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New Israeli Gov't Rips Iran Deal, Remains Committed to Trump Deals in Curveball to Biden

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Developments in the Middle East are throwing a curveball at President Joe Biden — fast and hard.

On Friday, the people of Iran will go to the polls to elect a new president — one almost guaranteed to put the administration in a bind over Biden’s hopes to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran’s Guardian Council, which vets candidates, has allowed seven hardliners to run in the election, according to the U.K. Guardian, virtually eliminating the possibility that the country’s next president will support the Obama-era agreement.

In a December commentary piece for Foreign Policy, Iranian journalist and Middle East analyst Saeid Jafari noted that Iran’s hardliners “opposed signing the deal long before outgoing President Donald Trump withdrew from it in May 2018.”

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They’d almost certainly continue violating the agreement by continuing to enrich uranium far beyond the limits it set.

The ideal option for the Team Biden — rejoining the Iran deal before the election, while reformist Hassan Rouhani was president — didn’t happen. Thus, they’re going to have to give a lot more to get back into the agreement.

The Biden administration’s desperation to rejoin the deal will be complicated further by the resolution of another election — or four of them, rather. After a quartet of elections over two years didn’t produce a stable coalition, Israel’s Knesset on Sunday narrowly approved a new government by a 60-59 vote, according to The New York Times.

This ends the 12-year government of now-former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a staunch opponent of the Iranian nuclear deal.

The prime minister position will now be held for two years by Naftali Bennett, a former top aide to Netanyahu. After two years, current Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, a veteran Israeli politician, a former journalist who served as Israel’s finance minister in 2013 and 2014, will take over the for the remainder of the four-year term.

This would ordinarily be seen as a positive development for the Biden administration in terms of its hopes for an Iran deal. Netanyahu was a hawk’s hawk on the issue, using his final speech to assail Iran. According to the Times of Israel, he also attacked Bennett on the matter, saying the new prime minister wouldn’t be able to stand up to Tehran or the Biden administration.

And, as The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board noted in a Sunday piece, “in a Biden Administration staffed with Obama alumni who personally dislike Mr. Netanyahu, the selection of the centrist Yair Lapid as foreign minister and alternate Prime Minister could smooth over diplomacy — a likelihood that couldn’t have escaped the notice of Israel’s political class.”

At least on the Iran nuclear deal, that doesn’t seem to be the case, however. Lapid threw the Biden administration what amounts to a brushback pitch by reiterating strong opposition to the nuclear deal — as well as voicing support for a series of diplomatic accords with Middle Eastern countries reached under the Trump administration.

“We have to work together as we face a new Iran deal. This is a bad deal and we are going to work with the prime minister,” Lapid said during a handover ceremony Monday, according to Israel Hayom.

“Israel will use every option at its disposal in order to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon.”

Lapid added he’d echoed these sentiments in conversations with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and French President Emmanuel Macron.

As for the Trump-era peace deals between Israel and Arab countries that were formerly open enemies:

“We will sign more agreements with additional countries,” Lapid said. “The Palestinian arena will define to a large extent what the other theaters will look like, and we have a lot to do to improve the living conditions of the Palestinians and to improve the dialogue.”

Don’t expect that to mean giving quarter to Hamas, however.

Referring to the terrorist organization — which also happens to be the political authority controlling the Gaza Strip — Lapid said, “The world does not always understand what we have to deal with; we have to make sure to the world that we face a terrorist organization that does not shy away from firing on children and schools. This government will retaliate without any hesitation. ”

As The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro pointed out in a Twitter post, the fact Netanyahu is out of power doesn’t necessarily mean a victory for the Israeli left. The divisive factor in Israel’s electoral gridlock wasn’t right-wing policies, Shapiro noted, but the personality of Netanyahu himself:

“For those who follow Israeli politics, quick reminder: the right-wing currently holds 72 seats in the Knesset. They were just divided about Bibi personally,” Shapiro tweeted Monday. “The center (Blue and White and Yesh Atid) holds 25 seats. The actual Left (Labor and Meretz) holds 13 total seats.”

Thus, don’t expect a major shift in how Israel approaches the Iran nuclear deal — and the more peace agreements it makes with Middle Eastern countries, the harder it’s going to become for the Biden administration to hold to the original tenets of the Iran agreement, particularly as it didn’t deal with Tehran’s ability to wage conventional wars, often by proxy, or to provide support to terror groups like Hamas.

Blinken has tried to address this, publicly insisting sanctions levied against Iran that didn’t specifically have to do with its nuclear program wouldn’t be lifted if the United State rejoined the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“I would anticipate that, even in the event of a return to compliance with the JCPOA, hundreds of sanctions remain in place, including sanctions imposed by the Trump administration,” Blinken told a Senate hearing last week, according to the Times of Israel.

“If they are not inconsistent with the JCPOA, they will remain unless and until Iran’s behavior changes.”

However, Iran has demanded all sanctions be lifted if it’s to comply with the strictures of the 2015 deal.

Given that a hardliner is a virtual certainty to win the Iranian presidential election on Friday and the new Israeli government doesn’t seem particularly willing to alter its stance on the deal, the Biden administration’s window to rejoin the JCPOA is narrowing precipitously.

It’s just as well. The Iran deal was a poxed agreement that allowed a rogue government to build up their conventional forces while kicking the nuclear can down the road by simply delaying Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Biden and his team have been embarrassing the country in the lengths they’ll go to rejoin it. If the decision to not be a party to it has to be made for them, so much the better.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Trump Fires Back Against ‘Totally Fake News’ Report About Conflict with DeSantis

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While the 2022 midterms are approaching, many people are looking ahead to the next presidential election in 2024 and wondering who the Republican nominee will be.

Two of the most successful Republicans, former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, are a couple of the most talked-about names in that regard, and the establishment media has suggested they are fighting because of it.

On Tuesday, The Hill published an article entitled, “Trump-DeSantis tensions ratchet up.”

“The long-simmering tensions between former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are reaching a boiling point ahead of a potential 2024 primary clash,” the outlet wrote.

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The story cited other establishment media outlets, including The New York Times and Axios, to support its claims, and former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg said he did not like the supposed feud.

“President Trump is the one clearly picking a fight here, and it’s a fight that’s too early and unnecessary,” he told The Hill. “We’re not in Republican primary season. This is a fight for mid-2023. It’s not a fight to start having in 2022.”

Yet in a Thursday appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Trump said the reports of a feud between himself and DeSantis are completely false.

“I get along great with Ron,” Trump said before praising DeSantis for sticking beside him during the failed Mueller investigation.

“…Ron wanted to run and I endorsed him, and that helped him greatly,” Trump said. “He went on and he’s done a really terrific job in Florida, and I think Ron has been very good, he’s been a friend of mine for a long time.

“It’s totally fake news. I think Ron said last week, he said it very publicly, ‘The press is never gonna get in the middle of my friendship with Donald Trump’…and I agree with him on that 100 percent.”

Trump appeared to be referring to comments DeSantis made on a podcast called “Ruthless.” According to Florida Politics, he said the media was trying to bait him into a fight with Trump that he was not interested in.

“I think this is what the media does, and you cannot fall for the bait,” DeSantis said. “You know what they’re trying to do. Don’t take the bait, and just kind of keep on keeping on. We need everybody united for a big red wave in 2022.”

According to People, a spokeswoman for DeSantis reiterated the reports of a feud amounted to nothing more than fake news.

“It’s not a coincidence that this fabricated media narrative emerged during the worst week of Biden’s presidency to date, as it became clear Biden would not be able to deliver on Build Back Better, enact sweeping legislation to federalize elections, or ‘shut down the virus’ as he had promised during his campaign,” she said.

“Governor DeSantis remains focused on Florida and works every day to earn Floridians’ support for re-election in November of this year.”

While the establishment media is trying to push reports a feud between these two prominent Republicans, both of them seem to be throwing cold water on that narrative.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

While the 2022 midterms are approaching, many people are looking ahead to the next presidential election in 2024 and wondering who the Republican nominee will be. Two of the most successful Republicans, former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, are a couple of the most talked-about names in that regard, and the establishment media has suggested they are fighting because of it. On Tuesday, The Hill published an article entitled, “Trump-DeSantis tensions ratchet up.” “The long-simmering tensions between former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are reaching a boiling point ahead of a potential 2024 primary clash,” the outlet wrote. The story cited other establishment media outlets, including The New York Times and Axios, to support its claims, and former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg said he did not like the supposed feud. “President Trump is the one clearly picking a fight here, and it’s a fight that’s too early and unnecessary,” he told The Hill. “We’re not in Republican primary season. This is a fight for mid-2023. It’s not a fight to start having in 2022.” Yet in a Thursday appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Trump said the reports of a feud between himself and DeSantis are completely false. “I get along great with Ron,” Trump said before praising DeSantis for sticking beside him during the failed Mueller investigation. “…Ron wanted to run and I endorsed him, and that helped him greatly,” Trump said. “He went on and he’s done a really terrific job in Florida, and I think Ron has been very good, he’s been a friend of mine for a long time. “It’s totally fake news. I think Ron said last week, he said it very publicly, ‘The press is never gonna get in the middle of my friendship with Donald Trump’…and I…

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Op-Ed: As America Marches for Life This Week, We Have a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity

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I remember standing in my kitchen fighting with my mom over the issue of abortion. She was pro-life. While a nurse in New York City, she promptly quit her job after seeing an abortion performed on a young teenage girl. It was clearly murder in her eyes.

I, on the other hand, was pro-choice. Abortion allowed for equality. A man doesn’t have to carry around a child during an unplanned pregnancy. Why should a woman? What about her career? What about her future? In the coming age of feminism, pro-life religious radicals stood in the way.

After I came to know Christ when I was 16, everything in my life changed, including how I understood the sanctity of life and the role of the family. All human beings are knitted together by God for his glory. We are image-bearers of God, and we exist within a family for a reason.

This week, thousands of mostly young people will head to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life, the world’s largest human rights rally. The march has been taking place since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

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This is a historic year. The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case gives the best challenge to Roe in a generation. It is probable that the precedent of Roe will be overturned and decisions regarding pre-viability abortion laws will return to the states.

What’s really taking place in America is a conflict of worldviews when it comes to sexuality, freedom and the family.

On the one hand, the rejection of traditional family morals has led to a false notion of freedom. Without children, I’m free to reach the heights of my career. I can travel the world. I can have multiple sexual partners. No strings, no responsibility, all freedom — an empty freedom.

Religious conservatives look at life differently. Sex exists for pleasure, but it’s so much more than that. Within the confines of marriage, it is the consummation of a lifelong commitment. It creates life, and that life builds something greater than what existed before.

The family is a vehicle for love, joy, sacrifice and responsibility. It is designed to make everyone involved better. Family is not just 1+1+1=3. It’s 1+1+1= a lifetime of dedication, growth and perseverance. Building a family is one of the greatest legacies you can create.

As a young man, I spent a lot of time around Roman Catholics in Washington, D.C. I worked for Catholic Sen. Rick Santorum. I promoted the film “Bella,” written and produced by and starring prominent Catholics. I also worked for Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney and staffed all of his children when they campaigned for him in Colorado. I came to appreciate the Catholic and Mormon worldviews on family.

They love children — the more the merrier, it seems. I still get a Christmas card from the Romney family, the same Christmas card that Keith Olbermann mocked. Olbermann feels the Romneys have too many children. Hang around these big families and you quickly see they are full of life, love and joy. Why would you want to limit that?

We also live next door to Mormon neighbors. Another big family. Any holiday celebration and their driveway is full of cars. If we ever need anything, they are happy to help us out. That’s the second thing I notice about big families — they are marked by hearts of service.

I saw a sad statistic recently that four in 10 young people are hesitant to have children because of climate change — another example of a worldview that sees children as a burden.

This is the America we live in today. Children are either a burden until we decide that they aren’t, or children are a vehicle to building something greater than we are alone. In one America, children interrupt our lives and threaten the planet. In another, children enhance our lives and make the world a better place.

On display this week at the March for Life will be a worldview celebrating life, children, service and family. Our country will be better off the more people embrace this worldview. My mom was right.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

I remember standing in my kitchen fighting with my mom over the issue of abortion. She was pro-life. While a nurse in New York City, she promptly quit her job after seeing an abortion performed on a young teenage girl. It was clearly murder in her eyes. I, on the other hand, was pro-choice. Abortion allowed for equality. A man doesn’t have to carry around a child during an unplanned pregnancy. Why should a woman? What about her career? What about her future? In the coming age of feminism, pro-life religious radicals stood in the way. After I came to know Christ when I was 16, everything in my life changed, including how I understood the sanctity of life and the role of the family. All human beings are knitted together by God for his glory. We are image-bearers of God, and we exist within a family for a reason. This week, thousands of mostly young people will head to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life, the world’s largest human rights rally. The march has been taking place since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. This is a historic year. The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case gives the best challenge to Roe in a generation. It is probable that the precedent of Roe will be overturned and decisions regarding pre-viability abortion laws will return to the states. What’s really taking place in America is a conflict of worldviews when it comes to sexuality, freedom and the family. On the one hand, the rejection of traditional family morals has led to a false notion of freedom. Without children, I’m free to reach the heights of my career. I can travel the world. I can have multiple sexual partners. No strings, no responsibility, all freedom –…

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