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3rd September 2015 - Quoted by Rebecca Shimoni Stoil - The Times of Israel

Iran Deal’s DC Opponents Down but Not Out

Mark Dubowitz

Although Senator Barbara Mikulski’s announcement that she intends to throw her support behind the Iranian nuclear deal guaranteed victory for US President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill, groups that oppose the current Iran deal redoubled their efforts Wednesday evening, rallying supporters...

2nd September 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Pyrrhic Victory on Iran

Clifford D. May

Reaction to the 34th vote in favor of upholding a veto of a disapproval of the Iran deal (cast by a retiring Democrat, by the way) has been noteworthy for its high-mindedness.

2nd September 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

White House Not Celebrating Iran Deal Win Yet

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama scored big Wednesday when he snagged the last vote he needs to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives Congress. But now the White House is more determined than ever to keep the agreement from reaching a vote in the first place.

2nd September 2015 - Quoted by Burgess Everett - Politico

Cardin’s Conundrum: Top Democrat Agonizes Over Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

For 40 minutes it was tranquil sailing for Sen. Ben Cardin as the Maryland Democrat — and most influential lawmaker still undecided on the Iran nuclear deal — fielded questions from students about the accord.

1st September 2015 - Quoted by Walter Pincus - The Washington Post

Even if Congress Fails to Block Iran Deal, it Can Still Affect Implementation

Orde Kittrie

The Obama administration’s fight to prevent Congress from blocking the Iran nuclear deal may be won, since there appear to be enough Democratic votes in the House and the Senate to sustain a presidential veto of any resolution of disapproval.

1st September 2015 - Quoted by Alina Dain Sharon and Sean Savage - JNS

As U.S. Robustly Debates Iran Deal, Western Europe Exhibits ‘Fatigue’

Benjamin Weinthal

The Iran nuclear deal has dominated the foreign policy debate in the U.S. this summer, with Congress in the midst of a 60-day period to review the agreement. But America is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to the accord reached in July between Iran and the P5+1 world powers.

1st September 2015 - Quoted by John Ford - War on the Rocks

Is the Islamic State Winning or Losing?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A little over a year ago, thousands of Yazidi refugees huddled at the top of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq. They faced extermination at the hands of the Islamic State, or ISIL, and their plight was grave enough to trigger the United States to launch a humanitarian rescue mission to deliver...

31st August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts: European Tech Trade Will Help Iranian Regime Oppress Its Citizens

Benjamin Weinthal

Increased European tech exports to Iran will allow Tehran to more easily oppress its citizens, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an analysis published Sunday in The Jerusalem Post.

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Turkish Delegation Arrives in Israel to Discuss Investment in Palestinian Business Project

Oren Kessler

A Turkish delegation met in Tel Aviv on Monday with Likud Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara, the acting minister of the Regional Cooperation Ministry, to promote a proposal to build an industrial zone near Jenin in the West Bank.

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Saudi King Wants Obama to Tackle Iranian ‘Mischief’

David Andrew Weinberg

The new Saudi king will use his first official visit to the White House this week to make clear that his country’s lukewarm support for the nuclear deal with Iran comes with strings attached.

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan - Politico

Bust: Iran Opponents’ August Fail

Mark Dubowitz

Critics of the Iran deal believed the August congressional recess was their best chance to scuttle the nuclear accord, as wavering lawmakers returned home to angry protesters and a barrage of TV ads. The longer the deal hung out there, they figured, the worse it would be for President Barack...

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Sahil Kapur - Bloomberg

Sorry, Hawks: Democrats Won’t Pay a Political Price For Iran Filibuster

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have all but accepted they cannot block the accord, as a growing number of congressional Democrats signal they'll supply the votes to sustain President Barack Obama's veto of a planned resolution of disapproval.

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Henry Johnson - Foreign Policy

Turkish Court Brings Terror Charges Against Two Vice News Reporters

Merve Tahiroglu

Vice News reported last week that Turkish authorities had detained two of the company’s journalists who were filming clashes in Turkey’s restive Kurdish region, allegedly without government permission.

28th August 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

ISIL Fight Forces U.S. to Choose Between Allies

Jonathan Schanzer

As the United States and Turkey launch airstrikes to oust the Islamic State from a stretch of northern Syria, they appear at odds over the role of a critical fighting force on the ground: the Syrian Kurds.

28th August 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Foes Try New Ways To Attack Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Capitol Hill opponents of the landmark Iranian nuclear accord are devising a Plan B to ratchet up pressure on Iran as President Barack Obama moves closer to locking up the support needed to implement the deal.

28th August 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Congressional Fight on Iran Deal Is All But Over

Mark Dubowitz

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal in Congress admit they can no longer kill the accord. Their focus now is making sure there will be a vote on the agreement at all, and salvaging some political benefit from their well-funded bid to stop it.

27th August 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘A Dangerous Cocktail’ is Brewing in Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

Just over one month after Turkey launched a two-front war against ISIS in northern Syria and the Kurdish PKK in Iraq, the country is facing violent blowback within its borders.

27th August 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Is Hezbollah Behind Effort to Hijack Lebanese Protests?

Tony Badran

Hezbollah has sought to take advantage of the Lebanese protests against the government, though it does not currently seek to topple the existing political order, experts told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

27th August 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Al-Qaida’s Syria Affiliate Reemerges

Thomas Joscelyn

The almost singular focus by the United States and some of its coalition partners on defeating the group known as the Islamic State appears to be giving new life to the group's chief rival.

27th August 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Renews Support For Hamas Terrorists

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s foreign ministry on Wednesday reiterated its support for Hamas and other anti-Israel terrorist groups and said that aiding those who “stand against the Zionist regime is a principle of Iran’s policy.”


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