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Throw away the axioms: A new approach to Iran

Here are four facts that turn the whole Iran debate on its head: If Iran wants to build a nuclear weapon, it will. Sanctions have accomplished all they can accomplish, and maintaining them or strengthening them would be counterproductive. Iran has an educated middle class that already pulled off a near-successful revolt and is the […]

April 17, 2015
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Two Minutes of Silence

I just came from the intersection of Ben Gurion and Ben Yehuda Streets in central Tel Aviv where, along with everyone else who happened to be there, I stood quietly for two minutes. Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. At precisely 10 a.m. a siren was heard, so faint that you had to strain […]

April 16, 2015
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Head of Canada’s Delegation to International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Marks Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 16, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, Head of Canada’s Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, today issued the following statement: “Today marks Yom HaShoah, the international day on which we solemnly commemorate the millions of innocent victims, including six million […]

April 16, 2015
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A Word from Our Chair: Confronting Iran: Navigating the Complexity of a Bad Deal

Although a river of ink has been dedicated to analyzing the nuclear framework announced by the P5+1 and Iran on April 2nd, insufficient attention has been paid to the reasons why Israelis – and Iran’s Arab neighbours across the region for that matter – are apprehensive about what emerged from the negotiations in Lausanne. Israelis […]

April 16, 2015
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President Rouhani, center, joins officials commemorating Nuclear Technology Day on Thursday in Tehran. PHOTO: VAHID SALEMI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Blasts Terms of Nuclear Framework Deal

Just a week after agreeing on a framework for a nuclear deal, Iran’s supreme leader and the Obama administration clashed over its core elements, rekindling doubts about whether Washington and Tehran can finalize an accord by a June 30 deadline. The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in his first public comments on the diplomacy, said […]

April 16, 2015
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