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Fmr. senior Israeli official writes oped for New York Times: “A Most Dangerous Deal: The Iran Agreement Does Not Address the Nuclear Threat.”
Yaakov Amidror stepped down last month as Israel’s National Security Advisor. He was — and remains — one of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s most trusted advisors. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the New York Times published an op-ed by him. It was an important message to the U.S. and the Western world, but it may very well […]
UPDATED: Six Reasons to Worry About the Iranian Nuclear Deal
>> UPDATE: Iran on cusp of getting the bomb, ex intel chief says — Amos Yadlin says Tehran now a ‘nuclear threshold state’ and that it made critical advances before deal with West; Likud MK calls interim agreement ‘surrender’ >> UPDATE: Likud MK: Iran deal makes Israeli strike more likely — If temporary agreement turns […]
White House says final deal with Iran could include uranium enrichment, even as it opposes new sanctions.
(Washington, D.C.) — “A final deal with Iran could include a capacity for uranium enrichment, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday, seeking to clarify some of the terms of the interim deal signed between Tehran and world powers,” reports the Jerusalem Post, based on information from JTA and Reuters. “The United States does not […]
Are Jews preparing to build the prophetic Third Temple? The Washington Post examines that question today.
(Washington, D.C.) — Are Israeli Jews preparing to build the “Third Temple” in Jerusalem in fulfillment of End Times Bible prophecy? If so, who is behind such developments? How are Muslim leaders responding? Could such a move trigger an apocalyptic reaction by the Muslim world against Israel in an already volatile environment? Such are the […]
Iran threat reshuffling geopolitical deck in Mideast: Israeli leader addresses 29 Arab foreign ministers.
(Washington, D.C.) — The international community’s feverish determination to cut a nuclear deal at all costs, a deal that would reduce economic sanctions and lessen global pressure on Iran — and in turn might inadvertently allow Tehran to soon build nuclear weapons after all — is dramatically reshuffling the geopolitical deck in the Middle East. Most Arab and non-Shia […]
Netanyahu meets with Pope Francis, invites him to Israel.
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Monday morning with Pope Francis at the Vatican and presented the pontiff with a copy of his late father’s book about the Spanish Inquisition,” reports the Times of Israel. “Netanyahu’s father, Benzion Netanyahu, was an Israeli historian who died last year. A Zionist activist who opposed partitioning Palestine between Arabs and […]
Happy Chanukah from The Joshua Fund! (Here are some resources for your family to learn about this important Jewish festival)
On behalf of the entire staff and Board of The Joshua Fund, allow me to wish all of our Jewish friends — in Israel and around the world — a happy and blessed Chanukah holiday season. ‘Tis the season to remember the miracle of what the Lord did to protect the Jewish people from her […]
U.S. now indicates Iran interim deal wasn’t quite finalized: “Technical details have yet to be worked out, State Department says, meaning six-month countdown to permanent deal hasn’t started and Iran isn’t bound by any new terms.”
(Washington, D.C.) — “Iran is currently enjoying a ‘window’ of time before the six-month deal signed in Geneva early Sunday goes into effect, during which it is not bound to take any credible steps toward disabling its ability to produce a nuclear weapon, the State Department acknowledged Tuesday,” reported the Times of Israel. “State Department […]
Israeli author: “I think this deal makes an Israeli strike inevitable.”
>> Major U.S.-Israeli air exercise — “Blue Flag” — underway for next two weeks (Washington, D.C.) — This week, an American reporter interviewed Yossi Klein Halevi, “the American-born Israeli author of the masterful [book], Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, who is in the U.S. on a […]
The Iranian nuclear deal is done. Here’s what it says. Full text.
(Washington, D.C.) — “A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program that slows the country’s nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a more formal agreement is worked out,” reported CNN. “The agreement — described as an ‘initial, six-month’ deal — includes ‘substantial […]