Chuck Schumer and Jerry Nadler Rail Against ‘Nuclear’ Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Jerry Nadler reaffirmed their hawkish foreign policy credentials at a Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush breakfast yesterday.

Mr. Schumer, speaking briefly to members of the Brooklyn Jewish civic group, said that the greatest threat to Israel “is now possible” if Iran, already buffeted by American sanctions, gains the ability to wield nuclear weapons.  Continue reading “Chuck Schumer and Jerry Nadler Rail Against ‘Nuclear’ Iran”

Hillary Clinton Gives Nuanced Foreign Policy Speech to American Jewish Congress

Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty)
Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her foreign policy record to a pro-Israel group in Manhattan tonight and advocated for a nuanced–but tough–approach to Iran as tensions in the Middle East remain high.

Ms. Clinton, who is viewed as a presidential front-runner in 2016, nevertheless advocated for an unabashedly Israel-oriented approach to the region. Continue reading “Hillary Clinton Gives Nuanced Foreign Policy Speech to American Jewish Congress”

De Blasio Backs Obama’s ‘Promising’ Deal With Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is cool with President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran.

Mr. de Blasio–who argued “there is no closer relationship on earth, literally no closer relationship, than that between New York City and the state of Israel” during the campaign–told Politicker today that he has “a different view” from fellow New York Democrats like Senator Chuck Schumer who sharply criticized the recent agreement. Continue reading “De Blasio Backs Obama’s ‘Promising’ Deal With Iran”

President Obama Promises an End to the War in Afghanistan and ‘Firm Action’ on North Korea and Iran

(photo: whitehouse.gov)
(photo: whitehouse.gov)

In his State of the Union speech tonight, President Barack Obama addressed many of the most pressing issues on the world stage including the tense diplomatic situations in Iran and North Korea and the War on Terror in Afghanistan.

On the campaign trail, President Obama vowed to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. However, shortly after the election, the White House said they would not be able to commit to a specific withdrawal schedule in Afghanistan. Addressing the nation tonight, President Obama returned to his campaign promise and said the remaining U.S. troops in that country would be withdrawn in the next 22 months. Continue reading “President Obama Promises an End to the War in Afghanistan and ‘Firm Action’ on North Korea and Iran”

Netanyahu Gets His Meeting With Obama (But Not in Person)

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President Barack Obama on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama took some heat for not scheduling a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while the latter leader was in the United States for the U.N. General Assembly this week. The president (sort of) addressed that criticism today by making time to meet Mr. Netanyahu (via telephone). According to a “readout” of the conversation distributed by the White House Press Office, “the two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the President reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.”

“The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The Prime Minister welcomed President Obama’s commitment before the United Nations General Assembly to do what we must to achieve that goal,” the readout said. Continue reading “Netanyahu Gets His Meeting With Obama (But Not in Person)”

Bloomberg, Bibi Meet and Repeat Iran Warnings

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The two leaders at Gracie Mansion.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces this afternoon on the steps of Gracie Mansion where they discussed something Israel and New York have in common–a high risk of terrorism.

“Like Israel, New York City has remained a target for terrorists who seek to destroy them,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the people of Israel stood with us in solidarity knowing that terrorists are only victorious if they frighten people to give up their beliefs, their values, their way of life. That will never happen with Israel and and it will never happen in the United States.”

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Air Force One Has Runway Run-In With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ‘Iran Air’

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President Obama boarding Air Force One this morning at Andrew Air Force Base. (Photo: Getty)

Air Force One had a close encounter of the Ahmadinejad kind on the way to a campaign event in Ohio this afternoon. According to the press pool report, President Barack Obama’s plane passed by the jet being used by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland.

“As Air Force One taxied down the runway at Andrews, plane passed Iran Air, which is parked at the air base, presumably waiting there before spiriting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad home. The Iranian plane is a handsome-looking white 747,” wrote pool reporter Helene Cooper of The New York Times. Continue reading “Air Force One Has Runway Run-In With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ‘Iran Air’”