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Head of Israel’s Labor Says Party Supports ‘Improved’ Iran Deal, Calls Netanyahu Approach a...

The head of Israel’s opposition Labor party said Tuesday that it would support a revamped nuclear agreement with Iran, and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed on the issue. Speaking at a virtual event...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a memorial ceremony for Joseph Trumpeldor in Tel Hai, in northern Israel, on Feb. 23, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

At Zionist hero’s memorial, Netanyahu invokes Purim to threaten Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday issued a warning to the regime in Tehran ahead of Passover, the holiday that marks the Jewish people’s rescue from annihilation at the hands of Haman in...
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken participates in a video teleconference with the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 22, 2021. Credit: State Department. Photo by Ron Przysucha/Public Domain.

Blinken stresses importance of two-state solution in call with Israeli counterpart

U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken stressed the importance of the two-state solution in a phone call on Monday with his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi. Blinken emphasized U.S. President Joe Biden’s belief that “the two-state...
U.S. President Joe Biden salutes as he disembarks Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., prior to boarding Air Force One to begin his flight to New Castle County Airport in New Castle, Del., on Feb. 5, 2021. Credit: Official White House Photo by Carlos Fyfe.

Can Biden’s zeal to deal work better than ‘maximum pressure’?

If, as a New York Times headline noted, Israel’s reaction to the news that the United States is ready to start talking with Iran was “muted,” there was good reason for the low-key reaction. U.S. Secretary of...
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Credit: Marc Müller via Wikimedia Commons.

Zarif: Iran expects compensation for $1 trillion damage from US sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday said that the unilateral sanctions that the United States has imposed on his country have cost the Islamic Republic’s economy more than $1 trillion. Tehran expects to...
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken meets with U.S. President Joe Biden at the U.S. State Department on Feb. 4, 2021. Credit: U.S. State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha.

Biden administration: Ready to restart talks with Iran on nuclear deal

The Biden administration made its first major step towards reviving the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, announcing that it has agreed to meet with Iran and other world powers involved in the 2015 agreement. “The...
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Biden officials ‘recalibrating’ ties with Saudis, opening ‘path to diplomacy’ for Iran

Officials in the Biden administration announced a shift in U.S. Middle East foreign policy on Tuesday towards a more critical stance on Saudi Arabia while opening the door for direct diplomacy with Iran. In a...
U.S. President Joe Biden. Credit: vasilis asvestas/Shutterstock.

Some Western leaders are ‘divorced from reality’ with regard to Palestinians, Iran

Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi was sentenced to 20 years in prison this week for planning a bomb attack in Paris. His sentencing comes at a time when Europeans and the new U.S. administration are...
Official portrait of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Jan 10, 2013. Credit: David Lienemann/White House Photo.

GOP to Biden: Don’t revert to maximum ‘concession’ campaign vis à vis Tehran

Dozens of Republican lawmakers wrote to U.S. President Joe Biden urging him not to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal. In a letter signed by 51 Republican lawmakers and spearheaded by Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.), they...
Uranium-enrichment centrifuges at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility. Credit: Tehran Times.

Iran spins up advanced centrifuges at Natanz enrichment facility

Iran is now operating two cascades of advanced centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear facility, with two more to come at its Fordo site, Tehran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on...