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14th November 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Presiding over Chaos

Tony Badran

On October 31, the Lebanese parliament elected Michel Aoun president, ending a two-and-a-half-year stalemate during which the country had no head of state. The presidency is reserved for the country’s Maronite Christian sect, so Christians there are celebrating the election of the...

13th November 2016 - Quoted by The National Herald

Greece’s SYRIZA Defends Standing Alone Opposing Iranian Sanctions Extension

Mark Dubowitz

Greece’s Radical Left SYRIZA government, which broke with the United States and Europe to block sanctions on an Iranian bank accused of financing terrorism, said it was just following a ruling from the European Court of Justice.

11th November 2016 - Quoted by Matthew Bell - PRI

Beloved around the world, the late Leonard Cohen had deity-like status in Israel

Cohen’s name is often mentioned among a small circle of songwriting masters like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. The news of Cohen’s passing this week, at age 82, will come as blow to fans around the world.

11th November 2016 - Quoted by Elaine Grossman - The Globalist

Suspicious Iranian Dealings Could Imperil Nuclear Agreement

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. intelligence agencies and their international partners are seeing a flurry of inquiries by Iran about importing potentially sensitive technologies controlled by last year’s nuclear deal – but outside of channels specifically set up to vet these goods, according to officials and...

11th November 2016 - Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

Iran deal endangered if Trump seeks to renegotiate its terms

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump isn't going to rip up the Iran nuclear deal on day one as president, but his vows to renegotiate the terms and increase enforcement could imperil an agreement that has put off the threat of Tehran developing atomic weapons. Emboldened Republican lawmakers are already considering...

11th November 2016 - Quoted by Joby Warrick - The Washington Post

Photos show ‘scorched earth’ campaign by Islamic State defenders in Mosul

Thomas Joscelyn

Since July, the Islamic State’s defenders in Mosul have been busily turning the group’s Iraqi capital into a fortress in preparation for the onslaught they knew would come. Now, newly published satellite images reveal just how elaborate those efforts have been.

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

VP Biden: No Reason for Jewish Anxiety About Future Trump Administration Commitment to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

American Jews have no reason to be concerned about the future of US-Israel ties after President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, outgoing Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday at a World Jewish Congress (WJC) gala dinner in New York City.

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Military Leader Threatens President-Elect Trump

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A senior Iranian military official lashed out on Thursday over the election of Donald Trump, calling the next American president a “joke” and warning him against threatening Iranian interests in the region.

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Could Trump trash the Iran deal? Yes, but it’s complicated

Mark Dubowitz

The reality is that Iran was brought to the bargaining table with the help of crippling sanctions imposed by the U.S, the U.N. Security Council and the European Union at the urging of the Obama administration and Congress. And Russia, China and the United States' allies in Europe have...

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

‘Never Trump’ GOP preparing to work with Trump to squeeze Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Republicans in Congress who vigorously opposed Donald Trump’s run for president are now preparing to work with the incoming Trump administration on a number of foreign policy and national security issues where their policies overlap. First on their agenda is drastically increasing...

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran nuclear deal could collapse under Trump

Mark Dubowitz

The future of the historic nuclear agreement with Iran is in the air with the prospect that a Donald Trump administration could take steps that would cause Iran to abandon its commitments, experts said Wednesday.

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Trump victory provokes crises in foreign policy

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump’s stunning election victory will provoke immediate tensions across several continents, and force Republican foreign policy elites to make quick decisions whether to work for a man most strongly opposed as unqualified, according to foreign policy experts and GOP insiders.

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Trump Victory Might Make Obama Feel ‘Less Encumbered’ About Israeli-Palestinian Initiative

Jonathan Schanzer

Republican Donald Trump’s shocking victory over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election could make outgoing President Barack Obama feel “less encumbered” about launching an end-of-term lame-duck Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic initiative, a Middle...

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Robin Simcox - War on the Rocks

The Perils of Forgetting about al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Sir Michael Fallon’s remarks last month on terrorism were both highly predictable and highly unusual. Predictable, because the U.K. secretary of state for defence was talking about the terror threat facing Europe, something which Europeans are by now used to.

8th November 2016 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Times of Israel

Will Obama launch a lame-duck Israel surprise? Not likely

Jonathan Schanzer

It started several months ago in anxious whispers among pro-Israel leaders. Now it has burst into the open in full-page ads in The New York Times and op-eds in The Wall Street Journal.

8th November 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Wishon - CBN News

Expert: Give US Citizens Input On Refugees

Clifford D. May

While many Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria believe they will never be able to return to their homes, one expert suggests the American people should have a say about how many refugees are let into the country.

7th November 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Russian Influence on Hezbollah May Boost Terror Group’s Threat to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Hezbollah has been influenced by Russian forces fighting alongside them in Syria, raising concerns that the Iran-backed terror group will adapt those tactics for use against Israel, Defense News reported Sunday, citing a forthcoming report from the Israeli National Security Council.

6th November 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Boycott-Israel Movement Tainted by Ties to Terrorists, Researchers Find

Jonathan Schanzer

The campaign to subject Israel to boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) is tainted by ties to the terrorist organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), researchers from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote Wednesday in The Hill.

6th November 2016 - Quoted by Chris Massaro - Epoch Times

Assault on ISIS Capital Raqqa Could Be Launched Within Weeks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. and allied forces say that they could attack the Syrian city of Raqqa—the capital of the ISIS terrorist group’s self-proclaimed caliphate—within weeks, according to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

5th November 2016 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette, Elise Labott - CNN

The next US president faces a world of trouble

Mark Dubowitz

POTUS 45 won't have much time to celebrate. After a bruising brawl of a campaign, the next US commander in chief will inherit a world with the toughest array of foreign policy challenges in decades.

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