The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
The international focus on the collapse of Israeli/Palestinian negotiations and Israel’s ongoing Operation Protective Edge seems to have diverted attention from concern over the extraordinarily important issue of Iran’s march toward becoming a nuclear power.
Indeed, in recent weeks there has been scant reporting on the negotiations in Vienna between Iran and the U.S. and five other world powers to agree on limits on Iran’s nuclear program. Yet there are few problems that carry as much significance for future international stability. Unfortunately, however, Iran continues to hoodwink the world community.
July 20 is the deadline that was set early this year for an interim agreement on limiting the Iranian nuclear effort. It will be recalled that the talks followed President Obama’s stated desire to give diplomacy another chance to address the problem – which he characterized at the time as urgent – and his statement that possible military action was not off the table should the negotiations fail.
Unfortunately, after six months of talks the chief Iranian negotiator is still making fundamental demands to minimize restrictions on Iranian nuclear production and is rejecting outright the Western notion of a rollback. Just as important, the Obama administration seems to have lost its sense of urgency.
Despite the July 20deadline, an extension seems probable. Secretary of State John Kerry now says he is “returning to Washington…to consult with President Obama and leaders of Congress over coming days about the prospects for a comprehensive agreement as well as a path forward if we do not achieve one by the 20th of July, including whether or not more time is warranted.”
Many of us thought Mr. Obama’s diplomacy strategy was simply a device to dodge a decision that force was necessary to ensure the rogue state of Iran would not get its hands on nuclear weapons and thereby pose an existential threat to world peace.
Letting deadlines casually pass does nothing to reassure. Can anyone say with any certainty that we won’t wake up one morning in the not too distant future to a declaration by Iran that it has the bomb – and then what?
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Many books have supported the preferability- not to be confused with desirability- of the status quo
Consider the Pope’s desperation, reading daily reports of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims
The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR
U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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