For those of you who don’t follow my social media postings, I was on the KPFA Sunday Show this past Sunday, along with Joel Beinin, discussing the Bibi-Boehner Brouhaha, the Israeli elections and the Iran nuclear talks. If you’d like to check it out, you can listen to the whole show at KPFA’s website (where you can also donate to one of the few remaining progressive radio stations that actually earns the name) at this link.
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Posted in Iran, Israel, United States, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, Iran nuclear deal, Israel, Israeli elections, John Boehner, Joint Arab List, Palestinians, Sheldon Adelson, Zionist Camp on February 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Bibi Netanyahu, Congress, Iran, Israel, tagged Alberto Nisman, Argentina bombing, Barack Obama, Congress, Congressional opposition to Iran nuclear talks, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Hezbollah, Iran, Israeli attack on Syria, Israeli elections, Jihad Mughniyeh, John Boehner, State of the Union on January 21, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, U.S. President Barack Obama stated once again, and quite firmly,
that he would veto any new sanctions bill against Iran. Apparently, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner was not going to take that lying down.
Less than twelve hours after Obama finished his speech, Boehner announced that he has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on February 11. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest expressed President Obama’s displeasure at the invitation, of which the White House was not informed until Boehner’s announcement. Earnest called it a “departure from protocol” whereby the two leaders normally coordinate such visits. The soft words are thin cover for what is surely white-hot anger in the White House. Read more at LobeLog
Posted in Iran, tagged Arms Control Association, Barack Obama, Farideh Farhi, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Iran and the P5+1: Solving the Nuclear Rubik’s Cube, iran nuclear enrichment, Iran nuclear negotiations, Iran sanctions, Iranian Hardliners, Iranian Politics, ISIL, ISIS, Islamic State, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Obama administration, P5+1, Russia, Wilson Center on September 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Once upon a time, it seemed that the Obama Administration had held off opponents in Congress as well as pressure from Israel in order to press forward with negotiations with Iran. It seemed that President Barack Obama’s penchant for diplomacy was finally bearing fruit and that the United States and Iran were coming to the table with a sense of determination and an understanding that a compromise needed to be reached over Iran’s nuclear program.
These days, the story is different. Almost halfway through the four-month extension period the parties agreed to in July, the possibility of failure is more prominently on people’s minds, despite the fact that significant progress has been made in the talks. Right now, both sides have dug in their heels over the question of Iran’s nuclear enrichment capabilities. Iran wants sufficient latitude to build and power more nuclear reactors on their own, while the United States wants a much more restrictive regime. Read more at LobeLog
This article originally appeared at LobeLog, just a few hours after the Iran nuclear interim agreement was announced.
These are my initial thoughts on the deal struck between the P5+1 (the U.S., Britain, France, China, and Russia plus Germany) and Iran. They come after a few hours of watching the speeches, reading the briefings from the US State Department and the White House and some heavy-duty work on Twitter, both reading and writing (check my feed at @MJPlitnick if you’d like to see some of it).
1. There are going to be tough political battles in both Washington and Tehran. But the reality is that pretty much everything the P5+1 has granted can be reversed at the figurative snap of a finger. If Iran dilutes or converts all of its 20% enriched stockpile, it will take time to build that back up. From the point of view of a hardliner in Iran, when that point is combined with the complete halt to work at Arak, the total halt to enrichment above 5%, the freeze on new centrifuges and limits on replacement and the earlier agreement Iran struck with the IAEA (which happened outside of the Geneva process, so there was no quid pro quo), this is a very long list of concessions. In exchange, Iran gets only minor sanctions relief, potentially worth as much as only $7 billion and an agreement that the West will leave the limit on Iran’s oil revenue where it is. (more…)
Posted in Iran, Israel, Middle East, United States, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, China, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United States on October 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The talks between the P5+1 and Iran are stirring up an already bubbling cauldron in the Middle East. The US’ position in the region is going to change in the next few years, though how that change manifests remain to be seen. One thing is certain, and that is that a deal between the United States and Iran is desired by both of those parties and scares the hell out the US’ closest regional allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. I explore in this week’s column at Souciant.
Posted in Iran, Israel, United States, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Geneva talks, Iran, Iran diplomacy, Iran nuclear, iran nuclear program, Iran nuclear talks, John Kerry, P5+1, rome, UN, UNSC, US-Iran relations, US-Israel relations on October 24, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This article originally appeared at LobeLog.
The trick to finding an agreement between the P5+1 world powers and Iran has become clear: keep Israel and Saudi Arabia out of the room. (But don’t expect them to be happy about it.)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is touring the globe now with his message of doom about an impending Iranian nuclear weapon. “It will be tragic if (Iran) succeeds in avoiding the sanctions,” Netanyahu said in Rome on Tuesday.
That statement comes on the heels of his Meet the Press appearance where he said: “I think the pressure has to be maintained on Iran, even increased on Iran, until it actually stops the nuclear program, that is, dismantles it.” (more…)
Posted in Iran, tagged Ali Khameini, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, CIA, Geneva, Hassan Rouhani, International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Juan Cole, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, P5+1, People's Mujahedin of Iran, Persian Gulf, Prince Turki bin Faisal al Saud, Saudi Arabia, Shah Reza Pahlavi, Trita Parsi, United States on October 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The new nuclear talks with Iran seem to be reflecting a new direction for the Islamic Republic under Hassan Rowhani and a new openness from the US and Europe to a reasonable compromise. The unhappy parties are Israel and Saudi Arabia, but at least for now, they are not able to scuttle the hope for a resolution. Some of what this theater demonstrates is the obvious fact to anyone who has been paying attention for the past fifteen years: the entire issue of an Iranian bomb has been phony. I explain this week in Souciant.