Don’t Let Iran Renew Its Quest for Deadly Weapons

Among the many faults of the 2015 nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic are its sunset clauses, which specify that various restrictions on Iran will expire stepwise, so that by 2030 none will remain. The first to expire is an international ban on the sale of certain conventional weapons to Tehran, which will “sunset” in November of this year. Because the deal was ratified into international law by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the Security Council has the power to extend the embargo. The State Department now seeks to do just that, explains Benny Avni, but it may face opposition:

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More about: Barack Obama, Iran, Iran nuclear program, Mike Pompeo, United Nations

Now Is the Time for the Gulf States to Make Peace with Israel

Aug. 11 2020

In the event that Joe Biden wins the upcoming presidential elections, there is a good chance that the U.S. will revert to the Obama-era policy of realignment with Iran, and to distancing itself from traditional Middle Eastern allies like Saudi Arabia. Richard Goldberg argues that Riyadh, along with the United Arab Emirates, can buy itself some security by establishing official relations with Jerusalem:

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More about: Iran, Israel diplomacy, Israel-Arab relations, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, United Arab Emirates