Republicans Overreach After Bibi’s Speech

by Jim Lobe No doubt emboldened by the enthusiasm of his fellow Republicans—and perhaps by Netanyahu himself—for Bibi’s attack before Congress on Obama and the P5+1’s negotiations with Iran, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have overreached, compounding the… Continue Reading  

The Real Subject of Netanyahu’s Congressional Spectacle (It Isn’t Nukes)

by Paul R. Pillar Benjamin Netanyahu will talk next week, as he has innumerable times before, about how an Iranian nuclear weapon is supposedly an extremely grave and imminent (he has been saying for years that it is just around… Continue Reading  

Schakowsky Statement on Why She Won’t Attend Bibi’s Speech

by Jim Lobe Despite growing pressure to attend Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress next Tuesday, a number of Democrats have issued statements outlining their reasons for staying away. Perhaps the most politically significant… Continue Reading  

Israel’s Fraying Image and Its Implications

by Chas Freeman via the Middle East Policy Council It is a privilege to have been asked to join this discussion of Jacob Heilbrunn’s account of Israel’s fraying image. His article seems to me implicitly to raise two grim questions. The first question… Continue Reading  

Swedish FM: Sanctions should be part of the policy, not the policy

by Jasmin Ramsey Observers of the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program will be familiar with Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt. Around this time last year, the outspoken diplomat and former Prime Minister warned against striking Iran’s nuclear program in a… Continue Reading