The nuclear deal between world powers and Iran starts a new phase of intense negotiation - this time between the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress, where some Republicans have long been working to sink an agreement.
The sealing of a nuclear pact with Iran marks the biggest foreign policy gamble of Barack Obama’s presidency - a legacy-defining achievement that could yet backfire if Tehran exploits any loopholes or escalates tensions in the Middle East.
The chief rabbi of Lithuania appealed to authorities to prevent the excavation of a mass grave of Holocaust victims in the country’s north.
Israeli leaders, and Jewish groups condemned the final Iran nuclear deal announced Tuesday.
The United Nations’ cultural agency has designated the east bank of the Jordan River as a World Heritage Site, saying Jordan’s side of the river is “believed to be” the place where Jesus was baptized.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Palestinians in Gaza to provide information about two Israelis believed to be held there.
Ban on Monday also called for their prompt return to their families, the Associated Press reported.
Ethiopian-Israel Avera Mengistu is believed to have climbed over the security fence between Israel and Gaza last September. His presumed captivity, which Hamas denies, was under a gag order that was lifted last week. Also missing is an Israel Bedouin who crossed over to Gaza in April and has not returned.
TOP HEADLINES Obama: Nuclear deal cuts off pathway to Iranian bomb Lithuanian chief rabbi protests excavation of WWII mass grave Former hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner again detained, released The U.N. will monitor developments in the case, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the AP.
Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that Mengistu’s father has been homeless for the last ten months.
The Ashkelon municipality offered to pay for hotel bills or rent for Haili Mengistu, and said it would increase welfare payments to the family, Ynet reported.
The Mengistus made aliyah in the mid-1980s during Operation Moses, and moved first to Jerusalem and then to Ashkelon. They divorced three years ago. Haili Mengistu has been moving from relative to relative and sleeping on the streets since then.
Israel negotiated several months ago with Hamas for release of the two men, but Hamas tried to hand over an Eritrean national who had entered Gaza looking for work instead, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Monday night.
President Barack Obama cheered the nuclear deal with Iran as a good and historic agreement.
Iran would get access to more than $100 billion in frozen assets when the Iran nuclear agreement is implemented, which depends on when Tehran has curbed its nuclear program and the U.N. nuclear watchdog has certified this, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
It is hard to picture Iran’s nuclear talks with world powers without the beaming face of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who, in reaching a deal, has shown the power of what Iranians call his ‘smile diplomacy’.
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