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In Blow To Netanyahu, Democrats Put Brakes On Iran Sanctions Bill

Robert Menendez, Jon Tester(AP). Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., a leading proponent of the legislation, says he remains skeptical a deal will materialize, but says he and nine other Democrats now won’t push the bill at least until the end of March. Read more »

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Senator Schumer Breaks With Obama, Backs Iran Sanctions Bill

Charles E. SchumerThe issue of Iran sanctions is divisive, separating parties, separating politicians from their parties, and even threatening to separate Israel and America. What is at stake, simply put, is whether or not to put sanctions on Iran when negotiating their nuclear program.

Obama has put the hammer down, quite emphatically refusing to allow anyone to interfere with the negotiations, saying they are too delicate and unstable to allow any outside meddling. Read more »

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Dem Senators Feinstein, Murphy Introduce Resolution Supporting Iran Nuclear Talks

Dianne FeinsteinSenators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Monday led a group of senators on a resolution in support of ongoing P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran. The resolution states that the Senate is prepared to enact additional sanctions against Iran if current diplomatic efforts fail, but refuses to prejudge the outcome.

This resolution represents a different approach than that of the sanctions bill pending in the Senate Banking Committee. Read more »

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Iran’s Rouhani Linked to 1994 AIMA Jewish Bombing, Argentinian Prosecutor Found

Alberto-NismanEvidence that the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is linked to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires was recently discovered by an Argentine prosecutor, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

The Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was appointed to investigate the bombing, was found with a bullet to the head in his apartment just hours before he was scheduled to provide the evidence implicating Argentine President Cristina Kirchner to Argentine lawmakers.

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At First GOP Presidential Forum, Paul, Rubio and Cruz Spar Over Iran Talks

rand paulDubbed as the first 2016 presidential forum of the year, Sen. Rand Paul and his Republican colleagues Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz sparred about US foreign policy, particularly on how the U.S. should confront Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. The forum was hosted by the Koch brothers and moderated by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl. Read more »

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Dermer: It’s Netanyahu’s ‘Sacred Duty’ To Speak Up Before Iran Deal ‘Endangers’ Israel

ron dermerIn an attempt to clear the hazy skies from the clouds over the US-Israel relationship, Israel Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer sought to reassure Americans and the pro-Israel community that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had no intention to disrespect President Barack Obama or intervene in American politics by accepting House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a join session of congress in March. Read more »

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Summoned To Explain Recent Stroll With Kerry

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(AP). Iran’s official IRNA news agency says that Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been summoned before parliament to explain his recent public stroll with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The IRNA report on Sunday says that 21 parliamentarians have demanded that Zarif explain his 15-minute walk through the streets of Geneva with Kerry on Jan. 14, on the sidelines of ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and “P5+1″ global powers — the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Read more »

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Hillary Clinton Opposes Bill For Sanctions On Iran, RJC Questions Her Judgement

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton opposes new legislation in Congress that would sanction Iran if negotiations fail to reach an agreement over its nuclear program.

Clinton announced her opposition to the bill one day after US President Barack Obama renewed his threat to veto the measure in his sixth State of the Union address, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The sanctions legislation would violate the Joint Plan of Action, an temporary agreement reached by world powers and Iran, laying the groundwork for the talks to come to a conclusion.

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Report: Mossad Opposed To Iran Sanctions Bill; Pardo Issues Official Denial

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According to a report by Bloomberg News, there has been an internal disagreement between the Mossad and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Israeli policy on the Iranian nuclear program.

This rift led Mossad officials to brief the White House, as well as Republican legislators, on their opposition to the Kirk-Menendez bill. The bill, which Netanyahu has gone on record as enthusiastically supporting, would implement new sanctions on Iran if the negotiations fail to yield results by June 30 or the Islamic republic fails to live up to its commitments. Read more »

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Report: Obama Administration Hands Over $490 Million To Iran Government

pic_giant_111113_SM_The-Secret-ObamaThe Obama administration on Wednesday paid $490 million to Iran and will have released a total of $11.9 billion to the Islamic Republic by the time nuclear talks are scheduled to end in June.

It is the third payment of this amount since Dec. 10. These payments are included in the agreement by the Obama administration under the parameters of another extension in negotiations over Tehran’s contested nuclear program that was inked in November. Read more »

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Rep. Royce, Partisan Jewish Orgs Respond To Obama’s Iran Comments During #SOTU

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The National Jewish Democratic Council, representing Jewish Democrats, on Tuesday praised President Barack Obama’s comments on Iran during the State of the Union.

“Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material,” the president said. Read more »

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Obama At #SOTU: ‘All Options Are On The Table’ If Negotiations With Iran Fail

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As expected, President Barack Obama defended his policy on Iran, during an a address to the nation on Tuesday night.

Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material,” the president said during the State of The Union. Read more »

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IAEA Report: Iran Honoring Interim Agreement To Temporarily Freeze Nuke Program

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(AP). Iran is honoring its commitment not to expand atomic activities that could be used to make weapons while it negotiates with six world powers on a lasting nuclear deal, according to a confidential U.N. report released Tuesday.

Obtained by The Associated Press shortly after it was posted on the internal website of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency, the report could be used by the White House to argue that Iran is negotiating seriously. Read more »

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Opening Round Iran Sanctions Fight Kicks Off In Senate

111th_US_Senate_class_photo(AP). Congress and President Barack Obama are on a fast track toward confrontation over sanctions on Iran.

A bipartisan group of senators is pushing a new round of penalties despite the president’s warning that they would scuttle delicate talks underway to prevent Tehran from being able to develop a nuclear weapon. Read more »

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Israel Unofficially Admits: Iranian General Mistakenly Hit

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While Israel has refused to comment in public about an alleged airstrike that hit a convoy carrying top Hezbollah and Iranian figures, a senior Israeli defense official contended that Israel’s had not intended to kill the Iranian general, since it believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas.

“We did not expect the outcome in terms of the stature of those killed – certainly not the Iranian general,” the source was quoted as saying to Reuters. Read more »

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More Details Emerge About Israeli Airstrike In Syria

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New details have emerged about Israel’s alleged strike in Syria on Sunday, in which a senior Iranian general and the son of Imad Mughniyeh were killed, among others.

According to a report by Al-Akhbar, a Lebanese newspaper unofficially affiliated with Hezbollah, the two targets were travelling in two vehicles on the northern section of the Quneitra district, seven kilometers from the border with Israel’s Golan. Read more »

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Iran Confirms: Iranian General Killed In Israeli Airstrike

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(AP). Thousands of Hezbollah supporters marched Monday behind the yellow-draped coffin of one of its most prominent fighters killed the day before in what the group said was an Israeli airstrike in Syria, pumping their fists angrily in the air and chanting, “Death to Israel.”

Tehran added to the combustible mix even further, announcing Monday that a senior Iranian general also died in the airstrike in the Golan Heights, along with the six Hezbollah members. Read more »

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Zeldin: Obama’s Veto of Iran Sanctions Serious Threat to National Security

Lee ZeldinAfter congress’ decision last week to outline a policy of their own to impose sanctions on Iran, instead of just “rubber stamping” anything the senate passes to them, President Obama stated he would veto any legislation to impose sanctions on Iran.

Supporters of the sanctions argue Iran needs to be dealt with a tougher hand, because at the moment it appears they are just buying time. Read more »

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Senator Graham Willing To Set Aside Iran Sanctions Bill If Congress Gets Say On Iran Deal

Lindsey Graham 1(AP). A leading Republican critic of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is pushing new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, unswayed by a White House veto threat and lobbying by Britain’s leader.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina did say Sunday that he would be willing to set aside his efforts if Obama would submit any agreement with Tehran to Congress for lawmakers to approve or reject. Read more »

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Democratic Senator Menendez Rebuffs Obama’s Call To Push Off Iran Sanctions Bill

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President Barack Obama on Friday threaten to veto Iran sanctions legislation as long as talks between the P5+1 and Iran continue. But Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a co-sponsor of Senator Mark Kirk’s bill to impose new sanctions on Iran if there is no agreement on its nuclear program by July, said on Friday he stood by the legislation.

“All I’m saying is let us put in prospective sanctions that don’t get imposed … until July,” Senator Robert Menendez said. Read more »

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Obama Threatens To Veto New Iran Sanctions

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(AP). In a show of trans-Atlantic unity, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a joint effort on Friday to fight domestic terrorism following deadly attacks in France. They also strongly urged the U.S. Congress to hold off on implementing new sanctions on Iran.

Cameron’s visit to Washington came one week after 17 people were killed in attacks in France, heightening fears in Europe and the United States about the spread of terrorism. Read more »

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House Of Representatives Goes Against Senate, Demanding Iran Sanctions

Speaker of the House Boehner addresses the members of the 114th Congress after being re-elected as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 114th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonThe US House of Representatives has begun working on its own Iran sanctions bill rather than simply agreeing to pass whatever the Senate comes up with, according to Al-Monitor.

The White House has warned Congress that new sanctions could derail nuclear talks. It could, however, end up buying time for negotiators to strike a final agreement, since both chambers must pass the same bill for legislation to become law. Read more »

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Report: Detained Washington Post Journalist Indicted in Iran

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(AP). A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months has been indicted and will stand trial, Iran’s state news agency reported Wednesday, without elaborating on what charges he faced.

The report by the official IRNA news agency came the same day as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif before talks with world powers resume over the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program. Read more »

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US, Iran Hopeful on Speeding up Nuclear Talks

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(AP). The United States and Iran are expressing hope that nuclear talks can be accelerated in order to meet a March target for a framework agreement, as the countries’ top diplomats met Wednesday ahead of a resumption of full negotiations.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif met for at least five hours on Wednesday, a day before negotiators from Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany are to resume talks here. Read more »

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Obama Phones Netanyahu To Reassure On Iran Talks, Palestinians Stance

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Monday by phone to discuss recent developments in the P5+1 negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and Israeli-Palestinian relations following the Palestinian application to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), the WH said.

“The President reaffirmed to the Prime Minister that the United States is focused on reaching a comprehensive deal with Iran that prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and verifiably assures the international community of the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program,” according to a WH readout of the phone call. Read more »

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