Newly announced U.S. arms sales to Lebanon coincide with an Obama administration order to cut funding for an anti-Hezbollah Lebanese group, a move foreign policy insiders describe as empowering the Iranian backers of the terrorist group.
Iran is backsliding on promises made to U.S. negotiators during previous rounds of discussions aimed at reaching an agreement to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, according to recent comments.
While senior U.S. officials have insisted Iran will agree to a deal that they describe as a “forever agreement,” a top Iranian negotiator disputed this claim in comments this week.
An NBC News foreign correspondent is facing criticism for agreeing to be the keynote speaker this Friday at a conference hosted by a group known for its fierce criticism of Israel and affiliation with leading anti-Israel commentators.
NBC News foreign correspondent and MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin is scheduled to be the keynote speaker Friday evening at a dinner hosted by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which for years has been accused of harboring an anti-Israel bias and of celebrating the Jewish state’s most vociferous critics.
The State Department on Tuesday faced a second day of criticism from reporters and international Jewish organizations after senior officials continued their refusal to state on the record where the Obama administration believes the capital of Israel is located.
A bipartisan team of senators is pushing new legislation to ensure the Obama administration’s “scandal-ridden State Department” comes under greater congressional oversight, particularly to ensure that it cannot hide instances of wrongdoing among employees, according to a copy of the new legislation.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has written to the secretary-general of the United Nations to express his “outrage” over recent moves to add Israel to a so-called “List of Shame” for child human rights violators that also includes terror groups such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) is petitioning President Francois Hollande of France to distance himself and his country from efforts by the telecommunications company Orange to sever ties with Israel as part of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.
The Obama administration is scrambling to reassure members of Congress about an impending nuclear deal with Iran amid a still growing controversy that has publicly pitted senior State Department and White officials against the New York Times and veteran D.C. reporters.
The State Department struggled on Wednesday to answer a flurry of questions from reporters regarding recent reports that Iran’s nuclear stockpile has significantly expanded in recent months, constituting a potential violation of past agreements inked with the United States.
At least two rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip and landed in Southern Israel late Wednesday, according to the Israel Defense Forces.