US administration rejects possibility of any linkage between continued settlement building and future defense funding for Israel.
Israelis and Palestinians are unlikely to resume negotiations — much less conclude a two-state agreement — during the Obama administration’s remaining 14 months, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in Washington on Monday.
“I think we have been quite candid about the fact that given the dynamic on both sides, it is unlikely that the two-state solution will be reached in the next 14 month,” Earnest said….Read more
Iran's 'Missile Strike' game (Screenshot)
Not only was last Friday “Death to Israel Day” in Iran, and a third deadline for Iran nuclear talks that like its predecessors was ignored – ironically it also was the launch date for an Iranian cellphone game that has players in the Islamic state practice raining potentially nuclear-tipped missiles on Israel.
The semi-official Fars News Agency reported on Saturday that the launch of the game – entitled “Missile Strike” – was specifically timed to coincide with “Death to Israel Day,” officially known as Quds Day or Jerusalem Day, during which millions of Iranians protested in a call to destroy the Jewish state.
In the game, users launch Iranian missile attacks against the Israeli port city of Haifa, the third largest city in Israel which is home to just under 300,000 people, and which ironically has an extremely large Arab population….Read more
US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and State Department Chief of Staff Jon Finer (L) meet with members of the US delegation at the garden of the Palais Coburg hotel where the Iran nuclear talks are being held in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2015.
A deal has been reached between the world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program after a series of major American concessions, Ehud Yaari, the Middle East affairs commentator for Israel’s Channel 2 television, said Friday night. “It is done. It is done,” he said, and will be signed “early next week.”
The aim of the agreement is to put a negotiated end to a 13-year standoff with Iran over its suspect nuclear program and to block its pathway to developing a nuclear bomb in exchange for lifting biting global sanctions. Israel’s leadership has relentlessly opposed the emerging agreement, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning that it will pave Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal.
According to Yaari, Israel’s most respected Middle East analyst, the deal was reached because the Americans “have made a series of capitulations over the past two to three weeks in almost every key aspect that was being debated.”…Read more