6:51 PM, May 3, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with an Israeli media outlet, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accuses critics of the Iranian nuclear deal hysterical.
"There's a lot of hysteria about this deal. People really need to look at the facts, look at the science of what is behind those facts… We ask people to measure carefully what the agreement is, and wait until we have an agreement to make all these judgements," Kerry says in the interview.
Kerry insists that there will be nuclear inspections "every day" for the rest of time. "That is not a 10-year deal, that's forever," Kerry is quoted as saying.
Kerry also accuses critics of the Iran deal of not realizing that it would enhance Israel's security. "When we started this negotiation, the breakout time ... to get enough fissile material for one bomb was about two months to three months. We have pushed that out now. … And with this deal, for the first 10 years, we will know that it is one year for that period. Now, I ask you a simple question, is Israel safer with two months, or one year?"
And, in the interview, Kerry delivered a guarantee to the Israel people. "I say to every Israeli, today we have the ability to stop them if they decided to move quickly to a bomb, and I absolutely guarantee that in the future we will have the ability to know what they're doing so that we could still stop them if they decided to move to a bomb.
"We don't give one option up that we have today. … We have various options; sanctions, we have a military option. We don't lose any of those."
The interview was conducted by Israel's Channel 10. Transcription of parts of the interview were published by the Israeli daily Haaretz.
How the next president can restore friendly relations. May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33 • By NOAH POLLAK
In the coming weeks, President Obama may announce his support for—or at least his non-objection to—a U.N. Security Council resolution defining the terms of a Palestinian state. This would represent an unprecedented break with Israel and mark the culmination of the Obama administration’s six years of confrontation with and animosity toward the Jewish state.
11:10 AM, Apr 30, 2015 • By NOAH POLLAK
Hillary Clinton is a ferocious critic of Israeli settlements. She took point on the Obama administration's demand for a settlement freeze. She regularly berated Prime Minister Netanyahu on the subject, including an infamous, expletive-laced 45-minute phone call in 2010. She calls settlements "illegitimate" and said, "their continued expansion is corrosive not only to peace efforts and the two-state solution, but to Israel's future itself."
'[T]he dream of every Irish-Catholic father is for his daughter to marry a Jewish surgeon.'7:17 AM, Apr 28, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Although neither the White House nor the State Department released statements or posted greetings on the 67th Independence Day of the nation of Israel last Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden did attend the annual Israeli Independence Day Celebration at the Andrew W.
9:26 AM, Apr 16, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
This morning at 10:00 a.m., in Israel, all activity came to a halt as sirens sounded, and Israelis stood for two minutes with heads bowed in memory of the 6 million Jews, one third of the Jewish people, who perished in the Holocaust. Yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at Yad Vashem in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
His copy of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations must be missing a page.8:48 AM, Apr 14, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Over the weekend, as he berated the Israeli government for its opposition to the proposed Iranian nuclear deal, President Obama attempted to strike a literary note. Condemning Jerusalem’s supposed flip-flopping on the merits of the deal, the president sarcastically said, “you know, consistency is the hobgoblin of narrow minds.”
Apr 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 30 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
What is to be done about Obama’s Iran “deal”? We could, fatalistically, lament the collapse of American foreign policy. We could, indignantly, gnash our teeth in frustration at the current administration. We could, constructively, work to secure congressional review of the deal and urge presidential candidates to commit to altering or abrogating it.
Or we can stop it now.
Apr 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 30 • By LEE SMITH
Ever since it announced the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran last month, the Obama administration has flooded the news media with technical details elaborating the many virtues of the proposed framework agreement. Indeed, the White House sent its energy secretary, Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist, onto the Sunday shows to helpfully explain the knotty fine points that are likely to be lost on laymen—or anyone who doesn’t celebrate its signal accomplishment.
6:06 PM, Apr 7, 2015 • By LEE SMITH
The Obama administration has been campaigning on behalf of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran since it was announced last week—even as the exact details of the proposed deal are still unclear.
10:17 AM, Apr 5, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic senator from California, warned Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to "contain" himself. She was reacting to his criticism of the deal the U.S. is working on with Iran.
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:45 PM, Apr 3, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on why Congress needs to kill President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.
6:51 PM, Apr 2, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Emergency Committee for Israel calls on every member of Congress to "do his duty and act to kill this proposed deal."
The full statement reads:
8:47 AM, Apr 2, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Anti-Israel groups are rallying around the Virginia State Bar after the legal group announced the cancellation of a planned trip to Israel. The support is coming in the form of a letter signed by 40 groups, which are part of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.