment that the rosy 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which judged that Iran’s weapons program was halted in 2003, was an embarrassment, little more than wishful thinking. The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear...
  • Netanyahu Not Replacing Dermer (government responds to "rumors" he'd be canned)

    03/26/2015 7:15:32 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 4 hours ago
    A source in the Prime Minister’s office said that PM Netanyahu is not planning to replace Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, according to Galey Tzahal. The Obama administration, besides their open dislike for Netanyahu, apparently aren’t enamored by Ambassador Ron Dermer either, and the administration has purportedly demanded that Netanyahu replace him. The source was responding to the rumors that Dermer would instead be made Ambassador to the UN, and either Yuval Steinitz or Ron Prosor would replace him.
  • Zionist Union MK calls on Netanyahu to fire envoy to US (losing side thinks they can order Bibi!)

    03/26/2015 7:08:30 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 25, 2015, 8:37 pm | Daniel Bernstein
    As US pressure to dismiss Ron Dermer reportedly mounts, Erel Margalit says ambassador’s ouster needed to help rebuild ties A Zionist Union MK called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to fire ambassador to the US Ron Dermer as a “necessary first step” in efforts to rehabilitate fractured Israel-US relations. Dermer is a close confidant of Netanyahu, but has raised hackles in Washington for helping engineer the prime minister’s controversial address to Congress earlier this month, which was not coordinated with the White House. In a letter sent to Netanyahu Wednesday, MK Erel Margalit said the Obama administration has been giving Israel...
  • US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program

    03/25/2015 11:02:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 61 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/25/2015, 8:00 PM | Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman
    In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear capabilities, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But in the declassified document from 1987, which can be viewed here, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth. The timing of the revelation is highly...
  • Kerry Flies to Switzerland for Make-or-Break Iran Nuke Talks

    03/25/2015 8:30:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 25, 2015, 11:17 AM ET | MATTHEW LEE
    With an end-of-March deadline days away, Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back into negotiations with Iran, hoping to seal a framework deal to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Speaking Wednesday morning to U.S. ambassadors, Kerry assailed opponents of a deal. "What happens if, as our critics propose, we just walk away from a plan that the rest of the world were to deem to be reasonable?" Kerry asked. "Well, the talks would collapse. Iran would have the ability to go right back spinning its centrifuges and enriching to the degree they want... And...
  • Obama should take heed of the failing legacy of Mideast 'reassessment'

    03/24/2015 5:48:27 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/25/2015 02:19 | HERB KEINON
    The last time a “reassessment” took place was also in March, and the year was 1975. There’s something about the month of March that brings out tensions in US-Israel relations, tensions felt aplenty this month: First with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to US Congress, and then – after Netanyahu’s victory – with Washington’s threat to reassess its Middle East policy. The last time a “reassessment” took place was also in March, and the year was 1975. March 1975 was less than two years since the Yom Kippur War, and then secretary of state Henry Kissinger – after successfully brokering...
  • Intelligence Min. Wraps Up Lobbying Mission against Iran Deal (Israel lobbies France and UK)

    03/24/2015 2:14:30 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/24/2015, 9:20 PM
    Yuval Steinitz says Israel and France share concerns over US-led hasty deal with Iran, as he ends a 2-day special diplomatic mission. Israel's intelligence minister on Tuesday wrapped up a two-day European diplomatic offensive against making concessions to Iran in nuclear negotiations with world powers, his spokesman said. "Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz completed two days of intensive discussion in Paris and London," a statement from Eyal Basson said, adding that the minister was accompanied by National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen and "intelligence experts". "They met the British negotiating team, headed by Simon Gass, and senior intelligence officials," the statement said,...
  • Bibi Netanyahu Apologizes for Nothing; Marie Harf Excuses Ayatollah Khamenei

    03/24/2015 1:36:02 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 2 hours ago | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I got up today, I must at you tell you, I bopped out of bed today, one of the first things I do after becoming fully conscious is grab the phone and check to see if there's been any emergency breaking type news overnight during the four or five hours I was asleep. And I see that Netanyahu apologized for his racist comments about the Arab vote. I have to tell you, my heart sank. A little bit of it sank and I started shaking my head and I said, "Why are so many people afraid of this inexperienced...
  • Iran rejects snap inspections of nuclear sites (as yet another deadline passes)

    03/24/2015 1:09:09 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 24, 2015, 9:48 pm
    An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the UN atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, saying the request hindered efforts to reach an agreement with world powers, state TV reported. Earlier this month Yukiya Amano, the head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, said Tehran should agree to snap inspections to reassure the international community. Iran’s nuclear spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said Amano’s comments harm the delicate negotiations. “It would be much better if Amano only talked about the IAEA’s seasonal and monthly reports,” he said, according to state TV. Last June, Kamalvandi said...