The Biden Administration Is Preparing to Abandon American Hostages in Iran Once More

April 7 2021

Last week, a State Department spokesman issued a well-meaning statement about the plight of Siamak Namazi, an American citizen held hostage by the Islamic Republic along with his eighty-four-year-old father. The younger Namazi was first told he couldn’t leave Iran in July 2015—the same month the nuclear agreement was finalized—and was sentenced to prison on October 18, just one day before the deal’s official “adoption day.” Yesterday, indirect negotiations between Washington and Tehran with the aim of restoring the nuclear deal (formally known as the JCPOA) began in Vienna. Elliott Abrams comments:

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More about: Iran nuclear program, Joseph Biden, U.S. Foreign policy

 

Israel’s Naval Shadow War with Iran Comes Out into the Open

April 9 2021

Wednesday night, Israeli planes struck a weapons depot outside Damascus, reportedly killing three pro-Iran fighters. While such attacks have become both routine and widely known, the IDF has also been fighting the Islamic Republic at sea, a fact only recently brought to public attention because of an explosion on an Iranian military vessel on Tuesday. Ron Ben Yishai explains:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Naval strategy, US-Israel relations