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Biden Appears to Leave Americans Stranded in Afghanistan

Aug 2021 protest Afghanistan

President Biden promised to get every American out of Afghanistan in an August 18th interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “If there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out.” On August 30th, however, Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced that the remaining US troops, stationed at the Kabul airport, …

US Politics

Social Security Administration Commissioner is fired, refuses to step down

Andrew Saul

Commissioner Saul was asked to resign; when he refused, Biden fired him instead. “Since taking office, Commissioner Saul has undermined and politicized Social Security disability benefits, terminated the agency’s telework policy that was utilized by up to 25 percent of the agency’s workforce, not repaired SSA’s relationships with relevant Federal employee unions including in the …

Israel, terror, US Politics

PA Presents Grocery List of Demands to White House

Obama Biden Abbas at White House

The Palestinian Authority has submitted a long list of demands to the United States as preconditions for renewing peace negotiations with Israel. Number one on the list is that Orient House be reopened, closed since 2001, and prevented from operating by the Israeli police and the Shin Bet. Other demands relate to Jerusalem: limiting the …

Israel, US Politics

Bibi Lets Biden’s Cat Out of the Bag on Iran

Naftali Bennett 13th prime minister of Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu spilled the beans about a private conversation with US President Joe Biden in his final speech before leaving his role as prime minister to assume a new role as head of the opposition: “The administration in Washington asked me not to discuss our disagreement on Iran publicly, but with all due respect, I …

Israeli Politics, US Politics

The Illogic of the JCPOA—Past and Present

tehran missile display 2018

A recent report by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) looks at the purpose of the JCPOA as it was originally, and as it is today. The report tells us that only around one-fifth of the original Iran deal dealt with nuclear issues, with the rest detailing payments to Iran for “nuclear concessions.” This …

Israel, US Politics

Israel Concerned US Leaked Israeli Intel to the Press

Iranian cargo ship, the Saviz

The NY Times last week reported that an anonymous US official said Israel was behind the Red Sea operation against the Saviz, the Iranian IRGC Navy reconnaissance vessel and floating military base. According to the report, the attack was tit for tat for recent Iranian attack on an Israeli cargo ship. The NY Times report even …

US Politics

Iranian Dissidents Protest Biden Top Defense Post Nominee Colin Kahl

Colin Kahl

Iranian dissidents are protesting President Joe Biden’s top nominee for undersecretary of defense, Colin Kahl. The dissidents say that Kahl has close ties to Iran lobbyists that act as a go-between to arrange meetings between political bigwigs and Iranian officials. Kahl has spoken at a number of events for the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). …

Israel, Israeli Politics, US Politics, World Politics

Israel Warns Biden Against Rejoining the Iran Deal

handshake against backdrop of Iranian flag symbolizes Iran Deal

Israel sent an official message from the Prime Minister’s office last Thursday night, warning the United States against ending the sanctions on Iran and rejoining the 2015 JCPOA. “Israel remains committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons and its position on the nuclear agreement has not changed,” said the official statement, adding that “Israel …

Israel, Israeli Politics, US Politics

Biden First US President in 4 Decades to Hold Off on Calling Israel

Biden on Phone in OVal Office while lifting weight

President Joe Biden hasn’t called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, though the new president has been in office now for over three weeks. Biden has spoken to a flurry of world leaders, including Russian president Vladimir Putin, and Chinese president Xi Jinping. But no call to Bibi, which makes Biden the first president in 40 …