A strike against Iran is now more likely

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 6, 2013

The Iranian deal stitched up in Geneva last week by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his friend Baroness Ashton of Upholland, and applauded so obediently by their compliant cheerleader, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, represents a humiliating climbdown.


Iran’s response to Geneva deal under close scrutiny

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 5, 2013

Israeli and Western intelligence services are closely observing Iran’s nuclear development to see whether or not it will comply with the interim agreement signed with the world powers two weeks ago in Geneva.

Iran has committed to stopping work at its new plutonium reactor at Arak and limiting its uranium enrichment programme over the next six months in exchange for sanctions relief.


Israeli ex-spy chief calls for settlement freeze

By Daniel Easterman, December 5, 2013

Yuval Diskin, the former head of the Shin Bet security and intelligence service, has called for a freeze on “all construction in the settlements”.


Iran analysis: It’s possible to hope with eyes open

By Martin Bright, November 28, 2013

Looking at the picture of EU foreign minister Cathy Ashton standing between representatives of the Iranian and American governments in Geneva late on Saturday night, it is easy to let the word “appeasement” slip from the lips.


How will the nuclear inspections work?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

The interim agreement signed by Iran and the world powers is based on the assumption that a six-month period will be sufficient to ascertain whether Iran has begun developing its nuclear programme for peaceful or military purposes.


Baroness Catherine Ashton: The diplomatic and political novice who makes the negotiations happen

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are the undisputed parents of the nuclear agreement reached on Sunday morning in Geneva, with certain bragging rights going to the diplomats who tended the secret and unofficial back-channel meetings that took place between the two countries in the months before the deal.


Israel’s leaders divided over Iranian nuclear deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

The interim agreement signed in Geneva in the early hours of Sunday morning was met with a mixture of derision and alarm by most of Israel’s political leadership. However, former intelligence chiefs and President Shimon Peres gave the deal a much more nuanced reception.


Charedi ‘Taliban’ flee for Iran — but wash up in motel

By David Lazarus, November 28, 2013

Forty families from ultra-Orthodox cult Lev Tahor last week relocated from Quebec province to adjacent Ontario amid reports that some of its members were due to appear in court over alleged child abuse and refusal to obey Quebec’s education guidelines.

The group, led by rabidly anti-Zionist leader Shlomo Helbrans, numbered about 200 and included more than 100 children.


Cameron: we are not starry-eyed on Iran

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

David Cameron has moved to reassure supporters of Israel and British Jewry following the Iranian nuclear deal struck in Geneva this week.

Speaking at a Chanucah reception in Downing Street on Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister said he shared the “scepticism and worry” felt over the interim agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear programme and lift some sanctions.


Iran deal: should we embrace it?

By Lawrence Freedman and Saeed Ghasseminejad, November 28, 2013

YES by Lawrence Freedman

It is possible to imagine a better deal — it always is in a negotiation — but, in practice, this outcome exceeded expectations.