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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Kerry lists Iran deal, securing Israel as Obama administration foreign policy wins

WASHINGTON (JTA) – John Kerry in his final press conference as U.S. secretary of state listed the Iran nuclear deal and securing Israel as among the Obama administration’s accomplishments.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and six major powers led by the United States “is a demonstration, quite simply, of the power of diplomacy to be able to address major international problems short of war,” he said. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu says he will pitch Trump at least 5 ways to undo the Iran deal

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu meeting in Trump Tower in New York, Sept. 25, 2016. (Trump Campaign)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shown here meeting Donald Trump in New York, Sept. 25, 2016, told 60 Minutes he would suggest ways to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal. (Trump Campaign)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would present to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump multiple options to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal.

“There are ways, various ways of undoing it,” Netanyahu said in an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes broadcast Sunday. “I have about five things in my mind.” He said he would not reveal the options until he speaks with Trump once he assumes office after Jan. 20. [Read more…]

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