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13th January 2017 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

The Morning Risk Report: Sanctions Drive to Burnish Obama’s Legacy

Jonathan Schanzer

Since President-elect Donald Trump won the election in November, there’s been a jump in U.S. sanctions activity, which includes new moves against Russia for hacking, as well as targeting Osama bin Laden’s son, the younger sister of North Korea’s leader, Syrian use of chemical weapons...

12th January 2017 - Quoted by William Booth - The Washington Post

In Paris, the world will try one more time to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

Grant Rumley

Poor, belittled Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pulled off a remarkable feat.

12th January 2017 - Quoted by Middle East Online

As Caliphate Shrinks, ISIS Expected to Head for the Hills

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In Syria, where ISIS is still a fighting force to be reckoned with,the thinking is the jihadists will retreat into the country’s vast eastern desert around oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province where it is strongly entrenched, says James Bruce.

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran nuclear deal is in the crosshairs and may not survive a Trump administration

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal was written with several “sunset” provisions setting expiration dates, some of them 15 years into the future, when restrictions on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program would lift.

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

How Iran made the US look weak with a tiny, outdated navy and some old ballistic missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The news came out Monday that Iranian fast-attack craft had once again harassed US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf with unsafe and unprofessional behavior, forcing the USS Mahan to fire warning shots.

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS.org

What will Trump mean for US ties with Israel’s peaceful Arab neighbors?

Oren Kessler

The incoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. For Egypt and Jordan, the only two Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel and two of the most reliable U.S. allies in the Middle East, the Trump administration will...

11th January 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Will Iran’s Alliance With Russia Last?

Boris Zilberman

At Tuesday's funeral in Tehran of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later pushed for reconciliation with the West, reformist mourners not only chanted for the release of hunger-striking rights activists held in Iranian jails but also called for an end...

10th January 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Plans Military Spending Increase, Long-Range Missile Development

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian parliamentarians voted on Monday to increase the country’s military spending to five percent of the budget and advance its development of long-range ballistic missiles.

10th January 2017 - Quoted by Karen DeYoung - The Washington Post

Do campaign statements and tweets add up to a Trump foreign policy strategy?

Mark Dubowitz

Amid the cacophony of campaign riffs and post-election tweets, two central themes have emerged as apparent pillars of Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision: ending Islamist terrorism, and constraining China.

10th January 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Secret UN Report: Iran May Have Violated Arms Embargo, Sent Weapons to Hezbollah

In one of his final acts in office on December 30, outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a confidential report to the UN Security Council alleging that Iran may have violated an international arms embargo by smuggling weapons to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah,...

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

The Myth of Rafsanjani

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, a so-called Iranian moderate and pragmatist, died Sunday at 82.

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran: U.S. Surrendered More Than $10 Billion in Gold, Cash, Assets

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Obama administration has paid Iran more than $10 billion in gold, cash, and other assets since 2013, according to Iranian officials, who disclosed that the White House has been intentionally deflating the total amount paid to the Islamic Republic.

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Nuclear Watchdog Group: Approval of Russian Shipment of Natural Uranium to Iran is ‘Reckless’

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The news that the US and five other world powers have approved a Russian shipment of 116 metric tons of natural uranium to Iran is “only likely to spark a greater backlash” by the new Congress and President-elect Donald Trump against the July 2015 nuclear agreement, a top official with...

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Mitch Prothero, Nancy A. Youssef - BuzzFeed

Trump’s Tweets Are Freaking Out America’s Closest Allies

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Intelligence services across Europe are growing increasingly worried that President-elect Donald Trump’s unpredictability and impulsive tweeting could harm intelligence-sharing agreements with the United States.

9th January 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

ExxonMobil and Iran did business under secretary of State nominee Tillerson

Mark Dubowitz

ExxonMobil did business with Iran, Syria and Sudan through a European subsidiary while President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of State was a top executive of the oil giant and those countries were under U.S. sanctions as state sponsors of terrorism, Securities and Exchange...

8th January 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran’s former president, who was set to a key role in selecting next supreme leader, dies

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the most influential figures in Iran since the Islamic revolution and a driving force for reform, has died at the age of 82 after suffering an apparent heart attack, state media reported Sunday.

8th January 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

Israel’s new ‘quantum leap’ strike jets challenge Iran

Patrick Megahan, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Israel recently took delivery of the first of 50 F-35I stealth fighters, considered the most advanced combat jet in the world, from the United States, an event that marks a new and po­tentially critical phase in the Jewish state’s dealings with Iran.

7th January 2017 - Quoted by John Burger - Aleteia

American pastor’s arrest in Turkey signals possible trouble for Christians

Aykan Erdemir

The plight of one American Christian evangelist is suggestive of the turmoil that lies ahead for Turkey.

7th January 2017 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Iran hawks lay out their wish list for Trump era

Mark Dubowitz

Iran hawks on and off Capitol Hill laid out their clearest wish list to date for the next four years during a Dec. 7 briefing. Lawmakers and outside experts agreed that President-elect Donald Trump would be unwise to rip up the nuclear deal on day one. Barring that, however, the bipartisan...

6th January 2017 - Quoted by Daniel J. Solomon - Forward

Israel’s Envoy Set To Come in From Cold With Trump in White House

Mark Dubowitz

Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador in Washington, stands to gain much when President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20. A longtime fan of the newly minted leader of the free world, Dermer is likely to be a guest of honor at the White House after enduring a chilly relationship with...

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