The fantasy is that sanctions halt economies. The reality is that enforcement requires tedious bookkeeping, painstaking forensic work, and the ability to stay a step ahead of experienced middlemen.
Bibi objected when Kerry warned about the costs of failing to make a peace deal, but business leaders hope he’ll listen
A scary incident in Austria shows that in the standoff against Iran, Europe is not standing up to the mullahs
European Union reps recommend sanctions against settlements
No, probably not. But the developments are compelling.
Plus Kadima threat to leave government is real, and more in the news
Plus where talks could go and oil can’t, and more in the news
Gaza leadership gains power in Hamas, and more in the news
Laura Secor discusses her new ‘New Yorker’ dispatch from Iran
Plus the Islamist who would be president, and more in the news
How dry words like ‘reciprocity’ could produce a deal with Iran
Plus the are-sanctions-working debate, and more in the news
Rand, senator from Kentucky, wants anti-war clarification attached to bill
Plus new Iran negotiations on horizon, and more in the news
Plus Israel takes credit for further sanctions, and more in the news
The world’s largest democracy is now the second-largest purchaser of Iranian crude. Why is the West standing by as India exploits sanctions?
Plus sanctions cause India to stop buying Iranian oil, and more in the news
The White House has put the squeeze on Iran with a serious sanctions regime in the past few months. But for Israel, it may be too little, too late.
U.S. and Israeli officials disagree over timeline, responses
The Israeli leadership is at war with itself over Iran: In one corner, Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. In the other, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan.
Plus new inspections and new sanctions, and more in the news
How do you say ‘unacceptable nuclear red line’ in Mandarin?
Hope is that economic fears will prompt support for sanctions
Plus Fayyad for prez?, Zuckerberg gets hacked, and more
What the West and Israel are planning for Iran
Plus U.S. electioneering on Israel, and more in the news
Hersh makes the case in ‘The New Yorker’
Plus Obama at AIPAC, Obama vs. Iran, and more
Plus Obama’s new ambassador, and more in the news
Cutting through the last week’s thicket of rhetoric