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UAE Part of the Solution and the Problem in Iran/ISIL Fight

As The Tower pointed out on Wednesday, the United Arab Emirates recently pulled out of the US-led coalition that has been providing air support in the fight against Islamic State militants, primarily in Iraq. The UAE cited concerns over the safety of its pilots in light of the brutal murder of a downed Jordanian pilot by ISIL. But the change also comes on the heels of disputes between the UAE and the US regarding the role that Iran is permitted to play in the fight.

Obama’s Pivot to Iran

BY DAVID ROTHKOPFJANUARY 29, 2015facebooktwittergoogle-plusredditemail

With President Barack Obama’s welcome and warmly received trip to India this week, commentators have dusted off the well-worn platitudes associated with the administration’s once-vaunted “pivot to Asia.” The week’s other events, however — from the president’s decision to cut his stay in Delhi short to attend King Abdullah’s funeral in Riyadh to the chaos in Yemen, from ongoing nuclear diplomacy with Iran to Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to ensure his relationship with Obama will be seen as the most toxic in the history of Israel and the United States — suggest this administration’s foreign-policy legacy may ultimately center on a different “strategic rebalancing.” This one will benefit, however, in ways once unimaginable in U.S. foreign-policy circles, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran Relies on Western Trust, Avoids Internal Change

Reuters reported on Wednesday that the new appointee to the post of Iranian ambassador to the UN, Gholamali Khoshrou was on track to being issued a visa so that he could begin his post. This outcome would possibly represent the resolution of a long-standing controversy involving furious statements from Iranian officials amidst a diplomatic standoff over the prior appointment. The US had denied a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi last year on the basis of his alleged involvement in the 1979 hostage taking of 52 individuals at the American embassy in Tehran.

US Focused on Sunni Militants as Other Adversaries Mass Together

As the US Congress delays its efforts to exert new sanctions pressure on Iran and as Israel gears up for the possibility of expanding conflicts with Hezbollah, an editorial by Majid Rafizadeh in FrontPage Mag warns of growing cooperation among Middle Eastern and Asian countries, which may help speed Iran toward nuclear capabilities and more sophisticated missile systems.

New Warnings of Iranian Threat to Israel, Jews


By INU staff

INU- In addition to arguing that apprehensions over Iran’s nuclear program are overblow, Tuesday’s editorial in the Jerusalem Post suggests that the current conflict over sanctions legislation is driving an unnecessary wedge between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, and harming Israel’s ability to meaningfully impact the Western approach to negotiations.

In Yemen, Iran Continues Adversarial Foreign Policy

By INU staff

INU - The takeover of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa by Iran-backed Houthi rebels is nearly complete. As Charles Krauthammer noted in a Washington Post editorial about “Iran’s emerging empire” on Friday, the Houthi took over the presidential palace on Tuesday of this week and forced the country’s Sunni leader to resign on Thursday.

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