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CNN poll: Americans oppose deal

WASHINGTON — A slight majority of Americans want Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, a CNN poll found.

The poll published Tuesday, July 28, showed that 52% of respondents wanted Congress to reject the deal and 44% wanted it approved.

The phone poll of 1,017 adults, conducted by ORC International between July 22 and 25, has a margin of error of three percentage points.

Congress has until mid-September to decide whether or not to approve the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal reached between Iran and six major powers on July 14.

President Barack Obama, who says the deal is the only means of keeping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, has said he will veto a measure of disapproval. Opponents of the deal would need to muster two-thirds majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to override the veto and kill the deal.

Israel’s government and most Republicans oppose the deal, saying it would lead Iran to the threshold of a nuclear weapon.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:50 )

 

BBC defends mistranslation of 'Jew' in Gaza program

LONDON — The British Broadcasting Corporation defended its decision to translate the words of Gaza children saying that Israel was responsible for massacres rather than Jews. The translation appears in subtitles that BBC editors prepared for the public broadcaster’s documentary “Children of the Gaza War” by Lyse Doucet, which was cleared for airing last week. In one interview, a Gazan child says the “yahud” are massacring Palestinians. However, the subtitles read “Israel is massa...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:23 )

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Timeline: Iran's nuclear push has been decades in the making

Timeline: Iran's nuclear push has been decades in the makingWASHINGTON — The road to the Iran nuclear deal did not start in November, 2013, when the major powers and Iran launched formal talks. It did not begin in 2010, when the US Congress passed the far-reaching Iran sanctions and the UN Security Council approved its own set of sanctions. Rather, the road to the deal secured last week, which will limit Iran’s uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, began decades earlier. Here are some highlights on the way to th...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

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Why the Iran deal is likely to survive — despite hurdles

Why the Iran deal is likely to survive — despite hurdles WASHINGTON — The nuclear deal with Iran, 20 months in the making, is now done — at least as far as negotiations go. The accord, announced Tuesday, July 14, still faces hurdles, although they likely won’t keep the deal from going ahead. What happens next? We read the laws, perused the speeches, scanned the deal, canvassed congressional insiders and Iran experts, and here’s what we found out.
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Greek Jews struggle amid turmoil

ATHENS — For 55 needy Jewish families, a cash welfare payment is the only thing that gets them through the month. But when they came to the Athens Jewish Community last week for their July assistance, they were given only a portion of the payment in cash — the rest was in supermarket food coupons. “We just don’t have cash and we can’t get any more, the banks are closed,” said Taly Mair, the community director who oversees the welfare program. “We hope to make the rest up to them l...
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Gabe Friedman The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed a bill developed in part by the Orthodox Union that will help synagogues and other nonprofit buildings lower their energy costs. ... [Link]

Gary Ackerman, former congressman from N.Y., comes out against Iran deal

Gabe Friedman Former Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman joined the advisory board of a group backed by AIPAC, which opposes the deal. ... [Link]

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Julie Wiener Dozens of residents of a West Bank settlement were evacuated from their homes after inhaling smoke from a brush fire suspected of being set by Palestinians. ... [Link]

Jewish terror draws Netanyahu’s focus homeward

Ron Kampeas The flow of Iran messaging from the Prime Minister’s Office was interrupted by Netanyahu’s fierce condemnation of a deadly arson attack in the West Bank. ... [Link]

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