Netanyahu prefers scrapping Iran deal over fixing

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Iran nuclear deal must be amended or cancelled, but suggested that scrapping the deal may be preferable.

“Israel’s policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple – change it or cancel it, fix it or nix it,” Netanyahu said Tuesday, addressing the launch of this year’s United Nations General Assembly in New York. [Read more…]

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Trump ignores Israeli-Palestinian peace in UN speech, says U.S. cannot ‘abide’ Iran nuclear deal

President Donald Trump speaking at the 72nd General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaking at the 72nd General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking at the 72nd General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly that the United States cannot “abide” the Iran nuclear deal as it stands but notably omitted mention of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

“We cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for an eventual nuclear program,” Trump said Tuesday on the first day of this year’s General Assembly in New York. Again calling the deal “one of the worst” he had ever encountered, the president said it was “an embarrassment to the United States and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.” [Read more…]

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Israeli defence officials reportedly oppose changing Iran deal

(JTA) – Israel’s intelligence community opposes the drastic changes sought by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, according to a report.

Several sources, who were not named, told the Haaretz daily that the defence establishment in Israel does not agree with the demand articulated by Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman that U.S. President Donald Trump scrap or revise the deal, the daily reported Friday. [Read more…]

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Iran can have weapons-grade uranium within five days, its nuclear chief says

(JTA) – Iran can begin enriching weapons-grade uranium within five days if the nuclear deal with the world powers is cancelled, its atomic chief said.

“If we want, we can start the 20 per cent enrichment in Fordo in maximum five days and this has a lot of meaning,” Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said Tuesday on national television, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported on its English-language website. “This measure has different messages technically and professionally, and the other side understands its message.” [Read more…]

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AIPAC paid $60,000 to group that peddles anti-Muslim conspiracy theories

WASHINGTON (JTA) – An American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) affiliate paid $60,000 during its campaign to thwart the Iran nuclear deal to a group that engages in anti-Muslim extremism.

Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, which was launched in the summer of 2015 to rally opposition to the Iran deal, paid the money to the Center for Security Policy, according to a report Wednesday by LobeLog, a Middle East policy news and analysis site. [Read more…]

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Mike Pence to keynote AIPAC conference

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and a bipartisan slate of top members of Congress are scheduled to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)’s upcoming annual conference.

An AIPAC official confirmed to JTA that Pence will keynote the conference scheduled for March 26-28 in Washington, D.C. [Read more…]

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