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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Iran confirms missile test, claims it does not contradict nuclear deal

(JTA) – Iran’s defence minister confirmed that the Islamic Republic recently tested a missile, but asserted it did not contradict the nuclear deal the country signed with world powers.

“The recent test was in line with our programs and we don’t allow any foreign party to interfere in our defence affairs,” Brigadier Gen. Hossein Dehqan told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday, according to Fars, the semi-official news agency of the Iranian government. [Read more…]

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Obama on nuclear deal anniversary: Defence of Israel against Iran has been ‘steadfast’

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Barack Obama said his administration had remained “steadfast” in countering Iranian threats to Israel in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal.

Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, in their final week in office, marked the anniversary Monday of the implementation of the deal reached between Iran and six major powers led by the United States exchanging sanctions relief for a nuclear rollback. [Read more…]

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Trump’s defense pick: Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of defense said at confirmation hearings that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital – apparently at odds with the president-elect, who has said he intends to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

“The capital of Israel that I go to, sir, is Tel Aviv, sir, because that’s where all their government people are,” James Mattis, a retired four-star general, told the U.S. Senate hearing on Thursday morning in response to questions about policy on Israel. [Read more…]

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