Iran’s ‘moderate’ icon unmasked

By Ali Alfoneh, January 31, 2014

In Persianised Arabic, Zarif is a word of many meanings, ranging from fine or delicate, discerning and cunning to subtle.

Mohammad-Javad Zarif, former ambassador to the United Nations, currently serving as Iran’s foreign minister and the head of the Iranian delegation to the Geneva nuclear talks, embodies all of the above.


Economist pulls ‘hurtful’ and ‘outrageous’ cartoon

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

The Economist has removed from its website a cartoon which appeared to show Barack Obama shackled by an Israel-controlled US Congress.

There had been immediate criticism of the cartoon from Jewish and pro-Israel groups in the United States.

The image was used to illustrate an article which investigated the possibilities of a deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.


Iran to destroy stocks of enriched uranium

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 17, 2014

Iran is scheduled to begin neutralising its enriched uranium next week following an agreement achieved last Sunday on the implementation of the Geneva agreement signed in November.


US defence secretary wanted Netanyahu banned from the White House

By Daniel Easterman, January 14, 2014

Former United States Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who served in the administrations of both presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, tried to ban Prime Minister Netanyahu from the White House, it has emerged.


Avigdor Lieberman and William Hague in London talks

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met his British counterpart William Hague for talks in London on Tuesday.

The pair discussed a range of issues relating to British-Israeli co-operation, including in the education, science and technology fields.


To predict nuclear talks, watch Iran’s domestic politics closely

By Meir Javedanfar, December 23, 2013

Iran’s foreign policy in 2014 is likely to be more chaotic than it was this year.

The reason is that Iran’s domestic politics is likely to be more chaotic in 2014, and in Iran, like in many other countries, foreign policy is an extension of what happens at home.


Isolated Hamas buries the hatchet with Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 19, 2013

Hamas announced last week that it was “resuming” its relations with Iran after the Palestinian movement’s position on the Syrian Civil War caused it to fall out with the Assad regime’s main backers.

The announcement was made by senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar in Gaza following talks between Hamas officials and Iranian diplomats in Beirut last month.


President Obama: we have to try diplomacy

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

US President Barack Obama made an effort last weekend to reduce the tensions between his administration and the Israeli government over the interim agreement signed three weeks ago with Iran.


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.