Iranian success in European courtrooms. Feb 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 23 • By ANDREW SOUTHAM and TED R. BROMUND
In a recently leaked private phone call, an EU foreign policy official, Helga Schmid, grumbled to the EU’s ambassador to Kiev that it was “very annoying” that the United States had criticized the EU for being “too soft” to impose sanctions on Ukraine. Criticism may be annoying, but EU softness is a fact of life, and the transatlantic trouble over sanctions goes beyond Ukraine. For the past year, British and European Union sanctions against Iran have faced a string of legal challenges and lost nearly every round.
5:44 PM, Jan 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Foreign Minister Zarif of Iran said on CNN that the White House is getting the nuclear deal wrong -- and that they don't have to give up anything:
Said the Iranian foreign minister, "The White House version both underplays the concessions and overplays Iranian commitment. And I'm not interested in that. I'm simply saying, why don't we all stick to what we agreed? Why do we need to produce different texts?"
2:14 PM, Jan 14, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Lest the American people be put off by the chortling, boasting, and provoking of the Obama administration's Iranian negotiating partner, the administration has tried to deflect domestic political pressure by putting out a statement "condemning" the wreath-laying by the Iranian foreign minister at the grave of a Hezbollah terrorist leader with much American blood on his hands.
12:46 PM, Jan 14, 2014 • By NOAH POLLAK
President Obama yesterday uttered words about Iran we know come from the heart: “What we want to do is give diplomacy a chance, and give peace a chance.”
10:52 AM, Jan 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
House majority leader Eric Cantor responds to the Iran deal:
“This expected and overdue implementation only furthers a deeply flawed agreement that legitimizes Iran's flagrant violations of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for the full suspension of its nuclear program. Although Congress still needs to investigate key details of this implementation plan, the underlying agreement does nothing to reverse Iran's nuclear program, allows it to continue industrial-scale enrichment of uranium and fails to address critical aspects of Iran's weaponization research.
Obama tougher on Congress than Iran.7:07 AM, Jan 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Iran nuclear deal is in place. And Senate majority leader Harry Reid is preventing the Senate from voting on Iran sanctions to be implemented in case the Iran deal fails. Reid is holding up the vote at the urging of President Obama.
The Emergency Committee for Israel is calling on Reid to allow a vote on the sanctions bill that's supported by many Democrats and Republicans, and well over half of the Senate.
"Who says President Obama isn't tough?" ECI asks in its statement.
4:00 PM, Jan 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A new ad slated to start airing this weekend targets Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for opposing Iran sanctions:
The ad is being sponsored by the Emergency Committee for Israel.
"The ad contrasts Rep. Wasserman Schultz's very public pro-Israel rhetoric and tough talk on Iran with her behind the scenes obstruction of a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill," ECI says in a press release accompanying the release of the ad.
3:37 PM, Jan 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A clip today of spokesman Jay Carney defending the White House's accusation that some Democrats (and Republicans) want to go to war with Iran:
12:42 PM, Jan 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reports:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) has become a major obstacle to a new bipartisan Iran sanctions measure, according to multiple sources on Capitol Hill and in Florida.
5:14 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Emergency Committee for Israel released this statement following the White House's threat to veto a bi-partisan Iran sanctions bill, which was introduced today in the Senate:
New legislation shows Congress and American public are united in their distrust of Obama's Iran deal.4:14 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
A recent AP/GfK poll shows that a majority of Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of how Barack Obama is handling the Iran issue.
3:36 PM, Dec 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Iranians are saying the nuclear deal means the beginning of the end of sanctions. At least that's what a foreign ministry spokeswoman told the Iranian press.
The Iranian bomb is all that matters.Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13 • By LEE SMITH
Last week’s interim agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear weapons program offers the regime sanctions relief even as U.S. lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats, are demanding more and stricter sanctions. The White House counters that more sanctions will only narrow diplomatic channels, drive the Iranians away from the negotiating table, and lead to war. Critics of the deal argue that by providing sanctions relief Obama is simply feeding an Iranian beast hungry for more concessions.