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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.”

Why Iran is not and has never been Israel’s #1 enemy

Anne-Marie Codur on
Netanyahu with prop at UN GA, 2012, Mario Tama, Getty Images

Mr. Netanyahu’s speech on March 3, 2015 will be marked as the day when an Israeli Prime Minister has pushed the chutzpah so far as to embarrass the President of the United States in front of the whole world. But why is he so adamant that Iran is “the” absolute existential threat to the Jewish people in the first place? Anne-Marie Codur says all the laws of geopolitics and all the facts indicate that Netanyahu is simply lying.

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

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 […]

Former Israeli general: failed peace talks won’t lead to doom

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A former Israeli general predicted that peace talks with the Palestinian Authority would fail. Amos Yadlin, the head of Israel’s leading strategic think tank, lauded Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to broker a peace deal, but said that “the chance of Kerry succeeding is like my chance to win the lottery if I didn’t buy a […]

Open letter from NYC Iranians to Mayor de Blasio: When you stand by AIPAC, you do not stand by us

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The following letter was shared with Mondoweiss: Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio, We are a group of Iranians and Iranian-Americans living in New York City. We are firmly committed to opposing state repression — regardless of the race, ethnicity or nationality of the people suffering, and regardless of whether the oppressive government is Iranian, American […]

Jon Stewart plays ‘Let’s break a deal’ with AIPAC

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Jon Stewart knocks it totally out of the ballpark in this recent episode of the Daily Show. He skewers AIPAC, congress and Israel over AIPAC’s proposed Iran sanctions legislation, and then some. He kills! Bonus a Lindsey Graham imitation to die for– and then a photo of all the senators threatening to vote for more Iran sanctions appears […]

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls Falk, Walker, Waters, Blumenthal and ASA anti-Semites

Allison Deger and Philip Weiss on

You’d think it’s a parody but it isn’t. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which says it’s devoted to fighting anti-Semitism worldwide because of the Holocaust, has made a year-end list of the “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs” for 2013 and (no surprise) the victors are a combination of actual anti-Semites and critics of Israeli policy. The American […]

Obama and Kerry drop talk of Palestinian state for ‘state institutions’ and ‘transition’

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Palestinian citizens of Israel are a “demographic threat” to the Jewish state, and the West Bank Palestinian population deserves “state institutions” of its own. This was the secretary’s first indication that Palestinian statehood is not on the table in the current round of peace talks, as he […]

The Cult in the Shadow War: An Interview with a former member of Mojahedin-e-Khalq

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Masoud Banisadr was an active member of the controversial Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK, PMOI) for twenty years, serving as the organizations representative to the United Nations and to the United States during his tenure. The group is largely obscured from public discourse, or more recently veiled in headlines describing them as political dissidents or refugees. […]

(Updated) Senator Chuck Schumer promises more Iran sanctions, vows to ‘defeat’ Arab world and Palestinians

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer was his usual hawkish self on Sunday evening.  In an address to the OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services gala, Schumer railed against the deal the Obama administration struck with Iran and vowed that Democrats and Republicans would work to pile on more economic pressure on the country. “Democrats and Republicans […]

The story behind the deal: Israel kept out of the loop as secret US/Iran meetings took place in Oman

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It’s a brand new day. As shares in Gulf markets climb, people are celebrating the historic deal around the world with a collective sigh of relief. U.S. mainstream media reports a “3-decade gridlock broken” and “game-changing rapprochement” it’s lots of doom and gloom over in Israel, they’re not taking any part in “the international celebration“. Details have emerged the U.S. […]

Neocon attack group uses health care debacle to say Obama can’t be trusted on Iran

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The Emergency Committee for Israel is warning that President Barack Obama can’t keep promises–whether it’s on health care or Iran.  The neoconservative group’s latest video warns that the American people can’t trust the president, and that he’s the one marching towards a war with Iran. It’s the latest salvo from right-wingers seeking to scuttle a […]

‘The goal is to isolate Iran’–Jamal Abdi breaks down Israel’s opposition to the Geneva talks

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The collapse of diplomacy in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program has strengthened the resolve of those who want to continue to inflict economic pressure on the country. The Anti-Defamation League said yesterday that additional economic pressure should be inflicted on the Islamic Republic. Israel’s Economy Minister, Naftali Bennett, is due to arrive in Washington, D.C. […]

Iran’s nuclear rights vs. the West’s ‘bombastic diplomacy’

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Reports following the end of the most recent round of talks between six world powers and Iran in Geneva early Sunday morning revealed that, while a preliminary deal was close at hand, the failure to produce a workable agreement was due to unnecessary, last minute intransigence by the French delegation, led by Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister. Fabius, much to the ire of the other […]

Hagel tells Goldberg: Netanyahu threats brought Iran to the table

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Wanting to see if any US official would have the nuts to back up a widely-publicized statement by John Kerry in favor of negotiations with Iran, which has been widely perceived as criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bloomberg reporter and frequent Israel apologist, Jeffrey Goldberg got an interview with Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. […]

The lobby grants Obama a grace period on Iran

Philip Weiss on

Four U.S. Jewish organizations are said to be giving the Obama administration a 60-day interval to get Iran to comply with western demands before the four groups turn the screws on Congress to tighten sanctions against Iran. Is that really how things work in Washington? The US media has been silent on this question even […]