The first order of business should be a negotiated cease-fire and a transition in Syria that recognizes the role of Iran and other regional parties, not arming the rebels or launching military attacks, writes Seyed Hossein Mousavian.
Iranian nuclear experts have said they are considering suspending 20% enrichment for six months in what American officials described as “the most substantive conversation they ever had” with the Iranians, reports Laura Rozen.
Negotiators from Iran and six world powers have announced they will further discuss a new international proposal to curb Iran’s 20% enrichment and nuclear-breakout capacity in exchange for some sanctions relief, writes Laura Rozen.
Western diplomats have announced they will put sanctions relief on the table when they meet with Iranian negotiators in Kazakhstan, offering the Iranians a “clear pathway” to further relief and a civilian nuclear program, reports Laura Rozen.
As Israel heads to the polls today, read our columnists on what is at stake, from Akiva Eldar on whether Obama might tell Netanyahu the US is leaving Israel on its own, to Mazal Mualem on the frantic last-minute robocalling of potential voters. Plus Daoud Kuttab on America’s lost opportunity.
The United States and Israel appear to be heading for a crushing defeat, writes Laura Rozen. A vast majority of the world’s countries have indicated they will support Palestine's bid for non-member observer state status at the UN General Assembly.
Thousands of Islamists demonstrated at Tahrir Square Friday demanding that Sharia [Islamic law] become the basis of laws in Egypt. Many of the protesters also visited Mohamed Mahmoud Street for tourism and criticized some of the graffiti in the street. Al-Monitor covered it live.
Israel and Iran attended a European nonproliferation conference in Brussels this week. Laura Rozen reports that Israeli and European diplomats downplayed the significance of the meeting and said that Israeli and Iranian officials had no direct contact.
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