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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

John Kerry denies he ever talked about Israeli strikes on Syria with Iranian foreign minister

John Kerry denies he ever talked about Israeli strikes on Syria with Iranian foreign minister

BY RON KAMPEAS April 27, 2021

(JTA) — John Kerry, an architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, has adamantly denied that he discussed Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria with Iran’s foreign minister. “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally...

In this handout provided by the EU Delegation in Vienna, representatives of the European Union, Iran and others attend the Iran nuclear talks at the Grand Hotel in the Austrian capital, April 15, 2021. (EU Delegation in Vienna via Getty Images)

The pro-Israel Iran dilemma: How to influence a policy that Biden has yet to unveil

Ron Kampeas April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Joe Biden’s Iran deal inbox has been quite full lately. On March 10, 70 Democrats and 70 Republicans in the House sent the president a letter in the hopes that “any agreement or set of agreements with Iran must be comprehensive...

Back From the Brink in Iran

Back From the Brink in Iran

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALS January 16, 2020

President Donald Trump’s temperate remarks from the White House last week in response to the “revenge firing” of long range missiles into a large air base in Iraq hosting U.S. forcesshould be reassuring to Americans on all points of the political...

Crises Roil ISIS, Iraq, Iran, Israel

Crises Roil ISIS, Iraq, Iran, Israel

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL November 7, 2019

The always tumultuous Middle East is on overdrive, with several major crises exploding at the same time. The instability on several fronts can be grouped underthe heading of the Four I’s: ISIS, Iraq, Iran and Israel.Consider these recent developments...

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Calculated Confusion Over Iran

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL June 27, 2019

With his last-minute decision to back away from a military strike against Iran, President Donald Trump dodged a dangerous bullet for the United States and his own presidency. But despite the positive outcome, no one should be happy about the unorthodox...

Crunch Time Over Iran

Crunch Time Over Iran

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALS August 16, 2018

The White House has made good on its promise to reinstate even harsher sanctions against Iran in the aftermath of the confusing disconnect between  President Donald Trump’s own rhetoric and key members of his intelligence, foreign policy and security...

Take Time to Improve Iran Pact

Jewish Light Editorial October 11, 2017

With another date for action approaching, President Donald Trump has made clear he will refuse to certify that Iran is in compliance with the controversial nuclear arms deal reached under Barack Obama in 2015.That refusal would pass the issue along to...

Thorny Issues

Jewish Light Editorial May 25, 2016

The question of whether World War III will happen in our lifetimes may well turn on whether the worst of the bad guys, such as Iran and North Korea, are rational actors or not and, sadly, we don’t know the answer.This constant undercurrent percolated...

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Oren: Obama is ‘true friend’ of Israel

JTA REPORT July 11, 2013

Michael Oren, Israel’s departing ambassador to the United States, said that President Obama is “a true friend” of Israel and that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “committed to peace.” In a wide-ranging interview Thursday with Haaretz,...

Mitt Romney touching the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Tisha b'Av, July 29, 2012.

Romney, Obama show love for Israel in their own separate ways

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — It was a weekend of Israel love politically that highlighted two approaches to showing affection for the Jewish state: Go to Israel, as Mitt Romney did, or go pro-Israel, as the administration of President Barack Obama did. The pictures...

House, Senate agree on enhanced Iran sanctions

JTA REPORT July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators have settled on a bill enhancing Iran sanctions.“This bipartisan, bicameral Iran sanctions legislation strengthens current U.S. law by leaps and bounds,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of...

Mitt Romney touching the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Tisha b'Av, July 29, 2012.

Romney visit reveals falling visibility of Palestinian issue

By Ben Sales, JTA July 30, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Mitt Romney’s policy speech in Israel covered plenty of bases: The presumptive Republican presidential candidate spoke about the status of Jerusalem, the threat of a nuclear Iran, the “tumult” of the Arab Spring and the “enduring...

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