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Again, however, President Obama’s only realistic option for now may be to give the new Iranian president a chance to prove – or discredit – himself with actions rather than words.
It’s Congress that may be showing a possible way forward. The House of Representatives last week voted 400-20 to substantially ratchet up the sanction regime imposed on Iran. The Senate is expected to pass a similar bill in September shortly before the next scheduled round of talks between Iran and the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.
In addition, 76 senators from both sides of the aisle have written a letter to President Obama pointing out that while Mr. Rouhani has “pledged reengagement” with the international community, “Iran has used negotiations in the past to stall for time.” Thus, they urged the president “to bring a renewed sense of urgency to the process…. We need to understand quickly whether Tehran is at last ready to negotiate seriously.”
To be sure, President Rouhani is calling for engagement based on mutual respect and may well pull back if attempts are made to cow him into submission. But if we’ve learned anything in the past few years, it’s that the Iranians won’t do anything unless they feel they have to. So continuing to hammer their economy and insisting that they shut down their nuclear efforts, all the while dangling possible regularization of relations, seems the prudent way to avoid military action. Anything less will be perceived as weakness and unquestionably counterproductive.
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Desperate people take what they can, seizing opportunity to advance their main goal; the Arabs don’t
There was a glaring void in the President’s State of the Union speech: Israel.
Let’s focus not on becoming an ATM for that little bundle of joy, but on what you can save in taxes.
Israel has some wild places left; places to reflect and think, to get lost, to try to find ourselves
The British government assured Anglo-Jewry that it is attacking the rising levels of anti-Semitism.
Obama’s Syrian policy failures created the current situation in the Golan Heights.
Our journey begins by attempting to see things differently, only then can we be open to change.
Despite Western ‘Conventional Wisdom&PC,’ the Arab/Israeli conflict was never about the Palestinians
Confrontation & accountability, proven techniques, might also help dealing with religious terrorists
In fact, wherever you see soldiers in Paris today, you pretty much know you’re near Jewish site
Inspired by the Perek Shira pasuk for “small non-kosher animals” we named the bunny “Rebbetzin Tova”
The abuse following publication proved a cautionary tale: no one followed in Peters’s footsteps
Plainly, there is no guiding hand dictating choices across the board.
In this particular case, the issue was whether the Arkansas prison system could prohibit, for security reasons, a devout Muslim’s maintaining a beard of a certain length as a matter of religious practice.
Despite the president’s respectable anti-terrorism record, he doubtless has little interest in being identified with anything that might suggest, however tangentially, criticism of Muslims or Islam.
One wonders what connection that rejection has with turning to the ICC, which would allow the Palestinians to bring war-crime charges against individual Israelis and is certainly one more step away from seeking a negotiated settlement.
In the NPR interview, Mr. Obama said Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if it agreed to a long-term nuclear deal.
Thus, despite the increasingly serious problems for the mayor arising out of the current anti-police protests, Mr. de Blasio apparently will be cut no slack by those who seem to be aiming for a significant role in running the city from the streets and who will do whatever they can to prevent their momentum from ebbing.
Despite strong pressure to throw the book at the accused, Mr. Thompson allowed him to plead guilty to assault.
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