Analysis & Commentary


15th April 2016 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Tablet Magazine

Will Tehran Be Given Access to the U.S. Dollar?

Although the Iran nuclear deal went into effect on January 16—“Implementation Day,” in the wonky parlance of what’s officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—it’s becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. and Iran don’t quite agree on what the landmark...

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - CS Monitor

Obama and human rights: Is ‘soft power’ working?

Mark Dubowitz

A new and downbeat assessment of human rights trends worldwide is raising questions about whether the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy is making the situation worse.

14th April 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Tensions Rise Over Granting Iran Access to U.S. Dollar

Treasury Department officials are moving to reassure Congress that Iran will not be granted access to U.S. financial markets following comments by top Obama administration officials suggesting such a plan was under consideration, according to correspondence obtained by the Washington Free...

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

Amid rumors, White House rules out giving Iran access to US dollar

The Obama administration will continue to block Iran’s access to the dollar or the U.S. financial system, its top sanctions official said amid speculation to the contrary.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

U.S. Frowns on New Iran Sanctions by Congress After Missile Test

A top Treasury Department official argued against imposing new legislative sanctions on Iran after its ballistic missile tests last month, even as he said the Islamic Republic would remain blocked from the U.S. financial system.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Saudi-Egypt deals part of Gulf effort to unite Sunnis against Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Recently signed agreements between Saudi Arabia and Egypt appear to be part of a broader Saudi effort to build a regional Sunni alliance against Iran, yet the results of such an alliance are still lacking.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Sean Durns - JNS

Media miss emergence of new Iranian-funded Palestinian terror group

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

A new Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorist group has emerged—and by appearances, it may be expanding. In less than two years, Harakat as-Sabeeren Nasran il-Filastin (The Movement for the Patient Ones for the Liberation of Palestine), also known as al-Sabireen, has committed several...

13th April 2016 - The Washington Times

Can America change course?

Clifford D. May

As you watch the circus that is the 2016 presidential campaign, which candidate strikes you as having a coherent vision of national security for the post-Obama era?

12th April 2016 - Quoted by Caroline B. Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Obama’s nuclear contrition

Tony Badran

Then and now, Obama and his advisers argued that ballistic missiles are not part of the mullahs’ nuclear project. This claim, which made little sense at the time, makes no sense whatsoever today.

12th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Granting Iran Access to Dollars Endangers Global Banking System

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

Giving Iran access to U.S. dollars in order to boost its international business profile would erode diplomatic leverage against the Islamic Republic and jeopardize the international banking system, experts said in a conference call with the Foreign Policy Initiative last week.

11th April 2016 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Rushdie Affair and the Outsourcing of Murder

Sheryl Saperia

The recent attacks in Brussels, for which ISIS took credit, reminded the West that no country is immune from Islamist terrorism.

10th April 2016 - PJ Media

Terrible Things Are Happening

Michael Ledeen

Americans just can’t take the Iranian tyrants seriously. If you ask us what Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei means when he leads his weekend crowds in a chant of “Death to America,” most Americans will not say “he wants to destroy us all.”

8th April 2016 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Tablet Magazine

Was Iran Involved in Sept. 11? A Federal Judge Awards Victims $10.5 Billion in Damages.

Thomas Joscelyn

On March 9, the U.S. District Court in the southern district of New York reached a default judgment ordering Iran to pay some $10 billion to the relatives of victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as to an insurance company. A default judgment is not a determination of...

7th April 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Sunni Support Network

Tony Badran

Hezbollah announced the death this weekend of seven of its fighters in Syria during fighting in southern Aleppo. Among them was a curious name: 19-year old Muhammad al-Kabash, a Sunni from Sidon.

7th April 2016 - Interviewed by The Foreign Policy Initiative

FPI Conference Call: Implications of Granting Iran Access to U.S. Financial Market

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

On April 7, 2016, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted a conference call about the implications of the Obama administration’s plan to grant Iran access to the U.S. financial system.

7th April 2016 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Trade Won’t Lead to Iranian Moderation

Clifford D. May

Last week, it became evident that the U.S. was planning to allow the Islamic Republic to make financial transactions through American banks, using American currency—in direct violation of a promise made by the secretary of the treasury to Congress last year.

6th April 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s sneaky concession to Iran

Clifford D. May

The Obama administration, facing a violent backlash in Congress, swears up and down that it does not mean to give Iran direct access to U.S. banks. When pressed, however, it seems that the president is trying to achieve the same result, a unilateral concession to Iran that bolsters its...

6th April 2016 - Quoted by Eric R. Mandel - The Jerusalem Post

Legitimizing Iran: The US administration’s Middle East agenda

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Last year, while lobbying the American people to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, President Barack Obama repeatedly reassured undecided members of Congress that the deal was only about ending the Iranian nuclear program.

6th April 2016 - Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Tensions rise between White House and Congress over Iranian aggressions

Jonathan Schanzer

Members of Congress are expressing increasing concern about the Obama administration's response to recent provocative actions by Iran that the president has said violate the "spirit" of the nuclear agreement, but not the letter of it.

6th April 2016 - The Washington Times

Obama’s dollar deal

Clifford D. May

President Obama’s critics charge that he’s never developed a strategy to defeat terrorism, the weapon of choice for those waging what they call a global jihad. The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, the journalist whose ear Mr. Obama most likes to bend, says that’s wrong -- that the...

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