US Senate unanimous in 'unwavering commitment' to Israel

By Michal Shmulovich, Times of Israel— The United States Senate sent a message of solidarity to Israel on Thursday by unanimously passing a resolution that expressed firm support for Israel’s right to protect its people from terrorism on the second day of Pillar of Defense. Introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL),…

Congressman confirms Netanyahu-Shapiro spat

By HERB KEINON, JPOST— Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador Dan Shapiro did engage in a sharp, undiplomatic exchange last Friday over Netanyahu’s frustration with the Obama Administration’s Iran policy, the US congressman in that meeting said Thursday. Republican Congressman Mike Rogers from Michigan, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, told a Michigan radio…

US disowns Israel over Iran strike: No weapons or military backup

By DEBKAfile, Exclusive Analysis,  — US Gen. Martin Dempsey’s assertion Thursday, Aug. 30 that the US would not be “complicit” in an Israel strike against Iran, together with the drastic reduction in the scale of next month’s joint US-Israeli war game disclosed by TIME, add up to a blunt message from US President Barack Obama…

The Cordesman Criteria: How to prevent war with Iran

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, WASHINGTON POST  — Either Israel is engaged in the most elaborate ruse since the Trojan horse or it is on the cusp of a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. What’s alarming is not just Iran’s increasing store of enriched uranium or the growing sophistication of its rocketry. It’s also the increasingly…