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Netanyahu bluffed an attack on Iran, and Jeffrey Goldberg helped out

Philip Weiss on
Shibley Telhami

Shibley Telhami says that Netanyahu got the nuclear deal with Iran because he tried to play Obama in 2011-2012 to believe that Israel was about to attack Iran. Netanyahu wanted to hurt Obama in the election and get the Americans to attack Iran. Jeffrey Goldberg piece played right into the strategy.

The Iran deal: a triumph of irrationality

Yakov Rabkin on
John Kerry on crutches

Racism surely played a role in western misconceptions of Iran’s plans. Iran is somehow deemed inferior to Western powers, which are thought to be rational and responsible in spite of their record of two world wars and innumerable colonial wars, including recent unwarranted attacks on Iraq, Libya and other Arab countries.

Defending the Iran nuclear deal from Israel and its supporters

Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin on
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and U.S. State Secretary John Kerry in Geneva, January 14, 2015 . (Rick Wilking/AFP/Getty Images)

Within days of President Obama’s framework agreement on the Iran nuclear program polls showed that the American public supported the framework by almost 2-to-1, but the support weakened as opposition to the deal emerged from the Israeli government, AIPAC, other members of the Israel lobby. Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin deconstruct a column by Jewish Journal of Los Angeles publisher David Suissa which parrots the Israel lobby opposition to the deal.

The epic season of spinning Iran deal begins!

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu demands Iran recognize Israel

The opposition to Obama’s Iran deal is flailing. The neoconservatives say that he is Neville Chamberlain trusting the Nazis, and a bad golfer. But Obama has the center and the left, Trita Parsi says. Though maybe not the New York Times.

Day before deadline, Iran negotiations coming ‘down to the wire’ and Netanyahu still hopes to play spoiler

Eamon Murphy on
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Mitch McConnell, in Jerusalem on Sunday. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

With one day left before the deadline for an agreement on the contours of an Iranian nuclear deal, negotiations look set to go “down to the wire”, in the White House’s phrase – or possibly past it. The possible deal’s most prominent critic is staying on the offensive. “The emerging agreement in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price to pay for aggression – on the contrary, Iran gets a prize for its aggression,” Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Monday.

Israel spying scandal comes to light one week before Iran negotiation deadline

Eamon Murphy on
Obama and Netanyahu

With less than a week before the March 31 deadline to finalize the outlines of a nuclear deal, the relative positions of Iran and the Western powers are coming into focus. Israel sees its regional nuclear monopoly hanging in the balance and has sent a national security delegation to Paris to influence the negotiations. Meanwhile, the nascent U.S.-Israel breach continues to widen, as anonymous White House sources accuse Benjamin Netanyahu of using information obtained through espionage to lobby Congress against a deal.

Do not let this opportunity for peace with Iran pass

Ali Shakeri on
From left, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are photographed as they participate in a trilateral meeting in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

Former Iranian hostage Ali Shakeri says, “The United States and Iran have an opportunity to work together to create peace and stability in the Middle East. We cannot afford to let this opportunity to enhance the prospect of peace to pass.”

Europe wearies of Netanyahu’s diversions

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu at the UN General Assembly

Anyone say regime change? Israel is losing its friends round the world, Financial Times and Americans for Peace Now agree, because of Netanyahu’s cynical settlement policy

It’s ‘bomb or bombing’ in Iran inside of a year, Israeli leader tells US pol

Philip Weiss on
Shimon Peres and Steve Israel

The leader of the Democratic congressional campaign committee, Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island, has published a journal of his visit to Israel August 3-9. You’d think the congressman has more important things to do than write up his breathless meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu amid “a cauldron of pressure,” but the congressman is a major […]

Hamas is ISIS for dummies

Philip Weiss on
Boteach ad in New York Times

As you are surely aware, the gruesome murders of American journalists by the Islamic state group in Iraq and Syria have been seized on by demagogues to argue that the US must go to war in the Middle East. Chris Matthews has championed a “nationalistic response” to the killings and faulted Barack Obama for not […]