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The content of this web page is arranged under the following headings:
1. Iran Nuclear Deal
2. U.S. Israel Embassy Location
3. Syria Civil War

1. Iran Nuclear Deal

Renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal might result in (1) Iran saying it is free to resume its nuclear program without restraints, (2) Israel threatening to destroy any weapons development sites, and (3) five other world powers who signed the accord refusing to go along with the renegotiation. An alternative is to use the verification provisions in the existing deal to make sure Iran complies with all the terms for limiting its program to peaceful purposes. (Source: Article in the USA Today section of The Indianapolis Star on November 25, 2016.)

2. U.S. Israel Embassy Location

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1996 requires the president to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv unless he certifies every six months that it is not in the national interest. Every president since Bill Clinton has done so, including President Obama most recently on December 1, 2016 - giving President Trump until the end of May 2017 to make a formal decision. (Source: Article in the USA Today section of The Indianapolis Star on January 23, 2017.)

3. Syria Civil War

If Russia is emboldened to go all out to help Syrian President Bashar Assad prevail in the civil war, (1) a victorious Assad might let Russia establish a permanent military base in the Middle East, (2) Assad's success might expand the influence of close ally Iran in the region, and (3) a new tide of refugees might flee to Europe. An alternative is for the U.S. to continue supporting the rebels to pressure Assad to step down in favor of a diplomatic settlement. (Source: Article in the USA Today section of The Indianapolis Star on November 25, 2016.)

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This page was last updated on 02/19/17.