The Sources of Opposition to the Iran Agreement

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by Paul R. Pillar An air of unreality pervades much of the debate on the agreement to restrict Iran’s nuclear program. Opponents of the agreement raise issue after issue on which the agreement is clearly superior to the alternative that… Continue Reading  

The Iran Agreement and the Meaning of Risk

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by Paul R. Pillar The first few days of argumentation about the recently completed agreement to restrict Iran’s nuclear program have taken predictable directions—predictable not only because the shape of the deal was known well before all the drafting was… Continue Reading  

Let’s Take A Deep Breath on BDS

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by Mitchell Plitnick Yair Lapid, Israel’s former Finance Minister, told a hawkish “pro-Israel” gathering in New York that the leaders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement (BDS) are anti-Semites and their followers are “bleeding heart, so-called intellectuals.” Lapid went… Continue Reading  

Some Good Reads on the Israeli Election

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by Jim Lobe There’s been a lot of useful commentary on Tuesday’s election in Israel, including by Paul Pillar and Mitchell Plitnick on this site. I certainly agree with both analysts that Netanyahu’s victory represents a clarifying moment for those… Continue Reading  

Good Reads on Bibi-Boehner, P5+1 Progress

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by Jim Lobe For those who want to keep up with the Bibi-Boehner fiasco and prospects for an agreement between the P5+1 and Iran by the end of March, there has been some good reading material published on the Web… Continue Reading