Analysis & Commentary

29th September 2016 - Quoted by Sen. Mark Kirk - The Hill

Payments to Iran puts regime in better position to harm Americans

Terrorists want cash, and the Administration just handed over billions in cash to Iran, a regime the State Department calls the biggest state sponsor of terrorism.

27th September 2016 - Foreign Policy

The U.S. Is Helping Iran Fund Chaos in the Middle East

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Would the White House knowingly transfer tens of billions of dollars to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hezbollah in Lebanon to finance the slaughter of Syrians or the next war against Israel? In theory, the Iran nuclear deal wasn’t supposed to fuel Iran’s imperialism and its...

26th September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Begins Mass Producing New Ballistic Missile After Successful Test Launch

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran released a video on Sunday showing the test-firing of a new ballistic missile that it has started mass producing, Tasnim News Agency reported.

23rd September 2016 - Quoted The Tower

House of Representatives Passes Bill Prohibiting Future Cash Payments to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill Thursday evening that would prohibit future cash payments to Iran.

22nd September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Approves Aircraft Sales to Iran, Which Continues to Fly Troops, Arms to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States Treasury Department has approved licenses for Boeing and Airbus to export planes to Iran, even as the Islamic Republic continues to fly troops and arms to Syria, Reuters reported Wednesday.

22nd September 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

What Rouhani Didn’t Say at the UN

Toby Dershowitz, Annie Fixler

As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani makes his case before the United Nations today that the Islamic Republic merits a place in the community of nations and boardrooms worldwide, his government continued arresting reporters and sentencing foreign nationals to prison on trumped-up charges....

22nd September 2016 - Quoted by

Senate committee holds hearing on Obama’s $1.7 billion cash to Iran Posted on September 22, 2016 by

The Obama administration’s $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran earlier this year came under fire during a hearing by the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance on Wednesday.

21st September 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Admin Has To Explain Why It Paid Iran Ransom In Untraceable Cash

Jonathan Schanzer

A non-profit oversight group has called on the Department of the Treasury to explain why it sent what is being referred to as a $1.7 billion ransom to Iran in untraceable cash earlier this year.

21st September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Atomic Expert: Recent Rhetoric Suggests Iran Intends Military Use for Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Iranian leaders’ recent statements about the country’s nuclear program suggest that it is not strictly intended for civilian purposes, which would mean that the world must impose restrictions on Iran’s nuclear-related purchases, a former high-level official of the International Atomic...

21st September 2016 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Tablet

Boundaries of Slowly Thawing Arab-Israeli Relations on Display at Iran Risk Summit in NYC

David Andrew Weinberg

Decoding the relationship between Israel and the Arab Gulf states has become a kind of Middle Eastern Kremlinology. Because none of the Gulf states officially recognize Israel as a state, and because some of them, like Saudi Arabia, actively fund and promote some noxious anti-Israel and...

21st September 2016 - Tablet Magazine

Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease

Tony Badran

America’s settled policy of standing by while half a million Syrians have been killed, millions have become refugees, and large swaths of their country have been reduced to rubble is not a simple “mistake,” as critics like Nicholas D. Kristof and Roger Cohen have lately claimed.

20th September 2016 - Quoted by Tzvi Kahn - The Foreign Policy Initiative

FPI Bulletin: Defense of Cash Payment to Iran Falls Short

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

In recent weeks, the Obama administration has repeatedly argued that legal and pragmatic concerns accounted for its decision to use cash for a $1.7 billion payment to Iran.

20th September 2016 - Foreign Policy

Don’t Give Iran Cash

Eric B. Lorber

Iran is once again the center of a heated debate between the Barack Obama administration and Republicans in Congress, this time over whether the United States’ $1.7 billion payment to Iran amounted to a ransom to secure the release of American hostages.

19th September 2016 - Quoted by Ruthie Blum - The Aglemeiner

Iranian Commander: Islamic Republic’s Military Might Brought World Powers to Nuclear Negotiating Tab

Mark Dubowitz

The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps declared that it was his country’s military might that brought world powers to the negotiating table over the nuclear issue, the country’s semi-official state news agency Fars reported on Monday.

19th September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Treasury Wired Money to Iran Twice, Undercutting White House Claim That It Could Only Send Cash

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration wired money to Iran on two separate occasions in the past 14 months, undercutting claims that it delivered a $400 million payment to the Islamic Republic in cash because it was strict in enforcing sanctions, Politico reported on Saturday.

18th September 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Don’t Rely on Iran’s Good Intentions

Olli Heinonen

There is a small window of time for the United States and its allies to determine what kind of nuclear technologies are delivered to Tehran, and by whom. And the clock is already ticking.

17th September 2016 - Quoted by Andrew McCarthy - National Review

Obama’s Cash-for-Jihad Program

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Let’s give Iran, a certified state sponsor of terrorism, billions in cash. What could go wrong?

17th September 2016 - The Long War Journal

Israel prepares home front for next war with Hezbollah

David Daoud

The Israel Defense Forces announced Friday that its nationwide Home Front Drill will be held next week. The drill, dubbed “Standing Firm,” is intended to prepare Israel’s civilian home front for emergency situations, and will include extensive training for Israel’s future war with...

16th September 2016 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough -

Analyst: Iran Could Spend More Than $1 Billion of $1.7 Billion Windfall on Terror

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian regime could direct more than $1 billion of the $1.7 billion it received from the Obama administration early this year towards sponsoring terrorism, a defense policy analyst said Thursday.

15th September 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - Mispacha

Weapons Flood the Gulf after Iran Deal

Patrick Megahan

Israelis closely monitoring the growing defense budgets of ArabGulfstates, though a Washington-based military affairs expert told Mishpacha thatIsrael has little to worry about in the short term.

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