Tag: Iran

Lavrov Claims Agreement with Iran Reached

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, claimed on Tuesday night that Iran and the six major world powers had reached a preliminary agreement on “all the key aspects” of a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program and the sides have begun drafting the text, Russia Today reports.   Diplomats close to the negotiations rejected the claims as […]

‘Unconscionable’ that world talks with Iran as Tehran calls for destruction of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued on Wednesday to rail against the Iranian nuclear deal being negotiated in Lausanne, saying it was outrageous that the world negotiates with Tehran as one of its military leaders says Israel’s destruction is “non-negotiable.”   “Yesterday an Iranian general brazenly declared and I quote: ‘Israel’s destruction is non-negotiable’, but evidently […]

Good Reasons to be Concerned Over Iran

MK Avi Dichter (Likud), who in the past served as head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), on Tuesday said that Israel has “very good reasons” to be concerned over the impending deal with Iran.   “We have very good reasons to be concerned, and even very concerned,” said Dichter, who spoke to the […]

Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran deal: Israel not ‘burying head,’ will do what is needed to secure its future

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Tuesday that Israel will not be bound by the Iran nuclear accord being negotiated in Lausanne, and “will do everything to defend our security and our future.”   Netanyahu, speaking at the ceremonial opening of the 20th Knesset just hours before the Western powers’ self-imposed deadline for reaching a […]

Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters

Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran traded accusations Tuesday over the escalating conflict in Yemen, which the UN rights chief warned was on the brink of “total collapse”.   Aid groups warned of a humanitarian crisis unfolding with air and sea blockades making it impossible to send desperately needed assistance as casualties mount.   In […]

Iran talks stretch into the night hours before deadline

Marathon talks aimed at curtailing Iran’s nuclear programme stretched into the night Monday as negotiators grappled with the remaining “tricky issues” blocking a deal with a deadline just hours away.   “There still remain some difficult issues,” Kerry told a CNN reporter in his luxury lakeside hotel in the Swiss town of Lausanne.   “We […]

Israel rooting for the Saudis

The Saudi-led Sunni coalition against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen has no greater supporter than – Israel.   Israel is already dealing with Iranian-supported proxies on its northern and southern borders, and views the Shi’ite country’s spread into Iraq and Yemen as worrisome, especially in conjunction with its nuclear program.   When Shi’ite Houthi rebels […]

Iran-Backed Houthi Conquest Escalates at Aden

The Iranian-backed Shi’ite Houthi rebels continue their push southwards in Yemen, with fierce fighting breaking out in the key southern port city of Aden on Monday in a battle that sees Iran, via its proxy ,pitted against forces backed by Sunni states headed by Saudi Arabia.   Troops loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah […]

The Arab world’s poorest country is now the battleground of a Mideast-wide war

Saudi Arabia’s navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.   Residents reported heavy clashes between the Houthis and mainly Sunni tribal fighters in the south of the country, while the air campaign sought to stall a […]

Obama’s Mideast ‘free fall’

Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran.   The meltdown has Obama officials defending their […]