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April 9, 2021
The US State Department should take Bernard Lewis’s advice
“Those who are unwilling to confront the past,” wrote the prolific historian, “will be unable to understand the present and unfit to face the future.”
April 6, 2021
Abbas’s snubs work like a charm on Biden
The Palestinian Authority leader refused a phone call by the U.S. secretary of state on the grounds that it wasn’t “president to president.”
Stephen M. Flatow
April 5, 2021
Antony Blinken called the wrong guy
The U.S. secretary of state needs to be calling the Palestinian Authority to talk about its lack of democracy, not reflexively assume that Israel is somehow to blame for how the P.A. governs its people.
Biden revokes Trump-imposed sanctions against ICC prosecutor
April 4, 2021
The move reflects Washington’s assessment that the measures adopted by the previous administration were “inappropriate and ineffective,” says U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Blinken says Abraham Accords are ‘something we want to build on’
March 12, 2021
Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Biden administration’s foreign-policy agenda, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged the work of his predecessor, Mike Pompeo.
US blacklists two Iranian officials, families for human-rights violations
March 10, 2021
“We will continue to consider all appropriate tools to impose costs on those responsible for human-rights violations and abuses in Iran,” said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Blinken urges Iran to release answers on death of former FBI agent Robert Levinson
March 9, 2021
In October, a U.S. court ordered the Iranian government to pay more than $1.4 billion in punitive and compensatory damages to his family.
Senators urge Blinken to more strongly condemn ICC war-crimes probe of Israel
March 1, 2021
Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Cardin and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said they are “concerned that the court’s recent actions” have “inappropriately infused politics into the judicial process.”
Blinken stresses importance of two-state solution in call with Israeli counterpart
February 22, 2021
The Biden administration has promised to improve relations with the Palestinians, including restoring American aid that was cut off by the Trump administration.
February 21, 2021
Signs Iran’s nuclear weapons program never halted
Traces of radioactivity were found recently at two Iranian sites where Tehran has reported no nuclear activity.
Jonathan S. Tobin
February 19, 2021
Can Biden’s zeal to deal work better than ‘maximum pressure’?
The unsurprising announcement that the United States is ready to sit down with Iran is worrisome because of the new administration team’s modest goals and dismal negotiating record.
Experts say Iran could take advantage of Biden’s eagerness to return to nuclear deal
February 19, 2021
“Washington should be using this time to build bridges with allies abroad over Iran—not to signal support for talks that aim to claw-back a fast-expiring bad deal,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told JNS.
Through its Yemen maneuver, the Biden administration is giving a free pass to Iran
LT. COL. (RET.) MICHAEL SEGALL
February 18, 2021
The U.S. decision to remove the Houthis from the terror list plays into Tehran’s hands at the sensitive timing of the possibility of an American return to the nuclear agreement.
Biden officials ‘recalibrating’ ties with Saudis, opening ‘path to diplomacy’ for Iran
February 17, 2021
The move is a reversal of U.S. relations under the Trump administration, which had maintained steady contact with Mohammed bin Salman, also known as “MBS.”
Netanyahu to Blinken: Golan Heights ‘will remain forever part of Israel’
February 9, 2021
“As a practical matter, the control of the Golan I think remains of real importance to Israel’s security,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer.