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The Iran Deal's Defining Pattern: The More You Know, The Less You Trust

July 30, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

When it comes to the deal agreed to a fortnight ago in Vienna over Iran's nuclear program, there's a pattern evolving that should be worrying the Obama administration: the more you know about it, the less you like it.

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Hey @TheIranDeal, I Have Some Questions – Actually, Lots of Them

July 24, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

This week, a bunch of journalists, foreign policy wonks, and assorted pundits received an email from the White House that began with the legendary words, "Hey, I'm Ben Rhodes, a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. For the past few years, I've been working closely with America's negotiating team, which was tasked with finding a way to achieve a diplomatic resolution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

Don't you just love that "Hey," greeting? So informal, so accessible, so confident, so quintessentially Obaman. And it didn't end there.

"Last week," Rhodes continued, "after two years of tough negotiations, our team along with our international partners achieved just that."

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The World's Surrender on Iran Will Doom Syria First

July 14, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

Last week—and please forgive me for the graphic nature of this metaphor—Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled down his pants and urinated over the graves of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys exterminated by Serb forces in the enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995.

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Europe's crisis proves Israel is no 'anachronism'

July 3, 2015  •  JNS

Back in 2003, as some readers will recall all too clearly, the noted historian Tony Judt penned a searing critique of Israel in the New York Review of Books. Titled "Israel: The Alternative," Judt, whose impressive scholarship was largely focused on Europe, depicted the Jewish state as a reactionary outpost of 19th century nationalism that bucked the trend elsewhere—exemplified most of all by the European Union (EU)—toward "individual rights, open frontiers, and international law."

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Report on Michael Oren's Earthquake Comments Rests on Shaky Ground

June 30, 2015  •  The Tower

Update, July 1: Following the publication of the piece below rebutting JTA reporter Ron Kampeas' inaccurate claims, JTA substantively revised its account concerning the timing of Israel's aid operation in Haiti. After it became clear that a needs assessment team led by Ambassador Amos Radian was in place in Haiti on January 13—two days before President Obama delivered his remarks—JTA removed a passage in the initial version of his piece which read "there was no Israeli team in place when he (Obama) spoke." Unfortunately, the cutting of these words, which were critical to Kampeas' original claims, was not explicitly acknowledged in the new version. Readers should feel free to consider this update as a clarification.

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