Obama’s keenness for a foreign policy success will be key to a final Iran deal

By Tim Marshall, April 9, 2015

At the beginning of the 1970s TV Western series Alias Smith and Jones, the outlaws Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry are offered an amnesty if they stay out of trouble for a while. In the meantime, however, they'll still be wanted men. Heyes asks: "That's a good deal?"


Israel tests missile defence system to fend off Hizbollah

By Azriel Bermant, April 8, 2015

Amid the great publicity over the nuclear talks, Israel carried out a successful test of its David Sling missile defence system. Hours before the test, IDF top brass had warned of Hizbollah's ability to fire up to 1,500 missiles a day at Israel.


Iran agreement: Tehran gives the V-sign

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, April 8, 2015

If it is implemented, the preliminary framework for a deal over Iran's nuclear programme, agreed on last week in Lausanne, will be a great victory for the Islamic Republic and its aspirations.

The deal falls short of all the red lines that Western governments proclaimed over the years as the non-negotiable minimum required to interdict Iran's multiple paths to a nuclear bomb.


Israel looks to Senate to block deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The Israeli government is pursuing three parallel tracks to try to mitigate what it sees as the strategic threat posed by the "bad deal" agreed on by the P5+1 group of powers and Iran last Thursday in Lausanne.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following the announcement of a framework agreement that "a deal based on this would threaten the survival of Israel" and that "such a deal would n


Iran and six powers reach 'understanding' in nuclear talks

By JC Reporter, April 2, 2015

The six world powers and Iran have reportedly reached an agreement in the talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme in Lausanne.

A Western diplomat told Haaretz that the parties were writing a joint announcement, to be released later this evening.


Israel resigned to possibility of Iran strikes

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

The talks between the P5+1 world powers group and Iran continued beyond the March 31 deadline on Tuesday night.

US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf announced there had been "enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday" but that there were "several difficult issues still remaining."


Iran boosts its military operations a few kilometres from Israel's border

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

Israel is concerned about Iranian plans to intensify its military operations with Hizbollah in southern Syria, close to the Golan Heights border.

The Israeli view is that the military push is at least partly a result of Iranian fears that Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations are preparing to beef up their support for the rebels in Syria.

The civil war in Syria has been raging for over four y



March 26, 2015

Senior advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have described the relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government as irreparable.

The war of words between the two leaders over the last few days has focused on Mr Netanyahu's remarks on the establishment of a Palestinian state and Israel's Arab citizens, but officials in Jerusalem say they are convinced the


World closes in on nuclear deal with Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 26, 2015

Negotiators gathered on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, for what could be a crucial round in the talks over the future of the Iranian nuclear programme.

The largest delegations, from the United States and Iran, were headed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif.


Cameron congratulates Netanyahu on Israeli election victory

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

David Cameron has congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on his re-election as Israeli Prime Minister.

The men spoke on the telephone on Monday evening.

Mr Cameron said he was looking forward to working with the new Israeli administration once a new coalition was formed in the country.

A statement from Downing Street said Mr Cameron had reinforced his belief in a two-state solution.