Opinion: Iran Nuke Deal at Best A 15-Year Ceasefire

The framework agreement reached last week between the major world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program has been hailed by US President Barack Obama as preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. To some degree, he is correct—for now. But key fine-print in the deal unfortunately paints a …

Israel Builds A Modern Highway and Finds an Ancient Village

Highway expansions can result in traffic jams, and in Israel it can turn into archaeology as well. That’s what happened to a recent project, after an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) inspector found pottery shards during the Highway 1 project, a discovery that has since led to the uncovering of an …

Israel Reportedly Strikes Terrorist Missiles in Syria, Again

The ongoing civil war in Syria continues to spill into conflict for neighboring countries, as Israel once again is reported to have hit military targets inside Syria. The Israeli Haaretz newspaper, citing a report in Al Jazeera, said the targets are believed to be military bases housing long-range missiles for …

US Official Says ‘Closer than Ever’ to Iran Nuke Deal as Bush Opposes Plan

US Secretary of State John Kerry proudly announced in comments to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty summit on Monday that they are the closest the world has ever been to a nuclear deal with Iran, as the June 30 deadline for finalizing the agreement looms. “I want you to know the …

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US Official Says ‘Closer than Ever’ to Iran Nuke Deal as Bush Opposes Plan

April 27, 2015 News
Kerry is trying to defend Iran Nuke Deal. Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Kerry is trying to defend Iran Nuke Deal. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

US Secretary of State John Kerry proudly announced in comments to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty summit on Monday that they are the closest the world has ever been to a nuclear deal with Iran, as the June 30 deadline for finalizing the agreement looms. “I want you to know the hard work is far from over and some key issues remain unresolved,” Kerry was quoted by a State Department press release as saying. “But we are, in fact, closer than ever to the good comprehensive deal that we have been seeking.”

Meanwhile, a key point of disagreement was raised again by Iran, namely that they are still insisting that all sanctions be removed the same day an agreement commences. Fars News Agency reported that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that “agreement and sanctions aren’t compatible.” And it’s that issue—removing sanctions—that has come under fire from former US President George W. Bush. … Continue Reading

Israel Reportedly Strikes Terrorist Missiles in Syria, Again

April 27, 2015 Peace and Conflict
Threats are always close in the Middle East. Sign showing the distance between Jerusalem and Lebanese capital city. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Threats are always close in the Middle East. Sign showing the distance between Jerusalem and Lebanese capital city. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The ongoing civil war in Syria continues to spill into conflict for neighboring countries, as Israel once again is reported to have hit military targets inside Syria. The Israeli Haaretz newspaper, citing a report in Al Jazeera, said the targets are believed to be military bases housing long-range missiles for the Hezbollah terror group. The bases are near the Syrian border with Lebanon—the nation headquartering Hezbollah.

Haaretz cited a Tweet from Former Syrian opposition leader Hadi al-Bahra saying one of the military brigades that was targeted launch Scud missiles. Since Syria’s civil war has erupted four years ago, the Syrian regime has reportedly tried to move advanced weapons to Hezbollah on multiple occasions, with Israel repeatedly intercepting the shipments with air strikes. … Continue Reading

Israeli Military, Paramedic Teams Head to Assist Nepal after Earthquake

April 26, 2015 Human Interest, News
Israeli medics at work. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Israel GPO. By Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Israeli medics at work. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Israel GPO. By Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Once again, Israel is sending disaster and medical experts to a tragedy-struck region in another part of the world, this team sending teams to assist with the efforts following the earthquake in Nepal. A press release on the website for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national medical and paramedic organization, said a “humanitarian mission” of paramedics and doctors was set to leave from Israel for Nepal on Sunday. The group is bringing medical supplies and baby formula. Preparations are also underway for sending additional supplies and engaging in “prolonged activity in disaster stricken zones” as part of the Red Cross response.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a message to the leader of Nepal expressing condolences and offering support, while Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s office released a statement saying, “Our thoughts and hearts go out to the people of Nepal dealing with this awful disaster, and with our loved ones who are in distress. The State of Israel is reaching out to help the search and rescue of the many victims.” … Continue Reading

UN Security Council Prepping for Resolution on Palestinian State?

April 22, 2015 Peace and Conflict
Just speeches, or is it more this time? UN Security Council Press Conference Area. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Just speeches, or is it more this time? UN Security Council Press Conference Area. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Representatives from France and the United Kingdom on the influential United Nations Security Council have backed the idea of having the powerful world body issue a resolution on a “framework” for resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict, with France reportedly drafting just such a ruling. French Representative to the UN Francois Delattre, in comments summarized by a UN press release on the Security Council meeting, said that the Security Council should create a “framework” for talks, while saying this isn’t about “imposing a solution” on the sides.

While no specifics were laid out in the report there have already been unsuccessful efforts in the past to lay out the general “framework” of a deal to create a Palestinian state, including borders, by the Palestinians. This time, France has the support of multiple nations on the 15-member Security Council. … Continue Reading

US Navy Inches Closer to Involvement in Fight with Iran over Yemen

April 20, 2015 News
US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Crouch/Released.

US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Crouch/Released.

An American aircraft carrier is joining a group of other US Navy ships off the coast of Yemen, and they US is tracking Iranian ships possibly delivering arms to Houthi rebels in the war-torn country, according to USA Today. The report, citing comments from anonymous US Defense Department officials, said the US had been tracking the Iranian ships since last week.

While the US made it clear that moving the carrier to the Yemeni coast doesn’t predict an incident with the Iranian ships, should the Iranian vessels turn out to be carrying arms to the Houthi, it could result in conflict. The report said the US is ready to intercept the ships if need be. One of the Defense officials noted that Iran delivering arms to the Houthi would be in violation of United Nations resolutions. … Continue Reading

Iran Says Will Never Allow Nuclear Inspectors into Military Sites

April 19, 2015 News
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano wants access to an Iranian military site. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano wants access to an Iranian military site. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Iran has flatly refused to allow inspectors to visit critical sites in the verification of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, which is a key demand of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency. A report on Sunday from the Fars News Agency quoted Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami as saying that “not only will we not grant foreigners the permission to inspect our military sites, we will not even give them permission to think about such a subject.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has long sought access to an Iranian military site where it is suspects Iran has done explosives tests with application to nuclear weapons. However, Salami appeared to dismiss even discussing such inspections. Iranian leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei made similar statements last week and has accused the West of being untrustworthy regarding their nuclear deal with Iran following comments from US President Barack Obama.

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