There’s a lot of criticism in Israel over the deal with Iran over its nuclear program. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, appearing on the CBS News show Face the Nation, says she remains optimistic it will prove successful. Feinstein predicts swift approval for the agreement at the UN.
As to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns about the U.S. Congress’ approval of the deal, Feinstein says, “I think it’s pretty clear to everybody that America has Israel’s back.”
After more than two weeks of marathon negotiations, Iran and six world powers were close to nailing down an historic nuclear deal on Sunday that would bring sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s atomic program. But Iranian and Western officials said it was highly unlikely they would be able to finalize an agreement as soon as hoped, saying the earliest a deal could be ready was more likely Monday.
“I think we are getting to some real decisions,” said Secretary of State John Kerry.
The United Church of Christ has voted to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.
The Ohio-based denomination endorsed the action on a vote of 508-124 with 38 abstentions during a national meeting in Cleveland.
The liberal Protestant group is the latest to take such action. Last year, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to sell stock in a few companies whose products are used by Israel in the territories. Click here to read the story.
A Freedom Of Information Act request shows that the reason the Virginia State Bar canceled a trip to Israel was because an official thought that Israel would discriminate against those with dual Palestinian and American citizenship upon entry to the country. In fact, those with such status must enter through Jordan, not Tel Aviv as part of an agreement with the Palestinian Authority that gives the PA control of which Palestinians may enter the nation.
The aid, which came in the form of new weapons, was channeled via the Lebanese Army, which closely coordinates with the Hezbollah terrorist group, according to Afif. In addition, U.S. intelligence is being channeled to Hezbollah as well, according to Lebanese sources.